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Landon Cassill Released by Front Row Motorsports For 2018

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Landon Cassill will no longer drive for Front Row Motorsports next season, joining Danica Patrick, Matt Kenseth and others as free agents for 2018. The 28-year-old joined Front Row in 2016 and currently drives the No. 34 entry for the team. He was told on Monday (Oct. 9) that he would not rejoin the team to drive …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR Must ‘Cope’ With Slow Cars On Track

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Think Small After last weekend’s race at Richmond Raceway, where Derrike Cope brought out a late caution while racing several laps down, fans and some media suggested Cope should have been removed from the track by NASCAR long before the incident. That group, which included regular season champion Martin Truex Jr., claimed Cope was so far in …

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The Underdog House: The Invisible NASCAR Season

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Think Small Ah, fall.  Race fans can welcome cooler temperatures, cheer for their favorites in the playoffs…and kiss the chance of seeing the smaller teams mentioned during the broadcast goodbye. With the exception of Ryan Blaney, who made the postseason, all other underdogs will fade into the background of championship talk. That goes for any …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things That Don’t Sit Right

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1. Dollars to Doughnuts When an NBC producer handed Daniel Suarez a box of doughnuts and asked him to pass them out to fans at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, it was a fun, lighthearted piece with a likeable rookie driver. But a few weeks later, it cost Suarez a sponsor. Subway, which had …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Landon Cassill Has ‘Unfinished Business’ with Front Row Motorsports

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The journey to the top of the mountain in American motorsports isn’t an easy one, and Landon Cassill did it at a young age. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native has only garnered one top five and one top-10 finish in his eight-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, but a lot of that can be attributed to …

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The Underdog House: Curbing Spending Would Be Good For NASCAR

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Think Small Dale Earnhardt Jr. was addressing the media at Watkins Glen last weekend when the subject turned to driver contracts and salaries.  The NASCAR economic climate, as everyone knows has changed drastically in recent years.  When the NASCAR fad was at its height almost 20 years ago, corporate interest and driver income skyrocketed. For a while, that …

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Gray Gaulding, BK Racing Deal Up in Smoke: How Their Futures Impact NASCAR

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

On paper, BK Racing is a small, underfunded Toyota team, and Gray Gaulding is a teenager many NASCAR fans had never heard of before this season. But in their quest for survival, a closer look at their deal turned sour opens a Pandora’s Box of financial questions for modern-day stock car racing. It’s a different type of …

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The Underdog House: Sponsorship Changes on the Horizon?

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Think Small With Target pulling out of motorsports after this year, it leaves just two NASCAR teams on the circuit using a single primary sponsor for all 36 races. Jimmie Johnson‘s No. 48 has backing from Lowe’s (and Kobalt Tools, manufactured and sold by the store) while the No. 11 run by Denny Hamlin has FedEx.  That leaves …

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Landon Cassill Gets New Crew Chief, Front Row Motorsports Makes Changes

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Front Row Motorsports announced management changes Monday morning that shook up their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams. Donnie Wingo, who was the crew chief for Landon Cassill’s No. 34 Ford, has been named Competition Director of the two-car organization effective immediately. Wingo, who’s got 30+ years of experience as a head wrench moves into an oversight …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR About to Get Silly?

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(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Think Small Track surfaces aren’t the inly thing heating up as summertime hits full swing.  NASCAR’s Silly Season is coming, and while so far, it’s been confined to rumblings and rumors, there’s potential for things to blow up.  While most of the speculation concerns the bigger teams in the sport, including who will fill the …

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