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Friday Faceoff: Who’s in Playoff Danger?

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? …

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Friday Faceoff: Silly Season Kicking Into High Gear

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. …

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

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 …

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Friday Faceoff: Will the ROVAL Be Full of Crashes?

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. …

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

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 …

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

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. …

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Friday Faceoff: New Package the Norm?

This past weekend’s tweaked aerodynamic package at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the All-Star Race produced some of the best racing we’ve seen this season. Do you think this package should be used again, and if so, when and how often? Vito Pugliese: The package should be used again, but not until …

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