Creature Vs Creature Writers Pool: Results After Showtime Southern 500
Denny Hamlin may have won the battle, but the Lady in Black, Darlington won the war.
Would-be contenders left the tough 'ol speedway with nothing more than bent fenders, torn up sheet metal, and a lot of hurt feelings. Two-time Darlington winner and four-time champion Jimmie Johnson never saw the leaders as he spent much of his time trying to repair his right front fender before AJ Allmendinger decided to put Johnson out of his misery.
Past the 150 lap mark, Allmendinger lost the brakes going into turn three and came up across the racetrack and right into Johnson. That ended both their nights with 36th and 37th place finishes.
Darlington ate one car after the other as 11 cautions flew during the night and some of the best drivers in the business looked like rookies. Bobby Labonte, the 2000 Sprint Cup Champion found the wall more than once in his No. 71 Chevrolet and finished 34th, while two-time champion Tony Stewart had an up and down day at a track he's never won at, before finishing 23rd.
For all the bad days though, there were those that had great days.
Jamie McMurray backed his pole up with a second place finish and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya captured a much needed top five finish in his No. 42 Target Chevy. But a driver that wasn't happy to finish in the top five was Jeff Gordon, who once again led the most laps but failed to win the race.
Not failing is the mentioned Denny Hamlin who swept the weekend at Darlington for his third win of the 2010 season. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver now sits sixth in points and looks to be in championship form.
Championship form is exactly what our Creatures are looking for and some are doing better than others. Hamlin's win delivered a third 'W' for a Creature to give him the current advantage if the Chase started next weekend.
But, it doesn't, so here's how everyone will stack up when the Sprint Cup Series rolls into Dover, Del.
Kara Martin (1,616 ) Jeff Gordon finished fourth (2 )
Billy Fellin (1,516 ) Denny Hamlin won (3 )
Sal Sigala Jr. (1,500 ) Jeff Gordon finished fourth (0 )
Dustin Parks (1,462 ) Jeff Gordon finished fourth (1 )
Kelly Crandall (1,406 ) Jimmie Johnson finished 36th (0 )
Christopher Leone (1,360 ) Jimmie Johnson finished 36th (2 )
David Yeazell (1,353 ) Tony Stewart finished 23rd (0 )
Rob Tiongson (1,340 ) Jeff Gordon finished fourth (0 )
James Broomhead (1,337 ) Jeff Gordon finished fourth (1 )
Patti Rodisch (1,297 ) Mark Martin finished 16th (0 )
Misan Akuya (1,270 ) Jamie McMurray finished second (0 )
Adam Heasley (792 ) NO PIC SENT (0 )
There's no rest for the weary, some drivers may have escaped the Lady in Black but now they head to the Monster Mile that will be ready to pick up where Darlington left off.
Denny Hamlin is now the hottest driver on the circuit, but Dover is not his best track. He'll look to change that next weekend. Jimmie Johnson will be the defending winner of the race and after having a mediocre last few weekends he'll look to do that again.
Creatures have your picks in for the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Hershey's Milk and Milkshakes by Thursday May 13, at 7 p.m. ET.
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