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Kevin Harvick Nabbed by Clint Bowyer, Rain at Michigan

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

When the field restarted on lap 130 of the FireKeepers Casino 400, the race was on between Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer as rain was on its way in a big hurry at Michigan International Speedway. Restarting second, Harvick edged ahead of Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Bowyer into Turn 3. And despite his apparent edge on …

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Austin Dillon Soaks Up The Rain With XFINITY Michigan Win

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The newest experiment for the NASCAR XFINITY Series ended 34 laps short Saturday (June 9) at Michigan International Speedway. And Austin Dillon didn’t mind a bit. Taking the lead from Kaz Grala with 51 laps to go, Dillon eventually held off Richard Childress Racing teammate Daniel Hemric to score victory in the LTi Printing 250. …

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The Underdog House: No Shortage of Trickery for Underdogs in Pocono

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Pocono Raceway often brings out a little more than most ovals. First off, it’s not an oval per se, although it still leads to similar contenders up front. But it’s an animal in itself every year, offering shifting through its three distinct turns and unique pit strategy over 400 miles. The circumstances make …

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Aric Almirola on Pocono: ‘I Finally Figured This Place Out’

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

When you have the car, the results can be seamless. That’s the motto Aric Almirola followed while walking on pit road after Sunday’s (June 3) Pocono 400 from Pocono Raceway. Just minutes earlier, the Floridian scored his sixth top-10 finish of 2018 with Stewart-Haas Racing, now only one shy of tying his career best in …

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Chase Elliott Grabs Runner-Up Finish for GMS Racing

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Saturday’s Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway was only Chase Elliott’s second XFINITY Series start in nearly two years. And it almost ended in Victory Lane for a team which was hit a curveball in the month of May. When Spencer Gallagher faced suspension from the sport due to drug violation, GMS Racing’s No. 23 …

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Stefan Wilson Leads Indy 500 in Crucial Race in IndyCar Career

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Sunday’s 102nd Indianapolis 500 had plenty of attractive storylines to be settled across 200 laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway… and one of them nearly won. Stefan Wilson entered his first Verizon IndyCar Series race Sunday in two years, when he last competed in the Indy 500 in 2016. The Englishman returned this year with a …

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Gabby Chaves, Harding Racing Back in Familiar Ground for Indy 500

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski via IndyCar Media)

One year ago, Gabby Chaves led Harding Racing to a ninth-place finish in their first-ever Verizon IndyCar Series race together in the 101st Indianapolis 500. And while they approach raceday for the 102nd running on Sunday, momentum and crucial building blocks follow the No. 88 Chevrolet ahead of 500 miles. 2018 has been the first …

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The Underdog House: AJ Allmendinger Shines in Charlotte Plate Racing

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small The annual NASCAR All-Star weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway presents a couple cool challenges for the underdog teams. First, the Monster Energy Open, then the Fan Vote. For the Open, it’s the best opportunity for underdog teams to win an event all season. Most of the top winners in the sport are already …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Small Teams Rise Amid Kansas Chaos

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small Kansas Speedway seems to have a knack for having some savage accidents in recent years: Erik Jones‘ near-flip last fall, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer in 2015, Brian Vickers in 2013, etc. Saturday night saw another hard one with William Byron landing on top of Ryan Newman, a wreck that swallowed a half-dozen cars …

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The Underdog House: Concrete Contentment For NASCAR in Dover

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Sunday’s AAA 400 was another race punished my Mother Nature in this 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. This time, it was Dover International Speedway, where the hot, slippery conditions from Friday and Saturday wore off to create a gray, cool Sunday afternoon 400-lapper. With little-to-no rain throughout the opening 300 laps, …

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