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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s House of Cards Falling Down?

2016 Daytona I CUP Regan Smith Michael Annett racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew Thacker/NKP)

Think Small The news that’s trickled in through the last week should be making everyone in the sport take pause and think about the health of several of its teams.  The snowball got rolling last week when it was reported that Tommy Baldwin Racing was in the process of selling its charter to Leavine Family …

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Double Take: Jeffrey Earnhardt Not Only One Carrying on Legacy Sunday

2015 Daytona International Speedway NSCS Bobby Labonte credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

For a few months it looked like one of the most iconic names at Talladega Superspeedway would be absent from this weekend’s festivities. The Earnhardt name has a long and rich history at the facility, one that has won over 20 races in several different series over the past three decades. However, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s concussion …

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The Underdog House: Smaller NASCAR Teams Could Use Factory Support

2016 Kansas II CUP pack racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Think Small It’s a given that NASCAR’s small teams don’t have the money and equipment that the bigger ones do. But a closer look reveals there is another piece of the puzzle missing many people don’t think about: factory support. While several of the smaller teams do have alliances with larger ones, manufacturer funding is generally reserved …

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The Underdog House: Why NASCAR’s Small Teams Matter

2016 Pocono II CUP Chris Buescher Bob Osborne trophy Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

The teams covered in this article each week aren’t likely race winners (though many of them certainly can—and on occasion have—win if circumstances dictate). However, NASCAR is about more than winning.  Consider the amount of preparation that one of the sport’s elite teams has to put into bringing a racecar to the track, race ready, each week—it’s …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams from Daytona to Kentucky

2016 Daytona II CUP Michael McDowell Michael annett racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

What makes a small team? I’m frequently asked how to categorize NASCAR’s teams. I look at a couple of things when I make the list each spring: budget and performance.  Small teams simply don’t have the budgets of the larger ones, even middle-tier organizations.  They may have alliances with bigger teams, but that doesn’t mean everything gets handed …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Chase Elliott Chasing History At Daytona

Checkered Flag XFINITY Daytona 2016 Chase Elliott Joey Logano Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Chase Elliott will start Sunday as the youngest pole winner in Daytona 500 history. Saturday, the 20-year-old proved why he’s ready to graduate to NASCAR’s top level full-time. Elliott drove a masterful race down the stretch in the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevy, taking the lead from Joey Logano on lap 107 and then using teammate …

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4 Burning Questions: With Tony Stewart Out, Who Is Daytona’s Sentimental Favorite?

2016 Daytona I CUP Ryan Blaney Matthew T. Thacker NKP

Zach Catanzareti takes a look at the four most important storylines entering Sunday’s Daytona 500: 1. WHAT TEAM WILL GEL BEST ON SUNDAY? Contrary to some popular beliefs, you must have friends to compete in plate racing. Without them – as seen in Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited – you’ll go nowhere. Approaching 2016, the big …

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Bobby Labonte Reunites with Joe Gibbs Racing for Daytona XFINITY Race

2015 Daytona International Speedway NSCS Bobby Labonte credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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NOS Energy Drink returns to Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2016 season, with Kyle Busch piloting the team’s No. 18 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for multiple races, but another driver will return to the No. 18 that may be even more of a blast for the past. Bobby Labonte will drive the No. 18 …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Underdogs at Talladega, and Who Retires Next?

2014 Richmond II CUP Greg Biffle confused CIA

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Hi all, Clayton here filling in for Greg this week and what a weekend it was at Kansas Speedway! It was nice to see an exciting finish on a mile-and-a-half track again. No matter what side you are on, there is no doubt that the incident between Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth certainly made the …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Bobby Labonte on the Reality of Racing Past 50

2015 Daytona International Speedway NSCS Bobby Labonte credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

15 years ago, Bobby Labonte was on top of the world. He finished fourth in the Pennzoil 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to clinch the Sprint Cup Championship, the crown jewel of his career. At the time, there was no reason to believe that the victories wouldn’t continue to stack up and another championship was certainly in …

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