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Mirror Driving: Johnson’s Place In History, Brian France Rewriting History, And Kenseth Looking Back On History

Jimmie Johnson took his second consecutive Nextel Cup title Sunday, joining Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, and Jeff Gordon as the sixth driver in the modern era to put together back-to-back title runs. Should Johnson now be considered among the best drivers in the modern era?

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2007 Ford 400 at Homestead

1. Matt's Momentum - Matt Kenseth has had a great second half of the Chase, posting finishes of fifth, fourth, second, third, and first in the last five races - an average finish of 3.0. Six races ago, Kenseth was 12th in the points - Sunday, he finished the season in fourth. With all the talk about how critical it is to carry momentum to Daytona, you have to figure Kenseth must be feeling pretty good about the '08 season ahead.

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Bubble Breakdown: Bill Davis In, Wood Brothers Out; Top 35 Locked in for 2008

Dave Blaney not only held onto the final bubble position, he made a statement, carrying the Toyota banner once again with a solid 13th-place finish. It was the team's best run in over a month and moved them above the No. 45 - who clinched a spot in the Top 35 last week at Phoenix - into 34th in car owner points. To see who locked up a spot for the first five races of 2008 - as well as a recap of what happened around the Top 35 in 2007 - check out this week's edition of the Bubble Breakdown.

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Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Home Sweet Homestead

We've been to Texas and Phoenix since our last diary. Starting with Texas, our Circle Bar Racing Team went there with the Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150 with our guns loaded and had a top-five finish, but it wasn't that easy. It sort of left a mark with that last green/white/checkered finish that we had. Thank goodness NASCAR only has one of those.

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NASCAR Stuff We Can’t Make Up – November 15, 2007

Before last week's race in Phoenix, I got an email from NASCAR.com entitled "The Chase continues at Phoenix International Speedway." It was an opt-in email that included information about the schedule for TrackPass, items for sale in the NASCAR.com Superstore, and so forth. But I think there's a reason that the folks who built the Phoenix track named it "Phoenix International Raceway" and not "Phoenix International Speedway" - as it's called in this email. PIR is an acceptable acronym; the alternative, uh, not so much...

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Voices from the Heartland: Is Brian France Stupid or Does He Not Understand The Word Contract?

In February, NASCAR CEO Brian France, on the subject of lower television ratings, said "my view on television ratings, I mean, we look at them a little bit longer cycle or window than maybe you would think we would. TV ratings, depending on storylines, other competing things that are going around, are going to go down and up a little bit. We don't get too hung up on it. We went down a little bit. My expectation is we'll be up in TV ratings in '07 for the all the reasons I mentioned in my opening remarks, all the momentum we have that we didn't have last year."

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Mirror Driving: Jeff Gordon No Longer Number One? Is Parity In NASCAR Done? And Truck Series Fun…

Jimmie Johnson's remarkable achievement of four wins in a row gave him double-digit victories for the first time since 1998, when teammate Jeff Gordon dominated the sport. Should Johnson continue on and win his second straight title, is it fair to say the No. 1 driver in the Hendrick stable is now him - not Gordon?

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Johnny Benson Didn’t Get The Memo

Apparently, Johnny Benson is not up to speed with what can only be titled the "new" NASCAR. That is, a NASCAR that endorses "team racing" as a legitimate and increasingly integral part of its sanctioned racing events. This became evident last Friday night during the running of the Craftsman Truck Series Casino Arizona 150 at Phoenix International Raceway, when Benson passed his Bill Davis Racing teammate Mike Skinner to better his finishing position. The supposed problem with that? Skinner is a championship contender, running neck-and-neck with Ron Hornaday Jr. for a title in which every point will make a difference.

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