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4 Burning Questions: Will NBC Deliver in Its Return to NASCAR Coverage?

2001 Nascar Winston Series, Daytona

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One of the biggest weekends for the sport of NASCAR in recent memory is upon us, Coke Zero 400. The Daytona night race stands as one of the most prestigious and important races on the calendar, but this year, it’s even bigger. This weekend marks the return of NBC Sports to the NASCAR world, a …

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4 Burning Questions: Can a Non-traditional Winner Steal One in Sonoma?

2014 Sonoma Cup Pack Racing Ii Cia

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Right turns? The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series doesn’t usually do many of them, but this weekend’s round of stock car action will be an exception. The twisty, 11-turn Sonoma Raceway is the next track on deck for NASCAR’s top series, a track that is likely to inject some life into what has been a rather …

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4 Burning Questions: Will the New Rules Package Work Out for NASCAR?

2015 Pocono I Cup Martin Truex Jr Kevin Harvick Racing Cia

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A rare off-weekend is on tap for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and as the stars of NASCAR’s premier series enjoy some much-needed time off, observers of the sport have time to reflect on the season that’s been and make some predictions about what is still to come. 2015 has been a turbulent year for …

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4 Burning Questions: Restrictor Plates at Michigan?

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With every passing week, the drivers and teams of the Sprint Cup Series lose one more shot at getting that elusive win that will lock them into the Chase. Michigan International Speedway is the site of Round 15 of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. After this week, only 11 races will remain until …

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4 Burning Questions at Pocono: Paul Menard’s Rise & Hendrick Stalwarts

2015 Martinsville I Cup Paul Menard Racing Credit Amy Henderson

Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

NASCAR’s northeast swing rolls through the Pocono Mountains this weekend for the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at the historic Pocono Raceway. Jimmie Johnson shocked no one last week by attaining his 10th overall victory at Dover, a result that was largely expected given Johnson’s aptitude at the ferocious concrete mile oval. But Pocono, ladies …

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4 Burning Questions at Dover: Martin Truex Jr.’s Redemption & Joe Gibbs Racing’s Surge

2015 Charlotte I Cup Martin Truex Jr Chase Elliott Racing Cia

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The Greatest Day in Racing has come and gone, and its final leg, NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, is now behind us. NASCAR’s second crown jewel event was an… interesting race, I guess, provided you like the whole fuel-mileage thing. For those of us that like passing, well, I’ll just change the topic so I don’t get …

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4 Burning Questions at Charlotte: Inconsistent Aero and First-time Winners

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This Sunday afternoon, three major auto races will be contested on the same day. Formula 1’s Grand Prix of Monaco, IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600. It is a the greatest triumvirate in racing, a storied Memorial Day weekend tradition that extends back decades. Each race has something special to offer, and each serves …

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4 Burning Questions at the 2015 All-Star Race: Kyle Busch’s Return & Clean-Air Madness

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All-Star weekend has come upon us in the world of NASCAR, and the pomp and circumstance filled extravaganza that is the Sprint All-Star Race is once again packed with storylines in advance of the race. Many different people in the industry have many different opinions on this race. Some think it is one of the …

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4 Burning Questions at Kansas: Wet, Wild & Unpredictable

2015 Bristol I Cup Martin Truex Jr Vertical Credit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

OK, Toto, we’re finally going to Kansas. Kansas Speedway has quickly turned into a staple of the Sprint Cup Series schedule since joining the tour in 2001. The Kansas City, Kan., track began holding two races per year in 2010, and hosted their first night race last season. A year later, the stars of NASCAR return …

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4 Burning Questions at Talladega: Draft Masters & Differing Strategies

2014 Talladega Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Dale Earnhardt Jr Racing Cia

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Here we go to one of the few holy ground left in a modern NASCAR world that is light on tradition. Full novels could be written about what it is like to drive a stock car around the Talladega Superspeedway at 200-plus mph. Ask Rusty, or Cale or Carl. This place strikes fear in all …

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4 Burning Questions at Richmond: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Richmond

2015 Bristol I Cup Enny Hamlin Car Credit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

After a rainy marathon of a race at Bristol, the Sprint Cup Series will head to another short track, Richmond International Raceway, for the ninth round of the series’ regular season. Bristol, as expected, was an absolute brawl of a race, with torn-up race cars and flared tempers abound. Much of the same is expected …

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4 Burning Questions at Bristol: Repetitive Rain and Shining Underdogs

2015 Martinsville I Cup Kyle Larson Jimmie Johnson Vertical Credit Amy Henderson

Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

Bristol Motor Speedway. The very utterance of the name elicits countless images of watershed moments of the sport’s history that have taken place at the track over the years. It is a historic track, and the Food City 500 is a historic race. The best of the Sprint Cup Series will do battle on Bristol’s …

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