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Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond

Leading a race-high 227 of 250 laps, Kyle Busch was up front early and often throughout the Emerson Radio 250 to score his second win of the season. Even when Derrike Cope's blown engine brought out a red flag, green-white-checker finish to the race, the outcome was never in doubt. Getting exceptional restarts with the No. 5 Sta-Green Chevy all night long, Busch saved his best for last, pulling away with ease on lap 251 to win by 0.868 seconds over point leader Carl Edwards. Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, and Mike Bliss rounded out the top five finishers.

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2007 Sharp Aquos 500 at Fontana

1. Lowe's High - For weeks now I've been wondering why everyone was depicting the Chase as a duel between Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart. "Wait!" - I shouted, what about Jimmie Johnson? Heading into Fontana, Johnson was tied with Gordon for bonus points, 10 ahead of Stewart when the Chase starts, and tonight's win moves him ahead of both Gordon and Stewart with 50 bonus points. Johnson's team typically slumps in the summer but they turn it on when it counts. Don't hand that Nextel Cup trophy to anyone else just yet. It's also worth noting that Johnson and Matt Kenseth are now the only drivers to make the Chase all four seasons since its inception in 2004.

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 Food City 250 at Bristol

The new track surface was the focus of much pre-race hype at Bristol... and it lived up to every bit of it. All race long, cars were spread from the top to the bottom, with three-wide racing taking place more than we had ever seen before at the half-mile bullring. Jason Leffler led for the first 14 laps following the drop of the green flag, putting himself in position as the favorite while leading a race-high 81 laps on the day. At the end of the race, it was Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne and Leffler duking it out up front, putting on an amazing race for the lead. At one point, the three drivers went four-wide with a lapped car, leaving onlookers stunned and the crowd rocking in Thunder Valley.

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 CARFAX 250 at Michigan

With overnight temperatures in the 40s and the race time temperature in the mid 60s, Saturday's weather wasn't anything like what the teams had encountered in practice or qualifying. That left crew chiefs up and down pit road scrambling, looking for the proper setup to handle the new conditions. At the drop of the green, Greg Biffle led the pack into turn one, but Brian Vickers had the lead by the time the field got back around to the start/finish line. Matt Kenseth started 12th and was in the top five within five laps of the start of the race. Denny Hamlin moved to the front quickly, followed by Kenseth. They traded the lead of the race in the middle stages of the race, but after the final pit stop it was all Hamlin. Hamlin marched away from the field over the closing laps and had a nearly five-second lead by the time the checkered flag fell.

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Running Their Mouth: 2007 Gateway 250

This week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Busch Series race to capture the story of how the weekend unfolded. It's the most original commentary you'll ever find; the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what some select few were thinking after the Gateway 250, as well as the NASCAR off week that was.

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 USG Durock 300 at Chicagoland

Buschwhacking Cup regulars dominated the USG Durock 300, leading all but four laps of the race and taking nine of the top 10 finishing positions. Denny Hamlin was strong early in the event, but a problem getting onto pit road and a dead battery knocked him from contention. Kyle Busch dominated the second half of the race until the caution flag flew for a spin by Aric Almirola with 34 laps to go. Busch's team made a decision to come to pit road for tires while the cars of Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, and Clint Bowyer stayed out. Busch restarted the race eighth but was only able to make up three positions by race's end. Harvick took the lead with 27 laps to go and held off the charge of Kenseth over the last 10 laps to become the first repeat Busch Series winner at Chicagoland.

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Brad Keselowski, JR Motorsports May Be Perfect Match

Every once in a while in racing you see that perfect match - a struggling driver or team turning the corner when surrounded by the right people. Teams often swap crew chiefs within its own organization in an effort to jumpstart poor performance, but beginning this week at Chicagoland, it will be both a young driver and a struggling race team depending on each other to live up to their respective expectations in the Busch Series.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: A Series in Trouble?

After eight weeks straight, the Craftsman Truck Series drivers get a break in their 25-race schedule. Since off weeks tend to be slow on news, I got to thinking about the series and the shape it's in. Week in and week out, television coverage shows massive amounts of empty seating at every track, but is the lowest tier of NASCAR's "big three" in trouble?

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Mirror Driving: Does 1 Win Drive Hamlin to New Heights? Was Musgrave’s Suspension Right? & NASCAR Penalties – Too Much or Too Light?

With his win on Sunday, has Denny Hamlin vaulted into position to be Jeff Gordon's most serious challenger for the championship? Or is someone else still in better shape?

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