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Friday Faceoff: Candy Eggs, Easter Bunnies & NASCAR Racing?

Alex Bowman at 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Michigan race

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Kurt Busch and Alex Bowman are tied for the final playoff position above the cutoff heading to Bristol Motor Speedway. Who has the better odds of claiming the 12th slot? Luken Glover: Kurt Busch has a whopping six wins in Thunder Valley, including five top 10s in the last seven races at Bristol. In 10 starts …

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Friday Faceoff: Whose Darlington Disaster Will Be Hardest to Overcome?

Alex Bowman purple No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports car at Darlington with damage on left rear, fall NASCAR Cup playoff race, NKP

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Plenty of NASCAR Cup Series playoff drivers ran into trouble at Darlington Raceway. Who has the least to worry about, and who has one foot out the door? Luken Glover: Any chance at a Cinderella story was likely demolished as soon as it started for Michael McDowell. Unless he pulls off a Daytona International Speedway-like …

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Friday Faceoff: Can Kurt Busch Win With 23XI?

Kurt Busch walking at road america

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Chris Buescher was disqualified from his second-place finish in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway for a post-race infraction due to an unapproved track bar mount. Does the punishment fit the crime? Josh Roller: Not enough information was shared by NASCAR to determine whether or not a disqualification was appropriate or not. What made …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Require COVID-19 Vaccines for Garage Access?

2019 New Hampshire Nxs Bj Mcleod Motorsports Garage Nkp

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With the FDA approving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, should NASCAR require vaccinations for garage access? Luken Glover: No, it is not needed. Some drivers have voiced that a negative test should be all that is needed, and I agree with that. While I want the virus to be eradicated as much as the next person, it …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Allow Testing At New or Reconfigured Speedways?

2021 nascar Cup COTA pack racing, photo: NKP

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. hinted that JR Motorsports could expand to five NASCAR Xfinity Series cars next year. What is the ideal driver lineup for JRM in 2022?  Josh Roller: If JR Motorsports expands to a five-car team next season, I don’t mind keeping the current driver lineup. Keep Michael Annett in the No. 1. He is …

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Friday Faceoff: Indy Road Course or Oval — What’s a More Prestigious Win?

Chase Briscoe leads NASCAR Xfinity cars pack racing in the esses at the 2020 Indianapolis road course, Jamie Squire/Getty Images

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The Watkins Glen International NASCAR Cup Series event was run in just under two hours and 11 minutes, to the delight of some who say races are too long. What’s the shortest (or longest) you think a Cup race should run? Should a time limit be considered? Luken Glover: It really varies on how long and …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Dominance Detrimental to ARCA?

Ty Gibbs wins back to back races at Iowa Speedway

(Photo: Mark Kristl)

Two drivers have combined to win all but one ARCA Menards Series race this season. Does this diminish the relevance of the series?  Mark Kristl: It diminishes the spotlight on other drivers, especially the other two who are full time. However, it does not diminish the series. ARCA is the NASCAR equivalent of Single A, and …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Auto Racing Be An Olympic Sport?

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Las Vegas Carl Edwards backflip Nigel Kinrade Autostock

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Harrison Burton is the latest driver to come up through the Toyota development ranks only to wind up in NASCAR Cup Series racing for a different manufacturer. Should Toyota Racing Development be making more of an effort to keep prospects? Luken Glover: Toyota has followed a motto of quality over quantity several times in the past …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Take a Summer Vacation Every Year?

Tyler Reddick stands next to his car at 2021 spring Kansas Cup race NKP

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Should NASCAR continue to schedule back-to-back off-weekends in the late summer even when no Summer Olympics are being held? Trenton Worsham: Not back to back, but it’d be nice for it to have two or three more weeks off scattered out throughout the year as bye weeks. Josh Roller: I like the idea of a late …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Track Should Be Considered Untouchable?

2021 Atlanta I Cup Ryan Blaney Wins Nkp

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Atlanta Motor Speedway is the latest track making changes to its layout and/or design. What track should be next? Which one should absolutely remain untouched? Trenton Worsham: New Hampshire Motor Speedway or another mile-and-a-half. I don’t like how flat NHMS is, and it’d be cool to make each mile-and-a-half unique. Tracks to not touch would be …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Will Be Next to Lead NASCAR’s Biggest Teams?

Joe Gibbs looks on wearing sunglasses at 2021 NASCAR Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Coca-Cola 600. Photo NKP

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During one of the NASCAR Cup Series’ two races at Pocono Raceway last weekend, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was penalized for laying back on a restart, but race winner Kyle Busch purposely pitted to fall back and get momentum built up. Is there a difference between the two and should NASCAR implement a penalty for such …

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Friday Faceoff: Are CBD Sponsorships Good for NASCAR?

2021 Nashville Cup Kyle Larson William Byron pack racing NKP

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NASCAR said it allows CBD sponsorships as long as the product contains less than .3% THC. Should such partnerships be permitted, or is it better if these companies follow big tobacco out the door? Josh Roller: If any product can legally be consumed, it should be allowed to sponsor in NASCAR and any sport. Until an …

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