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Larry McReynolds

Larry McReynolds has more than 30 years of NASCAR experience as a mechanic, Daytona 500-winning crew chief and broadcaster. He earned 23 Sprint Cup wins as a crew chief, including two victories in the prestigious Daytona 500, as well as a pair of non-points victories in the annual all-star race. Follow him on Twitter.

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We all know that Easter is one of the most special holidays we ever get to experience. I’ve always felt that it is very fitting that our entire sport has no races going on for the weekend out of respect for the holiday and its meaning.

BOOGITY! BOOGITY! BOOGITY!

NASCAR on FOX brings live coverage of the Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. The green flag drops at 1 p.m. ET, with coverage on FOX beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

With that said, there is a big part of me that wishes we were mirroring what we do on Mother’s Day weekend, where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races on Saturday and then is off on Sunday. The reason I say that is because of all the excitement, drama and momentum our sport is enjoying right now.

It’s been a great six weeks for our sport, but to a person, I can tell you that everyone is also ready to have a weekend off.

Like we always tell you, NASCAR is a grind and it wears you down. We’ve already spent a week-and-a-half in Daytona. We’ve made three trips out to the West Coast.

On top of all that, you have the new Sprint Cup Generation 6 car and the stress of getting all the parts and pieces simply to have the cars finished to go to the racetrack. So this short break comes at a very good time. It gives everyone a chance to take a little break and re-energize.

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Except for the upcoming trips to Texas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway, this next stretch of races is a little more close to home, so that’s also beneficial. This break also gives everyone time to build the hype and tell the stories about everything that’s been going on these last few weeks.

You have the existing feud between Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano that’s now put on hold with Denny’s injury keeping him out of that No. 11 car for at least six weeks. You’ve got NASCAR’s favorite son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., leading the points.

We have all that and guess where we head next? We head to short-track racing at Martinsville Speedway on April 7. I can almost guarantee you that someone is going to be mad at someone when that checkered flag waves. That’s just the nature of short-track racing.

I just can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.

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