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NASCAR Mailbox: What Should NASCAR Do With The All-Star Race?

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The All-Star Race kind of feels like The Clash to me: unnecessary and lacking luster. What should NASCAR do with it? – Brodie L., Fargo, N.D. I wish I knew, Brodie. I wish I knew. I miss the electric feel of the event. When fans came down to Charlotte in droves and visited team shops, …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Over & Underachievers in All 3 National Series

Chris Buescher looks on at Circuit of the Americas NASCAR Cup 2021 NKP

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Who has overachieved and who has underachieved across all three NASCAR national series so far this season? – Rebecca F., Tulsa, Okla. I’ll take this series by series, as there are a lot of drivers/teams to cover with this question. Starting with the Camping World Truck Series, I’ll give a nod to Niece Motorsports’ Carson …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is Kaz Grala an Underrated Young Prospect?

#16: Kaz Grala, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Hyperice

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What does the future look like for Kaz Grala? He’s consistently performed in whatever equipment he’s put in and seems to have a bright future ahead of him. – Doug K., Charlottesville, Va. If I’m a NASCAR Cup Series owner (I’m not, just for clarity here), Grala would be on my short list of candidates …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Racetrack Vibes Are Slowly Getting Back to Normal

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With more tracks opening at 100% capacity, is this a sign that normality is on the horizon for the racetrack experience? — Peter B., Dover, Del. Speaking from personal experience this past weekend, I can wholeheartedly tell you the answer is a resounding yes. I’ve covered a handful of races during the COVID-19 pandemic, mostly …

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NASCAR Mailbox: It’s Time to Pay More Attention to William Byron

William Byron walks the pits at Kansas Speedway, May 2021. (Photo: NKP)

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William Byron is quietly having one of the best seasons to date in the NASCAR Cup Series. Is he a legit championship contender right now? – Kyle U., Lincoln, Nebraska In a word: yes. Byron has 10 straight top-10 finishes this season, breaking Jeff Gordon’s previous record in the same numbered car at the same …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Tire Seen ‘Round the World (or Infield) at Kansas

2021 Kansas I Cup general view of field James Gilbert Getty

Does NASCAR legitimately think they did the right thing by throwing the yellow for that tire sitting on the edge of the infield? What a joke. — Louis K., Reno, Nevada Full disclosure: I was with you, Louis, as it was going down. I thought it was blatant race manipulation and so infuriating to let …

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NASCAR Mailbox: How Important Is Kansas for Stewart-Haas Racing?

2021 Martinsville I Cup Cole Custer Chase Briscoe NKP

#41: Cole Custer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang HaasTooling.com, #14: Chase Briscoe, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Rush Truck Centers

Where does Brad Keselowski line up in the pantheon of superspeedway racers all-time? – Uriah O., Rochester Hills, Michigan He’s on the Mount Rushmore for me, that’s for sure. I never was able to see Dale Earnhardt Sr. work his Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway magic (10 and three wins, respectively), but I’ve seen …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Why Can’t Jennifer Jo Cobb Race at Talladega?

2021 Daytona I Trucks Jennifer Jo Cobb truck NKP

#10: Jennifer Jo Cobb, Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing, Chevrolet Silverado Fastener Supply Company

Why did NASCAR not approve Jennifer Jo Cobb to race in the Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend? I know they put out their reasoning, but I still think it’s a bit unfair. – Shiela P., Little Rock, Arkansas For those who don’t know NASCAR’s reasoning, here it is. Jennifer Jo Cobb not approved …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What’s Wrong With Ross Chastain?

2021 Daytona I Cup Ross CHastain NKP

#42: Ross Chastain, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Clover

What’s up with Ross Chastain? He spun out Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones this past week and doesn’t seem to be living up to expectations this year. — Rick G., Davie, Florida It’s a real shame Chastain hasn’t run better this year. An all-around nice guy who people seem to root for easily, he’s paid …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Will a JTG Daugherty Car Make the Playoffs?

JTG Daugherty Racing drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Ryan Preece talks, stands against Preeceā€™s car at 2021 spring Las Vegas Cup race NKP

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Coming off a second-place finish on Bristol Dirt, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is solidly inside the top 15 in points (with Ryan Preece 18th as an open car). Will either JTG Daugherty Racing driver make the playoffs? – Harold C., St. Louis, Missouri This is the million-dollar question (literally) for Tad and Jodi Geschickter, as well …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Was Bristol Dirt a Success?

2021 Bristol dirt trucks track overhead Jared C Tilton Getty Images via NASCAR

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Should this past weekend at Bristol be considered a success given all that went into it and what they had to overcome with the rain? – Hazel B., Austin, Texas Talk about a loaded question … so much to unpack with this race and so little time to do it. First, let me lay out …

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NASCAR Mailbox: First Michael Jordan, Now LeBron James?

2021 Phoenix I Cup Chris Buescher pack racing NKP

#17: Chris Buescher, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Mustang Roush Performance, #8: Tyler Reddick, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro

With LeBron James buying into the Boston Red Sox (and Fenway Sports Group), could we see him become involved with Roush Fenway Racing at all? – Anita P., Loudon, NH Let’s get this out of the way first: in no way do I think LeBron James bought into the Red Sox so he could have …

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