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Becca’s Big Six : Loudon Edition

*Who: Denny Hamlin.* The FedEx driver has been flying below the radar lately - despite the fact that he's the first rookie ever to compete in the Chase and this year's only representative from Joe Gibbs Racing. If there were any concerns about his ability to handle the pressure of a title run (and there shouldn't be), he quashed them on Sunday with a solid 4th place finish, boosting him three spots in the points to 2nd.

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Johnson’s Luck Running Out At The Wrong Time…Again

Racing has always been a sport where momentum can be stopped at the drop of a hat. The slate is wiped clean after every race; you may finish Sunday in Victory Lane, but the next weekend can provide you with an opportunity to go from hero to zero immediately upon the drop of the green.Ask Jimmie Johnson about that; he can relate.

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Frontstretch Breakdown : Sylvania 300

*To the Point*: Last week at Richmond, Kevin Harvick and Richard Childress Racing crashed the Chase party in style by taking the win. With Jeff Burton also squeaking into the title hunt in 8th place, it marked the first two times in team history an RCR driver had made the Chase for the Championship.Sunday, they proved that simply getting the invite won't be enough.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in the Chase – Loudon Edition

As Fall nears and a brisk chill begins to fill the air, the battle for the 2006 Nextel Cup Championship is just starting to heat up. Just one race into the ten race Chase, the point standings have already jumbled up faster than the leaves can start to change colors.Which drivers are still feeling the heat of summer, and which ones are heading towards an early winter chill? Read this week's Starr Report to find out Who's Hot and Who's Not in the Chase.

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And Then There Were Eight

*Pace Laps*Get well soon, Benny! We need you to keep the peace in the television booth!The power outage at New Hampshire International Speedway was responsible for a weird opening ceremony at the track...Bill Weber did a good job of explaining that to everyone.

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Numbers Game : Sylvania 300

*0.777* Kevin Harvick's margin of victory, in seconds, over Tony Stewart Sunday at New Hampshire.*2* Active Cup drivers who made their first career starts at New Hampshire; Jeff Burton and Joe Nemechek. Ironically, both made their Cup debut in 1993, during the first ever Cup race held at the track.

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That’s History

_Editor's Note: Amy Henderson is on vacation this week from That's History. Look for a new edition of TH to return next Tuesday, right here on the Frontstretch!_

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Yeley, Gordon Move Up in Top 35 Battle; Labonte Takes Huge Hit In The Points

The first race for the Chase is in the books. It was also the first race in the home stretch for the battle for the top 35. The final 10 races of the season are the time for the teams battling for those precious positions to entrench themselves in the top 35 and secure a starting spot for the first five races of the 2007 season. Some teams were able to capitalize at New Hampshire while others saw their fortunes continue to slide backwards. Here are the winners and losers from Sunday's race.

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Frontstretch Breakdown : Sylvania 200

*In A Nutshell:* After starting the season without a single truck series win, Johnny Benson scored his fourth one of the season Saturday night in the Sylvania 200. Starting on the front row, Benson dominated for much of the evening, finishing .691 seconds ahead of polesitter Mike Skinner at the checkered flag. Kyle Busch, Todd Bodine, and David Starr rounded out the Top 5 finishers.

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Bowles-Eye View, Cup Breakdown

Note From the Editor: Tom Bowles' Monday commentary, Bowles-Eye View, and the Cup Breakdown of the first Chase for the Championship race at New Hampshire can be seen on Tuesday rather than their usual Monday posting. We apologize for the inconvenience, and be sure to come back tomorrow to check it out!

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