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Had last weekend's race at Talladega been one lap shorter, it would have been a fairly benign trip to one of NASCAR's most unpredictable tracks. Instead, a 20-car pileup on the final lap turned the race into an all-too-familiar nightmare for drivers and fantasy owners alike. On the plus side, there are officially no more restrictor-plate races left in 2012. The downside is that there are just six races left to recover, and the home stretch of the season begins Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway when the Chase hits its halfway point.

While fantasy owners will definitely want to try and have a strong showing at Charlotte, the race can also serve as a scouting mission of sorts. Beginning with Saturday's race, four of the final six races of the year will be held at 1.5-mile tracks. Granted, not all 1.5-mile tracks are exactly identical, but a setup that works at one usually works well at just about all of them. Keep an eye on the drivers that finish at the front at Charlotte and file them away for Kansas, Texas and Homestead-Miami in the coming weeks.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  2. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  3. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  4. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  5. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  6. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  7. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  8. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  9. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  10. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  11. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  12. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  13. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  14. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  15. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest
  16. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  17. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  18. Mark Martin, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  19. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  20. Paul Menard, Menards
  21. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  22. Sam Hornish, Jr., SKF/AAA
  23. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  24. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  25. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  26. Juan Montoya, Target
  27. Regan Smith, Guy Roofing
  28. Trevor Bayne, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
  29. David Ragan, CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch
  30. Bobby Labonte, TBA
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I'm debating Stenhouse or Hornish for my C Driver in my Yahoo league. I'm down 60 pts with 6 races left.

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