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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Edition

This week’s race was a crucial one for a number of teams who ran into problems last week at Talladega. One of those contenders – the No. 99 of Carl Edwards – saw similar luck this weekend, when electrical issues forced him to lose a number of laps en route to a 33rd-place finish. But Edwards was not the only Chaser to follow up a bad day at Talladega with a poor finish at Lowe’s. To see who else needs a good run this weekend at Martinsville and who is ready to battle Jimmie Johnson for the title, check out this week’s summary of Who’s Hot/Who’s Not, Chase Edition.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Edition

In the end, after a number of Chasers raced conservatively for three quarters of the Talladega race in anticipation of the big wreck, it was ironically one Chaser tangling with another that triggered a multi-car pileup that included several of those in the top 12. No. 2 in points Carl Edwards ran over teammate and No. 3 man Greg Biffle to start a chain reaction that claimed 11 cars. One of the few Chasers surviving the race was points leader Jimmie Johnson, who opened up a sizable 72-point lead in the standings as a result. Johnson remains on the HOT list this week, but a surprising driver joins him, becoming a surprise player in this year’s championship battle. To see who it is, and whose Chase hopes went up in smoke, check out this week’s edition of Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup, Chase Edition.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: 2008 Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Edition

It was another week, another mechanical problem for Kyle Busch this weekend at Kansas. Busch is going through one of the most surprising slumps in recent history, dropping from the points lead to 12th in a manner of three weeks. But while Busch continues to struggle, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle continue to fight for the title. The big three all finished in the top three this weekend, but it was a Johnson win that gave the No. 48 team the points lead heading to Talladega next weekend. To see who has the best chance of catching the two-time defending champ, check out this week’s edition of Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Camping World RV 400 at Dover Edition

If you rewind three weeks with me, you’ll notice the Chase for the Sprint Cup title had a discernably different look to it. After Richmond, Kyle Busch led the point standings heading into the Chase, holding a 30-point lead after flat out dominating the first 26 races. Far down the list, Greg Biffle sat ninth, 80 points back, along with four other drivers who failed to earn a win in the regular season.

Now, just two races later, Biffle is the hottest driver in the Chase so far, Busch is the coldest, and Carl Edwards continues to lead the points. But how about the other nine drivers? Who still has a chance to contend for the title, and who, like Busch, is all but eliminated from the championship picture? Check out this week’s Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: Chase Edition to find out.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Sylvania 300 at Loudon Edition

The Chase is finally here, and after one race, there’s something very strange about the standings — Kyle Busch isn’t leading. An array of problems at NHMS knocked Busch from his perch atop the championship ladder, dropping him all the way to eighth while his two toughest competitors (Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards) stepped up to share the points lead he’d owned for the better part of the last four months. But Busch shouldn’t panic, as there’s still a long way to go until the champion is crowned. To see who looks primed to make a run at the championship — and who’s already primed to bow out of the running — check out this week’s edition of Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup.

Who’s Going To Win It All? Our 2008 Chase Predictions

The fifth edition of NASCAR’s Chase has three clear favorites: Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, and Jimmie Johnson. But in a system where 12 drivers are separated by just 80 points, anyone could come out on top in a playoff race that seldom goes according to plan. With so many drivers and so much at stake, how do you sort out the mess? Well, your Frontstretch favorites have given you a head start. All your favorite experts have submitted their Chase picks, giving you their take on the good, the bad, and the ugly for the next 10 weeks.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Pepsi 500 at Fontana Edition

With his win Sunday night, Jimmie Johnson proved he belongs in the same breath as Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch as championship contenders, but if you want a sleeper for the title, look no further than another driver from Johnson’s home state of California. To find out who, check out this week’s edition of Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Sharpie 500 at Bristol Edition

Boy. is this shaping to be one heck of a Chase! The media have been trying to generate some sort of rivalry between Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch for weeks, but this week that media-generated rivalry finally came to fruition. Neither driver backed up on post-race opinions of how clean Edwards’s pass of Busch was for the win, and it appears that the feud could carry over to California this week. To see who is on the verge of breaking into the win column and who could simply go for a solid finish, check out this week’s edition of Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 3M Performance 400 at Michigan Edition

There’s been no better time to drive a Blue Oval in the Cup Series this year. Carl Edwards is just one of the five Roush Fenway drivers who make either the HOT or WARM lists this week, and Travis Kvapil, David Gilliland, and even the Wood Brothers have been impressive during at least one of the last two races. But while the Ford camp has found the magic touch, other teams and manufacturers are struggling with just three weeks to go until the playoffs. To see who could really go for a win — and who’s left to challenge Busch and Edwards for the title — check out this week’s edition of Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Centurion Boats at the Glen Edition

It doesn’t matter what type of track the Sprint Cup Series is on these days; if Kyle Busch is racing, he’s got a good chance at picking up the win. With his eighth victory of the season coming this week at Watkins Glen, Busch again showed why is the favorite for this year’s Sprint Cup title — but with two finishes outside of the top 10 in his previous two races, he’s not among this week’s HOT contenders. To see who else is among the hottest drivers on the circuit or who needs to step up their game to make the Chase or Top 35, check out this week’s edition of Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup.

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