Man, really wanted Gordon to get that win. Now I have to deal with Hammer gloating for another week
It's not often you see a pit crew win the race for you -- normally they can just lose it -- but last night the 11 crew got Hamlin off the pits first, and after that, I felt pretty good. In fact, you could see it in Grubb's eyes when they asked him going into the GWC. He said, "we have a pretty good short run car," all smiles. By the way, how nice was it seeing tires matter? I don't remember another race this year in which every one would pit every chance they got. (Of course there were only a few cars on lead lap, which helps).
Also, although they all do it, I hate when drivers say, "I should have put the bumper to him, I would have won the race, but I didn't, I'm too nice," like Gordon did last night. Hamlin said it about the 54 after the Richmond NW race, to be fair.
I just want Rel to tell me he thinks the 48, 2, and 11 are the championship contenders now.
Heading into next week, you have to think Busch who has a 12 point/position lead will get the spot over Gordon, unless something bad happens. He's won 4/7 (all Spring) Richmond races, and his average finish is like 4.5 or something. But unlike last year, it's cool that the 24, 39, 18, 20, and 9 can all get in with a win, and the 99 can get in with a win and something bad happening to the 18 and 24.
Interestingly, at one point last night, Busch was in the top ten in points (according to a tweet, i'm not sure how that was correct), which put Kahne and Stewart in the WC spots, making it impossible for Gordon to make the WC. So Gordon needs Stewart to stay ahead of the 18 at Richmond too.