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Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones Pace First Cup Practice at Bristol, Kevin Harvick Crashes

Ryan Blaney (Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones both posted the fastest lap in the first and only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session Friday afternoon (Apr. 13) from Bristol Motor Speedway. They both turned an identical quick lap of 129.887 mph (14.774 seconds). Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson rounded out the top-five quickest speeds …

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The Underdog House: Finding Easter Eggs at 1/6th Mark of 2018

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small At the one-sixth mark of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, perhaps there was no better time for a holiday break. For some, at least. As we exited Daytona Speedweeks, drifted through the West Coast Swing and plowed through white Martinsville, the true stature of the underdogs for 2018 have taken …

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The Underdog House: Monday Blues in Martinsville

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Martinsville Speedway is known to be full of history, and each time we visit the last remaining original track on the circuit, we seem to add another layer. Sometimes those new layers include an underdog story. The spring weekend of 2018 will be remembered as the snow day, as both the Monster Energy …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2018 STP 500

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

NASCAR heads to Martinsville Speedway this weekend for Sunday’s STP 500. The half-mile paperclip-shaped track is one of the toughest on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The factors that go into building a winning fantasy team at a short track are much different than those at an intermediate or superspeedway. First off, it …

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The Underdog House: California Daydreaming

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small The stars came out Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. Rapper and actor Ice Cube made his debut as a NASCAR spectator, and the big crowd and mountainous backdrop were met with arm-warming weather by the thoughtful California sun. Unfortunately, the nice memories for some ended as soon as the National Anthem did, as …

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The Underdog House: The Other End Of The Neon NASCAR Garage

Think Small As NASCAR moved to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, we were treated to a triple-header of the top three national touring series for the third consecutive week. Vegas has the feel of a town where the underdog can rise. Your last dime could turn into millions with a roll of the …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Finding Relief – Sort of – Approaching Daytona 500

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Think Small While most of the sport’s television time goes directly toward big teams with great speed and large personalities — and rightfully so, to an extent — Sunday’s 60th running of the Daytona 500 will have a heavy populous of tiny organizations. Many of these small NASCAR teams, despite being huge underdogs can actually …

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Rolex 24 Halfway Recap: Acura Team Penske Leads on Debut

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

The Prototype class saw a number of teams fall victim to cut tires.  Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10, Action Express Racing’s No. 31 and Tequila Patron ESM’s No. 22 are just three examples of teams that cut right rear tires.  That led teams to believe that the tires were just not up to the challenges …

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Michael Shank Racing Adds Trent Hindman, Côme Ledogar to Lineup

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Monday, Michael Shank Racing rounded out their driver lineups for January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  In addition to announcing the final two drivers, a driver shift was announced as well. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular AJ Allmendinger will now drive the No. 86 Acura at Daytona.  He was originally scheduled to drive the …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: JTG-Daugherty Racing

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

It is no easy feat for a NASCAR team to add an additional entry to its lineup. But that was the challenge JTG-Daugherty Racing signed up for when it hired 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chris Buescher to pilot its second Chevrolet. The acquisition of a second charter took place prior to the season, and …

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