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Com­pelling ques­tions ... and maybe a few ac­tual an­swers

Did Denny douse the flames?

Par­tially. His tweeted apol­ogy to the masses Sun­day night was both gen­tle­manly and a smart pub­li­cre­la­tions move, given Chase El­liott’s pop­u­lar­ity with those masses. Dur­ing the late free-for-all at Martinsville, Ham­lin also got into Ryan Blaney. It’s as if he was be­com­ing a one-man wreck­ing crew on the next gen­er­a­tion of NASCAR stars. Some­how he missed Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez.

Will the “Bubba Fac­tor” be a big boost for NASCAR?

How­ever you de­fine big, the pos­si­bil­i­ties of a boost in­crease if Richard Petty Mo­tor­sports can some­how put the pieces to­gether. You know, if the Fur­ni­ture Row team, based in Colorado and with a mere frac­tion of the his­tory con­nected to Richard Petty, can be a cham­pi­onship fa­vorite this year, you’d think RPM could make it hap­pen. It’s a mat­ter of spend­ing the money in the right places.

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