- Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 December 2010 17:58
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Race teams and drivers are scattered to the four winds to take some time with family and friends for the holidays. The next scheduled activity will be the NASCAR pre-season Thunder at Daytona Thursday January 20 through Saturday January 22. It will be a full scale test opportunity for all the Cup teams of the newly paved Daytona International Speedway.
So, now’s a good time for a look back at the 2010 season with some of the more notable quotes from NASCAR’s drivers and officials.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 December 2010 20:49
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While we were freezing in Virginia last Wednesday and Thursday several NASCAR teams got their first chance to try out the newly paved Daytona International Speedway. There is an official test session open to all the teams scheduled for January, but important for those teams that wanted to get a leg up on what will be the hot setup on the new pothole free surface.
The repaving project, only the second in track history and the first since 1978, began immediately after the Cup race last July 3rd and was just completed two weeks ago. Despite the holiday season, a number of teams took advantage of the opportunity, filling the front stretch side of the garage with their haulers.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 December 2010 23:08
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There were certainly some outstanding performances that took place during this past racing season. From a statistical standpoint, the 2010 season was the most competitive ever on the Cup circuit. Everybody has opinions; here are some thoughts on some of the past season’s top performers.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 December 2010 21:56
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At just 35 years old and with five Sprint Cup championship trophies already on the mantle, a fair question is: What’s next for Jimmie Johnson? Is Johnson on track to become the best driver in the history of NASCAR?
While only time will tell if Johnson can eventually hold that title, he is certainly on pace to do so. He has put his name near the top of the two most important lists when discussing “best of all time” — championships and wins. His five titles are just two short of Hall of Fameers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for most all time. His 53 wins rank him 10th all-time, and most likely, he will stand alone in eighth by the end of next season. Rusty Wallace is currently eighth with 55. Johnson has won three or more races in each of his nine full seasons on the circuit.
Johnson’s pace on a number of other statistics suggest he could one day catch the usual names already included in the all time best debate.
Championships: Johnson needed 327 starts to win his fifth championship. Dale Earnhardt needed 390, and Richard Petty took 655 starts to collect their fifth titles.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 November 2010 22:54
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The good news for Hendrick Motorsports in 2010 was Jimmie Johnson’s unprecedented fifth straight Sprint Cup Championship. Nobody, but nobody has been cooler and more efficient under pressure than the tandem of Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus.
Colorful and exciting or not, after their performance this past season, you have to mention them in the same conversation with the all-time greats. Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt’s seven championships apiece have seemed untouchable for years. Not since the heyday of a young Jeff Gordon has there been talk of someone matching or beating their championship totals. Not anymore. At age 35, it is not at all unrealistic for Jimmie Johnson to win another two or three championships. Time will tell.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 November 2010 21:35
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After a grueling 35 races, not to mention a couple of special non-points races, NASCAR rang down the curtain on the 2010 Season last Sunday. The drama went lap-by-lap right down to the checkered flag of Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The debate will certainly go on all winter about what’s wrong with NASCAR, why the TV ratings are down. How big an effect is the current economic conditions in the county playing in the empty seats at the tracks week after week? Would things be better if NASCAR had never gone to the “Car of Tomorrow”? Was going to the “Chase for the Cup” format to select the series champion a smart move?