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Monster Mashes Some Chasers Hopes

*Pace Laps* Brooke Hogan did an excellent job on the National Anthem much to my surprise. Welcome back Benny! Benny Parsons never sounded so great Sunday at Dover. NASCAR was smart to do the hurry up mode to beat the rain.

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Numbers Game: Dover 400

*3* Cars dropped to the back of the field at the start of the race. (No. 10 of Scott Riggs and No. 32 of Travis Kvapil for engine change; No. 18 of J.J. Yeley for a backup car) *3 hours, 34 minutes, 21 seconds* Time it took to complete the Dover 400.

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Burton Living Out Earnhardt’s Dream

As Jeff Burton pulled into Victory Lane on Sunday, winless monkey off his back and championship trophy suddenly within reach, it was hard to ignore the irony surrounding the end of his 175-race winless streak. Richard Childress Racing had scored their third Cup win in a row.

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Frontstretch Breakdown : Dover 400

*To the Point*: Rumors of cheating, two blown engines, and a track that ate up and spit out three championship contenders. Nope, none of that could keep Richard Childress Racing out of Victory Lane. For the first time since November 2001, Jeff Burton took the checkered flag in a Nextel Cup race, scoring the win in Sunday's Dover 400 to put RCR on top for the third straight week.

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Labonte Back In The Saddle, Robby Gordon Falling Fast After Dover

The Monster Mile in Dover, Delaware lived up to its billing this weekend, as the self-cleaning concrete speedway took a toll on both Chasers and Top 35 contestants alike. Three Chase contenders finished 30th or worse, but buried beneath that hoopla was that the remainder of the tail end finishers, with the exclusion of Tony Stewart, were teams battling for the Top 35 in owner points.

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Frontstretch Breakdown : Dover 200

*In A Nutshell:* Clint Bowyer has come oh-so-close so many times, racking up four second place results heading into Dover. This time, he finally sealed the deal.

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Frontstretch Breakdown: Smith’s Las Vegas 350

*In A Nutshell:* After a season of frustration, Mike Skinner finally broke through to score his first win of 2006 Saturday night in the Smith's Las Vegas 350. Taking the lead on the final restart on lap 126, Skinner held off Ted Musgrave by .309 seconds to score his first career victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mike Bliss, Johnny Benson, and Ron Hornaday rounded out the Top 5.

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A New Track On the Landscape

Rusty Wallace's unofficial pet project has come to fruition, as this past weekend marked the official opening of Iowa Speedway. Rusty helped design the track, and was instrumental in securing the financing necessary to make the track a reality. Wallace attended the initial groundbreaking in June of 2005, and he was there for the initial race this past weekend. Judging by the results of that event, the track is hopefully a blueprint for how tracks will be built for the foreseeable future.

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No Chase? Great!

It just occurred to me that with all the things there are to complain about with the Busch and Truck Series, (like Buschwhackers, really late start times, Buschwhackers…) they both have one really great rule (or lack of one): no Chase. At least not yet; frankly, never would be too soon to add the manufactured title run we have to suffer through in Nextel Cup.

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Race Trax: Dover 400

*On Track* The Dover 400 is the 28th race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Schedule and the second in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. The Cup Series visits the 1-mile Dover International Speedway twice in 2006, having also run here in June. Dover has hosted the Nextel Cup Series since 1969, and Richard Petty was the first driver to win in Cup competition at DIS.

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