The LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland started off like a typical day at the races: Jimmie Johnson dominated. Johnson led the first 95 laps over pole sitter Jamie McMurray and looked to be headed to his first win at Chicago.
But during green-flag pit stops Johnson missed the entrance to pit road and lost the lead to McMurray who set about dominating the second half of the race. Shortly after the miscue for Johnson, he would spun off turn four, later hit the wall and ended the night in the 25th position.
McMurray on the other hand would lead 72 laps in route to a fifth place finish. McMurray dominated until Jeff Gordon became the third leader of the night and was in great position to win his first race of the 2010 season.
However, out of nowhere came David Reutimann who took the lead from Gordon and led the final 52 laps on his way to his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win. Reutimann was praised by his fellow competitors on the victory, which he said was glad to have earned after hearing much talk about winning the rain shorten Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte last year.
The rest of the night seemed uneventful as those handful of drivers had things well in command up front. Point leader Kevin Harvick had a dismal night and never cracked the top 20. He wound up behind the wall to repair issues on his No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil machine before finishing 34th.
Other drivers that were thought to have been contenders such as Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch also had relatively quiet nights. Hamlin was never a factor but was able to salvage a decent day to come home with an eighth place finish and regain some of the points he had lost the last few weeks.
Busch was also a non-factor after starting deep in the field, where he ran much of the night. The No. 18 Snickers machine fought all night long to keep from going a lap down but only came out of the Windy City with a 17th place finish.
Our Creatures left the track with finishes that were all over the map. A victory and the 10 bonus points for the Chase were not collected, however the point standings did see a shakeup after a rough night.
Here's how they'll look heading into the off-weekend before getting back in action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Kara Martin (2,657) Jeff Gordon finished third (2)
Billy Fellin (2,605) Kevin Harvick finished 34th (3)
Sal Sigala Jr. (2,563) Jimmie Johnson finished 25th (2)
Christopher Leone (2,503) Kevin Harvick finished 34th (3)
James Broomhead (2,476) Jimmie Johnson finished 25th (2)
Rob Tiongson (2,448) Jeff Gordon finished third (0)
Dustin Parks (2,407) Kevin Harvick finished 34th (2)
Kelly Crandall (2,394) Jimmie Johnson finished 25th (2)
Misan Akuya (2,297) Tony Stewart finished ninth (1)
Patti Rodisch (2,251) Kurt Busch finished 26th (0)
Adam Heasley (1,183) Kevin Harvick finished 34th (0)
Alan Wade (849) Jimmie Johnson finished 25th (1)
Kyle Brandt (231) Tony Stewart finished ninth (0)
The Sprint Cup Series head to Indianapolis where drivers will tell you they don't care about the points, it's all about winning. The Brickyard 400 is one of the few races on the schedule that brings the history and prestige to it that has all 43 drivers only thinking about kissing the bricks.
Creatures have your picks for the Brickyard 400 in by Thursday, July 22, at 7 p.m. ET.
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