Posts tagged: Homestead

Nov 24 2009

Johnson Wins 4th Straight Chase Championship

The Chase for the Johnson is over; Jimmie Johnson has won his fourth straight Chase championship in a row, making Nascar history. Of course, IMHO, its recent history, just because he’s won four chase championships, I don’t hold that in as high regard as I would four Winston Cup championships. If we were still under the old points system, Jimmie would have two championships, this year and 2006, with Gordon winning 2007 and Edwards winning 2008. So, not to take anything away from Jimmie, who is going to be one of the all time greats, four championships in a row is hard to do in any sport, and in Nascar, all it takes is one more wreck or mechanical failure and you’re whole season can be different.

I do agree that Johnson stands alone, as Duane Cross puts it in this article on Nascar.com, he is one of the greats, but you can’t compare these guys anymore like we used to be able to, the points system is completely different, and I am sure if you applied the Chase rules to every Nascar season it would change the results, mainly because the Chase format sucks. To go from the best over the whole season to the best over the last ten races is a big swing, maybe if you took the top 12 drivers and have them vote on the final ten races, that might be more interesting.

Mark Martin looked like he was going to be tough on Sunday, but they weren’t as good as they thought they were going to be, Denny Hamlin was the guy to beat at the end, winning his 8th race overall.
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Nov 15 2008

David Reutimann Wins First Cup Pole

David Reutimann gets the pole in Homestead, his first pole in the Cup series and the last race of the season, Jimmie Johnson starts 30th while Carl Edwards will start fourth. This is a good start for everyone who is rooting against Johnson to win his third title in a row, myself, I would rather see Edwards win it, but Johnson will head to the front fast as he always does, the only chance Edwards has is if Johnson crashes and finishes 36th or worse.

Edwards’ crew chief, Bob Osborne, said he his primary mission will be to keep his driver up front for the entire race.

“But I’m sure Jimmie will be coming pretty fast,” Osborne said.

Regan Smith qualified 26th for Sunday’s race. In the race for Raybestos Rookie of the Year, which also depends on a panel vote at season’s end, Smith is three points behind Sam Hornish Jr., who failed to make the 43-car field. Also missing the race were Ken Schrader and Max Papis

Having previously won poles in the Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series, Reutimann becomes the 23rd driver to win poles in all three of NASCAR’s top series. Source: Nascar.com

Here is how they will start:
1 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 171.636 31.462 Leader
2 83 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 171.461 31.494 -0.032
3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 171.429 31.500 -0.038
4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 171.418 31.502 -0.040
5 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 171.043 31.571 -0.109
6 6 David Ragan Ford AAA 170.919 31.594 -0.132
7 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 170.854 31.606 -0.144
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 170.729 31.629 -0.167
9 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 170.627 31.648 -0.186
10 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 170.541 31.664 -0.202
11 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Juicy Fruit Slim Pack 170.449 31.681 -0.219
12 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 170.411 31.688 -0.226
13 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 170.363 31.697 -0.235
14 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam 170.213 31.725 -0.263
15 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 170.181 31.731 -0.269
16 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 170.181 31.731 -0.269
17 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 170.116 31.743 -0.281
18 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 170.116 31.743 -0.281
19 28 Travis Kvapil Ford All Sport 170.052 31.755 -0.293
20 84 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 169.929 31.778 -0.316
21 109 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 169.897 31.784 -0.322
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 169.731 31.815 -0.353
23 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 169.534 31.852 -0.390
24 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Hellmann’s 169.460 31.866 -0.404
25 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 169.454 31.867 -0.405
26 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 169.380 31.881 -0.419
27 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 169.322 31.892 -0.430
28 45 Chad McCumbee Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 169.305 31.895 -0.433
29 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 169.279 31.900 -0.438
30 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 169.253 31.905 -0.443
31 25 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 169.194 31.916 -0.454
32 70 Tony Raines Chevrolet Haas Automation 169.094 31.935 -0.473
33 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Bad Boy Mowers 169.051 31.943 -0.481
34 38 David Gilliland Ford Digital TV Transition 169.025 31.948 -0.486
35 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Liberty Medical 168.972 31.958 -0.496
36 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Johns Manville / Menards 168.919 31.968 -0.506
37 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 168.334 32.079 -0.617
38 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 168.308 32.084 -0.622
39 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 168.251 32.095 -0.633
40 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet U.S. Army 168.020 32.139 -0.677
41 347 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie 167.359 32.266 -0.804
42 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 145.753 37.049 -5.587
43 10 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Valvoline 169.025 31.948 -0.486

Did Not Qualify
44 96 Ken Schrader Toyota DLP HDTV 168.803 31.990 -0.528
45 213 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 168.523 32.043 -0.581
46 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 168.371 32.072 -0.610

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