Nascar Exam

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For millions of college students, this is the final day of the Fall Semester. In between coffee breaks, no sleep and panic over letters, students will take tests where simple questions will create an impact that could last for years. Here are the three questions Nascar fans should ponder while shopping for blue books.

How will the Joe Gibbs crew chief swap shake down?

The long and talked about shift finally went public. Here is the Nascar breakdown:

  • Jason Ratcliff sticks with Matt Kenseth
  • Dave Rogers moves to Denny Hamlin
  • Darian Grubb moves to Carl Edwards
  • Adam Stevens moves up to team with Kyle Busch

On the surface, Grubb and Edwards could be quite the tandem. Dave Rogers and Denny Hamlin have butted heads independently of each other and could provide some sizzle; I personally love that combination for 2015.  I’m also curious to see if Stevens can help Kyle Busch be Kyle Busch again. This is a fascinating subplot for me this Sprint Cup offseason.

Did NBC and FOX Create Something Really Cool?

Both networks pledged to promote each other’s Nascar related products across their respective platforms. The NBA has made billions mandating this with TNT, ESPN, and NBA TV. With ESPN coverage in question and both NBCSN and Fox Sports 1 suffering in the ratings departments, this pledge could be crucial for the networks and the sports they invested hundreds of millions in over the next decade.

What driver who missed the Chase bounces back in 2015?

Kyle Larson had the best run of any driver not in the Chase during the final 10 races. Tony Stewart’s 2014 was a nightmare. Clint Bowyer can’t be this bad again, and Brian Vickers started strong. Sam Hornish Jr. could win a road race and the young Roush drivers could take the next step.

Of the group, Larson seems like the surest option, though a potential JGR/Michael Waltrip partnership could pay huge dividends for all of Toyota.

Is this Column Over?

Every exam should have some free points. Enjoy the first weekend of December, and insert a random catchphrase here.