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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Edition

Everyone said that Talladega would be the wildcard race in the Chase, and it certainly lived up to its billing. Pre-race favorites like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson all took big hits, while drivers like Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth caught people off guard with their strong runs. So, who are the drivers most likely to help you rebound from a tough week in your Fantasy League as the racing moves back to "normal" racing? Let's find out in this week's edition of Picks 'N' Pans.

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Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega

All the post-race attention was on Brian Vickers's uber-controversial last-lap punt of Chase contenders Jimmie Johnson and Earnhardt -- and understandably so. But Gordon and Earnhardt lit a few fireworks of their own when Jeff accused Junior of excessively rough bump-drafting.

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Bowles-Eye View: Teamwork at Hendrick? Jimmie Johnson Should Know Better

One final lap on NASCAR's fastest superspeedway. That's all that stood between a jubilant Jimmie Johnson and Victory Lane Sunday, a signature win destined to get him back in the championship Chase. For Brian Vickers running behind him, he could have seen an opportunity lying ahead, too - a chance to perhaps write his name on a Nextel Cup trophy for the first time in 107 starts. Either way, it looked like nothing could go wrong as the Hendrick cars, ranked second and third, barreled down the back straightaway at 200 mph, both with runs that would push them in front of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and clearly win the race for one of them.

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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega

While attempting to make the pass on Junior for the lead, Brian Vickers bumped Jimmie Johnson from behind a little too hard and in the wrong place, clipping the No. 48 car in the right rear corner and sending Johnson straight into the No. 8 Chevrolet. Both cars spun out of harm's way down the back straightaway into Turn 3 while Vickers streaked by to take the checkered flag, his first Cup win in 107 career starts. Kasey Kahne streaked past the melee to take second, with Kurt Busch third, Matt Kenseth fourth, and Martin Truex Jr. collecting his first career top-five finish in fifth.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Edition

The Cup Series heads to Alabama this Sunday for a run on the newly paved 2.66-mile tri-oval that is Talladega Superspeedway. With new asphalt and restrictor plate engines, every team is going to be holding their breath for 500 miles, hoping they can be in the right place at the right time and avoid the "Big One." Simply put, this is the week where it is better to be lucky than good.

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Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Banquet 400 at Kansas

This week, I had to laugh when the TV broadcast flashed the "Team Chevy Winning Moment" banner across the bottom of the screen. The accompanying picture was not a burnout or a victory lap, but simply the No. 20 car being pushed to pit road by the No. 11. Stewart won the race fair and square, but it was rather anti-climactic heading to the checkered flag, as both the first- and second-place finishers coasted across the finish line out of gas.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Banquet 400 at Kansas Edition

Jimmie Johnson was blowing by the competition and looked to be heading for a win that could have got him back in the title hunt, but Tony Stewart calmly came in and stole the win away with a little extra fuel. The late-race fuel-mileage gamble left plenty of other Chasers looking for gas - and answers - at the end of the day, in the midst of several other spinouts and mechanical issues that threatened to doom their title hopes.

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Doin’ Donuts: Fuel Tank Read Empty For Jeff Gordon, But Racing At Kansas Was Full Steam Ahead

With a tricky turn 4, Chasers problems galore, a fuel-mileage finish, and so much more, Kansas looked like a speedway that's finally coming into its own. Now, if we could only say the same for the other five cookie-cutter tracks...

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