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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Edition

Despite its reputation for being just another 1.5-mile “cookie-cutter” track, Chicagoland Speedway is showing her age, developing a wider racing groove capable of supporting side-by-side racing.

Bubble Breakdown: Sterling Marlin’s Engine Seals His Fate, Kyle Petty Locks-In Spot for Daytona 500 & Beyond

With four drivers mathematically eligible to end up a dreaded 36th place in owner points, there was almost as much trepidation at the end of the Cup garage as there was at the front. Sterling Marlin’s engine failure kept the suspense from carrying all of the way to the finish of the race, but until then… it was anybody’s race.

Scanner Static: Ragan Rage Still a Hot Topic

Q: Everybody seems to be ragging on David Ragan. NASCAR has created the situation with the driver shortage so why don’t we blame the organization? The last several races of the season have been used to break a team’s new driver in for the coming season. Ragan has been Roush’s choice of drivers for 2007. …

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Bubble Breakdown: David Stremme Sliding Back Into Top-35 Danger While Joe Nemechek Digs Out

Joe Nemechek has had a horrific year, but he’s stuck it out in the No. 01 Army Chevrolet, and now things are finally beginning to turn around. Driving through the field with ease Sunday, Nemechek took a car that started outside the top 30 and brought it home ninth.

Bubble Breakdown: Kyle Petty Comes Through With Strong Run; Cal Wells’s Top-35 Hopes All But Done

Kyle Petty emerged as a top-15 car, using a two-tire stop in the last 100 laps to propel him into the top 10. Coming home with a 10th-place finish, the 134 points his No. 45 team scored brought them within 72 points of 35th place with just four races remaining.

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