Then Richmond fell like Las Vegas, Atlanta, Bristol, Martinsville and Phoenix before it: With a whimper from Kasey Kahne, a weak charge from Carl Edwards and a tantrum or two from Tony Stewart.
Greg Biffle, you're NASCAR's last hope. Please keep your hold on Darlington Raceway, where you'll try to win your third straight race this weekend.
Somebody has to do something to end this Hendrick onslaught, because seven wins in the last eight Nextel Cup races is hardly the parity NASCAR was looking for this season. Although Hendrick has suddenly taken on the look of the 1927 New York Yankees, the competition isn't conceding just yet.
“I'm real confident that I can go back to Darlington and have a chance at winning again,” Biffle said Monday. “Now, they may finish first, second, third again ... but I feel like we have a good opportunity there.”
Recent statistics show otherwise.
Jimmie Johnson led a Hendrick parade at Richmond International Raceway, where he scored his fourth win of the season on Sunday while leading teammate Kyle Busch across the finish line. Hendrick cars actually ran 1-2-3 for the final 100 miles, but Jeff Gordon slipped to fourth right at the end.