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Driver Handicaps: 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Edition

Jeff Gordon – Gordon won this race last year and has top-five finishes in four of his six starts at Chicagoland. With a 10th-place average finish, Gordon doesn’t beat around the “Busch,” although some days, we are sure he’d like to.

Voice of Vito: Green & 13 Unlucky as Ever for Ginn Racing

At Daytona in February, Mark Martin made his debut for Ginn Racing by winning the Daytona 500… but losing the Daytona 505 by little more than one foot. Many argue that he got worked out of it by NASCAR’s controversial decision to not throw the yellow flag for a crash off turn 4 until after …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Edition

Saturday was supposed to be the luckiest day of the year – July 7th, 2007 (7/7/07). On that fateful night, some of NASCAR’s greatest drivers were lucky, indeed, finding no problem pulling the lever and hitting that jackpot on the slot machine of restrictor-plate racing known as Daytona International Speedway. While Jamie McMurray snagged the …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 Firecracker 400 at Daytona

Jeff Gordon – Gordon’s Daytona record speaks for itself; he’s won a total of six points races there, most recently the 2005 Daytona 500. With the Hendrick teams on a roll at the plate tracks, that should make Gordon an automatic contender, right? Not quite; it has to be pointed out that Gordon has finished …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 New Hampshire Summer Race

Jeff Gordon – Gordon has three wins at Loudon, but none since 1998. In fact, his third-place finish at NHIS last fall put to bed a streak of three straight finishes outside of the top 10. But overall, Gordon has 13 top 10s in 24 career starts at this track – and do you want …

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Too Early to Worry? Not Necessarily

I love studying the points standings at the beginning of the NASCAR season. The first five or six races are intriguing in that unheralded drivers often float to the top of the rankings by running steady, not necessarily great, and avoiding early pitfalls that can start a team in the hole, if not derail their …

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Bowles-Eye View: Can Matt Kenseth Save Roush Fenway? More Importantly… Should He?

Matt Kenseth has never been one to stand out in the crowd. Quiet and unassuming when you first interact with him, he doesn’t give the impression that he’ll win any popularity contests anytime soon. Ironically, with his sarcastic humor and easygoing nature, Kenseth actually can be one of the most engaging drivers in the NASCAR …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2007 Auto Club 500 at Fontana Edition

Editor’s Note: Cami Starr is off this Tuesday, so the staff took care of business and compiled her weekly column. Look for her to be back writing next week! As the Nextel Cup Series put its second race in the books last weekend in California, a state known for wildfires surely did its part to …

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Running Their Mouth: 2007 Auto Club 500 at Fontana

Editor’s Note: Welcome to Frontstretch‘s newest column! Each week, we’ll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR and our own stuff to find the best quotes from Sunday’s race that best captures the story of how the weekend unfolded, straight from the drivers themselves. This week, Beth Lunkenheimer gives us a sneak peek at …

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