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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

_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 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:_ "This Turbo HD Ford really wanted to go, but I was holding back at the end there – at the middle part of that run – and then we got those cautions thankfully. That’s what my plan was inside the car – close us up to Jimmie Johnson and get me a shot at him. I can’t describe it. I needed a lot of help to get here and all these guys behind me and the engine department, everybody has just given me so much help and support. All of my friends and family at home just keep telling us we can do it." _Greg Biffle_

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Another Playoff Opener, Another Chase Cinderella: Why We Should’ve Guessed Greg Biffle

OK, altogether now. The winner of Sunday’s race at New Hampshire was … Carl Edwards? Nope. Kyle Busch? Heck no. Jimmie Johnson? Nah, he finished second. Jeff Burton? Clint Bowyer? Denny Hamlin? No. No. No! It’s Greg Biffle, guys. _Greg Biffle._ Just think about how many names most fans would have gone through if they didn’t see this race and had to guess the winner. Not only was Biffle far from the top of most peoples’ championship lists, to say he’s struggled at New Hampshire Motor Speedway would be an understatement. Coming into Sunday, he’d had only four Top 10 finishes in 12 career starts, with as many DNF’s as races led (2). Frankly, the Biff’s last four finishes up north read like the beginning of a random powerball ticket: runs of 14th, 31st, 13th, and 21st had you looking far beyond the No. 16 when it came to finding a Loudon race winner. We shouldn’t have known The Biff would come out of nowhere … right? Right?

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2008 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

*The Key Moment:* On the final restart with twelve laps to go, Greg Biffle muscled his way past Jimmie Johnson to the subdued delight of anyone left awake. *In a Nutshell:* Another NHMS snoozer. C’mon, Bruton, fix this mess. *Dramatic Moment:* Drama at NHMS? You might as well be searching for couth in Philadelphia. *What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week* Before we start discussing Sunday’s race, let me say the entire Frontstretch staff and myself want to offer *our prayers and support to our friends and fellow fans down on the Gulf Coast* who bore the brunt of Hurricane Ike’s fury. We are with you during this difficult time. A good friend of mine in Galveston lost everything he owned to the storm, but his positive attitude in discussing the fact that he, his wife, and children survived unscathed is a less than subtle reminder that all of us need to be grateful every day for those things we have -- and to remember the relationships we have with those who love us outweigh anything we can own. *Could the Chase have started off with any more drama?* Sure, if the Brady Bunch were allowed to play a spirited game of lawn croquet before the race.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: 2008 Pre-Chase Edition

After seven months, 26 races, and a rollercoaster of ups and downs, the 2008 Chase for the Championship field is now set. This year’s twelve participants will go at it in the fifth edition of NASCAR’s new format, battling through a ten-week playoff push that will culminate with a 400-mile shootout at Homestead in November. On that fateful Sunday, the sport will reach a new milestone, awarding the 60th championship trophy in the history of what’s now known as NASCAR’s Sprint Cup division. As we’ve seen in the past, it can sometimes be difficult to sort out playoff contenders from the pretenders. But on paper, who’s entering this year’s Chase with an edge over the competition? Read on to find out Who’s Hot and Who’s Not heading into the final ten-race stretch...

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Pepsi 500 at Fontana Edition

One race is all that remains between now and this year's much anticipated Chase. While half of the Top 12 head to Richmond with a win-or-lose mentality after locking in their place in the Chase, a number of teams must run smart and post a solid finish to simply make the playoffs. Clint Bowyer holds a 17 point lead over David Ragan for the final Chase spot and both are on this week's WARM list meaning something has to give this weekend. With his win Sunday night, Jimmie Johnson proved he belongs in the same breath as Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch as championship contenders, but if you want a sleeper for the title, look no further than another driver from Johnson's home state of California. To find out who, check out this week's edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not in Sprint Cup.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Pepsi 500 at Fontana

_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 Pepsi 500 presented at Auto Club Speedway:_ "It is amazing. To have the fan base that I do here and fans of this sport that we do here means the world to me. Being in my home state the [Jimmie Johnson] Foundation on the side of the car, this is an awesome race. To do it with style like that and have the dominant car all night long; the longest it took me to do anything tonight was to get out of the car and I apologize for that." _Jimmie Johnson_

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Is It Roush Fenway Racing’s Time To Shine At California?

California is the penultimate race in the "regular season" leading up to the Chase for the Cup, and the two-mile facility that is the sister track to Michigan will bring the playoff picture into much better focus. Some drivers will find themselves locked in, with several "clinch" scenarios in play -- while other drivers will be eliminated no matter how well they run over the course of Sunday night. With all sorts of different scenarios in play, the decision for gamers is to figure out whether their driver will play it conservative to avoid taking a major hit in points; or, will they go for broke to take the chance of cementing themselves into the Chase? Besides that, there's the matter of sorting out which drivers eliminated from contention are capable of positioning themselves for a strong run at the end of the season versus going through a whole set of experimental struggle for next year.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 3M Performance 400 at Michigan Edition

With the Chase fast approaching, the number of races left for contenders to reel in points leader Kyle Busch are quickly coming and going. Busch's 80 bonus points -- as of now -- guarantees the No. 18 team the number one spot once the Chase begins. However, Carl Edwards narrowed that deficit to 40 with his win this weekend at Michigan -- although he'll need to watch his back. As many as five other drivers can tie Carl for the number two seed with three races remaining. There's also been no better time to drive a Blue Oval in the Cup Series this year. Edwards is just one of the five Roush Fenway drivers who make either the *HOT* or *WARM* lists this week, and *Travis Kvapil*, *David Gilliland,* and even the *Wood Brothers* have been impressive during at least one of the last two races. But while the Ford camp has found the magic touch, other teams and manufacturers are struggling with just three weeks to go until the playoffs. To see who could really go for a win -- and who's left to challenge Busch and Edwards for the title -- check out this week's edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not in Sprint Cup.

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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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