Creature Vs. Creature Writers Pool: Results After The Brickyard 400
Who would have thunk that Jamie McMurray would be the third driver to complete the NASCAR double: win the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season.
Sunday, McMurray did just that when he won the 17th annual Brickyard 400 over Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle. It was McMurray's teammate though, that once again appeared to have the winning car, leading 86 laps before crashing off turn four and ending the day in the garage.
Biffle, was another driver that had a winning car. He and McMurray traded the lead back and forth as Biffle tried to bring Roush-Fenway Racing their first win of the season. On the last pit stop the No. 16 team took four tires and was back in traffic for the remaining few laps and was only able to recover for a third place finish.
Other drivers that were thought to have been contenders were Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. While Stewart managed a top five finish, it wasn't where his No. 14 Old Spice/Office Depot car ran all day. Stewart was a 10-20th place car, but pit strategy played right into his hands at the end.
Johnson, one of the favorites along with Montoya, had just about everything go wrong on his Lowe's Chevrolet. He was able to take the lead from Montoya in the early laps but then fell through the field after an extended pit stop. Next came losing laps when on pit road after the crew went under the hood. Johnson came home in the 22nd position.
Gordon on the other hand was strong early on, but was victim to a flat tire that forced him to lose all his track position. The four-time Indianapolis winner was only able to finish in the 23rd position.
Our Creatures seemed to have the same luck. None of them picked McMurray to pull off the double and as such, bonus points were left on the table. Here's how they'll look when the Sprint Cup Series arrives in Pocono next weekend.
Kara Martin (2,812 ) Tony Stewart finished fifth (2 )
Billy Fellin (2,760 ) Tony Stewart finished fifth (3 )
Sal Sigala Jr. (2,665 ) Jimmie Johnson finished 22nd (2 )
Christopher Leone (2,658 ) Tony Stewart finished fifth (3 )
Dustin Parks (2,562 ) Tony Stewart finished fifth (2 )
James Broomhead (2,553 ) Juan Pablo Montoya finished 32nd (2 )
Rob Tiongson (2,542 ) Jeff Gordon finished 23rd (0 )
Kelly Crandall (2,496 ) Jimmie Johnson finished 22nd (2 )
Misan Akuya (2,452 ) Tony Stewart finished fifth (1 )
Patti Rodisch (2,251 ) NO PICK SENT (0 )
Alan Wade (943 ) Jeff Gordon finished 23rd (1 )
Kyle Brandt (231 ) NO PICK SENT (0 )
The Sprint Cup Series heads back to the triangle in Pennsylvania, Pocono. Denny Hamlin won at the track earlier this season, and is the defending winner of the event from last year.
Creatures have your picks for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 by Thursday, July 29, at 7 p.m. ET.
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