Brian Vickers. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jimmie Johnson. Talladega. Discuss.
There are certain things that we’ve come to expect from restrictor-plate races lately, and this weekend’s Nextel Cup race at Talladega had most of the bases covered. Side-by-side racing… check. Bump-drafting… check. The Big One… check. Controversy… check. Upset fans… check. It seems like the only checkmark left empty on a wild day in Alabama …
The Cup Series heads to Alabama this Sunday for a run on the newly paved 2.66-mile tri-oval that is Talladega Superspeedway. With new asphalt and restrictor plate engines, every team is going to be holding their breath for 500 miles, hoping they can be in the right place at the right time and avoid the Big One. Simply put, this is the week where it is better to be lucky than good.
Jimmie Johnson was blowing by the competition and looked to be heading for a win that could have got him back in the title hunt, but Tony Stewart calmly came in and stole the Banquet 400 win away with a little extra fuel. The late-race fuel-mileage gamble left plenty of other Chasers looking for gas – and answers – at the end of the day, in the midst of several other spinouts and mechanical issues that threatened to doom their title hopes.
After last week’s race at Dover, there was plenty of movement in the points standings thanks to ill-timed cautions, poorly calculated fuel mileage and simply some plain, good ol’ fashion bad luck. All was not all doom and gloom at Dover, though… especially if your name was Jeff. So, who will follow the yellow brick road to glory at Kansas this weekend, and who will get caught up in a tornado of disaster? Let’s figure out the right picks for your fantasy team.
After a grueling 400 laps at Dover, which Cup Series Chase contenders are still hot on the trail of the championship and which ones are chilling out in the back? Read this week’s Who’s Hot/Who’s Not to find out.
The first week of the Chase has passed, and there were some clear cut winners and losers. On the winning side was Kevin Harvick, scoring his second straight victory in Nextel Cup, along with fellow Chasers Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin… and Mike. Landing on the other side were Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch… and Cami, who all suffered setbacks. Up next is Dover’s Monster Mile… who will slay the beast, and who will be beaten? Let’s find out.
As fall nears and a brisk chill begins to fill the air, the battle for the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup championship is just starting to heat up. Just one race into the 10-race Chase, the points standings have already jumbled up faster than the leaves can start to change colors. With the driver points for …
Now that the field is set, who will win NASCAR’s 2006 Chase for the Championship? Read on to find out who your favorite Frontstretch writer picked… and why.
This Week’s Question: In this year’s Chase for the Championship, five of the 10 drivers going for the NASCAR Cup Series title are participating in this format for the first time. Does that give an advantage to the “veteran” Chasers (Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin) who have at least one year of experience with it?
New Hampshire is a relatively flat 1-mile oval. While it can offer two lanes of racing, the second groove usually doesn’t come in until the second half of the race. Track position, as always, is important… but not crucial, as three of the past five races here have been won by cars who started outside the top 10. Now that you’re not fooled by qualifying, what should you concentrate on?
If you had the power to change the Chase field, would you replace one of the drivers currently in the top 10? Or did all 10 drivers deserve to make it in?