Joey Logano was the one getting the victory lane shower at Michigan. Sadly, no writers were victorious this week.
The cliche "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday" was termed for manufacturers years ago when NASCAR worked closely with brands to make race cars similar to the street counterpart. That is true once more this year with the new Gen-6 car.
That is very true when NASCAR comes to Michigan, as it's right outside the factories that put out the cars that everyone drives on a daily basis.
Winning here is bragging rights for not only a team, but a brand. It's quite different when that brand was the fastest to start the weekend, and was the fastest at the checkered flag.
That was what Joey Logano was on this trip to the Irish Hills, as on Friday he qualified on the pole, another new track record this year, and then led the most laps on his way to his first victory of the season, and his first with Penske Racing. It put him back in contention for the Chase, something that many drivers are still hunting for as the races wind down.
No writer had the correct pick this week, but unlike Watkins Glen, many had strong top-10 runs. It also made things rather interesting, not just out front, but through the field.
Here's the updated standings after the Pure Michigan 400:
Rob Tiongson (795) Greg Biffle finished 9th (2)
Kelly Crandall (767) Kasey Kahne finished 7th (1)
Patti Rodisch (767) Kasey Kahne finished 7th (0)
Rob Blount (737) Kurt Busch finished 3rd (1)
Billy Fellin (737) Greg Biffle finished 9th (1)
Sal Sigala Jr. (737) Kyle Busch finished 31st (1)
Michael Hirshbein (701) Kyle Busch finished 31st (2)
Dustin Parks (681) Greg Biffle finished 9th (0)
Kara Martin (648) Kasey Kahne finished 7th (0)
Ryan O'Hara (648) Greg Biffle finished 9th (0)
James Broomhead (633) Matt Kenseth finished 15th (1)
Misan Akuya (600) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 36th (1)
Christopher Leone (528) Greg Biffle finished 9th (0)
Next Race: The points near the front of the standings have a few writers tied up, but it's already clear that won't hold true after the next race. It will be a fight to the finish, in some cases literally. This track has seen more frustration taken out on equipment than any other on the circuit.
The high banks saw some changes a few years ago, but last year a minor change made it a classic night, where beating and banging returned.
Up next, possibly the most popular race on the tour for fans, as NASCAR is going under the lights at "The Bull Ring." The fastest half-mile track on the circuit is ready to host 43 warriors, and at the end of the night it will be clear who is happiest, and who will be the angriest.
Writers, no fighting amongst yourselves, but have your picks for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol turned in by Thursday, August 22, at 10 p.m. ET.