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Five Points: Big Decisions Loom for NASCAR

2017 Coca-Cola 600 wide view Nigel Kinrade/NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade /NKP)

ONE: BRIAN FRANCE Such is the vituperative nature of the 24/7/365 news cycle nowadays that when I get a “breaking news” alert on my phone, I’m almost scared to look. When I read the headline that Brian France had been arrested for DUI and criminal possession of a controlled substance there was part of me …

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5 Points to Ponder: When 6th Place Is a Good Result 

Ryan Newman in the garage at Chicagoland Speedway, September 2017. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

ONE: Sixth place 2018 has been an awful debut for the Chevrolet Camaro in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In a sign of just how much it’s struggled, Ryan Newman just picked up his best result of his season’s 20 races to date with a sixth-place finish at New Hampshire. Over his 18-win, 19-year, …

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5 Points to Ponder: An Idea To Fix The NASCAR Summer Slog

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ONE: Night Racing Let’s be honest, fellow NASCAR fans; this summer stretch of racing can feel like a little bit of a slog. Sure, we have a great variety of tracks, including the road course at Watkins Glen, the Lady in Black — arguably the best track in the sport — and then, of course, …

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5 Points To Ponder: Keeping Up with the Joneses 

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ONE: Young Guns Firing What a win that was for Erik Jones under the bright lights at Daytona International Speedway! Not at the track this weekend, I actually watched on DVR. So by the time I settled down for the race, I already knew Jones was the winner. But watching the laps click down, I …

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5 Points to Ponder: A Fresh Start For Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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ONE: #WelcomeDaleJr Away from actual on-track action at Chicagoland Speedway this past weekend, the big story of NBC’s return to lead broadcasting duties was the addition of a certain ex-driver to the team in the booth. As you may very well have heard, perhaps just in passing, the 15-time-straight Most Popular Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. swapped …

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5 Points to Ponder: Same Dale, New View

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

ONE: Same Dale. New View In the last couple weeks, we’ve seen a deluge of promos for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the start of his full-time NASCAR on NBC broadcasting career. Junior has had a hectic time since hanging up his driving gloves after the last race of the 2017 season, with broadcasting duties at …

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5 Points to Ponder: Who Will Be NASCAR’s Fantastic Fourth?

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ONE: Who can challenge NASCAR’s big three? Conventional wisdom — and dominant form on track — suggests Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. will be three of the four drivers that compete for a championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2018. Of course, plenty can happen in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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5 Points To Ponder: Thank You, Danica Patrick

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ONE: Thanks, Danica In the end, it was not the glorious finish Danica Patrick would have scripted to end her long and trailblazing racing career. An unexpected spin and wreck on lap 68 saw her final race, the 102nd running of the Indy 500, end with a violent collision in the outer wall. “I’m not …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Best Day in Motorsports

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ONE: The Streets of Monaco Starting off the best day in Motorsports it’s the historic Monaco Grand Prix, a race first run in 1929. Heading into the fifth event on the 21-race 2018 Formula One schedule, 2017 champion McLaren’s own Lewis Hamilton sits atop the points standings having won the two previous races with a …

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