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Busch Breakdown : Ford 300

*In a Nutshell* It appeared Kevin Harvick was headed for yet another Busch Series victory on Saturday, but after leading 84 of the first 140 laps, a pit road penalty cost him the race. After a tire was left out of the pitbox, Harvick restarted at the back of the field and was never able to recover. With Harvick out of the equation, Jeff Burton charged to the front, dominating the last quarter of the race. Burton led 49 of the last 60 laps and held off a furious late-race charge by Mark Martin. Martin tried very hard to make a pass using the low groove, but by rim riding around the top, Burton kept up enough momentum to keep the No. 5 car behind him. After wearing his tires down in the battle with Burton, Martin fell back into the clutches of Carl Edwards , swapping positions twice before Martin followed Burton to the checkered flag.Matt Kenseth, Edwards, and Stephen Leicht, in his last ride in Robert Yates Racing's No. 90 Ford, rounded out the Top 5 finishers. Greg Biffle, Tony Raines, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., Clint Bowyer and Marcos Ambrose completed the Top 10.

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Running Their Mouth : Ford 400

"I have a great race team. I really feel like I let these guys down [all season long]. We lost a lot of close races this year, so it feels great to win one ... and win a close one. Congratulations to Jimmie and Rick Hendrick and those guys. I want to thank DeWalt, USG, R&L Truck Carriers, and all of our sponsors that make this happen. It was an awesome run today." _Matt Kenseth_"It was a great run tonight for the Miller Lite Dodge. We feel like we went out with a bang with this good car. We came up just a bit shy, but overall [it's] just a great season for us, to win a couple races and be in contention at a lot of race tracks. We finished seventh overall [in points]; this team deserves it. We worked really hard, and hopefully, we will carry this [momentum] right on in to Daytona." _Kurt Busch, finished 2nd_

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Numbers Game : Ford 400

*0.852* Matt Kenseth's margin of victory over Kurt Busch in the Ford 400. (in seconds)*2* Consecutive Nextel Cup Championships for Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe's team of Hendrick Motorsports.*2nd* Win of the 2007 season for Matt Kenseth, and the first with crew chief Robbie Reiser this season - Kenseth's earlier win at California came with Reiser suspended and not at the track.

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ford 400

*The Key Moment* - Matt Kenseth got enough of a jump on the final restart so that Kurt Busch could never get close enough to the No. 17 to offer a serious challenge.*In a Nutshell* - Kenseth wins the race at Homestead, Jimmie Johnson clinches the championship, and the 2007 Cup season finally reaches its end.*Dramatic Moment* - Truthfully, I've seen more drama in elementary school sack races.Forced to choose, I'd guess the only real action I saw Sunday night was the final ten lap sprint. Other than that, Matt Kenseth pretty much had it on cruise control.

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Ten Points to Ponder … After Homestead

*1. Matt's Momentum* - Matt Kenseth has had a great second half of the Chase, posting finishes of 5th, 4th, 2nd, 3rd, and 1st in the last five races - an average finish of 3.0. Six races ago, Kenseth was 12th in the points - Sunday, he finished the season in 4th. With all the talk about how critical it is to carry momentum to Daytona, you have to figure Kenseth must be feeling pretty good about the '08 season ahead.*2. Countdown Clock* - If you're already starting to worry about withdrawal during the offseason, there are places on the 'net already featuring Daytona 500 "Countdown Clocks":http://www.jayski.com/cupnews.htm - it's just 90 days and counting! And don't forget that the Bud Shootout is a week earlier this year, running on February 9th, 2008.

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Bill Davis In, Wood Brothers Out; Top 35 Locked in for 2008

We all but knew it coming into Miami. The Nextel Cup championship may have been up for grabs at the season's final stop, but the Top 35 teams in car owner points were all but locked in, with Dave Blaney and the No. 22 team holding a 136 point lead over the No. 21 Wood Brothers entry heading into the finale.Blaney not only held onto the final bubble position, he made a statement, carrying the Toyota banner once again with a solid 13th place finish. It was the team's best finish in over a month and moved them above the No. 45 - who clinched a spot in the top 35 last week at Phoenix - into 34th in car owner points.

