Something that is highly regarded by every team in the NASCAR garage is being able to win for their manufacturer. But when that win comes outside of where many of the automotive factories are located is an added incentive. For the last two years, since the new Gen-6 car has been introduced, the "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday" has returned to NASCAR and has become a huge part of the industry.
Winning at Michigan is a big part of that idea as Ford, Chevrolet, and even when Dodge was part of the sport, have their headquarters just an hour away from the track. Auto makers watch to see if a victory by their brand would lead to strong sales during the week.
But the win seems sweeter when it comes by a driver that has not won at that track before.
This weekend is a great indication of that, because the driver that did win had not won there before, but on many occasions had a car capable of winning. Engine failures, tire problems, accidents or not enough fuel have kept him from victory. Not this time, finally his time had come, and victory was his.
What's even harder to believe is that the driver that pulled that off...Jimmie Johnson.
It took so long to finish the deal but it finally happened. Third win in five weeks, and now the Chase lead belongs to the defending champion. It certainly has the look as to that Johnson has yet another championship in his eyes.
What is surprising is that no writer this week decided that Johnson was the one they wanted for victory. Seven writers, though, did manage top-10 finishes. There wasn't much change this week, and it seems these writers have no intention of giving up getting more wins, or improving their position in the standings. Here's where everyone stands after the Quicken Loans 400:
Kara Martin (562) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 7th - 3
Sal Sigala Jr. (540) Brad Keselowski finished 3rd - 5
Ryan O'Hara (538) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 7th - 4
Patti Rodisch (503) Jeff Gordon finished 6th - 2
Rob Tiongson (500) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 7th - 2
Rob Blount (478) Tony Stewart finished 11th - 1
Dustin Parks (468) Greg Biffle finished 20th - 2
Misan Akuya (458) Brad Keselowski finished 3rd - 1
Billy Fellin (456) Matt Kenseth finished 14th - 1
Michael Hirshbein (446) Kyle Busch finished 41st - 1
Aaron Rosser (438) Brad Keselowski finished 3rd - 1
James Broomhead (431) Carl Edwards finished 23rd - 2
Next Race: This season has seen many twists and turns in both the racing, and outside occurrences. It only seems appropriate that the next race on the schedule includes many twists and turns just to get to victory lane. The reason why is because this track requires drivers to be hard on the brakes, shift many times, and make both left and right turns in order to achieve the win.
Up next is the first of two road course races on the season, this one coming at the Sonoma Raceway in northern California, which is just outside of wine country.
Writers, there will certainly be a lot of twists to the picks, so have them in by Thursday, June 19, at 10 p.m. ET for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.