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JTG Daugherty Racing Earns Solid Martinsville Finishes

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

JTG Daugherty Racing teammates AJ Allmendinger and Chris Buescher came into Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a combined one top-15 finish between in 2017. Afterwards, each had earned another of their own. Allmendinger was in contention on and off through the race but was moved up the running order late in the going …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR’s Old Dogs Not Learning New Tricks

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Did You Notice? … The sport’s oldest drivers are the ones having the hardest transition into NASCAR’s new point system? Matt Kenseth (45), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (42), and Jimmie Johnson (41) are the three oldest competing full-time. (Sorry, Derrike Cope. 1990 was a loooong time ago.) The trio, despite being competitive at times has come up …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Second Chance Edition

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We saw a lot of Kyle Larson and Martin Truex, Jr. up front during Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at California’s Auto Club Speedway. But what we had not seen this year, and only once before, was Larson finishing up front. Larson’s second career victory put to rest a series of oh-so-close second-place finishes to …

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The Underdog House: No Margin For Error With NASCAR’s Small Teams

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No Margin For Error Last week, we looked at the importance of improvement for small teams.  For those that realistically just can’t compete with their powerhouse rivals on a weekly basis, it’s a better measure than finishes alone. It’s also an important step for those teams a step ahead of the game, ones in position to one …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Focus Be on Pit Road or the Racetrack in Vegas?

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Will Focus Be on Pit Road or the Racetrack in Las Vegas? AJ Allmendinger officially scored negative 24 points last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway. None of us enjoy seeing penalties on the forefront of weekly discussion, but it is there again. From the Camping World Truck Series to XFINITY to Cup, Atlanta kept us …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: How Did Harvick NOT Win Edition

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As is sometimes the case in NASCAR, and really, in any form of auto racing, the driver with the best car doesn’t necessarily win. That was certainly the case in Sunday’s race at Atlanta, where Kevin Harvick had the field covered plus some, only to have a late race mistake cost him a victory. Those …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Overcomes Loose Lug Nuts, Takes Advantage of Others Speeding to Win Atlanta

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Who’s in the headline – For most of the race Sunday, it looked like Kevin Harvick would be the the whole story of the QuikTrip Folds of Honor 500. Unfortunately for him, a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 311 put an end to the storybook day for the 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: NASCAR Wreck It Ralph (and Almost Everybody Else) Edition

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

The season-opening Daytona 500 gave NASCAR fans a little bit everything. There was that last-lap pass for the lead, which is beginning to become a trademark for the Great American Race. There were plenty of battles for the lead and for positions throughout and a lot less riding around waiting for the end of the …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Thriving and Surviving in Daytona

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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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AJ Allmendinger Starts 2017 Season with Podium Finish at Daytona

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AJ Allmendinger was all smiles and jokes after the 59th running of the Daytona 500. The charismatic racer couldn’t contain himself on pit road following a third-place finish in NASCAR’s version of the Super Bowl. “It was just a solid day,” Allmendinger said. “Resilient. We didn’t have a great car. We tried to figure out …

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