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The Underdog House: The Other Kind of Kentucky Horsepower

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Top of the Class Chris Buescher reclaimed the top slot among the “other guys” on Saturday night (July 13) in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. The No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet crossed the stripe in 10th position. The result was his fourth top 10 in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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Friday Faceoff: What Does the Future Look Like for Justin Haley?

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Justin Haley joined Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray and Trevor Bayne as modern-era drivers to win in their first three starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Which of those drivers’ career will Haley’s most likely resemble? Adam Cheek: Jamie McMurray. He has enough talent to not be a relative bust like Bayne, but he’s …

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The Underdog House: Independents Day

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Top of The Class Justin Haley came into this weekend’s races at Daytona International Speedway thinking that he was owed a bit of justice after having his first career Xfinity Series win taken away for going below the yellow line last summer. He may have figured the score was as close to even as it …

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The Underdog House: The Carousel Of Progress

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Top of The Class Matt DiBenedetto may not be a name that comes to mind when you think of talented road racers, but the 27-year-old from Grass Valley, CA is doing his best to change that. DiBenedetto earned his first career top-five finish at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday (June 23), coming home in the fourth …

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Friday Faceoff: Will Taking Away Wins Serve Its Intended Purpose?

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For the first time in over 20 years, NASCAR disqualified a race winner following post race inspection. Will it deter teams from pushing the envelope too much? Frank Velat: Not likely. There’s too much to be gained with a win. Al Niece had a less than enthusiastic response to the team getting bustedm but I get the …

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The Underdog House: Like Taking Candy From an Underdog

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Top of The Class With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series enjoying a rare week off, the NASCAR Xfinity Series moved into the spotlight, running the CircuitCity.com 250. Yes, that Circuit City. Turns out it does still exist and it appears ready to rise from the brink of extinction back to consumer relevance. Much like …

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The Underdog House: FireKeepers, Gray Sky Weepers

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Top of The Class Chris Buescher surprised no one on Monday (June 10) by being the top underdog in the FireKeepers 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet crossed the stripe in16th position. The result ended the longest run of consecutive top-15 finishes in his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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The Underdog House: What Turn Four?

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Top of The Class Chris Buescher was once again the number one dog in Sunday’s (June 2) Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. The No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy crossed the stripe in the 14th position. For the first time in his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, Buescher has finished in the top 15 …

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The Underdog House: Going the Distance

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Top of The Class Chris Buescher was once again the top dog in Sunday night’s (May 26) Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy wound up with a sixth-place finish, the best for driver and team since a fifth last July at Daytona. More than just the top-10 run …

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Friday Faceoff: Team Bowyer or Team Newman?

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Much has been made of the situation involving Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ All-Star Race. Who was in the right? Mark Kristl: Both drivers were at fault. Ryan Newman was at fault for hitting Clint Bowyer‘s car after the race. Clint Bowyer was at fault for losing control, hitting …

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