The winless streaks by drivers such as Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick have ranked amongst some of the biggest stories so far this season. They came into this week’s race at Watkins Glen as some of the odds-on-favorite to win, but alas, Kyle Busch shut the door on those plans yet again. This week’s “List of the Week” will feature the 10 longest winless droughts amongst the drivers inside the top-20 in points.
10. Matt Kenseth – 22 races – Last Win: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Fall 2007
9. Jeff Gordon – 27 races – Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Fall 2007
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Jimmie Johnson finally won his first-ever ESPY award last Wednesday when he was voted as “the Best Driver,” beating out fellow race car drivers, Dario Franchitti, Kyle Busch, Tony Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, and Scott Dixon for the honors. Johnson has won back-to-back NASCAR Sprint Cup championships in 2006 & 2007 en route to winning the award, and compiled a very impressive 10 wins over the course of the 2007 season. Congratulations to Jimmie on this outstanding achievement!
Kyle Busch lost out to Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings for best breakout athlete of the year, and Jamie McMurray’s win over Busch … [Read More]
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The annual 2008 ESPY Awards will air live on ESPN on Sunday, July 20th at 9 pm est / 8 pm cst, and keeping with their tradition of including outdoor sports and motorsports within their equation, NASCAR will be represented with nominees in three separate categories this year.
Every year, the ESPY’s select from a pool of nominees for their racing-specific athlete category for “Best Driver“. A NASCAR driver has won this award in 9 of the 15 years, and 4 of the last 5. The most recent winners of this award … [Read More]
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With only eight races remaining until NASCAR sets the field for their Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2008, only 223 points separates 8th place Kasey Kahne from 18th place Kurt Busch in the points standings. While that may seem like a lot and perhaps too much to overcome for some, keep in mind that at this time last year, those two positions were separated by 416 points, and 18th place at that point time was consumed by Mark Martin, who was running a part-time schedule and had already missed five races. Something … [Read More]
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Earlier this week, the Charlotte Observer reported that Jamie McMurray would be parting ways with Roush-Fenway Racing at the conclusion of the 2008 season, but McMurray has denied such allegations. McMurray, who is in the midst of his third full season with Roush-Fenway, stated that those rumors are false and that he plans to remain with the organization at least until the end of 2009, when the team will be forced to shut down one of its five operating teams, though many people feel strongly that the team that team owner, Jack … [Read More]
After running runner-up for the NASCAR Cup championship on four occasions with Mark Martin from 1988 to 2002, Roush Racing finally won it all in 2003 with Matt Kenseth and then again the following year in ’04 with Kurt Busch. Additionally, the organization had runner-up finishes again in 2005 with Carl Edwards & Greg Biffle and again in ’06 with Kenseth, establishing Roush as one of the absolute elite forces to be reckoned with in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, second only to Hendrick Motorsports.
With 102 combined victories in the Cup Series, Roush Racing ranks fourth on NASCAR’s all-time list … [Read More]
10. Juan Pablo Montoya wins his first Cup race at Infineon, setting the bar even higher for the open wheel drivers making their move to NASCAR.
9. Jamie McMurray wins his the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. This is Jamie’s first win since filling in for Sterling Marlin at Lowe’s back in 2001 and his first win with Roush Racing.
8. Martin Truex Jr. wins his first career Cup race at Dover International Speedway in June.
7. Casey Mears wins his first career Cup race at the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowes Motorspeedway in May.
6. Ron Hornaday wins the Craftsman Truck Series championship in the … [Read More]
Is Michael Waltrip the right man to lead Toyota’s march into NASCAR? Based on results from the 1st quarter of the season, I’d say definitely not. He committed a cardinal blunder in the first race of the season (Daytona 500) by entering a car that was caught with illegal fuel additives. How does this happen? Especially when you’re trying to make a great impression, not only to your new owners (Toyota, Inc), but NASCAR, your peers, and everyone else that are stakeholders in your team. And things have gone progressively downhill since then for Waltrip’s racing team.
What I don’t understand … [Read More]