With Juan Pablo Montoya adding a Rolex 24 victory to his resume over the weekend, it’s another prestigious trophy to go along with his years of success in CART and Formula 1. Can Montoya be already considered one of the most successful drivers in history, even if he ends up failing in stock cars?
Today’s Season Preview Topic: Who will be the biggest surprise of the 12 drivers in the Chase this season?
Today’s Season Preview Topic: What driver enters the season under the most pressure to make the Chase, and why? Will they succeed or fail?
Today’s Season Preview Topic: The Busch Series has been ravaged by Buschwhackers taking all the money and the TV time, causing longtime teams to close up shop and leaving several Busch-only drivers scrambling for any ride they can get. With the Cup onslaught continuing in the series for 2007, is there any chance for someone other than a Cup driver to salvage the series by taking the title? Will NASCAR fix the Busch Series rules for ’08 and beyond, and how?
Today’s Season Preview Topic: Juan Pablo Montoya may be the most hyped-up rookie in Nextel Cup history. Still, his limited stock car experience makes him somewhat of an unknown; is he capable of winning Rookie of the Year, and better yet, can he actually win a Cup race in his first season?
Today’s Season Preview Topic: Several new teams will debut this season, tightening Nextel Cup fields and causing fully sponsored teams to go home. Which longtime single or multi-car team will find themselves in the most trouble of “disappearing” from the Nextel Cup radar screen with the new competition?
Today’s Season Preview Topic: What will the extent of Toyota’s impact be in their first year in Nextel Cup?
Today’s Season Preview Topic: Will the Car of Tomorrow (CoT) debut at Bristol, be delayed, or completely disappear? When people look back on the 2007 season, what will they have to say about the CoT?
Sometimes thinking of a topic for this column is as hard as getting going in the morning without a jolt of caffeine. So as I watched the truck race last Saturday afternoon, I was cheering for Johnny Benson as he battled for his first Craftsman Truck Series victory. Not only because he is a good guy and became the 17th driver to win in all three of NASCAR’s top series, but because it would make a good Second Fiddle topic, much better than another Mark Martin win.
By far, one of the hottest topics this year has been the number of Cup drivers crossing over and making themselves at home in the Busch Series. When the discussion of whether this is good or bad for the sport comes up, one of the main arguments is how the Busch teams are adversely affected by the influx of Cup drivers.
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.
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.