In the first 100 laps of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday, which were caution free, drivers cycled through two sets of green-flag pit stops and it looked like Jimmie Johnson was in his own zip code.
But as was probably to be expected, in the last 55 laps there were four cautions and that just was enough to give guys opportunities to make adjustments on their cars and to take fuel mileage out of it, especially with that caution that came with 24 laps to go. It bunched the drivers up enough and came late enough in the race that we saw some pretty aggressive racing.
I think now we can honestly say, even though there's only two drivers mathematically eliminated - that's Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. - we've got two drivers and two races and we only have one championship trophy.
To see these two guys, it's almost a rerun of a year ago just with two different players. Last year, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards were finishing first and second race after rac...