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Becca Gladden

Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix

High-fives all around this week to Kevin Harvick's pit crew, which deserves as much credit for Sunday's victory as the driver himself. The No. 29 team delivered flawless sub-14-second stops throughout the race, making sure Harvick consistently got off pit road ahead of the pack. As a result, Harvick's crew won the weekly pit-crew challenge in Phoenix, marking their third such victory of the season.

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Kevin Harvick Sweeps 2006 Season at PIR; Jimmie Johnson Builds on Points Lead

With sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s, Harvick battled a battery problem that required turning off his cooling fans in the cockpit for much of the race. Nevertheless, he was dominant throughout the afternoon, winning the Checker Auto Parts 500 and moving up two spots in the championship point standings to third.

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Juan Pablo Montoya Reflects on Performance To Date

Fresh off a top-20 finish in Saturday's Busch Series Arizona Travel 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Juan Pablo Montoya was surprisingly candid in comments made Sunday morning. Never afraid to mince words, the outspoken Colombian spoke out on a number of topics, from thoughts on his own progress to his anticipation of finally getting a shot to race at the Nextel Cup level.

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Greg Biffle Ready To Handle New Crew Chief in 2007

Avondale, Ariz. - It was announced this week that Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Roush Racing car, will be paired with a new crew chief next season as part of a multi-car crew chief swap at Roush. Pat Tryson, currently crew chief for the No. 6 team and driver Mark Martin, will be joining Biffle next season, replacing current crew chief Doug Richert.

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Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas

According to Tony Stewart, his Texas win was particularly sweet because, "I finally won at a track that Jeff Gordon hasn't won at." He was quick to point out, however, that it's a particularly challenging feat because Gordon has won at so many tracks. In fact, there are only three tracks currently on the circuit at which Gordon hasn't won - Texas, Phoenix and Homestead.

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Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta

Last week I watched the perennial Halloween favorite, It's the Great Pumpkin, and there once again was poor, hapless Charlie Brown, walking along minding his own business, until Lucy cajoles him to try and kick the football for the umpteenth time. He gives it his best shot, but of course, she pulls the football out from under him just as he's about to kick it. Fast forward to Atlanta, and there was poor, hapless Martin, driving along minding his own business, when a crash that started on the bottom of the racetrack washed up right in front of him on lap 309 of a 325-lap race. Just like Charlie Brown, it looks like Mark never will achieve the one goal that has evaded him for so many years.

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Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville

Running seventh with 22 laps to go, Dale Earnhardt Jr. locked up his brakes and spun trying to pass Kasey Kahne, resulting in a 22nd-place finish and a loss of one spot in the standings. Said Junior, "That was my mistake. I was trying too hard... It got down to the end of the race and I got greedy. I can't blame it on nobody but myself."

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