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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

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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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Stock Car Scoop: How Will NASCAR Shortening Martinsville Impact Racing?

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The NASCAR Cup Series stays in Virginia for another week but heads south, this time to Martinsville Speedway for a date with “The Paperclip.” Joe Gibbs Racing is coming off a race at Richmond Raceway that featured all four of its Toyotas in the top 10 and Denny Hamlin rolling into victory lane at its …

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NASCAR 101: Joe Gibbs Racing’s Short-Track Dominance

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With NASCAR in the midst of its short-track swing and on the heels of Joe Gibbs Racing’s sweep at Richmond Raceway, Denny Hamlin‘s win continued the trend of the Toyota stable’s dominance at tracks less than a mile in length. Saturday (April 3) afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 was all JGR through and through, …

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Did You Notice?: The Cracks in the NASCAR Point System?

Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott racing each other during the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, 4/3/2022 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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Did you notice the first three drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings haven’t won a race yet? William Byron (fourth) is the first driver with a victory in a competitive year where no single driver has stood out seven races in.

Dirty (Half) Dozen: 6 Ways USAC Racing’s Tire Debacle Rivals NASCAR in Inconsistency, Incompetence

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The world of open-wheel dirt racing was rocked this past week with the United States Auto Club (USAC) sanctioning body releasing a widely-panned press release. Results from Ocala have been confirmed after extensive lab testing. Full Story: https://t.co/B7gV4ersri pic.twitter.com/IMELg0nZ0S — USAC Racing (@USACNation) March 31, 2022 That release, in summary, said that while initial tire …

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Dropping The Hammer: Why Fox Sports’ NASCAR Pre-Race Show Needs Fixing

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Roughly 24 hours after Sunday’s (April 3) NASCAR Cup Series event at Richmond Raceway, there was one lasting image from the first short track race of the season.

It wasn’t Denny Hamlin celebrating atop his No. 11 Toyota after scoring his first win of 2022.

It wasn’t Ryan Blaney and Ross Chastain trading bump-and-runs.

It was…..Clint Howard?

Couch Potato Tuesday: How FOX Can Improve Broadcasts Everywhere, Not Just Richmond

Kevin HArvick and Chase Briscoe lead a pack of cars at Richmond Raceway, April 2022. Photo: NKP

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This past weekend began a short track season, much along the lines of what NASCAR fans used to have in the 1990s. Richmond, Martinsville and Bristol in back-to-back-to-back weeks before a trip to Talladega. Good times? Toyota Owners 400 In the past couple of years, I’ve noticed that pre-race coverage for races on FOX or …

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