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The 2019 NASCAR season is just around the corner. And after watching Joey Logano sprint to his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title in a dramatic finish at Homestead, fans can't wait for the green flag to drop at Daytona on a new season. The 17th edition of Athlon Sports Racing arrives just in time to provide the preseason analysis and predictions craved by race fans from Sonoma to Daytona and everywhere in between. Look for it on your local newsstand this week or order your copy now!
We take a few laps around the track, asking "10 Tough Questions" and providing the politically incorrect answers — exploring hot topics like the rules changes and their impact on the Cup race qualifying format, Hendrick Motorsports' quest for a return to form and NASCAR's search for a new title sponsor.
In this year’s edition, Athlon gets personal with some of the sport’s most compelling figures. Our exclusive Q&A with Dale Earnhardt Jr. brings you the unfiltered opinions of the sport's most popular figure, and we take a lap with Bubba Wallace, runner-up at the Daytona 500 and the sport's first full-time African-American driver in almost five decades.
All is not rosy for racing, which has been beset with declining ratings and attendance. The sport stands at a crossroads, and we offer five suggestions for getting things back on track in our feature story, "What's Next for NASCAR."
As always, Athlon Sports takes you inside the garage with anonymous, highly opinionated quotes from rival head wrenches, crewmen and wheelmen. Every track is previewed extensively, as are the top 25 drivers and the best of the rest racing for the checkers. There's also a rundown of the Truck Series and Xfinity Series, both of which are populated by racing's future stars.