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Who’s Hot / Who’s Not in NASCAR Sprint Cup: Pocono-Michigan Edition

In many ways, the Sprint Cup Series’ venture to the Pocono Mountains was a microcosm of the season to date.  There was a singular figure who led many a lap, multi-time champions finding ways to struggle, and frontrunners succumbing because of the not-so-alive half the alliance between man and machine.  …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Chasing Down Your Best Bets For Richmond

Providing Hurricane Hanna doesn’t interfere with the proceedings in Richmond, the "regular season" comes to an end in the Cup Series this Saturday night. The Chase picture will be completely in focus after the checkered flag falls, but one thing fantasy owners should know is that it's already set for the majority of the field already. The challenge this weekend is for those gamers who have a borderline driver on their roster. Do they run a driver who is under intense pressure and may make a mistake, or do they run someone who is already out of contention, knowing they have nothing to be conservative about? Even for those drivers who are "locked in," the danger is that they are looking for bonus points and have nothing to lose -- so they may be involved in something because of over exuberance that ends up hurting their fantasy owners. Will this weekend cause a repeat of the Dale Earnhardt, Jr. vs. Kyle Busch confrontation from this Spring? Will the Joe Gibbs cars in general be strong at Richmond again? Can Carl Edwards knock another 10 points off of Kyle Busch’s bonus point lead for the Chase? Can Jimmie Johnson continue his strong push to the postseason? And which of these men will drive a bid into the fantasy racing playoffs of your own? Read on for this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to see which drivers should be on your roster and which ones should be at Home Depot shopping for generators and plywood.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: “Silly Season” Is Actually A Very Serious Matter

I've always been uncomfortable with "Silly Season," the phrase used to describe the portion of the year where drivers, sponsors, and team owners decide who will drive what car backed by which financial heavyweight the following season. Not too long ago, "Silly Season" used to start in the Fall; now, it starts about 15 minutes after the end of the Daytona 500. Just ask Jacques Villeneuve, who arrived at Daytona thinking he had a Cup ride for the entire season -- but found himself unemployed after having failed to qualify for the big race. The term “"Silly Season" also implies much joy and frivolity, sort of like a middle school dance that pays really well.

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Did You Notice?…Sorenson Could Be Casey Atwood, Part II…And Two Teams Better Than One For Big Four

*Did You Notice?* … The sneaking suspicion that Reed Sorenson’s move to Gillett Evernham Motorsports equals the second coming of Casey Atwood? In light of the official announcement Sorenson’s headed to GEM, I can’t stop thinking about the comparison between the two. For new fans, some background: both were rookies in the Cup Series at 20 years old, driving for what equated to be middle-of-the-pack teams. At the time of Atwood’s rise into the Cup Series, Evernham Motorsports was in their first year of competition, spearheading Dodge’s return to the series after more than 20 years on the sidelines. But Atwood’s maturity level just wasn’t there at the Cup level.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Sharpie 500 presented by Pennzoil Platinum

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing 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 presented by Pennzoil Platinum at Bristol Motor Speedway:_ "That’s one of those deals where I couldn’t get by him and I couldn’t get by him and I just had to ask myself, ‘Would he do that to me?’ And he has before, so that’s the way it goes. It’s just racing. I have a lot of respect for the guy and he was real fast, but we can’t give up points when they’re right there for us to take. I’m just really proud of my guys. That was exciting. They keep talking about rivalries, we might have one now." _Carl Edwards_

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