Race Weekend Central

4 Burning Questions: The Rags-to-Riches Myth

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Who will win themselves a grandfather clock this week? A couple of weeks ago in this column, it was noted that there were just three lead changes at Martinsville Speedway in the spring race. While I don’t think that number is going to go into double digits this weekend, there’ll definitely be at least a …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Will Drive Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 18 in 2020?

2019 Chicagoland Ngots Harrison Burton Truck Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Who will drive Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 18 Toyota in 2020? On Thursday, Oct. 17, Joe Gibbs Racing announced Harrison Burton will be moving up to the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 20 Toyota full time. The news wasn’t as surprising, as he drove the No. 18 car for the team in six starts …

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4 Burning Questions: Refusal to Be Wrong

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Has the current aero package been a failure? This week, Austin Dillon took a special Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racecar to a closed test session at Richmond Raceway. The car, generic as the car manufacturers are still early in development of their own spins on the rules package, represents the direction that NASCAR wishes …

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4 Burning Questions: ARCA Just Can’t Stop Going

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Will the new ARCA be a success or failure? This week, NASCAR officially unveiled their new direction for ARCA and what is now known as the K&N Pro Series East/West. One platform. ? Four Championship Series. ???? Exciting changes are coming to the ARCA Menards Series in 2020: https://t.co/cMVOtRjllJ pic.twitter.com/hh4s19cFgz — NASCAR (@NASCAR) October 2, …

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4 Burning Questions: Is Corey LaJoie About to Get His Big Break?

2017 Kansas Ii Cup Corey Lajoie Barry Cantrell Nkp

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Is the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL the wildest of cards in a playoff format that also includes races at Talladega Superspeedway and Martinsville Speedway? Yes. No, but really. Until about two or three years from now, the ROVAL will be the greatest unknown. Anything can happen, and the only thing we know for absolute certain …

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4 Burning Questions: Is Daniel Hemric About to Replace Chris Buescher?

2019 Talladega Cup Daniel Hemric Nigel Kinrade Photography

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What’s the latest Silly Season development? More Silly Season dominoes fell into place this week, with Richard Childress Racing announcing the departure of Daniel Hemric from the team. NEWS pic.twitter.com/t8qkuqrZl2 — RCR (@RCRracing) September 17, 2019 It has been a fairly rough Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie season for Hemric. The 28-year-old from Kannapolis, …

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4 Burning Questions: Anyone Forget About Ross Chastain’s Future?

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Who is the new driver for Wood Brothers Racing? After a roller coaster of a month where Matt DiBenedetto was told he was out of a job, almost won at Bristol Motor Speedway and had a solid run at Darlington Raceway, Wood Brothers Racing has announced his hiring for 2020 in the Monster Energy NASCAR …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Will Make the 2019 Cup Series Playoffs?

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Who will make the 2019 Cup Series playoffs? The field for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs were just about set following a win by Erik Jones at Darlington Raceway last weekend. The top 14 drivers in regular season points- Kyle Busch (who is also the regular season champion), Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, …

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4 Burning Questions: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hasn’t Won At Darlington?

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This week, the Motor Racing Network announced that they would be sponsoring the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway, as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. Motor Racing Network to Celebrate 50 Years of MRN with @Spire77 @TooToughToTame STORY: https://t.co/VKyu6iPjxV#NASCARThrowback | #ItsBoTime | #AskMRN pic.twitter.com/TFdSjSUbgn — Motor Racing Network (@MRNRadio) August 28, 2019 …

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4 Burning Questions: Why Does IndyCar Keep Tempting Fate?

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Why does the NTT IndyCar Series go to Pocono Raceway? No, really. Can somebody give me a good answer to this? I understand that IndyCar has a legacy of staging races in the Northeast (which is layman’s terms for saying, “muh tradition”). If this is the case, why doesn’t IndyCar return to Watkins Glen International? …

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4 Burning Questions: What Does the Cup Playoff Picture Look Like?

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Who will end Saturday night on top of the roof in victory lane? The Busch brothers have won the last four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch will be going for his sixth win at the half-mile oval, while Kyle Busch is looking for his ninth, which would tie …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Anybody Spoil the Truck Playoffs?

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Who will make it into the 2019 Truck series playoffs? This week’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway will be the final race of the regular season. Seven drivers have either clinched positions in the eight-driver field or will clinch by starting the race. Ross Chastain, Brett Moffitt, Johnny Sauter, Stewart …

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