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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix Edition

While no one is technically eliminated from the Nextel Cup title chase, there are realistically only five drivers with a shot to take home the hardware in Homestead. This week, they come to Phoenix. Are you ready to step up to the challenge, defeating the short list of competitors still eligible for a title in your own league? Read on to get solid advice on how to clinch your fantasy championship a week ahead of schedule.

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Becca’s Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville

Running seventh with 22 laps to go, Dale Earnhardt Jr. locked up his brakes and spun trying to pass Kasey Kahne, resulting in a 22nd-place finish and a loss of one spot in the standings. Said Junior, "That was my mistake. I was trying too hard... It got down to the end of the race and I got greedy. I can't blame it on nobody but myself."

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Bubble Breakdown: Tony Raines Makes Big Gains For No. 96 Team While Ken Schrader Takes Huge Hit

The usual Saturday night showdown at Charlotte ended up with more twists and turns than your typical road course. Although the moon wasn't full, you couldn't tell from the activity on the track. The first lap featured a huge melee that included 14 cars, the second caution included a green flag thrown with safety vehicles still on the track, and near the end of the race, green flag pit stops were interrupted by a caution which temporarily left four cars on the lead lap.

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Scanner Static: Kansas Puts On a Hall of Fame Show

The only track of similar size and shape to Kansas that I like better is Charlotte, and Kansas has supplanted Atlanta as No. 2 on my list. I think they do a great job there and the races are spectacular. This may have been the most exciting finish to a NASCAR race since Carl Edwards won in Atlanta. I agreed with the decision not to send the Hall of Fame to Kansas City, but it would be a criminal shame if this track is ever removed from the Chase lineup. Fortunately, I don't think that will happen.

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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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Bubble Breakdown: Elliott Sadler’s Pit-Road Bobble Costs Him In Top 35; Sterling Marlin Pads Lead Over Kyle Petty

Unfortunately, in the battle for the Top 35, the race was basically running on empty. Only two drivers moved up or down in the standings in our bubble watch, simply changing positions with each other. The other competitors gained or lost points in their battle to stay in a locked-in spot, but didn't do enough to change their place in the standings. Still, there were several drivers who put themselves in better positions after Sunday's action. Let's take a closer look.

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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Chevy Rock ‘N’ Roll 400 at Richmond

On a rock 'n' roll extravaganza of a night at Richmond where the Barenaked Ladies took center stage, Tony Stewart exited stage right, and Matt Kenseth staged his claim as the lead singer of the upcoming Chase for the Championship tour, it was Kevin Harvick who ended up stealing the show before the curtain closed on NASCAR's "regular season."

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Bubble Breakdown: Dave Blaney Excels at Richmond, Jeff Green Tumbles Into Danger Zone

While no new teams entered the Top 35 after Richmond, the track provided a few position changes in and around the bubble, and a possible glimpse into one team's future struggles. Read on to find out who in this week's winners and losers.

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