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3 Burning Questions & An Open Letter to You, a Keyboard Warrior

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Hey, random social media person. You’ve been pretty busy this week, haven’t you? There’s been so many news stories that you’ve decided that you must comment on, even though, in many cases, you have neither the grammar nor the critical thinking skills to actually say anything on the topic. Just stop. Stop. Because nobody important …

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4 Burning Questions: Road to the Playoffs

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What will NASCAR need to do following July to stay-on-pace to make the playoffs work? On Thursday, June 4, NASCAR revealed its current schedule through the end of July and the first weekend in August. BREAKING NEWS: NASCAR announces next installment in return to racing schedule. Details: https://t.co/c0Oof32GGq pic.twitter.com/Osjbyruoh1 — NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 4, 2020 …

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4 Burning Questions: What’s Next for the Truck Series?

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What was wrong with the Coca-Cola 600? The TV ratings are out for the Coca-Cola 600, and they don’t look very good. .@FoxTV earned a 2.4 rating and 3.96 million viewers for Sunday's @CocaCola 600 at Charlotte, per @ShowBuzzDaily, down from 2.6 rating/4.26M last year. ➖ Sunday's race was slightly delayed/faced competition from #TheMatch, which …

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4 Burning Questions: Chase Elliott vs. Kyle Busch is Supposedly a Thing

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What’s next for Chase Briscoe? One of the best finishes I’ve ever seen occurred in the rain delayed NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway this week. The first race for the series in over two months, the finish was a classic duel between Kyle Busch and Chase Briscoe. A final lap that'll go down …

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4 Burning Questions: Rear Quarter Panel Numbers Are Stupid

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Is it truly safe to go back to racing? This is the biggest gamble in NASCAR’s history. Really the only other one it can be compared with was when all the drivers tried to unionize in 1969 and Bill France decided to just have a 500-mile race anyway on an extremely dangerous racetrack with mostly …

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e4 Burning Questions: A Look Back on the Pro Invitational Series

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Was the Pro Invitational Series a Success? The NASCAR Pro Invitational Series will hold its final scheduled race this Saturday. On a date where NASCAR was originally planning on holding the first night race in Martinsville Speedway history, it will instead be sanctioning its first race at North Wilkesboro Speedway, albeit a virtual version, in …

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4 Burning Questions: Is Matt Kenseth Ready for 2020 Cup Racing?

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Wait, Matt Kenseth? This week, Chip Ganassi Racing made a bit of a surprising announcement. The news, first broken by Adam Stern of Sports Business Daily, will see the 2003 champion race in NASCAR for the first time since 2018, where he was brought onto the No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing on a …

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4 Burning Questions: NASCAR Needs to Answer Before a ‘Coronarace’

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Editor’s Note: This column was originally posted on April 24, 2020. Since then, NASCAR has officially announced they’ll return to the track effective May 17 at Darlington Raceway. More details can be found here. How exactly would testing work? The first to throw their hats into the idea of NASCAR holding a race, beside Florida …

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e4 Burning Questions: Where Can Kyle Larson Go from Here?

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What’s next for the eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series? On Wednesday, April 15, NASCAR announced details for its next event in the Pro Invitational Series, a 150-lap event on Sunday afternoon at the virtual Richmond Raceway. FOX, NASCAR and their esports division have apparently decided that the key to having more watchable races is to …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Should Be Part of the 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class?

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Did the NASCAR Hall of Fame nomination process work this time? Last season, I refused to give a serious look at the class of 2020 nominees simply because of the broken nomination system. Now the hall has decided to make changes addressing some of these concerns. The modern era nomination committee is still very flawed …

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e4 Burning Questions: Where’s the Money?

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What’s going on this week? There will be some big races over the next week. On Saturday, April 4, NBC Sports Network will broadcast its first non-NASCAR esport presentation with the running of the iRacing IndyCar Challenge race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. This follows last week’s race at Watkins Glen International, …

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e4 Burning Questions: The Consequences of the Wrong Decisions

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What else really needs to be said here? So, just to recap the events of the past two weeks relating to NASCAR and the planned mid-March race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway: -On Wednesday, March 11, NASCAR announced there would be fans in attendance at Atlanta Motor Speedway, even though the NBA had begun to …

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