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4 Burning Questions: Tackling Texas Qualifying, A Greg Biffle NASCAR Comeback And More

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1. How much of a success was the NASCAR schedule shake-up? This past week, NASCAR revealed the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. It’s the most dramatic shift to the Cup Series slate in almost 50 years. The 2020 schedule brings a number of changes, both experimental and seemingly long-lasting. The Pocono Raceway doubleheader, …

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NASCAR Makes Tweaks To Qualifying Ahead Of Texas Weekend

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After a fiasco of a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying session at Auto Club Speedway in early March, NASCAR has made changes to qualifying going forward. The new rules will officially begin at Texas Motor Speedway this coming weekend. From now on, drivers must continue onto the racetrack once they leave their “designated starting …

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Brad Keselowski Dominant, Steamrolls Martinsville Field in 2019 STP 500

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Merriam-Webster’s definition of the word “domination:” supremacy or preeminence over another. Domination, by that definition, is the best way to explain Brad Keselowski’s victory in Sunday’s (March 24) 2019 STP 500. The 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion triumphed at Martinsville Speedway, winning every stage and leading 446 of 500 laps. It’s the most …

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Kyle Busch Dominates Martinsville, Wins Record 201st NASCAR Race

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The TruNorth Global 250 at Martinsville Speedway ended up becoming the Kyle Busch Show. Busch won the first stage, finished third in the second, led 173 total laps, and held off Ben Rhodes on a restart with three to go to win his 201st NASCAR national touring series race, breaking his tie with Richard Petty …

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Stewart Friesen On Pole For Trucks In Martinsville

Daytona International Speedway, February 2019. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Stewart Friesen will lead the field to green for the TruNorth Global 250 at Martinsville Speedway, round four of the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season. Friesen, who is still looking for his first Truck Series win, earned his third career pole after being the fastest in the third round of qualifying at a …

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Tyler Ankrum, Todd Gilliland Fastest in Friday Truck Practices

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The lack of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series action on Friday (March 22) at Martinsville Speedway did not mean it was a quiet day at the Virginia short track, as it hosted three separate practice sessions for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Tyler Ankrum was the surprise of the first practice, being the fastest …

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4 Burning Questions: Wait, Does Richard Petty Really Have 200 Wins?

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Should some of Richard Petty’s wins be taken away? Ever since Kyle Busch won NASCAR race number 200, there’s been a slew of talk online comparing this accomplishment to Richard Petty’s 200 Cup Series wins. This column is not going to get into that this week, because it already covered this topic a few weeks …

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4 Burning Questions: Who’s Your 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class?

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Who will be inducted into the 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class? Wednesday evening (March 13), NASCAR formally announced the 20 nominees for next year’s NASCAR Hall of Fame class. 14 nominees return from last year, while Kirk Shelmerdine, who won four Cup championships as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt in the 1980s and 1990s, …

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4 Burning Questions: Is ISM Raceway a Short Track?

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What will Toyota do with all of its talent? Last Thursday night, the 2019 K&N Pro Series West season began with a bang. Toyota Racing Development driver Hailie Deegan won after a dramatic bump-and-run pass on the last lap. Deegan is one of the more prominent rising stars in the sport, along with defending Pro …

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4 Burning Questions: What Did Kyle Larson Just Say?

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What Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver will be the next to sign a new contract? On Thursday morning, Feb. 28, Joe Gibbs Racing officially announced multi-year extensions for both 2015 Cup Series champion Kyle Busch and Mars, Incorporated (the makers of M&Ms and Snickers). There was no word on how many years these extensions …

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