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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

Kevin Harvick dominated at New Hampshire Sunday, leading 118 of the final 123 laps to take the checkered flag first for the second week in a row. Finishing .777 seconds in front of second place Tony Stewart, Harvick took not only the win but the point lead for the first time in his Nextel Cup career, starting his Chase out on the right foot.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Sylvania 300 at Loudon Edition

With the driver points for the top 10 reset so that everyone was separated by just five points, Sunday's race caused each Chaser to leave in a different position in the point standings than where they started. For some teams, that was good news; they withstood the first test of the championship battle and came out of Sunday's race intact. For others, though, the day turned out to be anything but sunny, and they now find themselves in jeopardy of staring at an empty trophy case far earlier than they should be.

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JJ Yeley, Robby Gordon Move Up in Top 35 Battle; Bobby Labonte Takes Huge Hit

The first race for the Chase is in the books. It was also the first race in the home stretch for the battle for the Top 35. The final 10 races of the season are the time for the teams battling for those precious positions to entrench themselves in the Top 35 and secure a starting spot for the first five races of the 2007 season. Some teams were able to capitalize at New Hampshire while others saw their fortunes continue to slide backwards. Here are the winners and losers from Sunday's race.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2006 Sylvania 200 at Loudon

After starting the season without a single truck series win, Johnny Benson scored his fourth one of the season Saturday night in the Sylvania 200. Starting on the front row, Benson dominated for much of the evening, finishing .691 seconds ahead of polesitter Mike Skinner at the checkered flag. Kyle Busch, Todd Bodine, and David Starr rounded out the top five finishers.

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Salute to You III?

Mark Martin announced his retirement in 2004. He said 2005 would be his last season in Cup. He and Rusty Wallace did all of the commensurate glad handing. They accepted rocking chairs and art work and all of the assorted paraphernalia that is associated with a farewell tour. Then Jack Roush got into a bind.

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Truckwhackers? Not a Problem

With all of the talk about Buschwhackers and their invasion of the Busch series, I started to wonder about "truckwhacking" and whether or not it might become a problem in the near or distant future for the Truck Series. Although you have the occasional appearance from guys like Mark Martin and Kyle Busch, truckwhacking will most likely never be the problem buschwhacking has become, even though it might in some cases be helpful for the series.

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Race Trax: 2006 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

The Sylvania 300 is the 27th race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup schedule. The Nextel Cup Series races at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire International Speedway twice each year. The series returns for the first race of the Chase for the Nextel Cup this time around. The field will include 2005 polesitter Tony Stewart and defending race winner Ryan Newman.

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