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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.

Is There A Crew Chief In The House?

Happy Speedweeks, folks! It's been a wild one so far and they haven't even dropped the green on the Gatorade Duels. Manifolds, wheel well vents, suspensions, and revitalization have been the stories of the week; with so much going on, allow me to indulge myself for a bit before we get to your questions.

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Press Corps Drenched By Rain During France’s “State of the Sport” Address? (Part I)

OK, I must admit that the headline is a bit misleading. The members of the press that covered Brian France's state of the sport address didn't really get wet, but they were showered with something...and I'm sure France would tell them it was rain if he were asked. If you still don't get what I mean, let me explain it this way...it's not something you would _ever_ want to be drenched with.

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Top Ten Valentine’s Day Cards NASCAR Drivers Never Want to Receive

10. Hi there, sweetie, what you need in your gizzard is a big ol' smooch from this here cute lil' pit lizard! 9. We know it is only practice, the car wasn't even in trim. But we think you're slow and you can't do the job, so we gave your car to him. _Smooches, Your Car Owner_ 8. Remember last year when you wrecked my favorite driver? So do I! I'll be waiting to pay you back after the race. _Signed, Drunken Fan with Anger Management Issues Who Flunked 2nd Grade Rhyming_

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Nuts ‘N’ Bolts: Hey Baby, It’s NASCAR!

Remember the TV commercial last season for the NASCAR.com Superstore -- the one where all the gifts at a young bride's wedding shower were NASCAR items? If the Madison Avenue types decide to follow up this season with a baby shower ad, I have discovered the perfect gift for the expectant mother to unwrap: Team Baby Entertainment's "NASCAR BABY" DVD.

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Speedweeks: The End of Winter

Daytona International Speedway's Speedweeks arrives every year with a roar. Unlike the beginning of any other pro sports, NASCAR does not start a season at a slow, deliberate pace and gradually build up to a climatic, frenzied season-ending crescendo. Instead, it slaps you right in the face to announce its arrival. Last Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout marked, for all intents and purposes, the end of winter for race fans. And for most...it was about time! Let's recap what has transpired so far, as well as the rest of the week that lies ahead:

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: Pre-2007 Daytona 500 Edition

This week kicks off a brand new season for the Nextel Cup Series. For all the drivers and teams, points reset at zero and the slate is wiped clean, as 51 teams battle for the championship trophy that will be handed out in nine months. But just because everyone's points are the same right now doesn't mean that they're all starting on even ground. There are always a handful of powerhouse organizations already claiming their place at the top, sharing limited space with your perennial underdogs and plenty of teams in the middle striving to make a big splash. If you're new to the column this year, each week we'll take a look at those haves and have nots and keep track of where their season is heading; not just on a race by race basis, but figuring out what kind of long-term trends the team appears to be establishing. So with that in mind, let's take a look at some drivers hoping to reclaim the magic from '06, others looking to reverse their fortunes, and some who would flat out be happy simply to...

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The 2007 Top 35 Battle Begins At Daytona: Three More In, Four To Go

Whether you like it or not, the Top 35 in car owner points from last season are now locked into the field for the 49th Annual Daytona 500. While those teams can rest easy, the rest find themselves a nervous wreck from the minute they arrive in Florida. With Toyota stepping into the NASCAR's elite series, Thursday's Gatorade Duel 150's may end up being more important than the Great American Race itself for them and a certain number of other teams, all of whom are just trying to start the season with their heads above water.

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The Busch Series: Cup Lite?

Edwards, Biffle, Kenseth, Bowyer and Harvick. Hmm, where have we seen these names before? They've all been through the Busch series the first time, but they've come back for more. Why? What will they gain, other than more money for the companies they race for? Seat time? Most of them are seasoned enough to where that shouldn't be an excuse.

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In Case You Missed It: 2/2/07 to 2/8/07

Don't have enough time to read all the NASCAR news each week? Get tired of sifting through hundreds of news stories trying to find the latest news? Let us do it for you. Frontstretch.com is unveiling a new column this week called _In Case You Missed It_. Each week we'll give you a quick rundown of all the stories that were newsworthy, so you don't have to search high and low for what made the headlines this week. Whether you are an avid NASCAR news reader or a casual fan, In Case You Missed It will keep you up to date on all of the major happenings in the world of NASCAR racing. This week read about the continuing saga at DEI and who will be running the show for Casey Mears plus much more.

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