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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.

Numbers Game: 2007 LifeLock 400 at Kansas

*1* Number of times Greg Biffle led the LifeLock 400. *2* Cars moved to the rear of the field at the start of the LifeLock 400. (No. 48 - Jimmie Johnson, backup car; No. 7 - Robby Gordon, engine change) *3* Consecutive Bud poles for Jimmie Johnson after taking the top starting spot for Sunday's race with a speed of 175.063 mph.

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Ten Points to Ponder… After the 2007 Lifelock 400 at Kansas

*1. Goody's, anyone?* - Somehow, I think all the NASCAR bigwigs were ready to share a round of Goody's headache powder by the end of today's race. Officials were called upon to make numerous critical and highly controversial calls this weekend, culminating in the Cup race itself. Should the starting time have been moved up with thunderstorms in the forecast? Should the race have been called after the first red flag for rain? Should there have been a green-white-checkered finish after Juan Pablo Montoya hit the wall with four laps to go? Should Greg Biffle have been credited with the win after coasting across the start/finish line under caution? I know you guys have some strong opinions on these issues, so let's hear from you! *2. Tony's Tongue* - On the question of whether Tony Stewart should have to be fined for saying the f-word during a practice session at Kansas, I'm giving Stewart the benefit of the doubt this time. The truth is that in a garage full of grown men, swear words are common; and Stewart, addressing an ESPN cameraman, was apparently unaware that the microphone was live.

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King of Beers Removes NASCAR Jewel From Its Crown

Earlier this year, Brian France stepped up to a microphone and gave a positively glowing report on the overall "state of the sport." Of course, part of that report reflected on the supposed multitude of corporations just dying to invest in stock car racing. "There's more than 100 Fortune 500 businesses investing in NASCAR," France said at the time. "Investments in corporate America is another positive sign we got the momentum. They're scrutinizing their budgets, scrutinizing their investments like never before." "Time and again, they're choosing us and we're real proud of that." Of course, it was already public knowledge at that point that Anheuser-Busch, who had been NASCAR's entitlement sponsor of their second series for nearly a quarter of a century, was pulling out at the end of the year.

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David Starr Driver Diary: David Starr Racing

It's another off-weekend for the Craftsman Truck Series, but that doesn't mean I'm lounging around the house. Aside from the business of NASCAR racing, I keep myself extremely busy with David Starr Racing - my show car/simulator promotional company. We work with companies like Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper, and they use our real NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race cars for displays in front of Wal-Mart stores to promote their products and we also supply them with race car simulators. We take simulators to different Wal-Marts every weekend, the kind where you get in, the seat moves left to right, and you have a big computer screen in front of you where your racing other cars. It's a neat experience.

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World’s Oldest Living NASCAR Driver Shares Memories with Delightful Wit and Down-Home Wisdom

Western New York state resident Lloyd Moore is the last of the '49ers. Not the gold-rush '49ers - at age 95, Moore is about a hundred years too young for that. Nevertheless, Moore is a pioneer of sorts. He raced cars in the Strictly Stock series - predecessor of modern-day NASCAR - in its very first year of competitive racing. Talking with Lloyd Moore is like chatting with your grandpa or a long-time neighbor. He instantly puts you at ease with his friendly manner and makes you feel like a member of the family.

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Fanning the Flames: New Schedule, Same Ol’ NASCAR

I always look forward to the date when NASCAR releases its schedule for the upcoming season. _What will they do this time that makes no sense whatsoever to us lay folks?_ Well, that day came yesterday when the 2008 Sprint Cup schedule was made public - and not surprisingly, things didn't make sense. Needless to say, you'd think NASCAR would have learned by the near-miss rainout of the Michigan event just over one month ago to change some of its dates around. That race in August did not get completed until the Tuesday after its scheduled Sunday start. Talk was such at the time that if, indeed, the event was a total washout not shoe-horned in before the circuit hit Bristol on Thursday, the sanctioning body would be forced to make Michigan the final date on the schedule. As a result, NASCAR would essentially bump all the other events — both regular season and playoff — up one week from their regularly scheduled dates.

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The Key (or lack thereof) To Winning The Chase: “Big Picture” This!

I have always been an unabashed advocate of the Chase to the Nextel Cup Championship format since it began back in 2004. There's a number of reasons for that. I believed at the time - as I do now - that when the pros and cons are objectively considered, tracking the ten-race playoff is considerably more entertaining (yes, auto racing is entertainment) than watching Jeff Gordon go through the motions for the last fifteen races of the season, waiting to pick up his Nextel Cup Championship hardware already engraved. That said, I understood the angst of racing "traditionalists" that could not accept such a radical change in how NASCAR Cup titles were going to be determined in future years... but still felt a new system would eventually take hold over time. However, a part of my rationale for supporting the Chase concept was a genuine belief that it would intensify the racing, at least amongst the ten (now twelve) championship-eligible participants. But after watching the playoffs unfold these last few years, it's an assumption that now seems, on my end, to have not been completely accurate. Instead, it appears that some drivers and / or team owners believe that championships can be won by playing it safe. Whoops. Perhaps I am missing something here, but isn't the guy that wins the race awarded the most points for that event? And isn't the driver with the most points at season's end going to be crowned the Nextel Cup Champion?

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Top Ten Things Overheard During the Kyle Petty/Denny Hamlin Exchange

10. "Look at that! Kyle's glasses are all steamed over. Ya think he's upset about something?" -Anonymous Hamlin Crew Member 9. "Listen here, you little puke! Don't you know who I am!? I'm the Prince of NASCAR! My daddy is the King!" - Kyle Petty 8. "I am sooooo mad right now! Why, I oughta poke you in the eye with this little finger brace thingy I'm wearing!" - Kyle Petty 7. "Just cause you got a handicap plate on your car don't mean you gotta drive like one, old man!" - Denny Hamlin

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Fix ‘Er Up! Nextel Cup Power Rankings after the 2007 Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover

*Fix 'Er Up - Frontstretch Editor Nextel Cup Power Rankings* _As Of September 26th_ 1) Tony Stewart (4 First Place Votes) (Last Week : 1) - Home Depot wants us to smell the Smoke. Bet they won't put THAT slogan in Tony's armpits! 2) Carl Edwards (1 First Place Vote) (Last Week : 8) Uh-oh...Roush found out all of the dirty CoT secrets Hendrick had! And it's not too late for them to join the party at the top with Cousin Carl...even if it cost them 25 points in the process. 3) Jeff Gordon (2 First Place Votes) (Last Week : 4) Would have expected a better showing from the point leader in DuPont's neck of the woods (Delaware).

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Mirror Driving: A Hamlin-Petty Brawl, Are Dover Pits Too Small? And Team Orders Leave Us Appalled

*Kyle Petty and Denny Hamlin got into it at Dover recently, after Petty confronted Hamlin in his car following a nasty incident that sent both drivers to the garage for repairs. Who should be apologizing to who -if anyone - and should NASCAR take action for this incident?* Vito: Denny Hamlin has joined Kevin Harvick in the Jerkoff Hall of Fame. Amy: And Kyle WILL be apologizing to NASCAR after he gets fined. The crash was all Denny, though. Matt T.: Huh? I say _no and no_ to those questions, Amy. The term "just one of those racin' deals" gets used too much, but in this case it fits. Mike: Right. Nobody should be apologizing to anyone…it was a racing deal.

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