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The Underdog House

The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Does Better, Still Best At Bristol

Top Dog Being the top underdog each week can be a funny thing. Take for example Front Row Motorsports’ NASCAR Cup Series driver Michael McDowell. McDowell earned the proverbial best in class award for the second consecutive race at Bristol Motor Speedway last Saturday, Sept. 19, by finishing 10th. However, …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Rides Again In Darlington

Top Dog Michael McDowell spent numerous weeks being highlighted in this category earlier in the season, as he and his Front Row Motorsports teammate John Hunter Nemechek divided most of the top finishes between themselves. Lately, things have taken a less favorable turn. Coming into Sunday’s event at Darlington Raceway, …

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The Underdog House: The Agony of Defeat

Top Dog For the first time, the NASCAR Cup Series held its regular season finale at Daytona International Speedway, and it did not disappoint. Though the intensity revved up after each restart, the race stayed relatively calm after stage two until a late caution with about 17 laps to go. …

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The Underdog House: Double the Dover Ups and Dover Downs

Top Dog Two races in two days at Dover is one of those things I never thought I’d see. Dover races used to be 500-mile-long, grueling affairs that would leave half the field on the verge of passing out from exhaustion. But the largely abbreviated 311-mile versions that we saw …

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The Underdog House: Bubba Wallace Leads the Way in Michigan

Top Dog A doubleheader last weekend at Michigan International Speedway meant twice the opportunity for the underdog class to snag a solid finish. On Saturday, Bubba Wallace did that and then some, ending up with a ninth-place result. Running as high as third in the closing laps, Wallace briefly had …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Lonely at the Top

Top Dog Michael McDowell has been a frequent visitor to the top 20 this season, but he barely squeaked in this past Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. McDowell spent the majority of the race hovering around the 25th position. He finished 26th and 25th in the first two stages …

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The Underdog House: All-Star Rivals Bubba Wallace, Michael McDowell Make Texas Toast

Top Dog After a forgettable All-Star Race evening at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bubba Wallace was probably as ready as anyone to get to Texas for this weekend’s event. He certainly channeled his energy appropriately, as the No. 43 Chevrolet captured the 14th finishing position. The Texas sun was scorching, but …

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