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Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 Watkins Glen Race Edition

Jeff Gordon - Gordon is one of the better NASCAR road racers. While he has four wins at the Glen, oddly enough he hasn't had a top-10 finish here in five races - he's finished outside the top 20 in three of those events. But don't be fooled; Gordon also has five wins at Sonoma, and could easily break out of his road-race slump here.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Centurion Boats at the Glen Edition

While Kurt Busch put on a clinic last weekend at Pocono, the rest of the Chase hopefuls put in good finishes to accentuate the point of why they are the best of the best. With all 14 main Chase contenders finishing in the top 17, it wasn't hard to put up a good fantasy number last weekend. But this week's Centurion Boats at the Glen will likely be a different story. Road course racing isn't for everyone, with a few key drivers normally stealing the show. However, crazy things can happen when you're going left and right on the Nextel Cup circuit, and sometimes an unexpected hero can emerge. So, which drivers have we selected to make you look like a Fantasy King or Queen this week? Read this week's Fantasy Picks 'N' Pans to find out.

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Running Their Mouth: 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race to capture 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 some select few were thinking after the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

1. Robby Robbed? - I'm going to take the minority position here, but I believe NASCAR initially made the right call placing Robby Gordon in 13th for the restart in Saturday's Busch race. The issue according to NASCAR was not where Gordon was when the caution came out, but the fact that he failed to "maintain a cautious pace" under the yellow. However, NASCAR did compound the confusion by initially telling Gordon to line up in first... then in second... then in 13th. The officiating crew also messed up by restarting the race with Gordon still in second, knowing full well that he would wreck Marcos Ambrose after the restart - which, of course, he did. For his part, Gordon said that the reason he didn't move back was that he was going to appeal the finish and "wanted to make sure that the race played out the way it should."

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Jeff Gordon Won AGAIN?! & Is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Going to Be Any Good? It was 10 Years Ago…

It's been an interesting summer for a race fan. The world tilted on its axis when Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he was leaving Dale Earnhardt Incorporated and practically jumped out of orbit and headed for the Sun when he announced he was going to Hendrick Motorsports; a decision that for many fans was akin to Luke Skywalker saying, "Sure, Darth-I mean Dad, I'll join the dark side. The good guys aren't really much fun." In some respects the point standings look like they did 10 years ago, with Jeff Gordon running away with the lead. The cast of characters in the rest of the top 10 has changed significantly-only Jeff Burton was even in the Nextel Cup Series then.

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Voice of Vito: The Chase for the Cup – Saving Fans From a Championship Already Decided

This year, the Chase looks to provide some excitement again to what otherwise would be a comatose-inducing runaway by points leader Jeff Gordon. Under the old system, his fifth championship would all but be decided at this point, as long as he could just avoid accidents and injury. Even during crew chief Steve Letarte's four-week suspension for rules infractions at Sonoma (with two more still to go), Gordon's come up with an eye-popping average finish of 5.2. Currently enjoying a 371-point lead over Denny Hamlin, the No. 24 team has entered into a time zone all their own; and did I mention that total doesn't include the 100 points Gordon was docked for the fender issue at Sonoma?

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Nextel Cup: 2007 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Edition

While Tony Stewart was kissing the bricks at Indianapolis for the second time in three years, some drivers almost kissed their Chase hopes goodbye in the wreckfest that was the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday. In the first 60 laps of the race, a total of 18 drivers had been involved in at least one accident, with defending race winner Jimmie Johnson making the most spectacular exit from Indy. As Johnson ran for cover from his burning car, several other key Chase contenders were in the garage area; namely Ryan Newman and Jamie McMurray, who were involved in earlier incidents. But what could have been a terrible day for those drivers turned out to be nothing more than a tiny bump in the road when current Chase bubble driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s engine went up in a plume of smoke.

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Kyle Busch and the 5 Amazing Mentors – A Tale of Speed and Impertinence

Since his outburst about teamwork, or the lack thereof, at Daytona earlier this month, Kyle Busch has been under a microscope that is already on high power as he searches for a new ride for 2008 and beyond. He's been called a whiner, immature and spoiled. His comments were looked at as childish and jealous. Whatever the reasons for his comments or Busch's personality shortcomings, it was brought up that nobody at Hendrick Motorsports has ever taken Busch under his wing. Kyle Busch has never had a mentor, they exclaimed! How could he possibly know better?

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Fanning the Flames: 1 Team’s Folly is Another’s Fortune

What a typical NASCAR vacation: The circuit takes a one-week hiatus from on-track action only to turn up the volume away from it. The Ginn/DEI merger not only shuffled the driver deck and taught prospective owners a thing or two about life in the bigs, it opened a spot in the owner points standings for the Wood Brothers. The recipient of the Lucky Dog in all this chaos, the Woods went from previously finding themselves in a seemingly insurmountable 225-point hole, relying on driver-for-hire Bill Elliott's past champion's provisionals (or pure speed) to make the show each week.

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