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Mirror Driving : Johnson’s Place In History, Brian France Rewriting History, And Kenseth Looking Back On History

*Jimmie Johnson took his second consecutive Nextel Cup title Sunday, joining Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, and Jeff Gordon as the sixth driver in the modern era to put together back-to-back title runs. Should Johnson now be considered among the best drivers in the modern era?*Mike: He certainly should. He's been in the Chase every year; you can't deny that he's been strong. He's also the winningest driver since he came into the series in 2002. Tommy: Gordon, Stewart, and Johnson are the best among active drivers. Johnson hit Cup racing full speed ahead, and hasn't slowed down since. Vito: He's knocked down 33 wins already ... so I'd say so. That's more than Dale Jarrett has in his entire career. He also has a Daytona 500 and a Brickyard 400 win, to boot.

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Mirror Driving : Johnson’s Place In History, Brian France Rewriting History, And Kenseth Looking Back On History

*Jimmie Johnson took his second consecutive Nextel Cup title Sunday, joining Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, and Jeff Gordon as the sixth driver in the modern era to put together back-to-back title runs. Should Johnson now be considered among the best drivers in the modern era?*Mike: He certainly should. He's been in the Chase every year; you can't deny that he's been strong. He's also the winningest driver since he came into the series in 2002. Tommy: Gordon, Stewart, and Johnson are the best among active drivers. Johnson hit Cup racing full speed ahead, and hasn't slowed down since. Vito: He's knocked down 33 wins already ... so I'd say so. That's more than Dale Jarrett has in his entire career. He also has a Daytona 500 and a Brickyard 400 win, to boot.

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Game of Tomorrow: Current Results

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Busch Breakdown : Ford 300

*In a Nutshell* It appeared Kevin Harvick was headed for yet another Busch Series victory on Saturday, but after leading 84 of the first 140 laps, a pit road penalty cost him the race. After a tire was left out of the pitbox, Harvick restarted at the back of the field and was never able to recover. With Harvick out of the equation, Jeff Burton charged to the front, dominating the last quarter of the race. Burton led 49 of the last 60 laps and held off a furious late-race charge by Mark Martin. Martin tried very hard to make a pass using the low groove, but by rim riding around the top, Burton kept up enough momentum to keep the No. 5 car behind him. After wearing his tires down in the battle with Burton, Martin fell back into the clutches of Carl Edwards , swapping positions twice before Martin followed Burton to the checkered flag.Matt Kenseth, Edwards, and Stephen Leicht, in his last ride in Robert Yates Racing's No. 90 Ford, rounded out the Top 5 finishers. Greg Biffle, Tony Raines, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., Clint Bowyer and Marcos Ambrose completed the Top 10.

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Running Their Mouth : Ford 400

"I have a great race team. I really feel like I let these guys down [all season long]. We lost a lot of close races this year, so it feels great to win one ... and win a close one. Congratulations to Jimmie and Rick Hendrick and those guys. I want to thank DeWalt, USG, R&L Truck Carriers, and all of our sponsors that make this happen. It was an awesome run today." _Matt Kenseth_"It was a great run tonight for the Miller Lite Dodge. We feel like we went out with a bang with this good car. We came up just a bit shy, but overall [it's] just a great season for us, to win a couple races and be in contention at a lot of race tracks. We finished seventh overall [in points]; this team deserves it. We worked really hard, and hopefully, we will carry this [momentum] right on in to Daytona." _Kurt Busch, finished 2nd_

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Numbers Game : Ford 400

*0.852* Matt Kenseth's margin of victory over Kurt Busch in the Ford 400. (in seconds)*2* Consecutive Nextel Cup Championships for Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe's team of Hendrick Motorsports.*2nd* Win of the 2007 season for Matt Kenseth, and the first with crew chief Robbie Reiser this season - Kenseth's earlier win at California came with Reiser suspended and not at the track.

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ford 400

*The Key Moment* - Matt Kenseth got enough of a jump on the final restart so that Kurt Busch could never get close enough to the No. 17 to offer a serious challenge.*In a Nutshell* - Kenseth wins the race at Homestead, Jimmie Johnson clinches the championship, and the 2007 Cup season finally reaches its end.*Dramatic Moment* - Truthfully, I've seen more drama in elementary school sack races.Forced to choose, I'd guess the only real action I saw Sunday night was the final ten lap sprint. Other than that, Matt Kenseth pretty much had it on cruise control.

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Ten Points to Ponder … After Homestead

*1. Matt's Momentum* - Matt Kenseth has had a great second half of the Chase, posting finishes of 5th, 4th, 2nd, 3rd, and 1st in the last five races - an average finish of 3.0. Six races ago, Kenseth was 12th in the points - Sunday, he finished the season in 4th. With all the talk about how critical it is to carry momentum to Daytona, you have to figure Kenseth must be feeling pretty good about the '08 season ahead.*2. Countdown Clock* - If you're already starting to worry about withdrawal during the offseason, there are places on the 'net already featuring Daytona 500 "Countdown Clocks":http://www.jayski.com/cupnews.htm - it's just 90 days and counting! And don't forget that the Bud Shootout is a week earlier this year, running on February 9th, 2008.

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Bill Davis In, Wood Brothers Out; Top 35 Locked in for 2008

We all but knew it coming into Miami. The Nextel Cup championship may have been up for grabs at the season's final stop, but the Top 35 teams in car owner points were all but locked in, with Dave Blaney and the No. 22 team holding a 136 point lead over the No. 21 Wood Brothers entry heading into the finale.Blaney not only held onto the final bubble position, he made a statement, carrying the Toyota banner once again with a solid 13th place finish. It was the team's best finish in over a month and moved them above the No. 45 - who clinched a spot in the top 35 last week at Phoenix - into 34th in car owner points.

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NASCAR’s Roots Disappear; Its Future, Busy Awaiting Where They Land

Brian France, there's something I think you should know: my grandmother was always right.What does that have to do with the future of this sport we all love? Absolutely everything.As I went through my rebellious teenage phase growing up, I would always seek out the beloved matriarch of our family when I thought I needed advice. Of course, _think_ would be the operative word here; my stubborn mind was too closed-minded to be offered up a change of pace. Still, I went to my grandmother anyway - mistakenly thinking I'd get an automatic wave of support for making decisions that were, in hindsight, incredibly stupid.It never happened.

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