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Juan Pablo Montoya Reflects On Performance To Date

Team owner Chip Ganassi, car owner with Felix Sabates for Chip Ganassi Racing, announced on Sunday that a decision would be made this week regarding a possible Cup series qualifying attempt for Juan Pablo Montoya next week in Homestead: "We'll see. We're making the decision this week," said Ganassi. "We'll have our post-race review from this weekend and go from there. If we so decide, there is a car entered there." In the meantime, fresh off a Top-20 finish in Saturday's Busch Series Arizona Travel 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Juan Pablo Montoya was surprisingly candid in comments made Sunday morning.

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Greg Biffle Ready To Handle New Crew Chief in 2007

*Avondale, AZ --* It was announced this week that Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Roush Racing car, will be paired with a new crew chief next season as part of a multi-car crew chief swap at Roush. Pat Tryson, currently crew chief for the No. 6 team and driver Mark Martin, will be joining Biffle next season, replacing current crew chief Doug Richert. "It's something that Jack (Roush) has kind of been, not adamant about, but I think he's wanted to make a change with all the teams to try and reorganize for next year. He believes in that theory of breathing new life by matching things up and putting different people with different people … It's something he wanted to do and I'm okay with it.

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Jeff Gordon Grabs Checker Auto Parts 500 Pole at Phoenix

*Avondale, AZ --* Jeff Gordon followed up his field-leading Cup practice session on Friday by winning the pole for Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500. Gordon posted a qualifying lap of 26.773 at a speed of 134.464 miles per hour. Also in the top five were Kevin Harvick, Brian Vickers, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Joe Nemecheck. The top five qualifiers were all in Chevrolets.

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J.J. Yeley and Phoenix International Raceway Join Forces for Spring Golf Tournament

*Avondale, AZ --* Rookie Nextel Cup driver and Phoenix native J.J. Yeley, in conjunction with Phoenix International Raceway, announced plans today for a Spring 2006 golf tournament to benefit Phoenix Children's Hospital. The event will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2007, at Kierland Golf Club and will feature fellow NASCAR drivers and personalities along with local dignitaries. The draw party for the tournament will be on Wednesday, March 7th.

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Jeff Gordon Tops Friday Practice at Phoenix

*Avondale, AZ --* Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Dupont Chevy, lead all drivers in Friday's first Cup practice with a speed of 133.640 miles per hour. His fastest lap was a 26.938. Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.

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Jamie McMurray Hopeful Despite Disheartening Year

"It's been a frustrating year. I think everyone knows that." That's how Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 26 Cup car for Roush Racing, summed up his 2006 season this morning in Phoenix. As a result, big changes are in the works at Roush Racing. The organization has only two drivers - Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin - in the Chase this season, after placing all five drivers there last year.

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Overly Cautious

NASCAR was under a lot of scrutiny a couple of weeks ago after rollbarpaddinggate. People were venting about debris cautions and the fact that many times there are debris cautions with no video evidence of anything on the track. This week, for whatever reason, there hasn't been the uproar. NASCAR was given a pass and it was rather surprising considering the events that unfolded at Texas.

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To Buschwhack Or Not To Buschwhack

I've never made any bones about my feelings about the state of the Busch Series and the Nextel Cup owners who are using the series for extra testing time at the expense of the teams who truly want to race the series in its own right, or the costs to compete with these powerhouse teams and drivers. But are Cup drivers themselves bad for the Busch Series?

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Race Trax: 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix

*On Track* The Checker Auto Parts 500 is the thirty-fifth race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Schedule. The Cup Series visits the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway for the second time in 2006. PIR has hosted the Nextel Cup Series since 1988. The first Nextel Cup winner at PIR was Alan Kulwicki.

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Did Kevin Harvick Deserve A Pat On Or A Shove In The Back?

*Q: Why does everyone talk about Robby Gordon being a bad driver or Jimmie Johnson being dangerous when Kevin Harvick still has a ride? He ran over, just simply ran over Scott Riggs. I can understand why Riggs' crewmember got upset; I would have knocked the (expletive) out of Harvick as soon as he popped back up from falling. Why won't NASCAR punish Harvick? Is it because he drives Dale's old car?* _HarryMan_ *A:* Harvick's bump was inexcusable.

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