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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.

Jeff Gordon Grabs Checker Auto Parts 500 Pole at Phoenix

*Avondale, AZ --* Jeff Gordon followed up his field-leading Cup practice session on Friday by winning the pole for Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500. Gordon posted a qualifying lap of 26.773 at a speed of 134.464 miles per hour. Also in the top five were Kevin Harvick, Brian Vickers, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Joe Nemecheck. The top five qualifiers were all in Chevrolets.

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J.J. Yeley and Phoenix International Raceway Join Forces for Spring Golf Tournament

*Avondale, AZ --* Rookie Nextel Cup driver and Phoenix native J.J. Yeley, in conjunction with Phoenix International Raceway, announced plans today for a Spring 2006 golf tournament to benefit Phoenix Children's Hospital. The event will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2007, at Kierland Golf Club and will feature fellow NASCAR drivers and personalities along with local dignitaries. The draw party for the tournament will be on Wednesday, March 7th.

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Jamie McMurray Hopeful Despite Disheartening Year

"It's been a frustrating year. I think everyone knows that." That's how Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 26 Cup car for Roush Racing, summed up his 2006 season this morning in Phoenix. As a result, big changes are in the works at Roush Racing. The organization has only two drivers - Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin - in the Chase this season, after placing all five drivers there last year.

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Did Kevin Harvick Deserve A Pat On Or A Shove In The Back?

*Q: Why does everyone talk about Robby Gordon being a bad driver or Jimmie Johnson being dangerous when Kevin Harvick still has a ride? He ran over, just simply ran over Scott Riggs. I can understand why Riggs' crewmember got upset; I would have knocked the (expletive) out of Harvick as soon as he popped back up from falling. Why won't NASCAR punish Harvick? Is it because he drives Dale's old car?* _HarryMan_ *A:* Harvick's bump was inexcusable.

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Kevin Harvick Aces Crucial Test

People have been waiting for it all year. The non-Harvick fans, the media, even the Childress camp wondered if and when it would happen. When would "Happy Harvick" suddenly snap and become "Hothead Harvick?" Well, folks, I must say, if there wasn't a meltdown last Sunday... don't hold your breath for the rest of the year. Kevin Harvick is as sensible as they come.

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Top Ten Excuses Given by Craig Curione For Knocking Kevin and DeLana Harvick to the Ground

10. "So, we were walking right by the No. 7 hauler when suddenly, a large piece of something black and round comes flying through the air outta nowhere! I was just trying to protect Mr. Harvick and his wife." 9. "Everyone says Kevin is such a hothead...so I wanted to see for myself!" 8. "I was just trying to ask them for an autograph, and I stumbled."

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Mirror Driving: Toyota Already Underachieving?

Toni: The more things change the more they stay the same, really. These sorts of incidents are not new. However, I do think there should be penalties for these things because there always have been in the other cases. Beth: There absolutely should be penalties. There's no reason to go shoving anyone around...period. Amy: There should always be penalties for injuring people in the pits after a race, period.

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Becca’s Big Six: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas Edition

*Who ... gets my shout-out of the race?* This week I salute Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who brought home a sixth-place finish at Texas and moved up one spot to third in the standings. Junior was not only battling strep throat, joint aches, nausea and heartburn during the race, but also had to deal with the effects of carbon monoxide after hitting the wall on lap 166, knocking out the crush panels and allowing the noxious gas to seep into the car.

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The Chase: No Changes Needed

Speculation on what changes NASCAR Chairman Brian France and his NASCAR "braintrust" will decide to make in the Chase to the Nextel Cup for the coming year gained momentum this past week when France spoke publicly about possible modifications to the championship format. Supposedly, any such modifications will be put off until the offseason, with an official announcement of any changes to come sometime in January 2007. Well, I have my own recommendation to give to Brian France; leave the Chase alone! Despite thoughts to the contrary, the way NASCAR has chosen to decide the championship is a system that simply isn't broken.

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