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_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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Salute to You III?

Mark Martin announced his retirement in 2004. He said 2005 would be his last season in Cup. He and Rusty Wallace did all of the commensurate glad handing. They accepted rocking chairs and art work and all of the assorted paraphernalia that is associated with a farewell tour. Then Jack Roush got into a bind. Kurt Busch bailed early on his contract and Jack was without someone to take over the #6 ride.

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Truckwhackers? Not a Problem

With all of the talk about Buschwhackers and their invasion of the Busch series, I started to wonder about "truckwhacking" and whether or not it might become a problem in the near or distant future for the Truck Series. Although you have the occasional appearance from guys like Mark Martin and Kyle Busch, truckwhacking will most likely never be the problem buschwhacking has become, even though it might in some cases be helpful for the series.

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Race Trax: Sylvania 300

*On Track* The Sylvania 300 is the twenty-seventh race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup schedule. The Nextel Cup Series races at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire International Speedway twice each year. The series returns for the first race of the Chase for the Nextel Cup this time around.

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Consider The Evidence Before Hanging Kevin Grubb

Hidden behind the big story to come out of Richmond this past weekend, Tony Stewart missing the Chase for the Championship, was a second, more troubling piece of news concerning Busch Series driver Kevin Grubb. It was announced Tuesday that Grubb had been suspended indefinitely from NASCAR a second time for failure to follow the sport's drug policy for reinstatement.

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What’s the Call? Does Experience Matter In The Chase?

*This Week's Question: In this year's Chase for the Championship, five of the ten drivers going for the title are participating in this format for the first time. Does that give an advantage to the "veteran" Chasers (Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, and Mark Martin) who have at least one year of experience with it?* %{color:red}Tom:% "I'd rather flip over and run 10th in the Chase than give up a chance to win a race," said Harvick. Kudos to that. Unfortunately, just as Harvick said, that aggressiveness will likely hand these rookie Chasers their fatal mistakes...one by one. %{color:orange}Cami:% What people are missing by focusing on experience is the fact that all ten drivers had to put in strong performances to make it this far. Do people think drivers are just going to forget the strategy that got them this far now that they are in the Chase? I don't think so.

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