There are many ways to describe how a season has gone for certain drivers.  Some have been surprising, others can be describes as unfortunate, and some can be outright disasters.

But for one driver, the phrase that describes how things have gone is "If it can happen, it certainly will."

A tumble down Daytona's front straightaway started the season, followed by an engine up in flames for the Daytona 500.  Cut tires at Bristol and Darlington, loose wheels, crashes and just about anything else that could happen did.  People began wondering when luck would be on their side, or if they would be right where they need to be.

On the final restart at Pocono, things just seemed to work out.

Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth get together in the first turn, taking out Greg Biffle.  The car in 5th dives low and avoids contact.  Then, with the cleaning of the track complete, the skies opened up for the second time.  This time though, it was so severe, nothing could save the outcome.

The man that finally made it to victory lane...Jeff Gordon.  After a 31-race skid that saw anything that could keep him from victory occur, even a huge downpour couldn't wipe the smile of his face, nor his wife's, or his two kids.  He was a winner at last.

The victory gave one writer yet another victory on the season, while the final wreck caused many strong picks to tumble in the points, or close up.

Here's where everything shook out following the Pennsylvania 400:


Sal Sigala Jr. (747) Jimmie Johnson finished 14th (2)

Billy Fellin (746) Denny Hamlin finished 29th (3)

Kelly Crandall (701) Jimmie Johnson finished 14th (3)

Christopher Leone (699) Joey Logano finished 13th (1)

Patti Rodisch (693) Denny Hamlin finished 29th (2)

Dustin Parks (683) Brad Keselowski finished 4th (1)

Ryan O'Hara (681) Jeff Gordon WON (2)

Misan Akuya (680) Denny Hamlin finished 29th (1)

Rob Tiongson (675) Jimmie Johnson finished 14th (3)

Kara Martin (658) Denny Hamlin finished 29th (1)

James Broomhead (648) NO PICK SENT (2)

Michael Hirshbein (607) Kyle Busch finished 33rd (1)


Next Race:  Once everyone gets out of Pocono, since the final rain storm that hit was so severe that everything practically shut down, NASCAR makes it's way north to New York.  Once again, some new faces will be favorites, because the style of racing fits their background.

The track is fast, but it's going clockwise and has more right turns than it does lefts.  Up next on the schedule is Watkins Glen International, the second and final road course event for the Sprint Cup Series of the year.

Writers, be sure you have your picks for the Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen submitted by 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 9.