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Fanning the Flames: Talking IROC, Driver Cash And The Perp Who Got Away With One

*Q: Matt, let me preface my question by saying this: I know we are dealing with NASCAR, so there is no such thing as consistency. But how is it that [David] Gilliland gets parked for wrecking [Juan Pablo] Montoya one week and [Matt] Kenseth gets off after wrecking a whole pack of cars the next?* *No points? No fine? No nothing??? Whatever.* _— David Patrick_ *A:* Well, judging by the opinions I’ve read on this very site all week, mine may not be a popular take, but here goes...

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Mirror Driving: Matt Kenseth’s Punt, Merger Meltdown, And NASCAR’s TV Tragedy

*After 4 1/2 hours and two delays, ABC made the decision to switch coverage of the race to ESPN2 so they could show America's Funniest Home Videos. Was that a serious blow to the sport, or an unavoidable move due to race length? And if Jimmie Johnson wasn't winning the race handily, would the network have made the same move?* Beth: America's Funniest Home Videos could have waited -- and it probably would have if Jimmie had been running the way he was last week at Texas. Bryan: Regardless of whether or not it was contractual, it certainly didn't help the sport to get moved for an overplayed TV crap-pot. Amy: It wasn't anything major. The announcers said it was a contractual obligation; as in, a legally binding document that dictated the programming. The contract was likely written months, if not years ago – meaning NASCAR should have looked at the fine print.

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Did You Notice? Montoya’s Nightmare, Logano Losing Steam, And Disbelieving A Championship Dream?

*Did You Notice?* … Juan Pablo Montoya’s sophomore season has officially become a nightmare? Of drivers who’ve started all 34 races in 2008, Montoya has the most DNFs with nine. Eight of those have been caused by crashes, including four in the last five races that have wrecked – literally – any supposed on-track improvements for the No. 42. Any guesses as to who’s second on the DNFs list? Surprise, surprise … it’s David Gilliland, with eight of them -- including seven wrecks -- in 34 starts. So I guess it should come as no surprise that the two ran into each other in Texas, huh? Both drivers are also struggling to get full-time sponsorship for 2009; but with credentials like that to sell, it’s no wonder they’re having trouble with people signing on the bottom line.

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Mirror Driving: The Intentional Wreck, Cautioning Against Cautions, And Busch Sets A Record

*Carl Edwards' win on Sunday cut his point deficit to 106 with two races to go. Too little, too late, or is there an upset in the making?* Doug: I echo the sentiments of most. It is over. Unless Johnson has bad luck, he will shuffle his way into the record books. Amy: I think it could go either way, to be honest. Bryan: Oh, it's over, Amy. NASCAR made Johnson run a restrictor plate at TMS just to keep him from clinching next week.

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Haven’t I Seen This Show Before? Deja Vu All Over Again In The Lone Star State

Have you ever got the feeling while watching a movie, that you may have seen it once or twice before? You’ll notice it when viewing virtually any action movie made over the last 20 years that it is essentially a slightly disguised rip off of _Die Hard_ – with the exception of _Ironman_ – which by the way, is awesome. I’ve had similar feelings before watching races. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you swear you’ve seen the same one before – and I don’t mean just because there’s been another 30-car pile up at Talladega. Those similarly uneasy feelings came over me again this past Sunday while watching the Dickies 500 from Texas Motor Speedway. Well, at Texas Motor Speedway. I was in my living room. Thank you for the English lessons, U.S. educational system. But I digress…

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Dickies 500 at Texas

_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 car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway:_ "First of all, I can't thank Office Depot enough--Aflac, Ford--fuel mileage was big, and my Ford Fusion gets great fuel mileage. I can tell you that. This is a fun place. I don't know what to say. My guys did a great job. We probably made the wrong call to take four tires, but Bob [Osborne, crew chief] came up with a way to win that thing anyway; that was great."_Carl Edwards_

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2008 Dickies 500 at Texas

*The Key Moment* – Carl Edwards soft-pedaled 113.5 miles out of a tank of gas to cruise across the finish line first at half throttle. *In a Nutshell* – Edwards day-long domination forced his competitors to use risky strategy in the pits late in the race, but Edwards and the No. 99 bunch trumped them all with the riskiest strategy of them all at the end. *Dramatic Moment* – Waiting to see if the No. 99 was going to run out of gas on the final two laps. Or, waiting to see if Texas Rangers were going to arrest David Gilliland for attempted murder after he wrecked the No. 42 car. *What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week* Well, I sure hope they aren’t talking about stock car racing Monday and Tuesday. *This year’s presidential election is a crossroads for the greatest nation in the history of the world.*

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Avoiding The Talladega Big One That Destroys Your Team

The Chase heads to one of the big unknowns this weekend with restrictor plate racing at Talladega. The tight packs that occur on the plate tracks are nothing less than a nightmare for fantasy owners, leaving them on edge for every bit of those 500 miles. It's a situation where a single slip by a driver can take out an entire team's roster; there is no safe place on the track, and while a driver’s history can look good on paper, there is always a chance that someone else’s mistake can ruin their day -- and yours. With so many unknowns, where do you turn? Of course, the Chase favorites have to be considered for your team; but which ones? Point leader Jimmie Johnson is peaking earlier in the playoffs than usual; but can he avoid causing the Big One this weekend and get a win? Or will it be second place Carl Edwards overcoming the dark history of Roush at Talladega and actually running well on a plate track? And of course, there's the Kyle Busch enigma; will he finally get the black cloud removed from over his head and back up his Talladega win from earlier this year? Read this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to find out, discovering what drivers should be running for you on Sunday -- and which ones you should avoid at all costs.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Is It Roush Fenway Racing’s Time To Shine At California?

California is the penultimate race in the "regular season" leading up to the Chase for the Cup, and the two-mile facility that is the sister track to Michigan will bring the playoff picture into much better focus. Some drivers will find themselves locked in, with several "clinch" scenarios in play -- while other drivers will be eliminated no matter how well they run over the course of Sunday night. With all sorts of different scenarios in play, the decision for gamers is to figure out whether their driver will play it conservative to avoid taking a major hit in points; or, will they go for broke to take the chance of cementing themselves into the Chase? Besides that, there's the matter of sorting out which drivers eliminated from contention are capable of positioning themselves for a strong run at the end of the season versus going through a whole set of experimental struggle for next year.

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Picks ‘N’ Pans – Michigan Summer 2008 – Will Smoke Finally Win Or Is It Edwards’ For the Taking?

The Irish Hills of Michigan host the 23rd race of the season and the opportunity is there for drivers to start officially stamping their passport into the 2008 championship fight. With just three races remaining before the Chase field is set, a driver can be locked into the playoffs as long as they finish this weekend more than 585 points ahead of the 13th place driver. With roughly the top half of the Chase field solidly locked in, gamers will have to think about the fact that those drivers will more likely take chances to get a win and the 10 bonus points associated with it for the Chase. Will Kyle Busch score back to back wins again this year? Can Tony Stewart finally end the winless streak? Will one of the Roushketeers win at Michigan again? Can Kasey Kahne return to his intermediate form? Only this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans will tell you which ones you should have on your roster — and who should be running at Berlin Speedway.

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