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Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 Brickyard 400 Edition

When Montoya qualified his Texaco/Havoline Dodge on the outside of the front row for the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard, he accomplished more than simply securing his best career starting spot. Making his first start in a stock car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Montoya made history before the race even began – he’s now the first driver in the famed racetrack’s history to start in all three major series to run there (Indy Racing League, Formula 1, and NASCAR).

Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 Midterm Report Card

Now that the Pepsi 400 is in the record books, the 2007 Nextel Cup Series officially enters the second half of its racing season. While that means much welcomed visits to familiar tracks for this year’s rookie class, there’s still one major obstacle they have yet to endure before moving forward – Professor Lumbis’s dreaded …

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Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona Edition

David Ragan carried the Roush Fenway flag at the end of the Daytona 500, surviving the “Big One” on the final lap to score a top-five finish; in that race, he bested his nearest teammate by 18 positions. Five months later, the “Roushketeers” turned in a much better performance.

Running Their Mouth: 2007 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at Loudon

Each week, we’ll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR and our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race that 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 car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what some select few were thinking after the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at Loudon

The AAA team and David Ragan enjoyed a mostly quiet day at the New Hampshire International Speedway. After yet another dismal qualifying effort (32nd), the 11th time this year that Ragan has started 31st or worse, the No. 6 car appeared to struggle early on. During the first third of the race, Ragan lost a lap to the leaders and could not seem to move his Ford Fusion into the top 25 no matter how his car handled. However, with a little help from Lady Luck in the form of the free pass during the day’s third caution on lap 122, Jimmy Fennig and his driver started a slow but steady progression towards the front.

Mirror Driving: Toyota Already Underachieving in 2006?

Team Red Bull has had an auspicious debut, failing to qualify for any of the races it’s entered this season. Is this a true indicator that Toyota has a lot of homework to do, or is it hard to tell anything because they’re using Dodges?

Mirror Driving: Who Needs to be Fixed More… Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson or the Chase?

Who was hurt more on Sunday – Kyle Busch or Jimmie Johnson? In particular, what has happened to the No. 48 team since August, and can it be fixed?

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