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Full Throttle: NASCAR Teammates – For Good, Or For Evil?

Saturday night was an encapsulation of so many things that are good and bad about teammates. Some drivers helped their teammates succeed, some ended their teammate's night, and some just couldn't get out of each other's way. With the driver movement that is already set to take place at the end of the year, the dynamics of how soon-to-be-former teammates will interact in the future are beginning to take shape now. Saturday night, we learned the end result of those departures could be not just hurt feelings... but even some irreparably damaged relationships down the line.

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Running Their Mouth: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona

Editor's Note: Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race to 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 some select few were thinking after the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

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Numbers Game: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona

0 - Number of Hendrick teammates that helped push Kyle Busch's car in the draft during the closing laps of the Pepsi 400. Kyle was still able to finish second with brother Kurt Busch's help and by driving a strong racecar - one that was capable of running up front without another car tucked directly behind (or under) him.

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona

1. Cup Confusion - So, it's official. The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series becomes the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting in 2008 - the third different series sponsor in five years, which makes things pretty confusing! Case in point - when Tony Stewart won the title in 2002, we said he won the Winston Cup. In 2005, we called it the Nextel Cup. If Stewart wins the title next year, it will be the Sprint Cup. Would it make too much sense to simply give the trophy a permanent name, like the NASCAR Cup, instead of renaming it every time the sponsor changes? Or maybe in honor of Bill France Jr., it could be named the France Cup by _____ (insert sponsor here).

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona

Carl Edwards looked three-wide but thought better of it on the last lap, leaving teammate Jamie McMurray free to catch the perfect side draft and hold on to beat Kyle Busch to the line in what turned into the third-closest NASCAR finish in the past 15 years.

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Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona Edition

Ragan carried the Roush Fenway flag at the end of the Daytona 500, surviving the "Big One" on the final lap to score a top-five finish; in that race, he bested his nearest teammate by 18 positions. Five months later, the "Roushketeers" turned in a much better performance this past weekend, leaving Ragan as the final car in the stable to cross the finish line; but that's still not a bad thing when that final position is 12th. I was especially impressed with Ragan's ability to keep the car out of trouble during an especially challenging race.

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona

Kyle Busch made a mockery of the Winn-Dixie 250, leading most of the way after the competition caution on lap 20 (65 out of 102 laps total) to score his first Busch Series win of the season. The No. 5 Chevrolet beat the No. 21 driven by Kevin Harvick to the line; Harvick tried a valiant last lap challenge on the outside line, but came up a few car lengths short in what was the first green-white-checkered finish of the season.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: A Series in Trouble?

After eight weeks straight, the Craftsman Truck Series drivers get a break in their 25-race schedule. Since off weeks tend to be slow on news, I got to thinking about the series and the shape it's in. Week in and week out, television coverage shows massive amounts of empty seating at every track, but is the lowest tier of NASCAR's "big three" in trouble?

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