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Daytona Speedweeks: The End of Winter

Daytona Speedweeks arrives every year with a roar. Unlike the beginning of any other pro sports, NASCAR does not start a season at a slow, deliberate pace and gradually build up to a climatic, frenzied season-ending crescendo. Instead, it slaps you right in the face to announce its arrival. Last Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout marked, for all intents and purposes, the end of winter for race fans. And for most... it was about time!

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: Pre-2007 Daytona 500 Edition

This week kicks off a brand new season for the Nextel Cup Series. For all the drivers and teams, points reset at zero and the slate is wiped clean, as 51 teams battle for the championship trophy that will be handed out in nine months. But just because everyone's points are the same right now doesn't mean that they're all starting on even ground. There are always a handful of powerhouse organizations already claiming their place at the top, sharing limited space with your perennial underdogs and plenty of teams in the middle striving to make a big splash.

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Racing at the Beach: Curses Are Broken, 1994-2000

When the Winston Cup crews arrived at Daytona for the kick off event of the 1994 season, one of the track's favorite sons had been lost. Davey Allison, who had been part of those memorable finishes of 1988 and 1992, had lost his life in a helicopter accident the previous summer. Ernie Irvan had signed on to drive the Havoline Ford, Davey made famous, leaving the Morgan-McClure team that had helped him claim the 1991 Daytona 500.

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Scanner Static: NASCAR Fans, Let’s Talk

Introductions are in order. My name is Matt Taliaferro, and I'll be one of your guides through a predictably unpredictable Nextel Cup season here on Frontstretch. I'm a "newbie" around here, a term the rest of the Frontstretch staff seems to love, as they've taken great joy in throwing the word around like Rusty with a water bottle at Bristol. As I was trying to say, as Scanner Static's new "Static-stitian" I'll be available throughout the week with any questions you may have concerning all things NASCAR. Whether you want a serious answer to a serious question, to slam me for something I said the week prior or you simply want to vent, this is an ideal forum in which to do so.

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NASCAR Community Reacts to the Passing of Benny Parsons

"Benny Parsons is not only the person I owe my NASCAR career to but he was a true friend to me from the day we met. I will always appreciate his friendship and what he did for me. Knowing he's not going to be there to come up and ask me how things are going when I walk into the garage at Daytona is probably the hardest thing to accept."

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2006 Driver Review: Jeff Gordon

After ending a one-year drought by securing a spot in this season's Chase for the Championship, Jeff Gordon appeared poised to make a move on the competition. Two consecutive thirds at Loudon and Dover to start off his playoff run left him just six points out of the lead, looking capable of putting together a late season charge towards the title trophy.

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Full Throttle: Jimmie Johnson’s Impending Coronation

This weekend at Homestead, the NASCAR Cup season comes to an end. After 36 races during a 10-month long season, a champion will be crowned... and most likely, that champion will be Jimmie Johnson. Barring a catastrophic failure, Johnson will hold onto his 63-point lead entering Homestead, taking the ultimate victory lap Sunday evening. With the title all but assured, it's logical to move on to what happens next: how will Johnson be received as a Cup champion?

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Ford 400 at Homestead Edition

Taking a look at things from that perspective this week, the field you can choose from is a little more open than just those teams battling for the title. The top 10 in points is filled with most of the best teams in the series, and they are going to be trying for the best finish possible regardless of their title chances because of the money on the line for every spot they gain in points. Keep the Chasers high on your list of potential drivers to use... but don't be afraid to take chances, either, if you're in a spot where you need a big day to bring home your own title trophy.

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