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Bubble Breakdown: Career Run Gives Johnny Sauter Breathing Room In Top-35 Battle

One week ago, Johnny Sauter was headed straight towards the edge of a cliff. Sauter set the pressure cooker on high by struggling to 30th in Fontana. That disappointing finish dropped the No. 70 into a tie for 34th in car owner points, just 52 ahead of the 35th and final locked in spot and in serious danger of falling out altogether. It was the closest Sauter had been in quite sometime to losing the team's automatic exemption, and with seven consecutive runs outside the top 20, it was clear that both he and his crew needed a spark.

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond

Leading a race-high 227 of 250 laps, Kyle Busch was up front early and often throughout the Emerson Radio 250 to score his second win of the season. Even when Derrike Cope's blown engine brought out a red flag, green-white-checker finish to the race, the outcome was never in doubt. Getting exceptional restarts with the No. 5 Sta-Green Chevy all night long, Busch saved his best for last, pulling away with ease on lap 251 to win by 0.868 seconds over point leader Carl Edwards. Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, and Mike Bliss rounded out the top five finishers.

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Leilani Munter Makes Short Work of Steep Learning Curve

When racecar driver Leilani Munter made the move from stock cars to Indy cars a few months ago, she expected to face her share of challenges. Attacking the new opportunity with characteristic enthusiasm and intelligence, Munter has proven herself a quick study with great racing instincts.

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That’s History Profile: Cale Yarborough

William Caleb Yarborough was born the son of a tobacco farmer on March 27th, 1939, just outside of Darlington, S.C. Later on in life, Cale would raise not tobacco but turkeys. He had little interest in the product, but more so what was happening down the road. 1950 was the first year of the Southern 500, the first superspeedway oval specific to NASCAR, and one of the first to feature banking. Cale didn't have a ticket, so he slipped through a break in a chain-link fence to watch the action. A few years later he attempted to make the race, lying about his age to gain entrance. His first start at the track would be in 1957 driving a Pontiac for owner Bob Weatherly. Starting dead last, he'd only improve two positions to 42nd, a failed hub ending his day, but not his desire to race.

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Dale Junior and Casey Mears Not Just Numbers

I get how stupid the Chase is, and it's at least as bad as the Top-35 rule. I even sort of get the rulebook. Well, I can read and understand what some of it is talking about, so that should put me on par with some of the teams. How it's applied is a different story. I don't think even NASCAR gets that one. But there is one thing I just don't understand in the garage these days (not counting the groupies, but they're another story). What is the big deal over Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s number?

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Bowles-Eye View: Gibbs Up To The Challenge With Toyota

The press conference in Huntersville, N.C. that, on the surface, provided more pomp and circumstance than specific details about Toyota's newest special friend. Of course, Gibbs had made no secret a partnership was on the verge of occurring... leaks were rampant about it for weeks, even though the team claims a final decision wasn't reached until last weekend. But the reasons behind and surrounding the move away from Chevrolet - that pesky little question of why - those answers proved a little unclear.

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Voices from the Heartland: Could “Stick and Ball” Owners Save NASCAR’s Integrity?

Ever since Brian France took over at the helm of NASCAR, it is well documented that it has been his dream for it to become as popular as your traditional "stick and ball" sports, most notably, professional football. In the first few years of his reign, his unabashed comparisons and ramblings about racing's ratings vs. the NFL's became so extreme, sometimes it made me wonder whether he was trying to make up for a bad football bench warming episode during his formative years. But let's face it; before Brian Z. took over, the NFL was what it was and NASCAR was, well, NASCAR.

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Fanning the Flames: The Second Coming Of Bobby Ginn? A Word Of Warning For Jeff Moorad And Company

Enter Jeff Moorad and Tom Garfinkel, executives with the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball franchise. Following a swift majority buyout of Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach's Hall of Fame Racing team, the two hard-ballers nabbed the No. 1 available free agent on the market in JJ Yeley, and will follow parent-team Joe Gibbs Racing to the Toyota camp at the conclusion of the season. Those are awful big moves in an awful short period of time for two gentlemen that have held the title, "majority owners" for just over one week.

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Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 Richmond Fall Race Edition

Jeff Gordon - Gordon has won here twice, and has top-10 finishes in 17 of 29 starts... but his track record lately at RIR is worrisome. His fourth-place finish in the spring arrested a streak of four straight finishes of 30th or worse, including a disastrous performance in 2005 that locked him out of NASCAR's "playoff." Some would argue since Gordon is solidly in the Chase, he has little incentive to finish on top this weekend; however, that also gives him the option to go for the win, something he hasn't hesitated to do over the past month or so.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond Edition

For 12 drivers, it all comes down to this. OK, that's overstating the drama heading into this Saturday's race at Richmond; but by the end of the night, the remaining positions in the Chase will be filled before the points are reset for the top 12. Unfortunately, for most fantasy owners, there isn't a redo button that you can hit after week 26; you have to gut it out for the entire 36-race schedule. Obviously, different drivers will have various goals heading into Richmond: some are looking to win bonus points for the Chase, some are looking to run well enough to maintain their positions, and some are just looking to survive. Hopefully, you can emphasize with position number one rather than number three... otherwise, your team may be in serious trouble!

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