Volume III, Issue 12, Page 11
With John Carollo

I’m one of you. Long before my first article or big name interview and for as long as I can remember, I’ve been a stock car fan. So for that reason, my name doesn’t matter and neither does my photo. It’s more like we’re just sitting here in the grandstand before the race, talking about Chevys and NASCAR. Hey, you want a cold one? --JC

Chevy Gets ‘Em Again!

Y’all can put on your comfy slippers, grab sumpthin’ to drink and maybe even some snackin’ vittles. Me? I’m going all out with a big ol’ jar of fresh Mountain Moonshine and a brand new bag of discount pork rinds. Why the special occasion?  It’s time for what’s become our annual ‘Here’s How Bad Chevy Kicked Everybody Else’s Ass This Year’ report.

We all know ‘bout Jimmie Johnson and how his three straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Championships tied him with legend Cale Yarbrough’s record. At the NASCAR Banquet, Cale surprised Jimmy with his Championship ring and got a standing O for himself. Cale said, "Somebody finally did it. I set a pretty good record, didn't I? It took them 30 years to tie it. There are only two of us who have done it in the 60 years of the sport. That's a pretty good accomplishment…You know, all he really did is tie the record – he still has to break it. He still has some work to do. I want to congratulate Jimmie; he's a great man and a great racer. I know he's going to win some more championships. Maybe he can skip a year, though." That’s Cale!

So let’s see ‘bout the rest of our Chevy winnins’. When Jimmie Johnson won Phoenix he also won the 2008 Manufacturers' Championship for Chevrolet. If’n you’re keeping score (‘fess up, you long sufferin’ Furd fans, you’re watchin’) that would make 32 Manufacturers' awards since they commenced to giving ‘em out back in 1950. Four Chevy drivers helped to win this year with 11 wins. That’d be Jimmie Johnson with seven wins, Jeff Burton with two and Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with one win each.

And if you’re looking for more streaks, this here’s Chevy's sixth consecutive NASCAR Manufacturers' title. Now, let’s just think on that. For the last six years, Chevy has OWNED the Manufacturers' Championship. Them Detroit boys are mighty happy, too. Ed Peper, GM North America VP said, "Chevrolet is extremely proud of our teams and drivers for bringing home the 2008 Manufacturers' Championship in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series…It has been a hard-fought, come-from-behind effort that is exceptionally gratifying for everyone at Chevrolet and GM, especially in this challenging economic environment."

Mark Kent, Director of GM Racing reminds us it’s all about the teams when he says, "The competition this season has been as intense as any time in the history of the sport. Many men and women spent countless hours maximizing the performance of every aspect of the Impala SS race car, including the Chevrolet R07 engine which competed in its first full season of competition in 2008. Their efforts paid off when it counted the most.” And yeah, he’s not waving off what’s going on in the real world when he says, "It is no secret these are stressful and turbulent times at General Motors. To be able to celebrate the success of a goal met - winning our 32nd overall and six consecutive Manufacturers' title - is a reward well deserved and ranks among one of the most special in the historic racing history of GM and Chevrolet.”

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