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2006 Driver Review: Reed Sorenson

At Michigan in June, threatening weather caused crew chief Jimmy Elledge to make a late gamble, forcing Reed Sorenson to stay out on worn tires in order to try and steal the win. While the plan didn't work to a T, Sorenson still came across the line in fifth place by the time the skies opened up on lap 129, giving him what would turn out to be his best finish of the year.

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2006 Driver Review: Kyle Petty

Petty's best finish on the year was an eighth at Bristol in the spring, but the high point of the season might have come after he fought his way back into the Top 35 in owner points to end the season after falling approximately 100 points behind Sterling Marlin's team. The late-season surge seems to be tied into an in-house move that clearly worked in Petty's favor.

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2006 Driver Review: Tony Raines

Tony Raines managed to keep Bill Saunders, owner of the No. 96 car, high enough in owner points to guarantee the team would make the race each week. While improvement was steady but slow, a breakthrough came in October when Raines drove the No. 96 car to seventh at Lowe's, part of a late-season surge that saw him score five top-20 finishes in the final eight races of the year.

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2006 Driver Review: Scott Riggs

When Bristol rolled around, though, Scott Riggs was determined to do what he could to get his team to Victory Lane, even if that meant ruffling the feathers of a four-time Nextel Cup champion. Riggs qualified 23rd, but in the closing laps was working to get a top-five finish... or better. That meant racing Jeff Gordon side-by-side and not allowing for himself to be intimidated. In the end, Riggs ended up fourth - one spot better than Gordon.

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Happy Holidays!

As you gather to celebrate the holidays with family, friends, and loved ones, the Frontstretch would like to wish you all the best during this joyous season and thank you - our fans - for giving _us_ joy all season long. You fuel the passion that is our writing fire, and we hope this holiday season finds you safe and sound around the people you love. And to all our troops overseas...thank you for all that you've done, and stay safe as you continue to fight the courageous battles for all of us. Look for regularly scheduled programming to return to FS on Wednesday, December 27th.

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2006 Driver Review: Casey Mears

Mears started the season with a bang. In the closing laps of the Daytona 500, he found himself in an unenviable position - when Ryan Newman made his move on race leader Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears could have gone with either one. In the end, he chose to stay on the low line, pushing Johnson to the win and edging Newman for second - a career best finish for the fourth-year driver.

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2006 Driver Review: Ryan Newman

Ryan Newman's high point was a third-place finish in the Daytona 500 - his highest ever placement in the Great American Race. His only other top five this season was a second at Sonoma in June.

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2006 Driver Review: Jeremy Mayfield

Jeremy Mayfield did manage to score two front row starts in a row at Lowe's and Dover to start the summer, briefly bringing hope that a longtime marriage could be salvaged in the face of disappointing finishes. For most of his fans, though, his departure from Evernham Motorsports became the true high point after he was stripped of his team in the offseason

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2006 Driver Review: Joe Nemechek

The No. 01 Army car ran well, if not up front, just about every race throughout the season, unfortunately, unlike in previous years, the team wasn't able to consistently turn their performance into high finishes. Still, Joe Nemechek's 13th-place finish at Homestead ended the season with a signature seven-race top 20 streak.

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2006 Driver Review: Mark Martin

A ninth-place finish in the final point standings in what looks to be your last legitimate season for a championship might bring many drivers down. In past years, it may have brought down the spirits of Martin. However, while there wasn't one specific racing event that will define Martin's 2006 season, having a strong car, a strong team, and legions of fans supporting him with every turn seemed to give Martin a new upbeat attitude.

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