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4 Burning Questions: What’s in Store this Weekend in the Desert?

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What will the homecoming of Alex Bowman look like? If there was just one race anybody could point to as to why Alex Bowman got the nod to permanently replace Dale Earnhardt Jr., it would undoubtedly end up being the 2016 fall race at Phoenix. Bowman, at the time substituting for Earnhardt, drove the race …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Ford Continue to Impress?

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Will Ford continue to impress and Chevrolet continue to disappoint? It’s probably safe to say many did not expect the Fords to be quite as competitive as they ended up being at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Ford swept the top three and had five Fusions overall in the top …

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Friday Faceoff: Butt Tattoos, Anyone?

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Austin Dillon’s Daytona 500 triumph was his second in his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, but some people have said he hasn’t won a real race, as his 2017 Coca-Cola 600 win was on fuel mileage and this past weekend was a restrictor plate event. Does he have to win a so-called normal Cup race …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Will Win the 1st Intermediate Race of 2018?

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Who will win the first intermediate track race of the season? Now that Daytona International Speedway is over, it’s time to throw everything we learned from it in a drawer and forget about it until Talladega Superspeedway in two months. This weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, there will be a lot of drivers who could …

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4 Burning Questions: How Crash-Filled Will Daytona Be?

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Who will become the 2018 Daytona 500 champion? It’s hard to pick a winner in any NASCAR race, let alone a restrictor plate race. There are literally 35-36 cars in the 40-car field that can stay in the draft and have a decent shot at winning as long as they can make it to the …

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Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, William Byron Fastest In 3 Daytona Practices

Saturday was the official start of the 2018 NASCAR season. There was one morning practice and two afternoon practice sessions, all for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Work for the Advanced Auto Parts Clash was paired with the opening on-track time for next Sunday’s Daytona 500. In the morning Clash session, the Fords of …

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NASCAR Top 10 Storylines 2017: Young Guns

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For many years, NASCAR had a logjam when it came to new talent in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Companies didn’t want to leave established stars for new drivers, especially with an economy as weak as it was. There have been two rookies from the 2008 to 2012 classes (Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski) …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Rick Ware Racing

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The deaths of HScott Motorsports and Tommy Baldwin Racing following the 2016 season left a void in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In 2016, only 40 cars showed up most weekends to compete. All of the sudden, three of them vanished and left the series with just 37 full time teams for 2017. Rick …

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Circle Sport Splits From The Motorsports Group

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After one season together, Circle Sport owner Joe Falk has decided to leave his partnership with The Motorsports Group and has potentially left Jeffrey Earnhardt in limbo. TMG, owned by longtime NASCAR owner Curtis Key, helped field the No. 33 Chevrolet in 2017, using Circle Sport’s car number and charter. The team will continue to …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Richard Childress Racing

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Richard Childress Racing’s 2017 season was a triumph but yet simultaneously a struggle. Overall, however, it ended up being a disappointment. The venerable organization has been around since 1971, the oldest team in the sport outside of the Wood Brothers. For many years now, their mentality when it comes to racing has been that the …

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