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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Results Following the STP 500

After not winning any races at Martinsville for his career, Kyle Busch got out the broom on Sunday.

Streaks are meant to end at some point.  The Golden State Warriors just saw a streak of wins at home come to a close.  It was a couple years ago when WWE fans witnessed The Undertaker fall at the biggest event of the year, culminating his own winning streak.

Ending losing streaks are just as shocking, but often come with a different response.  In 2011, the Wood Brothers returned to victory lane for the first time since 2003.  Dale Earnhardt’s most famous winless streak came to a conclusion in 1998 with his Daytona 500 victory.

What about a driver not having one win on any platform at one track?  Where does that rank.

If you ask Kyle Busch, it ranks very high, especially with the trophy that comes with it.  On Saturday, he ended his own personal winless streak at Martinsville by taking home his first victory in 34 tries at the small “Paper Clip” track.

On Sunday, he was going for a sweep of both grandfather clocks.  What he ended up doing was not only taking both clocks home, but doing so in dominant fashion.  With the most laps led, the M&M’s Toyota and team made it clear they were on a quest to ensure they will defend their title.

That victory keeps another streak alive as well, one in the League.  Six races, six weeks of winners.  Two writers got a victory this week, one getting their first, but another streak ends at the same time.  There is a new leader in the points, which came because one pick saw their race end abruptly.

Here’s where we stand after the STP 500:

 

Ashley McCubbin (226) Jimmie Johnson finished 9th – 2

Dustin Parks (210) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 14th – 1

Sal Sigala Jr (206) Jimmie Johnson finished 9th – 1

Patti Rodisch (199) Jimmie Johnson finished 9th – 2

Ashley Hull (196) Denny Hamlin finished 39th – 4

Misan Akuya (180) Jamie McMurray finished 23rd – 2

Kara Martin (180) Kyle Busch WON – 1

Rob Blount (176) Kyle Busch WON – 2

Mary Jo Buchanan (171) Jimmie Johnson finished 9th – 1

Rob Tiongson (170) Denny Hamlin finished 39th – 2

Billy Fellin (168) Denny Hamlin finished 39th – 1

Ashley Hobbs (151) Jimmie Johnson finished 9th – 1

Klarissa Mitchell (110) Denny Hamlin finished 39th – 0

Stephen Conley (75) Denny Hamlin finished 39th – 0

 

Next Race:  Sunday’s action was at a track that was short and congested.  But, NASCAR is heading to a place where size certainly matters.  Normally in the fall, the focus is on the team that calls AT&T Stadium home.  On this particular Sunday, that same stadium is hosting the biggest professional wrestling event of the year, Wrestlemania, and is expected to break the all-time indoor attendance record for such an event.

Just down the road, NASCAR is hitting the track at a venue that has been on the schedule since 1997, but now doubles their action with two races each year.  The spring race, however, is a first for the 2016 season.  It’s not a Sunday afternoon when the green flag waves, but instead will happen on a Saturday evening, and will finish with the bright lights shining down.

It’s a trip to the south, where cowboy hats and longhorn cows are a way of life for some.  It’s the Texas Motor Speedway, where everything is bigger, including the action.

Writers, it’s a short week since it’s under the lights on Saturday night.  But the deadline is still the same, because you are all due with picks by 10 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 7, for the Duck Commander 500.

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