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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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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)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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.

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

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A control room at Fox Sports (Source: Fox Sports)

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?

Ryan Blaney Wins Richmond Cup Pole

Ryan Blaney

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ryan Blaney claimed the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway. Blaney clocked in with a lap of 119.782 mph, beating out William Byron‘s 119.585 mph lap. It is Blaney’s third pole of the season and the ninth of his career. It’s his second consecutive pole. “I will say (Richmond’s) definitely not …

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