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Four Burning Questions: An Undercard, Main Event and Resurgence on Tap at Dover

Four Burning Questions: An Undercard, Main Event and Resurgence on Tap at Dover

*Will Juan Pablo Montoya and Ryan Newman go for Round 3?* This has been a long-standing feud that goes back to Homestead in 2006, that allegedly came to blows at Darlington this past week. The end result was Juan Pablo Montoya driving like a pissed-off teenager and wrecking everything except the pace car. Odds are this is likely not going to continue for a third straight week because after Juan dumped Jeff Gordon, he became noticeably more courteous to other drivers than usual. Read More »

Four Burning Questions: Ricky vs. Trevor and Does the Lady in Black Still Have It?

Four Burning Questions: Ricky vs. Trevor and Does the Lady in Black Still Have It?

*When will we see Trevor Bayne again?* It’s a question many have asked, but we’re still awaiting an answer. Trevor Bayne continues to receive treatment for what is now believed to be an inflammatory condition, but was released from the Mayo Clinic late this week. What we do know now is this: Bayne was admitted suffering nausea, fatigue and vision impairment. The vision has improved, but is still not at 100 percent and Bayne will not be in a Nationwide car again this weekend. The No. 16 will again be driven by Chris Buescher. Roush Fenway officials have said there is no timetable for Bayne to return to racing, but emphasized this is not a career-threatening issue like there were some whispers stating earlier in the week. Read More »

Four Burning Questions: Thoughts to Trevor, Denny’s Drama & NASCAR Momentum

Four Burning Questions: Thoughts to Trevor, Denny’s Drama & NASCAR Momentum

*What’s wrong with Trevor Bayne?* It had been almost comical when a series of bad luck, capped off with an insect bite that sent him to the hospital earlier this month, plagued Trevor Bayne following his surprising Daytona 500 win. It almost seemed as if he used up a year’s worth of luck in the season-opening race. But suddenly those snickers have taken a completely different tone this week. In a statement released yesterday, Roush Fenway Racing announced Bayne would not be available to drive the No. 16 in the Nationwide Series this weekend at Richmond; the driver has been re-hospitalized and is undergoing tests for what are thought to be symptoms related to that earlier insect bite. Bayne was in the thick of the Nationwide championship hunt, sitting fifth, just four points out of the lead. Read More »

Four Burning Questions: Last Chances, Bogus Records and Musical Numbers

Four Burning Questions: Last Chances, Bogus Records and Musical Numbers

*Who is this latest addition to Turner Motorsports?* Turner Motorsports has burst onto the NASCAR scene this season, mainly utilizing the inability of Cup Series regulars to earn points in the Nationwide Series to gain national recognition. After seven races the team has three drivers in the top 5 in points and Jason Leffler and Justin Allgaier currently sit 1-2. Over on the Truck Series side, while the results may not be quite as impressive, drivers Ricky Carmichael and James Buescher have a combined four top 10 finishes in seven starts. Read More »

Four Burning Questions: First Time Winners and Two Car Tango

Four Burning Questions: First Time Winners and Two Car Tango

*Will the two-car draft be as prominent at Talladega as Daytona?* This year’s Daytona 500 may have been the coming out party for the two-car draft, but the evolution of restrictor plate racing began after Talladega was repaved in 2006. The Alabama superspeedway may not be as smooth as it was five years ago, or as smooth as Daytona in February, but with the perfect alignment of the front and rear bumpers, the two-car draft has been perfected and will be necessary to win on Sunday. Whether or not you like the new incarnation of plate racing, there’s no denying it’s here to stay unless NASCAR does more to affect engine cooling, something they’ve tried but seem to have backed off on lately. Read More »

Four Burning Questions: What’s Happened to Denny Hamlin and Who Is the Real Closer?

Four Burning Questions: What’s Happened to Denny Hamlin and Who Is the Real Closer?

*ONE: Can Denny Hamlin get back to his winning ways at Texas?* To say the season so far has been a nightmare for Denny Hamlin is a huge understatement. Last year, Hamlin was the most dominant driver on the circuit, winning eight races, only to come up short in the championship hunt to Jimmie Johnson. But toward the end of the season, there was trouble brewing in the world of Joe Gibbs Racing. After the team’s win at Texas, Mike Ford foolishly tried to play head games with Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s Home Improvement crew, while poor fuel mileage cost Hamlin a huge points swing at Phoenix that, instead of possibly clinching a championship, would end up being the harbinger of sorrow and despair for Hamlin at Homestead. Read More »

Four Burning Questions: Kimi’s Risky Venture and Chinks in Johnson’s Armor?

Four Burning Questions: Kimi’s Risky Venture and Chinks in Johnson’s Armor?

*Is Kimi Raikkonen making a mistake by coming to NASCAR?* Former Formula 1 champion and current rally driver Kimi Raikkonen has expressed his desire to make a transition to NASCAR, and will do just that this spring, running in a Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Foster Gillett. Gillett as you may remember is the son of George Gillett of the infamous Richard Petty Motorsports fiasco one year ago and was the team principal during the events that led ultimately to selling the remaining assets of the team to an investor group led by Richard Petty. Now, while you can’t blame Raikkonen for getting his feet in NASCAR (a natural curiosity it appears for current and former open-wheelers) you can certainly fault his selection of who he will be doing so with. So much so that former partner of Gillett, Ray Evernham, has already voiced his concerns. Read More »

Four Burning Questions: The End of Print, The Future of Bayne, And JJ In Victory Lane?

Four Burning Questions: The End of Print, The Future of Bayne, And JJ In Victory Lane?

*What’s the deal with National Speed Sport News?* In a wonderful press release sent out yesterday, the motorsports leader in journalism for as long as most fans have been alive has printed its last edition. National Speed Sport News has long been one of the most respected publications across the board and is considered by many, including myself, to be the pinnacle of motorsports journalism. But this is a sign of the times. Print publications have struggled to survive in the age of the Internet, and it seems as if NSSN is the most recent casualty. Read More »

Four Burning Questions: Kyle the Favorite, Menard the Contender, and Burton the Go-Or-Go-Homer?

Four Burning Questions: Kyle the Favorite, Menard the Contender, and Burton the Go-Or-Go-Homer?

*Which Chase driver of 2010 has the best chance of getting his first win of the season this weekend?* It’s been an exciting start to the season thus far, with Trevor Bayne earning his first win in the season-opening Daytona 500, Jeff Gordon snapping a career-long winless drought at Phoenix and Carl Edwards showing why he just may be the man to beat this year with a surprise win at Las Vegas. On cue of course is another wildcard this weekend, when the Cup Series heads to Bristol for what should be an entertaining race on the high-banked half mile. Read More »