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The Underdog House: Sweet Music for Daniel Suarez, NASCAR Underdogs in Nashville

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The Setting The excitement, energy and enthusiasm of the NASCAR Cup Series heading to Nashville Superspeedway was felt all week across NASCAR Nation. For the first time in 37 years, the Cup tour was stopping in Music City to race the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway on Father’s Day. (I’d like to wish all the Dads out …

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Denny Hamlin: NASCAR Cup Series Charter Market in a ‘Bubble’

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If you ask Brad Keselowski, Matt Kaulig executed a “boss move” on Friday (June 18). Kaulig, the owner of the NASCAR Xfinity Series team Kaulig Racing, announced he had purchased two charters from Spire Motorsports with the intent of fielding two full-time NASCAR Cup Series entries in 2022. Linked to reports that he’s been offered …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 Ally 400 at Nashville

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For the first time in NASCAR Cup Series history, teams will take on Nashville Superspeedway. Let’s get your NASCAR DraftKings lineups ready for Sunday’s (June 20) race! Nashville is a 1.33-mile, D-shaped oval made of concrete and hasn’t been raced on in any NASCAR national series since 2011. NASCAR put down a resin on the …

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Did You Notice?: 17 Potential NASCAR Cup Series Winners? We Might Not Get 12

Kevin Harvick on pit road at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 2021). (Photo: NKP)

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Did You Notice? … 17 winners in a NASCAR regular season isn’t going to happen in 2021? After 10 NASCAR Cup Series winners in the first 11 races, we’ve had just one in the last five as Kyle Larson and Hendrick Motorsports have started pulling away from the pack. This conversation comes up yearly due to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas

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What happened? Kyle Larson won the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas on Sunday (June 13) after a bold pass for the lead in the final round. Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five finishers. YUNG MONEY LARSON.@KyleLarsonRacin wins for the third week in a row, winning the #AllStarRace for …

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The Underdog House: Numerous All-Star Aspirations Fade in Open

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Michael McDowell on track at Texas for the All Star Race (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Setting All three NASCAR series headed to the Lone Star State for dates at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. This time, however, things felt different. TMS has typically held the first weekend in April, but this year NASCAR shifted the schedule around. While the track’s fall playoff date remained intact, the usual spring points …

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NASCAR and #BlackLivesMatter, 1 Year Later: Part 5

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Fans hold a sign in support of Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Cash App Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on August 02, 2020 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Was it worth it? A year later, was NASCAR’s condemnation and banishment of the Confederate flag on June 10, 2020, worth the short-term controversies, confusion and the Defund NASCAR banner seen flying over Talladega Superspeedway? Was it worth alienating hard core fans in an effort to invite an audience of minorities that previously wouldn’t have …

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NASCAR and #BlackLivesMatter, 1 Year Later: Part 4

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Vivian and RIta pose in front of the 23XI Racing merchandise hauler at Phoenix Raceway.

What comes to mind when you see the Confederate flag? Is it the Civil War that tore the United States of America in two for five years? Is it Southern pride? Do you see the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard? Or are you reminded of the NASCAR races Darlington Raceway held under the “Rebel” …

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The Underdog House: Erik Jones Snags Scrappy Sonoma Finish

Erik Jones runs at Circuit of the Americas (May 2021). (Photo: NKP)

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Top Dog: Erik Jones Throughout Sunday’s (June 6) Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, several Cinderella stories managed to sneak their way inside the top 10. Between wildly different pit strategies throughout the event and a flurry of late-race incidents, the problem was staying power. When the smoke from some late wrecks cleared, there was one …

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The Underdog House: Daniel Suarez Bounces Back From Coca-Cola 600 Adversity

Daniel Suarez races around the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway (March 2021) (Photo: NKP)

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Top Dog: Daniel Suarez Before we jump into the house and talk about Suarez, I would like to thank all of our veterans and those currently serving in the U.S. military. To the families of those who have sacrificed their lives for our country, we owe a large debt of gratitude to your loved ones …

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Did You Notice?: 2021 NASCAR Midseason Awards

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It’s hard to believe, but we’re already over halfway through NASCAR’s 26-race regular season in the Cup Series. 2021 has given us a little bit of everything: Cinderella stories (Michael McDowell’s Daytona 500 win), parity at the top (11 winners in 14 races) and a whole lot of Mother Nature raining on NASCAR’s parade (see: …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2021 Echopark Texas Grand Prix at COTA

Chase Elliott races in the rain at Circuit of the Americas (COTA). May 2021 Cup (Photo: NKP)

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What happened? Chase Elliott won the Echopark Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas on Sunday (May 23) after heavy rain and poor track conditions halted the COTA race early with 14 laps remaining.   Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ross Chastain and AJ Allmendinger rounded out the top-five finishers. Let the celebration begin! @chaseelliott and …

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