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Salute to You III?

Mark Martin announced his retirement in 2004. He said 2005 would be his last season in Cup. He and Rusty Wallace did all of the commensurate glad handing. They accepted rocking chairs and art work and all of the assorted paraphernalia that is associated with a farewell tour. Then Jack Roush got into a bind. Kurt Busch bailed early on his contract and Jack was without someone to take over the #6 ride.

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Truckwhackers? Not a Problem

With all of the talk about Buschwhackers and their invasion of the Busch series, I started to wonder about "truckwhacking" and whether or not it might become a problem in the near or distant future for the Truck Series. Although you have the occasional appearance from guys like Mark Martin and Kyle Busch, truckwhacking will most likely never be the problem buschwhacking has become, even though it might in some cases be helpful for the series.

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Race Trax: Sylvania 300

*On Track* The Sylvania 300 is the twenty-seventh race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup schedule. The Nextel Cup Series races at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire International Speedway twice each year. The series returns for the first race of the Chase for the Nextel Cup this time around.

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Consider The Evidence Before Hanging Kevin Grubb

Hidden behind the big story to come out of Richmond this past weekend, Tony Stewart missing the Chase for the Championship, was a second, more troubling piece of news concerning Busch Series driver Kevin Grubb. It was announced Tuesday that Grubb had been suspended indefinitely from NASCAR a second time for failure to follow the sport's drug policy for reinstatement.

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What’s the Call? Does Experience Matter In The Chase?

*This Week's Question: In this year's Chase for the Championship, five of the ten drivers going for the title are participating in this format for the first time. Does that give an advantage to the "veteran" Chasers (Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, and Mark Martin) who have at least one year of experience with it?* %{color:red}Tom:% "I'd rather flip over and run 10th in the Chase than give up a chance to win a race," said Harvick. Kudos to that. Unfortunately, just as Harvick said, that aggressiveness will likely hand these rookie Chasers their fatal mistakes...one by one. %{color:orange}Cami:% What people are missing by focusing on experience is the fact that all ten drivers had to put in strong performances to make it this far. Do people think drivers are just going to forget the strategy that got them this far now that they are in the Chase? I don't think so.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Loudon “2” Edition

After weeks of anticipation...the Chase is on! This week kicks off our new point format that was introduced to you last week. The thing to remember is you cannot use anyone outside the Top 25 for Sit 'Em Down, and you cannot use anyone in the top 10 for your Roll The Dice pick. Please put your picks on the message board before the start of the race and see how well you can do against Cami and Mike.

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Scanner Static : Is Stewart Missing The Chase Bad For The Sport?

*Q: No other way to say this: NASCAR should have made a last-minute exception and put Tony Stewart into the Chase. It's their series and they can do what they want to anyways, so they should have done it. They wouldn't have had to knock anyone out, but if they just felt like only 10 drivers could be in, they could have kept Jeff Burton or Mark Martin out of it. Neither has won a race this year, so don't tell me they're suddenly going to win the Chase. I won't turn the TV on again until Daytona in February.* _Storm_ *A:* What Jeff Burton or Mark Martin may or may not do in the coming weeks is irrelevant. They're in the Chase because they took care of business the first 26 weeks and Tony Stewart didn't; end of story.

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Becca’s Big Six : Richmond “2” Edition

*Q: Who ... keeps his promises to his fans?* *A: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.* At the end of 2005, Dale Jr. apologized to his fans for a disappointing season, and promised to give them something to cheer about this year. A man of his word, Junior is sixth heading into the Chase, and would likely be higher in the standings if not for back-to-back last place finishes at Loudon and Pocono.

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Top Ten Reasons Tony Stewart Did Not Make The Chase

10. A slight miscalculation by team staff on the "driver weight vs. horsepower" ratio for the back-up car. 9. Been there, done that; didn't want to relive the demanding schedule that being the reigning Champion entails. 8. Put off redecorating his master bedroom one too many weeks.

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Mirror Driving : Who Would You Kick Out of the Chase? Team Orders Gone Bad?

*If you had the power to change the Chase field, would you replace one of the drivers currently in the Top 10? Or did all ten drivers deserve to make it in?* %{color: brown}Jeff:% No change! All who are in deserve it. %{color:gray}Mike:% I don't see a problem with the Top 10. They all did the best throughout the year; well, Mark Martin was points racing all year, but that is what it took for him to get in. Kahne was more aggressive, but it still paid off.

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