Road course racing brings different drivers to the top of the leader board and on Sunday it was no different.
The Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen was the chance for drivers like Juan Pablo Montoya, Marcos Ambrose, AJ Allmendinger, and others to enjoy some of the spotlight that is normally on those like Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Montoya would be the one to end the day in victory lane for the second time in his career, but many others felt like they too had won the race.
Second place finisher Kurt Busch was finally able to avoid trouble for his best career road course finish and a boost in confidence. Ambrose finished third after looking for the sweep coming off winning his third-straight Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen on Saturday.
Kyle Busch, who came home eighth, was also enjoying his finish. Before the race even started, Busch was behind when he had to pit for problems in the rear-end. Instead of taking the green flag in the 10th position where he qualified he had to drop to the 43rd spot.
Busch was quick to make his way through the field, but not without problems. First, he thought he had a throttle spring problem, but kept on digging before getting into an incident coming off turn seven. He made it three-wide going into the corner causing Jeff Burton to take out Johnson, who collected Denny Hamlin.
Johnson and Hamlin seem to have stalled out the last few weeks after winning their fifth race of the year respectively. They are still tied in bonus points for when the Chase starts in just a few short weeks.
For Johnson, he wasn't the only Hendrick car or the only favorite entering the race that had problems. Teammates Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart never felt they had the handles on their cars that could win the race and were never a factor. Stewart came home seventh after winning this race a year ago and Gordon was scored as finishing in the 10th spot.
The day though, belonged to Montoya who even though he won't make the Chase, needed a victory. The same could have been said for our Creatures but the opportunity again slipped through their fingers.
Here's how they'll look when arriving in Michigan next weekend.
Kara Martin (3,118) Tony Stewart finished seventh (2)
Billy Fellin (3,066) Tony Stewart finished seventh (3)
Sal Sigala Jr. (2,971) Tony Stewart finished seventh (2)
Christopher Leone (2,964) Tony Stewart finished seventh (3)
James Broomhead (2,883) Marcos Ambrose finished third (2)
Dustin Parks (2,868) Tony Stewart finished seventh (2)
Rob Tiongson (2,848) Tony Stewart finished seventh (0)
Kelly Crandall (2,826) Marcos Ambrose finished third (2)
Misan Akuya (2,773) Tony Stewart finished seventh (1)
Patti Rodisch (2,553) Kyle Busch finished eighth (0)
Alan Wade (1,264) Tony Stewart finished seventh (1)
Kyle Brandt (567) Tony Stewart finished seventh (1)
The Sprint Cup Series makes a return trip to the Michigan International Speedway where Denny Hamlin won earlier this year and desperately wants to get back to victory lane. Brian Vickers won the event last season but won't be behind the wheel of his No. 83 Red Bull Toyota.
Creatures remember to send you picks to Dustin Parks by Thursday, August 12th at 7 p.m. ET.
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