As I predicted, Jeff Gordon won at Talladega. The first COT race at a restrictor plate race was, surprisingly, a lot like the ones in the old car. Fairly dicey crashes bookended by long green flag runs. The last few laps were exciting: the Penske cars were there at the end. But for a lot of flailing around by the 20 car of Tony Stewart, it could have been Newman and Busch in the first and second slots instead of Gordon and Johnson.
Standings - One thing is clear, unless Lowe's and Martinsville shake things up a bit, the champion will be either Johnson, Gordon, Bowyer, or Stewart. Ho-hum.