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Nextel Cup Rookie Report: David Ragan Wins Battle At Homestead… But Montoya Wins War

It was a solid end to a rookie season for David Ragan at Homestead, as he started the final race of the year in a career second best seventh qualifying spot. It was a quiet day for him after that; which, in many ways, was a good thing for the Georgia native. Ragan ran in the top 20 for much of the race and his Jimmy Fennig led pit crew got the No. 6 Ford on and off of pit road efficiently, with solid stops throughout the afternoon. Although the car wasn't quite right through the middle part of the race, patience and persistence paid off for this team as they brought home a 10th-place finish. It as Ragan's third career top 10 and 14th top rookie finish this season.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Ford 200 at Homestead

Johnny Benson took the checkered flag 0.600 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday night. A late spin by Chris Jones set the field up for a green/white/checkered finish for the sixth time in 2007; on the restart, Benson took the lead coming to the white flag and held off Busch for the victory. Rick Crawford, Kevin Harvick, and Jason Leffler rounded out the top five finishers. Behind them, Ron Hornaday Jr. finished seventh to clinch the 2007 Truck Series title over Mike Skinner; Skinner had mechanical problems with the left rear wheel of his Toyota, went behind the wall for repairs and wound up 35th, handing the title to his rival by 54 points.

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White Flag: Junior’s Last Lap at DEI

It's hard to believe that it's been almost a decade since Dale Earnhardt Jr. came onto the scene as a then Winston Cup rookie with a heck of a name to live up to. He was a likable young kid who liked to party and have a good time and race on Sunday. He didn't seem to be in any hurry to grow up, and that was okay. He was determined to be his own person, free of the shadow of his father, a seven-time Cup champion and a racing legend.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: The Final Showdown for 2007

This is it. This is what you've been waiting all season for. Tonight, someone is going to be crowned the 2007 Craftsman Truck Series Champion. In the very first "battle of the grandfathers" Ron Hornaday Jr. and Mike Skinner will face off for the final time. Going into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Skinner holds only a slim 29-point advantage over Hornaday Jr.

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That’s History Profile: Ricky Rudd

Ricky Rudd began his racing career the same way as many of today's drivers; behind the wheel of something other than a fendered stock car. Ricky got his start in go-karts at the tender age of nine, at the same time running motocross, and didn't get into stock car racing until he was 17 years old. He made his first NASCAR start in 1975 at the Carolina 500 at the North Carolina Motor Speedway, in the sand hills of Rockingham, N.C. "The Rock" had always been a test of man and machine, but even more so back then. The extra 100 miles that were removed after 1995 were brutal - Rudd finished 11th in his Cup debut - albeit 56 laps down. His next start at Bristol would result in his first top-10 finish. This time he was only 44 laps down.

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Rick Crawford Driver Diary: Home Sweet Homestead

We've been to Texas and Phoenix since our last diary. Starting with Texas, our Circle Bar Racing Team went there with the Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150 with our guns loaded and had a top-five finish, but it wasn't that easy. It sort of left a mark with that last green/white/checkered finish that we had. Thank goodness NASCAR only has one of those. Our truck did get beat up pretty bad on that green/white/checkered run but it did score a top-five finish. I'm proud of the team and proud of another top-five finish for Tom Mitchell and Circle Bar Racing. We just came out of there with a truck to fix. We moved on to Phoenix and expected a little better run that what we had. We ran in the top 10 most of the night but faded back to 12th at the end. Not a stellar run, but at both Texas and Phoenix we were best in class for Ford Motor Company.

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NASCAR Stuff We Can’t Make Up – November 15, 2007

Before last week's race in Phoenix, I got an email from NASCAR.com entitled, "The Chase continues at Phoenix International Speedway." It was an opt-in email that included information about the schedule for TrackPass, items for sale in the NASCAR.com Superstore, and so forth. But I think there's a reason that the folks who built the Phoenix track named it "Phoenix International Raceway" and not "Phoenix International Speedway" - as it's called in this email. PIR is an acceptable acronym; the alternative, uh, not so much...

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Brian France: Is He Stupid or Does He Not Understand The Word Contract?

In February, NASCAR CEO Brian France, on the subject of lower television ratings, said "my view on television ratings, I mean, we look at them a little bit longer cycle or window than maybe you would think we would. TV ratings, depending on storylines, other competing things that are going around, are going to go down and up a little bit. We don't get too hung up on it. We went down a little bit. My expectation is we'll be up in TV ratings in '07 for the all the reasons I mentioned in my opening remarks, all the momentum we have that we didn't have last year." OK, Brian; let's see how your expectations panned out compared to 2006.

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