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Picks ‘N’ Pans: 2008 UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas

Round three of the Cup series will take place in the desert West as the circuit heads to Las Vegas for the UAW-Dodge 400. The reconfigured Las Vegas Motor Speedway is set to offer up some very intense racing with its variable banking. As the teams continue to figure out this new car configuration, the passing on the track becomes more and more prevalent. Hopefully fans are appreciating the fact that cars are actually making passes for the lead on the track this year. To see which drivers our experts think will make the passes that count and end up in the front or rear this weekend, read on in this weeks Picks ‘n' Pans.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: 2008 Preview Edition

The last time we were in Florida for a race, *Jimmie Johnson* and the No. 48 team were basking in a sea of confetti after winning their second consecutive Sprint Cup title at Homestead-Miami Speedway. A lot has changed since that historic day in November; there's been a powerful addition to the Toyota camp, and the sport's most popular driver debuted with Johnson's organization in convincing fashion during Saturday's Budweiser Shootout. Those are just two of a number of storylines and questions heading into 2008 -- some will have to wait to be answered, while some may be answered here. For those of you who are new to this column, well ... so am I. Moving over from the Bubble Breakdown, I'll be replacing Cami Starr, who has done a wonderful job keeping you, the racing fan, updated on the trends of what's happening in NASCAR's premiere series over the past few years. With that said, here's the first edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not for 2008. Use it for fantasy purposes, use it for an unbiased view of where your favorite driver ranks (not that you'd be biased in the first place, right?), or simply read it to kill some time. Either way, I'm glad to have you on board for the upcoming season.

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2007 Driver Review: Matt Kenseth

*2007 Ride*: No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford *2007 Primary Sponsor*: DeWalt Tools *2007 Owners*: Jack Roush and John Henry *2007 Crew Chief*: Chip Bolin (Feb. Daytona - March Atlanta following the suspension of Robbie Reiser during Daytona Speedweeks), Robbie Reiser (Remainder of Year) *2007 Stats*: 36 starts, 2 Wins, 13 Top 5s, 22 Top 10s, 4th in points. *High Point*: Anytime a driver gets a win on the Nextel / Sprint Cup Series, it is considered a large achievement, one that many drivers can only dream about. A victory is extra special for Matt Kenseth, who is known more for his rock solid consistent finishes rather than the dominating double-digit win seasons main rivals Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon have put up through the years. So, his two victories at the Auto Club 500 in Fontana and the season finale Ford 400 in Homestead will surely stand out from the rest of the 2003 Champ's accomplishments - especially when one considers who was atop the pit box during those feats.

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Mirror Driving: Banquet On The Move? Petty Movin’ On Up? And Teams Moving…To The Auction Block?

*It's official; George Gillett and Petty Enterprises will NOT merge operations. Critical mistake, or gutsy move by Petty to keep hope alive his team will once again be a powerhouse all its own?* Amy: It's the right move for Petty to preserve their historical identity. Vito: I don't blame them. It wasn't like GEM was setting the world on fire or anything - and Petty just pirated away another Hendrick luminary in Jeff Meendering. Level Cross to Mooresville is one thing; axing Petty Enterprises and the King's silhouette is quite another. Tony: I agree with Vito. They're getting everything they can with GEM engines already. Tom: I just think Gillett wants to control everything he touches. Not only that, but I honestly don't think Petty is in that bad a shape, either. Bobby Labonte didn't go anywhere, and he finished 18th in points rather quietly this season. Honestly, should Meendering and Labonte click, they're not all that far off from making the Chase. It's not as bad a situation as Yates was when they sold out to Roush.

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Mirror Driving: Johnson’s Place In History, Brian France Rewriting History, And Kenseth Looking Back On History

*Jimmie Johnson took his second consecutive Nextel Cup title Sunday, joining Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, and Jeff Gordon as the sixth driver in the modern era to put together back-to-back title runs. Should Johnson now be considered among the best drivers in the modern era?* Mike: He certainly should. He's been in the Chase every year; you can't deny that he's been strong. He's also the winningest driver since he came into the series in 2002. Tommy: Gordon, Stewart, and Johnson are the best among active drivers. Johnson hit Cup racing full speed ahead, and hasn't slowed down since. Vito: He's knocked down 33 wins already ... so I'd say so. That's more than Dale Jarrett has in his entire career. He also has a Daytona 500 and a Brickyard 400 win, to boot.

