Creature vs. Creature Writers Pool: Results After Toyota/Save Mart 350

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IJune 20, 2010

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 20:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates in the winners circle after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 20, 2010 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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One giant mistake and one golden horseshoe.

The 2010 Toyota/Save Mart 350 would have been remembered as the day that Jimmie Johnson dominated and lost it at the end to Marcos Ambrose. Instead, it will be remembered as Ambrose giving Johnson another win.

While leading with nine laps to go, the caution came, erasing Ambrose's two second lead. He was told to conserve fuel and shut the engine off in case of the dreaded green/white/checkered finish. When he went to re-fire the engine going up the hill into turn one, the engine didn't start and the car came to a stop. Johnson and five others went past Ambrose before he got going.

NASCAR made the ruling that he didn't maintain cautious speed and moved him to the seventh position; Johnson took the lead and the win. It was the 51st victory of his career and the first on a road course. Ambrose was credited with a sixth place finish.

Elsewhere throughout the field, plenty of storylines were provided for the week leading up to New Hampshire. Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski may be marked men, after the two of them played bumper cars with almost half the field. Martin Truex Jr. has vowed payback on the No. 24, with Gordon saying that he'll deserve what he gets. 

Other teams not happy with each other, included Tony Stewart's and Boris Said, who both would have preferred to have had better days than they did. Stewart entered Sonoma still searching for his first win of the year, but finished ninth. Said was marked as a driver to watch since he's a road course ace; however, he was never a factor and finished eighth. 

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As for our Creatures, Ambrose's one big mistake took away a win for them. Other picks came close as well, but no one thought Johnson was going to get his first career win today, leaving bonus points on the table. Here's how they'll look when the Sprint Cup Series heads back to the ovals at the New Hampshire International Speedway. 

Billy Fellin (2, 281 ) Tony Stewart finished ninth (3 )

Kara Martin (2, 273 ) Jeff Gordon finished fifth (2 )

Sal Sigala Jr. (2, 182 ) Jeff Gordon finished fifth (1 )

James Broomhead (2, 164 ) Marcos Ambrose finished sixth (2 )

Kelly Crandall (2, 129 ) Marcos Ambrose finished sixth (2 )

Christopher Leone (2, 122 ) Juan Pablo Montoya finished 10th (3 )

Dustin Parks (2, 121 ) Jeff Gordon finished fifth (2 )

Rob Tiongson (2, 072 ) Juan Pablo Montoya finished 10th (0 )

Patti Rodisch (1, 996 ) Jeff Gordon finished fifth (0 )

Misan Akuya (1, 934 ) Tony Stewart finished ninth (1 )

Adam Heasley (962 ) NO PICK SENT (0 )

Alan Wade (435 ) Tony Stewart finished ninth (0 )

Next Up

The Magic Milem where fireworks won't be at a loss. Last year, drivers fumed after a restart stacked up the field, and with many upset after Sonoma, it could get dicey next weekend. Joey Logano returns to his home track as the defending winner, looking to rebound after a tough day on the road course.

Creatures have your picks for the Lenonx Industrial Tools 301 by Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m. ET. 

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