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4 Burning Questions: Kansas Nights and the Ballad of Bubba Wallace

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What will come of Bubba Wallace and Richard Petty Motorsports? This weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway marks two years since an incident that changed Bubba Wallace’s life forever. On that Saturday night, Aric Almirola had a horrible accident, breaking the T5 vertabra in his back. The injury forced “The Cuban …

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4 Burning Questions: Where’s the Credibility?

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Who will be fastest under the new (old?) qualifying format? This week, in what looks to be the series finale of General Qualifying, NASCAR has finally decided to stop pouring Coca-Cola on a bullet wound and has reinstated single-car qualifying. Multi-round qualifying is dead, and group qualifying is done everywhere except for road courses in …

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4 Burning Questions: What Will Restrictor Plate-less Talladega Look Like?

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What will the Smith family offering to buy back shares in SMI mean to NASCAR? This week, news broke that the Smith family, through their privately held Sonic Financial Corporation, have made an offer for the non-Smith held shares in Speedway Motorsports Incorporated. The Smith family, through its privately held Sonic Financial Corporation, has offered …

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4 Burning Questions: What’s Wrong With the NASCAR Hall of Fame?

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What is wrong with the Hall of Fame? The NASCAR Hall of Fame has cracks beginning to form. It’s not a broken institution just yet. None of the 50 inductees by this point have been unworthy of selection. It has been a decent mix of stat guys and inductees who bring more to the table, …

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4 Burning Questions: Why Are People Saying NASCAR Is Dying?

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Is NASCAR dying? One of the big talking points this week when it comes to NASCAR has been the “terrible” attendance that Bristol Motor Speedway saw last week for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Bristol, a track that has a listed seating capacity of 162,000, had at best 40,000 fans at best in …

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4 Burning Questions: 2019 NASCAR Bristol Preview And Darrell Waltrip’s Legacy

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What, exactly, are we about to see at Bristol? The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend sounds like it’s either going to be a complete disaster or a fantastic success. With the new high downforce rules package in place along with an increase of 200 horsepower from last week’s …

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4 Burning Questions: Tackling Texas Qualifying, A Greg Biffle NASCAR Comeback And More

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1. How much of a success was the NASCAR schedule shake-up? This past week, NASCAR revealed the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. It’s the most dramatic shift to the Cup Series slate in almost 50 years. The 2020 schedule brings a number of changes, both experimental and seemingly long-lasting. The Pocono Raceway doubleheader, …

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4 Burning Questions: Wait, Does Richard Petty Really Have 200 Wins?

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Should some of Richard Petty’s wins be taken away? Ever since Kyle Busch won NASCAR race number 200, there’s been a slew of talk online comparing this accomplishment to Richard Petty’s 200 Cup Series wins. This column is not going to get into that this week, because it already covered this topic a few weeks …

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4 Burning Questions: Who’s Your 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class?

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Who will be inducted into the 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class? Wednesday evening (March 13), NASCAR formally announced the 20 nominees for next year’s NASCAR Hall of Fame class. 14 nominees return from last year, while Kirk Shelmerdine, who won four Cup championships as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt in the 1980s and 1990s, …

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4 Burning Questions: Is ISM Raceway a Short Track?

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What will Toyota do with all of its talent? Last Thursday night, the 2019 K&N Pro Series West season began with a bang. Toyota Racing Development driver Hailie Deegan won after a dramatic bump-and-run pass on the last lap. Deegan is one of the more prominent rising stars in the sport, along with defending Pro …

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4 Burning Questions: What Did Kyle Larson Just Say?

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What Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver will be the next to sign a new contract? On Thursday morning, Feb. 28, Joe Gibbs Racing officially announced multi-year extensions for both 2015 Cup Series champion Kyle Busch and Mars, Incorporated (the makers of M&Ms and Snickers). There was no word on how many years these extensions …

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4 Burning Questions: What Changes to the Cup Schedule Are Coming?

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What changes are coming to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule? All week, there have been a lot of whispers and chatter about what kind of changes could be on the way for the Cup Series schedule following the 2020 season. It seems the only things truly safe are the Daytona 500 being in …

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