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WHO'S HOT

Greg Biffle. With six victories in his past 13 races, he is the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' hottest commodity. Biffle _ at 29 years, 7 months _ is also the youngest points leader in the series, which began in 1995. His victory at Indianapolis Raceway Park last week pushed him past Jack Sprague and into a 48-point lead with seven races remaining.

WHO'S NOT

Kenny Irwin. Yeah, it's easy to pick on a guy who just lost his ride for next year, but it's also hard not to pick on somebody who hasn't finished higher than 13th in his past six races. Throw in a DNF, and that doesn't spell anything good for last year's rookie of the year or a driver in need of a sponsor. Neither does this: After a third place showing at Daytona in February, Irwin has finished in the top 10 once.

QUOTABLE

"I've got a lifetime contract with Miller Lite. I'll probably go to my grave with a six-pack."

RUSTY WALLACE,

on the status of his NASCAR Winston Cup sponsorship.

TAKING HIS SCHOOL FOR A SPIN

A Rochester, N.Y., businessman is putting his alma mater on track. Wittenberg graduate Eugene Miller is sponsoring a Chevrolet in Saturday's NASCAR Busch North series event at Watkins Glen, N.Y., which will be telecast on ESPN. The car will feature the Ohio college's red and white colors and its tiger mascot. It also will be the only car in the race with an in-car camera.

DREAM JOB

Tommy Baldwin might be in line for one of the top jobs in NASCAR: crew chief for Jeff Gordon's team. Baldwin, now crew chief for the No. 22 Pontiac driven by Ward Burton, is being talked up as a successor to Ray Evernham, who is considering a managerial position with Hendrick Motorsports.

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