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NASCAR Mailbox: Will This Season Have More Than 16 Winners?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With three winners already this season that aren’t your conventional names, talk of the 2021 playoff field is already heating up. After all, who would’ve expected Michael McDowell to have a spot locked up? And Christopher Bell and William Byron to have theirs this early? Will 2021 be the year that the regular season sees …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Should NASCAR Adopt Local Cautions for Road Courses?

Martin Truex Jr. spins on the Daytona road course February 2021 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With seven road courses on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule this year (six more after this past weekend), there’ll be plenty more opportunities for surprise winners, rain tires and the all-around madness that comes with road course racing. But due to the high volume of cautions and lengthy periods said stoppages take, would instituting local …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Time Should the Daytona 500 Start?

Joey Logano leads over a group of cars including Ryan Preece in Daytona 500 Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It was a long time coming for Michael McDowell. From a rushed prospect, to starting and parking while driving Trevor Bayne‘s motorhome, to his home now at Front Row Motorsports, it all led him to where he is now: a Daytona 500 champion. His first victory came in his 358th career NASCAR Cup Series start, …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What are Realistic Expectations for New Organizations This Year?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With seven road course events set to take place this season (including three new venues to the NASCAR Cup Series), “into the unknown” is a cliché, but true, moniker. World-class facilities await the field in Road America, Circuit of the Americas and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. But with stock cars taking to the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Which Young Driver in Cup is Poised to Follow in Chase Elliott’s Footsteps and Capture a Title Soon?

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(Photo: Randy Lanning)

The Championship 4 drivers always get the majority of the focus in the final race of the season for obvious reasons. They’re racing for a championship. Everyone else though, they seem to get door slammed and do not get much focus like every other race. This seems to be an ongoing issue with some fans …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Is the Playoff Comparison to Other Sports Fair?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The playoff format for the last seven years in the NASCAR Cup Series has drawn comparisons to several other sports, which is not what many fans want to happen at all. With NASCAR, which had a unique playoff format from 2004-13, nobody really ever compared the sport to others. When the sanctioning body established the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Benefit Have Sunday Doubleheaders Been to Xfinity and Trucks?

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As a result of the pandemic, we have seen several doubleheaders this year between all three NASCAR national touring series, something we have not seen before this year. In past years, the lower divisions of NASCAR have not had the exposure they deserve because of being ran on Friday nights or Saturday afternoons for the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: How Similar is 2020 to Joey Logano’s 2018 Championship Season?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Following Joey Logano’s win on Sunday (Oct. 18) at Kansas Speedway, he now will focus on the championship race at Phoenix Raceway in just a few weeks. This will be the second time in the last three seasons that Logano will be part of the Championship 4 and his fourth time overall. The last time …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Was 2020 a Fluke Year for Kyle Busch?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Arguably, 2020 has been the worst season of Kyle Busch‘s NASCAR Cup Series career. While his rookie season in 2005 is statistically his worst to date, he has yet to win through 32 races, and that would be a first for driver No. 18. Busch turned 35 years old earlier this year, and while we …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Can Be Done About Vicious Blocks at Daytona & Talladega?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The rumors have flown for months now whether Kyle Larson will return to NASCAR and where he will go. With his return to the sport being imminent, the question arises about how he will perform after basically running a full year on the dirt side of things. While he has dominated, we all know NASCAR …

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