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 the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the third consecutive year.
Mark Martin, making his final Truck Series start for Roush Racing, won his grand finale Friday night in the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The win was Martin’s sixth of the season in just 14 starts.
The Ford 400 is the final event on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule. The Cup Series visits the 1.51-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway just once a year, hosting a 400-miler annually since 1999.
Kevin Harvick outlasted Jimmie Johnson following a restart with three laps remaining to take his second Cup win of the year at Phoenix in Sunday’s Checker Auto Parts 500. Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.
Polesitter Johnny Benson went from first… to last… to first again, winning his fifth career Craftsman Truck Series race in Phoenix Friday night after spinning out on the first lap of the race. Benson finished 0.429 seconds ahead of Mark Martin in the Casino Arizona 150.
Sunday’s Dickies 500 blew through the 2006 Chase standings like a Texas tornado; when the dust settled, no position in the top 10 went unchanged. The rough and tumble winds meant that for many Chase drivers, it wasn’t such a beautiful day. Jeff Burton‘s title hopes took a major hit when a blown tire sent …
Last week I watched the perennial Halloween favorite, It’s the Great Pumpkin, and there once again was poor, hapless Charlie Brown. Fast forward to Atlanta, and there was poor, hapless Mark Martin, driving along minding his own business, when a crash that started on the bottom of the racetrack washed up right in front of him on lap 309 of a 325-lap race.
Is it feasible to say missing the Chase has helped Tony Stewart? Should there be a provision in the Chase that allows drivers in his position to finish higher than 11th?
Well, you can’t say NASCAR has failed to join in on the festive Halloween spirit. This weekend’s race at Atlanta certainly dished out plenty of tricks and treats for the 10 drivers battling for the Nextel Cup championship.
Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, Atlanta’s place in NASCAR lore was simple: it was the palace through which Cup champions were crowned. For some, a coronation proved merely a formality, their hardware long clinched before the annual fall 500-miler; others used this 1.5-mile track to create drama until the final moment of the final lap …