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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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The Underdog House: The Great Equalizer

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Think Small Short tracks are popular with race fans because there is almost always some action somewhere in the field.  Cars are close together, tempers flare and drivers are aggressive.  Another reason to enjoy this type of racing is that short tracks (Bristol and Martinsville more so than Richmond) usually level out the playing field …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Best-Kept Secret

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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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Report: Front Row Motorsports Spent Millions To Buy Charter, Left RTA

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Sports Business Daily reported that Front Row Motorsports, the two-car team that currently fields the Fords of Landon Cassill and David Ragan, spent around $2 million for the charter they purchased from BK Racing over winter break. The team has since leased the charter to new Monster Energy Cup Series team TriStar Motorsports for an …

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

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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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Erik Jones Fastest In Saturday Morning Cup Practice

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Rookie Erik Jones set the pace in the first of two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practices on Saturday. The No. 77 Toyota Service Centers Toyota for Furniture Row Racing set a best lap right at the beginning of the session of 38.541 seconds (187.251 mph). Chase Elliott clocking the second fastest lap time of 38.535 seconds. …

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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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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Intermediate Track Blues

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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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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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