There were more winners at Bristol this weekend than Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, and more losers than Greg Biffle and Joey Logano.
Below are my picks for the folks who won out this race weekend, and those who can claim the title of Bristol’s biggest losers.
Mark Martin and Ryan Newman finally had a little luck and ended on a high note, putting them well inside the top 35 points standings. The champ, Jimmie Johnson, managed to sneak into the chase (was there ever any doubt?). And Marcos Ambrose put together an impressive race, finishing in the top ten for Michael Waltrip racing.
Aric Almirola and Paul Menard still have to qualify on time at Martinsville. And poor Travis Kvapil desperately needed a good race, but he ended 39th in owners points, in addition to losing his ride (hopefully temporarily) to boot.
Winners: Ned Jarrett was a welcome familiar face in the broadcast group, joining his boy Dale and former colleague Dr. Jerry Punch as they called the Saturday night Legends race. And don’t forget old-timer L.D. Ottinger who ran the wheels off his race car on Saturday night.
Losers: Digger–did I miss something, or was there no Digger episode this week? And Mr. Excitement Jimmy Spencer…he ran well during the Legends race, but he sure lived up to his nickname during practice when he wrecked fan favorite Junior Johnson.
Winners: The fans who attended Saturday’s races. Both the Nationwide and Legends races were sheer entertainment a darn good time.
Losers: I hate to call fans losers, but the fans who attended Sunday’s race witnessed one of the most boring Bristol races ever. Here’s hoping the August race will be better!