When Fans React: 2006 Nextel Cup rookie of the year

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Helen from Melbourne, Fla.: Martin Truex Jr. Why even have the rookie of the year title for 2006? Everyone knows NASCAR is going to give it to Truex, whether or not he deserves it. Joanne from Yardley, Pa.: Martin Truex Jr. Martin is on a roll and has lots of talent. It is going to be tough competition, but he will come out on top. Damon from Davenport, Iowa: Martin Truex Jr. Look out for DEI. next year with the No. 8 team being reunited and now Truex Jr a full-time driver for the No. 1 car. Susan from Newington, Conn.: Martin Truex Jr. In his two Busch championships, he's gained invaluable experience in knowing just what it takes to win. This will carry him into the rookie of the year title. Danielle from St. Petersburg, Fla.: Martin Truex Jr. He will definitely win ROTY in 2006. No doubt. He has already one two consecutive Busch Championships and a number of wins, top 10s and top 5s. Mary from Andover, Conn.: Martin Truex Jr. He has a plus with his team coming with him to Cup and of course DEI and Junior as his teammate.
Lisa from Chicago, Ill.: Martin Truex Jr. I feel that Martin will run away with rookie of the year. He will be working with the same team that he's had for the past two years, and you can't argue with consistency and that comfort zone. They are a fine-tuned machine! DEI is gonna turn the corner with Truex and Earnhardt in Cup and Menard smokin' up the Busch Series. I'll bet a goat on it! Jen from New Jersey: Martin Truex Jr. He is going to be a great driver — not that he isn't now — but I think he will be even better in the Chase for the Cup! David from Bridgeton, N.J.: Denny Hamlin. Truex: Maybe. Sorenson: Don't think so. I'll go with the JGR No. 11 driver... Denny Hamlin! Josh from New York: Denny Hamlin. He ran really well at the end of '05. That should set the tone for '06. He also has momentum on his side. Justin from Riverside, Ohio: Denny Hamlin. If he gets as good equipment as Tony Stewart, he will win a couple of races and take ROTY. Brooks from Chesterton, Ind.: Denny Hamlin. Joe Gibbs Racing is back on top. Leo from Warrensburg, Mo.: Clint Bowyer, Kansas Comet. Bowyer and Carl Edwards are friends from the Kansas City racing hotbed and are like ducks to water driving a race car. Bowyer will win rookie of the year! GO CLINT! Frank from Zanesville, Ohio: Clint Bowyer. I think that Bowyer will prove to everybody that he is better than Martin Truex Jr. so I say that Bowyer will win the rookie of the year.
2006 Cup rookie of the year
Jay from Augusta, Ga.: Clint Bowyer. Denny Hamlin is the logical pick. Martin Truex Jr. is the popular pick as Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s protege. But Bowyer will get the job done. He's patient, takes care of his car and is always there at the end of the race. Plus, that No. 07 car did pretty well at Atlanta and Homestead with Dave Blaney in the car. Tony from USA: Brent Sherman. I think that Brent Sherman in the No. 49 will be the 2006 rookie of the year because I like the underrated drivers. Matthew from New Milford, Conn.: David Stremme. The competition will be tough with Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Reed Sorenson, Clint Bowyer, J.J. Yeley and Brent Sherman. It will be battle until the end of the 2006 Nextel Cup season. Who knows? Maybe a rookie will visit victory lane or even make the Chase for the Cup. Jamie from Olive Branch, Miss.: Reed Sorenson. I think the rookie of the year in 2006 is gonna be between Martin Truex Jr., Sorenson and Denny Hamlin. I think, however, Sorenson has the best shot at it. But we shall see.

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