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Numbers Game: 2007 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard

*1st* Career Cup pole for Reed Sorenson in 58 starts. *1* Car dropped to the rear of the field prior to the start of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. (No. 07 - Clint Bowyer, engine change) *2nd* Fence climb at Indianapolis for Tony Stewart. *2nd* Juan Pablo Montoya's starting and finishing position, earning him Rookie of the Race honors for the ninth time this season.

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Tony Stewart Threatening To Make Indy His Personal Playground

Darrell Waltrip and Bristol. Bill Elliott and Michigan. Dale Earnhardt and Talladega. Trophies were but a metaphor for these legends, defining themselves through years of dominance at a track with which they achieved perfect chemistry. Looks like the formula's in place for Tony Stewart and Indianapolis.

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2007 Brickyard 400

1. Stewart Storylines - As expected, Tony Stewart has hit his midsummer stride, winning two straight Cup races and his second Brickyard 400. Stewart-related questions: Will Tony be punished for saying "bullsh*t" in his post-race interview? Just what bullsh*t was he referring to that he thinks his fans have to put up with? Will he continue the trend of six of the past nine Brickyard winners taking the title? And how much will an autographed sweat-soaked Stewart towel go for at auction to benefit his charity foundation?

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Confused by Top 35 Fallout From Ginn, DEI Merger? One Toyota Team Knows The Answer

The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series may be midway through its season, but the battle for the Top 35 is now the most competitive it's been since the first five races of the year. Following the merger between Ginn Racing and Dale Earnhardt, Inc., the No. 13 team, currently 35th in owner points, was eliminated; that took them out of a "locked in" qualifying spot and gave several teams that were struggling new opportunities to be successful. When you take the No. 13 out of the equation - the team is no longer attempting every race, which no longer makes them eligible to be "locked in" - the gap between the _new_ 35th and 36th shrunk considerably. What was a seemingly insurmountable 225 points just two weeks ago at Chicagoland changed in an instant to just seven points heading into Indianapolis, with one team getting the sought-after exemption they desperately needed. Who benefited the most from Ginn Racing's demise? The legendary Wood Brothers No. 21 team, which inherited the spot the No. 13 car left behind, as well as Bill Davis Racing's No. 22 entry, which entered Sunday with a chance to be the first Toyota team locked in by owner points since Bristol.

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Rating The Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 Brickyard 400 Edition

*Rookies in the Starting Lineup*: Juan Pablo Montoya (2nd), Paul Menard (28th), David Ragan (30th), David Reutimann (34th). *Unofficial Finishing Positions*: Juan Pablo Montoya (2nd), David Ragan (16th), Paul Menard (20th), David Reutimann (38th). *Rookie of the Race*: Juan Pablo Montoya. When Montoya qualified his Texaco Havoline Dodge on the outside of the front row for the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard, he accomplished more than simply securing his best career starting spot. Making his first start in a stock car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Montoya made history before the race even began - he's now the first driver in the famed race track's history to start in all three major series to run there (Indy Racing League, Formula One, and NASCAR). His experience showed on Sunday, as the No. 42 car was a mainstay in the Top 5 for much of the event; the car was strongest late in the race, and Montoya wound up battling Kevin Harvick in the latter stages to come home in second place. It was the ninth time in 2007 that the former open wheel star finished as the race's top performing rookie.

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 Kroger 200 at IRP

The tight confines of O'Reilly Raceway Park made for an exciting short track shootout for the Busch Series on Saturday night. Aric Almirola ran away with the race early, leading 87 of the first 100 laps, but as the second half of the race unfolded, it was another Busch regular who found his way to Victory Lane. After Almirola faded with problems on pit road, Jason Leffler was able to run down and pass Greg Biffle with three laps to go, bringing Toyota their first ever victory in the Busch Series. Up until the final stages, Biffle had dominated the race's second half, but Leffler's team decided to put on tires with 50 laps to go, and the fresh rubber ultimately paid off in a mad dash back to the front for the No. 38.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Power Stroke Diesel 200 at IRP

Ron Hornaday Jr. held off a strong charge by Johnny Benson to win the rain-delayed Power Stroke Diesel 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Hornaday's final margin of victory was 0.350 seconds after passing Benson, then Travis Kvapil with 30 laps to go to take the Friday night short track shootout. Kvapil faded to third at the finish, with Rick Crawford and Ken Schrader rounding out the top five behind him. Todd Bodine, after trouble early in the race, battled back to finish sixth, ahead of Erik Darnell; Regan Smith, Jack Sprague, and Brendan Gaughan rounded out the top 10 finishers.

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The Problem With the Buschwackers Is… There Needs To Be More Of Them!

Some believe Buschwhackers should be limited or barred from competing in the series. Since that is not practical, I believe for the best interest of race fans, and certainly NASCAR, the goal should be to increase the Cup influence in Busch to provide the very best racing that it can this side of the Nextel Cup series. Fans need to take a step back and understand what they are arguing for and against when they get on their high horses about the participation of the Cup invaders. Simply put, those critics of the Buschwackers seem to want them eliminated because they are just too much better than the weaker series regulars.

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Kyle Busch and the Five Amazing Mentors: A Tale of Speed and Impertinence

Since his outburst about teamwork, or the lack thereof, at Daytona earlier this month, Kyle Busch has been under a microscope that is already on high power as he searches for a new ride for 2008 and beyond. He's been called a whiner, immature and spoiled. His comments were looked at as childish and jealous. Whatever the reasons for his comments or Busch's personality shortcomings, it was brought up that nobody at Hendrick Motorsports has ever taken Busch under his wing. Kyle Busch has never had a mentor, they exclaimed! How could he possibly know better?

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