Sterling Marlin piloted the Waste Management Chevrolet to its only top 10 of the season at Richmond, showing why he’s been a staple in the Nextel Cup Series for years after charging forward from his 32nd starting spot in this 400-lap event to claim ninth-place honors.
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.
Sterling Marlin had the potential for a great finish right in front of him at Phoenix. The No. 14 Ginn Motorsports team, 36th in owner points entering the race, ran strong throughout the event and looked poised to bring home a top-15 finish.
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.
Dominating the race for the second straight week, Tony Stewart survived a green-white-checkered finish over Jimmie Johnson to take his first career win in the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.
The fans, the TV coverage, the 10 lucky drivers participating… everyone’s focus over that last few races of the season is on the Chase for the Nextel Cup. Well… that’s not entirely true. There is a group of a dozen other teams and drivers, along with their loyal fans, who are focused on the battle …
Q: Everybody seems to be ragging on David Ragan. NASCAR has created the situation with the driver shortage so why don’t we blame the organization? The last several races of the season have been used to break a team’s new driver in for the coming season. Ragan has been Roush’s choice of drivers for 2007. …
500 – laps in the Subway 500, equaling 263 miles.
Kyle Petty emerged as a top-15 car, using a two-tire stop in the last 100 laps to propel him into the top 10. Coming home with a 10th-place finish, the 134 points his No. 45 team scored brought them within 72 points of 35th place with just four races remaining.
The usual Saturday night showdown at Charlotte ended up with more twists and turns than your typical road course. Although the moon wasn’t full, you couldn’t tell from the activity on the track. The first lap featured a huge melee that included 14 cars, the second caution included a green flag thrown with safety vehicles …