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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Predicting 12 Drivers’ Chances with 9 Races to Go in NASCAR’s Chase

For better or worse, the Chase is now one week old, meaning one of 12 drivers will be anointed Cup champion in just nine weeks’ time. So, let’s put aside for a moment the continuing debate surrounding the validity of the format, and take a look at what each contender brings to the table – …

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Dodging Trouble During Dover’s Playoff Push

The Chase is now officially underway, and the wild position swings that accompany the first few weeks of the sprint to the finish were very evident this past weekend. The biggest mover – in the wrong direction – was Kyle Busch, who went from the dominant driver in the points to eighth place while taking …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

Now that the Chase is officially underway, the standings are becoming chock full of playoff contenders – and they don’t want to move much of anywhere. In fact, the first 12 drivers in this week’s rankings are all the ones eligible to win this year’s championship. However, just because the Chasers are filling the top …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Sylvania 300 at Loudon Edition

The Chase is finally here, and after one race, there’s something very strange about the standings – Kyle Busch isn’t leading. An array of problems at NHMS knocked Busch from his perch atop the championship ladder, dropping him all the way to eighth while his two toughest competitors (Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards) stepped up to …

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Who’s Going to Win It All? Our 2008 NASCAR Chase Predictions

The fifth edition of NASCAR’s Chase has three clear favorites: Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson. But in a system where 12 drivers are separated by just 80 points, anyone could come out on top in a playoff race that seldom goes according to plan. With so many drivers and so much at stake, how …

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Happy Hour: Hey Race Fans, It’s Time for NASCAR’s Annual Big Points Giveaway!

Greetings race fans and welcome once again to NASCAR’s Fifth Annual Big Points Giveaway, where we find 11 NASCAR drivers without the points lead and furnish them with a brand new points total and wipe away those lesser performances! (Playing of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Give It Away”) You heard right everyone! Every year before …

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Nuts for Nationwide: 28 Down, 7 to Go in NASCAR’s 2nd Series in 2008

In a sure sign that life moves pretty fast and I’m getting older by the day, we’re down to just seven races to go before the crowning of the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series champion. I feel like it was only yesterday that I wrote a Nuts for Nationwide column entitled 4 down, 31 to go. …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond

The regular season has come to an end, and like it or not, the fifth year of the Chase is upon us. There are 12 drivers now eligible to win the Cup Series title, unlike the two or three who’d be in contention under the old points system. But even though the list has expanded, …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 NASCAR Pre-Chase Edition

After seven months, 26 races and a rollercoaster of ups and downs, the 2008 Chase for the Championship field is now set. This year’s 12 participants will go at it in the fifth edition of NASCAR’s new format, battling through a 10-week playoff push that will culminate with a 400-mile shootout at Homestead in November. …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond

In a Nutshell: The Nationwide Series took to a short track for the second time in three weeks and, also for the second time in three weeks, Clint Bowyer dominated the race. And nonetheless, for the second time in three weeks, Bowyer failed to score the win. Despite leading 195 of the 250 laps run, …

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Fanning the Flames: Recent Hires Show NASCAR Owners Heading in a Familiar Direction

And with that, the Open Wheel Invasion has ended. If you’re wondering about the “that” of which I speak, it’s Chip Ganassi Racing’s announcement that Dario Franchitti will return to full-time IRL competition in 2009 – leaving behind Sprint Cup aspirations that lasted all of half a season. Yes, I know a few drivers whose …

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