Tag Archives: Kyle Busch

Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2007 Pepsi 400 at Daytona Edition

The Nextel Cup circuit heads to Daytona this week for NASCAR's traditional Independence Day extravaganza. Held on the 2.5-mile tri-oval to mark the end of the season's first half, the 400-miler gives us a chance to take stock and look back on what's been a wild and wacky beginning to '07. Even though the race is no longer held ON the 4th of July, it still involves a prolonged celebration of our country's independence nonetheless. As for your fantasy team, it's a bit of a crapshoot; the Pepsi 400 is a completely different race from the Daytona 500 that kicked off the season. This race is during the heat of the Summer and is run completely at night. It is also the final restrictor plate race in the old-style car -- the final plate race of the year at Talladega will be run with the Car of Tomorrow.

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Full Throttle: How Quickly A Rising NASCAR Star Can Fade

It appears as though the star of Scott Riggs is about to take that plunge back to Earth if he is not able to start performing better in his Evernham Motorsports ride. That's a real shame, for Riggs is a driver who, just a few years ago, looked to have finally punched his ticket to the big time after toiling for years to get there. But he has not been able to find the same stuff that Kasey Kahne has found with EMS, and is in danger of losing his ride as a result.

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Matt McLaughlin’s Driver Handicaps: 2007 New Hampshire Summer Race

Jeff Gordon - Gordon has three wins at Loudon, but none since 1998. In fact, his third-place finish at NHIS last fall put to bed a streak of three straight finishes outside of the top 10. But overall, Gordon has 13 top 10s in 24 career starts at this track - and do you want to bet against a Hendrick driver at a CoT event?

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Matt McLaughlin’s 2007 Fontana Spring Race Driver Handicaps

Jimmie Johnson: Johnson scored his first ever career Cup victory at California back in 2002 (yes, kids, they were racing stock cars way back in 2002). In addition, Johnson has scored three runner-up finishes at Fontana, one of them in this race last year. That's a total of four first or seconds in eight career Cup starts at the track.

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Daytona Speedweeks: The End of Winter

Daytona Speedweeks arrives every year with a roar. Unlike the beginning of any other pro sports, NASCAR does not start a season at a slow, deliberate pace and gradually build up to a climatic, frenzied season-ending crescendo. Instead, it slaps you right in the face to announce its arrival. Last Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout marked, for all intents and purposes, the end of winter for race fans. And for most... it was about time!

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: Pre-2007 Daytona 500 Edition

This week kicks off a brand new season for the Nextel Cup Series. For all the drivers and teams, points reset at zero and the slate is wiped clean, as 51 teams battle for the championship trophy that will be handed out in nine months. But just because everyone's points are the same right now doesn't mean that they're all starting on even ground. There are always a handful of powerhouse organizations already claiming their place at the top, sharing limited space with your perennial underdogs and plenty of teams in the middle striving to make a big splash.

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Best of Jeff Meyer: If “Child” Busch Is The Future, You Can Keep It!

I watched on TV in March as Jeff Gordon shoved Matt Kenseth at Bristol. I saw last year at New Hampshire as Robby Gordon threw his helmet at Michael Waltrip's car. I watched from row 5 at Bristol again when Ward Burton threw his heat shields at Dale Earnhardt Jr. back in the day. Any fan can recite a list of memorable heated exchanges, whether it is on the local dirt track or the greatest superspeedways. Emotion defines NASCAR; it's a big part of why so many love the sport so much.

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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix

Harvick outlasted Jimmie Johnson following a restart with three laps remaining to take his second Cup win of the year at Phoenix. Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five. The season sweep bumped Harvick to third in the championship standings, but with Johnson finishing second, he wasn't able to gain much ground on the points leader, moving to within 90 of the top spot with one race left. Johnson's other main competition for the title, Matt Kenseth, had an awful handling car and wound up 13th, falling 63 points behind heading into the season finale at Homestead next Sunday.

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