• The checkered flag in Sunday’s race had barely stopped waving when some fans on social media were already complaining about NASCAR waving the caution flag for an accident on the last lap. In my opinion, cautions should be called for the same reasons at the end of a race as they are during a race, although NASCAR has made distinctions in the past. In this case, Austin Dillon’s car got airborne on the backstretch and at the time there was no way to tell whether he was injured or not. NASCAR should never put itself in position to leave driver safety to chance.
• It’s been a big month for owner Chip Ganassi. In the last 30 days, Ganassi’s Grand Am team won a series championship, his driver Scott Dixon clinched this year’s IndyCar Series championship Saturday night in Fontana, Calif., and NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray ended his two-year winless streak with a victory Sunday at Talladega.
• Jimmie Johnson is the Sprint Cup Series points leader and the next race on the schedule is at Martinsville, Va., where he has won an astounding eight times in his career. We’ve seen this move before – many times.
How the Chase contenders faired:
“I’ve never seen guys have that much patience here in my life,” he said.
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