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Mirror Driving: The Kansas Debacle, Dale Junior’s Bobble, And Was Biffle’s Wobble To The Finish Legit?

*How should the race at Kansas have been completed on Sunday? Should they have called the race at 148 laps, run the race on Monday...or done something in between?* Amy: I think they did it right, under the circumstances. Nikki: I agree, Amy, and not just because I wanted to get my money's worth. Beth: They probably should have specified a time for the race to end not a lap number.

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Did You Notice? The 2007 Lifelock 400 at Kansas…And Beyond

*Did You Notice?* How quickly Greg Biffle was ready with a story when he exited his car in Kansas' Victory Lane. Whether you believe NASCAR made the right call or not, listening to the way in which the No. 16 driver handled the scenario certainly made it hard to believe that car would have lasted another three laps. I'd put $10,000 on the line to see that car started in the current condition it was on Sunday after hearing Biffle speak. *Did You Notice?* How much of a one-sided "partnership" the new Roush Fenway - Yates Racing tandem has become? First off, driver Travis Kvapil gets picked for the new ride over Kenny Wallace and others, and _then_ the team's driver of the future, Stephen Leicht, is mysteriously released after whispers the team's Busch operation is scheduled to close. All this after Leicht won a race this season and progressed well with the support of Citifinancial, a sponsor who just one year ago expressed interest in moving up to Nextel Cup. Now, crew chief Butch Hylton from the No. 88 team is leaving...making this whole thing seems more and more like a Roush Fenway sellout by the day.

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Weird, Wacky, Wild: And Perhaps NASCAR’s Latest Mistake

Weird. Just…weird. I spent the latter part of Sunday night trying to come up with better words to describe the most recent 400-mile race at Kansas Speedway; however, no amount of journalistic prose could excuse the feelings that - well, something strange just happened to the Nextel Cup Series this weekend. Something I fear proved to be NASCAR's latest mistake. At first glance, it would seem that the sport was simply Mother Nature's victim once again, especially on a Kansas prairie known for ferocious thunderstorms. As the race began under threatening skies, the first bout with weather wasn't so bad - just 12 laps in, a small shower pushed through that caused the race to be red flagged for just over 45 minutes Sunday. But the second, expanded weather delay that put a black cloud over several aspects of the race itself. A severe rainstorm, weather hit with such ferocity around lap 145 that the stands emptied completely, water was flying through the air sideways, and even cameramen were being pulled off the roof for fear of being struck by lightning.

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2007 Lifelock 400 at Kansas Race Recap

*The Key Moment* - Clint Bowyer was trying to reel in Greg Biffle when Juan Pablo Montoya slapped the wall and blew a tire, forcing the race to end under caution. *In a Nutshell* - Grand Theft Auto Race. Biffle was unable to maintain the pace car's speed, but was still awarded the win. *Dramatic Moment* - Two field-decimating wrecks badly damaged the title hopes of several championship contenders shortly after the race restarted following the second rain delay. It's been a few weeks since we've seen three drivers racing hard for the lead, but that happened several times earlier in the race. Hmmm….they run the old cars, and fans see some good ol' racing. There's got to be a correlation there.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not: Outside the Chase after the 2007 Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover

*Hot* In a year that has included only three Top 5s, a crew chief change, and sponsorship uncertainty, a season-high second place finish at Dover is definitely something that *Greg Biffle* and his entire No. 16 team can get excited about. That's now six Top 20 finishes in seven races for The Biff, who showed flashes of his old self as he came charging through the field in the last laps of Sunday's race, taking advantage of fresh rubber to come home a few car lengths behind winner and teammate Carl Edwards. Of course, one good finish doesn't equate to the multiple victories of the last two seasons, including 2005's runner up finish in points. Biffle in particular made the intermediate tracks his personal playground back then, taking home a career high six trophies that year while coming into his own as a Cup driver. That confidence provided by past history should prove a good thing for this team, as five of the remaining eight Chase events will be held at tracks that are a mile and a half in length. And if all else fails, there's always Homestead, a track where Biffle has won the past three consecutive races. If he can continue to gel with crew chief Greg Erwin, look for Biffle to easily play the role of Chase spoiler for the remainder of the season.

