The tight Martinsville paperclip did its part to keep the points close Sunday, throwing a wrench into the Chase for the Nextel Cup standings with the first seven positions in points changing hands by the end of the day. Which drivers are heating up as the number of races wind down? Read this week’s Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in the Chase to find out.
I was looking for some notes in the abyss that is my hard drive when I came across a historical document of great significance. What’s the document of which I speak? None other than my preseason picks for the 2006 NASCAR Chase for the Nextel Cup.
Surviving a thrilling duel with rookie Denny Hamlin in the final six laps, Jimmie Johnson held on to win by a car length to win the Subway 500 at Martinsville’s tricky short track. The win marked his first checkered flag at the track since the tragic Hendrick Motorsports plane crash killed 10 people the day the No. 48 team won here in 2004.
After a debacle that included a safety truck stuck in the middle of the track as the green flag waved and an officiating call that forced a red flag to sort out, what, if anything, should be done to improve NASCAR officiating?
As the smoke cleared from a wacky weekend of racing in Charlotte, Jeff Burton continued to remain the class of the Chase field, with the rest of his challengers now looking to play catchup in the second half.
Who are the drivers most likely to help you rebound from a tough week in your fantasy league as the racing moves back to “normal” racing at Charlotte? Let’s find out in this week’s edition of Picks ‘N’ Pans.
There are certain things that we’ve come to expect from restrictor-plate races lately, and this weekend’s Nextel Cup race at Talladega had most of the bases covered. Side-by-side racing… check. Bump-drafting… check. The Big One… check. Controversy… check. Upset fans… check. It seems like the only checkmark left empty on a wild day in Alabama …
Jimmie Johnson was blowing by the competition and looked to be heading for a win that could have got him back in the title hunt, but Tony Stewart calmly came in and stole the Banquet 400 win away with a little extra fuel.
After a grueling 400 laps at Dover, which Cup Series Chase contenders are still hot on the trail of the championship and which ones are chilling out in the back heading to Kansas? Read this week’s Who’s Hot/Who’s Not to find out.
The Chase is on and what a better way to honor it then with some useless facts? That’s right, race fans, I said useless. But useless is as useless does, and like the Chase these facts are certainly useless, entertaining maybe, but totally unnecessary.