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Each week, Frontstretch Staff Writer Becca Gladden looks at the prior weekend’s Nextel Cup race from a reporter’s point of view, covering the “Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How” of the race, the drivers, the TV coverage, and even the commercials! Check back here every Wednesday for Becca’s fun and thought-provoking commentary.
Who ... is leading all drivers in the all-important category of bonus points so far this year? Greg Biffle,who is outpacing the field with 85. Biffle’s 4th place finish at Infineon also boosted him to 9th in the points, and gave him seven straight Top 10 finishes.
What ... is one of the most unusual ways for a driver to get to a race? Well, speaking of Greg Biffle, he got to the track on Sunday by way of a Chinook helicopter, courtesy of the Army National Guard, one of his primary sponsors.
When ... is a lug nut worth $4000? When it’s part of Infineon Raceway’s postrace “track walk.” Fans were invited to walk the road course after the checkered flag to hunt for hidden treasure – five golden lug nuts -which could be traded for prizes like a flat-panel television and a $4,000 Snap-On tool box.
Where ... has the first half of the 2006 NASCAR season gone? Seems like just a short time ago that we were gearing up for Speedweeks, and now we’re days away from the Pepsi 400. Although it is the 17th race of a 36-race season, it is considered the unofficial halfway point, and it marks the last race that FOX will cover this year. Two of the subsequent three races will air on TNT, and after that broadcasts will vary between TNT and NBC, with the final eight races of the Chase all shown on NBC.
Why ... do team owners continue to substitute so-called “ringers” in NASCAR’s two yearly road race events? I understand the theory behind it, but in practice it didn’t work out too well, at least at this race. Three of the better known substitute drivers finished 30th or worse – Scott Pruett in 30th, P.J. Jones in 36th, and Ron Fellows in 37th. Only road racer Boris Said finished in the top ten, despite trading paint with Tony Stewart several times throughout the race.
How ... close is Jeff Gordon to tying Dale Earnhardt on the all-time win list? With Sunday’s victory at Infineon, Gordon has 74 wins and needs just two more to tie Earnhardt’s 76 – ranking them fifth in all-time wins.Ã‚ Gordon also has more than twice as many wins as his nearest competitor among active drivers, Mark Martin, who has 35 wins.
Rebecca (Becca) Gladden is a freelance writer covering NASCAR’s Nextel Cup series for two of the internet’s most popular racing websites. You can visit Becca’s website at www.RebeccaGladden.com for a complete listing of her articles, polls, unique NASCAR news, and more!
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Would you consider Terry Labonte a “ringer” this year for Hall of Fame Racing? He ran the first five races due to his champion’s provisional, but he is also running the two road courses for the #96 team. A third place finish would be a successful ringer in my book. I’d like to see Tony Raines get some road course experience, but he had to have learned some valuable things watching Terry this week.
I wouldn’t consider Terry Labonte a “ringer.” He’s not a road racing specialist in the way that guys like Pruett, Fellows and Said are.
Becca Gladden is no longer a contributor to the Frontstretch, but you can see all her past articles on herbiography and archive page.