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Becca’s Big Six : California Edition

*"Debris, what debris?"* *Who … gets my shout-out of the race?* Congratulations to Brian Vickers and Team Red Bull for a Top-Ten finish in their first points race of the year. Vickers spent the latter part of 2006 under rancorous conditions at Hendrick Motorsports, and his new 2007 team was unable to qualify for the Daytona 500 last week. Vickers was understandably happy about Sunday's performance: "Everybody did such a good job. Team Red Bull and Toyota - everybody involved. This is really our first intermediate track for us and for Toyota. To come out of it with a Top Ten - I don't think it could have been any better." Vickers qualified the No. 83 car 15th and crossed the finish line in 10th. *What … was the most overused phrase of the whole post-Daytona 500 controversy?*

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Prodigal Son Sits 41st in Points After Engine Woes

Perhaps Michael Waltrip bit off a little more than he could chew. Debuting a three-car operation with a brand new manufacturer, Waltrip has just one car in the Top 35 in owner's points after California. Dale Jarrett is leading the charge but sits a dismal 28th. A devastating late-race crash dropped rookie David Reutimann to 42nd in the standings, while Waltrip is drowning in a sea of misery after failing to make the event. It is unlikely he will find his head above water and in the Top 35 at any point in the 2007 season - even after just two races. While Michael Waltrip Racing is having its share of problems, a number of championship teams are still continue to struggle - including the sport's prodical son, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Frontstretch Breakdown : San Bernardino County 200

*In a Nutshell:* Mike Skinner celebrated his 20th career Craftsman Truck Series win Friday night in the San Bernardino County 200 by 0.554 seconds over 2nd place finisher Ron Hornaday. Skinner took the lead for the final time with just a few laps remaining when Mark Martin spun after contact with Ron Hornaday. Last week's winner, Jack Sprague, finished third, followed by pole-sitter Carl Edwards and Ted Musgrave.

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud : Auto Club 500

*The Key Moment*: Kenseth's team got their driver out first on the final pit stop while Johnson lost several spots on the same stop. Kevin Harvick's flat tire under caution helped seal the deal for the 17. *In a Nutshell*: Race fans didn't expect much from a race at Fontana and they got what they expected. *Dramatic Moment*: Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon ran hard side by side for awhile and the action got physical on at least one occasion. Those two seem to be developing a genuine dislike for one another.

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Bowles – Eye View

_From The Editor: This week's Bowles-Eye will run on Tuesday instead of its usual Monday slot. Be sure to come back then for the latest edition, and then every Monday for the rest of the season!_

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Kenseth Wins at California, Short Day for Dale Jr.

Matt Kenseth won the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway Sunday, completing the weekend sweep after he won last evening’s Busch Series race. It is the second year in a row Kenseth has won this race. He was followed across the finish line by Jeff Gordon in second and Jimmie …

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Ford Saturday California Advance, Gilliland

Saturday, February 24, 2007 California Speedway David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 M&M’s Ford Fusion, returns to his home state this weekend for the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway. Gilliland started from the pole and finished eighth in last week’s season-opening Daytona 500. DAVID GILLILAND – No. 38 …

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Ford Saturday California Advance, Ragan

David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion, posted a career-best fifth-place finish in last week’s season-opening Daytona 500. It was just the third Nextel Cup start of his career. DAVID RAGAN – No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion – IN TERMS OF HOW YOU’RE VIEWED BY OTHERS IN …

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Dodge Advance Auto Club 500 Quotes from Saturday at California Speedway

KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) NOTE: Busch led a race-high 95 laps last week in the Daytona 500 but ended up 41st in the 43-car field after tangling with Tony Stewart on lap 154 of the 200-lap race. A former winner at California Speedway, Busch will start …

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Evernham Engines Offers Outlook on Unleaded Fuel for NASCAR Engines

STATESVILLE, NC (February 24, 2007) – At Evernham Engines, engineers are constantly looking for additional power, performance and durability from the engines they design and build. But for the past year, their development efforts also have been fueled by NASCAR’s move to unleaded gas for the Busch Series and possible …

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