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What’s The Call? Should The Daytona 500 Guarantee Starting Spots?

*This Week's Question : This year, 36 of the 43 spots in the Daytona 500 will be already "locked in," due to owner points and the past champion's provisional held by Dale Jarrett. Is it fair that so many cars are guaranteed spots in the field, or should the vast majority of drivers and teams have to qualify their way into the Great American Race?* Amy: Not qualifying for any race - let alone a race of the magnitude of the Daytona 500 - can be financially devastating for any NASCAR organization. The problem is, too much of the field attempting the Great American Race gets locked up before qualifying even begins. *Vito*: There seems to be quite a stir lately regarding the qualifying procedures for the Daytona 500. But ensuring that 35 of the 43 spots in the Great American Race are guaranteed to previous year's Top 35 in owner's points is not only fair...it should be expected. Read More »

This Is Only a Test

Wake up, NASCAR fans! Race season is just around the corner - and the roar of the engines at Daytona is the reminder we all needed, right? Well, maybe. I have to admit, I stopped thinking about the Patriots' playoff chances on weekdays in favor of checking speeds online. I took a few minutes to wonder where exactly Jimmie Johnson ran over a herd of zebras. Read More »

Best of Amy Henderson : Five Years To One Blaise … And Gone

History is many things - interesting, amusing, informative. It can also be tragic. Time, the mechanism through which history is made, can be a healer in its quest to make bad memories fade…but it can also serve as a cruel reminder of events not easily remembered. It's that dark side of history that can make moments personal on so many levels, long after they first reached your head and touched your heart. Read More »

Best of That’s History : Jimmie’s Gift

It wasn't about image. It wasn't about publicity, or pleasing a sponsor, or being politically correct. It wasn't about anyone else but one driver, his family, and hundreds of children they'll likely never meet. The Jimmie Johnson foundation, founded by Johnson and his wife Chandra earlier this year, was about doing what Johnson, the person, felt was right and just. Read More »

If It Ain’t Broke…Don’t Break It Worse!

I could cry. Or barf. Or throw things. Or something. Okay, okay, I know, NASCAR listens to nobody and cares about no one...but this is crazy. Knowing changes to the Chase for the Nextel Cup were coming did nothing to soften the blow of the actual news when it happened late Thursday afternoon. Although specifics have yet to be released, this much is clear: NASCAR Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter confirmed that the sanctioning body will award more points for winning a race and that more drivers will be in the Chase, changes that I find clearly unnecessary. Read More »

Driver Review : Kenny Wallace

*Kenny "Herman" Wallace* *2006 Ride:* No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet *2006 Owner:* Barney Visser *2006 Crew Chief:* Joe Garone *Stats:* 17 races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 43rd in Points. *Best Finish*: 25th (twice). *High Point:* Intermediate tracks. These 1.5-to-two-mile tracks were not Wallace's strong point early in his career, but in 2006, most of the No. 78 team's seventeen successful qualifying attempts came on this type of track. Read More »

Best of That’s History : Never Prewrite NASCAR History

I was looking for some notes in the abyss that is my hard drive when I came across a historical document of great significance. Well, not really...but it's funny nonetheless. What's the document of which I speak, you ask? Why, none other than my preseason picks for the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup. Read More »

Driver Review : Casey Mears

*Casey "Mears Gang" Mears* *2006 Ride:* No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge *2006 Owner:* Chip Ganassi/Felix Sabates *2006 Crew Chief:* Donnie Wingo *Stats:* 36 races; two top five finishes; eight top ten finishes; 14th in points *High Point:* Mears started the season with a bang. In the closing laps of the Daytona 500, Mears fond himself in an unenviable position-when Ryan Newman made his move on race leader Jimmie Johnson, Mears could have gone with either one. Mears stayed on the low line, pushing Johnson to the win and edging Newman for second-a career best finish for the fourth-year driver. Mears runs best on intermediate tracks, and spent the opening weeks of the season in the top ten and seemingly flirting with top fives and his first win before the same thing that has plagued the 42 team for three years-equipment that doesn't quite make the grade-caught up and relegated Mears to fourteenth-still his best points finish to date. Read More »

Best of That’s History : Biggest Fish In The Pond

In 1973, a brash, outspoken rookie named Darrell Waltrip burst onto the NASCAR scene, making an impact with both his brash words (which earned Waltrip the nickname "Jaws") and his daring on the racetrack. Even as a rookie, Waltrip was vocally confident that he would someday be a NASCAR champion. He was right - he went on to win three titles in his brilliant career. But Waltrip's career didn't take off overnight; in fact, he wasn't the 1973 Rookie of the Year. That honor went to Lennie Pond. Read More »

Driver Review : Jimmie Johnson

*Jimmie "Hate Me All You Want; I Still Have the Big Trophy" Johnson* *2006 Ride:* No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet *2006 Owner:* Rick Hendrick/Jeff Gordon *2006 Crew Chief:* Chad Knaus *Stats:* 36 races, 5 Wins, 13 Top 5s, 24 Top 10s, one pole, 2006 Nextel Cup champion. *High Point:* Johnson's team always seemed to have something in reserve this year - no matter how low things seemed, they bounced back, again and again. Read More »