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Frontstretch Staff
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.

2006 Driver Review: Tony Stewart

*Tony "Spiderman" Stewart* *2006 Ride*: No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet *2006 Owner*: Joe Gibbs *2006 Crew Chief*: Greg Zipadelli *Stats*: 36 Races, 5 Wins, 15 Top 5s, 19 Top 10s, 11th in Points. *High Point*: Ironically, the high point of the season for Stewart came late in the year, when he won three races during the playoffs after getting knocked out of Chase contention during the last race of the regular season.

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Best Of The Top Ten: Top Ten Things Tony Stewart Said/Did After Exiting The Car At Dover

10. "OWWW! Son of a %^&$#!. That's gonna leave a mark!" 9. "Please, can I stay in the car?! Just a couple of Vicodin and I'll be fine the rest of the race!" 8. Went to his trailer and enjoyed all the commercials on the telecast, but was annoyed by the bits of racing that kept breaking into them.

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Matt McLaughlin Joins Frontstretch

*Frontstretch Pleased to Welcome McLaughlin to Writing Staff For 2007* Frontstretch.com, one of the fastest growing sites on the internet for NASCAR news and commentary, is pleased to welcome veteran NASCAR writer Matt McLaughlin to their roster of talented writers for the 2007 season.

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2006 Driver Review: Elliott Sadler

*Elliott "The Dodgeman doesn't have the same ring as The Candyman" Sadler* *2006 Ride*: No. 38 M&M's Ford (Feb.-Aug.) / No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge (Aug.-Nov.) *2006 Owner*: Robert Yates (Feb.-Aug.) / Ray Evernham (Aug.-Nov.) *2006 Crew Chief* :Tommy Baldwin, Jr. (Feb.-Aug.) / Josh Browne (Aug.-Nov.) *Stats* : 36 Races, 0 Wins, 1 Top 5, 7 Top 10s, 22nd in points. *High Point* : At Daytona in February, Sadler and the No. 38 team unloaded fast, always near the top of the practice session speed charts in their Robert Yates Racing Ford.

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2006 Driver Review: Kyle Petty

*Kyle "Victory Junction" Petty* *2006 Ride*: No. 45 Wells Fargo/Schwan's/Marathon Oil/NTB/Coca-Cola Dodge *2006 Owner*: Kyle Petty / Petty Enterprises *2006 Crew Chief*: Paul Andrews (Feb.-Sept.), Billy Wilburn (Sept.-Nov.) *Stats*: 36 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 2 Top 10s, 32nd in points. *High Point*: Petty's best finish on the year was an eighth at Bristol in the spring, but the high point of the season might have come after he fought his way back into the Top 35 in owner points to end the season after falling approximately 100 points behind Sterling Marlin's team.

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2006 Driver Review: Scott Riggs

*Scott "Only 35 Races and I Still Finished in the Top 20" Riggs* *2006 Ride*: No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge *2006 Owner*: James Rocco *2006 Crew Chief* : Rodney Childers *Stats* : 35 Races, 0 Wins, 1 Top 5, 8 Top 10s, 20th in points. *High Point* : By the time the series hit Bristol in August, Riggs' season was already showing signs of success after earning five Top 10 finishes to battle his way back from an early season Daytona DNQ.

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Happy Holidays!

As you gather to celebrate the holidays with family, friends, and loved ones, the Frontstretch would like to wish you all the best during this joyous season and thank you - our fans - for giving _us_ joy all season long. You fuel the passion that is our writing fire, and we hope this holiday season finds you safe and sound around the people you love. And to all our troops overseas...thank you for all that you've done, and stay safe as you continue to fight the courageous battles for all of us. Look for regularly scheduled programming to return to FS on Wednesday, December 27th.

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2006 Driver Review: Ryan Newman

*Ryan Newman* *2006 Ride:* No. 12 Alltel/Mobil 1 Dodge *2006 Owner:* Roger Penske *2006 Crew Chief:* Matt Borland *Stats :* 36 Races, 0 Wins, 2 Top 5s, 7 Top 10s, 18th in Points. *High Point*: You have to look hard to find a real high point in Ryan Newman's disappointing 2006 season - it was his first winless year in five full-time Cup seasons and his only one finishing outside the Top 10 in points.

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2006 Driver Review: Jeremy Mayfield

*Jeremy "Whistle Blower" Mayfield* *2006 Ride*: No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Dodge (Feb.-Aug.) / No. 09 Miccosoukee Resorts Dodge (Nov.) *2006 Owner*: Ray Evernham (Feb.-Aug.) / James Finch (Nov.) *2006 Team Director*: Chris Andrews (Feb.-Aug.) / Marc Reno (Nov.) *Stats*: 22 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 39th in points. *Best Finish*: 13th, Talladega (May). *High Point* : Well, looking at the stat line, you know there weren't many high points for Mayfield in 2006 as a strong relationship with Evernham Motorsports fizzled quickly into a nasty divorce.

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2006 Driver Review: Joe Nemechek

*"Front Row" Joe Nemechek* *2006 Ride*: No. 01 Army Chevrolet Monte Carlo *2006 Owner*: MB2 Motorsports/Ginn Racing *2006 Crew Chief* : Ryan Pemberton *Stats* : 36 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 2 Top 10s, 27th in points. *High Point:* The 01 Army car ran well, if not up front, just about every race throughout the season, but until late in the season, the team wasn't able to consistently turn that into high finishes. His 13th place finish at Homestead ended the season with a seven race top-20 streak that started at the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega and included two top tens. Going into the Texas race in November, Nemechek said, "no question, it has been a difficult year, but we all knew the talent was there and it was eventually going to turn around," said Nemechek. "It wasn't like this was a hopeless cause and we didn't look forward to the next race. In fact, it was completely the opposite. We couldn't wait for the next event, knowing that this could be the race that would get us on the right track. We always had the soldiers' creed of never giving up."

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