Wednesday, November 15, 2006

2006 Championship Standings

Going into Ford Championship Weekend, here are the championship standings for each series and my comments on each:

Nextel Cup

1 Jimmie Johnson 6332 (--)
2 Matt Kenseth -63 (--)
3 Kevin Harvick -90 (+2)
4 Denny Hamlin -90 (--)
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -115 (-2)
6 Jeff Gordon -167 (--)
7 Jeff Burton-225 (--)
8 Mark Martin -273 (+1)
9 Kasey Kahne -319 (+1)

10 Kyle Busch -359 (-2)

Sadly, it appears that Jimmie Johnson will win the 2006 Nextel Cup Championship.  After the past two seasons of "crying wolf" the 48 team will officially become the best team in NASCAR.  Of course, Homestead isn't a given but how often does a championship change hands at the last race of the year?  Not too often.  As bad as the 17 team has been I'm shocked they're still in 2nd place.  Both Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin should be proud of their seasons, not to mention the return of Dale Jr. and the 8 team to the top 5 in points.  This year has been one of the wildest as far as the twists and turns of the standings since New Hampshire in September.

Busch Series

1 Kevin Harvick 5493 (--)
2 Carl Edwards -844 (--)
3 Clint Bowyer -940 (--)
4 Denny Hamlin -986 (--)
5 J.J. Yeley -1166 (--)
6 Paul Menard -1588 (--)
7 Kyle Busch -1612 (--)
8 Greg Biffle -1753 (--)
9 Johnny Sauter -1833 (--)
10 Reed Sorenson -1860 (--)

Yawn.  The top 10 hasn't changed for weeks.  All that happens is Harvick's lead grows and everyone else scores top 5 and top 10 finishes.  No wonder I haven't watched a Busch race in a month.

Craftsman Truck Series

1 Todd Bodine 3566 (--)
2 Johnny Benson -112 (--)
3 David Reutimann -183 (--)
4 Ted Musgrave -316 (--)
5 David Starr -357 (+2)
6 Ron Hornaday -374 (--)
7 Jack Sprague -393 (+1)
8 Mike Skinner -410 (+2)
9 Rick Crawford -432 (-4)
10 Terry Cook -440 (-1)

The battle here is between Todd Bodine and Johnny Benson, if you want to call it that.  Bodine just needs to keep the 30 truck on the track for all 200 miles and he'll take home his first championship. 


Tomorrow, I'll have my rookie of the year analysis for each series -  as well as an early preview of the 2007 classes for each series.

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