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Old 24 Jul 2020, 19:49 (Ref:3990646)   #196
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Alfisti should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridAlfisti should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridAlfisti should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridAlfisti should be qualifying in the top 3 on the grid
Houff made one mistake; heck anyone can make a mistake. Yes, he's not the fastest but he's also in a pretty low budget team and doesn't have much experience.

I personally think Blaney and his overly aggressive (to me anyway) moves are the most dangerous of all current Cup drivers. The ten car wreck last week was caused by him nearly getting into Joey Logano. Ryan Newman's terrible wreck was Blaney's doing. Kid's a dufus.
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Old 30 Jul 2020, 21:57 (Ref:3991744)   #197
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I was looking forward to the Daytona road course race in a few weeks but now theyíre adding an extra chicane between pit entry and turn 4 😢
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Old 31 Jul 2020, 13:41 (Ref:3991859)   #198
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Yup, it looks terrible too. Claims to slow the cars before Turn 1 is needed. Think it's more we can't be seen being so much slower than the sportscars here. And no double dipping, only one race allowed over the weekend per driver.

https://racer.com/2020/07/30/nascar-...a-road-course/
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Old 31 Jul 2020, 14:41 (Ref:3991879)   #199
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I'd rather see no infield and just two chicanes.
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Earl Bamber gets his wish. From S365:

The Porsche factory driver will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in next monthís Daytona Road Course race in a Richard Childress Racing-run Chevrolet backed by KCMG. ďIíve dreamed about competing in NASCAR my entire life, so I am so thankful to Richard Childress, KCMG and everyone who has played a role in creating this opportunity for me,Ē he said.
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Well be interesting at the other Roval with IMSA GTs added to the NASCAR weekend. GTLM and GTD with Cup and Xfinity, will be an interesting comparison of lap times.
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Old 2 Aug 2020, 11:53 (Ref:3992270)   #202
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Earl Bamber gets his wish. From S365:

The Porsche factory driver will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in next monthís Daytona Road Course race in a Richard Childress Racing-run Chevrolet backed by KCMG. ďIíve dreamed about competing in NASCAR my entire life, so I am so thankful to Richard Childress, KCMG and everyone who has played a role in creating this opportunity for me,Ē he said.
Cool. Fingers crossed for him.
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Old 5 Aug 2020, 21:16 (Ref:3993212)   #203
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So, any ideas who Leavine has sold his team too?

Rumours I've heard are Spire - but that is definitely not true I also hear - and the slightly wild rumour it's Kyle Busch - as a Gibbs B Team for driver development.

Hope Christopher Bell has a ride in Cup next year.
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We are getting closer to needing to merge Xfinity and Cup, make trucks the feeder series, and run the races as multi-class racing! I can dream right?



One class has high-downforce and 450hp, the other low downforce and 700hp.



My bet is an existing Xfinity team is stepping up.
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At Michigan, the Cup races have 39 entries, the Xfinity race has 37 entries, and the Trucks race has 40 entries.
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Currently, but just wait for the economic fallout in 2021. Many teams are likely running on 2019 money (budgets).
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We are getting closer to needing to merge Xfinity and Cup, make trucks the feeder series, and run the races as multi-class racing! I can dream right?



One class has high-downforce and 450hp, the other low downforce and 700hp.



My bet is an existing Xfinity team is stepping up.
No one watches that style racing already, you're describing TransAm racing but for ovals. Yeah, the fields were full for TA2 but the TA1 and others (XGT, SuperGT and GT this season) have hit or miss fields and basically 2 winners. TA1 is 850+ and XGT are out of homologation GT3s, slightly more 450hp I'd guess but TA1 is more than 700.

I mean I guess if you want wrecks maybe that would work but ovals make multi class ridiculous and who would want to run high df at anything over 1 mile?

Teams are already running with multiple sponsors to spread the cost over 10 instead of 1 main. And teams at the rear have always run blank cars funded by the driver, that's not gonna change and the fields will hang out at their current levels. The deals Nascar has are longer term and can fund a decent future for the full franchise load.
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Old 6 Aug 2020, 20:31 (Ref:3993413)   #208
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It's more likely that Nascar drops Xfinity or Trucks than it merges them.
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Good point, and I guess that would result in the same thing. 10-15 teams moving from Xfinity to Cup with less experienced drivers.
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Yeah, I can see one "national" feeder series for Cup replacing Trucks and xfinity. There are some drivers who come through regional/ ARCA to Trucks, then to xfinity and ultimately Cup but only some, not all.

If there was a mandated progression you might bulk the series up (i.e. no Cup ride without a year in xfinity and a minimum of X top tens for example) but I honestly can't see anything like this happening - even if NASCAR wanted to. The economic damage of the coronavirus/ lockdowns is probably going to result in a number of shuttered teams before next season gets under way.

Maybe the one series, with a lot less meets than Cup (I'm thinking Trucks here) will be more successful as budgets required are smaller. Heck, if NASCAR can drive cost reduction like the coming next gen Cup car supposedly will then that'll definitely help get drivers and rides on the grid.

Still no idea who Bob Leavine has sold to, but Gibbs has released Jones - so pretty much guarantees Christopher Bell moving to the Gibbs #20 car, and 90% in my mind confirms the buyer won't be aligned with Gibbs. So an xfinity team stepping up seems likely. Or maybe, just maybe someone like Childress adding an extra car - to my mind they are very much improved this year and Tyler Reddick looks like a Cup veteran already.
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