Kyle Larson leads twisting NASCAR road show back to Sonoma – Los Angeles Times

When NASCAR’s frequent fluctuations with rules and points are juxtaposed against the redundancy of left turn after left turn after left turn, the stark contrast can create a contradictory landscape:

Is anything really changing?

Appropriately this weekend, the Monster Energy Cup season heads back to California for Sunday’s Toyota / Save Mart 350 on Sonoma Raceway’s 2.52-mile road course, where at least the drivers will be turning right as well as left as NASCAR Nation touts its rising stars.

Fresh faces in Victory Lane precipitate encouragement that concerns over declining broadcast ratings and attendance figures can be blunted by the new stars, especially with the retirements Jeff Gordon two years ago and Tony Stewart after last year. Add Carl Edwards’ stunning decision to walk away before this campaign and the impending departure of icon Dale Earnhardt Jr. after this year, and it’s imperative that young compelling competitors step into the spotlight.

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