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Friday Faceoff: Silly Season Kicking Into High Gear

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Kurt Busch has been rumored to be leaving Stewart-Haas Racing for Chip Ganassi Racing, replacing Jamie McMurray. What’s next for Busch’s career? Michael Finley: It;s really up to Kurt Busch at this point. His legacy is secured; not too many people have won both a championship and a Daytona 500. He’s running pretty well, and …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Watkins Glen Get a Second Date?

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Now that Chase Elliott is off the schneid following his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, who will the next first-time winner be? Clayton Caldwell: Alex Bowman. He’s been much more consistent this year than Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a year ago in that car and just recently signed a multi-year extension with …

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Denny Hamlin Grabs Pole for Sunday’s Go Bowling at the Glen

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Denny Hamlin‘s road racing resume, until recently hasn’t been one to write home about. However, during Saturday’s (Aug. 4) qualifying session for the Go Bowling at the Glen, he set the fastest lap of the day (125.534 mph) to take the pole for Sunday’s event. It’s Hamlin’s first career pole at Watkins Glen International and …

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NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott to Return to XFINITY Series at Road America

Warning, do not adjust your computer screen, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott will drive the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet in the upcoming NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Road America on Aug 25. The 1988 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion made his last NASCAR start in 2012 at Daytona International Speedway. He finished 37th …

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Team Penske Sweeps Front Row for Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International

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Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski was very fast in the final round of XFINITY Series Qualifying Saturday (Aug. 4). Late in the session, teammate Joey Logano knocked Keselowski off the top to win the pole for Saturday’s Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International with a lap at an average of 122.995 mph. Keselowski had a pole run going late …

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Friday Faceoff: Are Drivers Too Quick to Use the Bumper These Days?

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Many racetracks have unique traditions for the winner. For example, the race winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway holds up a live lobster in Victory Lane. What is your favorite Victory Lane tradition, prop or recurring celebration in racing? Bryan Gable: It’s not specific to one track, but I enjoy the Polish victory lap.  Alan …

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2 Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Intervene In Driver Feuds?

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After Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Kyle Busch had a difference of opinion regarding their crash a couple of weeks ago in Daytona, it became apparent from both that the feud may not be over just yet. NBC analyst and former driver Kyle Petty stated that he felt NASCAR should step in to end the conflict …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Schedule Midweek Races?

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Last week on the Dale Jr. Download, Denny Hamlin said that there have been discussions behind the scenes with NASCAR about adding midweek races to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. That brings about this weekʻs question: should NASCAR add some races in the middle of the week, or should racing be exclusive to weekends? …

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

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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. Sure, she accomplished some firsts …

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