Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Is Noah Gragson’s Xfinity Ride in Jeopardy?

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Should NASCAR implement more stringent standards for drivers to participate in the NASCAR Cup Series? Alex Gallacher: Yes. Some of the Cup drivers do not deserve to be there. What makes William Byron, Tyler Reddick and Chase Elliott different is that they all won championships at the lower levels before coming to Cup. The broadcast team …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Ban Political Sponsorships?

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Does NASCAR need to ban political/ campaign groups from sponsoring race teams? Adam Cheek: Yes. We all have our own political leanings, for sure, but that doesn’t mean I want to be reminded of them when watching a race. While I don’t have a problem with drivers (or athletes in any sport) expressing their political …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Cup Race on the Indy Road Course?

AJ Allmendinger, others race in a turn on the Indianapolis road course, 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Indy race, NKP

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Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick have been the class of the field in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020, but who is the more likely champion? Zach Gillispie: Judging by his history, I’m more inclined to say that Denny Hamlin is the most due for a championship. However, Kevin Harvick‘s consistency gives him the edge. …

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Friday Faceoff: Did Justin Haley’s Punishment Fit the Crime?

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 Kyle Busch hasn’t scored a single playoff point in 2020 and is winless after 15 races. What’s wrong in Candyland? Erin Campbell: Kyle Busch is already experiencing burnout. He started out this long trek of races running in all series for every race. I feel that Kyle has just been doing too much. He now has …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Should Hold NASCAR Participants Accountable?

Grant Enfinger

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1. If a team member openly expresses racial bias, should NASCAR take action or does that responsibility fall on the individual team? Erin Campbell: It is the team’s responsibility to set standards for racial bias. Teams have the responsibility to creating the culture in which their employees operate. They give or take away the team member’s …

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Friday Faceoff: Was Moving the All-Star Race to Bristol a Good Idea?

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1. Is shifting the All-Star Race to Bristol Motor Speedway the best possible move for the event? Erin Campbell: NASCAR should have skipped the All-Star Race this year, but since the show must go on, even though Bristol is awesome for racing, it could have chosen better. Eldora Speedway should have been considered; its races are …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Fans Be Allowed Back at the Track?

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1. Since racing has resumed, NASCAR has limited the number of team members that can travel to the track. Should they consider continuing this practice even after social distancing is no longer required? Erin Campbell: NASCAR should continue to implement the limited number of team members traveling to the track. It has proven that this …

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Friday Faceoff: Were the Races Dropped from the Schedule the Best Options?

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1. With nearly two months since the last race, do you think it will make drivers more aggressive, or will they tread lightly this weekend? Clayton Caldwell: With the competition cautions that are scheduled, drivers will take it pretty easy early on. They know they’ll be on a green racetrack with cars with which they …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Change the 2020 Playoff Format?

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With several races now postponed, how should NASCAR go about squeezing them into the rest of the year? Adam Cheek: Weekday races, doubleheaders and an extension of the season are the best routes. If they do intend to squeeze in all races for each series (36 for cup, seven of which will be missed with the …

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Friday Faceoff: Is It Bad If Drivers Are Friends Away from the Track?

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1. Martin Truex Jr. has not finished better than 14th in the first four NASCAR Cup Series races. What is wrong in the No. 19 camp? Frank Velat: Over the course of the opening four races, two crew chiefs have proved their value. One, Paul Wolfe, has done so by doing everything right. The other, Cole …

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