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Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas

According to Tony Stewart, his Texas win was particularly sweet because, “I finally won at a track that Jeff Gordon hasn’t won at.” He was quick to point out, however, that it’s a particularly challenging feat because Gordon has won at so many tracks. In fact, there are only three tracks currently on the circuit at which Gordon hasn’t won – Texas, Phoenix and Homestead.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas Edition

Sunday’s Dickies 500 blew through the 2006 Chase standings like a Texas tornado; when the dust settled, no position in the top 10 went unchanged. The rough and tumble winds meant that for many Chase drivers, it wasn’t such a beautiful day. Jeff Burton‘s title hopes took a major hit when a blown tire sent …

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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas

Dominating the race for the second straight week, Tony Stewart survived a green-white-checkered finish over Jimmie Johnson to take his first career win in the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.

Race Trax: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas

The Dickies 500 is the 34th race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule. The Cup Series will visit the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway for the second time in 2006. Texas has hosted the Nextel Cup Series since 1997 – Jeff Burton was the track’s first winner. The field will include 2005 fall polesitter Ryan Newman and race winner Carl Edwards.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas Edition

The Chase is winding down with only three weeks left until the end of the NASCAR Nextel Cup season now that Atlanta is behind us. The series now heads to Texas Motor Speedway, and of course, everything is bigger in Texas, or so they say, and events at TMS are no exception. Eddie Gossage was …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Bass Pro Shops at Atlanta Edition

Well, you can’t say NASCAR has failed to join in on the festive Halloween spirit. This weekend’s race at Atlanta certainly dished out plenty of tricks and treats for the 10 drivers battling for the Nextel Cup championship.

Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta

Racing to the front early and often, Stewart used four fresh tires to pass Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 11 laps to go to secure the victory in Sunday’s Bass Pro Shops 500. Jimmie Johnson also got by Junior before the checkered flag to take second, leaving him behind to contest a furious side-by-side battle with Matt Kenseth; the No. 8 car pushed ahead by .009 of a second at the line to take third.

Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville

Running seventh at Martinsville with 22 laps to go, Dale Earnhardt Jr. locked up his brakes and spun trying to pass Kasey Kahne, resulting in a 22nd-place finish and a loss of one spot in the standings. Said Junior, “That was my mistake. I was trying too hard… It got down to the end of the race and I got greedy. I can’t blame it on nobody but myself.”

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas Edition

The tight Martinsville paperclip did its part to keep the points close Sunday, throwing a wrench into the Chase for the Nextel Cup standings with the first seven positions in points changing hands by the end of the day. Which drivers are heating up as the number of races wind down? Read this week’s Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in the Chase to find out.

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 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.

Race Trax: 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville

The Subway 500 is the 32nd race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule. The Cup Series visits the .526-mile Martinsville Speedway twice in 2006. Martinsville has hosted the Nextel Cup Series since 1949. Drivers will race 500 laps for the checkered flag. The field will include 2005 polesitter Tony Stewart and race winner Jeff Gordon.

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