Jimmie Johnson celebrates winning the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix International Raceway, his seventh victory of 2009. (Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)Sunday’s Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix International Raceway was boring and I’m not saying that because Jimmie Johnson won. I’m saying it because it was boring, and the drama that involved Dale Earnhardt Jr. did not help things, like, at all.

Or maybe I thought it was boring because I was too caught up in trying on the dress I bought for the Sprint Cup Awards Ceremony. On Saturday, I went dress shopping with my mom and missed all of the Denny Hamlin/Brad Keselowski hullabaloo from the Nationwide race. On Sunday, I bought my dress, after starting with 10 contenders I found “the one” half an hour before the race started, and I really, really like it. I have to be honest, until I leave for Vegas this is all I’m going to be thinking about. I’m over Jimmie, and I’ve made peace with Dale’s season (Is it 2010 yet??!). I’m all about Champion’s Week; I’m counting down the days!

In other news…

– It’s safe to search the site again. There were issues with the Google Custom Search getting hijacked, but I’ve updated the code and the coast is clear.

And now, Phoenix photo fun time after the jump!


Arsenio Hall interviews Scott Speed at Phoenix International Raceway for a segment for the Jay Leno Show. (Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Arsenio Hall interviews Scott Speed at Phoenix International Raceway for a segment for the Jay Leno Show. (Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Ron Hornaday Jr. celebrates winning his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. Hornaday is the oldest driver to win a championship in NASCAR's three national series. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Ron Hornaday Jr. celebrates winning his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. Hornaday is the oldest driver to win a championship in NASCAR’s three national series. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Martin Truex Jr. is all smiles after a qualifying effort that gave him his third Coors Light Pole Award of the season. (Photo Credit: Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)

Martin Truex Jr. is all smiles after a qualifying effort that gave him his third Coors Light Pole Award of the season. (Photo Credit: Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)

Miss Phoenix Ursulline Okonkwo served as an honorary crew member for Baker-Curb Racing during the Able Body Labor 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. (Photo Credit: Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)

Miss Phoenix Ursulline Okonkwo served as an honorary crew member for Baker-Curb Racing during the Able Body Labor 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. (Photo Credit: Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)

Joey Logano poses with honorary race official Sgt. Slaughter prior to the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix International Raceway. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Joey Logano poses with honorary race official Sgt. Slaughter prior to the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix International Raceway. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Denny Hamlin sits in his car waiting for practice to start for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix International Raceway. (Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Denny Hamlin sits in his car waiting for practice to start for the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix International Raceway. (Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Edwards was unable to do his trademark backflip because of his previously broken foot, so he did a somersault to celebrate his win for the fans at Phoenix International Raceway. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Edwards was unable to do his trademark backflip because of his previously broken foot, so he did a somersault to celebrate his win for the fans at Phoenix International Raceway. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)