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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. Give the National Guard Back-to-Back Memorial Day Wins?

The Sprint Cup Series went from the gritty Darlington Raceway to the glitzy All-Star Race in the last two weeks; but now, it’s time to get down to business in the longest race of the year, the Coca-Cola 600. Sunday’s event will be a test of endurance for the drivers and crews, as they fight the change from racing in the daylight to finishing under the lights. But how will your fantasy team hold up during the year’s longest marathon? More than any other race, you need to build around not drivers who that not only finish first, but specialize in being around at the finish: consistency and durability in your lineup are the keys to coming out on top. So, which drivers will help you go the distance and have your team outlasting the competition, and which ones will fizzle out before the end? Read this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to find out.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 All-Star Race at Charlotte

The All-Star Race is all about the money, with a cool $1 million on the line, no one holds back and mayhem typically ensues. Or, as this year’s event showed, it can turn into a parade around the track where track position dominates the event and there is almost no passing for the lead. Read on to see if our picks are all-star or all washed up.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington

Darlington Raceway may have had a facelift, but no matter what you do to the old girl, she’s still the track too tough to tame. A ton of grip and a hard tire meant that the cars went faster than ever before, but they also hit the wall harder and more often than ever before. The track claimed several victims during the night, and had some surprise top-10 finishers. Read on to see if you agree or disagree with the latest choices by the Frontstretch writers.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington Edition

Last weekend’s race at Richmond proved to be a roller coaster for many fantasy owners. If you had Denny Hamlin on your team, you were riding high for the vast majority of the race; but then, a flat tire brought you crashing back down to earth. And if you were anticipating a big payday with Dale Earnhardt Jr. his late-race run-in with Kyle Busch left you with pocket change instead of the jackpot. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for fantasy owners. This weekend in the Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington, you can expect more of the same. They don’t call this place “The Track Too Tough to Tame” for nothing! But the Lady in Black got a new facelift since the series visited there last May, making this weekend even more of a challenge.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond

Richmond is considered by many fans to be the best track on the schedule. Well, the race this week didn’t really provide much excitement for the first 382 laps, but boy, did it make up for it in the final 28. Denny Hamlin dominated the race from the drop of the green flag, before a flat tire proved to be his undoing. Then, fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. was on his way to breaking his winless streak when “one of those racin’ deals” knocked him out of contention — a wreck that came courtesy of contact with Bad Boy Kyle Busch. All the while, Clint Bowyer was taking it all in, just waiting for his opportunity to steal the victory. The twists and turns of the race gave our panel a plethora of reasons to move people up and down the rankings… read on to see if you agree or disagree with the latest choices by the Frontstretch writers.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond

In the last 10 Richmond races, the winner has started within the top 10; so, pay special attention to qualifying if you have the opportunity to build your team on Saturday. With that in mind, which drivers will help you get over the fantasy hangover from Talladega, and which ones will leave you reaching for more aspirin? Read this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to find out how you should put the Band-Aids together to allow the restrictor-plate wounds sufficient time – and points – to heal.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

When push does come to shove, a lot of how Talladega turns out is pretty much a crapshoot more than anything else. So, while putting together the Top 15 this week, some staff voters gave drivers credit for their efforts on the plate track… while others seemed to discount the luck involved in finishing up front. Read on to see if you agree or disagree with their latest choices in the Frontstretch Power Rankings below.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

The Cup stars head to northern Alabama this weekend to the longest and fastest track on the schedule, the Talladega Superspeedway. It’s the first time that the series comes back to a plate track, having run at Talladega last fall in the new CoT configuration. That car, along with a newly-paved track, resulted in a very long single-file run last year; but expect to see a more competitive race this time around now that the drivers have a better idea of how the car will react in the packs that result from plate racing. Read on to see what the experts have to say in order for you to navigate the waters of tricky Talladega…

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix

Phoenix International Raceway lived up to its billing as the track of compromise. Drivers were able to make it through one end better than the other all race long, while the tricky corners bit some of the biggest names in the sport. Some drivers moved up and some drivers moved down this week in the rankings as a result; however, three of the top four slots stayed the same to bring some stability into NASCAR’s second off-week. The people who vote in the Frontstretch poll have spoken; read the rankings below, and see if you agree with our staff’s opinions — or if you think they are completely spun out.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix

After what many had hoped would be a good old-fashioned Texas shootout turned into a king sized snooze fest, the series heads to Phoenix International Raceway this Saturday night for the first short track battle under the lights of the season. With the exception of Jeff Gordon’s dismal performance, Texas didn’t offer many surprises with no major upsets appearing in the top 10. But the close confines of the 1-mile track in the Valley of the Sun, could have plenty of surprises in store for the drivers in this week’s race. So which drivers will rise from the ashes to bring success to your fantasy team and which ones will wilt in the desert heat? Read this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to find out.

Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Samsung 500 at Texas

The Texas Motor Speedway was a fickle lady this past weekend. Past champions couldn’t keep their car on the lead lap, the polesitter lost the handle late in the race, and three drivers who were rookies just last season finished in the top 20. The people who vote in the Frontstretch poll have spoken following the madness… and the movement in the poll may surprise you. Read on to see this week’s changes below, and see if you agree with our staff’s opinions… or if you think they’ve completely spun out of control.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 Samsung 500 at Texas Edition

After two weeks of short-track racing, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the wide open spaces of Texas Motor Speedway for this weekend’s Samsung 500. They say things are often bigger and better in Texas; but that does that equate for success for your fantasy team? Read what our fantasy experts have to say in this week’s edition of Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans.

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