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2006 Driver Review: Kenny Wallace

In 2006, most of the No. 78 team's 17 successful qualifying attempts came on intermediate tracks. Kenny Wallace had to make the race on speed all season in underfunded and underpowered equipment with a first-year team; given this, those 17 starts were not a terrible total.

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2006 Driver Review: Tony Stewart

Ironically, the high point of the season for Tony Stewart came late in the year, when he won three races during the playoffs after getting knocked out of Chase contention during the last race of the regular season. When the playoffs began, Smoke was the first driver on the outside looking in, pigeonholed in 11th place but with a sizable lead over 12th on back. That meant he now had nothing to lose by going out and running for the win each week.

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2006 Driver Review: David Stremme

David Stremme did manage to break the top 15 on a few occasions. He finished 11th in the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire in July, then ended the year on a strong note with another 11th at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Matt McLaughlin Joins Frontstretch

Frontstretch, one of the fastest growing sites on the internet for NASCAR news and commentary, is pleased to welcome veteran NASCAR writer Matt McLaughlin to their roster of talented writers for the 2007 season. McLaughlin, who became part of the Fronstretch family beginning on January 1st, is familiar to many fans who have been reading this often outspoken columnist since he began writing about the sport in 1997.

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2006 Driver Review: Elliott Sadler

Earning the third starting spot for the prestigious Daytona 500 with a Duel win, Elliott Sadler went on to lead five laps in the race before crossing the finish line in fourth spot. Amazingly, what began as a strong top five weekend to start out the year would turn out to be Sadler's best finish of the season.

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2006 Driver Review: Ken Schrader

Ken Schrader and company had their moments, and a nice run at Richmond in September was one of those bright spots. The No. 21 Ford ran in the top 10 all night long, eventually winding up finishing the race in the seventh position.

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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 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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