Race Weekend Central

The Underdog House: NASCAR Opportunity is Bigger in Texas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small Man, what a week our underdogs are in for after a weekend like that, right? Even more than Daytona, Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway proved to be the ultimate opportunity for the underdog teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For when tires started popping, cars started sliding and pit road became …

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The Underdog House: Finding Easter Eggs at 1/6th Mark of 2018

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small At the one-sixth mark of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, perhaps there was no better time for a holiday break. For some, at least. As we exited Daytona Speedweeks, drifted through the West Coast Swing and plowed through white Martinsville, the true stature of the underdogs for 2018 have taken …

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The Underdog House: California Daydreaming

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Think Small The stars came out Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. Rapper and actor Ice Cube made his debut as a NASCAR spectator, and the big crowd and mountainous backdrop were met with arm-warming weather by the thoughtful California sun. Unfortunately, the nice memories for some ended as soon as the National Anthem did, as …

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The 10: Cup Series Power Rankings after Daytona

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was in Daytona this weekend for the 60th running for the Daytona 500. As the sun rose Sunday morning, it ushered in the 2018 season with one of the most anticipated Great American Races in recent memory. The field was filled with a good mix of young drivers challenging …

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The Underdog House: First, You Must Finish the Daytona 500

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Turn 3 was dubbed “Calamity Corner” years back at Daytona International Speedway, and during Sunday’s 60th Daytona 500, it was the place that saw dreams end and hopeful runs begin for many Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series underdogs. The final 10 laps, specifically, gave us a roller coaster of stories pit-balling between the …

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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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4 Burning Questions: Will Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott Square Off Again in Michigan?

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Will Larson & Elliott Square Off Again at Michigan International Speedway? Kevin Harvick has Phoenix International Raceway. Jimmie Johnson has Dover International Speedway. Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott have Michigan. Every driver seems to have his or her track where success comes a little easier than others. And as of late, this weekend is highly expected …

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4 Burning Questions: Will FOX’s Drivers-Only Broadcast Be Success or Disaster?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Will FOX’s Drivers Only Broadcast Be a Success or Disaster? Pocono Raceway has a way of giving us a little something new. After debuting the double-file restart in a points event in 2009, Pocono flipped from a 500- to 400-mile distance in 2012, showing that shorter could be better in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup …

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He Didn’t Blink: Kyle Larson Tames Monster Mile with XFINITY Win

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Though Miles the Monster was a tough one in Saturday’s OneMain Financial 200 (with 10 cautions to boot, the most in 10 years) Kyle Larson did not blink. The Cup regular drove away from Daniel Suarez and Ryan Blaney to earn his eighth career XFINITY Series win and third of 2017. Starting from the pole, Larson went on …

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U.S. Legend Cars Shaping NASCAR’s Next Generation

Unlike many members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which showcases the best of NASCAR’s yesterday, the racers of today receive years of experience before they touch a NASCAR national series. Most of these racers roll in a lavish amount of short track racing series on a local level, but none other seems to nurture …

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