After Sunday’s very early wreck at Talladega, Paul Menard (pictured above) is running away with this year’s FLOPPER award. His lead now rivals Jimmie Johnson’s at the top of the Sprint Cup standings.

Big congratulations to former FLOPPER contender Jamie McMurray who won the race this weekend. He had been in the standings consistently through two races ago. After four straight finishes of 28th or worse, McMurray took sixth at Martinsville and won Talladega. McMurray now has two of his three career wins at Daytona and Talladega. Looks like a Michael Waltrip type of resume. Also, Bobby Labonte’s 10th-place finish moved him far away from the FLOPPER lead.

Unless Menard can come through with three straight top 10s to end the season, I think he has the title wrapped up. He might even have this thing clinched before we reach Homestead, Jimmie Johnson-style.
(All Left Turns contributor Dale Watermill is the creator of the Watermill Score and the FLOPPER Award and edits the racing statistics blog 36 Races. E-mail him at 36races@gmail.com.)
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