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Chris Buescher Finishes 9th With ‘Great Start’ to 2019

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Chris Buescher was the underdog driver of Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, ripping his No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet to a ninth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In fact, both JTG cars were top-10 savvy, with teammate Ryan Preece running in 11th before crashing on pit road to end his day short. But …

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Chris Buescher, Ryan Preece Building JTG Daugherty Racing

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For years, JTG Daugherty Racing’s moniker has been that it’s an underdog team. Not any more. Chris Buescher returns to JTG for his third year with the organization, coming off a season that saw a slight increase in average finishing position from his first year in the No. 37 ride. The team also added Ryan …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Gradually Ramps Up in Cup, ARCA Confounds at Times

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Last weekend, FOX made their racing debut for 2019.  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams were back on-track for both the Clash and Daytona 500 qualifying, while ARCA began their season with a new series name.  On paper, not really much has changed there.  Having the series called the ARCA Menards Series simply sounds better …

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The Underdog House: Open for Business

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Every Underdog Has His Day With the thunder of NASCAR engines once again disturbing the peace along International Speedway Blvd in Daytona Beach, the 2019 season is officially underway. The underdogs are back in action and each seeking to taste a little success. What success really means is as varied as the independent teams themselves, …

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2018 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Chris Buescher

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2018 was Chris Buescher’s third straight full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and his second with JTG Daugherty Racing. Buescher earned two top-five finishes during the 2018 season, the most since 2016 when he picked up his first and, so far, only career victory at Pocono Raceway. But other than those two …

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The Underdog House: Wrapping Up NASCAR’s Small Teams For 2018

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Think Small If there is a lesson to be learned from the 2018 season and the underdog teams, it’s that the right combination of team and driver is everything. Perhaps the biggest example is one of a small-team driver moving into fully-funded equipment and flourishing, as Aric Almirola has when he moved from Richard Petty …

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The Underdog House: Showing Some Light at Martinsville

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Think Small Similar to the Martinsville Speedway lights, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series underdogs showed a little bit of light in Sunday’s (Oct. 28) First Data 500. With the race ending in one of the most thrilling finishes in recent memory, there was also some good news for the small teams, who managed to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Joey Logano Wins Martinsville Battle, War Undecided

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Who’s in the headline Joey Logano knew he had a chance to go to Homestead and challenge for a championship. It was going to take some old school, short track racing but he wasn’t afraid to do it. In Turns 3 and 4, where the greats of the sport have moved competitors to win since …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR FanDuel Forecast: Bank of America Roval 400

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This weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race is the last in the sport’s three-week first round of the playoffs. Following Sunday’s (Sept. 30) Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL debut, only 12 of the 16 drivers will transfer to the next round. The green flag flies for the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at 2 p.m. …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams See Toughest NASCAR Race of 2018 at Richmond

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Think Small This weekend at Richmond Raceway stood in stark contrast to the previous weekend in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, where 12 cautions flew at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This time, the 0.750-mile track in Saturday night’s (Sep. 23) Federated Auto Parts 400 came out quiet with only one non-stage caution flying on …

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