- Literary Hook: A holiday tradition: ‘This Thanksgiving, Remember’
- Cold snap does not negate global warming
- Week 13 NFL picks: Bears will hand Lions another Turkey Day loss
- Rockford’s holiday tradition Stroll on State set for Saturday, Nov. 29
- Webb’s RVC Studio winter full of love stories
- Tube Talk: ‘American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered’ to be featured on PBS
- Craft Beer Scene Around Rockford: A nice break-in beer for those who want to try bourbon barrel-aged beer
- Tales from the Trough: IceHogs rebound with four straight wins
- Clean water groups, small business owners, community leaders celebrate Clean Water Act
- Police investigate death of 71-year-old man who was struck in October while riding in his wheelchair
Knaus, Johnson claim second straight victory
StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11745006511990.jpg’, ‘Photo courtesy of www.nascar.com‘, ‘Defending NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who has Rockford native Chad Knaus as crew chief, celebrated his second consecutive victory March 18 after winning the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta.‘);
StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-117450159318540.jpg’, ‘Photo courtesy of www.nascar.com‘, ‘Jimmie Johnson in the No. 42 Lowes Chevrolet passes Tony Stewart in the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet with three laps to go for the win at Atlanta.‘);
After leaving Las Vegas with lady luck at his side, reigning Nextel Cup champion Jimmie Johnson went to Atlanta and made it two wins in a row this past Sunday, March 18.
Johnson needed lady luck to show up again this week. He was able to narrowly edge by race leader Tony Stewart with only three laps remaining in the Kobalt Tools 500.
On lap 322, the duo raced side-by-side going into turn two. Stewart scraped the wall going through the turn, and Johnson went on to win the race by about half the length of the front stretch.
Johnsons crew chief and former Rockfordian Chad Knaus was in town last Tuesday (March 13) for the grand opening of the new Lowes distribution center. Knaus joined Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey and Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The stop in Rockford was a quick one for Knaus while on his way to Atlanta.
Mark Martin finished Sundays race in 10th and clings to an 8-point lead over runner-up Jeff Gordon. Martin, who has never won a series championship, is expected to sit out this weeks race at Bristol and the Martinsville race the following week. If he does miss those two races, he will undoubtedly sacrifice his lead in the season points standings.
The Bristol race will also be the unveiling of NASCARs Car of Tomorrow. The bigger, boxier model could present a challenge for the teams. Wholl be the first to figure it out and win at the always-tough half-mile oval? Chances are good it definitely wont be Martin. Can Johnson make it three in a row? Well have to wait to see if Ms. Luck will be along for the ride again this week.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
from the March 21-28, 2007, issue