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Best of Toni Heffelfinger: Giving Sponsorship Money To Smaller Teams Losing Its Sizzle

The Busch Series has long had a reputation as a starting ground for new teams and young, upcoming drivers, but the huge influx of Cup wheelmen into the series in recent seasons has had an effect on that philosophy. Fewer seats have been available to drivers looking to prove themselves, and for startup teams, it has been a difficult road to find the funding necessary to compete with the Cup powerhouse organizations that have accompanied the Cup drivers into the Busch Series. Now, we have a sponsor willing to tell us why. Read More »

Driver Review : Ken Schrader

*Ken "Really Love Those Little Debbie Donuts" Schrader* *2006 Ride*: No. 21 Little Debbie / US Air Force / Motorcraft Ford Fusion *2006 Owner*: Glen Wood *2006 Crew Chief*: David Hyder (Feb.-July) , Michael "Fatback" McSwain (July-Nov.) *Stats*: 36 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 2 Top 10s, 31st in points. *High Point*: Schrader and company had their moments, and a nice run at Richmond in September was one of those bright spots. Read More »

Driver Review : Kevin LePage

*Kevin "I'll Bring A Sponsor If You Let Me Drive" LePage* *2006 Ride*: No. 61 Peak Performance Motorsports Ford / No. 49 BAM Racing Dodge / No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Chevrolet *2006 Owner*: Jeff Stec (No. 61), Beth Ann Morgenthau (No. 49), Bob Jenkins (No. 34) *2006 Crew Chief*: Greg Conner (No. 61), Dean Johnson (No. 49), David Hyder (No. 49), Teddy Brown (No. 34) *Stats*: 22 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 40th in points. *Best Finish*: 21st, Bristol (Aug.) *High Point*: All three of the teams Lepage drove for are "struggling," a pleasant way of saying they were backmarkers at best. Read More »

Frontstretch Breakdown : O’Reilly Challenge 300

*In A Nutshell:* 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 at Texas Motor Speedway. Read More »

Crocker Gives Women in Racing a Bad Name

Ray Evernham has made it very clear that his personal relationship with Craftsman Truck Series driver Erin Crocker is exactly that—personal and completely off limits. That's fine if he wants to believe that and frankly I neither want to nor need to know the details. As a matter of fact those details are completely irrelevant. As much as he believes by keeping that information to himself, his relationship is not public domain, he is wrong. You see, what he chooses to reveal or keep private has nothing at all to do with the perception that is in the public eye. He has no control at all over what everyone will think. Read More »

Frontstretch Breakdown: Sam’s Town 250

*In A Nutshell:* What a finish! OK, so I have to tell you Kevin Harvick won for the eighth time this season, but at least it was interesting this time. Carl Edwards was leading when the caution came out for a Steven Wallace spin with four laps to go and set up a green/white/checkered finish. Harvick, trailing Edwards, would get one more shot at the win and took advantage of a poor start by the No. 60 Ford of Edwards to pounce going into the first turn. Teammate Clint Bowyer joined the fray, making it three wide briefly before Harvick and Bowyer ran off to settle it amongst themselves, leaving Edwards to race Johnny Sauter for third. Read More »

Should the Champ Play Hooky?

Kevin Harvick and the rest of the Cup drivers running the full Busch schedule have it easy over the next few days - the Busch Series has their final "off" week of the season this weekend. That's good, because next week should prove to be the most difficult of the season for the dual schedule. Sure, separate venues at Sonoma and Milwaukee were tough, but there was enough time that everyone made it, whether or not they elected to skip out early on some practice in Sonoma. Memphis and Atlanta might turn out to be a different story. Read More »

How Many Records Will Harvick Set With Busch Series Championship?

Kevin Harvick locked up the Busch Series championship Friday with four races still remaining on the schedule; it's the earliest any driver has ever managed to clinch the title. His winning margin currently stands at 775 points over second place Carl Edwards, easily outpacing the current record for largest margin (616 points, set by Jeff Green in 2000). Add to all that the fact that Harvick's in the Chase for the Nextel Cup, creating the possibility of a dual Busch-Cup champion for the first time in history, and it creates the illusion, at least, that this season is one that will stick to the record books for a long time to come. But is Harvick's record setting championship _really_ the feat it appears? Read More »