As longtime readers of this column know, I am not a Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates fan. You can imagine how hard it must be for me to actually give the Ganassi organization a “thumbs up” for anything… but I must admit that I am impressed by the hiring of F1 star Juan Pablo Montoya.
After ending a one-year drought by securing a spot in this season’s Chase for the Championship, Jeff Gordon appeared poised to make a move on the competition. Two consecutive thirds at Loudon and Dover to start off his playoff run left him just six points out of the lead, looking capable of putting together a late-season charge towards the title trophy.
It’s hard to believe that finishing 26th could lead to a high point, but that’s exactly what the “other” Gordon on the Nextel Cup tour experienced at Bristol. Robby Gordon’s finish wasn’t great, but with two top-15 finishes in the first five races of the season to fall back on, the run was good enough to lock the team inside the Top 35 in owner points.
10. Laughter ensues from Kurt Busch being eliminated at Bristol, of all places; “angels” do not like to be mocked!
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.
in light of a debate I’ve seen in a couple of other venues, I decided to compare Jimmie Johnson’s stellar 2006 NASCAR championship campaign with some of the greatest championship seasons of all-time to see where it stacks up.
25 years ago, Bill Elliott and the Melling family became one of the most dominating duos in NASCAR history. Reuniting this season at Kansas Speedway in a sponsorship deal with R&J Racing, Elliott had a great run in the retro-looking Melling Auto Parts Dodge, finishing 16th after starting 39th.
David Gilliland’s high point actually wasn’t Nextel Cup related; it occurred in June at the Busch Series race at Kentucky Speedway, when the part-time participant became the first of only two non-Nextel Cup regulars to win a Busch race in 2006.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was able to extend his streak of winning at least one race per season to seven years by taking the checkered flag at the Richmond race in May.
Even though a season-long struggle left Carl Edwards one of the odd men out in the Chase, he still turned on the afterburners during the playoffs nevertheless.