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4 Burning Questions: Homestead

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For the fifth year, the NASCAR playoffs will conclude with a championship race, the third that it will happen across all three national touring series. The rules of a championship race are fairly straight forward: the highest finishing driver among the final four playoff drivers will end the night as champion of their respective series. …

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4 Burning Questions: Smokey Yunick Would Be Proud

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Mobil 1 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Just how big of an impact will Kevin Harvick’s penalty have on the playoff picture? On Nov. 7, in the midst of fallout over the day before’s U.S. midterm election results, NASCAR Twitter was basically broken. NEWS: No. 4 team no longer locked into Championship 4 following L1 penalty at @TXMotorSpeedway. Learn more: https://t.co/B2Kl60i0Ri pic.twitter.com/UENAPpI6Iw …

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4 Burning Questions: Can Joey Logano Steal a Championship?

2018 Cup Martinsville Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano

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Can Joey Logano steal a championship? Joey Logano had about as bad a 2017 as he could even with winning a race. That race — the spring Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway — was mired by a post-race inspection failure that made the win not count toward playoff consideration. In the …

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4 Burning Questions: Can Chase Elliott Keep This Up?

#9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Napa Auto Parts, Celebrates After Winning In Dover.

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Can Chase Elliott Keep This Up? With his second win in three races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Chase Elliott has become a popular choice as perhaps the fourth driver to join Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. as the so-called Big Three (Big Four, anyone?). Elliott’s first three wins have come at three …

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4 Burning Questions: Why Does Kansas Have Two Races?

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Go Bowling 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Ks Usa Saturday 13 May 2017 Martin Truex Jr, Furniture Row Racing, Auto Owners Insurance Toyota Camry, Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Busch Light Ford Fusion And Ryan Blaney, Wood Brothers Racing, Motorcraft/quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford Fusion Restart World Copyright: Russell Labounty Nkp

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How long until W Series fails? Last week, the FIA announced a new all-women series, (W Series), which will begin competition in 2019. W will use Formula 3 caliber female drivers in Formula 3 spec cars. At first, this sounds pretty cool, right? A series that will showcase rising female stars and give them the …

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4 Burning Questions: Is This Not It for Regan Smith?

2018 Cup Zach Catanzareti Dover Regan Smith

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How will Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus fare in their new endeavors next season? The final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season these last few years at Homestead-Miami Speedway has become a bit of a gala event on the calendar. Not only is it the day four teams have been building toward since …

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4 Burning Questions: Is This It for Kasey Kahne?

2018 Las Vegas I Cup Kasey Kahne John K Harrelson Nkp

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Will Kasey Kahne race again in MENCS competition? On Wednesday, it was announced by Leavine Family Racing that Kasey Kahne would not be able to race this weekend and that Regan Smith would once again race the No. 95 Chevrolet as a subsitute driver. Kahne has been out since after the Southern 500 last month …

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4 Burning Questions: How Will Ryan Newman Fare in the No. 6?

2018 Watkins Glen Cup Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

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What will the ROVAL bring us? This weekend will introduce the first new track to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since 2011, and only the second since 2001. It’s finally Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL weekend. There’s really no telling how the Cup race on Sunday is going to end up. It could be a …

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4 Burning Questions: Brent Dewar Out, Steve Phelps In — More Change Coming?

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What changes will NASCAR make in 2019? Some more NASCAR front office moves have happened this week, as NASCAR President Brent Dewar announced he is stepping down after this month. Current COO Steve Phelps will become the new president as Dewar moves on to an advisory role in the organization. With CEO and chairman Brian …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Goes Where in 2019?

2018 Las Vegas I Cup Matt Dibenedetto Trevor Bayne Racing Rusty Jarrett Nkp

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Just how much bigger will silly season be this year? Silly season continued in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, with three drivers confirmed to be leaving their current rides in the past week and a fourth possibly contemplating doing so as well. Matt DiBenedetto announced last weekend that he and Go FAS Racing have …

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4 Burning Questions: It’s All About The Money

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What can NASCAR do to change its financial system? This week’s edition of the “Biggest News Story of The Year” continued with the announcement that Furniture Row Racing will be dissolving at the end of the season. The Denver based team, in its 14th season of operation, will be leaving the sport after its owner …

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4 Burning Questions: Will NASCAR Return to the Fairgrounds or Rockingham?

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Will NASCAR return to the Fairgrounds Speedway or Rockingham Speedway? Two former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tracks were in the news this week. Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville has long been one of the premier short tracks in the country, and from 1958 to 1984 hosted Cup races. Last year, in an open bid for …

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