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Regan Smith to Drive Part-Time for Ricky Benton Racing in 2017

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Regan Smith has found a part-time Camping World Truck Series ride for the 2017 season, competing with Ricky Benton Racing in 12 events. The news comes less than one week after Smith stated, “I’m not done racing,” while co-hosting “The Morning Drive” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “I wasn’t done racing — don’t count me out …

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Tommy Baldwin Discusses Decision to Walk Away from NASCAR Ownership

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Tommy Baldwin is a racer, and no matter what, he says, he always will be. During his final race weekend as a team owner in NASCAR’s premier division at Homestead-Miami Speedway earlier this month, he sat in the midst of the Sprint Cup Series garage by his race team’s hauler with driver Regan Smith. The …

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The Underdog House: Putting A Wrap On 2016

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Think Small It’s hard to believe the 2016 season is over—it seems like just yesterday that it began, full of promise and hope.  For some of the teams on this page, it’s been, by all counts, a good season—one of accomplishment and improvement.  For others it’s been a struggle, financial or performance, often both as …

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

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

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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NASCAR Mailbox: Tommy Baldwin Racing Rumors Surface

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The charter system in NASCAR’s premier division is forcing owners to examine the way they operate. With the charters in place, several owners are re-evaluating their programs for 2017. Obviously owners take a long look at their teams at this point every year, but charters have changed the significance. Given only 36 teams can have a …

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The Underdog House: Smaller NASCAR Teams Could Use Factory Support

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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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Entry List: Regan Smith Returns for JR Motorsports in Kansas Lottery 300

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Kansas Speedway this weekend for the first race of the Round of 8 in the Chase for the Championship. As of Tuesday, there are 40 cars entered, meaning all will make the race, barring any entry list updates. Cole Custer will compete in the No. 5 car for JR …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR Success Doesn’t Happen Overnight

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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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The Underdog House: What Small Teams Want You to Know

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Think Small I had a conversation this past weekend with Germain Racing driver Casey Mears, and I asked him the one thing he wished that NASCAR fans understood about his job. Mears offered the following assessment. “The thing I wish more fans knew is just how difficult it is to get one of these cars …

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