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NASCAR REPORT: New car samples Talladega
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, GA). (Sept. 14, 2007): Sports: pE16. From PowerSearch.
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Byline: RICK MINTER

Nextel Cup drivers spent a day and a half this week at Talladega Superspeedway testing the Car of Tomorrow, which will be used at the Alabama track in the UAW-Ford 500 on Oct. 7.

It will be the first appearance of the car in competition at one of the sport's two fastest tracks (the other is Daytona International Speedway).

Kurt Busch said fans and drivers will see a difference.

"The draft is a bit different," Busch said. "The draft seems easier to get into, but then it seems just as easy to lose the draft. I guess the draft has a bigger swing when you have a car that creates more drag."

Still, Busch is pumped up about racing the new car at Talladega.

"It's going to change the element of how Talladega races, and I think it will be twice as exciting," he said. "And I think there's going to be big packs for most of the time and then there's going to be times when the pack is spread apart.

"And if you have pit stops, if you have one little mishap on your pit stop, you lose the chance of hanging in the draft. So pit stops will be very important, and how you get on and off pit road will be that much more of a presence."

Paul Menard posted the fastest drafting speed at 193.045 mph, followed by Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Ken Schrader and Kasey Kahne.

NASCAR will look at bonus points for '08

NASCAR chairman Brian France said on a Sirius Satellite radio interview this week that he might consider adding more bonus points for regular-season victories beginning next year. This year's format awarded each race winner 10 bonus points.

"We'll look at it," France said. "But what we wanted to do, we wanted to reward the regular season, reward that going into the Chase, make it meaningful, and we did.

"There are only 10 races in the final segment here so we'll see how it plays out, but we're pretty comfortable with the way it's seeded."

New baby hasn't distracted Gordon

One of the big issues during Speedweeks in February was whether fatherhood would take away Jeff Gordon's focus. Gordon and most of his fellow drivers maintained that the birth of his first child wouldn't distract the four-time champion.

Well, they were right. Gordon's having one of his best seasons in years. Although he recorded all four of his wins before the June 20 birth of Ella Sophia Gordon, he's been no slouch since. He's had eight finishes of ninth or better and remained atop the points standings through the end of the regular season.

Momentum hits just in time for Johnson

In years past, the extra duties that come with being the reigning Nextel Cup champion have contributed to drivers being unable to repeat. But that doesn't seem to be the case with Jimmie Johnson.

His win at Richmond was his sixth of the season, and it put him on top of the points chart as the Chase kicks off this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway.

He appears to have momentum at the right time, too. He's won two straight and has five top-five finishes in the past six races.

NEXT FOR NASCAR

Nextel Cup, Sylvania 300

Site: New Hampshire International Speedway

When: 2 p.m. Sunday (ABC)

Trucks, New Hampshire 200

Site: New Hampshire International Speedway

When: 3 p.m. Saturday (Speed)

Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
Minter, Rick. "NASCAR REPORT: New car samples Talladega." Atlanta Journal-Constitution [Atlanta, GA], 14 Sept. 2007, p. E16. Gale Power Search, http%3A%2F%2Flink.galegroup.com%2Fapps%2Fdoc%2FA168666067%2FGPS%3Fu%3Dwikipedia%26sid%3DGPS%26xid%3Deb54ad7d. Accessed 20 Nov. 2018.

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