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How I Would Save NASCAR

If you read the Top Ten list posted yesterday here on Frontstretch.com, you now know that the news is out that I am forming a Brian France Fan Club. Members will get the chance, among other things, to be the head of NASCAR and deal with all the duties that come with it. Since this is my club, I am going to go first.

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What’s The Call? Dead In The Water After Race One of the Chase?

*This Week's Question: Can the first race in the Chase seal a team's fate for the next nine races?* %{color:green}Amy:% Amazing to think, but a whole season of hard work and hard racing really can come down to one event - and it's not Homestead. Everyone knows there are ten races in the Chase for the Nextel Cup, but the first one held at New Hampshire has shown it can make or break a team and their chances to sit at the head table in New York come December. %{color:aqua}Beth:% After their New Hampshire problems, Johnson dropped to 9th and Busch dropped to 10th in the Nextel Cup standings, and both find themselves well over 100 points behind point leader Kevin Harvick. So, does that mean their chances for taking home the big trophy after Homestead are over? Absolutely not!

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Dover “2” Edition

The first week of the Chase has passed, and there were some clear cut winners and losers. On the winning side was Kevin Harvick, scoring his second straight victory in Nextel Cup, along with fellow Chasers Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin...and Mike. Landing on the other side were Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch...and Cami, who all suffered setbacks in Week One.

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Scanner Static : Is Harvick Bound For Glory?

*Q: Looks like Kevin Harvick is on his way to a championship, and I couldn't be happier about that. It's sad that most of Dale Earnhardt's fans became Dale, Jr. fans instead of Harvick fans because they went with the name and missed the real driver. I'm happy for Richard Childress...but I'm even happier for Harvick and for Dale's legacy with that team. Once he wins the championship, I think Richard should go ahead and run that car as the No. 3 next year. Harvick will deserve it, since he's the closest thing to Dale we've got left.* _OldCootInCharlotte_ *A:* Well, let's not count our chickens before they hatch.

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Top 10 NASCAR Rumors You Haven’t Heard…Until Now!

10. We are hearing that Mark Martin's pending 2007 CTS contract with Roush Racing prohibits him from winning EVERY race. He must "throw" one once in awhile and place second. 9. Word is that in an unprecedented bi-partisan effort, both the Democrats and the GOP will co-sponsor a NEXTEL Cup Series car. However, early testing has been a disappointment, as the car just sits there and spins its wheels. 8. With Morgan Shepherd qualifying for two NEXTEL Cup races in a row, word is that NASCAR has made a revision to its rule book and has asked Shepherd to stop using divine intervention to help his cause. NASCAR is sure this will level the playing field, as even God has to play by their rules.

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Mirror Driving : Who Needs To Be Fixed More…Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, or the Chase?

*Who was hurt more on Sunday - Kyle Busch or Jimmie Johnson? In particular, what has happened to the 48 team since August, and can it be fixed?* %{color:purple}Toni:% They are both in a big hole, really. I think if anybody can dig out, though, Johnson's team can. %{color:red}Tom:% To be honest, Kyle was probably hurt more than Jimmie just because New Hampshire is one of his best tracks, _and_ he's a first time Chaser. However, Johnson and the 48 just do not look like a championship team right now.

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Kevin Grubb Tests NASCAR’s Drug Policy

Following the September 8th Busch Series race at Richmond International Raceway, driver Kevin Grubb refused a random drug test request, resulting in a suspension for an indefinite period of time by NASCAR. In doing so, the 28-year old Mechanicsville, VA native may have effectively ended his career as a stock car driver within the sanctioning body, despite the controversy surrounding his latest suspension. Unfortunately for Grubb, it's a career NASCAR had every right to grind to a halt, with a drug policy they're obligated to enforce, no matter what type of extenuating circumstances may exist.

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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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