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Ten Points to Ponder…After the 2007 Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover

*1. Car of Too-Massive?* - Dover was considered an extremely narrow race track when the "old" car was in use. Is the Car of Tomorrow - four inches wider than the old car - just too big and boxy to run on a tight track like this? The race, which Dale Earnhardt, Jr. described as "bizarre and weird," had 13 cautions (only three for debris) and two extended red flag clean-up periods. What say you, race fans? *2. War of the Words* - You never know where the next rivalry will come from...but Kyle Petty versus Denny Hamlin? Racing on very different agendas - Hamlin for a title and Petty for a Top 35 spot - the two had an angry exchange in the garage and through the media after Hamlin wrecked Petty on Lap 204. "I watched the Busch race yesterday and I knew Denny was sick - I just didn't know he was hallucinating and needed three lanes to get up off the corner, because he ran all over us," said Petty. Countered Hamlin, "I think a lot of it was his frustration over this whole Top 35 thing, but we're racing for bigger and better things. Hopefully one day if they get it turned around I can exchange the favor, but right now we're the guys racing for the championship."

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Perfection Causing NASCAR Perfect Hell

So often in life, our ultimate pursuit is perfection. One parts failure on a car is one too many, one loss for our favorite sports team ruins the dream of a season unblemished, and one point off on a test simply makes us agonizingly short of a mythical 100 percent. Caught in the details of minor mistakes, we're raised to believe better comes as a pill you can swallow only when the best is unavailable. Yet, the search for the best is what's threatening the future of NASCAR nowadays. It's a quest for perfection that, in one sense, has actually been achieved; but in doing so, the sport has lost the true essence of what made it so great.

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2007 Brickyard 400 Race Recap

*The Key Moment*: With ten laps to go, Tony Stewart muscled his way under Kevin Harvick. The two skirmished for a lap, but Stewart quickly emerged ahead and drove off to an uncontested win. *In a Nutshell*: All of the sizzle and none of the steak for the world's most overhyped sporting event. *Dramatic Moment*: There was some good racing with the Top 5 over the final fifteen laps as a clearly irritated Harvick slid backwards. *What They'll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week* Fortunately, the Brickyard 400 still pays fairly well, *because a profanity uttered live on ESPN's first Cup broadcast of the season ought to set Stewart back about $50,000 later this week*.

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 Kroger 200 at IRP

*In a Nutshell:* The tight confines of O'Reilly Raceway Park made for an exciting short track shootout for the Busch Series on Saturday night. *Aric Almirola* ran away with the race early, leading 87 of the first 100 laps, but as the second half of the race unfolded, it was another Busch regular who found his way to Victory Lane. After Almirola faded with problems on pit road, *Jason Leffler* was able to run down and pass *Greg Biffle* with three laps to go, bringing Toyota their first ever victory in the Busch Series. Up until the final stages, Biffle had dominated the race's second half, but Leffler's team decided to put on tires with 50 laps to go, and the fresh rubber ultimately paid off in a mad dash back to the front for the No. 38. Speaking of mad dashes, Biffle was the only Cup regular able to make it over from Indianapolis Motor Speedway for qualifying; the rest of the Buschwhackers had to come from the back of the pack, affording the fans a huge amount of on track passing throughout the entire event. *Who Should Have Won:* *Biffle*. At one point, the No. 16 Ford was in another time zone, as the Biff led 94 of the final 98 laps. But when push came to shove, he simply ran out of tires at the finish, slipping just enough to give Leffler the opening he needed after a late caution.

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2006 Driver Review: Greg Biffle

*Greg "The Biff" Biffle* *2006 Ride*: No. 16 National Guard Ford *2006 Owner*: Jack Roush *2006 Crew Chief*: Doug Richert *Stats*: 36 races, 2 Wins, 8 Top 5s, 15 Top 10s, 13th in points. *High Point*: After a dismal start to the season that included two engine failures in the first nine races, Biffle starting firing on all cylinders during May.

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