NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Chase Elliott Happy After ‘Refreshing’ Run in New Hampshire

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Chase Elliott's odds have gone up (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

For the first time in 2018, Chase Elliott earned a stage victory, doing so in stage two of Sunday’s (July 22) Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 in his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Starting 10th, Elliott climbed to finish second in stage one, battling and eventually surpassing Martin Truex Jr. on lap 132. His 23-lap stint …

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Ryan Preece Comes Up Short of Home XFINITY Victory

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

One year ago, Ryan Preece was making his first start with Joe Gibbs Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Now in 2018, he returned with two victories and an even greater fan base pointing toward his No. 18 Toyota. It almost paid off for him again in Saturday’s Lakes Region 200, as the 27-year-old started …

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The Underdog House: Lack of Horsepower Leads to Underwhelming Kentucky

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small Unlike weekends past, this one at Kentucky Speedway was underwhelming for the underdogs of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Before we dive deep into the weekend, it’s important to set expectations. Even after a weekend like Daytona International Speedway, reality can come quick and fast for the teams who can’t bring the …

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Scott Dixon In Championship Form with Toronto Victory

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski)

Scott Dixon avoided trouble and wound up victorious in Sunday’s (July 15) Honda Indy Toronto Grand Prix at Toronto street course. The Chip Ganassi Racing veteran earned his 44th career Verizon IndyCar Series win, a trophy which also extended his lead in the 2018 championship standings. “The car was superb,” Dixon said. “We just needed some …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Star in Chaotic Coke Zero Sugar 400

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small Unlike any other race this year, if you weren’t up front Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, you were on your way to a great night. So, naturally, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 was a race where the underdogs starred. Once many of the fast cars crashed out, most of whom in the …

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The Underdog House: Calm Runs on a Wild Day

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small Though Chicagoland Speedway gave fans one stellar race up front, the day was actually on the calm side for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series underdogs. The Overton’s 400 was the first summer race for the speedway since 2010 and it proved to play some effect to how the 267-lapper played out for …

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Kyle Busch Beats Kyle Larson in Thrilling Chicagoland Finish

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Kyle Busch & Kyle Larson at Chicagoland, 2018 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The thrills of competition ended with spills of contact on the final lap between Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson at Chicagoland Speedway. The two battled for the race lead in the final 25 laps of the Overton’s 400 and made contact in Turn 3 as Busch bumped Larson and went on to win for the …

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The Underdog House: Clean-And-Green Bites Hard at Small Teams

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small Sonoma Raceway offered a few new twists to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this weekend. And for the underdogs, it was the first of only three times all year where their road course pros can especially come in handy. From Chris Cook, Tomy Drissi and Justin Marks, the smallest of the small …

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The Underdog House: Iowa Offers Exposure For Small NASCAR Teams

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small Any time XFINITY or Camping World Trucks have a non-companion race with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, it’s guaranteed to be a win for not only each series but their respective underdogs. This past weekend had that and more as the Cup Series didn’t even race while XFINITY and Truck competed 24 …

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The Underdog House: Amiss Again in Michigan

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small With an upcoming week off for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Sunday’s (June 10) long day in Michigan felt even longer once the rain started to hit. And the importance of this final race before break was shown on the racetrack during the FireKeepers Casino 400. Michigan is two miles long and …

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