1st – Fence climb after a Cup victory in 2007 for Tony Stewart on Sunday.
Jeff Gordon – Gordon won this race last year and has top five finishes in four of his six starts at Chicagoland. With a 10th-place average finish, Gordon doesn’t beat around the “Busch,” although some days, we are sure he’d like to.
0 – Number of Hendrick teammates that helped push Kyle Busch’s car in the draft during the closing laps of the Pepsi 400. Kyle was still able to finish second with brother Kurt Busch’s help and by driving a strong racecar – one that was capable of running up front without another car tucked directly behind (or under) him.
0.068 – Denny Hamlin’s margin of victory over Jeff Gordon at New Hampshire (in seconds).
0.679 – Matt Kenseth’s margin of victory over Jeff Gordon at California Speedway (in seconds).
0.020 – Kevin Harvick’s margin of victory over Mark Martin (in seconds).
Now that another new season is officially upon us, the time is here for our Frontstretch staff to look like geniuses… or, more likely, make fools of ourselves with our season picks for who takes this year’s title.
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?