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Our experts weigh in on four of the biggest questions in NASCAR. Taco Charlton Youth Jersey .Turn 1: The two road course races appear now to be among the most popular on the schedule. If another was added which track should it replace?Ricky Craven, ESPN NASCAR analyst: Any 1.5-mile track with two dates would be at the top of my list. In fact, if there were a financially viable option, and I was king for a day, I would eliminate all second dates at?1.5-mile tracks and find places where NASCAR isnt. Watkins Glen is a road course and thats one element of the current success, but the fact we only visit once a year helps. One race a year wont solve everyones problems (Atlanta, Indy) for example, but those two tracks are in areas saturated with auto racing.?Ryan McGee, ESPN.com: Remember less than a decade ago when people were all, Road courses are the worst! Why do we even run them? And now they want more added. They are the new short tracks, and I think thats awesome. I hate for any track to lose a date and under the new agreements its pretty much impossible, but everyone seems to agree that a road course in the Chase would be best. I think it would even help the regular season road races because knowing a Chase race was coming teams would have to take it even more seriously. I think Dover would benefit from contracting to one race. Plugging a road course into that postseason slot feels right.John Oreovicz, ESPN.com: One of the Chicagoland/Kansas twins would be my choice, and given ISCs business interest in Kansas and the adjacent casino, thats one track that wont be going away. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval would be another strong contender; the Brickyard 400 has gotten to the point that NASCAR and IMS need to maybe consider running the road course or come up with some kind of format that uses both tracks.Bob Pockrass, ESPN.com: Talladega is the gut reaction just because restrictor-plate races create a huge pit in the stomach as NASCAR has struggled to keep the cars on the ground. But the track still attracts a healthier crowd than others, and leaving Talladega would not be a sign of growth. Logic says there are too many intermediate tracks on the schedule. Maybe one of the Midwest races (Kansas or Chicagoland) would be the best Chase race to cut.Turn 2: NASCAR is considering limiting postrace celebrations so there is no more damage to the car. Should NASCAR police wild burnouts?Ricky Craven, ESPN NASCAR analyst: Im 100 percent supportive on NASCAR being inspection tough Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings, but the postrace standards are convoluted at best! If a driver gets spun, the truck arms could easily bend enough to alter the rear steer, if a driver misses a shift and gets tagged from behind, the spoiler could become higher -- resulting in an aero gain, so how can we penalize teams 15 points for a 60 thousandth gain or loss in a sport that encourages contact? It wont be easy, but it can be overcome by limiting postrace inspection to engine, transmission, etc. Make damned sure the aero is 100 percent before the race starts, and let them race, let them compete, let them celebrate wins.Ryan McGee, ESPN.com: Not only no, but hell no. I am hoping that NASCAR VP Steve ODonnell was merely sending a warning shot via the media, a Hey, we know whats going on message to teams. How are they going to police it? How are they going to penalize it? Remember back in the early 2000s when there was concern that drivers jumping up and down on the car in victory lane was really them trying to lower the car for postrace inspection? NASCAR started holding up a PVC pipe gate to block them from doing it. This feels like that.John Oreovicz, ESPN.com: Yes. Aside from being a way to intentionally damage a car that may not have passed tech, the same old celebrations (burnouts, confetti, spraying Victory Lane with the drivers contracted beverage) have just gotten stale. We need a Polish Victory Lap style of celebration revolution.Bob Pockrass, ESPN.com: Burnouts are cool. Damaging a car so it cant be determined if its legal is not. Hopefully there is a way for NASCAR to allow a burnout without damaging a car.Turn 3: Erik Jones has a one-year deal with Furniture Row Racing. Is that a good move for him and do you think he will spend more than one year there?Ricky Craven, ESPN NASCAR analyst: Its a great move for Erik, its a great move for Joe Gibbs Racing, and its an obvious benefit to Furniture Row Racing. Erik is absolutely ready for the big stage and staying in the Xfinity series another year could work against him. Young drivers can establish poor habits if they are aspiring to be in the Cup but not given the opportunity early enough. Theres a fine line between too soon and too late. Jones is ready!Ryan McGee, ESPN.com: Yes, good move, for both Jones and Furniture Row. Yes, I believe that the teams intent is to keep him there longer. No, I dont believe he stays. Hell still be in the Toyota family tree, just not on the branch that runs through Denver.John Oreovicz, ESPN.com: Its definitely a smart move for Jones to advance to the Cup level as quickly as possible, especially since hes probably the favorite to win this years Xfinity Series title. The FRR technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing is clearly working, with Martin Truex often running as well as the JGR cars themselves. Toyota holds the cards in terms of where Jones ends up in the long-term, but for the time being -- whether its one year or more -- Furniture Row is certainly not a bad place to be.Bob