Race Weekend Central

2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Race on a Street Course?

Graham Rahal Detroit Practice Day 1

IndyCar can do it, why not NASCAR? (Photo: Joe Skibinski/IndyCar)

For years, Indycar and Formula 1, and now Formula E, have featured street courses on their schedules, where they block off streets in the host city and form a racetrack. With numerous spectators crying for more and more road courses, the question this week is: Should NASCAR consider adding a street course to the schedule as …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Top Driver Might Be Facing A Winless Season?

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. Once again, weather dominated the headlines this weekend. Do you think there’s anything more that NASCAR can do (tires, start times, scheduling) or is it just a case of “c’est la vie”? John Haverlin: There’s nothing more NASCAR can do. Start times and altering the schedule would be OK, but it takes a lot (television, tracks, …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Race in the Rain?

Nascar Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This weekend, NASCAR saw not one, but both of its races at Michigan International Speedway shortened by rain. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and XFINITY series races were abbreviated when adverse weather rolled, and once again, talk has resurfaced about the viability of running rain tires on oval tracks. But should NASCAR and Goodyear make …

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2-Headed Monster: Is Dominance Good for NASCAR?

#78: Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro Shops/5 Hour Energy Wins Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The first 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races of 2018 have resulted with 11 of them being won by Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick or Martin Truex Jr.. Even the non-points-paying All-Star Race was claimed by Harvick. The question this week: So is it good for NASCAR to have a few dominant drivers or is parity …

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2-Headed Monster: What Should NASCAR Do To Deter Teams Failing Inspection?

2018 Cup Talladega Zach Catanzareti Clint Bowyer

Should someone like Clint Bowyer miss a race when his car doesn't pass inspection? (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

This week, Kevin Harvick failed pre-qualifying inspection three times for Sunday’s Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Per the NASCAR rulebook, Harvick had to start at the rear of the field and his car chief was ejected for the weekend. That raises the question: Is NASCAR handling inspecition issues in the best possible way? …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: The Latest & The Greatest

Sauterr

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Beating The Best Johnny Sauter picked up his third win of the season last Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sauter beat one of the best ever in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in Kyle Busch for the win. The victory denied Busch an opportunity to tie Ron Hornaday Jr. for the most all-time …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Implement the All-Star Race Package For Other Races?

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's And #19: Daniel Suarez, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Arris Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last weekend, NASCAR mandated the addition of restrictor plates and air ducts to the cars used for the Monster Energy All-Star Race and the Monster Energy Open. The result was pack racing and a much closer margin of victory than in the past few All-Star Races, but it led some to say that it wasn’t …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ingredients for Great Races

Cup Martinsville Martinsville Speedway Martin Truex, Jr.

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

1. A test of skill If you were to ask 10 different people what constitutes a great race, you are sure to get 10 different responses. Therefore, I can only speak for myself. The races which I consider great are the ones where I, as a fan, feel like the drivers are being pushed to …

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2-Headed Monster: Could NASCAR-Related Betting Increase the Sport’s Exposure?

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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Now that individual states have the ability to legalize sports betting, it is anticipated that most sporting leagues will want to get in on the action. Undoubtedly, NASCAR will be among them largely because the revenue involved is could be a serious boon for the sport. But would betting windows at the track lead to …

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2-Headed Monster: With Matt Kenseth’s Return, What Happens To Trevor Bayne?

2017 Cup Charlotte Media Tour Zach Catanzareti Trevor Bayne

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Roush Fenway Racing announced a few weeks ago that veteran Matt Kenseth would split time in the No. 6 Ford with Trevor Bayne for the remainder of the season. This Saturday’s race at Kansas Speedway, May 12th, will be Kenseth’s first in the car, marking the first time since 2014 that Bayne has not been …

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2-Headed Monster: Is It Time For A New Restrictor-Plate Rules Package?

#20: Erik Jones, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Xyo Network Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If it is broke, fix it. Talladega Superspeedway has a reputation as a wild, unpredictable place where anything can, and usually does, happen. This reputation comes from years of photo finishes and four-wide dashes to the finish line. The grandstands were adequately full on Sunday, and I bet those folks were expecting another classic to …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Further Limit Cup Drivers In Its Lower Series?

2018 Cup Bristol Zach Catanzareti Austin Dillon Ty Dillon

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Names should be made here NASCAR touts its XFINITY  and Camping World Truck Series tours as places where the next group of stars comes from. The current drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series all participated in one — or in most cases, both —  prior to landing a seat at the top level. …

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