The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - News | Nascar This Week - — Ken Willis, ken. willis@news-jrnl.com

Com­pelling ques­tions ... and maybe a few ac­tual an­swers

Why didn’t Denny force the is­sue?

Let’s start with the ob­vi­ous. Denny Ham­lin and Chase El­liott have a his­tory, and in terms of pub­lic re­ac­tion, Denny’s rep­u­ta­tion took a hit. So when Denny had a shot to stick his nose in there in Turn 1 at Dover, on the fi­nal restart, he ap­peared to back off and let Chase run it out. That’s un­der­stand­able in one re­spect, but then again, man, that would’ve been spec­tac­u­lar en­ter­tain­ment if he’d gone ugly on him.

Where is Christo­pher Bell next year?

Prob­a­bly back in Xfin­ity, though he has noth­ing to prove there. It’s never been just about abil­ity in auto rac­ing’s peck­ing or­der. Of­ten, man­u­fac­tur­ers and spon­sors have the fi­nal say about who gets pro­moted. In bet­ter eco­nomic times for NAS­CAR, Bell would al­most be able to call his shot, de­pend­ing on con­trac­tual is­sues. Now, not so much. But is he ready? You bet­ter be­lieve it.

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