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The Frontstretch Staff is made up of a group of talented men and women spread out all over the United States and Canada. Residing in 15 states throughout the country, plus Ontario, and widely ranging in age, the staff showcases a wide variety of diverse opinions that will keep you coming back for more week in and week out.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Nextel Cup: 2007 Daytona 500 Edition

Normally, the fireworks in Daytona are reserved for July, but they came out early this year. 2007's version of NASCAR's Super Bowl didn't disappoint in the action department...at least in the final fourth of the race. Kevin Harvick started off his season on fire with a weekend sweep after claiming his first Daytona 500 victory in a nailbiting finish that went down to the wire. But the only smoke at the track wasn't from the leftover Victory Lane celebration; plenty of teams saw their chances for victory go up in flames as the final 50 laps of the race were filled with wrecks, busted sheet metal, and broken spirits. So who left Daytona in a blaze of glory, and who left putting out the flames of rage and disappointment? Read this week's Who's Hot and Who's Not to find out.

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Numbers Game: 2007 Daytona 500

*0.020* Kevin Harvick's margin of victory over Mark Martin. (in seconds) *3* Cars that fell to the back of the field at the start of the Daytona 500. (No. 00 - David Reutimann, No. 18 - J.J. Yeley, No. 41 - Reed Sorenson...all for changing their transmissions) *3 hours, 22 minutes, 55 seconds* Time it took to complete the Daytona 500.

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Top 35 Vague After Daytona

Now that the 2007 Nextel Cup season is finally underway, the battle for the Top 35 in car owner points is on. The Top 35 from last season remain locked in for four remaining races, but several teams that aren't already find themselves behind the 8-ball. Both Red Bull Racing entries are forced to look toward California after failing to make the Great American Race, while *Michael Waltrip* finished 30th on Sunday, only to find himself 27 points in the hole after a post-qualifying penalty cost him both 100 driver and car owner points.

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Becca’s Big Six: 2007 Daytona 500 Edition

*"So Many Storylines, So Little Time"* *Who ... gets my shout-out of the race?* Congratulations to rookie David Ragan, who finished 5th from a 35th-place starting spot in Mark Martin's old No. 6 ride and just his third Cup start ever. Ragan is under a lot of pressure to perform, and he did so admirably today. After the race, David vowed to run well in California and prove that today's finish was "not a fluke." *What ... will be the newest entry in the Official Darrell Waltrip Dictionary?*

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Start Your Engines, Already!

At 3:15 PM on Sunday, it'll all be behind us. Manifolds, illegal substances, aerodynamic enhancements, failed shock mounts; the fines, suspensions, and point-dockings. Then, once we get past FOX's frenzied, frivolous and flighty pre-race show — one that will once again highlight all the craziness of this past week — the main event will finally, _finally_ take place. 3:15 PM Eastern Standard Time, the 49th Great American Race will find itself underway down in Daytona Beach. I, for one, can't wait.

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Frontstretch Folio: 2007 Daytona 500

The Nextel Cup Series heads to the World Center of Racing this weekend for NASCAR's Superbowl at Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500 is the first race of the 2007 Nextel Cup season and will be broadcast live on Sunday, February 18th at 2 pm ET on Fox, with radio coverage by MRN affiliates nationwide.

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Who Wins, Who Gets Fired, And Who’s The Best Rookie? 2007 Predictions From FS

Now that another new season is officially upon us, the time is here for our FS Staff to look like geniuses...or, more likely, make fools of ourselves with our season picks for who takes this year's title. Read on to find out who your favorite expert picked to not only win the Nextel Cup championship, but Rookie of The Year, as well as the one honor no one wants to take home...the official title of first Nextel Cup driver fired from their ride during the season.

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Is There A Crew Chief In The House?

Happy Speedweeks, folks! It's been a wild one so far and they haven't even dropped the green on the Gatorade Duels. Manifolds, wheel well vents, suspensions, and revitalization have been the stories of the week; with so much going on, allow me to indulge myself for a bit before we get to your questions.

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Press Corps Drenched By Rain During France’s “State of the Sport” Address? (Part I)

OK, I must admit that the headline is a bit misleading. The members of the press that covered Brian France's state of the sport address didn't really get wet, but they were showered with something...and I'm sure France would tell them it was rain if he were asked. If you still don't get what I mean, let me explain it this way...it's not something you would _ever_ want to be drenched with.

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Top Ten Valentine’s Day Cards NASCAR Drivers Never Want to Receive

10. Hi there, sweetie, what you need in your gizzard is a big ol' smooch from this here cute lil' pit lizard! 9. We know it is only practice, the car wasn't even in trim. But we think you're slow and you can't do the job, so we gave your car to him. _Smooches, Your Car Owner_ 8. Remember last year when you wrecked my favorite driver? So do I! I'll be waiting to pay you back after the race. _Signed, Drunken Fan with Anger Management Issues Who Flunked 2nd Grade Rhyming_

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