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4 Burning Questions: Kansas Nights and the Ballad of Bubba Wallace

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What will come of Bubba Wallace and Richard Petty Motorsports? This weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway marks two years since an incident that changed Bubba Wallace’s life forever. On that Saturday night, Aric Almirola had a horrible accident, breaking the T5 vertabra in his back. The injury forced “The Cuban …

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Worst to 1st: Martin Truex Jr. Cruises to Dover Win

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Failing pre-race inspection pushed Martin Truex Jr. to the rear of the field. A rain delay pushed his chance to win the Gander RV 400 to Monday (May 6). But the Joe Gibbs Racing veteran would not be denied at his home race, cruising to victory in the postponed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race …

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Four Teams Fail Pre-Race Inspection At Dover; Matt Tifft To Serve Pass-Through Penalty

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Four teams failed pre-race inspection multiple times Sunday (May 5) at the Dover International Speedway. The No. 19 Toyota, No. 37 Chevrolet, and No. 88 Chevrolet all failed pre-race inspection twice, while the No. 36 Ford failed pre-race inspection three times. As per the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rule Book, all four have had …

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Christopher Bell Nabs Dover Allied Steel Buildings 200 Win After Cole Custer Dominance, Late-Race Drama

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Cole Custer absolutely dominated Saturday’s (May 4) NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway. But Christopher Bell beat Custer off pit road, busted through to clean air and busted up Custer’s chance to win the 2019 Allied Steel Buildings 200. It’s Bell’s 11th career NASCAR XFINITY Series win, his second straight victory at Dover …

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4 Burning Questions: Where’s the Credibility?

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Who will be fastest under the new (old?) qualifying format? This week, in what looks to be the series finale of General Qualifying, NASCAR has finally decided to stop pouring Coca-Cola on a bullet wound and has reinstated single-car qualifying. Multi-round qualifying is dead, and group qualifying is done everywhere except for road courses in …

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4 Burning Questions: What Will Restrictor Plate-less Talladega Look Like?

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What will the Smith family offering to buy back shares in SMI mean to NASCAR? This week, news broke that the Smith family, through their privately held Sonic Financial Corporation, have made an offer for the non-Smith held shares in Speedway Motorsports Incorporated. The Smith family, through its privately held Sonic Financial Corporation, has offered …

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4 Burning Questions: What’s Wrong With the NASCAR Hall of Fame?

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What is wrong with the Hall of Fame? The NASCAR Hall of Fame has cracks beginning to form. It’s not a broken institution just yet. None of the 50 inductees by this point have been unworthy of selection. It has been a decent mix of stat guys and inductees who bring more to the table, …

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2019 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Rules Package Revealed

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Once again, NASCAR has made changes to its rules package for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, the sanctioning body announced Wednesday, April 17. The exhibition will have some experimentation, with all cars having a single-piece carbon fiber splitter on the front of the car and a radiator duct in the hood. The goal is …

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4 Burning Questions: Why Are People Saying NASCAR Is Dying?

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Is NASCAR dying? One of the big talking points this week when it comes to NASCAR has been the “terrible” attendance that Bristol Motor Speedway saw last week for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Bristol, a track that has a listed seating capacity of 162,000, had at best 40,000 fans at best in …

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4 Burning Questions: 2019 NASCAR Bristol Preview And Darrell Waltrip’s Legacy

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What, exactly, are we about to see at Bristol? The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend sounds like it’s either going to be a complete disaster or a fantastic success. With the new high downforce rules package in place along with an increase of 200 horsepower from last week’s …

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