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Christian Eckes Leaves Martinsville Unsatisfied With Top 10

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Qualifying 12th and failing to score a stage point in the Texas Roadhouse 200 from Martinsville Speedway, most would expect Christian Eckes to be thrilled with a top-10 finish… let alone, a truck in one piece. But he wasn’t. Racing for Kyle Busch Motorsports’, it was the first start for the 17-year-old in five months …

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The Underdog House: Clean NASCAR Kansas Race Meant Limited Opportunities For Improvement

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Think Small Following a recent trend in this year’s playoffs, Sunday’s (Oct. 21) Hollywood Casino 400 from Kansas Speedway fit what most people would define as a clean race. With three cautions (one non-stage) flying across 267 laps, it tied the least amount of yellow in track history, spanning back to 2001 when Kansas was …

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The Underdog House: Teamwork Makes the Cream Rise to the Top in Talladega

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Think Small This weekend was it for the underdogs of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. No longer will they end their interviews with, “We still have Talladega out there, so we’re looking forward to that.” And no longer will they have more than a slight chance at scoring a victory in 2018. This final …

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The Underdog House: Monster-ous Difficulties For NASCAR’s Small Teams at the Monster Mile

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Think Small With 60 laps to go in Sunday’s (Oct. 7) Gander Outdoors 400, people were asking: “Could it happen?” After two caution-free stages and a third green-flag run of nearly 100 laps, Dover International Raceway was near completion without a straight caution flag for danger or incident. In other words, a non-stage yellow. But …

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Denny Hamlin Happy with 2nd After ‘Uneventful’ Day

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When the caution flew with eight laps to go at Dover International Speedway, Denny Hamlin didn’t think he’d be contending for victory in the Gander Outdoors 400. However, following a turn of pit strategy amongst leaders, Hamlin and the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team chose to take two tires. The move, however risky, slotted …

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‘Too Little, Too Late’ For Ryan Truex’s Playoff Bid

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While Ross Chastain and Matt Tifft raced for the final playoff spot in Saturday’s (Oct. 6) Bar Harbor 200 at Dover International Speedway, Ryan Truex was hoping for more in his playoff bid. Driving his No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet, Truex was, in fact, part of the late mid-field chaos amongst the playoff bubble. However, …

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Kyle Larson on Playoff Advancement: ‘This Was Some Damn Good Luck’

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In the most dramatic elimination in playoffs history, nobody was in more of a hole than Kyle Larson. After leading the most laps of the Bank of America ROVAL 400 from the Charlotte ROVAL, Larson was in prime position to take the victory until Brad Keselowski crashed from the lead in Turn 1, swallowing Larson …

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Alex Labbe Rallies to 13th Following Early Setback at the ROVAL

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After jumping to second quickest on the boards during qualifying for the ROVAL XFINITY Series race, road course pro Alex Labbe was confirmed as a driver to watch at the inaugural Drive for the Cure 200 from Charlotte Motor Speedway. With his years of Pinty’s Series success in Canada, the rookie for DGM Racing clocked …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams See Toughest NASCAR Race of 2018 at Richmond

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small This weekend at Richmond Raceway stood in stark contrast to the previous weekend in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, where 12 cautions flew at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This time, the 0.750-mile track in Saturday night’s (Sep. 23) Federated Auto Parts 400 came out quiet with only one non-stage caution flying on …

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Joey Logano Upbeat Despite Quiet Night in Richmond

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Considering Joey Logano‘s recent success at Richmond Raceway, Saturday night’s (Sep. 22) Federated Auto Parts 400 could be classified as a disappointment. Any time you finish 14th in a Team Penske machine, it’ll likely be a downer of a day no matter the track, however, the 0.750-miler has been a happy place for Logano in …

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