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4 Burning Questions: Who Retired This Week?

2017 Texas Nxs Elliott Sadler Russell Labounty Nkp

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Who will drive the No. 95 next season? On Thursday (Aug. 16), Kasey Kahne announced his retirement from competing full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at season’s end. pic.twitter.com/0V0keaggcL — Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) August 16, 2018 Kahne, who will turn 39 next April, is the latest big name driver to retire in the …

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4 Burning Questions: Is AJ Allmendinger on the Hot Seat?

2017 Kansas Ii Cup Aj Allmendinger Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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What will come of AJ Allmendinger’s Silly Season? .@JTGRacing is evaluating its options as it relates to possible driver/team changes in '19 for its two cars, per people familiar with the matter. āž– Drivers who have been mentioned as possibilities for JTG include @RyanPreece_ and @DanielHemric. āž– The team had no comment. pic.twitter.com/1IRFtyJT30 — Adam …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Christopher Bell Make It 4 in a Row?

#20: Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Rheem, Winner, Victory Nascar Xfinity Series

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Can Christopher Bell beat the Cup regulars this weekend? Christopher Bell will be on the hunt for his fourth straight NASCAR XFINITY Series win on Saturday, something that hasn’t been done since Sam Ard in 1983. Bell, a Joe Gibbs Racing driver in his rookie season in the series, has won four total races this …

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4 Burning Questions: What’s Really Stopping NASCAR from Promoting Eldora?

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Why isn’t NASCAR open to an XFINITY Series race at Eldora Speedway? This week, Brian France made a rare public appearance when he joined SiriusXM’s NASCAR channel to answer some questions and gave his thoughts on various topics going on in the sport. One of the topics discussed by France involved the potential inclusion of …

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4 Burning Questions: How Will the NASCAR Income Model Change This Off-Season?

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Martin Truex Jr. was all alone out front (Photo: Danny Peters)

Will the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway change compared to previous years? Ever since the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule was increased to 36 races in 2001, there have been five racetracks that have lost one of their two dates on the calendar. The first was Rockingham Speedway. The fall date, which was …

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4 Burning Questions: Where’s the Variety in Cup?

2018 Pocono Cup Zach Catanzareti Kyle Busch

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Who could take the checkered flag at Kentucky? Kentucky Speedway is the newest track on the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series schedule, and though Speedway Motorsports Inc. is the listed owner, in reality Kyle Busch has owned this track since day one. Busch has won there twice, including the inaugural race, and his lone finish …

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4 Burning Questions: When Will It Be Cole Custer’s Time?

2018 Xfinity Dover Zach Catanzareti Cole Custer

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When will Stewart-Haas Racing pull the trigger on Cole Custer? After two years of silly season turnovers, Stewart-Haas Racing looks like it will be making no changes to its lineup next season. It would be dumb to make a move. The four SHR cars, together, are dominating on a level that only Joe Gibbs Racing …

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4 Burning Questions: How Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. Do in the TV Booth?

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 18 February 2018 Dale Earnhardt Jr On The Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro Pit Box World Copyright: Barry Cantrell Nkp

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How will NASCAR On NBC’s newest broadcaster do? On Sunday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will follow in the footsteps of other great NASCAR drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett and turn to calling the racing action on television. Earnhardt will be the first of his name to transition to a career in …

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4 Burning Questions: Why Did NASCAR Decide On No All-Star Package?

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Why did NASCAR decide there would be no restrictor-plate package for the rest of 2018? On Thursday (June 21), NASCAR announced that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will not be using the experimental high-downforce restrictor plate aero package after about a month of hemming and hawing about it. Was it the right decision? It’s …

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4 Burning Questions: Should Iowa Host A Cup Race?

Nascar Xfinity Series U.s. Cellular 250 Iowa Speedway, Newton, Ia Usa Saturday 29 July 2017 Brian Scott, Daniel Defense Chevrolet Camaro, Brendan Gaughan, Us Cellular Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: Brett Moist Nkp

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Should Iowa Speedway be on the Cup Series calendar? Once the current track deals run out in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, one track NASCAR will be taking a very close look at will be the Iowa Speedway. The .875-mile track based in Newton, IA, was designed by Rusty Wallace and heavily based off …

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4 Burning Questions: Will a 4-Man Broadcast Booth Work for NBC?

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 18 February 2018 Dale Earnhardt Jr On The Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro Pit Box World Copyright: Barry Cantrell Nkp

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Are non-chartered NASCAR teams a bad thing for the sport? Two weeks ago, a major debate erupted on Twitter that you may or may not have missed. And that’s somewhat fair if you did; it wasn’t a matter of life or death, and last month was already a pretty big month for NASCAR between the …

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4 Burning Question: What Is the Future of Engines in NASCAR?

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Ticketguardian 500 Ism Raceway, Phoenix, Az Usa Sunday 11 March 2018 Kurt Busch, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Mobil 1/haas Automation And Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Alliance Truck Parts World Copyright: Russell Labounty Nkp

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What is the future of engines in NASCAR? This past week, Brad Keselowski suggested in a column on NASCAR.com that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series should implement what’s essentially a hybrid engine, using an electronic component similar to Formula 1’s KERS system. The KERS system, in layman’s terms, gives the engine a short speed …

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