The Underdog House

The Underdog House: Brick by Brick, McDowell, Front Row Motorsports Continue to Improve

Top Dog Front Row Motorsports has taken some major steps toward becoming a more competitive team, and this season is showcasing the results of that effort. Michael McDowell rebounded from a last-place finish at Pocono Raceway to earn seventh at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday (July 5). It was his …

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The Underdog House ⁠— Talladega Monday: The Ballad of John Hunter Nemechek

Top Dog John Hunter Nemechek was not only the top underdog contender in Monday’s (June 22) rain delayed GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, he also very nearly walked away with the victory. Even being swept up in a crash as the field thundered towards the finish line didn’t stop him …

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The Underdog House: Teammates Tangle at ‘Hot’lanta

Atlanta Motor Speedway proved to be a tough (and hot) track for the NASCAR Cup Series underdogs, as only one was able to finish inside the top 20. Christopher Bell, driving the No. 95 Toyota for Leavine Family Racing, ended up 18th. Bell had a run-in with Erik Jones just before the end of stage two while racing four-wide. Jones's tire went flat and he had to pit, which put him a lap down. The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing pilot was understandably upset after the contact.

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The Underdog House: Different Track, Same John Hunter Nemechek

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 …

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

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 …

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

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. …

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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 …

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