Race Weekend Central

4 Burning Questions: Will Jimmie Johnson’s New Crew Chief be Successful?

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson prepares to race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 2019. Photo: NKP

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Will Jimmie Johnson improve his results following a crew chief change? After finishing 15th last weekend at the Pocono Raceway, Jimmie Johnson is in serious danger of missing the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs for the first time in his career. Johnson is currently 17th in the point standings, 12 points away from the two drivers …

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4 Burning Questions: The Effect of Eliminating the Arm’s Length Rule

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What will be the effect of eliminating the arm’s length rule? On Wednesday afternoon, NASCAR sent out a competition bulletin announcing the discontinuation of the now-infamous “arm’s length” uncontrolled tire penalty. The penalty had largely been defined for inconsistency. For starters, there wasn’t a lot of policing at standalone Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck series …

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4 Burning Questions: Does Kurt Busch Really Want To Leave CGR?

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Where’s Kyle Larson goi- oh, wait. .@KyleLarsonRacin is set to return to @CGRTeams' No. 42 Chevrolet next season, per sources, despite some suggestion that he could land elsewhere. āž– Meanwhile, Larson's teammate, @KurtBusch, remains in negotiations to extend his stay in the No. 1 Chevrolet for 2020. pic.twitter.com/6MZ2J2bWGd — Adam Stern (@A_S12) July 18, 2019 …

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4 Burning Questions: NASCAR Is Not a Modern Sport

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So, was that the biggest upset in the history of NASCAR? As much crap as Derrike Cope has gotten for… 30 years now?! Jeez, everybody’s getting old. Anyway, when Cope won the 1990 Daytona 500 in fluky fashion, he was at least able to be second coming to the white flag. Trevor Bayne won the …

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4 Burning Questions: What Was Brad Keselowski Thinking?

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What will happen to the July Fourth weekend for NASCAR in the future? This weekend will mark the ending of a 60-year tradition. In 1958, there were just three superspeedway races on the NASCAR schedule at three different racetracks on three major holiday weeks. There was the Southern 500 on Labor Day at Darlington Raceway …

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4 Burning Questions: What Will Become of Michael McDowell?

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Will there be any surprises in this year’s playoff field? With just 10 races to go before the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, the race to get in them is only about to tighten up from here. With all six race winners in the top seven in points, the points battle …

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4 Burning Questions: Is There a Safety Issue Brewing?

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Is there a carbon monoxide problem in NASCAR? In the NASCAR Xfinity Series race this past weekend, Brandon Brown was on track in the middle of the second stage at Iowa Speedway when his engine went sour. The Virginian’s cockpit began to fill with smoke. Brown thought he could still get something out of the …

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4 Burning Questions: Stick With the Biff?

Field Enters Turn Three After Final Restart of Iowa 250 pres. by Enogen

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Will Greg Biffle race again? Last Friday night, Greg Biffle made a triumphant return to NASCAR competition. Biffle was able to outlast the rest of the field in a carnage-filled NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. It was Biffle’s first start in NASCAR since 2016, his first NASCAR win since 2013, …

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4 Burning Questions: Is Christopher Bell About To Replace Clint Bowyer?

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What will Stewart-Haas Racing’s Lineup look like in 2020? .@StewartHaasRcng is shaping up to have another busy summer, as it has multiple drivers with contracts that end after '19 including @ClintBowyer and @Daniel_SuarezG. āž–@SmithfieldFoods' deal also up for renewal, though it's unclear whether @Aric_Almirola's is timed concurrently. pic.twitter.com/jdLqDdEO2u — Adam Stern (@A_S12) June 6, 2019 …

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4 Burning Questions: What’s the Biggest Surprise of 2019 So Far?

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What NASCAR team or owner might be a good fit to dive into IndyCar? Of the top tier of the stock car organizational chart, nearly all compete in multiple forms of racing. Team Penske has NASCAR, IndyCar and sports cars in addition to the Supercars in Australia. Chip Ganassi Racing has NASCAR, IndyCar and IMSA …

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4 Burning Questions: What’s Next for McLaren?

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What’s next for the McLaren IndyCar program? McLaren, one of the greatest Formula 1 teams in history, fell flat on its face last Sunday after stumbling through its second attempt at racing in IndyCar. It turns out that having millions upon millions of dollars at its disposal, setup and damper help from Team Penske and …

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