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The Underdog House: John Hunter Nemechek Loses Pit Strategy Gamble in Las Vegas

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Top Dog There hasn’t been much to get excited about for our Cup Series underdogs lately. We’ve primarily talked about the best in the category barely making the top 20 by the end of each race. Las Vegas Motor Speedway and its surrounding environment may have inspired you to bet the farm on a long …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 South Point 400

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The NASCAR Cup Series begins the Round of 12 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 27. Which playoff driver’s gambles will pay off for your NASCAR DraftKings lineup? Let’s find out! Cup drivers return to the 1.5-mile tri-oval for the first time since February, before the pause in competition due to the COVID-19 …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Does Better, Still Best At Bristol

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Top Dog Being the top underdog each week can be a funny thing. Take for example Front Row Motorsports’ NASCAR Cup Series driver Michael McDowell. McDowell earned the proverbial best in class award for the second consecutive race at Bristol Motor Speedway last Saturday, Sept. 19, by finishing 10th. However, in the previous race at …

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Germain Racing Sells NASCAR Charter, Will Close After 2020 Season

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Germain Racing announced Monday (Sept. 21) it has sold its NASCAR Cup Series charter for 2021. The move means the No. 13 team will close at the end of the year after more than a decade at the sport’s top level. The move was first announced through the team’s Twitter page. Statement from Bob Germain …

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Ty Dillon: ‘I Think My Best Racing Has Yet to Come’

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Furniture Row Racing. Leavine Family Racing. Now, Germain Racing with driver Ty Dillon. All are single-car teams that fell to the wayside of NASCAR’s business model, failing to compete long-term against the sport’s multi-car elites. No, Germain Racing hasn’t locked its doors yet. But just under three weeks ago, team owner Bob Germain said all …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 Southern 500

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After quite a shakeup in the NASCAR Cup Series schedule due to COVID-19, we’ve returned to a somewhat normal timeline beginning with the sport’s playoff opener (as normal as normal can be under 2020 circumstances). So let’s get your NASCAR DraftKings lineups set for the Cook Out Southern 500 on Sunday, Sept. 6 at Darlington …

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2-Headed Monster: Does Ty Dillon Deserve Another Cup Opportunity if Germain Racing Shuts Down?

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After the announcement that Leavine Family Racing would close following this NASCAR Cup Series season, rumors began to spring up that Germain Racing will be closing as well. Both driver Ty Dillon and its sponsor GEICO are in contract years. With the dwindling number of viable rides unspoken for or still in play for 2021, …

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Germain Racing: All Options on Table for 2021

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Less than one month ago, Leavine Family Racing announced it had sold its team and charter, ceasing operations at the end of the 2020 season. Germain Racing could be next. On Monday night (Aug. 31), rumors surfaced on Twitter about a potential team shutdown following the conclusion of the 2020 season. Driver Ty Dillon is …

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Fire on Fridays: 10 Possible Daytona Upset Winners With the Most to Gain

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There has never been more on the line for back half of the NASCAR Cup Series field than there will be this Saturday night, Aug. 29, at Daytona International Speedway. With the regular-season cutoff race taking place on a superspeedway for the first time ever, it gives teams with little-to-no shot at the playoffs an …

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The Underdog House: Double the Dover Ups and Dover Downs

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Top Dog Two races in two days at Dover is one of those things I never thought I’d see. Dover races used to be 500-mile-long, grueling affairs that would leave half the field on the verge of passing out from exhaustion. But the largely abbreviated 311-mile versions that we saw this weekend were, to say …

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