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Mirror Driving : Did Johnson Get Screwed?

*Was this week's race at Kansas just an aberration, or are we finally beginning to see one of the "cookie-cutter" tracks come into its own and provide good racing?* %{color:purple}Toni:% I thought it was a pretty good race. But yeah, there is that whole "for a cookie-cutter track" thing involved in that assessment. %{color:red}Tom:% For whatever reason, I've always thought Kansas was the better track when compared to its "sister," Chicagoland. But Sunday's race might have been one of the best ones at a new track in the past decade.

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Diversity : The Road To NASCAR’s Future Growth

Growth is the primary goal for any American enterprise, and NASCAR is the epitome of an American business. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that, when you look at this year's TV Ratings, NASCAR's popularity has not grown one bit...if anything, it's actually declined. Ratings are down in all but two races this season, and it appears fans are looking for some new energy to rejeuvenate their interest in the sport.

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Five Years To One Blaise… and Gone

History is many things - interesting, amusing, informative. It can also be tragic. Time, the mechanism through which history is made, can be a healer in its quest to make bad memories fade...but it can also serve as a cruel reminder of events not easily remembered. It's that dark side of history that can make moments personal on so many levels, long after they first reached your head and touched your heart. I can't believe it's been five years this week.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in the Chase : Kansas Edition

The Midwest is known for vast temperature changes and powerful storms, followed by days of calm. The Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway seemed to follow that theme this weekend. Late race fuel mileage gambles left plenty of Chasers looking for gas - and answers - at the end of the day, in the midst of several other spinouts and mechanical issues that threatened to doom their title hopes. So, which drivers stayed hot during a fall trip through the Heartland, and which drivers felt a cool wind blow their Championship hopes further away? Read this week's Who's Hot/Who's Not in the Chase to find out.

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Fuel Tank Read Empty For Gordon, But Racing At Kansas Was Full Steam Ahead

*Pace Laps* The track was so slick on Sunday, rumor had it the pace car was considering pulling off the track for the restart entering turn 3...no need to wreck a nice new sports car. Jackie Joyner-Kersee...and _George Lopez_ for Kansas Speedway grand marshals? Didn't realize NASCAR was looking to expand its fan base by drudging up D-list celebrities...

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Numbers Game : Banquet 400

*0* Cars dropped to the back of the field at the start of the Nextel Cup race at Kansas Speedway. *3* Victories in 2006 for Tony Stewart after Sunday's Kansas win. He also won at Martinsville in April and Daytona in July.

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Pessimistic Martin Still Hanging Around

With Jeff Burton finally ending a 175-race winless streak at Dover last weekend, he became the ninth of ten Chase drivers fighting for this year's title to visit Victory Lane this season. The monkey finally off his back, the victory left only one man with a goose egg in the win column beside his name entering Kansas. Is it a surprise to anyone that man was Mark Martin?

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Frontstretch Breakdown : Banquet 400

*To the Point*: Kasey Kahne's fuel tank ran dry. Jeff Gordon's fuel pump stopped working. In the end, Tony Stewart used every ounce of fuel he had - and made it to the finish line first. In the wildest race in Kansas Speedway's six-year history, Stewart's Home Depot Chevrolet coasted out of fuel for the final half-lap of the race, yet still managed to beat out Casey Mears to the line to win Sunday's Banquet 400.

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Sadler’s Pit Road Bobble Costs Him In Top 35; Marlin Pads Lead Over Petty

Commonly referred to as a "cookie-cutter" Speedway, Kansas was hardly the same old story this Sunday. Between fuel mileage gambles, pit road penalties, and spinouts by several Chase contenders, there was no shortage of action on the 1.5 miler. Unfortunately, in the battle for the Top 35, the race was basically running on empty. Only two drivers moved up or down in the standings in our bubble watch, simply changing positions with each other.

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Frontstretch Breakdown : Yellow Transportation 300

*In A Nutshell:* It was business as usual for Kevin Harvick Saturday afternoon; he scored his seventh Busch Series win of the season at Kansas Speedway, and once again, he found his way to Victory Lane even without the fastest car. Matt Kenseth dominated the day, but a slow pit stop under caution on lap 165 cost him the top spot, losing him an advantage he could never get back.

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