HMS Continues Dominance
The Nextel Cup season is starting to look a whole lot like the NBA. The San Antonio Spurs (Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and occasionally Kyle Busch) hang around the lead for three quarters while the Phoenix Suns (Denny Hamlin or Tony Stewart) look poised for victory. Then the Spurs (Gordon this week) take control in the fourth quarter to win like they seemingly always do. Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards (everybody else in the field) scratch their heads and wonder what it’s going to take to break up these teams while LeBron James (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) continues to sell more souvenirs than anybody in the league. Nice analogy, huh?
Gordon held off lap leader Denny Hamlin with steam literally spewing out from under his hood to win for the third time in the past four weeks and give Hendrick Motorsports its eighth win in the past nine races, including all five Car of Tomorrow events. Teammate Jimmy Johnson finished third, the seventh time HMS has had two cars in the top three. Earnhardt, NASCAR’s most popular driver, finished eighth to cap off a week in which he announced he would leave the company his father built to start the biggest free agent frenzy the sport has ever seen. Next week, NASCAR heads to the Lowes Motor Speedway for the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge featuring Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and 21 other drivers.