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4 Burning Questions at the 2015 All-Star Race: Kyle Busch’s Return & Clean-Air Madness

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Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

All-Star weekend has come upon us in the world of NASCAR, and the pomp and circumstance filled extravaganza that is the Sprint All-Star Race is once again packed with storylines in advance of the race. Many different people in the industry have many different opinions on this race. Some think it is one of the …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Can IndyCar Learn from Boxing’s Recent Success?

IndyCar 2015 St. Pete green flag Credit Chris Jones

(Photo: Chris Jones)

One day after the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Season started, I boldly professed that I would not criticize and/or overtly highlight IndyCar’s ever-present issue of declining popularity. I professed this in hopes that I and other IndyCar beat writers would focus on the positives of the sport instead of the negatives, because, put simply, the racing …

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4 Burning Questions at Talladega: Draft Masters & Differing Strategies

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Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Here we go to one of the few holy ground left in a modern NASCAR world that is light on tradition. Full novels could be written about what it is like to drive a stock car around the Talladega Superspeedway at 200-plus mph. Ask Rusty, or Cale or Carl. This place strikes fear in all …

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4 Burning Questions at Richmond: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Richmond

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(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

After a rainy marathon of a race at Bristol, the Sprint Cup Series will head to another short track, Richmond International Raceway, for the ninth round of the series’ regular season. Bristol, as expected, was an absolute brawl of a race, with torn-up race cars and flared tempers abound. Much of the same is expected …

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4 Burning Questions at Bristol: Repetitive Rain and Shining Underdogs

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Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

Bristol Motor Speedway. The very utterance of the name elicits countless images of watershed moments of the sport’s history that have taken place at the track over the years. It is a historic track, and the Food City 500 is a historic race. The best of the Sprint Cup Series will do battle on Bristol’s …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: A Moratorium on Racing in the Rain

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Photo Credit: Chris Owens

I’m not sure when or why it happened, but it seems that motorsports fans have developed a strange affinity for racing in the rain in recent years. And to be quite frank, the fascination confuses me. With the exception of Formula 1 and select sports car series, no series on the planet is currently capable …

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IndyCar Recap: 2015 Grand Prix of New Orleans

IndyCar 2015 NOLA James Hinchcliffe thumbs up credit Chris Jones

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

In a Nutshell: James Hinchcliffe had the winning lottery number in a race so disjointed that the only real determining factor of the race’s final finishing order was a twisted combination of luck and strategy. Key Moment:  The second half of the race was essentially nothing more than a series of caution periods. On a lap …

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4 Burning Questions in Texas: Roush’s Hopeful Turnaround & a Rainy Day in Texas

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Texas Motor Speedway is the site of this week’s round of NASCAR Sprint Cup action as the series returns from its annual Easter break recess. Now refreshed and ready to roll, the drivers and teams enter this weekend’s race looking to either build on their early-season success (see: Harvick, Kevin), or avenge their early season failures …

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4 Burning Questions: 2015 Easter Off-Week Edition

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Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

We’ve reached the first off-week of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and oh, what a season it’s been thus far. Injuries, sub drivers, close finishes, surprises – we’ve seen a little bit of everything here in 2015. Six races into the season, we now have a good idea of who has speed, who’s off …

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IndyCar Recap: 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

IndyCar 2015 St. Pete Juan Pablo Montoya and team victory lane Credit Chris Jones

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

In a Nutshell: Team Penske teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power fought hammer and tong for the lead all race long, with Montoya edging the defending champ out to win courtesy of a great pit stop with 27 laps to go. Key Moment:  Power had a comfortable lead over Montoya before the final round of …

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