Racing to the front early and often, Stewart used four fresh tires to pass Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 11 laps to go to secure the victory in Sunday’s Bass Pro Shops 500. Jimmie Johnson also got by Junior before the checkered flag to take second.
The Bass Pro Shops 500 is the 33rd race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule. The Cup Series visits the 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway twice in 2006 – they raced here in March. AMS has hosted Cup races since 1960, although it was changed to the present configuration in 1997.
With only four races remaining this season, the Nextel Cup drivers and teams can see the light at the end of the tunnel. As the series heads back into the Southern hospitality of Atlanta, who are the drivers that can right your fantasy ship, leading you straight from the emergency room to the trophy room?
With a number of inexperienced rookies coming into the Cup Series next year, should there be a higher standard set by NASCAR before a driver is allowed to race in Nextel Cup? Two very inexperienced rookies took out some big contenders Sunday.
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I was looking for some notes in the abyss that is my hard drive when I came across a historical document of great significance.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.
Jack Sprague finally got the proverbial monkey off his back Saturday afternoon in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville. In his 13th career start, he finally took a checkered flag at a track that’s given him more than his share of bad luck through the years.
The Subway 500 is the 32nd race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule. The Cup Series visits the .526-mile Martinsville Speedway twice in 2006. Martinsville has hosted the Nextel Cup Series since 1949.
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