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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond

If you’re like many fantasy owners, last weekend’s race at Talladega left your team looking like it had seen better days. But as you try to regroup, beware; seeing Richmond on the schedule this week may not give you a warm and fuzzy feeling. Saturday night’s Crown Royal 400 offers both the excitement and headaches of short track racing, with the capacity to bump and bang mixed in with the multi-groove feeling of an intermediate track. But even though there are plenty of opportunities to pass there, know that qualifying well is the key to success when it comes to finding your way to Victory Lane. In the last ten Richmond races, the winner has started within the Top 10; so, pay special attention to qualifying if you have the opportunity to build your team on Saturday. With that in mind, which drivers will help you get over the fantasy hangover from Talladega, and which ones will leave you reaching for more aspirin? Read this week’s Picks 'N' Pans to find out how you should put the Band Aids together to allow the restrictor plate wounds sufficient time -- and points -- to heal.

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If Nobody Else Is Going to Say Something, I Will!

Life is full of age old questions. Like... if you were walking around with your fly undone, would you want someone to tell you? Or, if the slacks you chose made your caboose look, well, as big as an actual caboose, would you want to know? No question, fashion can be a tricky thing to master these days. You know how it is; every once in awhile, as you are out and about, you see someone wearing something so outlandishly gaudy and hilarious that you have to wonder – does that person know how silly they look? And what do you do? Do you tell them? I mean, hey, if I look that silly out in public, I think I would want someone to take me aside and say, "Dude..." But over the years, I have come to learn that sometimes, the person in question does not realize their plight, while other times they do know -- it's just that they don’t care. Oh, well; at least they're glad that you took the time to notice! The following story will illustrate that point.

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Chalk Up Another One For Toyota

Restrictor plate racing has always been seen as the great equalizer in NASCAR competition. The Nationwide Series, with their roof/wicker aero package that the Cup Series used in 2001 (but for some reason abandoned) punches quite a big hole in the air, usually producing the kind of competition we have become accustomed to over the years. But while Daytona is more of a handling track, Talladega emphasizes pure speed. Or -- as Eleanor Roosevelt is quoted as saying in "Talladega Nights" -- "…hot, nasty, bad-ass speed." With its newly paved surface and three stories of banking, the fastest car usually stands a better chance of winning at Talladega more than anywhere else. So, during Saturday’s Nationwide Series event, it was really no secret as to who had the best car.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: 2008 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Edition

Anything can – and as we saw Sunday – will happen at Talladega. The new car provided exciting racing for the fans and good runs for some drivers, but headaches for others. Drivers like Juan Pablo Montoya and Travis Kvapil had surprisingly strong finishes while Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards’ days ended early with tire problems, more evidence that the superspeedway is a crapshoot. With a wildcard like Talladega, it’s hard for some of the hotter drivers to stay out of trouble at risk of the “Big One.” Come in and see who survived and stayed on this week’s HOT list and who could really go for a good run at Richmond. *HOT* *Kyle Busch:* The younger Busch is beginning to look like he did at the start of the season. After finishes of 17th and 38th at the short tracks, Busch has three consecutive top 10s including a win this weekend at Talladega that almost got away. A near crash that displayed his amazing car control skills, a controversial pass below the yellow line and a last lap caution all went Kyle’s way in this week’s victory.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

_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 Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway:_ "First Jeff Gordon and then Juan [Pablo Montoya]-- those guys behind us were just awesome. I don't think I've ever finished here without wrecking, or at least, without getting torn up. The 42 [Montoya] was just my savior [Sunday]. He pushed me all the way to the front." _Kyle Busch_

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2008 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

*The Key Moment:* A ten car wreck on the white flag lap drew a caution and sealed the win for Kyle Busch just as the outside line was mounting a challenge. *In a Nutshell:* It’s contrived excitement, but you just can’t look away. *Dramatic Moment:* The last thirty laps of the race were all nailbiters. The 20 and 88 car tangled to set off the customary Talladega smoking pig pile of a wreck on lap 173. Had Tony Stewart not been able to keep his car up against the wall after cutting down a tire on lap 143 while leading, he almost certainly would have triggered a wreck that would have eliminated most of the field. *What They’ll Be Talking About Around the Water Cooler This Week* *Was Kyle Busch’s winning pass made with two tires beneath the yellow line?* If so, was he forced out of bounds?

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Ten Points To Ponder… After the 2008 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega

*1. Aye, Aye…Captain!* – The United States Navy has announced the formation of an 88-person Boot Camp as a recruiting gimmick dubbed the “Dale, Jr. Division,” in conjunction with the Navy’s sponsorship of the sport's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his JR Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide team. Dale, Jr. will drive the No. 83 JR Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide series Chevrolet at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on May 24th to kick off the recruiting campaign; selected recruits will then be sent to Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois in August, at which time Earnhardt, Jr. will commission the division. Following the completion of the seven-to-eight week course, Earnhardt, Jr. will again visit “his” recruits. All branches of the Armed Forces have or are sponsoring NASCAR race teams. However, no current full-time driver in the Sprint Cup Series has ever served in the active military ... including Junior himself.

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NASCAR’s Baddest Boys Steal Rectrictor Plate Racing’s Biggest Stage

They say the Car of Tomorrow is built to withstand bumper-to-bumper contact far better than any stock car in history. Well, I have two words to say to that: Thank God. Sunday’s race at Talladega resembled the atmosphere of a short track slugfest, with cars exchanging punches at a cool 190 miles an hour across NASCAR’s fastest facility. While the restrictor plates were still in place, the excitement they produced was unrestricted, as drivers didn’t hesitate to bump and bang their way to the front in the third race with this current package. While a single line freight train was a legitimate fear – the Fall race resembled a parade for the first 300 miles until drivers started taking chances – it turned out there was no reason to worry as the car came into its own.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Corona Mexico 200 at Mexico City

_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 Corona 200 at Autodromos Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City:_ "It's a pretty phenomenal day for these Joe Gibbs Racing guys. They did an awesome job once again. We ran up front a good bit of the race; [Pruett] was just blocking a little bit too much, I believe. Now I understand why he got dumped last year. And if it came down to it, he was going to be again. [But he] smoked the tires, and I was able to get by him." _Kyle Busch, Mexico City winner_

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2008 Corona Mexico 200 at Mexico City

*The Key Moment:* Scott Pruett got beaten, banged, intimidated, and finally passed with eight laps left -- becoming the latest victim of Kyle Busch's Nationwide Series domination. *In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch wins again … hurrah? It was a short track slugfest on a road course venue, complete with all the problems that continue to plague this series in 2008. *Dramatic Moment:* Waiting to see when Busch was going to lay the bumper on Pruett was pretty exciting stuff; but a close second was Boris Said nearly throwing the hammer down on Marcos Ambrose after the two tangled with 34 laps to go.

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