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2007 Driver Review: Scott Riggs

While later in the season, qualifying would become an issue for the No. 10 team, Scott Riggs started off the year strong, starting in the top 10 in six of the first 10 races. However, strong finishes didn't follow other than an eighth-place effort at Martinsville, his lone top-10 finish of the season. A small consolation was the fact that he ended his tenure at Gillett Evernham Motorsports with three top-20 finishes in his last five starts.

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2007 Driver Review: David Reutimann

Although there were a lot of zeros in David Reutimann's 2007 stat line, the rookie from Zephyrhills, Fla. had plenty of reasons to be encouraged. His most notable on-track accomplishments came in June, when a 40th-place start proved no obstacle at Michigan; Reutimann drove his way through the field to notch a solid 15th-place finish. Another surprising run came at Richmond in September, when the driver of the No. 00 Toyota recorded a lead lap, 13th-place run.

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2007 Driver Review: Tony Raines

If you were a Tony Raines fan, you had to wait a while for success this year; his highest point came eight months after the season began, at a most unlikely place: Talladega. In October, Raines managed to not only survive the UAW-Ford 500, but he was a contender throughout, leading five of his six laps of 2007 in the process. When the checkers flew, Raines found himself with a ninth-place finish, his only top 10 of the season driving the No. 96 Chevrolet.

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2007 Driver Review: Ryan Newman

After an off year in 2006, adding another five pole-qualifying efforts to his resume certainly had to be a satisfying personal achievement for the man they call "Flyin' Ryan." Newman has now tallied an incredible 42 top spots in his short 224-race NASCAR Cup career. A second-place finish at Martinsville in the sixth race of the Chase was no doubt gratifying as well, as Newman showed strength during the latter part of the race season even though he missed the Chase for the Nextel Cup for the second season in a row.

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2007 Driver Review: Kyle Petty

Whether it be in the television booth or on the track, 2007 was a forgettable year for Kyle Petty. Despite handing over his ride for a handful of races to explore what it will undoubtedly be a post-NASCAR career as an analyst, Petty returned behind the wheel and fought hard each week down the stretch to stay inside the Top 35 in car owner points. In a year filled with hardship, the highlight of Petty's season came at the Coca-Cola 600 in May, when the 47-year-old driver recorded his best finish (third) since Dover, 1997.

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2007 Driver Review: David Ragan

Frankly, David Ragan should consider having the opportunity to become a full-time Cup driver his highest point. At the time he was named to replace Mark Martin in the No. 6 last season, Ragan still wasn't even allowed to race at some of the tracks on the NASCAR circuit due to inexperience. But any doubts as to whether Ragan was a deserving replacement got settled quickly. He started off at Daytona with a fifth-place finish, mostly because he was able to avoid the melee of wrecking cars coming off turn 4 on the final lap. But luck counts; and just like that, the freshman was immediately off to a solid start.

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2007 Driver Review: Joe Nemechek

2007 would've been considered a great success for Nemechek - if only he could've repeated his Daytona 500 performance every weekend. Entering his fourth full season with newly-named Ginn Racing (formerly MB2 Motorsports), the year began with a challenge. When Mark Martin and Regan Smith were signed to split duties in the No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet, Nemechek was asked to stay with the program, but switch rides - to a brand-new third team. Driving a then-unsponsored No. 13 Chevrolet, the thought behind the arrangement for Nemechek was directly related to "Front Row Joe's" stellar qualifying record, leading team owner Bobby Ginn to believe his driver could put the car into the field on time and avoid falling victim to the Top-35 qualifying rule.

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2007 Driver Review: Juan Pablo Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya got his first NASCAR victory in just his third week of the season - when the Busch Series visited Mexico City. No matter what camp you were in, you had to think he'd be a threat on the road courses, and Montoya proved that theory correct when he followed up that victory with a Nextel Cup road-course win at Infineon Raceway in June.

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David Starr Driver Diary: Goodbye to 2007… Excited About 2008!

The 2007 season was just an OK season for our Circle Bar Racing MaxxForce Diesel team. In our defense, most of my team was put together very late in the offseason, so we kind of had our backs up against the wall the whole time. With that said, being able to get into the top 10 in the final race of the season was a neat thing. Obviously, our expectations were much higher than that, but I feel we did everything we could to be successful. I just can't thank my MaxxForce team enough for all the effort they put into our trucks and pit stops all season. They were amazing considering everything they were up against.

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2007 Driver Review: Paul Menard

Menard's best finish of the season was at Michigan International Speedway, where he finished a career-high 12th in the Citizens Bank 400. Starting back in 38th, he methodically worked his way up through the pack, even leading a lap in the process - one of only three he'd lead all season in the Cup Series.

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