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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.

Running Their Mouth: 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland

Editor’s Note: 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, …

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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.

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 …

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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.

Mirror Driving: Is Crocker’s Career Cracked to Pieces? Does Montoya Take 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?

Bowles-Eye View: NASCAR’s Future is Worrying Me

As always this time of year, NASCAR’s Chase is gobbling up most of the press, submersing some controversial subplots for 2007 into the background while predictions for the championship and the constant twists and turns of each week distract us from the big picture of the sport. I’m just as guilty as anyone else in …

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