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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Vicious Cycle

2017 Dover I CUP AJ Allmendinger pack racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Think Small It’s hard for small teams to get noticed.  This is something that’s been discussed over and over  and continues to create a vicious cycle for these teams: Lack of money leads to lack of performance, and lack of performance makes sponsors shy away, leading to a lack of money…you see the problem here? …

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Kyle Larson Quickest in 1st Cup Practice at Michigan

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The drivers of NASCAR’s top division were out and about at Michigan International Speedway, flying around the 2-mile track at upwards of 215 mph late Friday morning. Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson set the pace during the first practice session prior to the FireKeepers Casino 400, clocking in a time of 35.857 seconds, equating …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Impress at Talladega

2017 Talladega I CUP Cole Whitt car John K Harrrelson NKP

(Photo: John K. Harrelson/NKP)

Think Small This past weekend’s action at Talladega illustrated again what can happen when the racing is more in the hands of the drivers. There were several different names at the top eager to display their talent.  Aric Almirola nearly pulled off the weekend double, and David Ragan overcame crash damage to finish in the …

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The Underdog House: Changes in the NASCAR Ranks

2017 Richmond I CUP Michael McDowell pack racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Think Small The 2017 season is at the quarter mark after nine races, and some trends are taking shape.  Wood Brothers Racing has established itself at the top of the class, which was to be expected after the team increased its alliance with Team Penske this year. Even within the group, the haves and have …

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The Underdog House: The Great Equalizer

2017 Bristol I CUP Jeffrey Earnhardt car Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Think Small Short tracks are popular with race fans because there is almost always some action somewhere in the field.  Cars are close together, tempers flare and drivers are aggressive.  Another reason to enjoy this type of racing is that short tracks (Bristol and Martinsville more so than Richmond) usually level out the playing field …

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Did You Notice?: Jimmie Johnson’s Other Big Milestone

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Did You Notice? … The other milestones Jimmie Johnson could be chasing soon? Sure, the eighth championship stands out above all others. But Johnson’s 81st victory a little over a week ago came as a reminder he’s entering exclusive territory. That Texas triumph marked the 16th straight year Johnson has earned at least one Cup Series …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Best-Kept Secret

2017 Texas I CUP Cole Whitt Matt DiBenedetto racing Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Think Small It feels like NASCAR’s small teams get a bad rap right from the start from some fans and even media.  Too often, they’re lumped into a “backmarkers” category, often mocked for their poor performance compared to rivals.  To hear some people talk, you’d think they went out every week and ran in the 20’s …

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Report: Front Row Motorsports Spent Millions To Buy Charter, Left RTA

2015 Bristol II CUP Brett Moffitt car credit Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

Sports Business Daily reported that Front Row Motorsports, the two-car team that currently fields the Fords of Landon Cassill and David Ragan, spent around $2 million for the charter they purchased from BK Racing over winter break. The team has since leased the charter to new Monster Energy Cup Series team TriStar Motorsports for an …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Intermediate Track Blues

2017 Atlanta CUP Matt DiBenedetto car

Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP

Think Small It can be said that the real NASCAR season starts at Atlanta. The Intermediate track season kicked off last weekend and the results were fairly predictable of the small teams this week.  In general at a 1.5 to 2-mile track, these teams struggle to keep up.  You might see a couple of teams …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Thriving and Surviving in Daytona

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Well, Daytona is in the rearview mirror. Depending on who you ask, that’s either a real bummer or can’t come too soon, depending on how the race went. The thing about plate tracks is that they’re such an opportunity for teams to compete—if they’re lucky and avoid trouble.  They can also become exercises …

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