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Fans Deserve the Best Title Race Possible

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The discussion at the beginning of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season was the package. After short tracks and road courses, it was apparent that a change was needed. After last weekend at ISM Raceway, it isn’t just needed — it is necessary. With that said, this column is not about the package. …

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Let Them Fight!

LET THEM FIGHT! Racing is an emotional sport. When you throw a half-mile, tight-cornered racetrack into the mix, the odds of drivers running into one another are very heightened. Once drivers start making contact, the anger and hostility are going to continue to ramp up. Add the intensity of battling for one of four spots …

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The More Rules, the More Mistakes

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR continues to try to parallel stick-and-ball sports with its playoffs and crew member numbers. Unfortunately, it has also started to mimic its more traditional sport partners with its ridiculous number of rules and poor enforcement of said rules. The NFL has been getting bashed over the first six weeks of the season for its …

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We Want Passion — Not Just Experience — in Our Drivers

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

We want raw emotion from our racing stars. The frontstretch, post-burnout interview spawned from that desire. When the drivers get out of the car, we don’t want them to cool down, we want to see and hear that raw emotion. Then when a driver gives it to us and it goes against our ideals or …

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Reviving The Xfinity Series Will Take Time & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Is Helping

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The throwback concept has been a huge shot in the arm for NASCAR since its debut years ago. Different teams harkening back to sponsor liveries of days gone by have stirred long lost emotions that some people who follow the sport thought were lost forever. NASCAR history buff Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been at the …

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We Need More Bob Leavines

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In the last two weeks, Leavine Family Racing owner Bob Leavine has been crucified on social media, especially Twitter, for the decision to let Matt DiBenedetto go from his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race team. DiBenedetto has given LFR more top fives in one year than it scored in its previous eight years of …

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Saying Goodbye to Family

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Obituary photo for Nick Harrison from Spring Hill Memorial Park and Funeral Home

You hear it all the time when people talk about racing and especially the NASCAR garage: racing is a family. Most of us who are involved in the sport spend more time with the people at the track than we do with our biological families. When something happens to one of our racing family members, …

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Changes Are A-Comin’ (On the Manufacturer Side?)

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Ryan Newman gets an invite to the Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout and takes the win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Credit: Getty Images

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is about to have myriad changes take place over the next couple of years — or so it’s said. In 2020, the schedule is rumored to be drastically different, and in 2021 the Gen-7 car is set to hit the track. Reports describe the vehicles as everything from more …

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Win & You’re In — Probably (& Other Confusing Rules)

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After Chase Elliott‘s victory on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the never-ending playoffs discussion turned to his automatic eligibility for NASCAR’s postseason. Since this version of the champion selection process was announced, the talking heads on the idiot box have continuously spouted that a win in the regular season …

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