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Did You Notice? Where are the Sponsors? 2007 Subway 500 at Martinsville Madness & Beyond

Did You Notice? That even with all the driver changes in motion for next year, there has been just one primary sponsor announced for 2008 that's new to the sport? Sure, a few old faithfuls are moving on up from the Busch Series; 3M is increasing its involvement to sponsor the No. 16 Cup car next year, for example. But most of the sponsorship movement has been in the form of recycled material.

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Did You Notice? The 2007 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte & Beyond

Did You Notice? That NASCAR mismanaged another late-race issue Saturday night? OK, try and follow me here... a crash by Johnny Sauter with 11 laps to go became an opportunity to throw the red flag, as Jeff Green's blown engine left oil splattered all over the racetrack. Clearly, that's understandable; NASCAR was making an effort to keep the racing surface safe for everyone involved. However, usually when a red flag is thrown, you stop the cars until the racetrack is ready to go back to green. Well, the cars were restarted with 10 laps to go - and they ran an additional five laps under the yellow flag.

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Did You Notice? The 2007 Lifelock 400 at Kansas… And Beyond

Did You Notice? How quickly Greg Biffle was ready with a story when he exited his car in Kansas' Victory Lane? Whether you believe NASCAR made the right call or not, listening to the way in which the No. 16 driver handled the scenario certainly made it hard to believe that car would have lasted another three laps. I'd put $10,000 on the line to see that car started in the current condition it was on Sunday after hearing Biffle speak.

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Did You Notice? The 2007 Sylvania 300 at Loudon… And Beyond

Did You Notice? How sometimes a driver change isn't really all you need? Throughout 2007, Kenny Wallace was running Furniture Row Racing cars that were down on horsepower, as the No. 78 team's engines were being made in-house. Well, one month after Wallace's release, and new driver Joe Nemechek "magically" convinces the team to switch over to a Hendrick leasing program!

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Did You Notice? Bristol… And Beyond

Did You Notice? That in the final restarts of Saturday night's race at Bristol, Carl Edwards had none other than Elliott Sadler - Kasey Kahne's teammate - lining up beside him on the inside every time. But even though Sadler could have made himself a roadblock - opening the door for second-place Kahne to make a move - he instead bowed out of the way, a remarkable statement of a class for the Virginian who's had a tough year himself on the Nextel Cup circuit.

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