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Did You Notice? Bristol… And Beyond

Did You Notice? That in the final restarts of Saturday night's race at Bristol, Carl Edwards had none other than Elliott Sadler - Kasey Kahne's teammate - lining up beside him on the inside every time. But even though Sadler could have made himself a roadblock - opening the door for second-place Kahne to make a move - he instead bowed out of the way, a remarkable statement of a class for the Virginian who's had a tough year himself on the Nextel Cup circuit.

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Ain’t That A Shame – But Who’s To Blame For Bristol?

It seems I am in the minority about the "new" BMS - I actually enjoyed Saturday night's Cup race, a drowning voice in the face of mounting criticism against the track. What I saw throughout was a lot of two and even three wide racing, along with passing throughout the pack. Yes, two cars - the No. 9 and the No. 99 - dominated the race, but keep in mind that Matt Kenseth led 415 laps en route to his win in the 2005 Bristol night race. So, such domination is not without precedent even at the old Bristol.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2007 Sharpie 500 at Bristol Edition

For some, the racing at Bristol Saturday night was the best it has been in years. For others, it was a Bristol race in name only, with no fireworks and little excitement. But no matter which side of the fence you are on, there were plenty of winners and losers coming out of the annual madhouse that is Thunder Valley in late summer. Carl Edwards added another 10 bonus points to his Chase count, and should get extra points for sticking the backflip on Bristol's high banks after his second win of the season. On the flip side, Denny Hamlin's fried engine left him with just his second career DNF. In between, what could have been a big night for a points shakeup amongst the Chasers instead never materialized, with no driver falling out of, or moving into, the playoffs.

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What’s The Call? Jacques Villeneuve – Boom Or Bust?

Today's Question: On Friday, Bill Davis Racing announced Canadian Jacques Villeneuve will drive for the team in the Craftsman Truck Series, with an eye towards bringing the former Formula One star into Cup full-time by February, 2008. Can Villeneuve follow in Juan Pablo Montoya's footsteps and succeed in Nextel Cup - or will the open wheeler be destined for failure in his transition to American stock car racing?

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Running Their Mouth: 2007 Sharpie 500 at Bristol

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 Sharpie 500 on the newly repaved Bristol Motor Speedway.

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2007 Sharpie 500 at Bristol

1. B-O-R-I-N-G - Drivers were effusive in their praise of Bristol's new surface and banking, and even the Car of Tomorrow and Goodyear's hard tire seemed to get a pass (no pun intended). But if NASCAR wants to know why TV ratings are so low, Saturday night's race provided the answer. A hot, humid summer night race at Bristol used to exemplify the track's slogan, "Racing the way it oughta be." But even the broadcasters' repeated promises that "it's gonna get interesting soon" couldn't pump any excitement into this total snoozer.

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Race To The Chase Lacking True Drama

I don't know about you, but whenever I watch The Godfather, Part II - one of my favorite movies - you always watch certain things and hope for the ending to be different. Fredo can be a very likable character at times, and you can slip and find yourself thinking that maybe he won't make the same mistakes this time around. No matter what, though, any hope you have that things will change always falls by the wayside. There will be no movie remake - and you already know what the ending will be, no matter how much you try and convince yourself otherwise. That's where we are in NASCAR's 2007 Race to the Chase. We all know the answers - but there's too much hope for a different ending to allow ourselves to admit the truth.

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Bubble Breakdown: Petty Enterprises Coming Dangerously Close To Top 35 Cliff

The two-car battle for the 35th and final position in owner points is close to becoming a three-team race - and that new third team is a team that's slumping rather than one stepping up as the season nears its stretch run. While its sister car streaked to a second straight top 10 finish at Bristol, the No. 45 from Petty Enterprises seems to have been left behind. The Dodge continues to struggle each and every week, whether it's Kyle Petty, Chad McCumbee, or Kenny Wallace behind the wheel - a 32nd-place run for Wallace at Bristol is the team's best finish in five weeks, with results of 41st, 42nd, 33rd and 41st coming in the previous four races. That has left the team dangerously on the edge of falling into the grasp of teams below them.

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