Streaks are always meant to be broken, it has happened in every sport.  Look at the time that elapsed when the Red Sox brought home the World Series trophy, or the waiting game to see New Orleans win it's first Super Bowl.

Tiger Woods won his first Major in over a year a few months back, and this year Lebron James has an opportunity to win his first championship since entering the NBA.

Now, NASCAR can say the streak of it's most popular driver can be put to rest.

Heading into Michigan, the winless streak was at 143 races.  It was this race back in 2008, thanks to cutting it close on fuel, that the No. 88 was in victory lane.  This time, the winning car didn't have to worry about fuel.  As the laps wound down, the fastest car all day long was the one celebrating.

Not one crewman, driver nor fan had to think twice when the checkered flag fell, as the four-year drought of Dale Earnhardt Jr. has ended as he put his No. 88 Diet Mtn. Dew "The Dark Knight Rises" in victory lane.

After having come so close on so many different occasions this season, it has been put to rest.  A streak that lasted longer than anyone expected has been put in the past.  Today, Junior Nation has risen and honored their driver.

At the same time, two writers hit the nail right on the head, as one got their second win of the year, and another getting their first.  But, others had a rough time, as engine woes, fires and empty gas tanks have shook up the standings.

Here's where all the writers stand after the Quicken Loans 400:


Billy Fellin (536) Matt Kenseth finished 3rd (2)

Christopher Leone (528) Dale Earnhardt Jr. WON (1)

Sal Sigala Jr. (520) Jimmie Johnson finished 5th (1)

Misan Akuya (518) Matt Kenseth finished 3rd (1)

Kelly Crandall (511) Mark Martin finished 29th (2)

James Broomhead (497) Denny Hamlin finished 34th (2)

Rob Tiongson (474) Kasey Kahne finished 33rd (3)

Dustin Parks (473) Mark Martin finished 29th (1)

Kara Martin (471) Denny Hamlin finished 34th (1)

Patti Rodisch (460) Dale Earnhardt Jr. WON (2)

Ryan O'Hara (445) Matt Kenseth finished 3rd (1)

Michael Hirshbein (430) Kyle Busch finished 32nd (1)


Next Race:  After the biggest celebration of the season, how will NASCAR follow that?  The twists and turns of the season will certainly equal the twists and turns expected next weekend.

The reason...road racing.  For the first time in 2012, NASCAR is going to be making both left and right turns as Wine Country welcomes the stars of the sport.  It will be the 12-turn road course at Infineon Raceway that will bring about some of the biggest challenges of the season, while at the same time some "ringers" make their return.

Writers, this creates a new twist in the pool, which will make choosing a winner much harder.  But, try to have your picks for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 in by Thursday, June 21, at 10 p.m. ET.