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Race Grade: B+
Several plot twists and turns made this an entertaining race, but I would have liked to see more racing for the lead from start to finish.
F for Stanton Barrett
We know he is a stunt car driver, but does he have to crash like one so often? Stanton is racing’s answer to the "Peter Principle"...he has advanced to the level of his incompetence.
D for Jeff Gordon
Once again, this team did just about everything wrong to get themselves in a bad situation. It is hard to believe this team used to be the most dominant team in the sport not so long ago!
C for Tony Stewart
This team struggled most of the day, forcing them to risk short-pitting at the end of the race and costing Tony a Top 10. It will take better finishes than 18th-place for Tony to win the title and do the ultimate fence-climbing in Miami!
B for Kyle Petty
Kyle’s 8th-place finish matches his season best. This strong run is a shock to newer fans, but a fond remembrance for us old fans of just how strong Kyle used to race! That sure was a Mello Yello looking run, Mister Petty.
A for Jimmie Johnson
After struggling off and on during the summer. this team could put it all together for another strong run to the finish. Will this be the year Jimmie Johnson stops being the Bridesmaid?
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