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5 Points to Ponder: Should Stewart-Haas Racing Hit the Panic Button?

Kevin Harvick looks under the hood of his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. Did Kansas mean more than ‘Dega for 23X1? You never forget the one that was first, and that’s usually true in racing. Kurt Busch‘s victory Sunday at Kansas wasn’t the first win for 23X1 Racing; that came last October in Talladega with Bubba Wallace‘s win. As sweet as that was, especially for Wallace, you …

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5 Points to Ponder: There’s a Monster on the Track, & Its Name Is Hendrick Motorsports

Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports celebrates his win at Dover Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro celebrates winning the DuraMAX Drydene 400.

NASCAR’s most popular driver and 2020 series champion Chase Elliott scored his first win of the 2022 season for Hendrick Motorsports at Dover Motor Speedway.

5 Points to Ponder: Is NASCAR Having a Next Gen Short Track Crisis?

Chase Elliott leads a pack of NASCAR racecars at Martinsville Speedway, April 2022. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. Is it too soon to panic about the Next Gen car ruining short track racing? Houston, we have a problem. Or rather, Martinsville, we have a problem. As NASCAR has shuffled around its schedule the past few years, a common refrain among fans was that more short track races would be a good thing. …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR Was a Few Years Early on the Whole Young Guns Thing

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1. Sure hope no one wrote off Chase Briscoe after his rookie season Chase Briscoe had what you could politely call a nondescript rookie NASCAR Cup Series season in 2021. In his first full-time campaign in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, Briscoe recorded only three top-10 finishes — all on road courses, where he …

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