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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams from Michigan to Darlington

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Tommy Baldwin Racing Regan Smith, No. 7 APC Chevrolet Looking back: Michigan International Speedway was one of Smith’s better runs on a 1.5-to-2-mile speedway this year, with a 26th-place finish and a lap led on his tally. Smith said afterward that he feels like his team is learning some things that will help them in …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Kyle Larson Comes Away with First Sprint Cup Win at Michigan

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Who’s in the headline – Shouldering the label of best not to do something can be a heavy burden. For 98 Cup races, Kyle Larson took the green flag but was not the first one to see the checkered. After eight top 5s and 17 top 10s as a rookie, it seemed inevitable that Larson …

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Chris Buescher Salvages 35th-Place Run to Stay Chase Eligible After Michigan

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Chris Buescher‘s path to the Chase got a little closer and dramatic after a 35th-place run at Michigan International Raceway. However, as hard as it is to believe, it could’ve been worse. Buescher was riding around during the opening stint of Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 when he began to slow, reporting that his engine sounded …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Colosseum Marathon Edition

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If you were paying attention to the final weekend of the Olympics in Rio, you might have noticed that the men’s marathon took place on Sunday morning. But for NASCAR fans, and especially for those in attendance at Bristol Saturday and Sunday, the NASCAR marathon took place this weekend as well. It wasn’t quite 26.2 …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR’s Title Sponsor Question Marks

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ONE: Bristol Horror Show About an hour before the race finally resumed, nearly a full day after the green flag initially waved on the proceedings, a great friend of mine texted me asking whether or not a divine power hates NASCAR. Now this friend was a former die-hard, never-miss-a-race NASCAR fan of many years. But …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams From Bristol to Michigan

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Tommy Baldwin Racing Regan Smith, No. 7 APC Chevrolet Looking back: Smith had a brush with the wall just past the quarter mark of the race, bringing out the first caution of the day after the restart Sunday following the earlier competition yellow.  Even so, he managed to avoid further trouble while others couldn’t do the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Kevin Harvick Wins 24 Hours of Bristol

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Who’s in the headline – A funny thing happened on the way to crowning one of the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers (or affiliate team) the 2016 Sprint Cup champion: the 2014 winner issued a statement at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick has had some strong cars this season, but the runs were derailed through a …

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Pocono Winner Chris Buescher Enters Top 30 in Points After Bristol Top Five

Chris Buescher‘s Chase hopes took a noticeable swing in the right direction after the surprise winner at Pocono Raceway battled to a fifth-place result at Bristol Motor Speedway. Two days removed from giving Front Row Motorsports its first trip to the final round of Coors Light Pole qualifying in a 12th-place effort, Buescher battled through the field …

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The Underdog House: Why NASCAR’s Small Teams Matter

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The teams covered in this article each week aren’t likely race winners (though many of them certainly can—and on occasion have—win if circumstances dictate). However, NASCAR is about more than winning.  Consider the amount of preparation that one of the sport’s elite teams has to put into bringing a racecar to the track, race ready, each week—it’s …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Last Off Week of the Season Preparing for the 14-Race Run to the Championship

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Who’s in the headline – While there are multiple drivers who have run well this season, the brightest spotlight of the year has been on one organization. At this point in the season, Joe Gibbs Racing has been the class of the field for a majority of the races. Between its four teams, it has 10 wins. …

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