I've never been a fan of NASCAR racing at the Auto Club Speedway. The 500-mile races are too long and the weather is, for some reason, always terrible. That may work for some racing series, but it sure doesn't for Sprint Cup.
But with his last-lap pass of five-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick brought some badly-needed excitement to a racetrack that's still struggling to find its niche in the sport.
The cars and stars of Sprint Cup now head out of the super speedway at Southern California to the polar opposite of both: the paper-clip short track of Martinsville. Who's hot heading to NASCAR's oldest track? Read on.