WHAT HAPPENED: Martin pitted under green, then fell victim moments later when a caution came out and he was caught a lap down. He never made it up and wound up 14th. But he’s looking forward to Kansas, where he dominated last season en route to the win.
SPEAKING: “We are excited about going back to Kansas. It’s cut out of the mold of the 1.5-mile tracks that have really been our bread and butter over the years,” Martin said.
DRIVER: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
TEAM: Dale Earnhardt Inc.
CAR: No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet
CHASE POINTS: Seventh, -102
POSITION CHANGE: None
WHAT HAPPENED: Earnhardt had an early flat tire, and was caught a lap down after pitting under green. After failing to make any Chase progress the past two weeks, he’s starting to feel a bit deflated.
SPEAKING: “It has been a really frustrating Chase for us. We’ve let some solid top-five, top-10 runs slip away. But I’m confident going into this weekend because we’ve improved a ton on these big flat tracks like Chicago, Michigan and California. The chassis we’re taking has four straight top-six finishes, so we’d like that streak to continue,” Earnhardt said.
DRIVER: Jimmie Johnson
TEAM: Hendrick Motorsports
CAR: No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet
CHASE POINTS: Eighth, -136
POSITION CHANGE: Plus 1
WHAT HAPPENED: Johnson had poor pit strategy that had him fighting for position all day. He wound up 13th.
SPEAKING: “We have eight races remaining and we go to Kansas this weekend. In our four races there we have only qualified outside the top four once and finished outside the top 10 just once. Our goal this weekend is to win practice, win the pole, and win the race,” Johnson said.
DRIVER: Kasey Kahne
TEAM: Evernham Motorsports
CAR: No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge