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4 Burning Questions: Will NASCAR Return to the Fairgrounds or Rockingham?

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Will NASCAR return to the Fairgrounds Speedway or Rockingham Speedway? Two former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tracks were in the news this week. Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville has long been one of the premier short tracks in the country, and from 1958 to 1984 hosted Cup races. Last year, in an open bid for …

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4 Burning Questions: Is GMS Racing Buying Furniture Row Racing?

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Is GMS Racing Buying Furniture Row Racing? The year of unpredictable events continued on Thursday (Aug. 23), with Adam Stern reporting that Furniture Row Racing is discussing possibly selling the operation to GMS Racing. Unclear whether @GMSRacingLLC would buy @FRRacingTeam’s charter/assets right away, or whether they could form a @Toyota alliance in ’19 before GMS …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Retired This Week?

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Who will drive the No. 95 next season? On Thursday (Aug. 16), Kasey Kahne announced his retirement from competing full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at season’s end. pic.twitter.com/0V0keaggcL — Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) August 16, 2018 Kahne, who will turn 39 next April, is the latest big name driver to retire in the …

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Friday Faceoff: Silly Season Kicking Into High Gear

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Kurt Busch has been rumored to be leaving Stewart-Haas Racing for Chip Ganassi Racing, replacing Jamie McMurray. What’s next for Busch’s career? Michael Finley: It;s really up to Kurt Busch at this point. His legacy is secured; not too many people have won both a championship and a Daytona 500. He’s running pretty well, and …

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4 Burning Questions: Is AJ Allmendinger on the Hot Seat?

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What will come of AJ Allmendinger’s Silly Season? .@JTGRacing is evaluating its options as it relates to possible driver/team changes in '19 for its two cars, per people familiar with the matter. ➖ Drivers who have been mentioned as possibilities for JTG include @RyanPreece_ and @DanielHemric. ➖ The team had no comment. pic.twitter.com/1IRFtyJT30 — Adam …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Christopher Bell Make It 4 in a Row?

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Can Christopher Bell beat the Cup regulars this weekend? Christopher Bell will be on the hunt for his fourth straight NASCAR XFINITY Series win on Saturday, something that hasn’t been done since Sam Ard in 1983. Bell, a Joe Gibbs Racing driver in his rookie season in the series, has won four total races this …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2018 Gander Outdoors 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? After a long night of failed inspections prior to the race, Daniel Suarez found himself the polesitter after both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch ended up having their times disallowed. There have been plenty of fluke pole winners in NASCAR history who have begun the race in the …

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4 Burning Questions: What’s Really Stopping NASCAR from Promoting Eldora?

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Why isn’t NASCAR open to an XFINITY Series race at Eldora Speedway? This week, Brian France made a rare public appearance when he joined SiriusXM’s NASCAR channel to answer some questions and gave his thoughts on various topics going on in the sport. One of the topics discussed by France involved the potential inclusion of …

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Friday Faceoff: Will the ROVAL Be Full of Crashes?

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After two exciting finishes at Chicagoland Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, there wasn’t much drama at the end of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this week at Kentucky Speedway. What is the least exciting Cup race you remember watching? Vito Pugliese: That’s easy: 1999 August race at Michigan. My buddy and I brought …

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4 Burning Questions: How Will the NASCAR Income Model Change This Off-Season?

Martin Truex Jr. was all alone out front (Photo: Danny Peters)

Will the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway change compared to previous years? Ever since the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule was increased to 36 races in 2001, there have been five racetracks that have lost one of their two dates on the calendar. The first was Rockingham Speedway. The fall date, which was …

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