As NASCAR prepares for 50th Daytona 500 When looking at the history of the Daytona 500, there's one predominant theme that echoes throughout â€“ Families. Beginning with the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959, successes and disappointments in NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race have been handed down through generations.
Joe Gibbs Racing a key addition for Toyota Toyota completed its first full season of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) competition with the Camry in 2007. â€œI would probably give our first season a letter grade of a B-minus,â€ says Jim Aust, vice president of motorsports, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. â€œWeâ€™re probably about 14 races behind where I thought we would be. We expected to run in the top-15 by mid-season, and we moved in on that at the end of the season."
crowned champion in NY After a season of achievements and memorable competition, the payoff for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers came Friday in the form of the presentation of the final point fund awards. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Loweâ€™s Chevrolet) will collect a point fund award of $7,317,499, bringing his 2007 total winnings to $15,313,920.
by Pete McCole Jimmie Johnson successfully defended his NASCAR Nextel Cup Series title on Sunday, finishing seventh behind race winner Matt Kenseth in the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to lock up his second consecutive title over teammate and car co-owner Jeff Gordon.
Homestead: Kenseth wins, Johnson clinches 2nd title
Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag but Jimmie Johnson took his 2nd straight Nextel Cup title Sunday in Homestead. Kenseth drove to his 16th career win in Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season-ending Ford 400, while Johnson captured his second consecutive championship with a seventh-place finish. Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five at the 1.5-mile superspeedway.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Reigning Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who holds an 86-point lead over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon heading into the season-ending Ford 400, got off to a great start Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, winning the pole position while Gordon could do no better than 11th.
by Greg Cozzo Defending champion Jimmie Johnson scored his fourth straight Nextel Cup victory and took a sizable lead in the Chase for the Nextel Cup Sunday in the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Johnson passed Martin Truex Jr. for the lead with 24 laps left and held off Greg Biffle to win for the 10th time this year. He became the first driver to win four straight Cup races since Jeff Gordon did it on his way to a 13-win season in 1998.
Edwards on pole, as open wheel stars steal the show
by Greg Cozzo While Carl Edwards drove to his first Bud Pole of 2007 at Phoenix International Raceway in preparation for the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil, he also joined in on the discussion about the impressive start to the weekend by Open Wheel stars Jacque Villeneuve, Patrick Carpentier and Sam Hornish Jr. Edwards piloted his Office Depot / Roush â€“ Fenway Ford Fusion COT machine around the unique 1 mile Raceway with a lap of 27.114s.
Truex nips Gordon for his first career pole in Texas
NASCAR Nextel Cup Martin Truex Jr. captured his first career Bud Pole on Friday in qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Truex, Jr. turned a lap of 193.105 mph in his DEI Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to beat point leader Jeff Gordon's 192.424 mph lap. Former Champ Car & F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya, Kevin Harvick & former Champ Car driver A.J. Allmendinger rounded out the top five.
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