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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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Beside the Rising Tide: Laughing at the Frozen Rain

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One definition of “insanity” has been widely misattributed to Albert Einstein, Mark Twain and Ben Franklin. Whomever coined the definition, it is said that insanity is repeating the same failed behaviors over and over expecting a different result. If that’s the case, one can only conclude the current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is …

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Beside The Rising Tide: 1313 Turkey Court

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Editor’s Note: Matt McLaughlin’s off this week. Enjoy one of his classic columns on the eve of another Pocono Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. While I enjoy stock car racing at Pocono, race weekends at the track are also tinged with a bit of melancholy. For more years than I care to recall, all my …

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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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Beside the Rising Tide: It’s Summertime and the Living is Easy

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It’s summertime and the living is easy, The fish are a jumping and the cotton is high…. Yep, there’s no doubt about it, it’s summertime here in the northeast. Although absent any local cotton fields, I can’t attest to the state of this year’s crop and the fish, in fact, seem to have gone missing …

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25 Years Later: Remembering Davey Allison, Part II

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Editor’s Note: For Part One of Matt’s retrospective on Davey Allison, click here. Robert Yates Racing and the team’s talented young driver Davey Allison made their official debut at the 1989 Daytona 500. Things got off to an inauspicious start. Davey was running well when Geoff Bodine got into his rear bumper and sent the …

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25 Years Later: Remembering Davey Allison, Part I

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Editor’s Note: July 13 marks 25 years to the day NASCAR lost a shining light, Davey Allison. Allison passed away shortly after crashing his helicopter at Talladega Superspeedway, an accident that also seriously injured good friend and racer Red Farmer. Matt McLaughlin looks back on the man who became the centerpiece of a famous racing …

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Friday Faceoff: Are Restrictor Plate Wins More Impressive Than Other Victories?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr was vilified by a handful of other drivers for his aggressive moves in Saturday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400. Was Stenhouse deserving of the backlash or was their anger misguided? Christian Koelle: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was really deserving of the backlash that he got. Listen I understand people saying “oh, he was just aggressively …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Ready, Aim, D’Oh!

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

I find myself wondering if, somewhere in the sphere of the black helicopter conspiracy types and Armageddon survivalists, someone has developed a pair of bulletproof tactical boots. If so, they need to send a crate of those boots to Daytona Beach ASAP. With unerring regularity, it seems every time a NASCAR official is placed in …

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Friday Faceoff: The Kyle & Kyle Show

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Kyle Busch & Kyle Larson at Chicagoland, 2018 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Sunday’s finish at Chicagoland Speedway between Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson has had everyone buzzing this week. Was this the best finish of 2018 thus far? And where do you rank it in terms of all-time NASCAR finishes? Amy Henderson: It was probably the best finish of the year, mainly because so many of the finishes …

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