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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4E HERALDZEITUNG January 2007 OOBIO ACHIEVEMENTS TwfhtobMt Ih a practice session prior to the NASCAR AllStar a list of alleged that Matt Kertseths Ford had taken seconds to lap Lowes Motor The average speed was listed as which would have established a landspeed imagine how fast Kenseth could have gone in the Black Rock Desert of where Andy Green had averaged mph In ThrustSSC on Marty man Mark during his final we think full became the first automobile racer to have his own rap It was called Start Your Engines and thank not by Martin but by Budda A few of the words Start your engines Pat the gas Clear out your camshaft Victory lane the mission This Is car number six In the pole position Failed mosh The racing at the Nextel All Star Challenge was but the worst crash of the evening might have occurred dur ing driver Along with each the crew members were given some face time on the hams in Ryan Newmans crew saw it as an opportunity to show featured entertainers the Red Hot Chili Peppers they were rock and dressed in wigs and costumes for the One crew took his role a little too serious He attempted a stage dive into the the crowd wasnt ready to catch him as he leaped into the The man came crashing down to the earth He wasnt except for his it wasnt a carburetor A HANS Device is worth about but throwing one costs a lot Kyle the temperamen tal 2005 Raybestos Rookie of the threw one of the safety devices at a driver he blamed for a CocaCola 600 The tantrum cost Busch a fine and resulted in a deduction of 25 points for Busch and own er Rick We have been selling cars in the United States for 50 years and racing here for Weve been successful not because weve spent money but because weve spent money LM vice Toyota Racing Development I think theyre the ugliest cars Ive ever I dont even want to get in Ill wait until they make us next rook ie Reed on the Car of There was a rookie out there who was a dart without Tony refer ring to David Ragan at Mar Lets clear this up once and for Denny Hamlin plays video games for the same rea son I played video games when I was 18 or 20 years Hes a Tony Stewart I dont know much about NASCAR except that they go its really loud and chicks dig How bad can that be ChMfih Malta of Cheech and Chong grand marshal at Infineon Lt UttNUft ANU tOHK IHvta HIM What is Richard Pettys mid dle name What is Jeff Gordons middle name What is Scott Riggs home town Who was the last NASCAR driver to have run moonshine during his youth If you have a question or a write NASCAR This The Gaston Box NC 28053 Earnhardts squabble with stepmother worth watching The latest entry in the story of the year category for 2007 is the potential fric tion between Dale Earnhardt his Teresa Earn Juniors contract is up at the end of and it looks like his stepmother wants to play Its going to be interesting to see what the full effect of Toyotas entry Some resent the entry of a Japanese manu On the other Toyota employs many Ameri can workers and is obviously BURNING ISSUES immensely popular among American In other is the total effect a plus or a minus That remains to be With the Car of Tomorrow and the continuing trend of making the cars more and more alike will there really be much difference between a a a Dodge and a Toyota The manufacturers will certainly want you to be lieve there The same kind of plusand minus question must be an swered in regard to newcomer Juan Pablo Will his presence bring throngs of His panic fans to the tracks In it undoubtedly depends on how he In the top three driv ers from the previous year Tony Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards all failed to make the Will they be back And what if history re peats itself Will Jimmie John Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin make the 2007 Chase Cheyy drivers won 23 of the 36 races in What hap pens next Do they continue to and if who emerges as competition Toy ota Dodge Ford Drivers with roadracing backgrounds have not histori cally adapted well to stockcar at least not on What happens if Montoya suc ceeds Will it open the door for others What Really Mattered Photos by John This Week Kasey Kahnes victory In the Bank of America 500 In Charlotte was one of his seriesleading six wins of the Johnsons first title among highlights of exciting 2006 season By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week It was yet another memorable sea son in Heres our take on the most significant developments of 2006 Johnson finally wins a Since be coming a regular in NASCARs top se ries in Jimmie Johnson has never finished worse than fifth in the points but he never managed to ac tually win the championship until when he won five races and took the championship by 56 points over Matt himself a former champion The historically significant When the season Denny Hamlin wasnt even considered the favorite for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year He turned it into a runaway and became the first newcomer to make the Chase in its three years of He finished third in the trailing Johnson by only 68 The newest Most ob servers knew that Kasey Kahne had rare but his first two seasons in Cup were mostly In Kahne found the consistency that had eluded won more races six than anyone else and made the Chase for the first Almost a Kevin Harvick had won the Busch Series championship once in Competing full time in both Busch and Harvick made the Chase for the first time and won the Busch title by the widest mar Jeff Burtons resurgence on the track was a big story In 824 in Comeback of the Richard Chil