Jeff Gordon's second place finish is what the 24 team needed to boost its confidence for the chase. Just a few weeks ago the talk was that this team was out of the top ten. Three races till Richmond, the cut off point for the chase and they are sitting pretty good right now. What a difference a few weeks make.
Gordons teammate Jimmy Johnson came back once again from tire problems early. On the very first lap he suffered a right-front tire that went flat forcing the team to pit under green putting him back in the field. He fought his way back to the front only to have another tire leak late in the race and ended up 13th.
The biggest loser in the top 10 has to be Jeff Burton. After starting from the pole he suffered a blown engine 17 laps into Sundays race. Burton fell five spots to ninth in points. He is 35 points ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Reed Sorenson led the rookies with a eight place finish. Sorenson is third in ROY race.
|6||17||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||200||155||5||Running||40|
|8||28||Reed Sorenson *||200||142||Running|
|9||9||Denny Hamlin *||200||138||Running|
|28||32||David Stremme *||200||79||Running|
|30||18||Martin Truex Jr. *||199||73||Running|
|33||29||Clint Bowyer *||197||69||5||Engine||6|
|37||31||J.J. Yeley *||158||52||Accident|
Caution laps 10 for 36 Laps
Lead Changes 26 among 11 drivers
Biggest Loser Jeff Burton fell 5 spots to 9th in pts.
Biggest Gainer Matt Kenseth no only 59 pts out of first place
Top Rookie Reed Sorenson finished 8th