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Numbers Game : Banquet 400

*0* Cars dropped to the back of the field at the start of the Nextel Cup race at Kansas Speedway.*3* Victories in 2006 for Tony Stewart after Sunday's Kansas win. He also won at Martinsville in April and Daytona in July.

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Pessimistic Martin Still Hanging Around

With Jeff Burton finally ending a 175-race winless streak at Dover last weekend, he became the ninth of ten Chase drivers fighting for this year's title to visit Victory Lane this season. The monkey finally off his back, the victory left only one man with a goose egg in the win column beside his name entering Kansas.Is it a surprise to anyone that man was Mark Martin?

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Frontstretch Breakdown : Banquet 400

*To the Point*: Kasey Kahne's fuel tank ran dry. Jeff Gordon's fuel pump stopped working. In the end, Tony Stewart used every ounce of fuel he had - and made it to the finish line first.In the wildest race in Kansas Speedway's six-year history, Stewart's Home Depot Chevrolet coasted out of fuel for the final half-lap of the race, yet still managed to beat out Casey Mears to the line to win Sunday's Banquet 400.

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Sadler’s Pit Road Bobble Costs Him In Top 35; Marlin Pads Lead Over Petty

Commonly referred to as a "cookie-cutter" Speedway, Kansas was hardly the same old story this Sunday. Between fuel mileage gambles, pit road penalties, and spinouts by several Chase contenders, there was no shortage of action on the 1.5 miler.Unfortunately, in the battle for the Top 35, the race was basically running on empty. Only two drivers moved up or down in the standings in our bubble watch, simply changing positions with each other.

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Frontstretch Breakdown : Yellow Transportation 300

*In A Nutshell:* It was business as usual for Kevin Harvick Saturday afternoon; he scored his seventh Busch Series win of the season at Kansas Speedway, and once again, he found his way to Victory Lane even without the fastest car. Matt Kenseth dominated the day, but a slow pit stop under caution on lap 165 cost him the top spot, losing him an advantage he could never get back.

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Evernham Claims Front Row at Kansas Speedway with Kahne on the Pole

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kasey Kahne picked up the pole for Sunday's Banquet 400 at the Kansas Speedway, making it his fifth pole of the season (tying Kurt Busch for most poles in 2006). Kahne, looking for his sixth victory of the season, will line up beside his Evernham Motorsports teammate, Scott Riggs. This is the second 1-2 sweep of the front row for Evernham."I feel like I got just about everything out of it," said Kahne. "I feel like I could have used more race track off turn four, but it was turning so good you didn't really have to.

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The Frontstretch was LIVE at the Kansas Speedway on Friday

Friday's schedule at the Kansas Speedway was jam packed, with NEXTEL Cup practice and qualifying, Busch Series practice, and USAC Silver Crown Series practice and qualifying.In the first NEXTEL Cup practice earlier this morning, Kasey Kahne recorded the fastest speed at 177.532 mph, with Jimmie Johnson, Elliott Sadler, Brian Vickers and Scott Riggs rounding out the top five. Those spends weren't just for show, as Kahne ended up with the pole, followed by Riggs, Johnson, Vickers and Yeley, with Sadler qualifying ninth.

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A New Way to Evaluate the Chasers

Using the cleverest and most versatile invention ever to be thought of by mankind, statistics, I have come up with a new way to evaluate those that are "lucky" enough to be in the Chase. I say "lucky" enough because the particular statistic that I am using in this evaluation is what is affectionately known as the "Lucky Dog".The Lucky Dog, in my opinion, is purely the byproduct of the "young gun" invasion that took place in the late Nineties and continued on into the new millennium. Back when racing was real racing, and not the entertainment show we know today, there was a thing known as a "gentleman's agreement".

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Can Someone Let the Air Out of the Cookies?

The first two races of the Chase are in the books and we have seen two "short tracks" so far. Although one mile isn't exactly a short track, it is in the world of NASCAR. Now we head to the first of the tracks whose style dominates the remainder of the schedule. With eight races to go on the docket, five of them take place on 1.5 mile D-shaped oval tracks. These are the places that have been given the name "cookie cutter" tracks just because the last four tracks to be added to the Cup schedule are all of the same shape and nearly the same size. They simply look as if they were stamped from one giant cookie cutter and placed around the country.

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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 when the Busch Series runs a stand alone 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 they 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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