who won six championships as Dale Earnhardts put two of his three teams in the Chase and ended a worrisome Harvick wound up and Jeff Burton finished sev The third Clint had a solid rookie Speaking of ended a skid more dramatic than his car owners had At the end of the 2001 Burton had won 17 Cup Who knew he wouldnt win an other until The lone vic tory the least impres sive aspect of his Burton accumulated 20 top10 finishes and seven Notably No one who had ever won the Chase made it in Kurt the 2004 Nextel Cup wound up a lowly 16th in the points The 2005 Tony Stew was unable to defend his Nor did the drivers who had finished second and third behind Greg Biffle and Carl manage to make Back Where They NASCAR Nation had been sorely disap pointed in 2005 when neither of its fa Dale Earnhardt and Jeff qualified for the Both came storming finishing fifth and in the The Tiger Still Stewart cer tainly responded well to Left out of the Chase by an agonizing 16 Stewart roared back to win three of the final 10 Stewarts llthplace margin over 12thplace Ed 299 was more than twice as wide as the entire margin separat ing the 10 drivers in front of Uncommon NASCAR offi cials have wanted the competing makes more and more all in the name of the proverbial level playing Yet Chevrolet drivers combined to win 23 of the 36 races and seven of the 10 slots in the The manufacturer points race was no Many fans are discontent ed with all the recent and the new season will bring many Will they bring in more new fans than older ones who lose interest Thats where NASCARs money It will be interesting to If Roger Penskes two driv Kurt Busch and Ryan fail to make the Chase drastic changes will occur in that That could involve manufacturers or Stay History of Texas Speedway revealed Texas Motor Speedway 10 Years Strong published by the celebrates the history of the track near Fort Worth that opened in Though the selfproclaimed title Great American Speedway may be a bit this book is chockfull of breathtak ing photographs and tributes au thored by a wide range of most of them drivers whove found success at the Nothing sums up the books tone more than the mockup photo that shows seven Texas Stadiums stuffed into the tracks To order a go to AND WHOS NOT Whos hot Hendrick Motor which added the National Guard to its stable of Whos not Roush from whom the National Guard was lured YOUR LETTERS FROM OUR READERS NASCAR This Week welcomes let ters to the but please be aware that we have room for only a few each Well do our best to select the but individual replies are impossible due to the bulk of mail Please do not send stamped and selfaddressed en velopes with your which should be addressed to NASCAR This Week The Gaston Gazette Box 1538 NC 28053 Explaining how the prize money works I hope that someone would tell me how the prize money was deter mined in the last race at Home steadMiami I am going to name two race Kurt Busch started finished last ran nine laps in the led no laps and won Scott Riggs started finished ran all 268 led one lap and won Bruce Barton This Is a matter we have an swered many times through the NASCAR rewards drivers for previous performances with plans that add money based on whether or not drivers qualify for certain the socalled Winners Circle being the most LEGENDS AND LORE They were actually racing convertibles NASCAR held a division for con vertibles for four In terms of the most successful driver was Bob who won two but the biggest winner in terms of victories by Curtis The Cup records show Turner with a career total of only 17 victo but many who saw him race consider him the best stockcar rac er and many more consider him NASCARs best driver on dirt Darlingtons best are ones who like the track paounouojd By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week A Darlington Raceway re lease noted that successful drivers at the egg shaped track tend to be those who enjoy racing on the nar difficult For Jeff Burton has won twice at Darlington and put together 13 top10 finishes in 24 Ive been coming to Darling ton since I was a and its re ally a special place for said Darlington stands out from the rest in a lot of Its an icon of our NUTH ANU and its a privilege to compete Its like a especially with the new Moth ers Day weekend and the racing here is some of the best of the entire The Dodge Avenger 500 is scheduled for Saturday May Greg Biffle will at tempt to win for the third year in a Addition to the family Ryan Newmans crew Mike and Nelsons welcomed a baby girl to the family on Claire Margaret Nelson arrived three weeks early at 5 6 but team officials re ported that mother and baby are doing Claire joins big brother who is Switch to Hendrick The Army National Guard has joined GMAC to sponsor the 25 Chevrolet of new driver Casey Mears at Hendrick Mo We take an enormous amount of pride in welcoming the men and women of the Na tional Guard and continuing our relationship with said owner Rick The National Guard previ ously sponsored Greg Biffle at Roush NASCAR continues to be a vital component of our recruit ing and retention said Mike Jones of the Na tional and we believe this new relationship will fur ther enhance our involvement in the Channel debut Sirius Satellite which has ac quired NASCAR de buted its aroundtheclock channel 128 on Rival XM previously held the to live NASCAR broad Sirius will carry every Nextel Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series Regular talk shows will be hosted by twotime champion Tony Charlotte Ob server David Pople and broadcasters Marty Matt Yocum and John Contact Monte Button at com
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