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4 Burning Questions: What Changes to the Cup Schedule Are Coming?

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What changes are coming to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule? All week, there have been a lot of whispers and chatter about what kind of changes could be on the way for the Cup Series schedule following the 2020 season. It seems the only things truly safe are the Daytona 500 being in …

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4 Burning Questions: Which Team Will Reign Supreme in Daytona?

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What kind of Daytona 500 will this be? Over the past 10 years, it seems the vast majority of Daytona 500s have ended up in two distinct categories. On one end, there have been some memorable races. Either they were excellent to watch (2009, 2011, 2014) or just insane spectacles where things took a turn …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Erik Jones

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2018 was a solid step forward for Erik Jones. Avoiding the dreaded “sophomore slump,” Jones built on the foundation he made in his rookie season by improving in just about every category in 2018. The first half of the season didn’t really show that, however. In the first 15 races, Jones had just one top-five finish …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Jimmie Johnson

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2018 was a year of transition for everybody in NASCAR. For the fans, it was the first season without the sport’s most popular driver for the last 16 years making an appearance in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For NASCAR’s management, it was a year where both a new CEO and a new president …

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2018 Top NASCAR Storylines: NASCAR For Sale

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In 1938, Daytona Beach was in a bit of a dilemma. The town had used the annual late winter speed trials to attract spectators and business for over 20 years. It helped keep money flowing through the local economy during the typically slow winter months. But after 1935, the trials moved to the Bonneville Salt …

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4 Burning Questions: Smokey Yunick Would Be Proud

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Just how big of an impact will Kevin Harvick’s penalty have on the playoff picture? On Nov. 7, in the midst of fallout over the day before’s U.S. midterm election results, NASCAR Twitter was basically broken. NEWS: No. 4 team no longer locked into Championship 4 following L1 penalty at @TXMotorSpeedway. Learn more: https://t.co/B2Kl60i0Ri pic.twitter.com/UENAPpI6Iw …

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4 Burning Questions: Can Joey Logano Steal a Championship?

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Can Joey Logano steal a championship? Joey Logano had about as bad a 2017 as he could even with winning a race. That race — the spring Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway — was mired by a post-race inspection failure that made the win not count toward playoff consideration. In the …

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4 Burning Questions: Can Chase Elliott Keep This Up?

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Can Chase Elliott Keep This Up? With his second win in three races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Chase Elliott has become a popular choice as perhaps the fourth driver to join Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. as the so-called Big Three (Big Four, anyone?). Elliott’s first three wins have come at three …

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4 Burning Questions: Why Does Kansas Have Two Races?

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How long until W Series fails? Last week, the FIA announced a new all-women series, (W Series), which will begin competition in 2019. W will use Formula 3 caliber female drivers in Formula 3 spec cars. At first, this sounds pretty cool, right? A series that will showcase rising female stars and give them the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Really Bad Racing Calls

1. Well, yeah, we messed up, but, just deal, OK? Former journeyman driver Brett Bodine is the current lead pace car driver for NASCAR. Ironic, considering his only Cup Series victory came about because of a pace car miscue. In a race at North Wilkesboro in 1990, Bodine had led 63 laps at one point …

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