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5 Points to Ponder: Double Your Pleasure at Daytona

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ONE: Daytona Road Course Needs to Stay Among the many, many questions that can likely never be answered to the satisfaction of NASCAR fans everywhere is how many road course races on the Cup Series schedule is the right number. The general consensus, as much as there is one, is that the two that were …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 20: Cole Custer

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Plenty of drivers who experience success in stock car racing before reaching the top level of NASCAR have to wait a while before breaking through with that first NASCAR Cup Series victory. Cole Custer doesn’t have to worry about that since he got that milestone out of the way early. The very valid question awaiting …

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5 Points to Ponder: Kyle Busch Finally Takes a Bow in 2020

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1. It Took A While, But Kyle Busch Kept His Winning Streak Intact It was strangely fitting that in a race that forced drivers, teams and fans to wait more than three days from the time it was red flagged for weather until its checkered counterpart was shown, Kyle Busch found a way to cross …

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Calm Turns to Chaos, But Nick Ottinger Wins eNASCAR iRacing Playoff Race at Kansas

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For the first 127 of 134 laps at virtual Kansas Speedway, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series playoff race was a calm, almost serene affair with no cautions and only pit strategy causing any intrigue. But in the ultimate case of cautions breeding cautions, a yellow flag with seven to go touched off a series of …

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5 Points to Ponder: Rooting for Underdogs to Win at Talladega is Kind of Futile

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1. Talladega is a Tease for Underdogs Everyone who has followed NASCAR for even a few years knows the narrative about races at Talladega Superspeedway. The Big One is going to strike at some point (sometimes more than once) and a bunch of top cars will be eliminated. Drivers from underfunded teams will be in …

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5 Points to Ponder: Can Ryan Blaney Come Up Big in Must-Win Bristol Cutoff Race?

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1. Blaney Winning at Bristol Would Be As Clutch As It Gets Believe it or not, Ryan Blaney has not been mathematically eliminated from advancing to the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12 on points. Yes, being 27 points out with just the Bristol Night Race less is suboptimal, to say the least. But …

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5 Points to Ponder: All Hail the Regular Season Champion

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1. Does Being Regular Season Champion Mean Anything? It’s not too shabby when you can nab two trophies for one day’s work. Kevin Harvick did that Sunday at Dover ā€” albeit after also putting in a full shift on Saturday in the first half of the Cup Series doubleheader ā€” when he took the checkered …

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Casey Kirwan Survives Wild 2 OT Finish to Win eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing at Michigan

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Before the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series dropped the green flag at virtual Michigan International Speedway, the broadcast team noted how the package made it similar to a superspeedway. The drafting and tight packs looked like it all night, but the expected chaos only materialized at the very end of the race. It took two overtimes …

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5 Points to Ponder: This Is Denny Hamlin’s Year — No, for Real This Time

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1. This is Denny Hamlin’s Best Chance Ever for a Championship, Right? Just when the NASCAR Cup Series appeared to be veering toward chaos thanks to back to back surprise victories by Cole Custer and Austin Dillon, Kansas Speedway marked a return to normalcy ā€” albeit in a Thursday night affair with no fans in …

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5 Points to Ponder: Cole Custer Shakes Up Rookie, Playoff Races

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1. Cole Custer Pulls a “Where Did He Come From?” in More Ways Than One As Quicksilver said in The Avengers in his one truly memorable line, “bet you didn’t see that coming.” By that, I mean Cole Custer making his thrilling late charge to win his first NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. …

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