Jeff Burton tames Thunder Valley

Batesville, Arkansas’ Mark Martin sat out his first race of the season as the NASCAR circuit invaded Bristol. Aric Almirola piloted the 8 DEI U.S. Army car to an 8th place finish today by staying out of trouble.

Jeff Burton got Chevy its first win this season. Startlingly, Hendrick Motorsports remains winless. Last year, the team won half the races.

Richard Childress Racing had a 1, 2, 3 finish — with Harvick and Bowyer following closely behind Burton’s AT&T Chevy.

Hopefully, the strong Childress finish bodes well for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. — the two teams share an engine package.

Mark Martin has — over the radio following races — been a bit critical of the engines, saying the motors aren’t “big” enough.

For most of his 20 year career, Mark specialized in taking under-powered cars to victory lane. Now that he’s gotten a taste of “big” Hendrick engines, it sounds like he’s a little spoiled.

Next weekend, Mark will be in Batesville, at his Ford dealership (which also houses Mark’s museum), hosting Fan Days. Tens of thousands of Martin fans from all over the world will converge on my hometown to shake the hand of the man who makes racing fun.

Tony Stewart, Kenny Schrader, Aric Almirola, Joey Logano, and Ricky Carmichael will also be on hand to sign autographs.

ESPN – Stewart wreck helps Burton, Chevrolet get first win; RCR goes 1-2-3 – Nascar

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