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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.

Scanner Static: Ragan Rage Still A Hot Topic

*Q: Everybody seems to be ragging on David Ragan. NASCAR has created the situation with the driver shortage so why don't we blame the organization? With the Busch Series team and sponsors demanding Cup drivers fill the seats, we are losing out on a true development series. David Ragan in a Cup car is an example of that.* *If something isn't done by NASCAR to open up the Busch and Truck Series as development series, I'm afraid what we saw at Martinsville may become the norm at all races. I don't put the blame on Ragan because NASCAR has created the situation.* _Bill_ *A:* I agree to a point, but someone at some point has to stand up to the advertisers and tell them that if they hire a young guy that can't drive, it doesn't do anything for their product.

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Top Ten Robby Gordon Excuses for the Object Seen Flying From His Car

10. "It's me, not you! Err, the dog ate my homework! Umm...." 9. "That wasn't roll bar padding, that was a bottle of Jim Beam. I thought they really needed the airtime." 8. "I ran over something on the track, and this time it wasn't another car. What is everyone complaining about?"

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Mirror Driving: Is Tony Stewart Better Off Without Being In The Chase?

*Is it feasible to say missing the Chase has helped Tony Stewart? Should there be a provision in the Chase that allows drivers in his position to finish higher than 11th?* Mike: It has turned out this gave him a lot more exposure. I don't think he'd have won Kansas had he been in the Chase. It would be nice to see someone in 11th going into it have a chance to finish higher, but I don't see how they can do that. Amy: I don't know that it's helped him...under the old system he'd be 4th. Unfortunately, the best the guy can do is 11th…reason number 462 the Chase sucks. Ren: You bet missing out on a title has helped him. He says himself that if it weren't for him being out of the Chase, he couldn't afford to drive the way he has since Richmond.

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NASCAR Should Not Protect Mediocrity

During last Friday's rain delay at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, where Nextel Cup drivers were attempting to qualify for the Bass Pro Shops 500, conversation turned to how NASCAR should manage the expected surplus of well-funded race teams that will be attempting to race full schedules in 2007. The conundrum surrounds the fact that although there are only forty-three cars eligible to compete at each of the thirty-six points events, there will be upwards of fifty legitimate teams competing for those positions, resulting in some teams going home.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in the Chase: 2006 Bass Pro Shops at Atlanta Edition

Well, you can't say NASCAR has failed to join in on the festive Halloween spirit. This weekend's race at Atlanta certainly dished out plenty of tricks and treats for the ten drivers battling for the Nextel Cup Championship. So, who was able to scare up a good finish at Atlanta to keep their title hopes alive, and who had a disastrous run that turned their Chase chances ice cold? Read this week's Who's Hot and Who's Not in the Chase to find out.

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Numbers Game: 2006 Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta

*1.195* Tony Stewart's margin of victory, in seconds, over Jimmie Johnson at Atlanta Sunday. *2* Number of times I thought Robby Gordon might actually punch Dave Burns on national television for asking about the infamous rollbar padding incident that caused a caution on lap 290.

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Time IS Ripe For a Racing Revolution

It is no secret that in the eyes of NASCAR, the racing game is NOT a democracy. It purely is, and most always has been, an outright dictatorship. Throughout the course of history, such dictatorships have their peak...and then, inevitably, a tragic downfall. Recent happenings have me thinking a downfall is close at hand.

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Scanner Static: Cup Veterans Fed Up With Ragan-omics

*Q: I may be the last Ken Schrader fan standing, and I was really hoping he would have taken that piece of bumper he was holding and knock David Ragan's block off Sunday. What a mess Martinsville turned out to be, thanks to that kid. Does Jack Roush not have anyone better to put in that seat? Can NASCAR not administer a driving test?* _Stuck on 25_ *A:* I'm afraid neither Jack Roush nor anyone else really has an answer for the driver shortage problem.

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