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Frontstretch Breakdown : UAW – Ford 500

*To the Point*: On the last lap of a wild race, leader Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was a sitting duck. With a Hendrick teammate behind him, second place Jimmie Johnson just needed a push and a little good luck.Instead, third place Brian Vickers made sure things ran amuck.

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Green Scores Big In Top 35 Battle While Yeley’s Bad Luck Continues

Talladega was sporting a brand new racing surface Sunday as the Cup circuit returned to the longest track on the schedule. The new and improved asphalt track was smoother and faster than it had ever been, but the dangerous pitfalls of the sport's longest, fastest superspeedway still remained for those battling within the Top 35 in owner points.So, which teams brought their car back to the hauler in one piece, and which took them straight to the junkyard? Read ahead to find out this week's Winners and Losers in the battle to secure a weekly qualifying spot in the Top 35 in owner points.

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Frontstretch Breakdown : John Deere 250

*In A Nutshell:* Mark Martin scored his fifth win of the 2006 season Saturday afternoon in the John Deere 250, taking the checkered flag under caution over Mike Skinner after a wild four-car wreck occurred on the race's final lap. Ted Musgrave, Todd Bodine and A.J. Allmendinger rounded out the Top 5 finishers in the first Truck race ever held at Talladega.

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A Different Kind of Silly Season

Another change may be on the horizon for the face of the NASCAR driver. The sport has gone through the influx of the young gun where drivers with little to no full bodied car experience got rides that would have taken years for them to attain just 10 years ago. In some cases we've seen sponsors dictating driver decisions to teams, forcing team owners to put drivers into cars based on their marketability instead of their driving talent. The corporate influence and the almighty dollar have taken over the decision making process, resulting in qualified, experienced drivers on the outside looking for rides that should be theirs after years of toiling at their craft.

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Race Trax: UAW-Ford 500

*On Track* The UAW-Ford 500 is the thirtieth race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Schedule. The Cup Series visits the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway twice in 2006-Jimmie Johnson won here in May. Talladega has hosted the Nextel Cup Series since opening in 1969, although the first race was run under protest by many drivers. The first Nextel Cup winner at Talladega was Richard Brickhouse, and the record for most wins (10) is held by Dale Earnhardt. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads active drivers with five wins.

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Home Depot Racing — Talladega Advance

TONY STEWART Wait a Second ATLANTA (Oct. 4, 2006) – Six times Tony Stewart has finished second at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series has watched as Bobby Hamilton Sr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett and …

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New Wave of Racing Fever Surfaces in Small Town

This week's edition of "Voices" is taking a break from all things related to the Chase. The Chase, I have decided, will simply work itself out. With the way the momentum of each Chase contender has shifted every week, there is no sense burning up perfectly good brain cells trying to forecast the eventual outcome like several others are doing. The bottom line is this : someone will win. It happens every year (shockingly enough), and it won't be Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, or Kyle Busch that takes home the trophy. No...instead I'm going to talk about a different type of racing, a type catching steam in my very own hometown.

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What’s the Call? Tony Stewart Better Off NOT Making the Chase?

*This Week's Question: Tony Stewart's Home Depot team won this week thanks to some gambling that probably wouldn't have happened if he was racing for the championship. Is this kind of racing actually better for the sponsors than the Chase teams playing it safe?*%{color:red}Tom: This season was going so off-kilter for Stewart, it's actually been _better_ for both himself and his sponsors that he's not in the Chase for the Championship, and he's shown why with his performance the first three races of the Chase. This driver is the type who'll have a lot more fun just giving 110 percent every week, trying to win races without worrying about the consequences…and that's exactly what's happening.%%{color:teal}Becca: This is a simple question with a simple answer : no. To quote Greg Biffle, who's been on both sides of the issue as a Chase and non-Chase driver, "If you're not in the Chase, you're nobody."%

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Scanner Static : Kansas Puts On A Hall Of Fame Show

*Q: I know Kansas lost out on getting the NASCAR Hall of Fame, but we sure showed everyone we mean business in the sport. I thought the show was fantastic. I didn't get a chance to get tickets this year like my family has in the past, but I hope this puts an end to the talk of taking Kansas out of the Chase. We belong!* _Mary in K.C._*A:* The only track of similar size and shape to Kansas that I like better is Charlotte, and Kansas has supplanted Atlanta as No. 2 on my list.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans : Talladega Edition

The Cup series heads to Alabama this Sunday for a run on the newly paved 2.66 mile tri-oval that is Talladega Superspeedway. And so begins the game of Fantasy Russian Roulette: spin the chamber, make your picks, and hope the bullet misses you. Simply put, this is the week where it is better to be lucky than good.

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