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Toni Montgomery

Toni Montgomery
A writer for Frontstretch since 2002, and editor since 2006, Toni heads up the NHRA coverage for the site. She’s responsible for post-race coverage in the weekly Pace Laps multi-series round-up along with the weekly Nitro Shots column featuring news and features from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. An award-winning former writer for the Presbyterian Church, Toni works in web design and freelances with writing in North Carolina.

Kasey Kahne Stakes Out Top Spot in First Busch Series Practice at Charlotte, Too

Kasey Kahne is really good on tracks configured like Lowe's Motor Speedway and he drove that point home by posting the fastest time in the opening Busch Series practice session to match his performance on the Cup side of the fence. Kahne set fast time with a lap of 184.055 mph in the No. 9 Wisk Dodge and was the only driver to break the 184 mph mark. Jimmie Johnson posted the second fastest lap at 183.511 mph while Jeff Burton, Dave Blaney, and Regan Smith rounded out the top five fastest. Smith's fifth place time in the No. 35 McDonald's Ford is best among Busch Series regulars so far.

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Evernham Teams Invade Jimmie Johnson’s House in First Charlotte Practice

The first practice session for Nextel Cup Series teams has just ended and the three teams of Ray Evernham have planted themselves firmly at the top of the speed charts. Kasey Kahne was fastest in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge with a speed of 187.279 mph on a track where many expected he would do well and perhaps have a shot to pull back into Chase competition. Teammate Scott Riggs posted the second fastest speed at 187.266 mph. They were the only two drivers over 187 mph. Kurt Busch was the only driver to break the Evernham stranglehold on the top spots, slotting in to third while Elliott Sadler in the third Evernham Dodge was fourth fastest and Mark Martin rounded out the top five.

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ESPN Looking Forward to Coming Home

ESPN personalities will tell you that it happens time and again; NASCAR fans approach them and comment on how much they enjoyed the coverage the cable network provided to their favorite sport and how much they miss that coverage since it virtually disappeared following the 2000 season.

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Join Frontstretch Live at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for the 2006 Bank of America 500!

Frontstretch is live all weekend from Lowe's Motor Speedway for the Dollar General 300 Busch Series race and the Bank of America 500 for the Nextel Cup Series. Today we will bring you live updates on Busch Series practice, Nextel Cup Series practice and Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole Qualifying. First up will be Nextel Cup Series practice which begins at 3:30 PM. Busch Series teams take to the track for their first practice session at 5:10 PM with a 30 minute Raybestos Rookie practice session for Busch Series drivers following at 6:25 PM. The big event for the day is Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole qualifying scheduled to start at 7:10 PM.

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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Yellow Transportation 300 at Kansas

*In A Nutshell:* It was business as usual for Kevin Harvick Saturday afternoon; he scored his seventh Busch Series win of the season at Kansas Speedway, and once again, he found his way to Victory Lane even without the fastest car. Matt Kenseth dominated the day, but a slow pit stop under caution on lap 165 cost him the top spot, losing him an advantage he could never get back.

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It’s Not Easy Being the New Kid

News came down this week that Bobby Labonte would be taking over driving duties for Kevin Harvick, Inc.'s No. 77 Dollar General Chevrolet for the remaining companion events of the 2006 Busch Series season. This means that rookie driver Burney Lamar will have only one more run in the car when the Busch Series runs a stand alone event at Memphis. The reason given for the change involves the performance of the car or rather the lack thereof. It seems the team has not seen the progress or improvement they were hoping for and they are putting a veteran behind the wheel to evaluate the program in an effort to see where they might need to make improvements for next season. Although he hasn't technically been completely relieved of his driving duties, Lamar is basically the next rookie being sidelined.

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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond

*In A Nutshell:* It was another chapter of the same story Friday night, as Kevin Harvick chalked up his sixth Busch Series win of the year at Richmond International Raceway. Harvick was once again the class of the field and clearly dominated all night, leading 154 laps en route to the victory. Greg Biffle finished a distant second followed by Matt Kenseth, Paul Menard, and Reed Sorenson rounding out the Top 5.

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