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David Ragan Comes Up Short in Quest of Second Victory at Daytona

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David Ragan is known for his restrictor plate abilities. In 2011, he picked up his first-career victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway. Two years later, he was victorious at Talladega Superspeedway. On Saturday night, Ragan was in position to come home with yet another victory, clinching a playoff position …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: Coke Zero 400 Preview

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The daily fantasy NASCAR train is heading down south to Daytona this week. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. ET. Cars hit the track today at 3:00 p.m. for first practice while Coors Light Pole Qualifying takes place Friday …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR About to Get Silly?

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Think Small Track surfaces aren’t the inly thing heating up as summertime hits full swing.  NASCAR’s Silly Season is coming, and while so far, it’s been confined to rumblings and rumors, there’s potential for things to blow up.  While most of the speculation concerns the bigger teams in the sport, including who will fill the …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Vicious Cycle

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Think Small It’s hard for small teams to get noticed.  This is something that’s been discussed over and over  and continues to create a vicious cycle for these teams: Lack of money leads to lack of performance, and lack of performance makes sponsors shy away, leading to a lack of money…you see the problem here? …

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The Frontstretch 5: First-Time Winners In One Season

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Trevor Bayne, Daytona 500, Wood Brothers Racing Blaney is the second driver in the last six years to get his first win driving one of the most iconic cars in the history of the sport. The other was Trevor Bayne, who had just turned 20 years old when he capitalized on a late-race mistake by …

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Entry List: 2017 Go Bowling 400

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On Tuesday morning, NASCAR released the entry list for Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway.  40 cars are entered this week, so no one will go home. There are a couple of changes to note.  Reed Sorenson moves back into the No. 15 for Premium Motorsports, replacing Joey Gase.  Gase finished a season-best …

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5 Points to Ponder: Worth the Wait

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ONE: Great Attendance That was quite the turnout at Talladega Superspeedway, wasn’t it? And for this reporter at least that was manna to the soul. Okay, it’s fair to say a good proportion of folks were in attendance for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s penultimate race on the treacherous high banks. But even with that boost it …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Impress at Talladega

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Think Small This past weekend’s action at Talladega illustrated again what can happen when the racing is more in the hands of the drivers. There were several different names at the top eager to display their talent.  Aric Almirola nearly pulled off the weekend double, and David Ragan overcame crash damage to finish in the …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: GEICO 500

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series had a few surprises Saturday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway in preparation for Sunday’s GEICO 500. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award, beating out Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt will start on the outside front row for the first time in his career racing the track. The DraftKings strategy for …

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The Underdog House: Changes in the NASCAR Ranks

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Think Small The 2017 season is at the quarter mark after nine races, and some trends are taking shape.  Wood Brothers Racing has established itself at the top of the class, which was to be expected after the team increased its alliance with Team Penske this year. Even within the group, the haves and have …

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