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Mirror Driving: Juan Pablo Montoya Better Than Expected?

Does Jimmie Johnson's 2006 season (Daytona 500, All-Star Race, Brickyard 400, five points wins, Nextel Cup championship) rank as one of the best single season efforts ever, or does it fall short of seasons such as Jeff Gordon's 13-win championship season in the late 1990s?

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For Jimmie Johnson, A Well-Deserved Championship

Jimmie Johnson's season ending performance left no doubts as to who was the best of the best in 2006. The ninth-place finish, as solid as it was, was his worst finish in six races. His champion's title was earned, not giftwrapped, and as a result Johnson joins a select list of greats in auto racing that can be called NASCAR Cup champion.

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Becca’s Big 6: 2006 Ford 400 at Homestead Edition

For the final race of the season, I have chosen to salute a broadcaster rather than a driver - race analyst Benny Parsons, who has been battling lung cancer for most of the year. Through all his treatments, Benny has continued working, becoming a shining example of class, modesty, and raw determination for those inflicted with this disease. At the start of Sunday's broadcast, Benny was asked if he was excited about the upcoming race and he replied, "I'm just thrilled to be here."

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Frontstretch Thanks You!

As the Nextel Cup season draws to a close and the holidays approach, the proud editors and writers at Frontstretch would like to send a quick thanks to YOU - our readers - for all your support.

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Jimmie Johnson Shows The Monkey One Giant Trophy

Already 0-for-4 with championship opportunities, there was Jimmie Johnson, one race away from his first Cup title, sitting on pit road without enough lug nuts on all four of his tires. There was the team expected to cakewalk to the title, throwing tape on the front of the car to fix a hole in the grill from a crash. There was the 31-year-old laid back persona from El Cajon, Calif., turning to a giant pile of excitable mush in the driver's seat, just as Matt Kenseth charged his way into the top five and reassumed the points lead he'd coveted for the past few weeks.

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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Ford 400 at Homestead

In the Nextel Cup season finale, Greg Biffle charged into the lead late and then held off Martin Truex Jr. in a green-white-checkered finish to win at Homestead Miami Speedway for the third consecutive year. It was Biffle's first victory since Darlington in May in a season that saw him fall from second to 13th in the year-end standings. 2006 Chase for the Championship participants Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, and Matt Kenseth finished third through sixth. In the end, though, none of them did enough to catch up to the No. 48 team; Johnson finished ninth in the race to take the title by 56 points over Kenseth.

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Bubble Breakdown: Sterling Marlin’s Engine Seals His Fate, While Kyle Petty Locks In Spot For Daytona 500… And Beyond

Homestead didn't only mark the final race for the Chase to the Cup, it also was the final race for teams to work their way into the coveted the Top 35. With four drivers mathematically eligible to end up a dreaded 36th place in owner points, there was almost as much trepidation at the end of the Cup garage as there was at the front. Sterling Marlin's engine failure kept the suspense from carrying all of the way to the finish of the race, but until then... it was anybody's race.

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2006 Ford 300 at Homestead

Matt Kenseth may not have won the Nextel Cup series title... but he finished off his Busch Series season with a bang. Kenseth led Carl Edwards to the checkered flag under caution at Homestead to win his second straight race in the series to close out the season. Paul Menard, Denny Hamlin and JJ Yeley rounded out the top five.

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