Denny Hamlin’s lone win of the season came at Loudon this July, and was definitely the high point for the season as much as finishing positions were concerned.
Jeff Green and the No. 66 team struggled through the first four races of the year, but hit on something in the first Car of Tomorrow event at Bristol. After qualifying ninth – his best start of the season – Green came home in sixth position.
The 2007 season started with a bang, as David Gilliland captured the pole for the season-opening Daytona 500 and finished an encouraging eighth in that prestigious event.
After losing his cool and hitting the wall during Saturday night’s Busch Series race in Kentucky, Carl Edwards arrived at MIS in the wee hours of Sunday morning with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. However, his good friend and crew chief, Bob Osborne, sat the driver down and said to put the whole thing behind him. Edwards did just that.
Here’s the scenario: NASCAR’s CEO was commenting on continued falling TV ratings that are plaguing the sport as of late. In need of an explanation, none other than Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s name came up – unprovoked. “It would have helped if he would have been competitive,” said France. “He didn’t win an event, and he certainly didn’t make our playoffs. And that’s unhelpful if you’re trying to build ratings.” So, there it is. Laid out as plain as day from the mouth of the man who can do no wrong! You, Junior fans, are the reason television ratings were down 13% from 2006. Shame on you!
Kyle Busch won the spring contest at Bristol, after Jeff Burton chose not to nudge him out of the way en route to the checkered flag. That same weekend, Busch led 89 laps during the Busch Series event en route to a third-place finish.
The week-long banquet celebration just concluded its 27th year in New York City amidst rumors it could be moved elsewhere. With no racetrack in the immediate vicinity, does the banquet belong in the Big Apple?
Jeff Burton’s six finishes of sixth or better through the season’s first seven races kept him among the top three in the points standings through the end of April.
After starting 40th in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, Ward Burton came on strong, finishing on the lead lap in 14th position. It was a wise decision by the team to have their best run of the season at a track that pays well.
It took almost eight months, but Toyota’s best hope heading into ’07 finally flexed its muscle in October. Coming up a surprising third at the fall race at Talladega, Dave Blaney followed up that performance with a sixth-place finish at Lowe’s, contending throughout the race in both events.