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What’s the Call? Debris Cautions

*This Week's Question : Should NASCAR look more closely at all debris cautions (i.e. - Robby Gordon possibly/probably throwing out roll bar padding) before throwing out the yellow flag? Or are the number of debris cautions we've had this year (29%) necessary to ensure the safety of the sport?* Mike: With expanded TV coverage, the fans want to see visual evidence of the debris whenever their race is slowed for something on the track. Unfortunately, NASCAR's not doing that enough...as well as penalizing those offenders who cause the caution in the first place. Anonymous: Certainly, no one likes to see a caution flag thrown for any reason (alright, well maybe in California they do). But when one does happen, rest assured NASCAR's got the safety of the competitors as their first priority. It's not always the best timing...but it's a necessary evil to keep both fans and competitors safe.

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Scanner Static: Ragan Rage Still A Hot Topic

*Q: Everybody seems to be ragging on David Ragan. NASCAR has created the situation with the driver shortage so why don't we blame the organization? With the Busch Series team and sponsors demanding Cup drivers fill the seats, we are losing out on a true development series. David Ragan in a Cup car is an example of that.* *If something isn't done by NASCAR to open up the Busch and Truck Series as development series, I'm afraid what we saw at Martinsville may become the norm at all races. I don't put the blame on Ragan because NASCAR has created the situation.* _Bill_ *A:* I agree to a point, but someone at some point has to stand up to the advertisers and tell them that if they hire a young guy that can't drive, it doesn't do anything for their product.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas Edition

The Chase is winding down. After Atlanta there are only three weeks left until the end of the NASCAR Nextel Cup season. The series now heads to Texas Motor Speedway. Everything is bigger in Texas, or so they say, and events at TMS are no exception. Eddie Gossage was tutored by the legendary Humpy Wheeler in race promotion. Look for Gossage and his staff to pull out all of the stops to make this an enormous event. With the title fight the closest it has been in years, the pressure will be as huge as the pre-race extravaganza. The teams that don't wilt under the pressure will be the ones at the front of the pack when the checkered flag falls.

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Mirror Driving: Is Tony Stewart Better Off Without Being In The Chase?

*Is it feasible to say missing the Chase has helped Tony Stewart? Should there be a provision in the Chase that allows drivers in his position to finish higher than 11th?* Mike: It has turned out this gave him a lot more exposure. I don't think he'd have won Kansas had he been in the Chase. It would be nice to see someone in 11th going into it have a chance to finish higher, but I don't see how they can do that. Amy: I don't know that it's helped him...under the old system he'd be 4th. Unfortunately, the best the guy can do is 11th…reason number 462 the Chase sucks. Ren: You bet missing out on a title has helped him. He says himself that if it weren't for him being out of the Chase, he couldn't afford to drive the way he has since Richmond.

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NASCAR Should Not Protect Mediocrity

During last Friday's rain delay at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, where Nextel Cup drivers were attempting to qualify for the Bass Pro Shops 500, conversation turned to how NASCAR should manage the expected surplus of well-funded race teams that will be attempting to race full schedules in 2007. The conundrum surrounds the fact that although there are only forty-three cars eligible to compete at each of the thirty-six points events, there will be upwards of fifty legitimate teams competing for those positions, resulting in some teams going home.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in the Chase: 2006 Bass Pro Shops at Atlanta Edition

Well, you can't say NASCAR has failed to join in on the festive Halloween spirit. This weekend's race at Atlanta certainly dished out plenty of tricks and treats for the ten drivers battling for the Nextel Cup Championship. So, who was able to scare up a good finish at Atlanta to keep their title hopes alive, and who had a disastrous run that turned their Chase chances ice cold? Read this week's Who's Hot and Who's Not in the Chase to find out.

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David Stremme Sliding Back Into Top 35 Danger While Joe Nemechek Digs Out

As Atlanta Motor Speedway successfully separated the Chase contenders from the pretenders, it served just as important a role in pinpointing which teams still have to worry about falling out of the Top 35 for next season. As multiple Chase participants fell by the wayside, they made sure to take teams on the opposite end of the spectrum with them, causing the future of some teams to become a little more clouded for next year. Which teams can breathe a sigh of relief, and which ones need to take a deep breath and hope for the best? Take a look in this week's Winners and Losers battling to stay in the Top 35...

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B.S. History…Texas Style!

The Boot Hill 10 was a race to remember for all who attended, as forty-three specimens of the finest horsepower from all over the Fort Worth area contested for the winner's cup and bragging rights at the Bent Spur Saloon to go along with the winner's purse, an eye-popping $8.56 plus two. The contestants in this no-holds-barred shootout found themselves faced with all manner of obstacles to victory.

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