After a wild and intense race in Talladega, AL, Jamie McMurray picked up his third career win and Jimmie Johnson all but locked up his fourth straight championship.
Johnson brought home a sixth place finish after running in the back of the pack most of the day. His nearest competitors all finished behind him allowing Johnson to expand his point lead to 184 with three races remaining.
Kasey Kahne and Creature pick Joey Logano survived 500 miles to be credited with second and third place finishes. Behind them though, everything was out of control coming to the checkered flag.
After the dust had settled and the results had been sorted out, the biggest names and best cars were scattered all through the field. Because of that our Creature points have a new look as we head to Texas in one week.
Mary Jo Buchanan (6,115) Brian Vickers finished 13th (2)
Ben Bomberger (-24) Kurt Busch finished 30th (4)
Kara Martin (-67) Tony Stewart finished 35th (4)
Kelly Crandall (-103) Kyle Busch finished 15th (2)
Rob Tiongson (-139) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th (2)
Jen Preston (-143) Joey Logano finished third (2)
James Broomhead (-283) Tony Stewart finished 35th (3)
Mason Dunn (-345) Erik Darnell finished 37th (0)
SM Napier (-357) Tony Stewart finished 35th (3)
Danielle Henderson (-519) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th (2)
David Phillips (-560) NO PICK SENT (2)
Adam Heasley (-1,085) NO PICK SENT (3)
Next up comes the 1.5 mile Texas Motor Speedway for the eight race in the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Jeff Gordon returns to Texas where he picked up his only win thus far in the season and he'll need to win again if he wants to take a chunk off of Johnson's point lead.
Creatures please remember to have your picks in as soon as possible. If you are going to risk and send it in on Friday you have until 8:15 AM ET and will not be accepted anytime there after for any reason.