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Frank Velat

Frank Velat has been an avid follower of NASCAR and other motorsports for over 20 years. He brings a blend of passionate fan and objective author to his work. Frank offers unique perspectives that everyone can relate to, remembering the sport's past all the while embracing its future. Follow along with @FrankVelat on Twitter.

Friday Faceoff: Has a Favorite for the XFINITY Title Emerged?

1. Now that a third road course has been added to the schedule during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, will it impact the way drivers and teams approach Sonoma Raceway in terms of preparation and strategy? John Haverlin: The drivers and teams won’t change their approach this weekend. The …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Top Driver Might Be Facing A Winless Season?

1. Once again, weather dominated the headlines this weekend. Do you think there’s anything more that NASCAR can do (tires, start times, scheduling) or is it just a case of “c’est la vie”? John Haverlin: There’s nothing more NASCAR can do. Start times and altering the schedule would be OK, but it …

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Friday Faceoff: Was Danica Patrick’s Career a Success?

1. Danica Patrick ended her racing career in less than stellar fashion at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. Given her combined open wheel and NASCAR results, would you say that her career was a success? Michael Massie: Danica Patrick will go down as the most overrated NASCAR driver of all time. …

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2-Headed Monster: What Should NASCAR Do To Deter Teams Failing Inspection?

This week, Kevin Harvick failed pre-qualifying inspection three times for Sunday’s Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Per the NASCAR rulebook, Harvick had to start at the rear of the field and his car chief was ejected for the weekend. That raises the question: Is NASCAR handling inspecition issues …

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Johnny Sauter Claims First Truck Series Win At Charlotte

Johnny Sauter is a proven winner and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion. But even as 40-year-old, he is still running up front at a clip he’s never seen before. The latest proof? Knocking a longtime nemesis, Charlotte Motor Speedway, off the bucket list. Sauter took the lead and …

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Bristol Truck Race Moved To Thursday Night

NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway announced Tuesday that the UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, as well as the Bush’s Beans 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event, will move from Wednesday, Aug. 15, to Thursday, Aug. 16. For years, the Truck Series race has run on Wednesday night, …

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