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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Daytona 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Before a multi-car pileup with a lap remaining, there were a couple of cars in the top 10, sometimes the top five, that fans don’t see there very often.  Matt DiBenedetto, driving for tiny Go FAS Racing, and Brendan Gaughan, driving for part-time owner Mark Beard, were looking …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Finding Relief – Sort of – Approaching Daytona 500

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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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Richard Childress Racing Names Drivers of Third XFINITY Series Car

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Back at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Richard Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing confirmed to Frontstretch that its XFINITY Series program would be scaling back from five to three full-time teams. On Wednesday, five drivers were announced to the driver lineup of the famed No. 3 machine. Childress’ grandsons Austin and Ty Dillon will make up the bulk of …

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The Frontstretch 5: Ways to Say Goodbye

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1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. More than 15 years after being thrust into NASCAR’s brightest spotlight after the untimely death of his father, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has grown up and come into his own. He connected with fans in a way that’s become increasingly rare in sports: as a genuine, relatable person.  His Southern drawl and …

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Brendan Gaughan Done Racing NASCAR Full-Time

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Leading up to the green flag of Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, there was much speculation regarding Brendan Gaughan‘s NASCAR future. Following a 13th-place effort, the 21-year veteran confirmed he was finished as a full-time driver in this sport. “It’s never my last race, but it will probably be my last full-time race,” …

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Richard Childress Racing Scaling Back to Three XFINITY Series Teams in 2018

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Entering the 2017 season, Richard Childress Racing chose to run five full-time XFINITY Series teams. It was an ambitious move for the organization while plotting their future in the sport’s lower divisions. Come 2018, that experiment is getting rolled back. At Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, team owner Richard Childress told Frontstretch the organization is cutting 40 percent …

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XFINITY Breakdown: William Byron Claims 4th Win of 2017 at Phoenix

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JR Motorsports rookie William Byron won the XFINITY Series’ Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday afternoon thanks to taking two tires on a late restart. Normally, that would have locked Byron into the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. However, Byron clinched his spot earlier in the race by earning points in the …

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William Byron Steals the Show in Phoenix; Championship 4 Decided

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With 25 laps to go, it looked like William Byron wasn’t going to make it on fuel.  Shortly afterwards, Brendan Gaughan smacked the wall exiting turn 4 to bring out the yellow, which set up the final round of pit stops. Despite working with a somewhat makeshift pit crew, a two tire stop gave Byron …

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Friday Faceoff: Is NASCAR Revenge a Thing of the Past?

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With Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick locked into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Round of 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on wins and Martin Truex Jr. on points, just one spot is up for grabs at Phoenix International Raceway.  Brad Keselowski has a substantial 19-point cushion, but will he make the cut, or will Denny …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR On NBC Turns To ‘What-If?’ Coverage

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Welcome back, everyone.  We’re in the homestretch now.  Just a couple more races yet to go.  This past weekend, NASCAR took over Texas Motor Speedway.  The track itself was the story as passing was quite difficult. Before we get started, there are a couple of things that must be touched upon.  First of all, NASCAR …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Richard Childress Racing Yet to Win in 2017

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With three races remaining in the 2017 XFINITY Series season, Richard Childress Racing is still looking for its first victory. This situation is unique for an organization that is used to picking up at least one checkered flag during the course of the season. Childress started a full-time XFINITY Series organization in 2000, with Mike …

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The Underdog House: Surviving NASCAR Talladega… Sort Of

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Think Small One thing that struck me when I first started in NASCAR was that if you spent enough time looking, you could see fans at a race who supported every driver in the field.  T-shirts, hats, and bumper stickers were among the ways they proclaimed their loyalty. Fast forward a couple of decades, and …

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