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Bubble Breakdown: The Chase is Here – But the Top-35 Battle is Closer Than Ever for Wood Brothers, BDR

The Chase may have just begun this week in New Hampshire, but the race for the 35th position in owner points has been in full swing all season long... and the gap is getting narrower. The difference between 34th and 36th now stands at just 82 points - and while the Top-35 battle does not garner as much coverage as the top 12, with a potential spot in the 2008 Daytona 500 at stake, it certainly deserves it. Who are the other teams fighting to stay in contention for the 35th and final spot? Check out this week's new look edition of the Bubble Breakdown.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville

Travis Kvapil led 47 of the last 48 laps on his way to the checkered flag in the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Kvapil finished 2.403 seconds ahead of the only Chevrolet to break into the top 10, Ron Hornaday Jr. Points leader Mike Skinner finished third with David Starr and Todd Bodine rounding out the top five.

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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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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Nextel Cup: 2007 Auto Club 500 at Fontana Edition

As the Nextel Cup Series put its second race in the books last weekend in California, a state known for wildfires surely did its part to fuel the flames of several of Nextel Cup's hottest drivers. This week's surprising contingent listed as currently burning up the tracks includes a 48-year-old veteran who continues to steal center stage, as well as a 21-year-old rookie using a combination of luck and racing smart to fight his way towards the top of the charts.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Daytona 500 Edition

Daytona has become more of a handling track than that other restrictor-plate track on the schedule, Talladega. The surface has aged, and the grip has gone away more and more each year. People were actually talking during practice on Wednesday about getting their car to roll through the center of the corner; that is the kind of talk you get at Martinsville, not Daytona. Whatever the case may be, the teams that get the handling right will be the teams that run well all day, and it is a safe bet it will be a Chevrolet; they've won every Daytona 500 here since 2003.

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Mirror Driving: Does Daytona 500 Qualifying Mean ANYTHING?

The top five qualifiers for this year's Daytona 500 had a whopping zero top-10 finishes in 2006. Is the strength of teams like Robert Yates Racing and Chip Ganassi a good sign for the upcoming season, or are these qualifying times simply a flash in the pan? Can any one of these guys be contenders on Sunday?

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Racing at the Beach: Tragedy, Triumph & New Faces, 2001-2006

The 2000 edition of the Great American Race wasn't very good, but come 2001 NASCAR thought they'd developed a solution to ensure good racing at Daytona. A small spoiler called the "taxicab strip" was added to the roof of the Cup cars; NASCAR officials hoped the cars would punch a bigger hole in the air with the strip, allowing for more passing despite the restrictor plates. Whether the strip actually made for better racing is highly debatable; what was of greater importance was how drivers quickly reported the strips made the closing rate on a car ahead frighteningly fast. That led to some dangerous and ultimately tragic racing that unforgettable February afternoon.

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Racing at the Beach: Earnhardt Tries His Best & Comes Up Short, 1990-93

Dale Earnhardt must have felt his blood pressure rise whenever he recalled the Daytona 500 of 1990, and who can blame him? For another driver, though, it was the high point of his career altogether. Ken Schrader won the pole position for the third straight year, continuing his streak of every event since the restrictor plate was reintroduced at Daytona. Schrader's luck turned bad in the first qualifier, however, as a last lap crash wiped out the car and forced Schrader to a backup.

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Racing at the Beach: Out with the Old and In with the New, 1986-1990

For Dale Earnhardt fans, the 1986 Daytona 500 is one of the "big ones that got away." Earnhardt had a strong week, but the bad luck at Daytona he shared with Darrell Waltrip and Buddy Baker reared its ugly head again. After the way he had dominated the '85 Daytona 500, Bill Elliott was a heavy favorite that year. He didn't disappoint anyone on pole day either, claiming the pole for the race at over 205 mph for the second year in a row. "Hoo-Ray" hollered the Elliott fans.

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