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The Underdog House: Different Track, Same John Hunter Nemechek

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Top Dog John Hunter Nemechek stole the show in the first NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington last week. But that was just the beginning for his team at the top of the underdog class. Front Row Motorsports has really taken over the group, with Michael McDowell being the highest such finisher in race No. …

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The Underdog House: John Hunter Nemechek-ed Out At Darlington

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Top Dog John Hunter Nemechek is a rookie, a fact that bears mentioning for two important reasons. First off, you may have forgotten his status since the season started what feels like a decade ago. Secondly, he didn’t look much like a rookie at Darlington Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The Front Row Motorsports driver tamed …

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Friday Faceoff: Were the Races Dropped from the Schedule the Best Options?

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1. With nearly two months since the last race, do you think it will make drivers more aggressive, or will they tread lightly this weekend? Clayton Caldwell: With the competition cautions that are scheduled, drivers will take it pretty easy early on. They know they’ll be on a green racetrack with cars with which they …

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Turn Back The Clock: 2001 NASCAR Season, Dark Times

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NASCAR history can be measured in several ways, whether it be decades, the presence of certain drivers or various championship point formats. For myself and many others in the NASCAR industry, there is the way things were before 2001 and the way things were after it. It’s debatable, but I’d argue that no full season …

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The Frontstretch 5: Bad Decisions in Sports & How They Were Handled

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Kyle Larson screwed up — big time, and there are really no excuses. But amidst what has undoubtedly been the worst week, at least professionally, of the young driver’s life, there is hope for a future in racing. Larson isn’t necessarily done: NASCAR will likely reinstate him quickly once he completes whatever program they lay …

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Friday Faceoff: Is It Bad If Drivers Are Friends Away from the Track?

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1. Martin Truex Jr. has not finished better than 14th in the first four NASCAR Cup Series races. What is wrong in the No. 19 camp? Frank Velat: Over the course of the opening four races, two crew chiefs have proved their value. One, Paul Wolfe, has done so by doing everything right. The other, Cole …

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The Underdog House: Dillon Makes It a Ty Game in Phoenix

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Top Dog Ty Dillon keeps popping up at the top of this list, much in the way that Matt DiBenedetto and Chris Buescher have in recent years. The difference between those drivers and Dillon is that Ty seems to be interested in building a long-term future at his current team. Both are getting better together, …

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The Underdog House: Lights, Camera, Action (or a Lack Thereof) in Fontana

Top Dog I’m not good at predicting the future. But last week, I wrote that I anticipated our underdogs faced a tough task if they wanted to steal the spotlight in southern California. Unfortunately, this time my outlook couldn’t have been more accurate. Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway was a disappointment for the underfunded …

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The Underdog House: Ty Dillon Leaves Vegas On a Heater

Top Dog Ty Dillon has been on a roll of late. Granted, underdog teams don’t necessarily see the type of eyebrow-raising streaks that other teams with extensive resources put together in terms of wins and top-five finishes. But Dillon continues to be instrumental in helping the long-time backmarker wind up a little closer to the …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Denny Hamlin One of the All-Time Greats?

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Given the situation, who is the right choice to fill in the No. 6 car in the NASCAR Cup Series while Ryan Newman is recovering? Amy Henderson: I like the driver RFR went with, Ross Chastain. He’s shown that with good equipment, he can be racy and he can finish well for the team this weekend. …

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