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Chase Viewer's Guide: Round 1
On Friday morning, Edwards was really relaxed before practice. Then he wheel-hopped in Turn 3, hit the wall and had to go to a backup car. Although it may be a homer pick since he's my co-host on The Chase is On, if Edwards can get out of Loudon OK, he's driven to win the title this year. Last year, it really tore him up to miss the Chase, and he was miserable. Don't forget how close he came to winning the 2005 title, finishing only 35 points out of the top spot.
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Pit PerspectiveAs Silly Season continues with reports of Dale Earnhardt Jr. driving the No. 88 next year, a lot of changes are still in play. People like Scott Riggs are figuring out their future. I keep hearing from good sources that Dario Franchitti is headed to Ganassi. What will David Stremme do? Everyone is focused on the Chase, but there's a lot yet to determine for the 2008 season.
Finish LineWhere you start at Loudon doesn't have much of an influence on where you finish, because Jeff Burton won from 38th at this track in 1999. But your strategy early in this race getting track position and being able to hold it is the key. Getting and keeping track position are two different things. If you gamble early, you can get out front, but you can't give it away. If you give back track position, you'll never see it again.
NASCAR on FOX and SPEED host and reporter Steve Byrnes has covered racing for more than 20 years.