Sunday, August 14, 2005


Where there's Smoke, there's fire. That's because Smoke is absolutely burning up the track in recent weeks. Tony Stewart notched his second victory in a row this week when the circuit hit the road course at Watkins Glen. But, he didn't just win. He absolutely dominated. Stewart started on the poll and led about 80 out of 90 laps. The win allowed Stewart to extend his championship lead to 105 points over Jimmie Johnson.

The big mover in the Chase for the Nextel Cup was Jamie McMurray. McMurray's 13th place finish was good enough to move him from 11th to 9th in the standings. With only 4 more races remaining until the Chase begins, that makes him eligible for the Cup. Carl Edwards still holds a tenuous hold on the final, 10th place Chase position. Elliott Sadler and Dale Jarrett are only 3 points out of that 10th slot. Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick are both less than 100 points out of that 10th place position.

Next week, NASCAR heads to the Motor City.