Burton Slips and Johnson Pounces – SCI Oct 23rd Difficulty

Up coming stop on the Nextel Cup Agenda is Atlanta Motor Speedway

Holy shitoli what just occurred? Now with only 4 races to go to make your mind up the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup winner, we have just 100 factors separating 1st and 8th positions. Up coming stop on the circuit is Atlanta Motor Speedway.

For the uninitiated, Atlanta is the quickest keep track of on the NASCAR Nextel Cup routine. It truly is a 1 1/2 mile keep track of modeled soon after Lowe’s Motor Speedway with the exception that it really is wider. The increased width lets motorists to have a lot more pace by the turns and flooring it on the straight-a-strategies to top rated speeds of 200mph.

Subsequent 7 days expect Kasey Kahne to keep on his thriving streak at Atlanta. In 5 begins at Atlanta, Kasey has logged 1 earn and 4 leading 5’s. Also expect the next drivers to do properly subsequent 7 days:

Carl Edwards – Regular End 11th

Jimmie Johnson – Normal End 12th

Dale Earnhardt Jr – Regular Finish 12th

Tony Stewart – Typical Complete 13th

Future Week’s Agenda:

Nextel Cup: @ Atlanta Motor Speedway

10/27/06 – 07:10pm NASCAR Nextel Cup Bass Pro Stores 500 Qualifying

10/28/06 – 12:05pm NASCAR Nextel Cup Bass Pro Stores 500 Exercise

10/29/06 – 02:55pm NASCAR Nextel Cup Bass Pro Outlets 500

Busch Sequence: @ Memphis Motorsports Park

10/27/06 – 04:00pm NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Sam’s Town 250 Practice

10/28/06 – 10:05am NASCAR Craftsman Truck Collection Sam’s Town 250 Qualifying

10/28/06 – 01:10pm NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Sam’s Town 250

Craftsman Truck Sequence: @ Atlanta Motor Speedway

10/27/06 – 02:250pm NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Simple Treatment Auto Services Contracts 200 Follow

10/28/06 – 01:05pm NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Simple Care Motor vehicle Service Contracts 200 Qualifying

10/28/06 – 05:05pm NASCAR Craftsman Truck Sequence Quick Care Automobile Assistance Contracts 200

Jimmie Johnson Sings the Blues No A lot more!

Early in the Chase for the Championship, Jimmie Johnson stumbled and dug himself a monster hole. With the support of his workforce, and a tiny from Jeff Burton, Jimmie has managed to claw his way back 1 race at a time. Now the driver of the #48 Lowe’s Monte Carlo finds himself in 3rd spot at only 41 factors back again.

More than the earlier 5 races, Jimmie Johnson has been on a tear. His regular finish over that stretch has been 10th. This is a sharp contrast to the common complete of 31st that he carried by means of the very first two races in the Chase. A few months in the past, Jimmie approximately received the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega right up until he was wrecked on the last lap by teammate Brian Vickers. He followed up his robust run at Talladega with a 2nd position finish in Charlotte very last 7 days. What’s far better than 2nd how about a 1st area finish at Martinsville?

Yesterday’s earn in the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway boosted Jimmie Johnson 4 places in the details. I am sure winning at the observe where just a number of yrs in the past, a Hendrick Motorsports plane went down carrying a amount of Hendrick personnel together with Ricky Hendrick, Rick Hendrick’s son, will provide to not only strengthen the team’s standing but also their morale.

In a activity in which the level of competitors is at these types of a higher degree, every single member of the crew from the guys in the store to the driver on the observe need to believe that in them selves and their teammates. From the effects of the past 5 months, it is distinct that Jimmie Johnson and the relaxation of his group have shrugged off the slump they suffered from early on and have regained their self confidence.

Jeff Burton Loses His Edge

Just when everyone believed Jeff Burton was about to operate off with his 1st Nextel Cup championship, “Ice Man”, as he is affectionately acknowledged by other motorists, thawed just a very little at Martinsville Speedway. Mechanical challenges had been the perpetrator of Burton’s 42nd area finish.

The 45 position cushion Jeff Burton owned prior to the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway is now a 48 issue deficit to leader Matt Kenseth. With future races at Atlanta, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead, Jeff has his perform lower out for him. His ordinary complete at the last 4 tracks is 15th, and a 15th location regular does not win you a championship.

However, do not worry. Jeff has been defying the law of averages all season lengthy, and expects him to continue on. The most exciting matter to look at in the upcoming weeks is if the Ice Guy can flip up and the heat and not soften in the system.

Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway Recap

The Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway turned out to be an motion packed wreck fest showcasing 18 cautions for 107 laps. I feel it is protected to say the motorists do not enjoy the wreck fests as substantially as we do.

Just request Dale Earnhardt Jr who wrecked himself in the waning laps of the Subway 500. Dale Jr was seeking to consider absent 7th place from Kasey Kahne when he drove down into switch 3 way as well difficult and accomplished a wonderful 180 degree spin. The miscalculation price Jr 17 positions.

The other championship drivers faired as follows:

1. (Chief) Matt Kenseth’s mediocre working day turned superb many thanks in element to a 42nd spot complete by Jeff Burton. Matt was ready to acquire more than the championship direct with an 11th location end.

2. (-36 factors) Kevin Harvick completed 9th and attained each and every little bit of it. The Busch Sequence winner suffered setbacks early soon after getting tangled up in a wreck on lap 231.

3. (-41 points) Jimmie Johnson shot up the charts 105 factors by successful the Subway 500. Johnson experienced the dominate car or truck on the working day and led the most laps, like the a person that counts the most.

4. (-47 points) Denny Hamlin’s place on a amazing clearly show for the hometown crowd, and rebounded from very last week’s weak end with a 2nd spot complete at Martinsville. Hamlin had a probability to win the race when he bumped Johnson up the keep track of and pulled alongside beside him. In the stop, Hamlin’s motor vehicle, only managing on 7 cylinders wasn’t ample to overpower Jimmie Johnson.

5. (-48 factors) Jeff Burton, endured his to start with true setback of the Chase. The engine in the #31 Cingular Chevy broke a valve coach on lap 244.

6. (-94 points) Dale Earnhardt Jr could be a authentic contender if he saved his great in the waning laps of the Subway 500. Following complaining for a lot of laps that Kasey Kahne was holding him back, Jr tried to drive under Kahne and finished up spinning himself out. What would have been a leading 10 end turned into a 22nd spot complete truly swift.

7. (-96 factors) Mark Martin’s day was fairly uneventful until the past laps of the Subway 500. Which is gain Martin recognized he had a cracked radiator that leaked h2o. Right after coming in for numerous pit-stops to top off with water, Martin fell to 24th position.

8. (-99 points) Kasey Kahne posted but another top rated 10 with a 7th position complete. This end alongside with the gain past 7 days at Charlotte has moved Kahne to in just 100 details of the guide.

9. (-141 details) Jeff Gordon gained 75 details on the leader with a 5th spot end. Gordon had a potent auto that guide early on until eventually the sunshine started off to peek out. The #24 crew could not find the ideal changes to make to keep up with the transforming observe temperature.

10. (-171 factors) Kyle Busch ran robust for a lot of the day until a late race swipe of the wall doomed him. As Kyle was striving to steer clear of just one of the lots of spin outs in the race, he accidentally ran into the concrete barrier wall. The resulting problems knocked Kyle out of the top ten.