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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville

Surviving a thrilling duel with rookie Denny Hamlin in the final six laps, Jimmie Johnson held on to win by a car length to win the Subway 500 at Martinsville’s tricky short track. The win marked his first checkered flag at the track since the tragic Hendrick Motorsports plane crash killed 10 people the day the No. 48 team won here in 2004.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville Edition

This weekend’s race at Martinsville kicks off the second half of NASCAR’s playoffs, the Chase for the Championship. The first five races have been kind to some of us (Mike), while others are struggling to make up lost ground from early miscues (Cami). On the track, Jeff Burton has made the biggest gain, moving from …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Edition

As the smoke cleared from a wacky weekend of racing in Charlotte, Jeff Burton continued to remain the class of the Chase field, with the rest of his challengers now looking to play catchup in the second half.

Kasey Kahne Says He’s Not Out of Chase; Backs it Up With 6th Win of 2006 at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. – Kasey Kahne pulled the Lowe’s Motor Speedway sweep, winning the Bank of America 500 over Jimmie Johnson. That’s no mean feat considering Johnson has seemed nearly unbeatable at the track named for his sponsor, sweeping both races in both 2004 and 2005. It was Kahne’s sixth win of the season and further …

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Dedicated Safety Teams: The NASCAR Debate Continues

For a good five years now, the debate has gone on about NASCAR safety and medical workers. With wrecks and mechanical failures forever ingrained in the culture of the sport, having a solid medical staff in place is necessary to ensure the safety of all competitors. But, what type of medical crew would best serve …

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Full Throttle: Jeff Gordon vs. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Let the Slings & Arrows Fly

Last Sunday at Talladega, Dale Earnhardt Jr. pushed Jeff Gordon to the lead in the UAW-Ford 500. That wasn’t the first time Earnhardt has helped Gordon get to the front, but it very well may be his last. After Gordon was taken out of the race by someone else’s mistake in the race’s semi-annual Big …

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Voices From the Heartland: Loyalty is 1 Thing, Blind Stupidity is Another

Sometimes – and it only happens about three times a year – something happens on the track that evokes the best and worst out of all the fans that follow NASCAR week in, week out. It usually involves one or two of the most popular drivers, and it induces opinions fed by loyalty, which at …

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