2006 Driver Reviews

2006 Driver Review: Michael Waltrip

While there weren't any notable high points on the track for Michael Waltrip in 2006, he did score plenty of high points in his dealings off the track. Already aligned with Toyota, in May Waltrip announced the signing of former NASCAR champ Dale Jarrett to drive the second car in his stable of Camrys for 2007.

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2006 Driver Review: Scott Wimmer

Scott Wimmer was picked up by Richard Childress Racing in 2007, a deal which included running the final race of the Nextel Cup season at Homestead. Driving the No. 33 Holiday Inn Chevrolet, Wimmer justified the signing by posting his best result of 2006. Starting 24th, he steadily progressed to the front all race long to finish just outside the top 10 in 12th place.

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2006 Driver Review: Brian Vickers

As Jimmie Johnson turned to make his move on Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brian Vickers went with him, except he wasn't fully clear of Johnson as he tried to draft behind him. The two touched, Johnson turned into Junior, and a last-lap melee ensued at the front of the pack. It was a wreck which Vickers was able to drive straight through in order to claim his first Nextel Cup win

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2006 Driver Review: Tony Stewart

Ironically, the high point of the season for Tony Stewart came late in the year, when he won three races during the playoffs after getting knocked out of Chase contention during the last race of the regular season. When the playoffs began, Smoke was the first driver on the outside looking in, pigeonholed in 11th place but with a sizable lead over 12th on back. That meant he now had nothing to lose by going out and running for the win each week.

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2006 Driver Review: Elliott Sadler

Earning the third starting spot for the prestigious Daytona 500 with a Duel win, Elliott Sadler went on to lead five laps in the race before crossing the finish line in fourth spot. Amazingly, what began as a strong top five weekend to start out the year would turn out to be Sadler's best finish of the season.

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