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Friday Faceoff: Gambling in NASCAR?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kevin Harvick has won five of the last 12 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. Should the No. 4’s goal for the rest of the regular season to be accumulate as many playoff points as possible, or try new things (setups, strategies, etc.) for the final 10 races? John Haverlin: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix …

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Beside the Rising Tide: NASCAR, The Price Is Right

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Dear NASCAR, Well, you certainly caught us all off guard last week with the news you’ve put out feelers about selling the whole Magical Mystery Tour that is contemporary NASCAR racing. After much deliberation I’ve decided that I’d be the perfect new owner. No, I haven’t got much of a financial stake in the sport …

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Friday Faceoff: Is a NASCAR Sale Good or Bad for the Sport?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s been reported that the France family is looking into selling NASCAR either completely or in part. Would this be a good or a bad thing for the sport? Michael Finley: It depends. This sport needs new leadership desperately, somebody who can come in with new ideas on how to develop a new audience for racing …

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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Moments Never Forgotten

NASCAR Xfinity Series action at Pocono Raceway, 2017 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

1. A fitting tribute In July 1993 I was about to take a week’s vacation that centered around that weekend’s Pocono Cup race. In fact, on the way home I stopped at the corner Texaco to fill up my truck and dirt bikes for the trip and while there picked up a newly released diecast …

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Beside the Rising Tide: 2 Out of 3 Ain’t Bad

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

For the first time in two months, NASCAR hosted a triple-header with all three of their top touring series staging races at the same track this weekend at Dover. The results? With all due apologies to Marvin Lee Aday (perhaps better known as Meatloaf), “two out of three ain’t bad.” In interest of full disclosure, …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Dover Jimmie Johnson’s Time to Shine

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

With Joey Logano’s third Talladega win coming this past weekend, he is now in the playoffs. After a dismal end to his 2017 season, is Logano all the way back to peak form and is he the best driver at Team Penske right now? Mark Howell: I’d say the best driver at Penske Racing award should …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Who’s Zooming Who?

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Most of us were caught off guard Friday by the news NASCAR had acquired the ARCA racing series. At first glance, the merger of the two series seems ill-considered, with at least one NASCAR team owner (Rob Kauffman) even hinting he felt the RTA should investigate if the move gives NASCAR a monopoly in stock …

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Friday Faceoff: Who is the Best Restrictor Plate Driver in the Field?

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(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/ NKP)

Kyle Busch’s win this past weekend at Richmond Raceway made it three in a row for him and the No. 18 team. This comes on the heels of Kevin Harvick’s three wins in a row. Will we see one of these drivers, or somebody else, win three in a row this season? Wesley Coburn: If anyone, …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Indianapolis Groans & the Raiders of the Lost Ticket Sales

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If the Brickyard 400 isn’t on life support, it’s not at the top of many race fans’ bucket lists anymore either. For decades, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted only one race a year, but it was the granddaddy of them all, the Indy 500. The NASCAR race at the Brickyard was born of a disastrous …

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Friday Faceoff: Is the Old Bristol Back?


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After early dominant driver Ryan Blaney was knocked out in a crash Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kyle Larson led a race-high 200 laps only to be disappointed by a late-race pass for the win by Kyle Busch. What effect will the defeat have on Larson and whether he can win a different race later …

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