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Best of Toni Heffelfinger: Jason Keller’s Future Looks Bleak, And So Does Support For Busch Series Rookies

I gave the Buschwhackers a rest the last time I took my turn for Second Fiddle, but it looks like I need to revisit the subject again. This time around, though, I have a few other observations on things going on in the Busch Series, specifically concerning Jason Keller, Busch Series veterans, Busch Series rookies, and the fans.

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Best of Toni Heffelfinger: Giving Sponsorship Money to Smaller Teams Losing Its Sizzle

The Busch Series has long had a reputation as a starting ground for new teams and young, upcoming drivers, but the huge influx of Cup wheelmen into the series in recent seasons has had an effect on that philosophy. Fewer seats have been available to drivers looking to prove themselves, and for startup teams, it has been a difficult road to find the funding necessary to compete with the Cup powerhouse organizations that have accompanied the Cup drivers into the Busch Series. Now, we have a sponsor willing to tell us why.

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Best of Cami Starr: Cup Drivers Double-Dipping in the Busch Series Can Be Dangerous

By far, one of the hottest topics this year has been the number of Cup drivers crossing over and making themselves at home in the Busch Series. When the discussion of whether this is good or bad for the sport comes up, one of the main arguments is how the Busch teams are adversely affected by the influx of Cup drivers.

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To Buschwhack Or Not To Buschwhack

I've never made any bones about my feelings about the state of the Busch Series and the Nextel Cup owners who are using the series for extra testing time at the expense of the teams who truly want to race the series in its own right, or the costs to compete with these powerhouse teams and drivers. But are Cup drivers themselves bad for the Busch Series?

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Should the Busch Series Champ Play Hooky at Memphis?

Kevin Harvick and the rest of the Cup drivers running the full Busch schedule have it easy over the next few days - the Busch Series has their final "off" week of the season this weekend. That's good, because next week should prove to be the most difficult of the season for the dual schedule. Sure, separate venues at Sonoma and Milwaukee were tough, but there was enough time that everyone made it, whether or not they elected to skip out early on some practice in Sonoma. Memphis and Atlanta might turn out to be a different story.

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How Many Records Will Kevin Harvick Set With 2006 Busch Series Championship?

Kevin Harvick locked up the Busch Series championship Friday with four races still remaining on the schedule; it's the earliest any driver has ever managed to clinch the title. His winning margin currently stands at 775 points over second-place Carl Edwards, easily outpacing the current record for largest margin (616 points, set by Jeff Green in 2000). Add to all that the fact that Harvick's in the Chase for the Nextel Cup, creating the possibility of a dual Busch-Cup champion for the first time in history, and it creates the illusion, at least, that this season is one that will stick to the record books for a long time to come.

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It’s Not Easy Being the New Kid

News came down this week that Bobby Labonte would be taking over driving duties for Kevin Harvick Inc.'s No. 77 Dollar General Chevrolet for the remaining companion events of the 2006 Busch Series season. This means that rookie driver Burney Lamar will have only one more run in the car in the Busch Series standalone event at Memphis. The reason given for the change involves the performance of the car or rather the lack thereof. It seems the team has not seen the progress or improvement they were hoping for and are putting a veteran behind the wheel to evaluate the program in an effort to see where they might need to make improvements for next season. Although he hasn't technically been completely relieved of his driving duties, Lamar is basically the next rookie being sidelined.

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