NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Mike Neff

Bubble Breakdown: Bobby Labonte Back in the Saddle, Robby Gordon Falling Fast After Dover

The Monster Mile in Dover, Delaware lived up to its billing this weekend, as the self-cleaning concrete speedway took a toll on both Chasers and Top 35 contestants alike. Three Chase contenders finished 30th or worse, but buried beneath that hoopla was that the remainder of the tail-end finishers, with the exclusion of Tony Stewart, were teams battling for the Top 35 in owner points.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Dover 400 Edition

The first week of the Chase has passed, and there were some clear cut winners and losers. On the winning side was Kevin Harvick, scoring his second straight victory in Nextel Cup, along with fellow Chasers Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin... and Mike. Landing on the other side were Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch... and Cami, who all suffered setbacks. Up next is the Monster Mile... who will slay the beast, and who will be beaten? Let's find out.

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Mirror Driving: Who Needs To Be Fixed More… Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, or the Chase?

Who was hurt more on Sunday - Kyle Busch or Jimmie Johnson? In particular, what has happened to the No. 48 team since August, and can it be fixed?

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Bubble Breakdown: JJ Yeley, Robby Gordon Move Up in Top-35 Battle; Bobby Labonte Takes Huge Hit

The first race for the Chase is in the books. It was also the first race in the homestretch for the battle for the Top 35. The final 10 races of the season are the time for the teams battling for those precious positions to entrench themselves in the Top 35 and secure a starting spot for the first five races of the 2007 season. Some teams were able to capitalize at New Hampshire while others saw their fortunes continue to slide backwards. Here are the winners and losers from Sunday's race.

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Who Will Win The 2006 Chase? Frontstretch Weighs In

Now that the field is set, who will win the 2006 Chase for the Championship? Read on to find out who your favorite Frontstretch writer picked... and why.

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Full Throttle: Salute to You III?

Mark Martin announced his retirement in 2004. He said 2005 would be his last season in Cup. He and Rusty Wallace did all of the commensurate glad handing. They accepted rocking chairs and art work and all of the assorted paraphernalia that is associated with a farewell tour. Then Jack Roush got into a bind.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Sylvania 300 at Loudon Edition

New Hampshire is a relatively flat 1-mile oval. While it can offer two lanes of racing, the second groove usually doesn't come in until the second half of the race. Track position, as always, is important... but not crucial, as three of the past five races here have been won by cars who started outside the top 10. Now that you're not fooled by qualifying, what should you concentrate on?

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Mirror Driving: Team Orders Gone Bad? And Who Would You Kick Out of the Chase?

If you had the power to change the Chase field, would you replace one of the drivers currently in the top 10? Or did all 10 drivers deserve to make it in?

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Bubble Breakdown: Dave Blaney Excels at Richmond, Jeff Green Tumbles Into Danger Zone

While no new teams entered the Top 35 after Richmond, the track provided a few position changes in and around the bubble, and a possible glimpse into one team's future struggles. Read on to find out who in this week's winners and losers.

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