Volume I, Issue 1, Page 28
Those Chevy Monte Carlos you see dominating NASCAR Nextel Cup racing this year have more back story than the latest Britney Spears gossip. And it all started last year. That’s when Chevy finished off a ‘Game, Set, Match’ season of NASCAR racing by winning five of the six key titles. They won the Manufacturer's Championship in NEXTEL Cup, Busch Series and Craftsman Trucks for the third time. No other manufacturer has ever done that. The real diamond in that tiara was Tony Stewart and his Home Depot #20 winning the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup championship. To back it up, Chevy won its 29th NASCAR Manufacturer’s crown, the 25th of NASCAR’s Modern Era, which began in 1972. If you’re keeping score at home, since that year, GM Racing has earned 27 of 34 possible manufacturers titles, with Chevrolet collecting 25 of those (Buick won the other two) for an impressive .79 winning percentage. Chevy wrapped up the 2005 season with 572 race wins and 448 wins in the Modern Era. Behind the scenes they were also developing the 2006 Monte Carlo so they could hopefully continue in that winning vein this year.