Sound familiar?

Jimmie Johnson pulls out a win. Dale Junior’s promising run ends in catastrophe. And Juan Pablo Montoya scores a top five finish.

Yup, California may have been a different track. But Sunday’s race was the same old story.

Of course, there were a few small Sunday surprises – like the strong finishes of Casey Mears, David Ragan and Sam Hornish Jr. But all in all, Fontana just didn’t have any shock value. (Unless you’re Richard Petty and all four of your cars ended the day in a crunched up mess)

In my book, the most entertaining moments of the day were Jesse McCartney’s embarrassing flub-up of The Star Spangled Banner and watching the ailing Kyle Busch get pulled from his race car.

Maybe my expectations for Sunday were too high from the get-go. After watching Saturday’s Nationwide race, I was all hyped up for some head-to-head racing at every turn, a few dramatic cautions and possibly post-race fisticuffs. But instead there was just phantom debris, a mildly belligerent Kasey Kahne, and Jimmie Johnson back in the Chase lead.

Ho-hum. Let’s hope the Sprint Cup race in Charlotte packs more of a punch!