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4 Burning Questions: Hard Pass on Trackpass

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Another streaming service? Really? NASCAR and NBC made a major announcement during media day for Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway: they are getting into the subscriber-based streaming game. NEWS: NASCAR, @NBCSports to launch ‘TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.’ Details: https://t.co/6ItPmf35kX pic.twitter.com/w7Hurqv92Z — NASCAR (@NASCAR) November 14, 2019 The idea of an OTT service for …

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4 Burning Questions: The State of NASCAR

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who will advance to the final round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs? When it comes to the Cup race this weekend at ISM Raceway, it’s really a question of who among Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin will not make the championship round. Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson may point their way into …

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2-Headed Monster: Will Penske’s Ownership Be Good or Bad for IndyCar & Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

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Monday morning (Nov. 4) started with the motorsports bombshell of the year: Penske Entertainment Corp purchased Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the NTT Indycar Series. Penske Entertainment Corp is, of course, the company under racing icon Roger Penske, who owns teams in NASCAR, IndyCar, IMSA and the Supercars Championship. While Penske is passionate about racing and …

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4 Burning Questions: Showdown at the Formula 1 Corral

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Was it the right move to release Hinchcliffe? Arrow McLaren SP, formerly Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (presumably with Felix Sabates), announced this week that fan favorite James Hinchcliffe will not be on the two-car team next year in the NTT IndyCar Series. Hinchcliffe, a nine-year veteran of the series, was blindsided with the news on …

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4 Burning Questions: The Rags-to-Riches Myth

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who will win themselves a grandfather clock this week? A couple of weeks ago in this column, it was noted that there were just three lead changes at Martinsville Speedway in the spring race. While I don’t think that number is going to go into double digits this weekend, there’ll definitely be at least a …

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4 Burning Questions: Refusal to Be Wrong

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Has the current aero package been a failure? This week, Austin Dillon took a special Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racecar to a closed test session at Richmond Raceway. The car, generic as the car manufacturers are still early in development of their own spins on the rules package, represents the direction that NASCAR wishes …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2019 Drydene 400

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Headline(s): Stop me if you’ve heard this before: you just can’t pass. Sure, Kyle Larson’s 75-race winless streak was snapped. Sure, he led over 150 laps, and another led over half the race. But once again, the prevailing sentiment from drivers leaving the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway was the lack of ability to …

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Kyle Larson Wins the Drydene 400 At Dover, Advances to Round of 8

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

At the conclusion of the 100th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, it was Kyle Larson winning the special golden Miles the Monster trophy. It’s his first triumph in 75 races, besides the non-points win in this year’s All-Star Race in May. It locked the Chip Ganassi Racing driver into the …

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Chase Elliott Out Early at Dover Cup Race with Engine Problem

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Chase Elliott began the Round of 8 on the wrong foot at Dover International Speedway Sunday afternoon (Oct. 6). The defending race winner blew his engine on lap eight while running inside the top 10. Elliott was given a push to the garage, then the crew attempted to fix the issue for a few minutes …

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Cole Custer Survives The Monster, Wins at Dover

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Cole Custer ended up victorious at Dover International Speedway, upsetting, Justin Allgaier, who won the first two stages, after a pair of late race cautions. Custer finished second in Stage One, but a terrible pit stop put him back in 13th to start the second stage. Allgaier led all of Stage 2, while Custer was …

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