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Is A Week In NY Necessary?

This is NASCAR's big week in New York City so NASCAR is everywhere and everyone is abuzz about all things NASCAR. Well, the brass in Daytona would at least like you to believe that second part. For the 26th year in a row, the NASCAR Cup awards banquet is going to be in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel but whether the event should take place in New York is great fodder for debate. The greater question is: Does the series need to spend a week in the city hocking its wares?

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Best of Voices : 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. (Before I begin, keep in mind that in the spirit of "been there, done that," I am going to skip the diaper changing of Brian's kids...at least until the grandkids come along.)

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Top Ten Ways to Pass Time During the Offseason

10. Celebrate all the holidays you missed throughout the racing season... like your wedding anniversary and spouse's birthday. 9. Christmas IS coming, so drink enough spiked Egg Nog that you lose track of time. It'll be Feburary before you know it! 8. Memorize your children's names. Remember, practice makes perfect!

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Best Of Mirror Driving

*Tony Stewart mentioned after New Hampshire in September that NASCAR should have a separate race for just the Top 10 Chasers themselves. While the plan seemed outrageous, he claims something has to be done so that 11th through 43rd won't have to race the Chasers as conservatively. A separate race might be out of the question...but would a separate points system work in making the Chase more competitive?* Amy: I think so...if NASCAR really wants to manufacture an exciting point battle, give them points based on their finishing order among Chasers ONLY. Toni: I kind of have to agree with that, actually. I've always thought that would keep it a lot closer, and the rest of the drivers don't have to worry about hitting a Chaser. Even if they do, they won't necessarily take the guy right out of the championship picture.

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Best Of That’s History : A Matter Of Perspective

History is a fickle thing. Every event, every moment, is fluid, changing. History is dynamic...not static. But wait, you say. Events in the past have already happened. By their very nature, by the laws of nature and time, they cannot change.

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Revisiting Bad NASCAR Predictions

One of the funniest things I've encountered since starting to write about this sport in 2001 is how readers and fans truly believe that with your license to write in NASCAR, you've automatically developed a side career…as a psychic.

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Congratulations to the 2006 Champs!

The Frontstretch would like to congratulate the three drivers who added champion to their list of accomplishments in 2007, along with the teams and crew chiefs that helped make it all happen...

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Mirror Driving : Montoya Better Than Expected?

*Does Jimmie Johnson's 2006 season (Daytona 500, All-Star Race, Brickyard 400, 5 points wins, Nextel Cup Championship) rank as one of the best single season efforts ever, or does it fall short of seasons such as Jeff Gordon's 13-win championship season in the late 1990s?* Kim: No, Johnson's was not one of the best … but it was impressive nonetheless. Tom: In my mind, it definitely doesn't beat years like Gordon's in 1998...he was just overwhelmingly dominant that year.

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A Well Deserved Championship

The Nextel Cup season finale did not end in as dramatic a fashion as I thought it might. In my column "last week", I speculated on any number of intriguing scenarios that could play out during the running of the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But for any truly remarkable and unanticipated finish in determining the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion to take place, Jimmie Johnson would have had to either finish poorly...or not at all.

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