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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not: Outside the Chase After the 2007 Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover

Tension proved its existence at Dover, as a Kyle Petty - Denny Hamlin crash resulted in an off-track altercation, a special run by Roush Fenway Racing's "forgotten man" nearly resulted in a win, and an old legend of the sport, Mark Martin, came up with his best finish since Daytona. So, as the series moves on to the Midwest for this weekend, which drivers are best suited to make the most noise on the Kansas prairies? Read on to find out who in this week's edition of Who's Hot/Who's Not, outside the Chase. One note before we begin, unlike our regular edition, we only highlight six drivers in this edition of Who's Hot/Who's Not, which means to make the list, you need to really be on fire (or ice cold, for that matter).

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Numbers Game: 2007 Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover

1/2 Fraction of an inch that NASCAR allows cars to be below the minimum height requirement following a race. Dodge Dealers 400 winner Carl Edwards' No. 99 Office Depot Ford was lower than that, failing post-race technical inspection. Any fines and/or point penalties are expected to be announced by NASCAR Tuesday afternoon.

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Raybestos Rookie News and Notes: 2007 LifeLock 400 at Kansas

Juan Pablo Montoya was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the September 23 Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway. Montoya scored a 10th-place finish, his fourth top-10 effort of the 2007 season, and claimed top rookie honors for the 12th time in 28 races. The Dover race was …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2007 Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover

1. Car of Too-Massive? - Dover was considered an extremely narrow racetrack when the "old" car was in use. Is the Car of Tomorrow - four inches wider than the old car - just too big and boxy to run on a tight track like this? The race, which Dale Earnhardt Jr. described as "bizarre and weird," had 13 cautions (only three for debris) and two extended red flag clean-up periods. What say you, race fans?

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Bubble Breakdown: Kyle Petty Fading, Feeling Pressure of Top 35

If you don't think those drivers fighting to get - or remain - inside the Top 35 in car owner points are feeling any pressure with eight races remaining... think again. Kyle Petty's obvious frustration towards Denny Hamlin following a lap 204 crash was without a doubt the expression of a disappointed driver trying hard to hold his spot in the field... not only for now, but ultimately for the first five races of 2008. The accident that ended Petty's day drops the No. 45 team to just one point away from the 35th and final guaranteed starting position, leaving them more vulnerable than they've been in quite sometime.

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Kyle Petty Pulling No Punches Plus Denny Hamlin Having No Humility Equals A Draw

Kyle Petty and Denny Hamlin chose to contribute to a growing pile of regrettable actions rather than take the high road. Although if one thing was clear after a wild Sunday at Dover, it was that the two couldn't avoid each other off the track or on it; as a result, they had no one to blame but themselves for causing a vicious wreck that left both drivers on the sidelines, their goals for the season thrown from feasible to far-fetched in the matter of five tenths of a second of contact.

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Nextel Cup Rookie Report: Juan Pablo Montoya Does the Monster Mash

Juan Pablo Montoya tied this career-best starting position by placing his Donnie Wingo-prepared Dodge on the outside of the front row for the third time this season (The other two second-place starts were at Indianapolis and the August Bristol race). Matching the start with an equally impressive finish did not look likely for much of the day, however. The No. 42 Avenger quickly dropped out of the top 10 as Montoya and Wingo fought a loose condition throughout much of the race. But after running around 15th for virtually the entire event - surviving a brush with Jamie McMurray in the process - the team was able to make a late surge after avoiding a 12-car wreck involving Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, and several others on lap 485. As the checkered flag flew, Montoya had moved up to 10th, earning his fifth top-10 finish of the year. It was also the 12th top finishing rookie award for Montoya in 2007, tying him with Ragan in that category.

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Busch Series Breakdown – 2007 Roadloans.com 200 at Dover

The start of the race looked a lot more like an ARCA race than a Busch Series race, with three yellow flags flying in the first 20 laps. Ultimately, there were 13 cautions during the race, which made a run at the record number of cautions for the race and tied the highest total of cautions for the year. In between all of the carnage, there was some racing that took place, although Denny Hamlin made a shambles of most of the event. Greg Biffle led after the drop of the green flag, but only held the point for the first four laps, after that Hamlin dominated the race leading 138 of the 200 laps. His only real challenge came late in the race when Martin Truex Jr. stayed out on a late race caution and tried to use track position to his advantage. Hamlin restarted sixth but quickly moved back to the front and assumed the lead for the final time on lap 186. Truex was able to hold onto second, Matt Kenseth finished an unassuming third, Mike Bliss had a strong effort to finish fourth and Reed Sorenson put in a workmanlike fifth-place run.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Smith’s Las Vegas 350

Travis Kvapil took the checkered flag ahead of Johnny Benson to win the Smith's Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night. Kvapil outran Benson and Jon Wood, who finished third, in a couple of great side-by-side battles during the final six laps to score his fourth win of the season and ninth of his career. Terry Cook and Erik Darnell rounded out the top five.

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