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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.

The Busch Series: Cup Lite?

Edwards, Biffle, Kenseth, Bowyer and Harvick. Hmm, where have we seen these names before? They've all been through the Busch series the first time, but they've come back for more. Why? What will they gain, other than more money for the companies they race for? Seat time? Most of them are seasoned enough to where that shouldn't be an excuse.

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In Case You Missed It: 2/2/07 to 2/8/07

Don't have enough time to read all the NASCAR news each week? Get tired of sifting through hundreds of news stories trying to find the latest news? Let us do it for you. Frontstretch.com is unveiling a new column this week called _In Case You Missed It_. Each week we'll give you a quick rundown of all the stories that were newsworthy, so you don't have to search high and low for what made the headlines this week. Whether you are an avid NASCAR news reader or a casual fan, In Case You Missed It will keep you up to date on all of the major happenings in the world of NASCAR racing. This week read about the continuing saga at DEI and who will be running the show for Casey Mears plus much more.

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BSNews! Daytona Beach PD Named “Official Security Attachment” of NASCAR (and More!)

*Daytona Beach, FL* - From a press conference held outside his Daytona Beach condominium, NASCAR CEO Brian France announced today that the entire Daytona Beach Police Department will serve as NASCAR's own private security force. The new force will be formally known as the "Official Security Attachment For Racing" or OSAFR, (pronounced ‘oss-a-fer'). OSAFR will begin its official association with NASCAR at the onset this year's Daytona 500.

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NASCAR Fans, Let’s Talk

Well, I guess introductions are in order. My name is Matt Taliaferro, and I'll be one of your guides through a predictably unpredictable Nextel Cup season here on Frontstretch.com. I'm a "newbie" around here, a term the rest of the Frontstretch staff seems to love, as they've taken great joy in throwing the word around like Rusty with a water bottle at Bristol. Ask fellow new writer Vito Pugliese; he'll agree.

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Mirror Driving: Is Crocker’s Career Cracked to Pieces? Does Montoya Take The Pressure Off Everyone Else?

*It was officially announced this week that Erin Crocker is scaling back her schedule to run only 12 ARCA races and 4 Busch races this year. Is this the begininng of the end, or can she make it back and become a success after all that happened this year?* Mike Neff: She certainly has some talent. But having her schedule scaled back most definitely isn't a positive sign. She's probably going to have to step it up in some early races or be headed back to sprint cars. Toni: If she can prove herself in some of the races she runs this year, she deserves another chance. If she continues to show what she did last year, then the answer's no.

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Top Ten Driver Excuses For Not Winning a Pole In ’06

10. *Mark Martin:* "I didn't HAVE to win one, I get in the Shootout forever-which is handy, 'cause that's how long I'm gonna race!" 9. *Robby Gordon:* "Pole? I thought they said HOLE! I went off-road racing so much I thought I should avoid that..." 8. *Clint Bowyer:* "They gave all the fast cars to Burton and Harvick."

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Jeff Burton Once Again A Victim of Corporate Insanity

Jeff Burton, veteran driver for Richard Childress Racing, may be feeling a little singled out by corporate America as it becomes more and more likely that he will lose his primary sponsorship from Cingular Wireless through no fault of his or his team. The latest saga in Burton's sponsorship woes centers on AT&T's recent acquisition of BellSouth/Cingular and the assumed changing of the Cingular identity logo to reflect AT&T's ownership of them. NASCAR, as part of their series sponsorship agreement with Nextel Wireless had agreed contractually that no teams may acquire sponsorship from companies competing with Nextel. Or, as in the #31's case, change their sponsor's name.

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NASCAR’s Youth Movement

Taking a look at last year's Nextel Cup Chase for the Championship, you might have noticed an interesting pattern; six of the ten drivers were no older than age 32. Kyle Busch, in fact, set a record as the youngest driver ever to make a run for the championship, qualifying for the playoffs at the ripe old age of 21. No question about; in today's world of NASCAR, the youth movement has effectively taken control. And with today's young drivers finding themselves behind the steering wheel at an earlier age than ever, the amount of untapped talent is high. There's an immense amount of teenage sensations to sort through; read on to sift through the research and figure out which drivers experts say are better than Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart at their age and which ones can be closer compared to Paris Hilton and Ryan Leaf. *Finding talent can be difficult* NASCAR has entered an era of youth - the timeline for success is short. In what has recently become a "what have you done for me lately" sport, NASCAR fans have seen promising young talent shoot up through the ranks, only to fizzle faster than a Paris Hilton hit single.

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Voices of Cheer for the New Year

Last November, about the time that NASCAR's "Silly Season" was officially declared to start, my personal life went into a "Silly Season" all its own, the seriousness of which, well...if you compared side by side pictures of Todd Bodine and myself, let's just say that Todd appears to have a full head of hair. After a great deal of self-examination (an exercise that I suggest you embark on with caution, as you must be prepared to deal with what you may find), I have decided that perhaps a bit more optimism and cheerfulness may be in order, to flow from the musings of this column when dealing with the world of NASCROC…I mean NASCAR. For example… Last year, if I had been commenting about the new changes in The Chase format, I probably would have said something to the effect that, if you believe any of the mindless drivel that drips from the mouth of Brian France, you are stupider than a box of rocks. Of course, that drivel would be defined as adding 5 more points for a win, a "landmark" change that will supposedly make the Chase ten times more exciting...well, let's just let Brian speak about it.

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Scanner Static: Oh, What A Feeling

*Q: I thought Toyota was going to struggle in its first year in NASCAR? All I've seen from the Daytona speed charts are guys like Dave Blaney (Dave Blaney!) hovering around the top. I guess NASCAR felt it necessary to give Toyota the unfair advantage they promised they wouldn't. Who here believes NASCAR didn't slip them a little info under the table? They can't afford to have their new babies struggle. It just makes me sick.* _Bob Jensen_ *A:* Bob, I don't think there's a grand conspiracy to give Toyota an advantage.

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