The first half of the race was pretty dull, following the examples set at Pocono
. The TNT team calling the race tried to spice things up by uttering breathless gasps and grunts whenever a car sent up the tiniest puff of dust. It's pretty sad when you doze off during the race and startle awake for the commercials.
As the laps wound down, the drivers started getting a little friskier. And we all know that when race car drivers get frisky, the race gets interesting. There were plenty of loopty-loops and big-ass dust clouds to keep the TNT announcers gasping for breath. We will be posting the best of these whoopsies a little later tonight.
Rounding out the top five were Stewart, Marcos Ambrose, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin. Veteran road racer Boris Said finished 24th, but only because he failed to wreck the first 23 finishers.