Tony Stewart took the green flag from the pole postion on Sunday night. Shortly after he started falling back through the field. Stewart ended up finishing outside of the top twenty.
Dale Earnhart Jr.
Dale Earnhart Jr. had to work hard with his crew the entire race to work his way from his starting position in 35th to his top ten finish. Most of the race Earnhart Jr was mired a lap down until a series of cautions and the ability for him to take a wave around (or two) got him back on the lead lap. A late race caution enabled his crew to get him into the top ten and he kept it there. Earnhart Jr told his crew at the end of the race that he was really looking forward to the Chase for the Championship, especially if they could take a car that was junk like that one was, and work with it to get a top ten finish.
As a long time Earnhart Jr fan it was wonderful to hear Earnhart Jr, Steve LeTarte, and TJ Majors interact on the radio. The change in attitude for Dale Earnhart Jr was very evident on the radio from years past. In past years if he had a car like he did on Sunday, he seemed to give up. Sunday night not so much.
Jimmie Johnson was having a good race until a late race incident coming out of turn 2 onto the back stretch. It appeared that Johnson was unware that he, Sam Hornish Jr. and Ryan Newman were running three wide coming off the corner and turned up into Hornish Jr causing a pile up.
Middle Georgia Favorite David Ragan
David Ragan did not have the finish that all of his local fans were hoping he would have. Ragan ended up several laps down by the end of the night.
Checkered Flag win by Denny Hamlin
This was Denny Hamlin's second consecutive win, following Bristol last week. Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. battled all night for the top position, with Hamlin coming out on top in the end. The Toyota cars had the best handle on the track transistion from day to evening racing, and were able to put multiple cars down laps without seeming to have any problems. At one point in the night there were only 13 cars on the lead lap.Tweet Follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/scienceesl