Pockrass, ESPN.com: It is a great move, and while its hard to predict anything more than a few months out in the sport, it wouldnt be surprising if Jones spends two years at Furniture Row, and Matt Kenseth opts to hang it up after the 2018 season.Turn 4: Denny Hamlin has the most wins of any active driver who does not have a championship. Will he earn one?Ricky Craven, ESPN NASCAR analyst: Denny Hamlin is absolutely worthy of the Sprint Cup Series championship, but he has a limited amount of time to get it done. There is a fleet of young talent coming behind him, and I expect Kyle Busch and Joey Logano to get their share of cup titles in the next half dozen seasons. If Denny is willing to put in the time and effort, I believe hell be rewarded with a title.Ryan McGee, ESPN.com: He certainly can. He has been in a position at Homestead twice before, and his performance improved dramatically from the first shot to the second. The problem is the group hes competing with is getting more crowded and much younger. If Kyle Busch or Joey Logano get on the kind of run that I think they can, then there might not be room for anyone else.John Oreovicz, ESPN.com: I doubt it. Hes obviously physically tough, driving through the pain of an injured back or damaged knees. But I wonder if he has the mental toughness to compete for a championship, especially in the elimination style Chase when the pressure gets ramped up toward the end of the season. Hamlin is a very good driver who will win his share of races, but I dont envision ever calling him a Cup Series champion.Bob Pockrass, ESPN.com: The elimination format and it all coming down to Homestead for four drivers makes predicting champions a little bit of a roll of the dice. Hamlin will get more chances to win a title and the odds are at one of those season finales, he will have the best day of the four. Ryan Switzer Jersey . -- Anaheim Ducks defenceman Luca Sbisa will be out at least six weeks with a torn tendon in his right hand. Jourdan Lewis Cowboys Jersey . LOUIS -- Attorneys for the St. http:///...cowboys-jersey-c-79/ . "It was nerve-wracking, but we pulled through," said Collaros, who threw four touchdown passes to lead the Toronto Argonauts (8-4) to a 33-27 win over the Calgary Stampeders (9-3) in front of 28,781 fans at McMahon Stadium. TORONTO -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock rolled all four lines on Tuesday night.He only really needed the top one, though.James van Riemsdyk scored three goals, Tyler Bozak had four assists and Mitch Marner had a goal and set up two more to help Toronto beat the Nashville Predators 6-2.Van Riemsdyk added an assist, and now he, Bozak and Marner are 1-2-3 in scoring for Toronto after combining for 11 points.Just the way we read off each other is getting better every game, the three of us have pretty good hockey sense, said van Riemsdyk, who leads the club with seven goals and 15 points in 16 games.I think the puck was following us as a line and I was fortunate for the bounces.Leo Komarov and William Nylander also scored to help Toronto improve to 6-2-0 at home.James Neal and Viktor Arvidsson scored for the Predators, who had their three-game winning streak halted.Frederik Andersen made 32 saves for Toronto, and Marek Mazanec stopped 26-of-32 shots for Nashville.Marner got it going with his sixth of the season, fighting off a check behind the net before curling out from the corner and beating a screened Mazanec 1:04 into the game.The 19-year-old rookie, listed at six-feet and 170 pounds, isnt surprising his linemates with what he can do physically on the ice. He also has 15 points in 16 contests.You know how good he is on his edges, you see it in practice, when he does it in games it doesnt surprise you, van Riemsdyk said. Hes good with his body position to come up with pucks and obviously hes got a good stick, too.Hes tenacious and doesnt back down from going into dirty areas.Van Riemsdyk scored 13 minutes later by carrying the puck aacross the blue line and beating Mazanec glove side with a snap shot. Chidobe Awuzie Youth Jersey. eal scored nearly four minutes later off a cross-crease pass from Ryan Johansen, but van Riemsdyk restored the two-goal lead 7:52 into the second period. Bozak threw the puck toward the net from the corner and van Riemsdyk beat his man to deflect the puck over Mazanecs leg.Arvidsson, denied by Andersen on a great chance in the first period, finally finished one of his many opportunities with 3:51 left in the second, beating Andersen low glove side on a breakaway.Komarov scored 7:18 into the third by tipping Martin Marincins point shot, then van Riemsdyk capped his hat trick with a shot off a faceoff with 6:22 left. Nylander fired in his goal about two minutes later.Despite a lopsided score, Nashville coach Peter Laviolette thought his team deserved better.They got a quick one right off the bat, they got another one. I thought we had lots of chances to score goals, he said. They had a couple goals that were seeing-eye goals.We took as many attempts if not more but it didnt find its way through. They capitalized on their opportunities.Game notes F Peter Holland and D Connor Carrick and Frank Corrado were scratches for the Leafs. ... Nashville G Pekka Rinne is day to day with a lower-body injury. ... Mazanec made his second start of the season after he was recalled from Milwaukee of the AHL on Monday.UP NEXTPredators: At Ottawa on Thursday night in the middle game of a three-game trip.Maple Leafs: Host Florida on Thursday night. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' ' 
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