Race Weekend Central

Friday Faceoff: Should the Regular Season End at Daytona?

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What do you think of having the NASCAR Cup Series regular season ending at a superspeedway? Zach Gillispie: Superspeedways are equivalent to 2020, in a sense; both involve drama, chaos, and a whole lot of uncertainty.  While the events of the current calendar year have flipped the racing world upside down, the Daytona International Speedway regular-season …

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Friday Faceoff: Where Will Bubba Wallace Race in 2021?

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Kaz Grala finished seventh in his NASCAR Cup Series debut last weekend. Was it a fluke, or has Grala been severely underrated? Jesse Johnston: Do I believe it was a fluke? Absolutely. As historic as that feat was, I am not convinced that any of Kaz Grala‘s good results at Daytona International Speedway — both the …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Has An Advantage on the Daytona Road Course?

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With no track time before this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race on the Daytona International Speedway road course, who stands out as having some kind of advantage? Amy Henderson: While a handful of drivers have some experience on the road course at Daytona, it’s all in much lighter, smaller sports cars. They aren’t going to handle …

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Friday Faceoff: Could Kyle Busch Actually Miss the Cup Playoffs?

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Now less than 100 points above the cutoff, is it possible that Kyle Busch misses the NASCAR Cup Series postseason? Mark Kristl: With six races remaining in the regular season, all victors will make the playoffs. Kyle Busch’s odds of missing the playoffs, therefore, decrease if someone below the playoff cut line wins. That then would …

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Friday Faceoff: When Should NASCAR Unveil the 2021 Schedule?

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With the COVID-19 situation constantly evolving, when would it make sense for NASCAR to unveil the 2021 schedule? Mark Kristl: There isn’t a right time.  Nevertheless, NASCAR must announce it at some point, even though there are uncertainties.  If the schedule is set by the Southern 500, why not announce it that weekend to add …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Noah Gragson’s Xfinity Ride in Jeopardy?

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Should NASCAR implement more stringent standards for drivers to participate in the NASCAR Cup Series? Alex Gallacher: Yes. Some of the Cup drivers do not deserve to be there. What makes William Byron, Tyler Reddick and Chase Elliott different is that they all won championships at the lower levels before coming to Cup. The broadcast team …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Ban Political Sponsorships?

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Does NASCAR need to ban political/ campaign groups from sponsoring race teams? Adam Cheek: Yes. We all have our own political leanings, for sure, but that doesn’t mean I want to be reminded of them when watching a race. While I don’t have a problem with drivers (or athletes in any sport) expressing their political …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Cup Race on the Indy Road Course?

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Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick have been the class of the field in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020, but who is the more likely champion? Zach Gillispie: Judging by his history, I’m more inclined to say that Denny Hamlin is the most due for a championship. However, Kevin Harvick‘s consistency gives him the edge. …

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Friday Faceoff: Did Justin Haley’s Punishment Fit the Crime?

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 Kyle Busch hasn’t scored a single playoff point in 2020 and is winless after 15 races. What’s wrong in Candyland? Erin Campbell: Kyle Busch is already experiencing burnout. He started out this long trek of races running in all series for every race. I feel that Kyle has just been doing too much. He now has …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Should Hold NASCAR Participants Accountable?

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1. If a team member openly expresses racial bias, should NASCAR take action or does that responsibility fall on the individual team? Erin Campbell: It is the team’s responsibility to set standards for racial bias. Teams have the responsibility to creating the culture in which their employees operate. They give or take away the team member’s …

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Friday Faceoff: Was Moving the All-Star Race to Bristol a Good Idea?

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1. Is shifting the All-Star Race to Bristol Motor Speedway the best possible move for the event? Erin Campbell: NASCAR should have skipped the All-Star Race this year, but since the show must go on, even though Bristol is awesome for racing, it could have chosen better. Eldora Speedway should have been considered; its races are …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Fans Be Allowed Back at the Track?

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1. Since racing has resumed, NASCAR has limited the number of team members that can travel to the track. Should they consider continuing this practice even after social distancing is no longer required? Erin Campbell: NASCAR should continue to implement the limited number of team members traveling to the track. It has proven that this …

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