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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Dickies 500 at Texas Edition

Last week I said in this column that Jimmie Johnson all but had his third consecutive title locked up; Don't tell Carl Edwards, who is trying his best to make sure that doesn't happen. Chasing down the series leaders in both Nationwide and Sprint Cup, Edwards is riding back-to-back victories on the Cup side in an effort that has closed the deficit between he and Johnson to 106 points. Still, it appears Edwards needs Johnson to hiccup in one of the final two races to have a shot at the championship. With just two races remaining, the 1-2 drivers at the top of the standings are clearly among the hottest drivers in the series. But who else is on a roll? Who needs a good run this weekend at Phoenix? Check out this week's edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not in Sprint Cup: Chase Edition to find out.

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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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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Edition

Carl Edwards returned to Victory Lane this weekend at Atlanta and is now one win behind Kyle Busch for the series lead, but Jimmie Johnson utilized late-race pit strategy for an impressive runner-up finish. The second place run improves the No. 48 team's stranglehold on the rest of the Chase field to 183 points, increasing the likelihood of what would be a third consecutive championship. Johnson has garnered the most headlines since the Chase began seven races ago, but it's one of his teammates who has quietly been one of the most consistent drivers right along with him. To see who that is and who else has been strong as of late, check out this week's version of Who's Hot / Who's Not in Sprint Cup: Chase Edition.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta

_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 Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway:_ "First of all, I’ve got to thank Office Depot, Aflac, Ford, Sprint and also these fans for coming out here. This race track is a blast. I hope they never repave it or mess with it. It’s really fun to drive on. I went to the Aflac Cancer Hospital and met this kid, Dalton. He gave me this necklace. It’s his courage necklace. He was a really cool kid and this is really awesome. He said this would bring me luck, so it was an awesome weekend for us. I can’t believe how great this weekend is.” _Carl Edwards_

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It’s Jimmie Johnson’s World – We’re All Just Living In It

It's as good as done, folks. Park the haulers, turn off the seven-post shaker rigs, put away the tools, and send the shop guys home for some well-deserved R&R. It’s over. O.V.E.R. See you in Daytona. Jimmie Johnson’s gonna three-peat, becoming just the second driver in NASCAR history to do so (joining the immortal Cale Yarborough, who won back-to-back-to-back titles (1976-78) some three decades ago). All that we’re waiting for now is the corpulent lady to belt out a little number, right? Well, maybe not quite yet.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 TUMS QuikPak 500 at Martinsville

It was the same track, same story for Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team, who extended their Top 10 streak at Martinsville to 13 races with a win this weekend. Not only did Johnson extend his Top 10 streak at the paper clip half-mile, but he also extended his Top 10 streak overall to eight races on the season. With Jeff Burton struggling this weekend, Johnson is now the lone driver on this week's *HOT* list. While Johnson is clearly the series' hottest driver and appears to be headed toward a third consecutive championship, a handful of drivers make the *WARM* list this week. To see if your favorite driver makes the cut, or if they need nothing more than a solid run at Atlanta, check out the latest edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not in Sprint Cup: Chase Edition.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Halfway Home — A 2008 Chase Review

Five short weeks ago, NASCAR’s latest rendition of the ill-considered Chase kicked off with all the fanfare the powers that be could muster, despite general apathy by the mainstream press who still seem to think this NFL and World Series thing might fly even against the juggernaut of the shamelessly self-proclaimed "fastest growing sport in America." Five weeks ago, many pundits -- this humble scribe included -- boldly predicted the Chase was a two man battle between Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards. I am hopeful that at the time I picked Jimmie Johnson as a potential spoiler -- at least that would make me look less like a moron than I currently feel. But like those disclaimers on mutual funds proclaim in small print, "past performance does not guarantee future results." So, here at the halfway point let's take a look at the 12 Chasers and how they’re faring, with the above disclaimer still in play...

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Top Ten Recent Understatements By NASCAR-Affiliated Personnel (With Commentary!)

*10.* "It was great to see the front and sniff a little bit of the lead of the race with 25 [laps] to go." – Kurt Busch _(Oooo, that smell! Can’t ya smell that smell?!)_ *9.* "Everyone at Roush Fenway runs well. I mean, all of my teammates run well every single week… so I think to sit on the pole in the Nationwide race and then have a Top 5 in the Cup race, it’s gonna make for a wonderful Sunday off." – Jamie McMurray _(And maybe, just maybe, save his job. Hey, stranger things have happened!)_

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

_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 Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway:_ "This is an awesome race track; it is so much fun racing here. Turning in to victory lane here is just an incredible feeling. I don't take anything for granted. Real proud of our guys. Everybody has been working really hard and putting a lot of effort in to it. We certainly want to put ourselves in position to win a championship, there is no question about that. Everybody keeps wanting to give somebody the trophy, you know what I mean and it is only half way through. It is not done yet. _Jeff Burton_

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Edition

*Talladega.* It was the Chase wildcard; everybody knew it. *The Big One.* Who would be in it? Everybody tried to avoid it ... but you knew not everyone could. In the end, after a number of Chasers raced conservatively for three quarters of the race in anticipation of the big wreck, it was ironically one Chaser tangling with another that triggered a multi-car pileup that included several of those in the Top 12. No. 2 in points, Carl Edwards, ran over teammate and No. 3 man Greg Biffle to start a chain reaction that claimed 11 cars. One of the few Chasers surviving the race was point leader Jimmie Johnson, who opened up a sizable 72-point lead in the standings as a result. Johnson remains on the *HOT* list this week, but a surprising driver joins him, becoming a surprise player in this year's championship battle. To see who it is, and whose Chase hopes went up in smoke, check out this week's edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not in Sprint Cup: Chase Edition.

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