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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Nextel Cup: 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland

Chicago is known for football, deep dish pizza, shopping, and the Sears Tower; sadly, it's not yet known for great racing. However, there was at least one driver who didn't sleep through the Chicagoland snoozefest; that would be Tony Stewart, who celebrated the end of his 20-race winless drought with another climb up the fence. Smoke was left awake and alert after a weekend where he got a lecture from the coach about playing nice with others, and he turned that motivation into victory celebration come Sunday night.

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Running Their Mouth: 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland

Each week, we'll go through all the media reports, interviews, PR, and our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Nextel Cup race to capture 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 some select few were thinking after the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

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Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Edition

After starting 30th for Sunday's USG Sheetrock 400, Montoya used the first 60 green-flag laps to guide his Wrigley's Big Red Dodge into the top 20. Crew chief Donnie Wingo and the team did not appear to figure out the setup needed to run with the leaders, though, as Montoya would eventually lose a lap during the race's second green-flag stretch. However, Robby Gordon's bad luck turned out to be the lucky break Montoya needed. Despite this bout of good fortune, though, Montoya was never able to break into the top 10, settling instead for a 15th-place finish at the checkered flag.

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Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 Midterm Report Card

Now that the Pepsi 400 is in the record books, the 2007 Nextel Cup Series officially enters the second half of its racing season. While that means much welcomed visits to familiar tracks for this year's rookie class, there's still one major obstacle they have yet to endure before moving forward - Professor Lumbis's dreaded midterm grades. My evaluation isn't exactly on the top of their list of concerns; however, it would not be a bad idea for each of these drivers to analyze the first half of their season, learning whatever lessons they can to help make the remaining months as successful as humanly possible.

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Rating the Nextel Cup Rookies: 2007 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at Loudon

The AAA team and David Ragan enjoyed a mostly quiet day at the New Hampshire International Speedway. After yet another dismal qualifying effort (32nd), the 11th time this year that Ragan has started 31st or worse, the No. 6 car appeared to struggle early on. During the first third of the race, Ragan lost a lap to the leaders and could not seem to move his Ford Fusion into the top 25 no matter how his car handled. However, with a little help from Lady Luck in the form of the free pass during the day's third caution on lap 122, Jimmy Fennig and his driver started a slow but steady progression towards the front.

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Mirror Driving: Is Crocker’s Career Cracked to Pieces? Does Montoya Take The Pressure Off Everyone Else?

It was officially announced this week that Erin Crocker is scaling back her schedule to run only 12 ARCA races and four Busch Series races this year. Is this the begininng of the end, or can she make it back and become a success after all that happened this year?

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