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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Joey Logano

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For such a young man approaching the age of 30, Joey Logano’s 2019  NASCAR Cup Series season had the makings of a lesson in maturity. Not only will he and his wife soon welcome a second baby into their family, but Logano also addressed changes in his personal health. In September, he announced being diagnosed …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Ty Dillon

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You know it was a lackluster year when the highlights of your season included the indefinite suspension of your crew chief in August, rumors of your impending retirement at the end of 2020 and the paint scheme you ran at Talladega Superspeedway in October. Such was the way the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series unspooled for …

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Friday Faceoff: Do Road Courses Need Regular Layout Changes?

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Should NASCAR have stages on road course events? Mark Howell: NASCAR should reduce stages on road courses down to two, with the break serving as a halftime of sorts when teams can service their cars for the final push to the finish. Road racing is all about managing resources (brakes, tires, fuel). Two stages might …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Kyle Busch Too Critical of His KBM Drivers?

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With a Pocono Raceway doubleheader looming next year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, what should be done to ensure a more entertaining show? Mark Howell: The best way to insure a successful Pocono doubleheader is to make sure that Cup rules have been revised to enable the cars to carry more overall speed. A …

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Friday Faceoff: Should the Daytona 500 Remain the Season-Opening Race?

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The Advance Auto Parts Clash has taken some criticism over how difficult it was for drivers to pull out of line and make a pass. How do you see this playing out over the remaining Speedweeks events? Isolated issue or recurring problem? Clayton Caldwell: It’s an issue we’ll see throughout Speedweeks. This package has been …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Martin Truex Jr.

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You would think that winning a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship would result in stability and security. Martin Truex Jr. and crew chief Cole Pearn should feel both confident in their accomplishments and hopeful in their futures. The championship team owner should feel both pride in his organization’s success and assurance in its financial …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s in Playoff Danger?

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Brad Keselowski’s third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win in a row on Sunday from Las Vegas Motor Speedway gives him an automatic bid to the Round of 12. Has his hot streak put him in the conversation as somebody that can truly challenge for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway? Mark Howell: There’s no better time …

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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: Stiffer Penalties for Failing Inspection?

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Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch were two of the 13 drivers that failed post-qualifying inspection and were forced to start in the rear of the field. However, it didn’t take long for them to work their way up through the field. Should the penalty for failing post-qualifying inspection be increased? Matt McLaughlin: Well clearly the …

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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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Friday Faceoff: Will the ROVAL Be Full of Crashes?

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After two exciting finishes at Chicagoland Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, there wasn’t much drama at the end of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this week at Kentucky Speedway. What is the least exciting Cup race you remember watching? Vito Pugliese: That’s easy: 1999 August race at Michigan. My buddy and I brought …

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Friday Faceoff: Has a Favorite for the XFINITY Title Emerged?

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1. Now that a third road course has been added to the schedule during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, will it impact the way drivers and teams approach Sonoma Raceway in terms of preparation and strategy? John Haverlin: The drivers and teams won’t change their approach this weekend. The Charlotte Motor Speedway roval race …

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