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Race Trax: 2006 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega

*On Track* The UAW-Ford 500 is the thirtieth race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Schedule. The Cup Series visits the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway twice in 2006-Jimmie Johnson won here in May. Talladega has hosted the Nextel Cup Series since opening in 1969, although the first race was run under protest by many drivers. The first Nextel Cup winner at Talladega was Richard Brickhouse, and the record for most wins (10) is held by Dale Earnhardt. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads active drivers with five wins.

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Home Depot Racing – 2006 Talladega Advance

ATLANTA (Oct. 4, 2006) – Six times Tony Stewart has finished second at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series has watched as Bobby Hamilton Sr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett and Jimmie Johnson have taken Talladega’s …

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New Wave of Racing Fever Surfaces in Small Town

This week's edition of "Voices" is taking a break from all things related to the Chase. The Chase, I have decided, will simply work itself out. With the way the momentum of each Chase contender has shifted every week, there is no sense burning up perfectly good brain cells trying to forecast the eventual outcome like several others are doing. The bottom line is this : someone will win. It happens every year (shockingly enough), and it won't be Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, or Kyle Busch that takes home the trophy. No...instead I'm going to talk about a different type of racing, a type catching steam in my very own hometown.

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What’s the Call? Tony Stewart Better Off NOT Making the Chase?

*This Week's Question: Tony Stewart's Home Depot team won this week thanks to some gambling that probably wouldn't have happened if he was racing for the championship. Is this kind of racing actually better for the sponsors than the Chase teams playing it safe?* %{color:red}Tom: This season was going so off-kilter for Stewart, it's actually been _better_ for both himself and his sponsors that he's not in the Chase for the Championship, and he's shown why with his performance the first three races of the Chase. This driver is the type who'll have a lot more fun just giving 110 percent every week, trying to win races without worrying about the consequences…and that's exactly what's happening.% %{color:teal}Becca: This is a simple question with a simple answer : no. To quote Greg Biffle, who's been on both sides of the issue as a Chase and non-Chase driver, "If you're not in the Chase, you're nobody."%

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Scanner Static: Kansas Puts On A Hall Of Fame Show

*Q: I know Kansas lost out on getting the NASCAR Hall of Fame, but we sure showed everyone we mean business in the sport. I thought the show was fantastic. I didn't get a chance to get tickets this year like my family has in the past, but I hope this puts an end to the talk of taking Kansas out of the Chase. We belong!* _Mary in K.C._ *A:* The only track of similar size and shape to Kansas that I like better is Charlotte, and Kansas has supplanted Atlanta as No. 2 on my list.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Edition

The Cup series heads to Alabama this Sunday for a run on the newly paved 2.66 mile tri-oval that is Talladega Superspeedway. And so begins the game of Fantasy Russian Roulette: spin the chamber, make your picks, and hope the bullet misses you. Simply put, this is the week where it is better to be lucky than good.

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Mirror Driving: Did Jimmie 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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