California might have served as a wake-up call for NASCAR. The Busch race and the truck race did not have full fields. The second- and third-biggest racing series in the U.S. didn’t have full fields for their races this weekend. The influx of Cup drivers stealing the headlines and the escalating costs of running teams …
Normally, the fireworks in Daytona are reserved for July, but they came out early this year. 2007’s version of NASCAR’s Super Bowl didn’t disappoint in the action department… at least in the final fourth of the race. Kevin Harvick started off his season on fire with a weekend sweep after claiming his first Daytona 500 …
31 – drivers who have won the Daytona 500.
Kevin Harvick got a huge push into turn 3 on the last lap, riding the momentum to victory at Daytona by the blink of an eye over Mark Martin.
The top qualifiers for the Daytona 500 had zero top-10 finishes in 2006. Is the strength of teams like Robert Yates Racing and Chip Ganassi a good sign?
Daytona Speedweeks arrives every year with a roar. Unlike the beginning of any other pro sports, NASCAR does not start a season at a slow, deliberate pace and gradually build up to a climatic, frenzied season-ending crescendo. Instead, it slaps you right in the face to announce its arrival. Last Saturday night’s Budweiser Shootout marked, …
“I’ve been pinching myself for the last eight months and I’m not going to stop anytime soon,” said 30-year-old David Gilliland.
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!”
In the end it was little known David Gilliland, driving part-time for an underfunded, brand new team that broke through and won in Kentucky.
Gilliland’s high point occurred at the Busch Series race at Kentucky, when he became the first non-Nextel Cup regular to win a Busch race in 2006.
In the Nextel Cup finale, Greg Biffle held off Martin Truex Jr. in a green-white-checkered finish to win the Ford 400 at Homestead.
$5,282,231 – total purse for the UAW-Ford 500.