Tony Lumbis

Mirror Driving: Dale Jarrett’s Road To TV Geek, Jason Keller’s Record-Breaking Streak, And Did Villeneuve Get The Respect He Seeks?

After observing one restrictor-plate race with the Car of Tomorrow package, should there be changes made for future events at Talladega? Also, which type of restrictor-plate racing was better - the old car or the new car?

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not: Outside the Chase After the 2007 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega

With the spotlight on the top 12 drivers in the standings, it's sometimes easy to forget that 31 others take to the track each weekend in pursuit of a long-sought after victory... but that's what the purpose of this column is for. With another Chase race under our belts, it's time to take a look at how some of the non-Chasers performed in Talladega this Sunday. The first Car of Tomorrow race at the superspeedway produced its share of opportunities for drivers looking to make a name for themselves; in the first three-quarters of the event, championship contenders steered themselves out of harm's way, leaving their non-Chase brethren busy setting the pace up front. As the laps wound down, that pace picked up... but that doesn't mean every man from the lead pack was forced to relinquish their spot to a driver fighting for a title. With that in mind, let's take a look at Who's Hot, and Who's Not, Non-Chase style following the UAW-Ford 500...

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Nextel Cup Rookie Report: Villeneuve, Montoya Not Terrified By Talladega

Making his first Nextel Cup start for Bill Davis, Villeneuve shocked the NASCAR world by turning in the sixth-fastest qualifying time, easily making the field in which five of the top six were Toyotas. Respecting the concerns of his competitors about debuting at one of the most dangerous tracks on the circuit, the Canadian made the classy move of falling to the back of the field before the green flag even waved. The former Formula 1 and Indy 500 champ spent the rest of the day trying to simply make laps, stay out of trouble, and not be the cause of the "Big One." Mission almost accomplished.

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Mirror Driving: The Kansas Debacle, Dale Junior’s Bobble, And Was Biffle’s Wobble To The Finish Legit?

How should the race at Kansas have been completed on Sunday? Should they have called the race at 148 laps, run the race on Monday... or done something in between? Amy: I think they did it right, under the circumstances. Nikki: I agree, Amy, and not just because I wanted to get my money's worth. Beth: They probably should have specified a time for the race to end not a lap number.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not: Outside The Chase After the 2007 Lifelock 400 at Kansas

With the spotlight on the top 12 drivers in the standings each week, it's sometimes easy to forget that 31 others take to the track each weekend in pursuit of a long-sought after victory... but that's what the purpose of this column is for. With another Chase race under our belts, it's time to take a look at how some of the non-Chasers performed in Kansas this past weekend. Now, to say Sunday's race was crazy would be a bit of an understatement; weather, accidents, and plain bad luck ruined the days of many participants. As a result, seven of the Chasers experienced trouble, leaving many of those not in the NASCAR playoffs available to steal the headlines. With that in mind, let's take a look at Who's Hot, and Who's Not, Non-Chase style...

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Nextel Cup Rookie Report: No Place Like Kansas for David Ragan

In a race that offered multiple wrecks, wicked weather, hot tempers, and an unusual finish, simply surviving the Lifelock 400 must have seemed like a victory for many participants... especially the rookies. On Sunday, David Ragan simply did just that, overcoming obstacles better than any of his other freshmen counterparts. After starting 18th, the No. 6 Ford Fusion struggled for the first 100-lap segment of the race, falling as low as 30th at one point. However, crew chief Jimmy Fennig and the AAA crew figured out what the car needed to turn Ragan's race around, all while using pit strategy to boost the team into the top 10 just before a two-hour rain delay on lap 148. Following that red flag period, Ragan narrowly avoided a multi-car wreck on the backstretch to keep himself in contention, quietly soldiering on to a 16th-place finish by race's end.

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Mirror Driving: A Hamlin-Petty Brawl, Are Dover Pits Too Small? And Team Orders Leave Us Appalled

Kyle Petty and Denny Hamlin got into it at Dover recently, after Petty confronted Hamlin in his car following a nasty incident that sent both drivers to the garage for repairs. Who should be apologizing to who - if anyone - and should NASCAR take action for this incident?

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Nextel Cup Rookie Report: Juan Pablo Montoya Does the Monster Mash

Juan Pablo Montoya tied this career-best starting position by placing his Donnie Wingo-prepared Dodge on the outside of the front row for the third time this season (the other two second-place starts were at Indianapolis and the August Bristol race). Matching the start with an equally impressive finish did not look likely for much of the day, however. The No. 42 Avenger quickly dropped out of the top 10 as Montoya and Wingo fought a loose condition throughout much of the race. But after running around 15th for virtually the entire event - surviving a brush with Jamie McMurray in the process - the team was able to make a late surge after avoiding a 12-car wreck on lap 385. As the checkered flag flew, Montoya had moved up to 10th, earning his fifth top-10 finish of the year. It was also the 12th top finishing rookie award for Montoya in 2007, tying him with Ragan in that category.

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Mirror Driving: Is Clint Bowyer A Flash In The Pan? Multi-Car Teams Bend The Rules… Because They Can, And Dale Jr. In The News Again? Oh, Man…

Clint Bowyer's win: Flash in the pan, or a statement that he can be a major contender for this year's title?

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