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 …
2 – active Cup drivers who made their first career starts at New Hampshire; Jeff Burton and Joe Nemechek. Ironically, both made their Cup debut in 1993, during the first ever Cup race held at the track.
Can we spend just a few minutes mentioning NASCAR’s non-Chasers, please? Otherwise, sponsors will leave and we will end up with fewer quality teams in a few years!
After starting the season without a single Truck Series win, Johnny Benson scored his fourth of the season Saturday night in the Sylvania 200. Starting on the front row, Benson dominated for much of the evening, finishing .691 seconds ahead of polesitter Mike Skinner at the checkered flag. Kyle Busch, Todd Bodine and David Starr rounded out the top-five finishers.
The first race of NASCAR’s Chase is in the books. It was also the first race in the homestretch for the battle for the Top 35. The final 10 races of the season are the time for the teams battling for those precious positions to entrench themselves in the Top 35 and secure a starting …
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.
Mark Martin announced his retirement in 2004. He said 2005 would be his last season in Cup. He and Rusty Wallace did all of the commensurate glad handing. They accepted rocking chairs and art work and all of the assorted paraphernalia that is associated with a farewell tour. Then Jack Roush got into a bind. …
With all of the talk about Buschwhackers and their invasion of the Busch Series, I started to wonder about “truckwhacking” and whether or not it might become a problem in the near or distant future for the Truck Series.
The Sylvania 300 is the 27th race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup schedule. The Nextel Cup Series races at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire International Speedway twice each year. The series returns for the first race of the Chase for the Nextel Cup this time around. The Loudon, N.H. track is a more recent fixture on the circuit, seeing its first Nextel Cup winner in Rusty Wallace in 1991.
Hidden behind the big story to come out of Richmond this past weekend, Tony Stewart missing the Chase for the Championship, was a second, more troubling piece of news concerning Busch Series driver Kevin Grubb. It was announced Tuesday that Grubb had been suspended indefinitely from NASCAR a second time for failure to follow the sport’s drug policy for reinstatement.
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?