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Beyond the Cockpit: Ross Chastain Building Strength for Busy Cup Schedule

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Ross Chastain has learned a lot since February at Atlanta Motor Speedway. That meant not only in getting set for a busier schedule in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but the sheer physicality of it all. After running both Dover races in 2017, Chastain is looking at a heavy schedule in 2018 with Premium …

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The Underdog House: Finding Easter Eggs at 1/6th Mark of 2018

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Think Small At the one-sixth mark of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, perhaps there was no better time for a holiday break. For some, at least. As we exited Daytona Speedweeks, drifted through the West Coast Swing and plowed through white Martinsville, the true stature of the underdogs for 2018 have taken …

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Donahue Brothers Growing Together in Truck Series

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When a driver climbs into the cockpit of a racecar, most of the real world subsides. Friends, family, worries, it’s all out of mind. But when a part of your family enters the racetrack with you as a competitor, does that change? For brothers Kevin and Kyle Donahue, the two youngsters have dipped their toes …

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The Underdog House: Monday Blues in Martinsville

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Think Small Martinsville Speedway is known to be full of history, and each time we visit the last remaining original track on the circuit, we seem to add another layer. Sometimes those new layers include an underdog story. The spring weekend of 2018 will be remembered as the snow day, as both the Monster Energy …

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Alex Bowman Toughs Out Top 10 in Martinsville

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Alex Bowman returned to the top 10 in Monday’s STP 500 from Martinsville Speedway. And following a rather slow start to his first campaign with Hendrick Motorsports, the result felt even better. Bowman entered the Virginia short track with five straight top-20 finishes. Though consistent, a ride in Hendrick equipment breeds a certain amount of …

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Clint Bowyer Estatic in Return to Victory Lane at Martinsville

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In one of the strongest races of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, Clint Bowyer finally scored a victory Monday (March 26) at Martinsville Speedway. Leading 215 of 500 laps, Bowyer leaped to his ninth career Cup win, first at Martinsville and first overall since 2012. He can finally exhale. “I wanted that damn …

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Ben Rhodes: ‘Pit Crew Just Killed Us Today’

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Ben Rhodes saw perhaps his best career Camping World Truck Series race fade away Monday at Martinsville Speedway. And Rhodes was far from shocked. The biggest factor between Rhodes and Victory Lane has sat on pit road, as the No. 41 ThorSport Racing team have lost multiple shots at victory due to slow pit stops. …

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Snow Postpones Martinsville NASCAR Races to Monday

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Due to heavy and continuous snow in the local area of Ridgeway, Va., all on-track activity for Sunday has been canceled at Martinsville Speedway. This will lead to a doubleheader day on Monday with the Camping World Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing back-to-back at the famous half-mile. The Truck Series Alpha …

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Ben Rhodes Scores Martinsville Pole in Truck Series

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For the second time, Ben Rhodes will start from pole at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday (March 24). Winning his first career Camping World Truck Series pole here in 2016, the third-year Thorsport Racing driver repeats the performance in 2018, starting first for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250. In a 1-2 sweep for Thorsport, Matt Crafton …

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The Underdog House: California Daydreaming

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Think Small The stars came out Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. Rapper and actor Ice Cube made his debut as a NASCAR spectator, and the big crowd and mountainous backdrop were met with arm-warming weather by the thoughtful California sun. Unfortunately, the nice memories for some ended as soon as the National Anthem did, as …

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