In the end it was little known David Gilliland, driving part-time for an underfunded, brand new team that broke through and won in Kentucky.
Gilliland’s high point occurred at the Busch Series race at Kentucky, when he became the first non-Nextel Cup regular to win a Busch race in 2006.
In the Nextel Cup finale, Greg Biffle held off Martin Truex Jr. in a green-white-checkered finish to win the Ford 400 at Homestead.
$5,282,231 – total purse for the UAW-Ford 500.
Brian Vickers bumped Jimmie Johnson from behind in the wrong place, sending Johnson straight into the No. 8 while Vickers streaked by to win the UAW-Ford 500.
Kevin Harvick dominated the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Sunday, leading 118 of the final 123 laps to take the checkered flag for the second week in a row.
Bobby Labonte was the big loser on the day. Labonte was running solidly in the mid-teens when he was tagged by Kurt Busch on lap 209.
While the race to the Chase may have been set at Richmond, with the top 10 now locked in to compete for the Cup title, the battle for the Top 35 is still less than three-quarters of the way complete. With 10 races left on the schedule, there are still plenty of opportunities for teams …