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Mark Martin Finds Part-Time Work Away From Roush… And It’s OK

Last Friday at Talladega, Mark Martin announced his future racing plans, raising more than a few eyebrows with his intentions. As you've likely already heard by now, Martin will leave Roush Racing to drive the No. 01 Chevrolet presently driven by Joe Nemechek and owned by MB2 Motorsports in 2007. The arrangement is reported to have Martin compete in 20 Nextel Cup races, as well as the Bud Shootout and the All-Star Challenge; rookie Regan Smith will finish out the schedule, driving the other 16 events.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Nextel Cup: 2006 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Edition

Other than Jeff Gordon's early exit, the Chase picture wasn't altered much until the final 10 laps of the race. That's when all heck broke loose: Jeff Burton had to pit under green with a flat tire, then Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. became involved in their infamous last lap crash. In those final 30 miles of racing, the entire points picture changed: Burton went from widening his point lead even more to having it cut down to only six, as by the end of the day, everyone but Gordon had gained on him. A race that had produced clear championship favorites the past two seasons now found itself responsible for tightening the points race.

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That’s History: NASCAR, Fix the Future… NOW!

What I need to write about after the race at Talladega - is how NASCAR needs to prepare for a future that is less than bright. NASCAR has made the same three mistakes (or variations on the theme anyway) for far too long, and as the sanctioning body of one of the most popular sports in the country, they must learn from these mistakes for the good of the sport - and now, rather than later, before enough fans start leaving your house as fast as I can run.

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Plate Race Pandemonium

While this is NOT real racing, it is sure an exciting event! This year featured over 60 lead changes, with 40 of them legitimate green flag passes on the track. Now, if we can just get NASCAR to not play GOD with the results... we will be OK.

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Bowles-Eye View: Teamwork at Hendrick? Jimmie Johnson Should Know Better

One final lap on NASCAR's fastest superspeedway. That's all that stood between a jubilant Jimmie Johnson and Victory Lane Sunday, a signature win destined to get him back in the championship Chase. For Brian Vickers running behind him, he could have seen an opportunity lying ahead, too - a chance to perhaps write his name on a Nextel Cup trophy for the first time in 107 starts. Either way, it looked like nothing could go wrong as the Hendrick cars, ranked second and third, barreled down the back straightaway at 200 mph, both with runs that would push them in front of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and clearly win the race for one of them.

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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega

While attempting to make the pass on Junior for the lead, Brian Vickers bumped Jimmie Johnson from behind a little too hard and in the wrong place, clipping the No. 48 car in the right rear corner and sending Johnson straight into the No. 8 Chevrolet. Both cars spun out of harm's way down the back straightaway into Turn 3 while Vickers streaked by to take the checkered flag, his first Cup win in 107 career starts. Kasey Kahne streaked past the melee to take second, with Kurt Busch third, Matt Kenseth fourth, and Martin Truex Jr. collecting his first career top-five finish in fifth.

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Bubble Breakdown: Jeff Green Scores Big In Top 35 Battle While JJ Yeley’s Bad Luck Continues

Talladega was sporting a brand new racing surface Sunday as the Cup circuit returned to the longest track on the schedule. The new and improved asphalt track was smoother and faster than it had ever been, but the dangerous pitfalls of the sport's longest, fastest superspeedway still remained for those battling within the Top 35 in owner points. With the threat of the "Big One" around every corner combining with smaller restrictor plates to ensure speeds stayed under the "danger zone" of 200 mph, teams on the bubble were thrown so many curveballs they must have felt they were in the baseball playoffs.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2006 John Deere 250 at Talladega

Mark Martin scored his fifth win of the 2006 season Saturday afternoon in the John Deere 250, taking the checkered flag under caution over Mike Skinner after a wild four-truck wreck occurred on the race's final lap. Ted Musgrave, Todd Bodine and AJ Allmendinger rounded out the top five finishers in the first Truck race ever held at Talladega.

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Full Throttle: A Different Kind of Silly Season

There have always been forays by open wheel drivers into Cup racing. In the old days, AJ Foyt, Mario Andretti, Gordon Johncock, and Johnny Rutherford all made occasional starts in Cup cars. In recent years, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, and Ryan Newman all made the cross over from open wheel racing to stock cars. However, until now, there has never been a Formula 1 World Champion who has competed full time on the Cup circuit. That will all change next year.

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