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Running Their Mouth: 2008 3M Performance 400 at Michigan

_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 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo at Michigan International Speedway:_ "Bob just did a great job. Everyone, the crew, did an unbelievable job, and the greatest part is that we didn’t give up more bonus points to Kyle. He’s just so strong – every time I win and he finishes second, that’s really a 20-point spread for us. Four years ago today I ran my first Cup race for Jack Roush and he took a giant gamble on me. All five of his cars were in the Top 10 today, and to be a part of that again -- for Ford Motor Company, for Roush, and for all the guys, it’s an honor." _Carl Edwards_

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Charting The Championship Chase: Who’s In, Who’s Out… And What’s It All About, Anyway?

The last two weeks have certainly done their part in jumbling up the point standings, as races influenced by, um, extenuating circumstances have given us a look at how the Chase field may shake out as we get closer to that decisive 26th race at Richmond. Last week at Indianapolis, it was the tires that were the culprit, with the backstretch looking more like Main Street in Fallujah than the most hallowed motor racing venue in the world. Then, at Pocono weather and fuel were the decisive factors of the 500-mile race, one that endured a brief red flag period before racing resumed and fuel mileage assured a roll the dice, take your chances ending that had few winners are far bigger losers up front. In each case, a driver within the Top 5 in points came out the victor, all but securing his position in the field while leaving those scrambling for a Chase spot, well, still scrambling.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Edition

Tire problems provided an interesting twist to this week's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, allowing a number of teams to utilize pit strategy to capture unexpectedly strong finishes. One of those teams, the No. 84 of A.J. Allmendinger, came home 10th, giving him his first Top 10 and the best two-race stretch of his career. Up front, the suspense was far less dramatic. Jimmie Johnson was the strongest car and took home his second win of the season -- becoming just the second man to win a stock car race at Indy from the pole. But behind the No. 48, who else had good runs? And with Chase bids on the line, who fell victim to tire problems out of their control? Check out this week's edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not in Sprint Cup to find out how things are shaping up with just six races left until the playoffs.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland

_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 LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway:_ "I have to thank these guys. I gave up on myself, and didn't think I could do that. This M&M's Toyota team is just phenomenal tonight. I have to thank the good Lord from up above. I don't know where this is coming from, but he's blessing us all at Joe Gibbs Racing this year." _Kyle Busch_

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: 2008 Pocono 500 at Pocono Edition

Pit strategy, pit strategy, and more pit strategy; in what became a 500-mile parade with little passing, Pocono’s race became won or lost by the men behind the wall. For those who made the right calls at the right times, a final restart on lap 181 put them in perfect position to succeed; for others, faulty fuel stops left them agonizing deep in the back of the pack. Through it all, Kasey Kahne stayed above the fray – simply because that No. 9 car was in a league of its own. Building a lead of almost ten seconds over its nearest competitors, the Budweiser Dodge cruised home to victory over Brian Vickers, scoring its second win in the last three races as Kahne solidified his hold on a spot in the Chase. Who else is on track to follow in his footsteps -- and which guys find any chance at the playoffs slipping from their grasp? Read this week’s version of Who’s Hot / Who’s Not to find out.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Can Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin Repeat Past Pocono Success?

There truly is no track like Pocono Raceway. The longest straightaway in Sprint Cup, three distinct turns, and a triangular shape distinguish the Pennsylvania facility as one of the most unique in all of motorsports. At 500 miles, Pocono is truly a test of man and machine. The track’s wildly different characteristics require drivers to compromise handling in one turn for the sake of the other two, and require an inordinate amount of focus in navigating the track. Meanwhile, its long straightaways and high sustained speeds throughout put even the best of Cup motors through their paces. But fear not, fantasy gamers. Pocono success tends to be sustained for a driver rather than sporadic, making picks for this weekend a science rather than a crapshoot.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Best Buy 400 at Dover

_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 Best Buy 400 at Dover International Raceway:_ "We didn't have the car to beat today. Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle were better than us, but we made it on the long run as good as they did and we knew if we could get track position and get in front of them that we would be a little bit better. The guys on pit road had a phenomenal day. They got us out front and kept us out front, and that's what won it for us here today." _Kyle Busch_

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Heluva! Good 200 at Dover

*In a Nutshell:* I might as well write a template for this portion of the Nationwide Series Breakdown. This Saturday Joe Gibbs Racing dominated the NASCAR Nationwide Series X (Heluva! Good 200). Driver X (Denny Hamlin) smoked the field, leading X (131) of X laps (200). Joe Gibbs Racing has now won X (9) of X (14) races in the Nationwide Series this season. Hamlin was, unlike last weekend’s post-race interview, far from provocative in Victory Lane, thanking JGR for taking a chance on him as a development driver four years ago and also thanking the fans that stuck out a three hour rain delay to watch the race. “We’ve got the greatest fans [here] in NASCAR” said Hamlin, as if attempting to quash the angst many fans have demonstrated towards him following his conflict with Brad Keselowski last week at Charlotte.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Can Truex Repeat For Your Team, Or Will Cousin Carl Continue To Own The Monster?

Dover International Speedway is one of the toughest tracks on the schedule, a concrete bullring with very tricky transitions on and off of the straightaways. The race offers drivers a multitude of opportunities to be caught up in someone else’s mess, and often, a driver ends up on the rollback due to no fault of their own. Coming off the longest race on the schedule, Dover is hardly a relaxing break, since this track can take a great physical toll on a driver’s body. After surviving the series' endurance test, now it's time to shore up your fantasy team from slamming into those roller coaster wrecks. But there is a bright side: this race leans towards higher predictability when it comes to on track performance. Last weekend was full of twists and turns; fortunes of drivers came and went as the time of day changed and the temperatures dropped. Fortunately, this weekend’s race is all during the daylight, and a concrete surface will not change in temperature as much as the asphalt in Charlotte. So, can *Kyle Busch* continue his dominating start to the season? Will *Jeff Burton* ever fall off the lead lap? And can *Tony Stewart* ever get a Goodyear tire he likes? Read this week’s Fantasy Picks 'N' Pans to find out, and in the process, see if our experts can help your roster avoid the wrath of the Monster Mile. We'll do our best to get your fantasy team on track to the top of your league.

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