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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix Edition

While no one is technically eliminated from the Nextel Cup title chase, there are realistically only five drivers with a shot to take home the hardware in Homestead. This week, they come to Phoenix for the Checker Auto Parts 500.

Mirror Driving: Toyota Already Underachieving in 2006?

Team Red Bull has had an auspicious debut, failing to qualify for any of the races it’s entered this season. Is this a true indicator that Toyota has a lot of homework to do, or is it hard to tell anything because they’re using Dodges?

Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas

According to Tony Stewart, his Texas win was particularly sweet because, “I finally won at a track that Jeff Gordon hasn’t won at.” He was quick to point out, however, that it’s a particularly challenging feat because Gordon has won at so many tracks.

Thompson in Turn 5: NASCAR’s Chase – No Changes Needed

Speculation on what changes NASCAR Chairman Brian France and his NASCAR “braintrust” will decide to make in the Chase to the Nextel Cup for the coming year gained momentum this past week when France spoke publicly about possible modifications to the championship format. Supposedly, any such modifications will be put off until the offseason, with …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas Edition

Sunday’s Dickies 500 blew through the 2006 Chase standings like a Texas tornado; when the dust settled, no position in the top 10 went unchanged. The rough and tumble winds meant that for many Chase drivers, it wasn’t such a beautiful day. Jeff Burton‘s title hopes took a major hit when a blown tire sent …

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Scanner Static: Ragan Rage Still a Hot Topic

Q: Everybody seems to be ragging on David Ragan. NASCAR has created the situation with the driver shortage so why don’t we blame the organization? The last several races of the season have been used to break a team’s new driver in for the coming season. Ragan has been Roush’s choice of drivers for 2007. …

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