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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville Edition

This weekend's race at Martinsville kicks off the second half of NASCAR's playoffs, the Chase for the Championship. The first five races have been kind to some of us, while others are struggling to make up lost ground from early miscues. Of course, always keep in mind that everything doesn't always go as planned... it's why they race every weekend. With that in mind, who should you use on your fantasy team to kick off the final leg of the Chase?

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Bubble Breakdown: Tony Raines Makes Big Gains For No. 96 Team While Ken Schrader Takes Huge Hit

The usual Saturday night showdown at Charlotte ended up with more twists and turns than your typical road course. Although the moon wasn't full, you couldn't tell from the activity on the track. The first lap featured a huge melee that included 14 cars, the second caution included a green flag thrown with safety vehicles still on the track, and near the end of the race, green flag pit stops were interrupted by a caution which temporarily left four cars on the lead lap.

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Bubble Breakdown: Elliott Sadler’s Pit Road Bobble Costs Him In Top 35; Sterling Marlin Pads Lead Over Kyle Petty

Unfortunately, in the battle for the Top 35, the race was basically running on empty. Only two drivers moved up or down in the standings in our bubble watch, simply changing positions with each other. The other competitors gained or lost points in their battle to stay in a locked-in spot, but didn't do enough to change their place in the standings. Still, there were several drivers who put themselves in better positions after Sunday's action. Let's take a closer look.

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Bubble Breakdown: Bobby Labonte Back in the Saddle, Robby Gordon Falling Fast After Dover

The Monster Mile in Dover, Delaware lived up to its billing this weekend, as the self-cleaning concrete speedway took a toll on both Chasers and Top 35 contestants alike. Three Chase contenders finished 30th or worse, but buried beneath that hoopla was that the remainder of the tail-end finishers, with the exclusion of Tony Stewart, were teams battling for the Top 35 in owner points.

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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

Harvick dominated at New Hampshire Sunday, leading 118 of the final 123 laps to take the checkered flag first for the second week in a row. Finishing .777 seconds in front of second-place Tony Stewart, Harvick took not only the win but the points lead for the first time in his Nextel Cup career, starting his Chase out on the right foot.

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Bubble Breakdown: JJ Yeley, Robby Gordon Move Up in Top-35 Battle; Bobby Labonte Takes Huge Hit

The first race for the Chase is in the books. It was also the first race in the homestretch for the battle for the Top 35. The final 10 races of the season are the time for the teams battling for those precious positions to entrench themselves in the Top 35 and secure a starting spot for the first five races of the 2007 season. Some teams were able to capitalize at New Hampshire while others saw their fortunes continue to slide backwards. Here are the winners and losers from Sunday's race.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Sylvania 300 at Loudon Edition

New Hampshire is a relatively flat 1-mile oval. While it can offer two lanes of racing, the second groove usually doesn't come in until the second half of the race. Track position, as always, is important... but not crucial, as three of the past five races here have been won by cars who started outside the top 10. Now that you're not fooled by qualifying, what should you concentrate on?

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