Our Creatures winning streak is over and it comes at the hands of Jimmie Johnson.
Kurt Busch dominated the Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, like he's done so many times in the past, but it was Jimmie Johnson that found a way to pull into victory lane.
When a caution flew with 17 laps to go the leaders came down pit road for their final stops. Busch and Johnson took four tires and restarted in the middle of all those that had taken two. Johnson was able to get through the traffic for his 50th career win, while Busch settled for third.
The disappointment about losing to the 48 team in a race where they had the field covered was evident in Busch's face during the post race interview. However, nothing comes easy at Bristol and Sunday's race was no different. Rain delay's and a 13 car wreck were the focus as Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards managed to stay out of the spotlight and mind their manners.
Manners weren't on the agenda for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch.
Earnhardt Jr. started the day in the 18th position and had worked his way up to the top 10 when a pit road speeding penalty forced him to the back, making him battle through the field. His radio was the center of much attention after that as he brought his No. 88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet home in the seventh position and moved to eighth in the points.
Busch on the other hand had a very uncharacteristic Bristol day.
After sweeping the races at the track in 2009, Busch struggled as soon as the car was unloaded on Friday. He practiced in the 30s and then qualified 38th for Sunday. Come race time things didn't get much better as he was nearly lapped a few times and then finally cut a tire and hit the wall.
Amazingly he came back to finish in the ninth position.
As for our Creatures, they too had up and down days. It looked like the streak was going to continue was Kurt Busch dominated but in the end it wasn't meant to be. Here's how they'll look as we head to Martinsville and the return of the spoiler.
Kara Martin (782 ) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished seventh (1 )
Kelly Crandall (699 ) Jeff Gordon finished 14th (0 )
Dustin Parks (682 ) Kyle Busch finished ninth (1 )
Christopher Leone (680 ) Kyle Busch finished ninth (1 )
Ben Bomberger (653 ) Marcos Ambrose finished 33rd (1 )
Billy Fellin (646 ) Kyle Busch finished ninth (0 )
James Broomhead (632 ) Kevin Harvick finished 11th (1 )
Sal Sigala Jr. (583 ) Kurt Busch finished third (0 )
Rob Tiongson (566 ) Kyle Busch finished ninth (0 )
David Yeazell (566 ) Kyle Busch finished ninth (0 )
Misan Akuya (554 ) Kevin Harvick finished 11th (0 )
Patti Rodisch (504 ) Kyle Busch finished ninth (0 )
Adam Heasley (460 ) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished seventh (0 )
The Martinsville Speedway and the return of the spoiler.
Jimmie Johnson will be looking for his seventh win at Martinsville and for his second in a row at the track, as well as back-to-back wins coming off his first at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin will return home to Virginia looking to turn around his slow start to the season and improve on his 19th place point position.
Creatures have your picks in for the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 by Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.