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The Underdog House: Justin Haley Beats the Texas Heat, Matches Season-Best Finish

2022 Atlanta NASCAR Cup Series Justin Haley smile NKP

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In a NASCAR race that spanned nearly six hours, Justin Haley was able to survive the Texas heat to earn a surprise third-place finish with Kaulig Racing.

Monday Morning Pit Box: NASCAR Officials Missed the Boat On William Byron

WIlliam Byron walks on pit road at Richmond Raceway. (Photo: NKP)

#24: William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro

Behind Tyler Reddick’s win, his first at Texas, came a pivotal call from NASCAR Cup Series race control that affected the races of William Byron and Denny Hamlin

The Big 6: Questions Answered After Tyler Reddick Dodges Texas-Sized Tire Woes to Win in the Lone Star State

Tyler Reddick celebrates a NASCAR win at Texas Motor Speedway, September 2022

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Persevered, Tyler Reddick did, taking the checkered flag in the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 five hours after the NASCAR Cup Series green flag in Texas.

The Underdog House: AJ Allmendinger Proves to Be a Gladiator at Bristol

#16: A.J. Allmendinger, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro chevyliners.com

Tire blowouts, mechanical failures and loose wheels made Bristol one of the biggest 2022 races of attrition. Among NASCAR underdogs, AJ Allmendinger persevered.

Daytona Disaster Proves NASCAR Change is Needed

Cole Custer spins out at Daytona International Speedway in August 2022. (Photo: NKP)

#41: Cole Custer, Stewart Haas Racing, Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang, #38: Todd Gilliland, Front Row Motorsports, First Phase Ford Mustang

The NASCAR Cup Series leaves Daytona with more questions than answers after serious concerns with officiating, safety, and the track’s place on the schedule.

The Underdog House: Inside Career-Best Days For Cody Ware, BJ McLeod & Landon Cassill

Landon Cassill looks out at the racetrack at Richmond Raceway in 2022. (Photo: NKP)

#77: Landon Cassill, Spire Motorsports, Voyager: Crypto for All Chevrolet Camaro

Yes, you read that right. Landon Cassill was the top underdog at Daytona International Speedway, scoring a fourth-place finish to tie his career best.

Fire on Fridays: Here’s Who’s Most Likely to Snag the Last Cup Playoff Berths

#23: Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing, McDonald's Toyota Camry

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Who’ll be a playoff contender when all is said and done? Here’s a ranking from Nos. 15 to 1.

Did You Notice?: The Edge Is Thin at Daytona

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With past winners in contention at Daytona both inside and outside of the playoffs, things will be chaotic in the regular-season finale.

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