NASCAR Race Weekend Central

NASCAR Mailbox: What Is Texas Motor Speedway’s Future?

2021 Texas II Cup Joey Logano pack racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Sunday’s race was a snoozefest. Can we take Texas off the schedule already? – Patty K., Sedona, Ariz. With no disrespect to the fine folks at TMS … I wish we could. Ever since the repave and reconfiguration, Texas has been downright horrible. In the NASCAR Cup Series specifically, it’s been wide open all the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Will Low Horsepower Negatively Affect Next Gen Car?

2021 Charlotte Road ROVAL Cup Next Gen test Ryan Blaney car Bob Leverone Getty

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Many have voiced complaints about the 550-hp package on intermediate tracks, yet NASCAR is using it again for the Next Gen car. How concerning is it that the results may be the same? – Clarence P., Charlotte, N.C. This is a topic that many are going to voice their opinion about in the coming weeks …

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NASCAR Mailbox: When Should a Playoff Race Be Deemed Official?

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Should the rules for a race being deemed “official” change for the playoffs? – Justice W., Mobile, Alabama A fair and intriguing question, and especially topical. On paper, the playoffs should never cut corners. Whether it’s ending a stage under caution to ending races early like we saw on Monday (Oct. 4), neither scenario is …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Josh Berry Putting NASCAR Owners on Notice

Josh Berry celebrates after winning the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night (Sept. 25). (Photo: NKP)

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Will what Josh Berry is doing sway owners to hiring more “racers” instead of pay drivers? – Daphne B., Nashville, Tenn. I think I speak for everyone when I say: for goodness’ sake, I hope so. We’ve known Josh Berry is a great racecar driver for a while. His late model results, including a national …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Should Kevin Harvick Have Taken Helmet Off To Face Chase Elliott?

2021 Bristol II Cup angry Kevin Harvick Jared C Tilton Getty

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Why didn’t Kevin Harvick take his NASCAR helmet off when he went to confront Chase Elliott? Another unwritten rule broken. – Daniel T., Johnson City, Tenn. This has officially become the stupidest argument of all time. Who the hell cares whether or not a driver takes their helmet off during a confrontation? Don’t give me …

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NASCAR Mailbox: L.A. Coliseum Is Cool, But Why Not Bowman Gray?

2022 LA Coliseum (iRacing image, game play)

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I’m all for the L.A. Coliseum Clash idea, but why not do it at Bowman-Gray Stadium, a place that would require next to no cost for travel and would be an ode to the sport’s roots? – Natasha L., Cornelius, North Carolina One word, two letters: T.V. Charlotte, NC should always be the home of …

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NASCAR Mailbox: How Long Can NASCAR Compete With the NFL?

2021 Daytona II Cup Joey Logano Ross Chastain pack racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR always has a ratings free fall once football starts. Seeing that the NFL season starts this week, what can NASCAR do to combat that in the future? – Damon P., York, Pa. At the risk of sounding like a broken record and beating a dead horse … shorten the schedule. I’ve come to the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: For Most of the Cup Series, 2022 Starts Now

2021 Phoenix I Cup Austin Dillon Ryan Preece NKP

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When do non-playoff teams start preparing for next year now that they’re not eligible for the championship? Riley H. – Grand Rapids, Mich. About two days ago. Literally as soon as the car arrived back at the shop, most NASCAR Cup Series teams who missed the playoffs likely have focused any and all efforts on …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is Daytona a Good Regular Season Finale Venue?

Matt DiBenedetto at 2021 Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte NASCAR Cup race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Superspeedways have a lot of luck involved. It doesn’t seem like the best place to determine the playoff field, does it? – Parker L., Las Vegas, Nev. When the 2020 schedule was announced with Daytona International Speedway as the regular season finale, I was skeptical. Why would you put a race that has so much …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Should NASCAR Do With Indianapolis?

Verizon 200 Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course winner AJ Allmendinger celebrates in victory lane. (Photo: NKP)

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The Indy Road Course ratings were down from the Brickyard 400, and the ending wasn’t a great look for NASCAR. What does the future look like at that venue for the series? – Griffin P., Indianapolis, Ind. Talk about a loaded question … but one that’s topical. Per Adam Stern, last year’s Brickyard 400 on …

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