Hey, rookies: You better go fast--now

Spencer, Lee
February 2006
Sporting News;2/3/2006, Vol. 230 Issue 5, p58
This article presents the author's views on developments related to automobile racing in the U.S. At least eight drivers will compete this season for Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year honors. But who will win the rookie title and who will have staying power in the series is anyone's guess. It used to be that drivers earned their way into the top seats on the tour. Drivers who had climbed through the stock car ranks with proven records at short tracks and in the Busch Series generally would be recycled through rides. Jeff Gordon started that trend in 1993, and since then Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch have skipped the headache of running with second-class equipment.


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