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Elliott Sadler’s Pit Road Bobble Costs Him In Top 35; Marlin Pads Lead Over Petty

Commonly referred to as a "cookie-cutter" Speedway, Kansas was hardly the same old story this Sunday. Between fuel mileage gambles, pit road penalties, and spinouts by several Chase contenders, there was no shortage of action on the 1.5 miler. Unfortunately, in the battle for the Top 35, the race was basically running on empty. Only two drivers moved up or down in the standings in our bubble watch, simply changing positions with each other.

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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Yellow Transportation 300 at Kansas

*In A Nutshell:* It was business as usual for Kevin Harvick Saturday afternoon; he scored his seventh Busch Series win of the season at Kansas Speedway, and once again, he found his way to Victory Lane even without the fastest car. Matt Kenseth dominated the day, but a slow pit stop under caution on lap 165 cost him the top spot, losing him an advantage he could never get back.

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Evernham Claims Front Row at Kansas Speedway with Kahne on the Pole

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kasey Kahne picked up the pole for Sunday's Banquet 400 at the Kansas Speedway, making it his fifth pole of the season (tying Kurt Busch for most poles in 2006). Kahne, looking for his sixth victory of the season, will line up beside his Evernham Motorsports teammate, Scott Riggs. This is the second 1-2 sweep of the front row for Evernham. "I feel like I got just about everything out of it," said Kahne. "I feel like I could have used more race track off turn four, but it was turning so good you didn't really have to.

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Frontstretch LIVE at the Kansas Speedway – Friday, September 29, 2006

Friday's schedule at the Kansas Speedway was jam packed, with NEXTEL Cup practice and qualifying, Busch Series practice, and USAC Silver Crown Series practice and qualifying. In the first NEXTEL Cup practice earlier this morning, Kasey Kahne recorded the fastest speed at 177.532 mph, with Jimmie Johnson, Elliott Sadler, Brian Vickers and Scott Riggs rounding out the top five. Those spends weren't just for show, as Kahne ended up with the pole, followed by Riggs, Johnson, Vickers and Yeley, with Sadler qualifying ninth.

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A New Way to Evaluate the Chasers

Using the cleverest and most versatile invention ever to be thought of by mankind, statistics, I have come up with a new way to evaluate those that are "lucky" enough to be in the Chase. I say "lucky" enough because the particular statistic that I am using in this evaluation is what is affectionately known as the "Lucky Dog". The Lucky Dog, in my opinion, is purely the byproduct of the "young gun" invasion that took place in the late Nineties and continued on into the new millennium. Back when racing was real racing, and not the entertainment show we know today, there was a thing known as a "gentleman's agreement".

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Can Someone Let the Air Out of the Cookies?

The first two races of the Chase are in the books and we have seen two "short tracks" so far. Although one mile isn't exactly a short track, it is in the world of NASCAR. Now we head to the first of the tracks whose style dominates the remainder of the schedule. With eight races to go on the docket, five of them take place on 1.5 mile D-shaped oval tracks. These are the places that have been given the name "cookie cutter" tracks just because the last four tracks to be added to the Cup schedule are all of the same shape and nearly the same size. They simply look as if they were stamped from one giant cookie cutter and placed around the country.

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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 when the Busch Series runs a stand alone 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 they 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

*On Track* 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. Kansas has hosted the Nextel Cup Series since 2001, and Jeff Gordon was the first driver to win in Cup competition at the speedway.

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

With the tight quarters of the Monster Mile behind them, the Chasers enter their third week of competition at Kansas Speedway Sunday. 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. (Jeff) Burton finally earned his first win of the year, and (Jeff) Gordon moved up to second in the standings on the strength of his second straight third place finish. 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 this year when he won't be there after the end of the season?* %{color:green}Amy:% Drivers are paid to race for wins, they've worked for years to do just that. Asking a teammate to finish anywhere but where he and his car are capable of finishing is a slap in the face. %{color:gray}Mike:% Gordon has a point; while blatant team racing goes against every fabric of the sport of NASCAR racing, teammates still have to work for the common good of all involved whenever the opportunity presents itself.

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