TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, FORT WORTH, TEXAS
WINNER: Carl Edwards POLE SITTER: Ryan Newman
WHAT HAPPENED: After starting 30th, a dramatic dash past Mark Martin with two
laps to go completed the 26-year-old driver's climb through the field. His
fourth win of the season moved Edwards to third in the standings; Greg Biffle
(above) finished 20th and dropped to fourth after this Lap 290 spinout.
THIS RACE IN 2006: Nov. 5, NBC/TNT
11/13 CHECKER AUTO
PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, PHOENIX
WINNER: Kyle Busch POLE SITTER: Denny Hamlin
WHAT HAPPENED: It was a weekend of mixed emotions for the Busch family. Kyle
(5, below) celebrated his second win, while Kurt sulked after being suspended
by Roush Racing for having a run-in with the Phoenix police.
THIS RACE IN 2006: Nov. 12, NBC/TNT
11/20 FORD 400
HOMESTEAD- MIAMI SPEEDWAY, HOMESTEAD, FLA.
WINNER: Greg Biffle POLE SITTER: Carl Edwards
WHAT HAPPENED: Biffle (above left) bested Mark Martin (6) in this race as Roush
drivers took the four top spots, but Tony Stewart grabbed the headlines,
winning his second title by just 35 points. Stewart ran conservatively,
especially after Jimmie Johnson crashed out of the race on Lap 125. Johnson had
started the day second in the standings, just 52 points behind Stewart.
THIS RACE IN 2006: Nov. 19, NBC/TNT
TONY Stewart, in
my eyes, is the greatest race car driver I've watched in this era.
-- MARK MARTIN after the season finale, in which he finished second and Stewart
clinched the Nextel Cup championship.