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.
And then there were five. After 35 races, over 10,000 laps and countless hours spent behind the wheel, the final race of the season at Homestead comes down to five drivers from five different organizations battling for the 2006 Nextel Cup championship. There is Jimmie Johnson, the perpetual bridesmaid who has specialized in watching titles …
I’ve got a Simpsons-like mentality creeping up on me. I’m getting nervous NASCAR might really be in trouble.
With no one is technically eliminated from the Nextel Cup title chase, they come to Phoenix for the Checker Auto Parts 500.
Team Red Bull has had an auspicious debut, failing to qualify for any of the races it’s entered this season. Is this a true indicator that Toyota has a lot of homework to do, or is it hard to tell anything because they’re using Dodges?
According to Tony Stewart, his Dickies 500 Texas win was particularly sweet because, “I finally won at a track that Jeff Gordon hasn’t won at.”
Speculation on what changes NASCAR Chairman Brian France and his NASCAR “braintrust” will decide to make in the Chase to the Nextel Cup for the coming year gained momentum this past week when France spoke publicly about possible modifications to the championship format. Supposedly, any such modifications will be put off until the offseason, with …