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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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Busch Series Breakdown: 2006 Yellow Transportation 300 at Kansas

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. Harvick took advantage of Kenseth's mistakes and came out in second with four fresh tires. That would prove to be the difference, as after two more caution flags, Harvick got by Kyle Busch on lap 185 and never looked 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 in the Busch Series standalone 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 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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Busch Series Breakdown: 2006 Dover 200

Passing leader Matt Kenseth on lap 179, Clint Bowyer held on over the final 25 laps to take his first win of 2006 in overtime at Dover. Bowyer sailed out to a safe lead after getting by Kenseth, but for a while it looked like he might come up short again when he got tied up in lapped traffic, allowing Kenseth to climb right back up on his back bumper. It was actually a late caution for Martin Truex Jr. with four laps remaining to set up the green-white-checkered finish that actually worked to Bowyer's advantage and sealed the win for him. With nothing but clean racetrack in front of him on the restart, Bowyer was once again able to dash off from Kenseth and take the win. Teammate Kevin Harvick finished third, followed by Jamie McMurray and Jason Leffler to round out the top five.

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2006 Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond

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 five.

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