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NASCAR Small Team Review & Preview: How Did the Little Guys Do?

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You’ve seen our reviews of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. But how about some of the smaller teams to which we didn’t give an in-depth look? In one of our final pieces about the 2015 season, we take a look at the smaller teams of NASCAR — including Furniture Row Racing, Germain Racing …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Tony Stewart

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For the first time since the 2012 season, Tony Stewart was able to complete the entire race schedule. In fact, apart from his retirement announcement in late September, it was a quiet year for the 44-year-old. Perhaps too quiet. For the driver who last visited Victory Lane at Dover in early 2013, Stewart’s statistics for the …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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For Ricky Stenhouse Jr., top-five finishes were not the only thing found on short supply in the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season. Yes, for the second year in a row in Stenhouse’s Sprint Cup Series career, his only top-five result came at the short track of Bristol Motor Speedway, racing to a fourth-place finish that …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Paul Menard

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Typically, in motorsports, successful seasons come as a product of improvement in on-track results. However, occasionally drivers benefit not from their own gains, but from the misfortune of others. Such was the case for Paul Menard in 2015. Competing in his ninth full-time season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Menard surprised many by making …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Martin Truex Jr.

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“I think that everything I do tends to root for the underdog.” – Judd Apatow, award-winning film director and producer It’s safe to assume most of NASCAR Nation found themselves rooting for the underdog fairy tale that was Martin Truex Jr.’s 2015 season. You had a driver battling back after a ride lost at Michael …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: David Ragan

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In many ways, the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season was a microcosm of David Ragan’s entire career. It was a year filled with great opportunities, even flashes of brilliance, but ultimately ended with disappointment and uncertainty. To be sure, the now 30-year-old Ragan has always been a tough cookie to crack in NASCAR. He has …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Jamie McMurray

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Jamie McMurray entered the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season in familiar territory. While the previous year was statistically strong, featuring a career high 368 laps led for the Joplin, Mo. native, wildly inconsistent finishes prevented the team from making the Chase as they finished the season buried in 18th in the final standings. However, …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Danica Patrick

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Poor Danica Patrick. Her 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season went about as well as could be expected. Not that it would take much to improve on what we saw during 2014, but, alas, the most recent year ended with what has become pretty much all-too-familiar results. No wins, no top fives, two top 10s …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Jeff Gordon

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Rarely does a Hall of Fame-caliber athlete get to leave their sport at or near peak performance. For Jeff Gordon, his 2015 retirement tour was a rare exception, the kind that put the proper finishing touches on a remarkable 23-year NASCAR Sprint Cup career. While starting off a little bumpy, his season picked up mightily …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Ryan Newman

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For Ryan Newman and Richard Childress Racing, 2015 was likely approached as a year in which the team only needed a little bit more to get over the hump. After all, Newman was just a half-second away from winning the 2014 Ford EcoBoost 400, and with it, the Sprint Cup Series championship. Given that mentality, …

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