Who’s Hot / Who’s Not

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Sylvania 300 at Loudon Edition

As fall nears and a brisk chill begins to fill the air, the battle for the 2006 Nextel Cup championship is just starting to heat up. Just one race into the 10-race Chase, the points standings have already jumbled up faster than the leaves can start to change colors. With the driver points for the top 10 reset so that everyone was separated by just five points, Sunday's race caused each Chaser to leave in a different position in the points standings than where they started. For some teams, that was good news; they withstood the first test of the championship battle and came out of Sunday's race intact. For others, though, the day turned out to be anything but sunny, and they now find themselves in jeopardy of staring at an empty trophy case far earlier than they should be.

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