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JJ Yeley & Phoenix International Raceway Join Forces for Spring Golf Tournament

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Rookie Nextel Cup driver and Phoenix native JJ 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 …

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Jeff Gordon Tops Friday 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 Practice at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Dupont Chevy, lead all drivers in Friday’s first Checker Auto Parts 500 practice with a speed of 133.640 mph. Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five. Three Chase contenders were among the top 10, including Gordon and Johnson; …

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Jamie McMurray Hopeful Despite Disheartening Year

AVONDALE, Ariz. – “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 – …

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Scanner Static: 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’s crew member got upset; I would have knocked the (expletive) out of Harvick as soon as he …

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Voices From the Heartland: 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 …

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Mirror Driving: Toyota Already Underachieving in 2006?

Team Red Bull has had an auspicious debut, failing to qualify for any of the races it’s entered this season. Is this a true indicator that Toyota has a lot of homework to do, or is it hard to tell anything because they’re using Dodges?

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