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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: Mark Martin

*Mark "I'm Really Happy" Martin* *2006 Ride*: No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion *2006 Owner*: Jack Roush *2006 Crew Chief* : Pat Tryson *Stats* : 36 Races, 0 Wins, 7 Top 5s, 15 Top 10s, 9th in points. *High Point* : A ninth place finish in the final point standings in what looks to be your last legitimate season for a championship might bring many drivers down.

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2006 Driver Review: Jamie McMurray

*Jamie "MAC"Murray* *2006 Ride*: No. 26 Crown Royal/Irwin Industrial Tools Ford Fusion *2006 Owner*: Jack Roush *2006 Crew Chief* : Jimmy Fennig (Feb.-Apr.) / Bob Osborne (Apr.-Nov.) / Wally Brown (Nov.) *Stats* : 36 Races, 0 Wins, 3 Top 5s, 7 Top 10s, 25th in points. *High Point*: 2006 was Jamie McMurray's first year at Roush Racing after three-plus years driving for Chip Ganassi.

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Top Ten NASCAR Driver Letters to Santa

*10.* Dear Santa, I know I asked for a lot of candy last year, but this year, I have 28 reasons to want more. If you give me a sweet deal, I might jump all the way to Mars. Always a good boy, Ricky Rudd

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2006 Driver Review: Terry Labonte

*Terry "Thanks for the Memories" Labonte* *2006 Ride*: No. 44 Kellogg's Chevrolet / No. 96 DLP Chevrolet *2006 Owner*: Rick Hendrick / Bill Saunders *2006 Crew Chief* : Peter Sospenzo / Philippe Lopez *Stats* : 17 Races, 0 Wins, 1 Top 5, 1 Top 10, 41st in points. *High Point* : By stretching his fuel mileage and not making a final pit stop with his competitors, Labonte took the lead in the Dodge / Save Mart 350 on lap 72 in the No. 96 DLP car.

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2006 Driver Review: Sterling Marlin

*Sterling "I understand Ward just fine. What's your problem?" Marlin* *2006 Ride:* No. 14 Waste Management Chevrolet *2006 Owners:* MB2 Motorsports, now Ginn Racing *2006 Crew Chiefs:* Doug Randolph (Feb.-June), Scott Eggelston (June-Labor Day), Richard "Slugger" Labbe (Labor Day-Nov.) *Stats:* 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 1 Top 10, 34th in points. *High Point:* May 6th, I looked in my email inbox and discovered David Ferroni, the MB2 PR contact, sent out the report "Marlin Grabs Season High Ninth-Place Finish in Richmond" in what turned out to be one of the best predictions of 2006.

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Mirror Driving: Who Shined…and Didn’t…in ’06

*Which driver was the biggest surprise in 2006, and why?* Toni: That's easy. It was definitely Denny Hamlin. And I can't believe I'd have to explain why to anyone who was awake in 2006. Rookies don't make the Chase. Tom: Hamlin's the easy out, but I'm actually going to say Kevin Harvick. Here's why : at the beginning of the season NO ONE expected him to even be with Childress by year's end, let alone be contending for a championship. That check to send him to Toyota was all but signed, sealed, and delivered. That being said, Hamlin's year was great...but he showed flashes of brilliance in '05.

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2006 Driver Review: Matt Kenseth

*Matt "Yes, I Am A Former Cup Champion!" Kenseth* *2006 Ride*: No. 17 DeWalt Ford *2006 Owner*: Mark Martin/Jack Roush *2006 Crew Chief*: Robby Reiser *Stats*: 4 Wins, 15 Top 5s, 21 Top 10s, 2nd in points. *High Point*: Kenseth was certainly riding high during the first twenty-six races of the year, soldiering through the "regular season" in his normal workman-like style to find himself atop the point standings heading into this year's Chase for the Championship.

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2006 Driver Review: Bobby Labonte

*Bobby "I'm Going To Miss The Iceman" Labonte* *2006 Ride*: No. 43 Cheerios Dodge *2006 Owner*: Petty Enterprises *2006 Crew Chief*: Todd Parrott (Feb.-Aug.); Greg Steadman (Aug.-Sept.); Paul Andrews (Sept.-Nov., returns in 2007) *Stats*: 36 starts, 0 Wins, 3 Top 5s, 8 Top 10s, 21st in points. *High Point*: Oddly enough, Labonte's high point and his low point might have come all at the same time.

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2006 Driver Review: Dale Jarrett

*Dale "It's been fun, but I'm off to join the biggest promoter in the world…oh, and did I mention I'm taking my sponsor with me?" Jarrett* *2006 Ride:* No. 88 UPS Ford Fusion *2006 Owner:* Robert Yates *2006 Crew Chief:* Slugger Labbe (Feb.-July) / Butch Hylton (July - Nov.) *Stats:* 36 Races, 0 Wins, 1 Top 5, 4 Top 10s, 23rd in points. *High Point:* The highest point for Jarrett in 2006 had nothing to do with being on the racetrack.

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2006 Driver Review: Denny Hamlin

*Denny "Making Carl Edwards Yesterday's News" Hamlin* *2006 Ride*: No. 11 FedEx Express Chevrolet *2006 Owner*: Joe Gibbs *2006 Crew Chief*: Mike Ford *Stats*: 36 Races, 2 Wins, 8 Top 5s, 20 Top 10s, 3 Poles, 3rd in points. *High Point*: The entire 2006 Nextel Cup season truly _could_ be considered Hamlin's high point, with a first-year performance that equaled what many drivers accomplish over their whole career.

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