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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.

Numbers Game: 2006 Dover 400

*3* Cars dropped to the back of the field at the start of the race. (No. 10 of Scott Riggs and No. 32 of Travis Kvapil for engine change; No. 18 of J.J. Yeley for a backup car) *3 hours, 34 minutes, 21 seconds* Time it took to complete the Dover 400.

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How I Would Save NASCAR

If you read the Top Ten list posted yesterday here on Frontstretch.com, you now know that the news is out that I am forming a Brian France Fan Club. Members will get the chance, among other things, to be the head of NASCAR and deal with all the duties that come with it. Since this is my club, I am going to go first.

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Scanner Static: Is Harvick Bound For Glory?

*Q: Looks like Kevin Harvick is on his way to a championship, and I couldn't be happier about that. It's sad that most of Dale Earnhardt's fans became Dale, Jr. fans instead of Harvick fans because they went with the name and missed the real driver. I'm happy for Richard Childress...but I'm even happier for Harvick and for Dale's legacy with that team. Once he wins the championship, I think Richard should go ahead and run that car as the No. 3 next year. Harvick will deserve it, since he's the closest thing to Dale we've got left.* _OldCootInCharlotte_ *A:* Well, let's not count our chickens before they hatch.

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Top 10 NASCAR Rumors You Haven’t Heard…Until Now!

10. We are hearing that Mark Martin's pending 2007 CTS contract with Roush Racing prohibits him from winning EVERY race. He must "throw" one once in awhile and place second. 9. Word is that in an unprecedented bi-partisan effort, both the Democrats and the GOP will co-sponsor a NEXTEL Cup Series car. However, early testing has been a disappointment, as the car just sits there and spins its wheels. 8. With Morgan Shepherd qualifying for two NEXTEL Cup races in a row, word is that NASCAR has made a revision to its rule book and has asked Shepherd to stop using divine intervention to help his cause. NASCAR is sure this will level the playing field, as even God has to play by their rules.

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Mirror Driving: Who Needs To Be Fixed More…Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, or the Chase?

*Who was hurt more on Sunday - Kyle Busch or Jimmie Johnson? In particular, what has happened to the 48 team since August, and can it be fixed?* %{color:purple}Toni:% They are both in a big hole, really. I think if anybody can dig out, though, Johnson's team can. %{color:red}Tom:% To be honest, Kyle was probably hurt more than Jimmie just because New Hampshire is one of his best tracks, _and_ he's a first time Chaser. However, Johnson and the 48 just do not look like a championship team right now.

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Kevin Grubb Tests NASCAR’s Drug Policy

Following the September 8th Busch Series race at Richmond International Raceway, driver Kevin Grubb refused a random drug test request, resulting in a suspension for an indefinite period of time by NASCAR. In doing so, the 28-year old Mechanicsville, VA native may have effectively ended his career as a stock car driver within the sanctioning body, despite the controversy surrounding his latest suspension. Unfortunately for Grubb, it's a career NASCAR had every right to grind to a halt, with a drug policy they're obligated to enforce, no matter what type of extenuating circumstances may exist.

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Becca’s Big Six: 2006 Sylvania 300 Edition

*Who: Denny Hamlin.* The FedEx driver has been flying below the radar lately - despite the fact that he's the first rookie ever to compete in the Chase and this year's only representative from Joe Gibbs Racing. If there were any concerns about his ability to handle the pressure of a title run (and there shouldn't be), he quashed them on Sunday with a solid 4th place finish, boosting him three spots in the points to 2nd.

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Numbers Game: 2006 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

*0.777* Kevin Harvick's margin of victory, in seconds, over Tony Stewart Sunday at New Hampshire. *2* Active Cup drivers who made their first career starts at New Hampshire; Jeff Burton and Joe Nemechek. Ironically, both made their Cup debut in 1993, during the first ever Cup race held at the track.

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And Then There Were Eight

*Pace Laps* Get well soon, Benny! We need you to keep the peace in the television booth! The power outage at New Hampshire International Speedway was responsible for a weird opening ceremony at the track...Bill Weber did a good job of explaining that to everyone.

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