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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Picking the Best of Some Lowe’s Home Cookin’

Jimmie Johnson started off last week running like he was towing a bass boat behind his car; can he own Lowe’s Motor Speedway like he has in the past? Will the Roush brigade continue to flex their muscle on the intermediate tracks? And can Tony Stewart continue his strong push back towards the top of the standings and make up for losing the race in May that he was leading at the very end? Read this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to see which drivers should be running for your team and which ones should be sitting at home on their couch in Mooresville.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Avoiding the Talladega Big One That Destroys Your Team

With so many unknowns at Talladega, where do you turn? Of course, the Chase favorites have to be considered for your team, but which ones? Points leader Jimmie Johnson is peaking earlier in the playoffs than usual; but can he avoid causing the Big One this weekend and get a win? Or will it be second-place Carl Edwards overcoming the dark history of Roush at Talladega and actually running well on a plate track? And of course, there’s the Kyle Busch enigma; will he finally get the black cloud removed from over his head and back up his Talladega win from earlier this year? Read this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to find out, discovering what drivers should be running for you on Sunday – and which ones you should avoid at all costs.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Getting Your Cookie-Cutter Lineup Set at Kansas

The Chase heads to the Midwest this weekend for its eighth visit to Kansas Speedway. The teams will once again be trying to make the boxier new car go through the air quickly and still turn once it gets to the corners. As this is our first and only visit to the track this season, gamers will need to look at the previous 1.5-milers to get an idea of how their drivers have handled the cookie-cutter tracks earlier this year. There are some lower echelon drivers that seem to excel on the 1.5-mile tracks – as well as some higher priced competitors who have struggled on this style of facility. Read this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to see which drivers should be running for your team – and which ones would be better off driving a combine through a wheat field this Sunday.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Dodging Trouble During The Monster Mile’s Playoff Push

The Chase is now officially underway, and the wild position swings that accompany the first few weeks of the sprint to the finish were very evident this past weekend. The biggest mover – in the wrong direction – was Kyle Busch, who went from the dominant driver in the points to eighth place while taking down several fantasy teams in his wake. Will Kyle Busch be able to shake off the horrific luck of Loudon and turn the lemons into lemonade this weekend? Read on for this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to see which drivers should be started this week – and which ones would rather be anywhere but the first state.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Stocking Your Team for Chase Fever in Loudon

With his team next year looking fairly settled, can Tony Stewart finally be the first one to take the checkered flag this season? Will Jimmie Johnson continue his run and win three races in a row? Or, can Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch get back up to the front before Johnson runs away with the championship? Have Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s experimental setups broken his momentum too badly to let him make a run at the title? Read on for the answers to these questions, and more, as this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans focuses on which drivers should be active in your lineup and which ones should be having lobster and chowder.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Chasing Down Your Best Bets For Richmond

Will this weekend cause a repeat of the Dale Earnhardt Jr. vs. Kyle Busch confrontation from this spring? Will the Joe Gibbs cars in general be strong at Richmond again? Can Carl Edwards knock another 10 points off Busch’s bonus point lead for the Chase? Can Jimmie Johnson continue his strong push to the postseason? And which of these men will drive a bid into the fantasy racing playoffs of your own? Read on for this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to see which drivers should be on your roster and which ones should be at Home Depot shopping for generators and plywood.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Is It Roush Fenway Racing’s Time to Shine at California?

With all sorts of different scenarios in play, the decision for gamers is to figure out whether their driver will play it conservative to avoid taking a major hit in points; or, will they go for broke to take the chance of cementing themselves into the Chase? Could this weekend be another chapter in the Carl Edwards vs. Kyle Busch epic? Can Roush Fenway Racing duplicate their dominance from Michigan? Has Denny Hamlin shaken off the bad luck that’s haunted him all year? Can Jimmie Johnson turn around his luck from the last two weeks? All of it’s enough to make your head spin; but Picks ‘N’ Pans can keep you from spinning out as you prep for your own playoff run.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Is Someone Else Worth Picking Over Kyle Busch & Carl Edwards at Bristol?

With so many drivers’ success or failure dependent on luck, the Bristol Motor Speedway is bound to offer you more questions than answers heading into the weekend. Will Kyle Busch continue his winning ways? Can Carl Edwards win the night race at Bristol again? Is Tony Stewart finally going to break the winless streak? Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. avoid another pit road issue? Will Jamie McMurray continue his run of strong finishes? Only this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans will tell you which guys you should keep on your roster and which ones should be riding the bench after spending half the night with crumpled sheet metal in the garage.

Picks ‘N’ Pans: Michigan Summer 2008 – Will Smoke Finally Win, or is it Edwards’s for the Taking?

The Irish Hills of Michigan host the 23rd race of the season and the opportunity is there for drivers to start officially stamping their passport into the 2008 championship fight. With roughly the top half of the Chase field solidly locked in, gamers will have to think about the fact that those drivers will more likely take chances to get a win and the 10 bonus points associated with it for the Chase. Will Kyle Busch score back to back wins again this year? Can Tony Stewart finally end the winless streak? Will one of the Roushketeers win at Michigan again? Can Kasey Kahne return to his intermediate form? Only this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans will tell you which ones you should have on your roster — and who should be running at Berlin Raceway.

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: A Watkins Glen Repeat or the Agony of Defeat?

Using both pedals a lot more than normal this weekend could mean different things for different drivers. Will Kyle Busch back up his Sonoma win? Does Jeff Gordon finally take the checkers first this weekend? Can Tony Stewart finally get into his usual summer mode? Only in this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans will you find who you should have on your roster and who should stay in the RV lot.

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