Sunday, March 16, 2008

Jeff Burton Benefits From Wild Bristol Finish

As NASCAR heads into the Easter weekend off, Bristol provided a terrific finish for race fans to chew on until Martinsville. To start with, Burton was sixth with 5 to go. Really, he needed some sort of miracle to get the win, even with 4 fresh tires. Harvick arguably had the best RCR car of the day, but after his incident with Stewart, Burton slid under and took the second spot. On the GWC, race leader Denny Hamlin suffered from a fuel pickup problem and allowed the RCR brigade to run the outside lane around him and give Childress a 1-2-3 finish. Thumbs up to Aric Almirola in his first race of 2008, scoring an impressive 8th-place finish in the #8. Also a good run for David Gilliland, who finished 9th.

The next issue to deal with is the top 35 rule. As of this writing before the points are made official, it looks as if Sam Hornish Jr. moved into 35th place for Martinsville. However, Penske may indeed switch Hornish's and Busch's points again. Jamie McMurray, interestingly enough, fell to 36th and one has to wonder if Roush will consider switching his points with the #17 of Matt Kenseth. Same goes for Bobby Labonte and Kyle Petty. I suspect one could set off the other, or NASCAR may put the kibosh on the whole thing.

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