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Best of Mirror Driving 2006

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.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Ford 400 at Homestead Edition

How can you put the finishing titles on your own fantasy title… or just finish out the year with pride? Read ahead in this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to find out the right drivers to choose for Homestead.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Ford 400 at Homestead Edition

And then there were five. After 35 races, over 10,000 laps and countless hours spent behind the wheel, the final race of the season comes down to five drivers from five different organizations battling for the 2006 Nextel Cup championship.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix Edition

While no one is technically eliminated from the Nextel Cup title chase, there are realistically only five drivers with a shot to take home the hardware in Homestead. This week, they come to Phoenix for the Checker Auto Parts 500.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas Edition

Sunday’s Dickies 500 blew through the 2006 Chase standings like a Texas tornado; when the dust settled, no position in the top 10 went unchanged. The rough and tumble winds meant that for many Chase drivers, it wasn’t such a beautiful day. Jeff Burton‘s title hopes took a major hit when a blown tire sent …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas Edition

The Chase is winding down with only three weeks left until the end of the NASCAR Nextel Cup season now that Atlanta is behind us. The series now heads to Texas Motor Speedway, and of course, everything is bigger in Texas, or so they say, and events at TMS are no exception. Eddie Gossage was …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Bass Pro Shops at Atlanta Edition

Well, you can’t say NASCAR has failed to join in on the festive Halloween spirit. This weekend’s race at Atlanta certainly dished out plenty of tricks and treats for the 10 drivers battling for the Nextel Cup championship.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Edition

With only four races remaining this season, the Nextel Cup drivers and teams can see the light at the end of the tunnel. As the series heads back into the Southern hospitality of Atlanta, who are the drivers that can right your fantasy ship, leading you straight from the emergency room to the trophy room?

Mirror Driving: Are NASCAR Rookies Out of Control?

With a number of inexperienced rookies coming into the Cup Series next year, should there be a higher standard set by NASCAR before a driver is allowed to race in Nextel Cup? Two very inexperienced rookies took out some big contenders Sunday.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville Edition

The tight Martinsville paperclip did its part to keep the points close Sunday, throwing a wrench into the Chase for the Nextel Cup standings with the first seven positions in points changing hands by the end of the day. Which drivers are heating up as the number of races wind down? Read this week’s Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in the Chase to find out.

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