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Scanner Static: No Denying Jimmie Johnson Now

Q: When are you media types going to give Jimmie Johnson his due? He’s raced a great Chase, and he’ll be the next Nextel Cup champion after Sunday. I can’t get over the hatred for what he does and who he is. Oh wait, I get it – he’s Jeff Gordon‘s buddy. No wonder you …

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2006 O’Reilly Challenge 300 at Texas

The Busch Series title already squared away, Kevin Harvick is now attempting the challenge of figuring out how many different ways he can win a Busch Series race this season. This time, it was his fuel mileage that held up, as Harvick posted his ninth Busch Series victory of the season in the O’Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.

Mirror Driving: Is Tony Stewart Better Off Without Being in the Chase?

Is it feasible to say missing the Chase has helped Tony Stewart? Should there be a provision in the Chase that allows drivers in his position to finish higher than 11th?

Busch Series Breakdown: 2006 Sam’s Town 250 at Memphis

Kevin Harvick got one more shot at the Sam’s Town 250 win and took advantage of a poor start by the No. 60 Ford of Carl Edwards to pounce going into turn 1. Teammate Clint Bowyer joined the fray, making it three-wide briefly before Harvick and Bowyer ran off to settle it amongst themselves.

Full Throttle: Juan Pablo Montoya’s Debut a Different Kind of Silly Season

Juan Pablo Montoya is going to run a full Cup schedule next year for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. In an unprecedented step, Montoya agreed to come back to the United States and run a full-bodied stock car after having competed for several years on the F1 circuit. The announcement of his return sent shockwaves through the sport.

Thompson in Turn 5: Diversity the Road to NASCAR’s Future Growth

Growth is the primary goal for any American enterprise, and NASCAR is the epitome of an American business. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that, when you look at this year’s TV ratings, NASCAR’s popularity has not grown one bit. If anything, it’s actually declined. Ratings are down in all but two races this season, and it appears fans are looking for some new energy to rejeuvenate their interest in the sport.

Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Banquet 400 at Kansas

In the wildest race in Kansas Speedway’s six-year history, Tony Stewart’s Home Depot Chevrolet coasted out of fuel for the final half-lap of the race, yet still managed to beat out Casey Mears to the line to win Sunday’s Banquet 400.

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