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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Thrive At Short Tracks

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Cup Series racing at Martinsville is about survival and persistence. The on-track action always ruffles some feathers, best evidenced by the late-race incident between alpha dogs Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott. What was happening between Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney served as the consolation sideshow. PETERS: What Happens Now For Hamlin & Elliott? But at Underdog …

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The Underdog House: Where was the Outrage… For Corey Lajoie?

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Think Small Checking out social media on Monday, there were a lot of posts expressing outrage at Matt Kenseth being parked Sunday at Kansas for having too many crewmen working on his car after damage put him on the five-minute clock.  Kenseth’s disqualification took him out of the playoffs in what may be his last …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After The 2017 Hollywood Casino 400

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Chris Buescher hasn’t had a memorable season. The second-year driver followed up a surprise victory at Pocono Raceway and playoff berth last year with a 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season that has seen just three top-10 finishes and a 25th-place position in points entering this weekend. …

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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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The Underdog House: NASCAR Must ‘Cope’ With Slow Cars On Track

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Think Small After last weekend’s race at Richmond Raceway, where Derrike Cope brought out a late caution while racing several laps down, fans and some media suggested Cope should have been removed from the track by NASCAR long before the incident. That group, which included regular season champion Martin Truex Jr., claimed Cope was so far in …

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The Underdog House: The Invisible NASCAR Season

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Think Small Ah, fall.  Race fans can welcome cooler temperatures, cheer for their favorites in the playoffs…and kiss the chance of seeing the smaller teams mentioned during the broadcast goodbye. With the exception of Ryan Blaney, who made the postseason, all other underdogs will fade into the background of championship talk. That goes for any …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Which Side of the Cone Are You On?

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NASCAR officials want the sport to become more interesting by the day it seems, and rightfully so. The sanctioning body continues to address concerns drivers have on and off the racetrack, and they are listening to the feedback. Racers want to please the fans, so making changes that can enhance competition is probably the ideal option, …

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Chris Buescher Happy with Progression at JTG Daugherty Racing

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Meeting new faces is what has consumed Chris Buescher since making the jump to JTG-Daugherty Racing over the offseason. He better get used to them. Effective this week at Bristol, the former Roush Fenway Racing driver is now part of the JTG family for years to come. Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, it was announced he …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

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The DraftKings daily fantasy NASCAR game heads to the midwest this weekend for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will make its second stop at Bristol Motor Speedway this Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. Cars were on-track on Friday morning for first practice, led by Denny Hamlin. Erik Jones then won the Coors Light …

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