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It’s Not Easy Being the New Kid

News came down this week that Bobby Labonte would be taking over driving duties for Kevin Harvick Inc.'s No. 77 Dollar General Chevrolet for the remaining companion events of the 2006 Busch Series season. This means that rookie driver Burney Lamar will have only one more run in the car in the Busch Series standalone event at Memphis. The reason given for the change involves the performance of the car or rather the lack thereof. It seems the team has not seen the progress or improvement they were hoping for and are putting a veteran behind the wheel to evaluate the program in an effort to see where they might need to make improvements for next season. Although he hasn't technically been completely relieved of his driving duties, Lamar is basically the next rookie being sidelined.

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Race Trax: 2006 Banquet 400 at Kansas

The Banquet 400 is the 29th race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule and the third in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. The Cup Series visits the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway for the only time in 2006.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Banquet 400 at Kansas Edition

After last week's race at Dover, there was plenty of movement in the point standings thanks to ill-timed cautions, poorly calculated fuel mileage, and simply some plain, good ol' fashion bad luck. All was not all doom and gloom at Dover, though... especially if your name was Jeff. So, who will follow the yellow brick road to glory this weekend, and who will get caught up in a tornado of disaster? Let's figure out the right picks for your fantasy team.

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What’s the Call: Brian Vickers and Jeff Gordon – Teammates Seeing Red (Bull)?

This Week's Question: Jeff Gordon said that Brian Vickers wasn't really his teammate anymore since he is moving on to Red Bull Racing next year. Should Vickers feel an obligation to help Gordon win a championship for Hendrick Motorsports this year when he won't be there after the end of the season?

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Scanner Static: Dover Cements Its Place in the 2006 Chase

Q: I've heard some people who want to replace the Dover race with something else because it's not a "Chase-worthy" track. Hello, did they actually watch the race Sunday? That was the best finish to a NASCAR race in quite some time. Is there any way to get both Dover races in the Chase?

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Thompson in Turn 5: Tony Stewart In Unfamiliar Territory

After threading his way through the field for a well earned second-place finish at last week's race in Loudon, N.H. to kick off the 2006 Chase to the Championship, immediately upon exiting his racecar Tony Stewart explained that although he was pleased with his finishing position, "it is a frustrating day when you are racing those guys that are in the top 10 in points. You are just so cautious around them and it is hard to race real hard and be around those guys, worrying about getting into them."

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Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Dover 400

That was the last time that Jeff Burton won a Cup race - Oct. 28, 2001, at Phoenix International Raceway. The Cingular team has had several strong runs early in recent races, but has been unable to close the deal until Sunday. The clean, side-by-side battle between Burton and Matt Kenseth was one of the better late race battles in recent memory.

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