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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Nextel Cup: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas Edition

The tight Martinsville paperclip did its part to keep the points close Sunday, throwing a wrench into the Chase standings with the first seven positions in points changing hands by the end of the day. Which drivers are heating up as the number of races wind down? Read this week's Who's Hot/Who's Not in the Chase to find out.

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That’s History: Never Prewrite NASCAR’s History

I was looking for some notes in the abyss that is my hard drive when I came across a historical document of great significance. Well, not really... but it's funny nonetheless. What's the document of which I speak, you ask? Why, none other than my preseason picks for the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.

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Race Trax: 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville

The Subway 500 is the 32nd race on the 36-race NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule. The Cup Series visits the .526-mile Martinsville Speedway twice in 2006. Martinsville has hosted the Nextel Cup Series since 1949. Drivers will race 500 laps for the checkered flag. The field will include 2005 polesitter Tony Stewart and race winner Jeff Gordon.

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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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Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

Far be it from me to criticize what anyone says in the pre-race invocation, but it did strike me as curious when this week's prayer included the words, "We ask the drivers to be models of excellence and virtue." I guess this harkens back to the old Charles Barkley "I'm not a role model" debate - but do race fans really expect (and pray) that NASCAR drivers will be "models of virtue?"

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Nextel Cup: 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville Edition

As the smoke cleared from a wacky weekend of racing, Jeff Burton continued to remain the class of the Chase field, with the rest of his challengers now looking to play catchup in the second half. Heading into Martinsville, second through seventh in the standings are separated by just over 100 points, so any little bump or bang this weekend could send the standings into a tailspin.

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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

After finishing second at Talladega the previous week, Kasey Kahne came out and dominated at Lowe's, leading 134 laps and surviving a wacky race of attrition and pit strategy to come out on top in the Bank of America 500 and close to within 160 of points leader Jeff Burton. Kahne took the season sweep at the track over Lowe's legend Jimmie Johnson, who placed second; Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Bobby Labonte rounded out the top five finishers.

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Full Throttle: Jeff Gordon vs. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Let the Slings And Arrows Fly

Last Sunday at Talladega, Dale Earnhardt Jr. pushed Jeff Gordon to the lead in the UAW-Ford 500. That wasn't the first time Earnhardt has helped Gordon get to the front, but it very well may be his last. After Gordon was taken out of the race by someone else's mistake in the race's semi-annual "Big One," he was quick to rake Earnhardt Jr. over the coals for what Gordon considered excessive bump drafting. When Junior found out, he made the observation that Gordon doesn't mind when he benefits from people's assistance, as long as it suits him...

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