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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas

Dominating the race for the second straight week, Tony Stewart survived a green-white-checkered finish over Jimmie Johnson to take his first career win at Texas Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five. Meanwhile, Johnson's second-place finish catapulted him into the point lead with two races left in the season, moving 17 markers ahead of Matt Kenseth, who finished 12th.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas Edition

The Chase is winding down. After Atlanta there are only three weeks left until the end of the NASCAR Nextel Cup season. The series now heads to Texas Motor Speedway. Everything is bigger in Texas, or so they say, and events at TMS are no exception. With the title fight the closest it has been in years, the pressure will be as huge as the pre-race extravaganza.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2006 Bass Pro Shops at Atlanta Edition

While Tony Stewart stole the show in his fittingly colored orange and black Chevy, Chaser Jimmie Johnson hooked onto his back bumper, both to continue his hot streak and take on the role of the kid who steals everyone's candy at the end of the night. Several other Chasers had their share of candy handed out to them, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin; others, like Mark Martin and Kasey Kahne, had their candy ripped right out from under their fingertips. When the smoke cleared from the madness, though, it was Matt Kenseth who was holding the biggest treat of them all... a 26-point lead heading into Texas this Sunday.

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Bowles-Eye View: Finding the Beauty Within a Championship Lost

Throughout the '80s and '90s, Atlanta's place in NASCAR lore was simple: it was the palace through which Cup champions were crowned. For some, a coronation proved merely a formality, their hardware long clinched before the annual fall 500-miler; others used this 1.5-mile track to create drama until the final moment of the final lap before choosing to etch their name on the annual championship hardware. The final race of the season until just a few short years ago, this was a track defined as a place that made stock car dreams come true.

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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta

Racing to the front early and often, Stewart used four fresh tires to pass Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 11 laps to go to secure the victory in Sunday's Bass Pro Shops 500. Jimmie Johnson also got by Junior before the checkered flag to take second, leaving him behind to contest a furious side-by-side battle with Matt Kenseth; the No. 8 car pushed ahead by .009 of a second at the line to take third. While Kenseth lost that contest, his fourth-place finish kept his point lead intact, although it shrank to just 26.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2006 Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Edition

With only four races remaining this season, the Nextel Cup drivers and teams can see the light at the end of the tunnel - the 2006 championship trophy shines brighter by the day. As the series heads back into the Southern hospitality of Atlanta, who are the drivers that can right your fantasy ship, leading you straight from the emergency room to the trophy room? Let Cami and substitute fantasyman Tom Bowles show you the way in this week's edition of Fantasy Picks 'N' Pans.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Nextel Cup: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas Edition

The tight Martinsville paperclip did its part to keep the points close Sunday, throwing a wrench into the Chase standings with the first seven positions in points changing hands by the end of the day. Which drivers are heating up as the number of races wind down? Read this week's Who's Hot/Who's Not in the Chase to find out.

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That’s History: Never Prewrite NASCAR’s History

I was looking for some notes in the abyss that is my hard drive when I came across a historical document of great significance. Well, not really... but it's funny nonetheless. What's the document of which I speak, you ask? Why, none other than my preseason picks for the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.

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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Subway 500 at Martinsville

Surviving a thrilling duel with rookie Denny Hamlin in the final six laps, Jimmie Johnson held on to win by a car length at Martinsville's tricky short track. The win marked his first checkered flag at the track since the tragic Hendrick Motorsports plane crash killed 10 people the day the No. 48 team won here in 2004. Hamlin held on for second, with Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, and Jeff Gordon rounding out the top five.

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