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The Underdog House: Numerous All-Star Aspirations Fade in Open

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Michael McDowell on track at Texas for the All Star Race (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Setting All three NASCAR series headed to the Lone Star State for dates at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. This time, however, things felt different. TMS has typically held the first weekend in April, but this year NASCAR shifted the schedule around. While the track’s fall playoff date remained intact, the usual spring points …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Rick Ware Racing

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It’s no secret that Rick Ware Racing doesn’t contend for wins every week, but 2020 was still a year to be celebrated for the team. Going into its fifth season of NASCAR Cup Series racing, RWR has undergone massive growth since entering the the top level of NASCAR back in 2017. At the beginning of …

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

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Ticks Off the Fanbase at Talladega

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Talladega Superspeedway is an interesting place. You can have wild races, or you can have races like the 2018 1000Bulbs.com 500, where Stewart-Haas Racing turned the race into their own bash that was completely designed to allow Aric Almirola win. Sunday’s race (Oct. 4) was the former, but that created problems for NBC. Outside of …

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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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JJ Yeley Replacing Brennan Poole at Bristol

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JJ Yeley will drive the No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the team announced Thursday, Sept. 17. He replaces rookie Brennan Poole, who had run full time in the car prior to Bristol. According to TobyChristie.com, a team rep said Poole will still run other …

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ARCA Preview: 2020 General Tire 150 at Kentucky Speedway

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For the first time since 2017, the ARCA Menards Series heads to Kentucky Speedway Saturday (July 11) for the General Tire 150. Originally, this event was slated to be at Charlotte Motor Speedway accompanying the NASCAR All-Star Race; however, NASCAR was forced to move the All-Star Race to Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. The …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis

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The Headline(s): Kevin Harvick notched his fourth win of the season and third Brickyard 400 victory on Sunday (July 5) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, continuing to keep pace with Denny Hamlin as the two dominate the 2020 season. Harvick also successfully defended his status as the winner at the Brickyard after taking the checkered flag …

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Ryan Blaney’s Rear Tire Changer Injured During Early Pit Stops in 2020 Big Machine 400 at the Brickyard

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1:30 AM UPDATE ON Ryan Blaney’s Rear Tire Changer: “Zach Price, rear tire changer for the No. 12 Menards/Atlas Ford Mustang, was treated and released from Methodist Hospital. He will travel back to North Carolina with the team for further evaluation.”#NASCAR — Jim Utter (@jim_utter) July 6, 2020 Calamity struck on pit road in the …

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