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Jeffrey Earnhardt, StarCom Racing Part Ways

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(Photo: NKP / John Harrelson)

Jeffrey Earnhardt and StarCom Racing, the No. 00 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team have parted ways. Earnhardt announced the departure in a Facebook post Sunday night (March 18) after finishing 36th at Auto Club Speedway, some 11 laps off the pace of winner Martin Truex Jr. “They are wonderful people,” Earnhardt said of StarCom. “We’re …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Clubs the Competition at Auto Club

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline For the first time in 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, Martin Truex Jr. won a stage other than the final one. He started on the pole at Auto Club Speedway, won both stages and the race for a clean sweep of the weekend. Truex won by more than 11 …

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The Underdog House: The Other End Of The Neon NASCAR Garage

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(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Think Small As NASCAR moved to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, we were treated to a triple-header of the top three national touring series for the third consecutive week. Vegas has the feel of a town where the underdog can rise. Your last dime could turn into millions with a roll of the …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Finding Relief – Sort of – Approaching Daytona 500

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Think Small While most of the sport’s television time goes directly toward big teams with great speed and large personalities — and rightfully so, to an extent — Sunday’s 60th running of the Daytona 500 will have a heavy populous of tiny organizations. Many of these small NASCAR teams, despite being huge underdogs can actually …

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Jeffrey Earnhardt, StarCom Racing Partner for 2018

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

A few months after losing his ride for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Jeffrey Earnhardt has a spot in the Daytona 500. Earnhardt will pilot StarCom Racing’s No. 00 in the season-opening Daytona 500 and for the full season, the team announced Tuesday (Jan. 30). StarCom Racing, which debuted toward the end …

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Joe Falk Expecting Hulu to Return in 2018

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Jeffrey Earnhardt started the 2017 season with a plain black racecar. His team, Circle Sport with The Motorsports Group, was pleading with companies left and right to sponsor the No. 33 entry in NASCAR’s premier division. But by the 13th race of the year at Dover International Speedway, the seemingly impossible task was signed, sealed, …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Still Fighting Hard

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Think Small With just one race to go in 2017, it’s been a mixed bag of a season for the sport’s smaller teams.  Furniture Row Racing has set the gold standard for them. It’s taken a one-car, outsider organization to the top echelon of NASCAR’s elite teams within five years. That’s a model others can …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Thrive At Short Tracks

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/ NKP)

Cup Series racing at Martinsville is about survival and persistence. The on-track action always ruffles some feathers, best evidenced by the late-race incident between alpha dogs Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott. What was happening between Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney served as the consolation sideshow. PETERS: What Happens Now For Hamlin & Elliott? But at Underdog …

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The Underdog House: Where was the Outrage… For Corey Lajoie?

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(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Think Small Checking out social media on Monday, there were a lot of posts expressing outrage at Matt Kenseth being parked Sunday at Kansas for having too many crewmen working on his car after damage put him on the five-minute clock.  Kenseth’s disqualification took him out of the playoffs in what may be his last …

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The Underdog House: Surviving NASCAR Talladega… Sort Of

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Think Small One thing that struck me when I first started in NASCAR was that if you spent enough time looking, you could see fans at a race who supported every driver in the field.  T-shirts, hats, and bumper stickers were among the ways they proclaimed their loyalty. Fast forward a couple of decades, and …

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