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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Germain Racing

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2020 was Germain Racing’s 10th full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series – and ultimately its swan song. With long-time sponsor GEICO not returning for 2021 and presumably exiting the sport after being a fixture for over a decade, Bob Germain announced in September that the team would be shutting down and not returning for …

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The Underdog House: Ty Dillon Survives Spooky Weekend at Martinsville

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Top Dog Ty Dillon was the highest-finishing NASCAR Cup Series underdog in Sunday’s (Nov. 1) Xfinity 500. Adorned with a “GEICOween” paint scheme, Dillon drove the No. 13 Chevrolet to 16th after starting 25th. Dillon had an up and down day in Germain Racing’s final trip to Martinsville Speedway. An ill-handling car prevented him from …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Splashes About in Charlotte

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Charlotte was … drier than expected. I was convinced that it was going to rain all day Saturday and all day Sunday. We ended up with two races in the rain Saturday and the Cup race starting on a drying track. It made for some interesting television, to say the least. Bank of America ROVAL …

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The Underdog House: Bubba Wallace Leads on the Long, Lonely Road Home

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Top Dog Road courses at the top level of NASCAR are something of an equalizer. A good driver can elevate the performance of an entire team even without the benefit of top notch equipment or research data. So it’s a logical assumption that at least one or two underdogs will likely run competitively and finish …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2020 Bank of America ROVAL 400

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? It’s back-to-back wins at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL for Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott. He led three times for a total of 27 laps and has become the NASCAR Cup Series’ top road racer in the last couple of years. It wasn’t all a walk …

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Friday Faceoff: Where Will Ty Dillon Drive in 2021?

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Is it better for the sport if the playoff drivers win the playoff races? Luken Glover: Yes and no. I look at someone like Jimmie Johnson, who would set the racing world on fire if he were to win one of the last NASCAR Cup Series five races. However, playoff drivers winning playoff races have …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Chaos in Talladega, Brennan Poole Breaks Down Best Career Finish

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Subscribe: iTunes In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the chaos at Talladega Superspeedway from this past weekend, which saw Denny Hamlin win his seventh race of the season, though passing below the yellow line to do so. The duo breakdown the yellow-line rule, after NASCAR penalized drivers four times in the Cup …

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The Underdog House: Ty Dillon Best in Class as Underdogs Run Wild at Talladega

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Top Dog As usual, a NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway resulted in a “Big One.” No, not just a big crash, though there were plenty of those. I’m referring to a big group of underdog teams scattered throughout the top half of the finishing order. Leading the line both literally and figuratively was …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: 1 Final Hoorah for Germain Racing

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Since its existence, Talladega Superspeedway has brought out the best in underdogs. This weekend was no different across NASCAR’s top three national touring series. Along with some sporty runs for lesser-funded teams, there was chaos throughout, specifically the NASCAR Cup Series race which had a track record 13 caution flags. Yikes! The wrecks and unique …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 YellaWood 500

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After gambling for a weekend in Sin City, the NASCAR Cup Series takes to the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway for its second race in the Round of 12. Get your NASCAR DraftKings lineups set for Sunday’s (Oct. 4) YellaWood 500! The wide, 2.66-mile track hosts a playoff race that’s a total wild card. Pack …

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