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The Underdog House: Exposing the NASCAR Competition Gap at Texas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small Martinsville Speedway sure feels like a long time ago for the underdogs of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Following what was an uplifting weekend for some at the half-mile, the back half of the series came to Texas Motor Speedway. The 1.5-miler gave us the best non-plate race for the underdogs all …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kevin Harvick Fires Warning Shot with Domination in Texas

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Who’s in the headline Kevin Harvick has had the fastest car nearly every weekend this season. The Achilles heel for the team is that they routinely shoot themselves in the foot through pit road miscues. When they don’t, they dominate, which is what happened at Texas on Sunday. Harvick led over half of the laps …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Wins Martinsville Battle, War Undecided

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Who’s in the headline Joey Logano knew he had a chance to go to Homestead and challenge for a championship. It was going to take some old school, short track racing but he wasn’t afraid to do it. In Turns 3 and 4, where the greats of the sport have moved competitors to win since …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: First Data 500

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The first race in the Round of 8 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs resumes this Sunday (Oct. 28) with the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The green flag on Sunday flies at 2:30 p.m. EST on NBCSN. Here are the rules for FanDuel’s new Daily Fantasy NASCAR game. FanDuel has put …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chase Elliott Wins 2nd Round of 12 Race, Round of 8 Set

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Who’s in the headline In the typical, overreaction world of 24/7 social media and sports talking heads, Chase Elliott has gone from early title dropout to championship favorite. Elliott went to Victory Lane for the second time in three races, and Elliott Nation is in a lather over the potential for him to contend for …

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The Underdog House: Teamwork Makes the Cream Rise to the Top in Talladega

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Think Small This weekend was it for the underdogs of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. No longer will they end their interviews with, “We still have Talladega out there, so we’re looking forward to that.” And no longer will they have more than a slight chance at scoring a victory in 2018. This final …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Aric Almirola Finally in Victory Lane After Stewart-Haas Domination at Talladega

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Who’s in the headline There is domination by drivers and domination by teams. Sunday was total domination by the Stewart-Haas Racing organization. They won every stage and the race with a different driver doing each, and the driver who didn’t win any of them finished second in all three. In the end, fuel mileage bit …

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Underdog House: Charlotte ROVAL Put Small Teams in NASCAR Spotlight

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Think Small Road courses present a unique opportunity for underdog teams. Much in the same way as restrictor plate races, they are an equalizer in terms of minimizing the performance gap between the haves and the have nots. The absence of the cars’ dependance on aero also contributes to the parity. The previous two road …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Charlotte ROVAL Brings Chaos, Excitement

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Coming into this ROVAL experiment at Charlotte Motor Speedway, I was hesitantly in favor of NASCAR adding more road course layouts to tedious ovals. After the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Bank of America ROVAL 400 on Sunday, I’m a believer. (Sorry if the Monkees are now stuck in your head.) It was also the elimination race …

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Up to Speed: Part-Time Pays off for Ryan Preece

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For the past several years, Ryan Preece has been forging a pathway to the national levels of NASCAR.  He demonstrated his talent in the Whelen Modified Tour, winning 12 times in 56 races from 2012-2015.  But when it came time to take on NASCAR’s XFINITY Series, Preece needed a way to increase his visibility on …

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