Fan Vs. Fan Victory Pool: Results Following the Food City 500
If there was any question as to whether Bristol would still be Bristol one year after the change to the track surface to prevent the side-by-side action, it is certainly evident. Today's action saw bumping, grinding, and a few upset drivers.
At the same time, the biggest travesty on the day was tires, specifically melted beads and blow outs.
Drivers like Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin all had the unfortunate experience that cost them strong finishes, while others had on-track incidents that prevented them from getting a finish they deserved to get.
In the end, the fastest car was victorious.
All race, the No. 5 of Kasey Kahne was near the front, led over one-fifth of the race, and in the end after the final restart had the one car that simply couldn't be caught. Last week, he had the fastest car but couldn't get the win. One week later, he put it all together along with his crew and went to victory lane.
It didn't mean a win for any writers, but many made big moves, both good and bad. Here's how they stack up after the Food City 500:
Patti Rodisch (159) Brad Keselowski finished 3rd (0)
Rob Tiongson (157) Brad Keselowski finished 3rd (1)
Sal Sigala Jr. (132) Brad Keselowski finished 3rd (0)
Rob Blount (127) Kyle Busch finished 2nd (0)
Billy Fellin (125) Kyle Busch finished 2nd (0)
Kelly Crandall (121) Brad Keselowski finished 3rd (0)
Dustin Parks (116) Kyle Busch finished 2nd (0)
Michael Hirshbein (115) Kyle Busch finished 2nd (0)
Kara Martin (108) Kyle Busch finished 2nd (0)
James Broomhead (107) Kyle Busch finished 2nd (0)
Christopher Leone (106) Jimmie Johnson finished 22nd (0)
Ryan O'Hara (105) Matt Kenseth finished 35th (0)
Misan Akuya (102) Denny Hamlin finished 23rd (0)
Next Race: As racers continue to learn about the new Gen-6 car, the fifth different track to start out the season awaits next Sunday. We've seen plates, flat tracks, the most common, and a short track. Now, the final big test is a wide surface, many lanes, and most importantly, high speeds.
Up next is the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. There is no question that these new cars will be doing excess of 200 mph entering the first turn, possibly closer to the 210 mph mark. It is going to be the biggest test these cars have seen yet, and possibly the final hurdle to know what these machines can do.
Writers, time to really strap in as NASCAR heads to Hollywood. We've seen four different winners thus far, there is a chance we could see a fifth.
Have your picks for the Auto Club 400 turned in by 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 21.