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NASCAR’s Roots Disappear; Its Future, Busy Awaiting Where They Land

Brian France, there's something I think you should know: my grandmother was always right.What does that have to do with the future of this sport we all love? Absolutely everything.As I went through my rebellious teenage phase growing up, I would always seek out the beloved matriarch of our family when I thought I needed advice. Of course, _think_ would be the operative word here; my stubborn mind was too closed-minded to be offered up a change of pace. Still, I went to my grandmother anyway - mistakenly thinking I'd get an automatic wave of support for making decisions that were, in hindsight, incredibly stupid.It never happened.

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Nextel Cup Rookie Report : Ragan Wins Battle At Homestead … But Montoya Wins War

*Rookies in the Starting Lineup*: David Ragan (7th), Patrick Carpentier (28th), Sam Hornish, Jr. (29th), Juan Pablo Montoya (33rd), David Reutimann (35th), Paul Menard (39th)*Unofficial Finishing Positions*: David Ragan (10th), Juan Pablo Montoya (15th), David Reutimann (25th), Paul Menard (35th), Sam Hornish, Jr. (37th), Patrick Carpentier (40th)*Rookie of the Race: David Ragan.* It was a solid end to a rookie season for Ragan at Homestead, as he started the final race of the year in a career second best 7th qualifying spot. It was a quiet day for him after that; which, in many ways, was a good thing for the Georgia native. Ragan ran in the Top 20 for much of the race and his Jimmy Fennig led pit crew got the No. 6 Ford on and off of pit road efficiently, with solid stops throughout the afternoon. Although the car wasn't quite right through the middle part of the race, patience and persistence paid off for this team as they brought home a 10th place finish. It as Ragan's third career Top 10 and 14th top rookie finish this season.

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Tracking the Trucks : Ford 200

*In a Nutshell:* Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.600 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday night. A late spin by Chris Jones set the field up for a green/white/checkered finish for the sixth time in 2007; on the restart, Benson took the lead coming to the white flag and held off Busch for the victory. Rick Crawford, Kevin Harvick, and Jason Leffler rounded out the Top 5 finishers. Behind them, Ron Hornaday, Jr. finished 7th to clinch the 2007 Truck Series title over Mike Skinner; Skinner had mechanical problems with the left rear wheel of his Toyota, went behind the wall for repairs and wound up 35th, handing the title to his rival by 54 points.*Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch.* Busch started 14th, and looked like he might struggle most of the race early on. A round of green flag pit stops put him a lap down, but the driver of the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Chevrolet got it back through a timely yellow flag; after that, he went on to lead 69 laps. However, the poor luck of a green/white/checkered kept Busch from winning his third race in four starts; with the Trucks bunched up at the finish, he was far too loose to hold Benson back for the win.

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White Flag: Junior’s Last Lap at DEI

It seems like a lifetime ago, and in a way, it was.It's hard to believe that it's been almost a decade since Dale Earnhardt, Jr. came onto the scene as a then Winston Cup rookie with a heck of a name to live up to. He was a likeable young kid who liked to party and have a good time and race on Sunday. He didn't seem to be in any hurry to grow up, and that was okay. He was determined to be his own person, free of the shadow of his father, a seven-time Cup champion and a racing legend.But Dale Earnhardt cast a long shadow, and his death in February 2001 forced Junior to grow up overnight. Driving for the organization his father built for him, Earnhardt, Jr. proved his prowess on the racetrack with seventeen wins to date. After his father's death, Junior wanted to uphold the reputation of Dale Earnhardt, Incorporated on the track and was successful, as were teammates Steve Park and Michael Waltrip. Everything was turning up roses, and there was no reason to believe that the Earnhardt name on the sign outside wouldn't be carried on inside the shop as well for years to come, with Junior racing the red No. 8 for as long as he wanted to race at NASCAR's top level.

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