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Another Season In the Books: Part II

Since the 2006 has come to an end, it's time to write it in the history books. The way this season will be written will pleasure some, disappoint others, and make even more downright mad. But however you slice it, it's time for a look back in this column over the next couple of weeks. This week, in Part Two of this season's look, and in light of a debate I've seen in a couple of other venues, I decided to compare Jimmie Johnson's stellar 2006 championship campaign with some of the greatest championship seasons of all-time to see where it stacks up. Read More »

Hate the 48? It’s Totally Undeserved

In the weeks since this year's Nextel Cup championship was decided in favor of Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team, I've heard a lot of people complain about him. The reasons why are as diverse as the crowd of Manhattanites currently welcoming the world's fastest growing sport on wheels for the yearly awards banquet. Read More »

Another Season In the Books … Part I

_Since the 2006 Nextel Cup season has come to an end, it's now time to write its legacy in the history books. The way this season's chapter will be penned should pleasure some, disappoint others...and make the rest downright mad._ Read More »

Race Trax: Ford 400

*On Track* 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. Read More »

Five Little Pigs And A Lifetime

While perusing NASCAR's historical databases for some bits of information, I came across a name I'd never heard before, and one you likely haven't come across, either; but by the time I was through researching, it became a name that I felt deserved further mentioning. Roscoe "Pappy" Hough may not jog the memory banks of modern race fans, but his innovations in the racing world have left an indelible mark on the sport we know and love today. Read More »

To Buschwhack Or Not To Buschwhack

I've never made any bones about my feelings about the state of the Busch Series and the Nextel Cup owners who are using the series for extra testing time at the expense of the teams who truly want to race the series in its own right, or the costs to compete with these powerhouse teams and drivers. But are Cup drivers themselves bad for the Busch Series? Read More »

Race Trax: Checker Auto Parts 500

*On Track* The Checker Auto Parts 500 is the thirty-fifth race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Schedule. The Cup Series visits the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway for the second time in 2006. PIR has hosted the Nextel Cup Series since 1988. The first Nextel Cup winner at PIR was Alan Kulwicki. Read More »

Time In a Bottle

By now, you probably know that I'm into the history of racing, big time. I love the stories and the idiosyncrasies that pepper the years and only make the whole thing better. And so I worry that as time marches on, people will forget the Terry Labontes, the Rusty Wallaces and Ricky Rudds and Dale Jarretts. I worry that even the names of Petty and Earnhardt will be dusted off only by nostalgics like me. Read More »

Race Trax: Dickies 500

*On Track* The Dickies 500 is the thirty-fourth race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Schedule. The Cup Series will visit the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway for the second time in 2006. Texas has hosted the Nextel Cup Series since 1997-Jeff Burton was the track's first winner. The track is a moderately banked quad-oval track with 24 degrees of banking in the corners and five degrees on the backstretch and through the dogleg on the frontstretch. Read More »