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The Underdog House: First, You Must Finish the Daytona 500

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Turn 3 was dubbed “Calamity Corner” years back at Daytona International Speedway, and during Sunday’s 60th Daytona 500, it was the place that saw dreams end and hopeful runs begin for many Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series underdogs. The final 10 laps, specifically, gave us a roller coaster of stories pit-balling between the …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Finding Relief – Sort of – Approaching Daytona 500

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Think Small While most of the sport’s television time goes directly toward big teams with great speed and large personalities — and rightfully so, to an extent — Sunday’s 60th running of the Daytona 500 will have a heavy populous of tiny organizations. Many of these small NASCAR teams, despite being huge underdogs can actually …

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Penske Perfect: Brad Keselowski Wins Clash with Teammates in Tow

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

NASCAR’s first race of the year at Daytona saw plenty of intense pack racing with drivers adjusting to 2018 ride height rules. But the ending of the non-points Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona proved near perfect for one organization: Team Penske. Brad Keselowski scored the victory, cruising out in front as teammates Ryan Blaney …

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David Ragan, Front Row Witnessing Positives & Negatives of Sponsorship Search

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

David Ragan is back with Front Row Motorsports for 2018, starting what will be his second season with the Ford organization in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Picking up a few returning sponsors like 1000 bulbs and Shriner’s Children’s Hospital for his No. 38 ride, the Georgian is in fairly solid shape for the …

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Ryan Blaney on Promoting NASCAR: ‘I’d Rather Make Others Happy Than Myself’

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Behind the wheel, Ryan Blaney has won races. But behind the camera, he’s taken a handful of roles that break out of the mold of NASCAR. Lending a spot in NBC’s second season of Taken, the third-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver also played a delivery boy in the 2017 film Logan Lucky and …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Moving Previous Plate Focus to Intermediate Tracks in 2018

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

When Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pulled into Victory Lane twice last year at restrictor plate tracks, there was no question that Stenhouse, Ford and Roush Fenway Racing had found their hot spot again. After scoring what was the first two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories of his career at Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway …

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U.S. Navy Sailor Matt Perry Eying NASCAR in 2018

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(Photo Courtesy: Matt Perry)

The average racecar driver balances a normal, paycheck-to-paycheck job to support his or her ultimate goal of making the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. 22-year-old Matt Perry balances something a little different. Yes, he spends his weeks working as a valet driver, but his third hat is one that truly makes him stand out in …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Chip Ganassi Racing

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Chip Ganassi Racing exploded onto the the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series scene. Across the board, it was their best year yet. Led by 25-year-old Larson and 15-year veteran Jamie McMurray, CGR found Victory Lane early and often. They also set a new team record in laps led while earning their best championship finish in …

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Martin Truex Jr. Takes Cup Title with 8th Win at Homestead

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

In 2014, his first year with Furniture Row Racing, Martin Truex Jr. led exactly one lap in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Three years later, he ended the 2017 season ranked number one in the sport. Martin Truex Jr. earned his first MENCS championship in a thrilling finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Truex held off Kyle Busch …

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