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Mirror Driving : Kahne Takes A Hit, Johnson Snakebit, And Replacing The Sponsor That Quit

Mirror Driving : Kahne Takes A Hit, Johnson Snakebit, And Replacing The Sponsor That Quit

*Kasey Kahne is getting sued for an incident in which he pushed a 62-year-old security officer to the ground. Is this another get-rich-quick scheme for private citizen versus NASCAR celebrity, or a troubling sign of a young driver's immaturity?* Tony: A bit of both. I bet if it was a run of the mill citizen, there may not be a lawsuit. However, Kasey is not off the hook; what he did was over the top. Amy: It's a lame attempt to extort money... but that does not excuse Kahne's behavior. It's not like needing credentials is something new! Vito: Maybe someone can get knocked out by Danica Patrick next year and outdo this guy. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Johnson’s Place In History, Brian France Rewriting History, And Kenseth Looking Back On History

*Jimmie Johnson took his second consecutive Nextel Cup title Sunday, joining Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, and Jeff Gordon as the sixth driver in the modern era to put together back-to-back title runs. Should Johnson now be considered among the best drivers in the modern era?* Mike: He certainly should. He's been in the Chase every year; you can't deny that he's been strong. He's also the winningest driver since he came into the series in 2002. Tommy: Gordon, Stewart, and Johnson are the best among active drivers. Johnson hit Cup racing full speed ahead, and hasn't slowed down since. Vito: He's knocked down 33 wins already ... so I'd say so. That's more than Dale Jarrett has in his entire career. He also has a Daytona 500 and a Brickyard 400 win, to boot. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Johnson’s Place In History, Brian France Rewriting History, And Kenseth Looking Back On History

*Jimmie Johnson took his second consecutive Nextel Cup title Sunday, joining Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, and Jeff Gordon as the sixth driver in the modern era to put together back-to-back title runs. Should Johnson now be considered among the best drivers in the modern era?* Mike: He certainly should. He's been in the Chase every year; you can't deny that he's been strong. He's also the winningest driver since he came into the series in 2002. Tommy: Gordon, Stewart, and Johnson are the best among active drivers. Johnson hit Cup racing full speed ahead, and hasn't slowed down since. Vito: He's knocked down 33 wins already ... so I'd say so. That's more than Dale Jarrett has in his entire career. He also has a Daytona 500 and a Brickyard 400 win, to boot. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Carl Edwards vs The Media, Junior Flees Media Circus, And Dissecting The Memphis Massacre

*Clearly, the last several laps were one of the weirder Atlanta finishes in recent memory. Is there anything NASCAR should have done differently?* Tony: Nope, and they shouldn't. This stuff happens, and it's the beauty of the sport, that you can't predict finishes - at least when there is no phantom debris caution. Tom: NASCAR's made some mistakes as of late, but this one wasn't their fault. Nothing you can do about a car getting into the wall with a handful of laps to go. Mike: What could they do, Tom? That happened, then Hamlin ran out of gas. Junior broke. Read More »

Mirror Driving : The Kansas Debacle, Dale Junior’s Bobble, And Was Biffle’s Wobble To The Finish Legit?

*How should the race at Kansas have been completed on Sunday? Should they have called the race at 148 laps, run the race on Monday...or done something in between?* Amy: I think they did it right, under the circumstances. Nikki: I agree, Amy, and not just because I wanted to get my money's worth. Beth: They probably should have specified a time for the race to end not a lap number. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Could Dale Jr. Still Make The Chase, Will Open Wheelers Ever Dominate A Cup Race, And Did AT & T Get Put In Its Place?

*In the midst of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. overkill, the 12-car Chase field was set in stone on Saturday night. Looking at the final list of contenders, are there any surprises you see on that list? Anyone you think doesn't deserve to be running for the title, and if so, who would you replace him with?* Amy: Wait...you mean there were other drivers in that race? Really? Vito: Yeah. And 5th-12th do _not_ deserve to be there. In the new system, everybody pretty much is a wildcard. Amy: I agree with Vito. Tom: Eh, I think that everyone earned their right to be in this thing based on the system NASCAR has. That having been said, for all intents and purposes Jeff Gordon would have won the title this season. No question. Read More »

Mirror Driving : No Bristol Bumps, Villeneuve Takes His Lumps, And Can AT & T Get Back Over The Hump?

*With the Chase drama all but played out with two races to go, were drivers at Bristol playing it a little too conservative? Rate how you felt the track did in its first Cup effort since the repaving, and whether we'll actually have any drama left in the regular season come Richmond.* Amy: I thought it was great as far as the track was concerned-there were two grooves, and they tried to make it three a few times. Mike: I thought the race was great. I thought three wide at Bristol was awesome. Beth: It wasn't too bad...it was just different. Tom: Frankly, I think all this stuff about boring racing is due more to the Car Of Tomorrow and the Chase than anything else. Read More »

Mirror Driving : We Need A Week Off, A Lack Of Talent In The Busch Pool and Feeding Off The Craftsman Truck Series

*The possibility of a race between the July off week and the Chase being rained out is very real. Changing the Chase to accommodate that race is an expensive process, and very costly to both NASCAR and Homestead-Miami Speedway-is that just part of the game, or does NASCAR need to revise the schedule or the rule book to accomodate this possibility?* Amy: NASCAR needs an off week after Richmond. Period. Toni: Have you seen the number of contests alone using Homestead as a prize based on it being championship weekend? Not to mention that's why they keep selling that race out. Cami: I think they need an extra off week. This week's debacle is proof that they have to have a better back up plan than sticking the date Thanksgiving weekend. Mike: We've been saying for a couple of years they need an off week after Richmond. For this possibility or just to give the teams a break before the Chase. Amy: And Busch and Trucks crown their champions there, too...how anti-climatic would that be? Read More »

Mirror Driving : Did Kyle Busch Make The Right Choice, Does Robby Gordon Still Have A Voice, And Did Ray Evernham Buy Himself A Rolls Royce?

*Kurt Busch was - in a word - dominant on Sunday. What's made the difference over at Penske Racing in the past two months that has him primed to make the Chase? Can he keep up the momentum?* Amy: Two Words: Pat. Tryson. Vito: Pat Tryson has been the answer - plain and simple. Beth: Pat Tryson. Read More »

Mirror Driving : Swearing Off NASCAR’s Bull…Well, You Know, Merger Mayhem, and Toyota On Top?

*Tony Stewart's slip of the tongue on TV didn't just cost him money...along with a $25,000 fine, 25 championship points were deducted. Is it wrong for drivers to lose championship points for over-the-line statements to the media?* Cami: Not if it's a true over-the-line statement. But I don't think that was over the line. It was cable, for F's sake! Vito: Depends on the context. Junior's was more of an innocent slip of the tongue…Tony's was more pointed, I felt. NASCAR also needs to be consistent with the precedent they started in 2004, so that's why this happened. Tony seems to be cool with it...so as far as I'm concerned, I don't think it's that big of a deal. I just kind of wish they'd leave points out of it and just fine them money. Read More »