How the race was won
Busch Busch didn't have a winning car, but he did have pit strategy on his side. When the leaders pitted on Lap 274, Busch stayed out, hoping to make it to the end on fuel. He inherited the lead and was declared the winner when rain finally arrived on Lap 284.
Stories of the race
Tony Stewart had a win slip from his grasp again.
Rain threatened all day and when it finally arrived it caught a bunch of top drivers off guard.
Give 'em credit
Michael Waltrip: He insisted he would have passed Kurt Busch if the race had gone back to green, which is probably true. But what else is true is that someone else would have passed Waltrip in the remaining 17 laps. Still, he earned a much-needed second-place finish.
What were they thinking?
Juan Pablo Montoya: It's one thing to let a driver know you're angry by putting a donut on the side of his car. It's another to wreck him completely, as Montoya did to Kyle Busch.
Steve Addington: Why did he call Kyle Busch in to pit on Lap 274? There was nothing to gain by bringing him in, and had Addington left him out, Busch would have still been ahead of his brother, who wound up winning the race.
In n Out
Mears Greg Biffle formally announced he's re-signed with Roush Fenway Racing. On the flip side, Rick Hendrick let everyone know that Casey Mears will not be in the No. 5 car next season. But who will? That will be a huge story going forward.
Head of the class?
Considering that none of the four rookies are higher than 33rd in the points, does winning Rookie of the Year honors this year even mean anything?
Grading the race
Not bad. There was some good racing within the top 10 and had the race gone back to green instead of ending when the rain came we likely would have seen one of the better finishes of the season. Grade: B-
From the source
Michael Waltrip: "I will correct anyone, the rain isn't why I'm sitting here (being interviewed for finishing second). The reason why I'm sitting here is because we got an opportune caution late in the race and took advantage of race position, the same thing we were unable to do all day long last Sunday in California."
Tony Stewart: "The result today wasn't indicative of how our car was and how hard our team worked. Everybody did a great job. That's racing man."