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Tracking the Trucks: 2007 New Hampshire 200 at Loudon

Ron Hornaday Jr. became the first repeat winner Saturday when he took the checkered flag over Erik Darnell, who charged past Mike Skinner and Todd Bodine in the final 30 laps. The New Hampshire 200 had just four cautions, allowing Hornaday, Jr. to open up a lead that, at times, was more than six seconds. He finished 4.211 seconds ahead of Darnell. Mike Bliss rounded out the top five.

Handicapping the 2007 Chase: Part II

This Sunday, just 12 men will take the green flag at New Hampshire with their dream of a 2007 Cup title intact. It’s been a remarkable season for them to get this far, as both consistency and talent have put them in position to achieve the ultimate goal. But of course, from the 12 only one can emerge to watch their dream turn into reality. Who will that person be? We’ll try and figure that out over the next two days, handicapping the Chase field to dissect what drivers stand a chance at the trophy, and which ones are better off walking away.

Voice of Vito: Dale Earnhardt Jr. & Martin Truex Jr. – How to Handle The Chase for the Championship

The 2007 Chase for the Nextel Cup is finally upon us. With the “drama” that surrounded last week’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond a thing of the past, most fans have now begun to speculate how the twelve title contenders are shaping up to make their run at the title. There is, however, another budding story in the garage as the dust begins to settle. While Dale Earnhardt Jr. missed making the big show for the second time in three years, his teammate, two-time Busch Grand National champion Martin Truex Jr. has made it instead, getting over the hump in just his sophomore season behind the wheel of a Cup car.

Handicapping the 2007 Chase: Part I

This Sunday, just 12 men will take the green flag at New Hampshire with their dream of a 2007 Cup title intact. It’s been a remarkable season for them to get this far, as both consistency and talent have put them in position to achieve the ultimate goal. But of course, from the 12 only one can emerge to watch their dream turn into reality. Who will that person be? We’ll try and figure that out over the next two days, handicapping the Chase field to dissect what drivers stand a chance at the trophy, and which ones are better off walking away.

Nextel Cup Rookie Report: David Ragan Rocks at Richmond

By the end of Saturday night’s event, many spectators were looking at the No. 6 car and saying, “Where did that guy come from?” It was a very similar to his “stealthy” performance last week at Fontana, where hardly anyone noticed David Ragan as he quietly battled to a top-15 finish. A late season surge from this team should not surprise anyone; in fact, this is the type of performance I expect from this team as they revisit many of these Nextel Cup venues for the second time. Ragan is starting to look more and more like his Roush Fenway teammate Matt Kenseth each week, staying out of trouble while dialing in his racecar for the end of the event. Clearly, he’s becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Bowles-Eye View: News Flash – There Are More Than 12 Drivers & Dale Jr. Racing the Final 10 Races

Effective around 11:30 p.m. on a balmy Saturday night at Richmond, the 2007 Chase for the Nextel Cup officially got underway. As soon as the final two participants – Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch – clinched their spots by crossing the finish line, talk turned from who’s going to get into the elusive 12-car field to who’s going to win it. No doubt, the Chase formed an important storyline Saturday night – Jimmie Johnson’s sixth victory clinched his spot on top of the playoffs by 20 points over the rest of the field. Behind him in Victory Lane, Dale Earnhardt Jr. stood sweating by his hauler, exhausted in his own right but forced to answer countless questions from every media outlet under the sun about how a season filled with promise never pulled a playoff punch. Just like 29 other drivers everyone forgot about.

Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond

Leading a race-high 227 of 250 laps, Kyle Busch was up front early and often throughout the Emerson Radio 250 to score his second win of the season. Even when Derrike Cope’s blown engine brought out a red flag, green-white-checker finish to the race, the outcome was never in doubt. Getting exceptional restarts with the No. 5 Sta-Green Chevy all night long, Busch saved his best for last, pulling away with ease on lap 251 to win by 0.868 seconds over point leader Carl Edwards. Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, and Mike Bliss rounded out the top five finishers.

Running Their Mouth: 2007 Sharp Aquos 500 at Fontana

Each week, we’ll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race and capture the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find; the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Sharp Aquos 500 at the California Speedway.

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