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5 Points to Ponder: Big Wins For Takuma Sato, Austin Dillon

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ONE: Congrats, Takuma Sato First up this week, I have to start by congratulating Takuma Sato on an incredible Indy 500 victory this past Sunday, holding off a ravenous Helio Castroneves in the waning laps after a crash-filled and mesmeric 101st edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. For Sato, it was a second Verizon …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Greatest Day in Motorsports

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ONE: Sunday Funday For the motorsports aficionado, it doesn’t get too look much better than the slate for this Memorial Day Sunday. We start early, way early when you live on the West Coast, on the streets of the Principality of Monaco with the sixth race of the 2017 Formula One season.Then it is the …

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5 Points to Ponder: Is Danica Done?

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ONE: The All-Star Race I’m not going to lie here, I had no idea what the 2017 All-Star race format was for this go around until I looked it up just now. And I’m someone who writes a weekly column, watches every race, reads the press coverage vociferously and loves me some NASCAR Twitter — …

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5 Points to Ponder: Worth the Wait

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ONE: Great Attendance That was quite the turnout at Talladega Superspeedway, wasn’t it? And for this reporter at least that was manna to the soul. Okay, it’s fair to say a good proportion of folks were in attendance for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s penultimate race on the treacherous high banks. But even with that boost it …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR’s Circle of Life

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ONE: Talladega Next up on the Sprint Cup schedule is the first of two trips to the treacherous high banks of Talladega Superspeedway. This will be Cup race number 96 at the storied venue, a streak that runs all the way back to September of 1969 and a race won by Richard Brickhouse — the …

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Five Points to Ponder: Millennials, Champions and Ninja Warriors

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ONE: Next Up, Easter After seven straight weeks of competition in the 2017 Cup Series season, we hit the first off weekend of the season a little later than last year as we celebrate Easter. So what have we learned so far? First things first, the Penske Fords are fast – lightning. Joey Logano might …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Misery of Finishing Second

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ONE: Empty Seats As good as the racing was at NASCAR’s oldest, slowest, smallest track this past Sunday wasn’t it a shame to see great swathes of empty seats? If a track that is pretty much guaranteed to see excellent on-track action is struggling to fill the grandstands what hope is there for some of …

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Five Points: Wins, Near-Wins and Wide-Open Spaces

ONE: Fontana The #NASCARGoesWest swing — and how else to say it but with a ubiquitous hashtag –concludes this weekend with a trip to the two-mile, low-banked D-shaped oval of Auto Club Speedway. This is the 20th-anniversary visit and the 28th time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup cars have traversed the (four) wide open spaces of …

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5 Points to Ponder: Have at it and Have a Good Time

ONE: Logano vs JGR (Again) I tend to time shift my race watching, so when I got a Sunday afternoon Facebook message from a friend who has not previously expressed an interest in NASCAR and the only words I saw were “that was an eventful race,” I knew something exciting was coming. I just didn’t …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Art of Victory

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ONE: 7.33% If you keep up with NASCAR via Twitter in any way, shape or form, you’ve likely been deluged with facts and stats these past couple weeks touting social engagement and viewing numbers for the Daytona 500. Now as the old adage goes, there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. …

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