Greg Biffle was the one tasting victory at Michigan. Now, a new writer is atop the standings.
In the shadow of the country's auto makers, winning at Michigan means not only team bragging rights, but manufacturer bragging rights. From the green flag, it seemed as though all three brands would be well represented in this battle.
But, top contenders fell early, and fell at the worst possible times. Three of the four Hendrick drivers fell out, one due to an accident, another a flat tire, and a third due to engine failure, two of which came while leading.
As the laps wound down, it became the classic Ford vs. Chevy battle. But, with just mere laps to go, one brand pushed too hard, and fell aside.
Jimmie Johnson was charging, and coming, but a flat left-front ended his hopes with just laps remaining, relegating him to a 28th-place run. On the opposite side, it was Greg Biffle bringing the Ford brand back to prominence, at a place that has often been named the "Roush House."
It would not only be his first win of the year, but would be win number 1,000 for Ford in NASCAR competition. Quite the stat to take home with a big trophy.
The win didn't give a victory for any writers, however Johnson's misfortunte did have some consequences. After 15 weeks, a new writer has taken the top spot in the pool.
Take a look at all the results following the Quicken Loans 400:
Rob Tiongson (530) Carl Edwards finished 8th (1)
Patti Rodisch (523) Jimmie Johnson finished 28th (0)
Kelly Crandall (496) Kyle Busch finished 4th (1)
Billy Fellin (477) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 37th (1)
Rob Blount (473) Jimmie Johnson finished 28th (1)
Dustin Parks (460) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 37th (0)
Sal Sigala Jr. (454) Matt Kenseth finished 6th (0)
Michael Hirshbein (452) Kyle Busch finished 4th (2)
James Broomhead (443) Matt Kenseth finished 6th (1)
Ryan O'Hara (440) NO PICK SENT (0)
Kara Martin (427) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 37th (0)
Misan Akuya (370) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 37th (0)
Christopher Leone (347) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 37th (0)
Next Race: A lot of drivers at Michigan made wrong turns in their hopes of making the Chase. At the next event, making wrong turns will happen every lap, in a sense. Up next on the schedule is a track where turning left and right will be the way to get to victory lane.
Another trip to California is up next, but instead of being in the bright lights of Hollywood, this time it is in an area where the vineyards are vast, and the wine is plentiful.
NASCAR now heads to Sonoma for the first road course event of the year. There will be different contenders at this race, but judging by recent history, anyone can win this one.
Writers, don't go off course, but have your picks for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 submitted by 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 20.