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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in the Chase: 2007 Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Edition

Nothing too surprising happened during Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Granted, there were the out of the blue late-race wrecks and tires mysteriously flying off cars; but, after the past few years of hair-raising last-lap finishes, you come to expect wild things at Atlanta when it comes time for the checkered flag. No matter …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2007 Atlanta Fall Race Recap

The Key Moment: Dale Earnhardt Jr. lost a left-rear wheel off the No. 8 car moments after a green-white-checkered restart at Atlanta, sealing the win for race leader Jimmie Johnson. Honestly, he did – Johnson had gotten such a good jump that it was doubtful Carl Edwards would have caught him. In a Nutshell: Tepid processional racing …

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 Sam’s Town 250 at Memphis

In a Nutshell – The Busch Series race at Memphis was more like a Friday night Demolition Derby than an event that originated from the number two stock car series in America. On a day when almost half of the race was run under the yellow flag, a total of 25 caution flags for 117 …

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Bowles-Eye View: Carl Edwards Struggling to Busch Series Finish Line

More than likely, Carl Edwards will clinch his first-ever Busch Series championship this Saturday at Memphis. An eighth-place finish is all that’s needed to secure the trophy with three races left, no matter what second-place points man David Reutimann does on the racetrack. It’s a significant achievement for a man who’s never won a title …

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Voices from the Heartland: Time Will Tell if Cousin Carl Lets Me Down

A couple of weeks ago, after my personal favorite Dale Jarrett announced he would be retiring from Cup competition following the spring Bristol race in 2008, I transitioned into fan mode and penned a column explaining just why DJ was my favorite all these years – thanking him for being an all-around classy guy. Also …

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I’m Just Sayin’… NASCAR Stuff We Can’t Make Up

Instead of her usual weekly racing review, Senior Staff Writer Becca Gladden has scoured the NASCAR front to bring you the week’s curious, offbeat, and just plain wacky news from the intriguing world of big-time stock car racing. Trust us, these stories are all true – we just couldn’t make this stuff up! Racing on …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 Atlanta Fall Race Edition

Jeff Gordon – In 30 Cup starts at Atlanta, the points leader has posted four victories and 18 top-10 finishes. However, he finished 12th in the race this spring. Jimmie Johnson – Johnson won here in March to post his second Atlanta Cup victory. After 12 starts here, Johnson has eight top-10 results and an …

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Mirror Driving: Hating a Johnson/Gordon Chase, Why Carl Edwards’s Behavior Was Off-Base, & Grading the CoT

Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth got into it not just during the race at Martinsville in what was a weird post-race altercation. What the heck happened?

Did You Notice? Where are NASCAR Sponsors? 2007 Subway 500 at Martinsville Madness & Beyond

Did You Notice? That even with all the driver changes in motion for next year, there has been just one primary sponsor announced for 2008 that’s new to NASCAR racing? Sure, a few old faithfuls are moving on up from the Busch Series; 3M is increasing its involvement to sponsor the No. 16 Cup car …

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