The Key Moment: Dale Earnhardt Jr. lost a left-rear wheel off the No. 8 car moments after a green-white-checkered restart at Atlanta, sealing the win for race leader Jimmie Johnson. Honestly, he did – Johnson had gotten such a good jump that it was doubtful Carl Edwards would have caught him. In a Nutshell: Tepid processional racing …
Ryan Newman appeared ready to get around Jimmie Johnson; however, he had to back down when David Ragan’s spin caused the race to end at Martinsville.
When Jeff Gordon buzzed the rear tires on the final restart at Charlotte, Clint Bowyer ran into the back of him, propelling the No. 24 forward.
A shove from the No. 22 car of Dave Blaney gave Jeff Gordon enough momentum to pass his teammate on the last lap at Talladega.
Clint Bowyer was trying to reel in Greg Biffle when Juan Pablo Montoya slapped the wall and blew a tire, forcing the race at Kansas to end under caution.
Carl Edwards elected to stay out on worn tires during the penultimate caution period at Dover, and he was able to hold off Greg Biffle on four fresh tires.
This one at Loudon was pretty well decided when the green flag flew. After resuming the lead on lap 185, Clint Bowyer drove away at will.
Jimmie Johnson left the pits in the lead during the final caution period at Richmond Saturday night and was never headed.
With 100 laps remaining Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief, Chad Knaus, guaranteed a victory at Fontana and Johnson pulled through in fine fashion.
Carl Edwards used the No. 55 car as a pick to pass Kasey Kahne on lap 335, and from there, he drove off into the night at Bristol.
Pat Tryson’s call to leave leader Kurt Busch out on the track during the final two cautions ultimately proved to the be the correct one at Michigan.
Jeff Gordon spun himself out heading into turn 1 with two laps to go, setting up a furious battle between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards for the win at the Glen.