BRISTOL, Tenn. Tony Stewart should have won the race. And when he didn't, it gave Denny Hamlin a clear shot at victory.
But the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers failed to seal the deal again at Bristol Motor Speedway, and Jeff Burton and his Richard Childress Racing teammates were there to capitalize. Burton scored his first victory at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading teammates Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer to the first 1-2-3 sweep in RCR history by pouncing when the JGR drivers faltered at the very end Sunday.
"We did the little things right," Burton said. "That's the sign that this team's matured."
DJ TRIBUTES: Dale Jarrett was honored before the final points race of his career, when NASCAR, his peers and the fans at Bristol Motor Speedway showed their appreciation to the retiring champion. NASCAR president Mike Helton began the festivities in the pre-race driver meetings by calling Jarrett to the front of the room to present him with a commemorative collage of photos spanning Jarrett's 24 years in NASCAR. The 42 other drivers and crew chiefs gave Jarrett a standing ovation.
Jarrett, a three-time Daytona 500 winner and the 1999 Cup champion, then addressed his fellow drivers for a final time.
"Enjoy this," Jarrett said. "We all have our time in this, and mine has been fantastic."