5 Points To Ponder: Thank You, Danica Patrick

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ONE: Thanks, Danica In the end, it was not the glorious finish Danica Patrick would have scripted to end her long and trailblazing racing career. An unexpected spin and wreck on lap 68 saw her final race, the 102nd running of the Indy 500, end with a violent collision in the outer wall. “I’m not …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Best Day in Motorsports

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ONE: The Streets of Monaco Starting off the best day in Motorsports it’s the historic Monaco Grand Prix, a race first run in 1929. Heading into the fifth event on the 21-race 2018 Formula One schedule, 2017 champion McLaren’s own Lewis Hamilton sits atop the points standings having won the two previous races with a …

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5 Points To Ponder: Lack of Luster for NASCAR All-Star Race

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ONE: NASCAR All-Star Lack of Luster Next up on the schedule, it’s a pause in the regular season for the 2018 All-Star Race, a misnomer of a race title if ever there was one. Unlike other major sports, we actually see less competitors in NASCAR’s version not to mention a series of often wildly shifting …

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5 Points to Ponder: Return of the Matt

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ONE: Return of the Matt This weekend will see the return of a familiar face to Cup racing with a championship resume including 39 wins, 181 top-5’s, 327 top-10’s in 650 starts. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Matt Kenseth makes a welcome comeback in the number six Ford Fusion of Roush Fenway Racing at Kansas …

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5 Points To Ponder: The Next NASCAR Most Popular Driver?

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ONE: Blaney’s win will come For the third time this season, Ryan Blaney led a ton of laps in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series but ultimately did not get the result he would have wanted. While lapping traffic from the race lead at Bristol Motor Speedway, Blaney was caught up in a wreck absolutely …

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5 Points To Ponder: Joey Logano’s Comeback Year?

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ONE: Mario Andretti, A True Racing Legend On the Thursday prior to last weekend’s second race of the season at ISM Raceway, the IndyCar community celebrated: “A Night To Remember.” It was the 25th anniversary of racing great Mario Andretti’s final IndyCar victory. Now 78 years old (his last win came at age 53) one of …

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5 Points to Ponder: Starting the NASCAR Engines Back Up

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ONE: Stewart-Haas dominance in the early going Two months into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Stewart-Haas Racing has been the sport’s dominant team. They’ve won four of the six races thus far and have all four drivers inside the top 11 in points. Most everyone would have expected multiple race victories from …

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5 Points to Ponder: A Lowe’s Blow

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ONE: A Lowe’s Blow The biggest NASCAR news last week came off the racetrack with an announcement Lowe’s will leave the sport at the end of this season. It’s a name brand that’s been synonymous with success in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Involved at the Cup level for two decades, they’ve been primary …

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5 Points to Ponder: Vets, Rookies & the Power of Twitter

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ONE: Harvick’s Not the Champ Just Yet Four weeks into the new season and you’d be forgiven for thinking this is the Monster Energy NASCAR Harvick Cup, especially given dominance of the Stewart-Haas veteran who has won three straight following the season-opening Daytona 500. Making matters more concerning for the chasing pack, Kevin Harvick has …

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5 Points To Ponder: In NASCAR, Winning Still Matters

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ONE: Congratulations, Austin Dillon In the deluge of Daytona post-race coverage, I’ve seen some folks question the nature of Austin Dillon’s career-defining victory in the Great American Race. The way he took out Aric Almirola on that final lap of the Daytona 500 didn’t sit well, it seems. It wasn’t “the way it should be …

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5 Points To Ponder: 2018, The Year Of Your All New NASCAR

ONE: The New Guys When you write a weekly NASCAR column, even the shortest offseason in professional sports ends up feeling long without the constant drumbeat of minute-by-minute racing news. Sure, there’s a few weeks when you’re happy you don’t have to write a column or think about cars going fast and turning left. But, …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Right NASCAR Champion

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ONE: The Right Champion Congratulations to Martin Truex Jr. on winning an emotional, and richly deserved, first Cup Series title. All year long, the No. 78 has been the class of the field so it’s fitting he should win the final race, his eighth victory of the campaign, to get it done. This time last …

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