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ESPN Looking Forward to Coming Home

ESPN personalities will tell you that it happens time and again; NASCAR fans approach them and comment on how much they enjoyed the coverage the cable network provided to their favorite sport and how much they miss that coverage since it virtually disappeared following the 2000 season.

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Join Frontstretch Live at Lowe’s Motor Speedway!

Frontstretch is live all weekend from Lowe's Motor Speedway for the Dollar General 300 Busch Series race and the Bank of America 500 for the Nextel Cup Series. Today we will bring you live updates on Busch Series practice, Nextel Cup Series practice and Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole Qualifying. First up will be Nextel Cup Series practice which begins at 3:30 PM. Busch Series teams take to the track for their first practice session at 5:10 PM with a 30 minute Raybestos Rookie practice session for Busch Series drivers following at 6:25 PM. The big event for the day is Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole qualifying scheduled to start at 7:10 PM.

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Scanner Static : Vickers Gets In A Parting Shot

*Q: I'm no fan of Jimmie Johnson or Dale Earnhardt Jr. - I pull for the Roush cars on race day - but I had to get a laugh out of the way Talladega ended. Hendrick shuts Brian Vickers out of his team meetings after years of making him run races with crappy stuff and rookies in the pits. Then, Vickers finally wins a race on his way out, giving ol' Rick the finger in the process and putting Jimmie Johnson out of the Chase picture. I think Vickers is a helluva talent, and I'm glad to see him develop some stones.* _Blue Oval_*A:* I'm happy for Brian Vickers from the standpoint that I do think he's been running without quite the level of support the other Hendrick drivers get, and it was clearly important for him to win before he left the No. 25 to honor the memory of best friend Ricky Hendrick.

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What’s The Call? New Points System For The Chase?

*This Week's Question: With Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin all taking a big hit in points in incidents caused by non-Chase drivers, is it time to institute a separate points system for the Chasers so that other teams' mistakes don't have such a huge negative impact?*%{color:green}Amy:% Nearing the completion of its third year, the Chase for the Nextel Cup is looking more and more like a science experiment gone awry every week. Remember the flamboyant bread mold that, left unchecked, took over the refrigerator? Yeah, the sport's kind of like that...without the antibiotic qualities.%{color:brown}Jeff:% Part of racing is being able to avoid and or deal with ALL the other competitors. It is the unknown factors that could jump up and bite any team at any time that give this sport its charm.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Charlotte “2” Edition

Everyone said that Talladega would be the wildcard race in the Chase, and it certainly lived up to its billing. Several Chase drivers found more than their share of trouble last weekend which not only wrecked havoc in the championship standings, but on many fantasy teams as well. Pre-race favorites like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson all took big hits, while drivers like Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth caught people off guard with their strong runs. So, who are the drivers most likely to help you rebound from a tough week in your Fantasy League as the racing moves back to "normal" racing? Let's find out in this week's edition of Picks 'N' Pans. .

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Top Ten Things Heard on The Rick Hendrick Team Radios Last Sunday

10. No. 24: "Junior bumped me…Junior bumped me…Junior bumped me… Junior bumped me…Junior bumped me again….Tell NASCAR to make Junior stop bumping me…If Junior bumps me again, I'm telling!"9. Pre-race, to the No. 5, 24 and 48: "This is Rick. Can you boys hear me? OK, good. You're my boys! You know I love each and every one of you. Go out there and get 'em!

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Mirror Driving : Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Brian Vickers…Who’s Getting Screwed?

*Brian Vickers. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jimmie Johnson. Talladega. Discuss.*%{color:brown}Jeff:% Simple physics, and bad communication between J.J. and Vickers. %{color:green}Amy:% Vickers screwed up. Big time. You can blame him; you don't bump and run for the win at a plate track.

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Becca’s Big Six : Talladega “2” Edition

*Who: Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.* All the post-race attention was on Brian Vickers' uber-controversial last lap punt of Chase contenders Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- and understandably so. But Gordon and Earnhardt lit a few fireworks of their own when Jeff accused Junior of excessively rough bumpdrafting.

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Mark Martin Finds Part-Time Work Away From Roush…And It’s OK

Last Friday at Talladega, Mark Martin announced his future racing plans, raising more than a few eyebrows with his intentions. As you've likely already heard by now, Martin will leave Roush Racing to drive the No. 01 Chevrolet presently driven by Joe Nemechek and owned by MB2 Motorsports in 2007. The arrangement is reported to have Martin compete in twenty Nextel Cup races, as well as the Bud Shootout and the All-Star Challenge; rookie Regan Smith will finish out the schedule, driving the other sixteen events.The announcement has left some NASCAR observers bewildered as to why Martin has chose to run a limited Cup schedule, as opposed to his previously announced intentions to race full time for Roush in the lower-tier Craftsman Truck Series. But a closer investigation of Martin's decision-making process proves that this move should work out for the best for everyone involved.

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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In The Chase : Talladega “2” Edition

There are certain things that we've come to expect from restrictor plate races lately, and this weekend's race at Talladega had most of the bases covered. Side-by-side racing...check. Bumpdrafting...check. The "Big One"...check. Controversy...check. Upset fans...check.It seems like the only checkmark left empty on a wild day in Alabama was the one on the ballot next to "point leader emerged unscathed in the Chase for the Nextel Cup."So, now that the Talladega storm has passed, who's withstood the pressure and pushed forward in the heat of the battle, and who's been left out in the cold? Read this week's Who's Hot/Who's Not in the Chase to find out.

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