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2006 Driver Review: Jimmie Johnson

In the Chase, when it counted the most, Jimmie Johnson mounted the biggest comeback of them all. With five races to go, Johnson was eighth in points, 146 points behind the leader; but then a win at Martinsville was followed by a second-place finish at Lowe's - and Atlanta, Texas, and Phoenix. The rally was good enough to hand Johnson his first NASCAR Nextel Cup championship.

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2006 Driver Review: Kasey Kahne

Since falling just short of several wins in his rookie year in 2004, Kahne has found Victory Lane with increasing regularity. This year saw the addition of Team Director Kenny Francis and an almost immediate improvement in race and qualifying setups. Kahne's first two wins, the spring races at Atlanta and Texas, came from the pole. Kahne then won Darlington and the Coca-Cola 600, also taking the pole for the Nextel All-Star Challenge in that stretch.

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2006 Driver Review: Kevin Harvick

After an extended period of struggles, Harvick had what resulted in a breakout year with his Richard Childress Racing team. Coming into 2006, Harvick had compiled five career victories; he doubled that total in 2006 with wins at Phoenix, Watkins Glen, Richmond, Loudon, and again at Phoenix.

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2006 Driver Review: Dale Jarrett

The highest point for Dale Jarrett in 2006 had nothing to do with being on the racetrack. In May, he finally announced, once and for all, that he would be leaving RYR to join Michael Waltrip Racing, jumping from Ford to Toyota at the end of the '06 season.

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2006 Driver Review: Jeff Green

After a season of struggles, owner Gene Haas made a change in October and reunited Green with crew chief Harold Holly. The two won the Busch Series championship together in 2000, and it didn't take long for them to click again; Green was eighth in Martinsville and scored three top-20 finishes in the first four races after Holly rejoined the team.

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2006 Driver Review: Denny Hamlin

The entire 2006 Nextel Cup season truly could be considered Denny Hamlin's high point, with a first-year performance that equaled what many drivers accomplish over their whole career. The Rookie of the Year honoree gave a warning signal that he was going to make a name for himself before the curtain had even been fully lifted on the season, winning this year's Bud Shootout, the exhibition race held the week before the Daytona 500.

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Best Of Voices: Juan Pablo Montoya Ganassi’s Best Move In Years

As long time readers of this column know, I am not a Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates fan. In fact, I never have been. For one thing, the name is egocentrically too long; that puts me off right from the start. The clincher for me, though, was the way they and Coors threw Sterling Marlin out in the cold last season. You can imagine how hard it must be for me to actually give the Ganassi organization a "thumbs up" for anything... but I must admit that I am impressed by the hiring of F1 star Juan Pablo Montoya.

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Sirius Taps David Poole and Marty Snider To Host Daily All-NASCAR Morning Show

NEW YORK – December 12, 2006 – SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI), the Official Satellite Radio Partner of NASCAR starting in 2007, announced today that renowned NASCAR beat reporter and columnist David Poole and veteran broadcaster Marty Snider will host a daily talk show, SIRIUS NASCAR Radio’s The Morning Drive, …

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2006 Driver Review: Jeff Gordon

After ending a one-year drought by securing a spot in this season's Chase for the Championship, Gordon appeared poised to make a move on the competition. Two consecutive thirds at Loudon and Dover to start off his playoff run left him just six points out of the lead, looking capable of putting together a late season charge towards the title trophy.

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2006 Driver Review: Robby Gordon

It's hard to believe that finishing 26th could lead to a high point, but that's exactly what the "other" Gordon on the Nextel Cup tour experienced at Bristol. Robby's finish wasn't great, but with two top-15 finishes in the first five races of the season to fall back on, the run was good enough to lock the team inside the Top 35 in the owner points.

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