The Frontstretch: Yesterday's NASCAR News...or is it? by Amy Henderson -- Monday May 22, 2006

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Yesterday's NASCAR News...or is it?

That's History: NASCAR's Checkered (Flag) Past, One Story at a Time · Amy Henderson · Monday May 22, 2006


Time flies, whether you’re having fun or not; that’s just a fact of life. But it’s kind of funny and kind of sobering to look at how quickly things change. My computer had a meltdown recently (but the new laptop kind of makes up for it) and I had to have all my files recovered off the fried hard drive. As I was sorting through them, I got looking at some of my writing from the last two years plus here at the Frontstretch. In particular, the headlines from back then really caught my eye. Here are some of the stories that we talked about:

From August 2004:
Biffle to Cut Back on Busch
Greg Biffle announced on Thursday that he wall scale back his NASCAR Busch Series efforts next season in order to concentrate on his Nextel Cup team. Biffle, who has run every race in both series this year for Roush Racing, will enter only about 15 Busch Series races next year.

Uh"¦so much for that idea"¦

From September 2004:
Totally Moving
Starting Monday, September 6, FOX Sports Network’s NASCAR news program, Totally NASCAR, will change air times from 5:30 Eastern to 7:30 Eastern Time. Totally NASCAR features news from NASCAR’s top divisions and appearances by Fox race announcers.

And then everything moved to Speed Channel"¦something some people are still waiting for. Thank goodness for RPM2Nite’s impending return"¦welcome back, ESPN!

From September 2004:
Nextel Cup Trophy to be Unveiled
The Nextel Cup trophy will make its first public on track appearance on Friday morning at New Hampshire International Speedway. The trophy will be on hand in Victory Lane, where it will be photographed along with the drivers who will be vying for it for the next ten weeks. The ten drivers in the Nextel Cup Chase for the Championship will attend the promotional media event. The trophy, created by Tiffany & Co., is made of sterling silver on a wood base, is two feet tall, and weighs in at 27 pounds. Although drivers will receive a trophy, the base is perpetual and will have a plaque engraved with each champion’s name and the year he won the title starting with 1948 champion Red Byron.

It is a beautiful trophy…just ask Kurt and Tony"¦

From November 2004:
Chevrolet Looking to Break NASCAR Record
With a win by a Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nextel Cup season finale this Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the manufacturer would set a modern-era record of 23 Cup victories in a single season. Chevy also holds the current record of 22 wins in a season set in 1980, and matched that last weekend at Darlington with Jimmie Johnson’s victory there.

Biffle may have changed his mind about running fewer Busch races, but that didn’t keep him from raining on Chevrolet’s parade.

Finally, from October 2004:
Martin to Retire Too
The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series will say goodbye to yet another of its veteran stars in 2005. Mark Martin, a series regular since 1988, will hang up his driving shoes after next season. Often called the best driver never to win a Nextel Cup Series championship, Martin has a shot at the title this year as one of the ten drivers in the Chase for the Championship. Martin is currently fifth in points behind leader Kurt Busch.

Whoops! Guess that didn’t happen yet"¦

It’s hard to believe that these stories were making headlines just two years ago; it seems like longer, and it seems like yesterday. I guess That’s History"¦

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