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Top Ten Pieces Of Debris That Punctured Kevin Harvick’s Tire

10. Metal canister filled with strange liquids that rolled out of David Reutimann's car after his crash. 9. Kyle Busch's hedge trimmer; he forgot he took it with him for a quick shave before the race. 8. Nail from coffin used for Michael Waltrip's season.

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Mirror Driving : D.E.I. On Edge? NASCAR Losing Credibility…Again?

*Another questionable debris caution late in the race Sunday bunched up the field and led to an exciting finish at California. But is NASCAR losing credibility with the fact they may be "engineering" finishes with these yellow flags?* Amy: Of course they are. They have been for about three years now. Meegan: I think so, because they happen to occur at opportune times. TOO convenient times. Vito: Rollbar padding, hot dog wrapper, air…throw a caution. Car upside down, on fire full of sod.....eh, let 'em race to the line.

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Dale Jarrett is the Golden Ticket for Owner and Manufacturer

Toyota and Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) have found their debut as competitors in the Nextel Cup Series challenging, to say the least...but probably not entirely surprising. Two races into the 2007 season, the manufacturer has two drivers positioned in the coveted Top 35 in the point standings, namely Team Red Bull's Brian Vickers (34th) and MWR driver Dale Jarrett (a more secure 28th). The Top 35 teams in owner points from 2006 are guaranteed a starting position in each of the first five Nextel Cup races of 2007. However, after the fifth race at Bristol in early March, inclusion on the Top 35 list will be based on the current seasons owner's points. And at that time, the enormous value for MWR and Toyota of Dale Jarrett's much talked about defection from Robert Yates Racing at the end of 2006 will become clear for everyone to understand.

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Bowles-Eye : Can Kenseth Save Roush Fenway? More Importantly…Should He?

Matt Kenseth has never been one to stand out in the crowd. Quiet and unassuming when you first interact with him, he doesn't give the impression that he'll win any popularity contests anytime soon. Ironically, with his sarcastic humor and easygoing nature, Kenseth actually can be one of the most engaging drivers in the NASCAR garage area…when he wants to be. It's that question of when which could make or break a season for four other men. Of course, when it comes to driving ability, Matt's talent is crystal clear. Without his longtime crew chief Robbie Reiser for the second of his four week suspension, common sense would lead one to believe that Kenseth would struggle at California, a track where even the most minor of adjustments makes the difference between a win and 25th place. But the absence of the team's true leader only strengthened Matt's resolve, and Chip Bolin did a masterful job as fill-in crew chief en route to the No. 17's first trip to Victory Lane in just the second race this season.

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In Nextel Cup : California Edition

As the Nextel Cup Series put its second race in the books last weekend in California, a state known for wildfires surely did its part to fuel the flames of several of Nextel Cup's hottest drivers. This week's surprising contingent listed as currently burning up the tracks includes a 48-year-old veteran who continues to steal center stage, as well as a 21-year-old rookie using a combination of luck and racing smart to fight his way towards the top of the charts. At the other end of the spectrum, an entire organization threatens to find itself thrown in the freezer with little or no to chance of being thawed, icing up next to one of the circuit's oldest drivers and the greatest comeback story that may never be told.

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Running Their Mouth : Auto Club 500

"It's a special win. It's not without Robbie, though. He spent the week at home while we were at Daytona building this car. Robbie built this team. Those guys didn't let some bad luck stop them or slow them down. Everybody on this team knows what Robbie would expect them to do, whether he is here or not. I thought I was going to have a problem because I really thought the No. 29 [Harvick] was going to run me down. Then, he had his problem and Jeff [Gordon] moved up to second and I thought he might run me down. But we got a real good restart and, after that, we were OK. It's really nice to get some of our points back from the Daytona deal." _Race Winner Matt Kenseth_

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Signs Of Trouble For Both The Busch And Craftsman Truck Series

California might have served as a wake up call for NASCAR. The Busch race and the Truck race did not have full fields. The second and third biggest racing series in the US didn't have full fields for their races this weekend. The influx of Cup drivers stealing the headlines, and the escalating costs of running teams are obviously taking a toll. What does the future hold?

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Numbers Game : Auto Club 500

*0.679* Matt Kenseth's margin of victory over Jeff Gordon at California Speedway. (in seconds) *1* Car that fell to the back of the field at the start of the Auto Club 500. (No. 96 - Tony Raines for an engine change) *2* Number of times Matt Kenseth has swept the weekend, winning both the Busch and Cup race, in his career. It is also the number of times a sweep has happened this season, despite most drivers claiming there is no advantage to running the Busch Series companion events. (The big, fat liars!)

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Frontstretch Breakdown : Stater Bros. 300

*In A Nutshell:* When it comes to the Busch Series, California Speedway could just as well be known as the House of Roush. Matt Kenseth gave Roush his sixth victory in the last seven Busch Series races at California when he drove off to a five car length win over Casey Mears in the Stater Bros. 300.

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Becca’s Big Six : California Edition

*"Debris, what debris?"* *Who … gets my shout-out of the race?* Congratulations to Brian Vickers and Team Red Bull for a Top-Ten finish in their first points race of the year. Vickers spent the latter part of 2006 under rancorous conditions at Hendrick Motorsports, and his new 2007 team was unable to qualify for the Daytona 500 last week. Vickers was understandably happy about Sunday's performance: "Everybody did such a good job. Team Red Bull and Toyota - everybody involved. This is really our first intermediate track for us and for Toyota. To come out of it with a Top Ten - I don't think it could have been any better." Vickers qualified the No. 83 car 15th and crossed the finish line in 10th. *What … was the most overused phrase of the whole post-Daytona 500 controversy?*

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