Turn 2 Blog: Were Bubba Wallace’s actions worthy of suspension?

*Turn 2 Blog is a regular feature on InsideCircleTrack.com. Here, site operators Michael Moats and Richard Allen take turns offering their thoughts on the NASCAR and pavement short track racing topics of the day. Did Bubba Wallace cross the line when he hit Kyle Larson in the right rear at Las Vegas? Richard: As most reading this have probably already seen, Kyle Larson made a three-wide move going into turn three when Bubba Wallace and Kevin Harvick went side-by-side on the back stretch. As the cars exited turn four, Larson’s car got loose and slid up the track forcing Wallace…

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Can Tyler Reddick match 2022 stat line with new team?

When thinking of Tyler Reddick’s 2022 season one might wonder whether the success experienced by the 26-year-old driver is more due to his talent as a driver or is it more due to the cars being provided to him by Richard Childress Racing. On Saturday afternoon this driver and team added another achievement when the Corning, California native placed his No. 8 Chevrolet on the pole for the upcoming South Point 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. That qualifying effort was Reddick’s third pole of the season. With that impressive number, the two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion has also…

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Big test coming up this weekend in Vegas for the Next Gen

When the 2022 season began there were many questions revolving around NASCAR’s new Next Gen car and how it would perform. Initially, there was some excitement generated when it appeared as if the machine had in fact improved the racing on the much maligned 1.5 and 2-mile ‘cookie cutter’ tracks. But as the season has gone on, it seems that some of that initial enthusiasm may have worn off, particularly as more races have been contested on short tracks and road courses. Early on, the thought among many was that if the racing could be improved on the cookie cutters,…

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Turn 2 Blog: Is it a good thing for drivers to be so vocal?

*Turn 2 Blog is a regular feature on InsideCircleTrack.com. Here, site operators Michael Moats and Richard Allen take turns offering their thoughts on the NASCAR and pavement short track racing topics of the day. Are you surprised that Kyle Larson was eliminated from the NASCAR Playoffs before the ‘Round of 8’? Richard: My answer to this is both yes and no. Yes in the sense that the defending NASCAR Cup Series champion driving a Hendrick Motorsports car not making it to the ‘Round of 8’ is surprising no matter who is driving. But that is especially true when the driver…

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Three drivers who have had successful seasons even if their Playoff runs end now

There are several ways to measure success in the NASCAR Cup Series. For some drivers and teams, their season is not counted as a good one unless they make the Championship 4 for the title-deciding finale at Phoenix Raceway. But to others, going to the last race on the schedule with a chance to win the championship is not absolutely necessary for the campaign to be labeled successful. Three drivers will enter this weekend’s cutoff event on the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway able to call their season a good one even if they are eliminated from contention on Sunday…

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Turn 2 Blog: Is this the week when someone exacts revenge on Ross Chastain?

*Turn 2 Blog is a regular feature on InsideCircleTrack.com. Here, site operators Michael Moats and Richard Allen take turns offering their thoughts on the NASCAR and pavement short track racing topics of the day. How concerning are the driver safety issues we have seen this year? Richard: I’m not necessarily trying to play devil’s advocate here but I wonder if there are in fact more injuries in racing today because there actually are or because we are more aware of them due to increased safety protocols and the greater spread of information through social media and other sources? As with…

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Randomness of Texas blowouts adds to Playoffs drama going into Talladega

One leader after another blowing tires and crashing, suffocating heat, rain that pushed the race into the nighttime hours, and a much maligned track made for quite an unpredictable Autotrader Echo Park Automotive 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway last Sunday. But what that race also did was add tons of drama to the ongoing NASCAR Playoffs. An in depth look at the NASCAR Playoffs schedule offers some insight into the sanctioning body’s thinking in terms of how each stage is meant to provide certain degrees of drama(perhaps not in the way Texas did). Each three-race set of contests is…

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Turn 2 Blog: Bristol concrete or Bristol dirt?; and RFK’s great showing at Bristol

*Turn 2 Blog is a regular feature on InsideCircleTrack.com. Here, site operators Michael Moats and Richard Allen take turns offering their thoughts on the NASCAR and pavement short track racing topics of the day. Where has THAT RFK been all season? Richard: The overall performance of Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing was a big surprise as Chris Buescher drove to his second career NASCAR Cup Series win on Saturday night at the Bristol Motor Speedway. There have been moments in which it has looked like that organization might contend for a win this year, especially with Buescher, but nothing sustained and…

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Is there an advantage to not making the NASCAR Playoffs?

It would seem logical to say that the best sixteen drivers and teams are those who qualified for the NASCAR Playoffs. However, there have been two races held so far within the run for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series championship and both of those events were won by drivers who are not eligible for the title. Could it be that there is some sort of an advantage to not making the Playoffs? Obviously, all teams entered the season with the goal of being one of those sixteen who will be in the hunt for the championship. But in the somewhat…

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Turn 2 Blog: Playoff Disrupters; Can RCR Rise to the Challenge?; Clements Wins … Again

*Turn 2 Blog is a regular feature on InsideCircleTrack.com. Here, site operators Michael Moats and Richard Allen take turns offering their thoughts on the NASCAR and pavement short track racing topics of the day. What do you make of these Playoffs disrupters? Richard: I mentioned in one of these pieces a while back that I wanted there to be as much chaos as possible leading into the NASCAR Playoffs, and now that they have started, I am still on that train. It’s not that I hate the Playoffs or anything like that, I just love all the drama. There have…

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