Tag Archives: Denny Hamlin

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In The Chase: 2007 Subway 500 at Martinsville Edition

The Hendrick stronghold on the Chase for the Championship tightened Sunday at Martinsville, as Jimmie Johnson scored his series-high seventh win of the season. Not to be totally outdone, teammate Jeff Gordon finished third, maintaining a 53-point lead over Johnson in what has quickly become a two-man race for the championship. As things stand right now, it's the Gordon/Johnson show down the stretch, with Clint Bowyer barely holding on in a possible spoiler role for yet another week.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Kroger 200 at Martinsville

As the field wrecked behind him, Mike Skinner took the checkered flag ahead of Jack Sprague to win the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway Saturday afternoon. A late-race red flag set the field up for a three-lap shootout, and Skinner prevailed, winning his third race at the 0.526-mile short track. Ron Hornaday, Jr, David Starr and Rick Crawford rounded out the top five.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Subway 500 at Martinsville Edition

First up in the final five-race dogfight to the finish is actually the most challenging circuit remaining. This week, the series visits Martinsville, Va., both the oldest and shortest track on the schedule. The paper-clip oval looks tame, but don't be fooled by the slower speeds; this race poses just as many pitfalls as Talladega when it comes to a driver being caught up in someone else's mess. As a result, expect to see some bumping and banging that can ultimately cost a driver his shot at victory - and perhaps your fantasy title dreams - come Sunday.

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Mirror Driving: Tired Of Tires, Who’s Haas Gonna Hire, And Whose Chase Has Caught Fire?

All weekend long at Lowe's, both complaints and concern centered around the tire Goodyear brought to the event. After seeing the race unfold, is the tire still too hard for this surface - or are drivers getting to the point of whining about something a little too much?

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In The Chase: 2007 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Edition

The halfway point of the Chase at Lowe's brought with it a reality check to several men no longer in the hunt for a championship. For drivers like Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, and Kevin Harvick, their one-time title dreams turned into nightmares filled with enough broken parts and pieces to start a junkyard. On the contrary, for others it was a case of too little, too late, as strong runs by Jeff Burton and Kyle Busch didn't even make a dent in deficiencies that seem far too steep to overcome.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Edition

There's far more than the renovations at Charlotte themselves to be concerned about, as those things reach beyond your ownership control. Looking at a race that runs from twilight into dark, there is always concern over the changing track conditions and how teams will adjust to them over time. With the Chase pretty much down to a three-horse race, the rest of the driver pool is going to be in the same boat - just win, and get maximum exposure for your sponsor.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In The Chase: 2007 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Edition

A handful of Chasers, including Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch, got dragged into a fall mess of mangled machinery coming out of turn 4, all caused when Bobby Labonte simply lost control and spun out in front of the field. The results really jumbled up the Chase standings; for when the smoke cleared, all title contenders figured out just two men had left the rest of them eating their own dust. It was all par for the course in another restrictor-plate roller coaster ride that left engines burning up, Chasers on life support, and fans sitting on the edge of their seats for a last-lap shootout to the finish.

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