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A Night and Day Difference for NASCAR

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last weekend was a difficult weather weekend for the midwest. Continual rain and a passing cold front made for cold, largely wet nights amid a month filled with near-constant moisture. For most people in the area, the weekend was a quiet one, spent largely indoors with hopes of sunlight and 80-degree days in the near …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Getting to the Point(s) with NASCAR

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Earlier this week, I wrote that one thing NASCAR needs as the sport enters a new television contract is a more meaningful championship. The current format has left a lot of fans frustrated, because the championship feels somehow less than it used to, especially in the last few years, when it comes down to one …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: The Good, Bad And The Ugly Of Recent NASCAR Fixes

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NASCAR made some fairly significant schedule changes this week for the 2020 season, the biggest swing at what had become a stagnant calendar for several years. The sanctioning body has hinted more changes are to come as current track contracts come to an end and the seventh-generation cars are phased in for 2021. But is …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Let’s Reschedule NASCAR’s Focus

NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speeday

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

All eyes are on Sin City this weekend as NASCAR debuts the full version of the 2019 intermediate rules package (aero ducts weren’t in use at Atlanta) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. NASCAR has a lot riding on the next couple of seasons as it moves toward the end of the current television deal. If …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR’s Aging Ownership — & a Possible Silver Lining

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Fans have been feeling their ages lately as a slew of drivers, ones who defined a generation of racing, have stepped aside in recent years. You know the names by now: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne…all popular multi-race winners and title contenders.  Some will be enshrined in the Hall …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Things Just Got Silly

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You can say that NASCAR isn’t exciting these days, but this year, that certainly doesn’t include Silly Season.  Both rumors and moves started early and have become hot and heavy over the last few weeks. Drivers moving on so far this year include Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Trevor Bayne, Martin Truex Jr. (No. …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: For Just a Minute, NASCAR Gives Back All That’s Lost

(Photo: Amy Henderson)

Seventy years into the game, NASCAR teams will use this weekend at Darlington Raceway to celebrate the sport’s long and colorful history with throwback paint schemes and uniforms. It’s appropriate that the nod to the past comes at Darlington, the sport’s oldest superspeedway at its oldest continuously run race (if you’re willing to count the …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: Inspecting the Process

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

To the rear, inspection. These words have become all too familiar over the last couple of seasons as NASCAR has cracked down on weekend inspection failures. Frankly, it’s not a great look for the sport, as some weeks multiple teams pile up the failures, giving outsiders the impression that nefarious things are afoot. And it …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Why the Number of Winners Matters

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The end of Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway marks the halfway point in the 2018 season.  After 17 races of the 36-race schedule, we’ve seen just six different winners, the fewest in four decades.  Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have 10 of those wins between them, with five …

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