The White Zone: A day on Bristol dirt

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FOX Sports pushed for dirt on the 2021 NASCAR schedule. It marketed dirt at Daytona 500 levels, week after week. Not even the buildup to the inaugural race on the ROVAL compares to the buildup to dirt. Finally, the day arrived, but rain pushed it back a day. Monday brought clear blue skies over Bristol […] READ MORE


The White Zone: The high-downforce package is an enigma

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I ranted and raved on the high-downforce package many, many times last season. I said it produced a great race, last Sunday at Homestead. I thought Las Vegas would give us a typical high-downforce race. SPOILER ALERT, it didn’t. I don’t get this package, anymore. The White Zone: The high-downforce package is an enigma Sunday’s […] READ MORE


The White Zone: That just happened!

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Michael McDowell just won the Daytona 500. I repeat: MICHAEL McDOWELL JUST WON THE DAYTONA 500. Even hours after the checkered flag flew, I’m still dumbfounded by what transpired. He shoved Brad Keselowski down the backstretch on the final lap, and drove through the spinning Team Penske cars and fiery carnage to win for the first time […] READ MORE


The White Zone: NASCAR has an identity crisis

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Kevin Harvick summed up the problem with the NASCAR playoffs. “That’s the system that we work in and it’s obviously skewed more towards entertainment than the whole year,” he said. NASCAR stared into the abyss for years. Now, it’s staring back at us. NASCAR is at an identity crossroad. What we witnessed, Sunday, at Martinsville […] READ MORE


The White Zone: It’s good to be back at Talladega

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — I turned left onto Speedway Boulevard and drove east towards Talladega Superspeedway. About a mile from the main entrance, I came upon a backlogged line of vehicles. After a few minutes, it crept forward. Finally, I turned right at the main entrance and went to cover my first NASCAR Cup Series race in […] READ MORE


The White Zone: High-downforce package follies on display at Michigan

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Saturday at Michigan International Speedway gave us a NASCAR Cup Series race that was fun to watch, because of the high-downforce package. Sunday, however, gave us the race that I thought we’d see this weekend. The Consumer Energy 400 featured elements of a typical Michigan race. The field got strung out as a run progressed, […] READ MORE


The White Zone: NASCAR, either put up or shut up

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Before the start of Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the field stopped on the frontstretch and NASCAR threw its two cents into the ongoing protests and riots over the death of George Floyd. Every member of every crew, donned in face masks, stood on the pit wall. NASCAR President, Steve […] READ MORE



The White Zone: Darlington deserves more than one race

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With less than 30 laps remaining, the skies opened up over Darlington Raceway. As a result, the cars were brought down pit road. Eventually, the race was declared official and Denny Hamlin celebrated his second win of the season. After a roughly combined 684 miles of racing at “The Lady in Black,” in the span of […] READ MORE


The White Zone: Waivers in NASCAR are a joke

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At this point, waivers in NASCAR are on par with Oprah Winfrey giving everyone in her audience a car. If you missed it, NASCAR announced Tuesday that Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth were granted waivers to be eligible to qualify for the playoffs. I’ve got no problem with it in Newman’s case, as he was […] READ MORE