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The Underdog House: Darrell Wallace Jr. Leads the Way on NASCAR’s Longest Night

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The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tackled the longest race of the season, the Coca Cola 600, at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night.  This was the only race of the season that consists of 4 Stages, 100 laps each, fora total of 400 laps. This race usually provides some of …

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Barber Motorsports Park: Could NASCAR Be Overlooking Gold?

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Just inside the city limits of Birmingham, Ala., sits Barber Motorsports Park. The 17-turn permanent road course was opened in 2003 and designed by Alan Wilson. A compact design with a number of elevation changes highlights the track itself, but when you look at the environment around the track, only one word can be used: …

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Did You Notice?: A Second Look At NASCAR Silly Season 10 Races In

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … Sometimes, NASCAR Silly Season moves turn into mistakes? 10 races in, let’s take a look at some of the biggest driver decisions entering 2018 and see how they’re turning out. For now, we’ll give Darrell Wallace Jr. and William Byron a break; rookies typically need a little more seat time before …

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The Underdog House: On The Ragged Edge at Bristol

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small The middle leg of the unofficial short track swing wrapped up a day late at Bristol Motor Speedway this week. And with another curveball of weather hitting the NASCAR garage, the underdogs had a lot to overcome, above and beyond what we’d generally expect on a short track. Starting Sunday afternoon, the Food …

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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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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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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Kevin Harvick… and Everyone Else

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Kevin Harvick was in his own zip code during Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leading 214 laps and winning both stages en route to his 39th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his 16th for Stewart-Haas Racing. The win, his second in two weeks, also ushered him …

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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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David Ragan, Front Row Witnessing Positives & Negatives of Sponsorship Search

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David Ragan is back with Front Row Motorsports for 2018, starting what will be his second season with the Ford organization in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Picking up a few returning sponsors like 1000 bulbs and Shriner’s Children’s Hospital for his No. 38 ride, the Georgian is in fairly solid shape for the …

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Love’s Travel Stops, K-LOVE to Sponsor Michael McDowell in 2018

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Veteran Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Michael McDowell will pilot the No. 34 Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports in 2018, and recently, the sponsorship picture for the team has gotten clearer. Longtime FRM partner Love’s Travel Stops will sponsor 18 races, including the Daytona 500, both events at Texas Motor Speedway, the Bristol …

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