This week at Daytona kicks off a brand new season for the Nextel Cup Series. For all the drivers and teams, points reset at zero and the slate is wiped clean, as 51 teams battle for the championship trophy that will be handed out in nine months. But just because everyone’s points are the same …
10. Mark Martin: “I didn’t HAVE to win one, I get in the Shootout forever-which is handy, ’cause that’s how long I’m gonna race!”
Today’s Season Preview Topic: What driver enters the season under the most pressure to make NASCAR’s Chase, and why? Will they succeed or fail?
By far, one of the hottest topics this year has been the number of Cup drivers crossing over and making themselves at home in the Busch Series. When the discussion of whether this is good or bad for the sport comes up, one of the main arguments is how the Busch teams are adversely affected …
Ironically, the high point of the season for Tony Stewart came late, when he won three races during the playoffs after getting knocked out of Chase contention.
No new Top 10 this week, so enjoy this classic from the archives about Tony Stewart’s rough Sunday at Dover during this year’s Chase for the Championship.
Which NASCAR driver was the biggest surprise in 2006, and why?
Editor’s Note: With the offseason in full swing, Mirror Driving is off this week. Look for a brand new edition to come out next week before the holidays! In its place, we bring you this classic Mirror Driving column from July… a solid reminder of how some problems remain unsolved long after the season fades …
How can you put the finishing titles on your own fantasy title, or just finish out the year with pride? Read ahead in this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans for Homestead.
High-fives all around this week to Kevin Harvick’s pit crew, which deserves as much credit for Sunday’s Checker Auto Parts 500 victory as the driver himself.