Jeff Gordon finished second, continuing with his dominant runs this year. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also ran strong, finishing third, but he ended Matt Kenseth's day early after he got up on the curb and his car jumped sideways into Kenseth, who crashed into the tire barrier.
Earnhardt immediately took the blame for the wreck and told his team it was entirely his fault. The media made a big deal out of the run in, even questioning Dale Jr on Tuesday. They wanted to know if the two had talked and, it seemed, once again tried to turn an on track accident (and momentary brain lapse) into a rivalry. Jr. dispatched them quickly, saying the two had definitely talked, and asking if there was some kind of time limit.
@jeff_gluck actually chatted this afternoon. It's Tuesday. Did I beat the deadline?
In any case, it seems to be water under the bridge now, and the teams run a Saturday night race at Kentucky. The track is known for being bumpy, uneven and bone jarring. The truck race ran last night, with (no surprise) Kyle Busch getting to the checkers first. However, his truck failed post-race inspection, being found too low in the front. Kyle has started, and won, five truck races this season. Over on the Cup side, however, he is not have the same kind of season.
Hendrick Motor Sports has the top three spots in the standings as of Sonoma's race, with Jeff Gordon leading the way. Kevin Harvick has the ninth position, while Ryan Newman, the driver he swapped rides with this year, has the eighth spot. Ryan and Richard Childress Racing announced this week that Caterpillar has renewed sponsorship of Ryan's number 31 for the coming season. Full details were not announced.
I honestly don't know who to pick at Kentucky, as it isn't a track I have traditionally paid a lot of attention to, but I'll be around for the race on Saturday night.
Who ya got?