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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Best-Kept Secret

2017 Texas I CUP Cole Whitt Matt DiBenedetto racing Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Think Small It feels like NASCAR’s small teams get a bad rap right from the start from some fans and even media.  Too often, they’re lumped into a “backmarkers” category, often mocked for their poor performance compared to rivals.  To hear some people talk, you’d think they went out every week and ran in the 20’s …

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The Underdog House: No Margin For Error With NASCAR’s Small Teams

2017 Las Vegas CUP Ryan Blaney Timmy Hill racing John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

No Margin For Error Last week, we looked at the importance of improvement for small teams.  For those that realistically just can’t compete with their powerhouse rivals on a weekly basis, it’s a better measure than finishes alone. It’s also an important step for those teams a step ahead of the game, ones in position to one …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Fails With All-In NASCAR Fighting Strategy

Last weekend, NASCAR descended upon Arizona for some toasty racing.  Going into the weekend, the primary story was the fracas in Las Vegas.  Good lord, that story was “beaten” into the ground. Camping World 500k Kyle Busch obviously knew going into Phoenix that a lot of focus would be on his confrontation with Joey Logano.  NASCAR …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ryan Newman Stretches Tires to Douse Winless Drought in Phoenix

Who’s in the headline – Ryan Newman won the 2013 Brickyard 400 before he was released by Stewart-Haas Racing. He has managed several third-place finishes, but only one runner-up since. In typical Newman fashion, he stayed out on a late-race caution with old tires and managed to hold off Kyle Larson to steal the victory. …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Corey Lajoie on the ‘Selfish’ Nature of NASCAR

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(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

He may have been raised by a NASCAR champion, but Corey Lajoie hasn’t had an easy ride in NASCAR. Heck, just two years ago, the 25-year-old didn’t even have a NASCAR license while he found no luck in his sponsorship hunt. But after a head-turning partial XFINITY Series schedule last year with JGL Racing, including …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Intermediate Track Blues

2017 Atlanta CUP Matt DiBenedetto car

Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP

Think Small It can be said that the real NASCAR season starts at Atlanta. The Intermediate track season kicked off last weekend and the results were fairly predictable of the small teams this week.  In general at a 1.5 to 2-mile track, these teams struggle to keep up.  You might see a couple of teams …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Thriving and Surviving in Daytona

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Well, Daytona is in the rearview mirror. Depending on who you ask, that’s either a real bummer or can’t come too soon, depending on how the race went. The thing about plate tracks is that they’re such an opportunity for teams to compete—if they’re lucky and avoid trouble.  They can also become exercises …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2017 Can-Am Duels at Daytona

Denny Hamlin Checkered Flag Daytona Cup 2017 Mike Neff

Who’s in the headline – With all but two positions filled for the Daytona 500, the Can-Am Duels are more about who races their way in rather than who wins. Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin won the Duels, but the story was Corey LaJoie and DJ Kennington racing their way into the Great American Race. …

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NASCAR 101: Your Cheat Sheet to Cup Series’ Team & Driver Changes

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(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Good lord, is it really that time of year again? Despite an offseason that frankly felt like a four-week break, it is indeed true: NASCAR racing is back, and even though you just now figured out who Kaulig Racing is and finally learned how to spell half the new Camping World Truck Series drivers’ names, too bad, …

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Reed Sorenson’s Heart Breaks as Corey LaJoie Wrecks Him for Daytona 500 Spot

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(Photo: Joseph Wolkin)

Reed Sorenson felt he had a solid shot at making the Daytona 500. Following a two-tire stop, his No. 55 Premium Motorsports car surged inside the top 10. He kept it there for the latter stages in the first of two Can-Am Duels at Daytona International Speedway Thursday evening. But with 12 laps remaining in the …

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