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Friday Faceoff: What Is the Best All-Star Format?

2017 Charlotte All Star CUP Kevin HArvick Kyle Busch pack racing MAtthew T Thacker NKP

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Kevin Harvick still doesnt have a win yet in 2019. Should there be any concern in the Stewart Haas camp? Nick Tylwalk: Concern? Of course. Not so much for Harvick individually as the entire Stewart-Haas Racing organization, which was at worst the second-best team in 2018 and now is still searching for answers halfway through …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Dover Still a Monster, or Has Miles Gone Mild?

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Dover International Speedway is known as the Monster Mile, but races there of late have been relatively tame. What do you attribute that to, and is the nickname still appropriate? Mike Neff: If you look at the drivers getting out of the cars after 400 laps at Dover, it absolutely deserves its nickname. Racing there has …

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Friday Faceoff: Are Airborne Cars Just Part of the Game At Talladega?

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(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

NASCAR made a few judgment calls late Sunday during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway, including a red flag, allowing the race to continue after one last-lap crash but throwing the caution after a second. Did the sanctioning body properly handle each situation? Mark Kristl: Typically the sanctioning body is in …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Pack Racing a Better Show Than Tandem Drafting?

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Ford has won every race at Talladega Superspeedway since fall 2015. Why do you think that is, and who is most likely to end their streak? Mark Kristl: I lack the engineering background, so my answer is this: Ford teams work extremely well together. They bring fast cars to the track, they draft together in practice, …

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Friday Faceoff: Is It Time For Bristol To Downsize Its Seating Capacity?

2016 Bristol Motor Speedway NSCS Matt Kenseth leads pack credit NASCAR via getty images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Kyle Larson had another miserable day while his teammate Kurt Busch finished second. What’s wrong in the No. 42 camp? Neff: Racing is cyclical. The No. 42 team is struggling right now. They will be fine and Larson will win at Michigan if not before. Gable: It was pretty surprising that Larson was a non-factor …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Hendrick Motorsports Finally On The Upswing?

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Is Hendrick Motorsports on their way back to the top tier, or was their showing at Texas a one-time thing? Bryan Gable: It is best not to read too much into one race.  Just a few weeks ago, we were talking about how Hendrick Motorsports had zero top fives through the first five races of …

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Friday Faceoff: Which NASCAR Track Is In Danger Of Losing A Race In 2021?

2017 Indianapolis Motor Speedway MENCS Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick photo credit NASCAR via getty images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

With the release of the 2020 schedule, which NASCAR track change will be the most well received by fans and which will likely be viewed as the biggest mistake? Zach Gillispie: Honestly, I think the move to ISM Raceway for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship race is great. Why should the champion be …

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Friday Faceoff: Should There Be More Stringent Requirements to Race in Cup?

2019 Las Vegas I CUP Kurt Busch NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After the debacle last Friday when no one posted a speed in the final round of qualifying, should NASCAR change the format? If so, how? Bryan Gable: I’ve been okay with group qualifying up until now, but what we saw on Friday is not acceptable. Single car qualifying would be an easy fix. Otherwise, introduce a …

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Friday Faceoff: Did Daniel Suarez Overreact to Michael McDowell Last Week?

2019 Phoenix I CUP Chase Elliott pack racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Based on what Michael McDowell did during qualifying last week, was Daniel Suarez‘s reaction warranted? Mark Kristl: Was it warranted? Probably not. In the heat of the moment though, I understood Suarez’s reaction. He qualified 28th. He wanted to gain some starting positions. He was frustrated and McDowell served as a scapegoat. Joy Tomlinson: I don’t …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Group Qualifying the Best Option?

2019 Las Vegas I CUP Chris Buescher Ryan Preece Brad Keselowski racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With a few drivers blasting the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying format this weekend, what do you think would be the best qualifying method from a competition and fan entertainment standpoint? Wesley Coburn: I like group qualifying. Single-car qualifying stretches out millions of years, furthering the casual perception that NASCAR is boring. Group qualifying makes …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Kyle Busch the Best Truck Series Driver Ever?

2019 Daytona I CUP William Byron Chad Knaus NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Hendrick Motorsports didn’t have a car finish in the top 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first time since 2010. Is HMS simply making gradual improvement, or is the team getting worse? Mark Kristl: Hendrick has been gradually improving. If this package provides better racing, the team will further improve. Jimmie Johnson showed obvious …

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Friday Faceoff: Are the Daytona Winners Title Contenders?

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Kyle Busch seemed a bit miffed that he wasn’t able to challenge his teammate for the win in the Daytona 500. Do you think a driver should respect the need for a team car to win a race. or should they go for it, knowing that it could cost both drivers the win? Zach Gillispie: …

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