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4 Burning Questions: Where’s the Variety in Cup?

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Who could take the checkered flag at Kentucky? Kentucky Speedway is the newest track on the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series schedule, and though Speedway Motorsports Inc. is the listed owner, in reality Kyle Busch has owned this track since day one. Busch has won there twice, including the inaugural race, and his lone finish …

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4 Burning Questions: When Will It Be Cole Custer’s Time?

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When will Stewart-Haas Racing pull the trigger on Cole Custer? After two years of silly season turnovers, Stewart-Haas Racing looks like it will be making no changes to its lineup next season. It would be dumb to make a move. The four SHR cars, together, are dominating on a level that only Joe Gibbs Racing …

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4 Burning Questions: How Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. Do in the TV Booth?

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How will NASCAR On NBC’s newest broadcaster do? On Sunday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will follow in the footsteps of other great NASCAR drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett and turn to calling the racing action on television. Earnhardt will be the first of his name to transition to a career in …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Owners Allow Their Stars to Race Other Types of Cars?

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1. Road courses have gained a reputation as being wild, unpredictable affairs, but Sunday’s race at Sonoma Raceway was neither. Do you think there was a specific reason why that happened? Vito Pugliese: Two cars that were in another league speed-wise coupled with stage racing that wasn’t conducive to setting up a thrilling finish. If we’re …

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4 Burning Questions: Why Did NASCAR Decide On No All-Star Package?

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Why did NASCAR decide there would be no restrictor-plate package for the rest of 2018? On Thursday (June 21), NASCAR announced that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will not be using the experimental high-downforce restrictor plate aero package after about a month of hemming and hawing about it. Was it the right decision? It’s …

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Friday Faceoff: Has a Favorite for the XFINITY Title Emerged?

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1. Now that a third road course has been added to the schedule during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, will it impact the way drivers and teams approach Sonoma Raceway in terms of preparation and strategy? John Haverlin: The drivers and teams won’t change their approach this weekend. The Charlotte Motor Speedway roval race …

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4 Burning Questions: Should Iowa Host A Cup Race?

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Should Iowa Speedway be on the Cup Series calendar? Once the current track deals run out in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, one track NASCAR will be taking a very close look at will be the Iowa Speedway. The .875-mile track based in Newton, IA, was designed by Rusty Wallace and heavily based off …

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4 Burning Questions: Will a 4-Man Broadcast Booth Work for NBC?

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Are non-chartered NASCAR teams a bad thing for the sport? Two weeks ago, a major debate erupted on Twitter that you may or may not have missed. And that’s somewhat fair if you did; it wasn’t a matter of life or death, and last month was already a pretty big month for NASCAR between the …

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4 Burning Question: What Is the Future of Engines in NASCAR?

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What is the future of engines in NASCAR? This past week, Brad Keselowski suggested in a column on NASCAR.com that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series should implement what’s essentially a hybrid engine, using an electronic component similar to Formula 1’s KERS system. The KERS system, in layman’s terms, gives the engine a short speed …

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4 Burning Questions: 1,262 Miles in 1 Day

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What is the future of the All-Star Race rules package? As expected either way, there has been a lot of chatter this week about the experimental restrictor plate package used in last weekend’s All-Star Race. The results have largely been positive among fans. It was generally regarded as the most exciting All-Star Race in years, …

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