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2007 Ford 400 at Homestead

*The Key Moment* - Matt Kenseth got enough of a jump on the final restart so that Kurt Busch could never get close enough to the No. 17 to offer a serious challenge. *In a Nutshell* - Kenseth wins the race at Homestead, Jimmie Johnson clinches the championship, and the 2007 Cup season finally reaches its end. *Dramatic Moment* - Truthfully, I've seen more drama in elementary school sack races. Forced to choose, I'd guess the only real action I saw Sunday night was the final ten lap sprint. Other than that, Matt Kenseth pretty much had it on cruise control.

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Ten Points to Ponder…After the 2007 Ford 400 at Homestead

*1. Matt's Momentum* - Matt Kenseth has had a great second half of the Chase, posting finishes of 5th, 4th, 2nd, 3rd, and 1st in the last five races - an average finish of 3.0. Six races ago, Kenseth was 12th in the points - Sunday, he finished the season in 4th. With all the talk about how critical it is to carry momentum to Daytona, you have to figure Kenseth must be feeling pretty good about the '08 season ahead. *2. Countdown Clock* - If you're already starting to worry about withdrawal during the offseason, there are places on the 'net already featuring Daytona 500 "Countdown Clocks":http://www.jayski.com/cupnews.htm - it's just 90 days and counting! And don't forget that the Bud Shootout is a week earlier this year, running on February 9th, 2008.

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 Arizona Travel 200 at Phoenix

*In a Nutshell* The Arizona Travel 200 was another Busch Series crash fest. The race saw the caution flag fly 11 times for 46 laps--almost one quarter of the race--and was also stopped under the red twice. Clint Bowyer was strong early in the event, leading 28 of the first 30 laps. (He would have led all 30 if not for an orchestrated lead change allowing teammate Scott Wimmer the opportunity to get out front to secure five bonus points toward the owners' championship for the No. 29 team.) Greg Biffle also showed some strength during the first half of the race, leading from lap 46-66. At lap 85, Kyle Busch asserted himself, leading until lap 117 when Matt Kenseth stuck his nose in front. Busch regained the lead on the following lap and never looked back, winning the Arizona Travel 200 in dominating fashion.

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NASCAR Stuff We Can’t Make Up: November 7, 2007

_In Frontstretch's newest feature, Senior Staff Writer Becca Gladden scours the NASCAR news front to bring you the week's curious, offbeat, and just plain wacky news from the intriguing world of big-time stock car racing. Trust us, folks, these stories are all true - we just couldn't make this stuff up!_ - Christmas shopping alert! Sam's Club is selling a "Once-in-a-Lifetime Package NASCAR Insider's Racing Experience," which just went on sale Wednesday. Among the many features of this gift package are the opportunity to become an honorary crew member at the May 2008 Charlotte race, a hot lap around the track in the official pace car, and a spot in the Petty Enterprises suite from which to watch the race. Your cost? Just $24,800. I know for that price you'll be tempted to stock up for all your gift giving needs! (Sadly, there is just one package available). - Last week, we mentioned that Tony Stewart attended a Halloween party dressed as Elvis Presley. Now comes word that Matt Kenseth went to a costume party at Jamie McMurray's house wearing a Bill Clinton costume. But here's the really funny part - Matt's wife Katie came dressed as Monica Lewinsky - giving a whole new meaning to the concept of NASCAR's "Oval Office."

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Mirror Driving: Kenseth’s Special Comment, Hendrick = Dominant, And Gauging Edwards’ Busch Accomplishment

*After waging a hard-fought battle with Jimmie Johnson over the final ten laps, is Matt Kenseth being unfairly criticized for openly mentioning he's going to settle for second on the radio?* Amy: Yes, he is. Kenseth wasn't settling for anything; he was questioning whether going for the win was worth putting his car in the wall! Which - by the way - he almost did a couple of times … Tommy: He was just debating whether going for the win was worth the high probability of wrecking ... it's nothing that drivers aren't doing mentally, anyways. Vito: It's a natural question. He had two tires and was about losing it coming off the corner, trying to hold off a guy with four. Tom: For someone who was just going to "settle for second," Kenseth was certainly driving the wheels off that thing.

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