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2007 NASCAR Driver Review: Johnny Sauter

*2007 Ride*: No. 70 Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet *2007 Primary Sponsor*: Yellow Transportation *2007 Owner*: Gene Haas / Joe Custer *2007 Crew Chief*: Robert "Bootie" Barker *Stats*: 35 Races, 0 Wins, 1 Top 5, 2 Top 10s, 30th in points. *Best Finish*: 5th - Richmond, September. *High Point*: Sauter's 5th place finish at the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond was the best finish of his career, and it also wound up being his sole Top 5 of the season for Haas CNC Racing. While Sauter was experiencing a rather mediocre year on the track, though, his personal life was far from mediocre. Sauter and his girlfriend of two years, Paul Menard PR rep Cortney Owen, got engaged during the 2007 season - keeping any on-track struggles well in perspective. To our knowledge, the happy couple have not yet set a date for the wedding.

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2007 NASCAR Driver Review: Elliott Sadler

*2007 Ride:* No. 19 Gillett Evernham Motorsports *2007 Primary Sponsor:* Dodge Dealers / UAW *2007 Owner:* Ray Evernham *2007 Team Director:* Josh Browne (February - July) Scott McDougall (July - October) Rodney Childers (November) *Stats:* 36 races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 0 Poles, 25th in Points. *Average Finish* : 25.5. *Best Finish* : 6th - Daytona 500, February. *High Point:* Elliott Sadler looked to be on the rise heading into last season, and the Daytona 500 seemed to solidify his up-and-coming status when Sadler finished sixth in the Great American Race. Aside from an eighth-place run at Kansas, it was Sadler's finest moment of 2007. *Low Point:* The other 34 races.

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2007 NASCAR Driver Review: Boris Said

*2007 Ride*: No. 60 No Fear Racing Ford (limited schedule) No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford (Watkins Glen - August) No. 98 Gillett - Evernham Motorsports Dodge (Loudon - Sept.) *2007 Primary Sponsor*: SoBe No Fear Energy Drink (No. 60) Little Debbies (No. 21) Valvoline (No. 98) *2007 Owner*: Mark Simo (No. 60) Wood Brothers (No. 21) Ray Evernham (No. 98) *2007 Crew Chief*: Frankie Stoddard (No. 60) Michael "Fatback" McSwain (No. 21) Randy Seals (No. 98) *Stats* : 5 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 1 Top 10, 51st in points. *Best Finish* : 8th - Infineon, June. *High Point*: We are accustomed to seeing Boris Said excel on the road courses at Sonoma and Watkins Glen, so it comes as no surprise to see a Top 10 finish in his season stats. However, no one expected such a solid performance from Said in the Daytona 500. Said qualified the No. 60 SoBe No Fear Energy Drink Ford sixth overall, and started the biggest race of the year in the 23rd position following a solid performance in his Gatorade Duel. After taking the green flag, Said quickly fell to the rear of the restrictor plate drafting pack - but it turned out to be to his advantage. Avoiding all the wrecks and carnage, Said was able to bring it home 14th, completing all 202 laps and taking in a cool $265,375 in the process.

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Driver Review: Ricky Rudd

*Ricky Rudd* *2007 Ride:* No. 88 Yates Racing Ford - February to July; No. 88 Yates/Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Ford - July to November *2007 Primary Sponsor:* Snickers *2007 Owner:* Robert Yates *2007 Crew Chief:* Butch Hylton *Stats:* 31 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 1 Top 10, 33rd in points. *High Point:* In what turned out to be his only Top 10 finish of the season, Rudd started and finished the Coca Cola 600 in seventh place. A big gamble on fuel mileage allowed Rudd to be in the right place at the right time to gain track position while other drivers had to pit for a splash of gas to make it to the finish. "I was having to save gas so much the last couple of laps," Rudd said. "We obviously didn't have a winning car, but we knew we had a top-12, top-15 car."

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2007 Driver Review: Scott Riggs

*2007 Ride:* No. 10 Gillett Evernham Dodge *2007 Primary Sponsor:* Stanley Proto Tools/Valvoline *2007 Owner:* James Rocco/Valvoline Evernham Racing *Stats:* 27 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 1 Top 10, 36th in points. *High Point:* While later in the season, qualifying would become an issue for the No. 10 team, Riggs started off the year strong starting in the Top 10 in six of the first ten races. However, strong finishes didn't follow other than an eighth place effort at Martinsville, his lone Top 10 finish of the season. A small consolation was the fact that he ended his tenure at Gillett Evernham Motorsports with three Top 20 finishes in his last five starts. *Low Point:* Riggs ended the 2006 season 20th in points, giving him a "free pass" into the first five races of the season. Solid qualifying runs in the first ten races meant he didn't have to rely on being in the top 35 in points to make those races, but with over half of those being finishes 30th or worse, Riggs sat 36th in points when the series hit Darlington. Unfortunately, his qualifying luck ran out, and Riggs missed his first of what would be nine races that week.

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2007 NASCAR Driver Review: David Reutimann

*2007 Ride:* No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota *2007 Sponsors:* Burger King / Domino's Pizza *2007 Owner:* Michael Waltrip / Robert Kauffman (came on board in October) *2007 Crew Chief:* Frank Kerr *Stats:* 26 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 0 Poles, 39th in points. *High Points:* Although there were a lot of zeros in David Reutimann's 2007 stat line, the rookie from Zephyrhills, Florida had plenty of reasons to be encouraged. His most notable on-track accomplishments came in June, when a 40th-place start proved no obstacle at Michigan; Reutimann drove his way through the field to notch a solid 15th-place finish. Another surprising run came at Richmond in September, when the driver of the No. 00 Toyota recorded a lead lap, 13th-place run. However, the best news out of the Reutimann camp came off the track in October, when he was announced as the heir apparent to drive the No. 44 UPS Toyota that will be vacated by 1999 Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett after the fifth race of the '08 season.

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2007 Driver Review: Tony Raines

*2007 Ride:* No. 96 Hall of Fame Racing Chevrolet *2007 Primary Sponsor:* DLP HGTV *2007 Owners:* Bill Saunders, Troy Aikman, and Roger Staubach; Jeff Moorad and Tom Garfinkel (acquired majority ownership in September) *2007 Crew Chief:* Brandon Thomas *2007 Stats:* 34 Starts, 0 Top 5s, 1 Top 10, 29th in points. *Best Finish:* 9th, Talladega (October) *High Point:* If you were a Tony Raines fan, you had to wait awhile for success this year; his highest point came eight months after the season began, at a most unlikely place: Talladega. In October, Raines managed to not only survive the UAW-Ford 500, but he was a contender throughout, leading five of his six laps of 2007 in the process. When the checkers flew, Raines found himself with a 9th place finish, his only Top 10 of the season driving the No. 96 Chevrolet.

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