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The Underdog House: A Texas Curveball

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Think Small Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, with its shift from day to night after an hours-long rain delay, did do one thing well: it showed a clear disparity between the elite teams and those striving to reach that mark one day. The intermediate tracks are plentiful on the Cup schedule …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Carl Edwards Saves Best for Last to Win at Texas

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – While Carl Edwards will garner most of the headlines for the weekend, it was Mother Nature who took most of the attention. The race was delayed by five-and-a-half hours due to track drying efforts that seemed to make progress at a snail’s pace. Once the race began, the sun had …

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Matt DiBenedetto Out After Wreck, Jeffrey Earnhardt to Sub

2016 Kansas I CUP Matt DiBenedetto Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

On Saturday afternoon, Matt DiBenedetto had a hard crash during the XFINITY Series’ O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.  The No. 14 Toyota went hard into the turn 3 wall on lap 134 unassisted.  He dropped his window net shortly after coming to a stop, signaling to safety crews that he was alright. “I’m …

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The Underdog House: Are Small-Time NASCAR Drivers Damaged Goods?

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small It’s an easy mistake to make: falling into the trap of thinking most of the drivers racing for NASCAR’s smaller teams are damaged goods.  Sadly, it’s one that even team owners often fall into.  How often have young, talented drivers taken rides in this group hoping for some exposure only to be overlooked?  …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Jeffrey Earnhardt Explains Why Late Grandfather is His ‘Superhero’

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Jeffrey Earnhardt is full of character – and it isn’t just because his grandfather, Dale Earnhardt, was called The Intimidator. Indeed, deep beneath the largest shadow in the competitive world of NASCAR stands a guy who wants to earn it the hard way. Despite having a name that will turn nearly any head below the …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s House of Cards Falling Down?

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(Photo: Matthew Thacker/NKP)

Think Small The news that’s trickled in through the last week should be making everyone in the sport take pause and think about the health of several of its teams.  The snowball got rolling last week when it was reported that Tommy Baldwin Racing was in the process of selling its charter to Leavine Family …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2016 Hellmann’s 500

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? During most race broadcasts, you don’t hear much about about half the field, and during the Chase? Forget it.  Unless a driver is in the Chase or spoiling the Chase for a driver in the playoffs, you’ll be hard pressed to see hide or hair of them. That was …

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The Underdog House: Smaller NASCAR Teams Could Use Factory Support

2016 Kansas II CUP pack racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Think Small It’s a given that NASCAR’s small teams don’t have the money and equipment that the bigger ones do. But a closer look reveals there is another piece of the puzzle missing many people don’t think about: factory support. While several of the smaller teams do have alliances with larger ones, manufacturer funding is generally reserved …

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Jeffrey Earnhardt Joins BK Racing at Talladega and Homestead

2016 Fontana CUP Jeffrey Earnhardt Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Jeffrey Earnhardt will be sporting a different number this coming weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The grandson of NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt will pilot the No. 83 car for BK Racing with backing from Starter. With the change, the team’s usual driver, Matt DiBenedetto, is set to drive the No. 93 car at the …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR Success Doesn’t Happen Overnight

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(Photo: Mike Neff)

Think Small Smaller NASCAR teams are constantly talking about improvement, and it’s something for which there is always room.  However, improvement goals vary, and that is necessary because teams in the group are all at different stages of development as teams. One team’s goal of top-20 finishes may be totally unrealistic for another. There is …

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