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Battle Royale… with Trucks?

There's a championship battle heating up, and it's not in Nextel Cup with its made for TV, NFL-wannabe Chase (although those points are artificially tight). It's not in the NASCAR Busch Series, either - that title could be wrapped up as soon as Friday night, even though there's still five races remaining in the season. No, the points race this year finds itself in the Craftsman Truck Series... where things find themselves just getting heated up.

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Race Trax: 2006 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

The Bank of America 500 is the 31st race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule. The Cup Series visits the 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway twice a year - Kasey Kahne won the Coca-Cola 600 at the track in May. LMS has hosted the Nextel Cup Series each year since opening in 1960. The field will include 2005 fall polesitter Elliott Sadler, as well as race winner Johnson.

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Scott Riggs Nips Teammate Kasey Kahne for Bud Pole at Charlotte

Kasey Kahne was sitting comfortably at the head of the field for most of the qualifying session until his Evernham Motorsports teammate came out late in the going and blew his fast lap right off the board. Scott Riggs took the pole with a lap of 191.469 mph to beat Kahne's outside pole speed of 190.194 mph.

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Kasey Kahne Stakes Out Top Spot in First Busch Series Practice at Charlotte, Too

Kasey Kahne is really good on tracks configured like Lowe's Motor Speedway and he drove that point home by posting the fastest time in the opening Busch Series practice session to match his performance on the Cup side of the fence. Kahne set fast time with a lap of 184.055 mph in the No. 9 Wisk Dodge and was the only driver to break the 184 mph mark. Jimmie Johnson posted the second-fastest lap at 183.511 mph while Jeff Burton, Dave Blaney, and Regan Smith rounded out the top five fastest. Smith's fifth place time in the No. 35 McDonald's Ford is best among Busch Series regulars so far.

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Evernham Teams Invade Jimmie Johnson’s House in First Charlotte Practice

The first practice session for Nextel Cup Series teams has just ended and the three teams of Ray Evernham have planted themselves firmly at the top of the speed charts. Kasey Kahne was fastest in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge with a speed of 187.279 mph on a track where many expected he would do well and perhaps have a shot to pull back into Chase competition. Teammate Scott Riggs posted the second fastest speed at 187.266 mph. They were the only two drivers over 187 mph. Kurt Busch was the only driver to break the Evernham stranglehold on the top spots, slotting in to third while Elliott Sadler in the third Evernham Dodge was fourth fastest and Mark Martin rounded out the top five.

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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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Scanner Static: Brian Vickers Gets In A Parting Shot

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. However, this incident brings back to mind the same issues raised when Vickers took out Mike Bliss last year in the Nextel Open to win the event: he's fast, but can be sloppy.

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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?

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Edition

Everyone said that Talladega would be the wildcard race in the Chase, and it certainly lived up to its billing. 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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