As longtime readers of this column know, I am not a Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates fan. You can imagine how hard it must be for me to actually give the Ganassi organization a “thumbs up” for anything… but I must admit that I am impressed by the hiring of F1 star Juan Pablo Montoya.
10. Laughter ensues from Kurt Busch being eliminated at Bristol, of all places; “angels” do not like to be mocked!
With the offseason in full swing, Mirror Driving is off this week. Look for a brand new edition to come out next week before the holidays! In its place, we bring you this classic Mirror Driving column from July… a solid reminder of how some problems remain unsolved long after the season fades away.
25 years ago, Bill Elliott and the Melling family became one of the most dominating duos in NASCAR history. Reuniting this season at Kansas Speedway in a sponsorship deal with R&J Racing, Elliott had a great run in the retro-looking Melling Auto Parts Dodge, finishing 16th after starting 39th.
David Gilliland’s high point actually wasn’t Nextel Cup related; it occurred in June at the Busch Series race at Kentucky Speedway, when the part-time participant became the first of only two non-Nextel Cup regulars to win a Busch race in 2006.
Contrary to reports on SceneDaily and other internet sites, at this time David Starr is still employed by Red Horse Racing and has not been released from the team. The Craftsman Truck Series team, which is co-owned by Jeff Hammond and Tom DeLoach, is currently searching for sponsorship for Starr and their team.
After a two-year absence, Ward Burton made his long-anticipated return to Nextel Cup competition in October at Martinsville. He started the race from the 35th position and had an eventful day.
After a dismal start to the season that included two engine failures in the first nine races, Greg Biffle starting firing on all cylinders during May. He started out the month with his second pole of the year at Richmond, ending up fourth to score the team’s first top five of 2006.
5. Head to a NASCAR Nextel Cup team’s shop in Mooresville. If you squint really hard at the cars through the glass of the viewing area, they almost look like they are making laps.
Editor’s Note: In honor of the 2006 Nextel Cup champion celebrating in New York City, the Mirror Driving crew has decided to throw a little party of their own… taking a hard-earned week off after a long season. In their stead, we hope you enjoy some “Best Of” Mirror Driving from the past year… a review of questions that we feel raised crucial issues about the present and future health of the sport.