Tony Lumbis

Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona Edition

Ragan carried the Roush Fenway flag at the end of the Daytona 500, surviving the "Big One" on the final lap to score a top-five finish; in that race, he bested his nearest teammate by 18 positions. Five months later, the "Roushketeers" turned in a much better performance this past weekend, leaving Ragan as the final car in the stable to cross the finish line; but that's still not a bad thing when that final position is 12th. I was especially impressed with Ragan's ability to keep the car out of trouble during an especially challenging race.

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Mirror Driving: Does One Win Drive Hamlin To New Heights? Was Musgrave’s Suspension Right? And NASCAR Penalties – Too Much Or Too Light?

With his win on Sunday, has Denny Hamlin vaulted into position to be Jeff Gordon's most serious challenger for the championship? Or is someone else still in better shape?

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Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at Loudon

The AAA team and David Ragan enjoyed a mostly quiet day at the New Hampshire International Speedway. After yet another dismal qualifying effort (32nd), the 11th time this year that Ragan has started 31st or worse, the No. 6 car appeared to struggle early on. During the first third of the race, Ragan lost a lap to the leaders and could not seem to move his Ford Fusion into the top 25 no matter how his car handled. However, with a little help from Lady Luck in the form of the free pass during the day's third caution on lap 122, Jimmy Fennig and his driver started a slow but steady progression towards the front.

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