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Beside the Rising Tide: A Heat Wave of NASCAR Random Thoughts

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Today’s column (July 3) is based on empirical and indisputable fact. As I write this column at 10 o’clock Monday morning, it’s already 89 degrees and so humid you couldn’t strike a kitchen match. The G key on my keyboard sticks a little and my left index finger is sweating trying to type those Gs. …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Owners Allow Their Stars to Race Other Types of Cars?

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

1. Road courses have gained a reputation as being wild, unpredictable affairs, but Sunday’s race at Sonoma Raceway was neither. Do you think there was a specific reason why that happened? Vito Pugliese: Two cars that were in another league speed-wise coupled with stage racing that wasn’t conducive to setting up a thrilling finish. If we’re …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Same Trough, More Snouts

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

“May you live in interesting times.” Most of us have heard this blessing that is, upon further analysis, actually a bit of a curse. Some ascribe the saying to the Arabs while most claim it is an ancient Chinese curse. (That notion has become prevalent based on it being used in Star Trek. And not …

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

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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Friday Faceoff: Which Top Driver Might Be Facing A Winless Season?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. Once again, weather dominated the headlines this weekend. Do you think there’s anything more that NASCAR can do (tires, start times, scheduling) or is it just a case of “c’est la vie”? John Haverlin: There’s nothing more NASCAR can do. Start times and altering the schedule would be OK, but it takes a lot (television, tracks, …

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Beside the Rising Tide: NASCAR & the Wall of Death

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This week’s column will take a decidedly different tack based not on opinion, but on undeniable fact. However the vast majority of fans, drivers, NASCAR officials, fellow pundits, or team owners feel about it, indisputably the NASCAR Cup series takes next weekend off. Based on all empirical evidence gathered by studying data over the last …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Be Constantly Tinkering Its Rules Packages?

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1. Kyle Busch won the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Pocono Raceway, but his car was deemed too high in post-race inspection. Should the fact that a violation was technically a disadvantage matter when penalties are issued? Vito Pugliese: Height violations and fines have been a story line since over 25 years, and as with a …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Seismic Shifts Ahead

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Growing up a hardcore gearhead as a kid, I dreamed of one day relocating to Los Angeles. That’s where all the car guys were, as evidenced by the editorial headquarters of Hot Rod magazine, the automotive pornography I studied more intently than any textbook in grade school. The girls in L.A. were all pretty and …

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Beside the Rising Tide: A Less-Than-Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

It was 20 years ago today, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play Since then they’ve been going in and out of style But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile. Being old is one thing. Feeling old is another thing entirely. For the smaller percentage of you who were around at the time, Sunday marked …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Brian France’s Spring Semester Science Fair Project

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Say what you will about NASCAR’s 2018 Monster Energy All-Star Race but there’s no arguing it’s over. Or is it? If nothing else, we’ve gotten a glimpse of their new aero and restrictor plate package. It’s developed with an eye towards making racing on the intermediate tracks more palatable than the typically sedate parades we …

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