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Running Their Mouth: 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland

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, …

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10 Points to Ponder After the 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland

1. They call it “cookie cutter” for a reason – Sorry guys, but the USG Sheetrock 400 just wasn’t a very exciting race. Tony Stewart got out front with a fuel-only pit stop and was never challenged in the closing laps after holding off a single pass attempt by Matt Kenseth. There were several long …

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Driver Handicaps: 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Edition

Jeff Gordon – Gordon won this race last year and has top-five finishes in four of his six starts at Chicagoland.

Fanning the Flames: Tony Eury Jr. Does Some Fanning of His Own

Kudos to Tony Eury Jr., who this week fired a salvo over NASCAR’s bow. Opining on the rash and severity of penalties doled out of late concerning the Car of Tomorrow and the nuances of the car’s templates, Eury had this to say: “The [rule] book’s there for a reason. The template’s there for a …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 Firecracker 400 at Daytona

Jeff Gordon – Gordon’s Daytona record speaks for itself; he’s won a total of six points races there, most recently the 2005 Daytona 500. With the Hendrick teams on a roll at the plate tracks, that should make Gordon an automatic contender, right? Not quite; it has to be pointed out that Gordon has finished …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona Edition

The Nextel Cup circuit heads to Daytona this week for NASCAR’s traditional Independence Day extravaganza. Held on the 2.5-mile tri-oval to mark the end of the season’s first half, the 400-miler gives us a chance to take stock and look back on what’s been a wild and wacky beginning to ’07. Even though the race …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2007 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at Loudon Edition

The 1-mile flat track up in Loudon, N.H. proved as difficult as ever to pass on Sunday, but that didn’t stop a resurgent Jeff Gordon from giving it a shot. His last-lap battle with Denny Hamlin left the two side-by-side heading to the finish line; but in the end, Hamlin held on, squeaking out a …

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