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Friday Faceoff: Should Watkins Glen Get a Second Date?

Now that Chase Elliott is off the schneid following his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, who will the next first-time winner be? Clayton Caldwell: Alex Bowman. He’s been much more consistent this year than Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a year ago in that car and just recently …

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Friday Faceoff: Will the ROVAL Be Full of Crashes?

After two exciting finishes at Chicagoland Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, there wasn’t much drama at the end of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this week at Kentucky Speedway. What is the least exciting Cup race you remember watching? Vito Pugliese: That’s easy: 1999 August race at Michigan. …

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Talk Dirt-y to Me: Pros & Cons of Expanding Eldora Dirt Derby

Anybody watch any good races this week? Following the sixth installment of Tony Stewart’s salute to sediment, the racing world, fans particularly, are clamoring for an expansion of the midweek, new summer classic at Eldora Speedway. What started as a novelty event when Stewart acquired the facility back in 2008 …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Owners Allow Their Stars to Race Other Types of Cars?

1. Road courses have gained a reputation as being wild, unpredictable affairs, but Sunday’s race at Sonoma Raceway was neither. Do you think there was a specific reason why that happened? Vito Pugliese: Two cars that were in another league speed-wise coupled with stage racing that wasn’t conducive to setting up …

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Friday Faceoff: Has a Favorite for the XFINITY Title Emerged?

1. Now that a third road course has been added to the schedule during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, will it impact the way drivers and teams approach Sonoma Raceway in terms of preparation and strategy? John Haverlin: The drivers and teams won’t change their approach this weekend. The …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Top Driver Might Be Facing A Winless Season?

1. Once again, weather dominated the headlines this weekend. Do you think there’s anything more that NASCAR can do (tires, start times, scheduling) or is it just a case of “c’est la vie”? John Haverlin: There’s nothing more NASCAR can do. Start times and altering the schedule would be OK, but it …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Be Constantly Tinkering Its Rules Packages?

1. Kyle Busch won the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Pocono Raceway, but his car was deemed too high in post-race inspection. Should the fact that a violation was technically a disadvantage matter when penalties are issued? Vito Pugliese: Height violations and fines have been a story line since over 25 …

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Friday Faceoff: New Package the Norm?

This past weekend’s tweaked aerodynamic package at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the All-Star Race produced some of the best racing we’ve seen this season. Do you think this package should be used again, and if so, when and how often? Vito Pugliese: The package should be used again, but not until …

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