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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. 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. 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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Did You Notice? Family Favoritism, Biting the Hand That Feeds You & Statistical Silliness?

Did You Notice? That halfway through the regular season, not a single person in the top 12 in points is a first-time Chase participant? We can expand that out to individual teams, too, as each of their car owners has been Chase bound as recently as 2006.

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Mirror Driving: A Busch-Edwards Rivalry? Truck Series Prospects? & Judging the Season at Halfway …

After their 1-2 finish at Dover — the second time it's happened in the last month — people have been quick to point to Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards as "the next great rivalry." Do you agree with that statement, or is there another one that sticks out in your minds that's far more combative?

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Best Buy 400 at Dover

The Monster Mile wasn’t as much of a monster as it's been in the past -- that is, after an early race melee involved six of the top 12 drivers in the point standings. But while the rest of the day may have put you to sleep, it did allow for some decisive moves in the rankings this week. The Roush Fenway brigade all climbed up in the order except for David Ragan, while Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, and Clint Bowyer were among those who took big hits in the poll this week. Behind them, what underdog driver received enough love to move back into the top 15 -- kicking out someone who's spent nearly all year cruising along in the top 12 in points? Read on to find out, and see if you agree or disagree with the latest choices by our Frontstretch writers.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Best Buy 400 at Dover Edition

The notorious “Monster Mile” jumped out and attacked the competition Sunday when Elliott Sadler came down on the No. 38 of David Gilliland on lap 18, triggering a massive pileup that ended the days for a number of Chase contenders before they could even get into a rhythm. Aside from Sadler’s blunder, though, it was Kyle Busch who once again stole the headlines by claiming his fourth win of the season. Busch is undoubtedly the hottest driver in the series right now; but how does his start stack up against Jimmie Johnson’s impressive start to 2007? Check out this week’s edition of Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup to find out.

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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 Speedway.

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Bowles-Eye View: For 2 NASCAR Champs, a Little Game of Perception Versus Reality

There’ve been several drivers who’ve been bounced around by the critics for disappointing seasons; but as their Sunday performances reminded us, two former champions in particular make two great examples that perception is often different from reality. When 12 drivers make the playoffs, most everybody in that group will experience a “down” portion to their season – but the key is to show enough strength to be up at the right time. Right now, two drivers are doing that… despite what you may think.

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Happy Hour: NASCAR’s Rule Enforcement Problem

Haas CNC Racing is the latest student to be schooled in NASCAR Rule Enforcement. They committed the cardinal sin of tinkering with the CoT and have received a good old-fashioned whoopin’ for it. This article isn’t excusing Haas, but, in the end, it may be NASCAR that violates the best interests of the sport with their blind heavy-handedness. As everyone knows by now, NASCAR has been enforcing a zero tolerance policy regarding the new car that is about equivalent to six months in jail for a traffic violation. Any attempt to step outside the strict boundaries has resulted in a loss of 100 points, $100,000, and six weeks’ work for the crew chief. This had been the broad brush standard from day one of the winged snowplow. That is until now--the ante has been upped: mess with the car and you’re looking at 150 big ones now.

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Revisiting the Major Storylines of 2008

With the adoption of the 36-race Cup schedule some years back, the World 600 now ends the first of three 12-race segments that make up the season. And while it may be an even split, each portion comes ripe with its own agenda. At the start of segment one, teams arrive full of optimism at Daytona each February, confident they’re going to win races and compete for titles. But those first 12 races of the year help separate the contenders from the pretenders, turning dreams into nightmares for teams who struggle to simply keep up. The next 12 -- stretching from Dover to the Bristol night race -- make up what I call the Summer Season (even though by calendar, the official start of summer is still a month off).

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Voices from the Heartland: Brian France Speaks Again & Adds to Global Warming!

You readers out there that peruse this column regularly know that I just love writing about NASCAR CEO Brian France. Why? Because he is soooo easy! Not easy like a Sunday morning, but easy like challenging the kids on the short bus to a spelling bee. And, to be brutally honest, I like easy. At any rate, Mr. France spoke last week about the state of the sport… again, and as usual, he never fails to amaze and amuse me. This week, Brian wears many hats, from Mr. Obvious to Mr. Oblivious to Mr. What? But since I am a patient man, I will once again kindly attempt to point out to Brian the error of his thinking. However -- since I know such an endeavor is about as pointless as trying to teach a caveman to play Scrabble -- I will not hold my breath.

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