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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.

Mirror Driving: Did Jimmie Johnson Get Screwed?

*Was this week's race at Kansas just an aberration, or are we finally beginning to see one of the "cookie-cutter" tracks come into its own and provide good racing?* %{color:purple}Toni:% I thought it was a pretty good race. But yeah, there is that whole "for a cookie-cutter track" thing involved in that assessment. %{color:red}Tom:% For whatever reason, I've always thought Kansas was the better track when compared to its "sister," Chicagoland. But Sunday's race might have been one of the best ones at a new track in the past decade.

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Diversity: The Road To NASCAR’s Future Growth

Growth is the primary goal for any American enterprise, and NASCAR is the epitome of an American business. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that, when you look at this year's TV Ratings, NASCAR's popularity has not grown one bit...if anything, it's actually declined. Ratings are down in all but two races this season, and it appears fans are looking for some new energy to rejeuvenate their interest in the sport.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in the Chase: 2006 Banquet 400 at Kansas Edition

The Midwest is known for vast temperature changes and powerful storms, followed by days of calm. The Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway seemed to follow that theme this weekend. Late race fuel mileage gambles left plenty of Chasers looking for gas - and answers - at the end of the day, in the midst of several other spinouts and mechanical issues that threatened to doom their title hopes. So, which drivers stayed hot during a fall trip through the Heartland, and which drivers felt a cool wind blow their Championship hopes further away? Read this week's Who's Hot/Who's Not in the Chase to find out.

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Numbers Game: 2006 Banquet 400 at Kansas

*0* Cars dropped to the back of the field at the start of the Nextel Cup race at Kansas Speedway. *3* Victories in 2006 for Tony Stewart after Sunday's Kansas win. He also won at Martinsville in April and Daytona in July.

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Evernham Claims Front Row at Kansas Speedway with Kahne on the Pole

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kasey Kahne picked up the pole for Sunday's Banquet 400 at the Kansas Speedway, making it his fifth pole of the season (tying Kurt Busch for most poles in 2006). Kahne, looking for his sixth victory of the season, will line up beside his Evernham Motorsports teammate, Scott Riggs. This is the second 1-2 sweep of the front row for Evernham. "I feel like I got just about everything out of it," said Kahne. "I feel like I could have used more race track off turn four, but it was turning so good you didn't really have to.

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Frontstretch LIVE at the Kansas Speedway – Friday, September 29, 2006

Friday's schedule at the Kansas Speedway was jam packed, with NEXTEL Cup practice and qualifying, Busch Series practice, and USAC Silver Crown Series practice and qualifying. In the first NEXTEL Cup practice earlier this morning, Kasey Kahne recorded the fastest speed at 177.532 mph, with Jimmie Johnson, Elliott Sadler, Brian Vickers and Scott Riggs rounding out the top five. Those spends weren't just for show, as Kahne ended up with the pole, followed by Riggs, Johnson, Vickers and Yeley, with Sadler qualifying ninth.

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A New Way to Evaluate the Chasers

Using the cleverest and most versatile invention ever to be thought of by mankind, statistics, I have come up with a new way to evaluate those that are "lucky" enough to be in the Chase. I say "lucky" enough because the particular statistic that I am using in this evaluation is what is affectionately known as the "Lucky Dog". The Lucky Dog, in my opinion, is purely the byproduct of the "young gun" invasion that took place in the late Nineties and continued on into the new millennium. Back when racing was real racing, and not the entertainment show we know today, there was a thing known as a "gentleman's agreement".

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Scanner Static: Dover Cements Its Place in the 2006 Chase

*Q: I've heard some people who want to replace the Dover race with something else because it's not a "Chase-worthy" track. Hello, did they actually watch the race Sunday? That was the best finish to a NASCAR race in quite some time. Is there any way to get both Dover races in the Chase?* _DelaDella_ *A:* Asking for both Dover races to be put in the Chase is a little much, but there's no question that Sunday's race was one of the best of the year.

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Top Ten Accusations/Rumors About Richard Childress Racing (This Week)

10. Their engines are sucking air. 9. Their tires are bleeding air. 8. You will be "wrongfully terminated" from RCR just for uttering the words "sucking" or "bleeding". 7. Todd Berrier was secretly sent to the No. 17 garage to "rig" their gas tank to appear 1 gallon fuller than it actually was.

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