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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: Will the ROVAL Be Full of Crashes?

After two exciting finishes at Chicagoland Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, there wasn’t much drama at the end of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this week at Kentucky Speedway. What is the least exciting Cup race you remember watching? Vito Pugliese: That’s easy: 1999 August race at Michigan. …

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Friday Faceoff: Are Restrictor Plate Wins More Impressive Than Other Victories?

Ricky Stenhouse Jr was vilified by a handful of other drivers for his aggressive moves in Saturday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400. Was Stenhouse deserving of the backlash or was their anger misguided? Christian Koelle: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was really deserving of the backlash that he got. Listen I understand people saying …

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On Point Motorsports Forms New Truck Series Team

Officials announced the formation of a new motorsports organization that will begin competition in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this year. Led by NASCAR veteran crew chief Steven “Bones” Lane, the organization will operate out of a multi-building facility in Denver, N.C.. On Point Motorsports will field the No. …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Owners Allow Their Stars to Race Other Types of Cars?

1. Road courses have gained a reputation as being wild, unpredictable affairs, but Sunday’s race at Sonoma Raceway was neither. Do you think there was a specific reason why that happened? Vito Pugliese: Two cars that were in another league speed-wise coupled with stage racing that wasn’t conducive to setting up …

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Truckin’ Thursday: Justin Haley, the First-Time Winner Shouldnʻt Surprise You

Haley A Star On The Rise Justin Haley picked up his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park. Interestingly enough, Haley is the first driver to earn their initial Truck win at the 1.25 mile oval in Madison, Ill. Despite being only 19 …

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Kaz Grala Secures New Sponsorship For Chicagoland Race

Kaz Grala has secured sponsorship that will allow him to compete in this weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race. The No. 61 will have support from IT Coalition and Kiklos Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil. IT Coalition is an information technology and infrastructure provider. Grala will be making his first XFINITY …

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NASCAR Reporter Venturini Struck By Car While Jogging In Sonoma

NASCAR reporter Wendy Venturini was struck by a car while out jogging Saturday morning near Sonoma, California. Venturini, who serves as a pit reporter and booth analyst for Performance Racing Network radio broadcasts, was in town in preparation for Sunday’s race in Sonoma. Venturini suffered a concussion and a skull …

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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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