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The Underdog House: The Invisible NASCAR Season

2017 Richmond Ii Cup Corey Lajoie Pack Racing John K Harrelson Harrelson Photography Inc

(Photo: John K. Harrelson/Harrelson Photography Inc.)

Think Small Ah, fall.  Race fans can welcome cooler temperatures, cheer for their favorites in the playoffs…and kiss the chance of seeing the smaller teams mentioned during the broadcast goodbye. With the exception of Ryan Blaney, who made the postseason, all other underdogs will fade into the background of championship talk. That goes for any …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s Got the Best Championship Battle?

NASCAR Xfinity Series action at Pocono Raceway, 2017 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett/NKP)

Subway announced last weekend it’s dropping its backing of Joe Gibbs Racing and Daniel Suarez after Suarez did a television segment holding a box of Dunkin’ Donuts doughnuts.  Does the negative attention the company’s gotten outweigh the reasoning behind the change? Michael Massie: Subway’s deal was with Carl Edwards, but it would have been labeled as …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things That Don’t Sit Right

2017 Michigan Ii Cup Daniel Suarez Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

1. Dollars to Doughnuts When an NBC producer handed Daniel Suarez a box of doughnuts and asked him to pass them out to fans at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, it was a fun, lighthearted piece with a likeable rookie driver. But a few weeks later, it cost Suarez a sponsor. Subway, which had …

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The Underdog House: Debris or Not Debris

Darlington Cup 2017 Reed Sorenson 2 Throwback Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Think Small From the day NASCAR ran its first race, fans have questioned whether certain teams and drivers receive preferential treatment.  Of course, fans differ in their opinion of just who is getting that treatment and who gets unfairly targeted, usually depending on which teams and drivers they like, so take the complaints with a …

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Holding A Pretty Wheel: The Lady In Black Adds to Jimmie Johnson’s Summer Woes

2017 Michigan Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Helmet Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

It’s hard to ignore the grey in the beard or the lines around the eyes these days.  No longer a kid, but several years older and seven times wiser, Jimmie Johnson looks through the eyes of a champion. But these days, the worry lines are a bit deeper, the eyes not laughing like they sometimes …

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Denny Hamlin Wins Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 Pole at Darlington

2017 Fontana Cup Denny Hamlin Barry Cantrell Nkp

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

The No. 18 XFINITY Series car of Joe Gibbs Racing is as fast as ever this weekend with Denny Hamlin behind the wheel.  Hamlin topped both practice sessions on Friday and capped off the trifecta by winning the pole for the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 on Saturday.  Hamlin set a lap speed of 172.209 …

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Clint Bowyer Searching for Win, Redemption as Playoff Deadline Looms

2017 Kansas I Cup Clint Bowyer Barry Cantrell Nkp

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

With just two weeks left to take a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs, Clint Bowyer sites tenth in driver points, a welcome rebound for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver after struggling through 2016 with an underfunded team. Most years, tenth would be plenty to get a driver in the playoffs. The trouble for Bowyer is, this year …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday & the Need for Relatable Sponsors

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Brickyard 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, In Usa Saturday 22 July 2017 Jeffrey Earnhardt, Circle Sport / Tmg, Hulu Chevrolet Ss World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Once a year, NASCAR fans can go to the track and step back in time. When NASCAR returned the Labor Day weekend race to Darlington Raceway, the track and teams embraced the move by honoring the sport’s oldest speedway with a throwback theme. Teams adorned their cars with the colors of the past, even bringing …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Will Be On the Outside Looking In?

2017 Fontana Cup Matt Kenseth Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

As 2017 winds down, a few surprising names are out of a ride in NASCAR.  With only a few seats still up in the air, which driver is most likely to be out in the cold without a ride next year? Michael Massie:  In NASCAR, drivers rarely have the option to go out on their …

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The Underdog House: Jeremy Clements Wrote The Feel-Good Story NASCAR Needed

2017 Road America Nxs Jeremy Clements Burnout Russell Labounty Nkp

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Think Small: Jeremy Clements When the XFINITY Series headed to Road America last weekend, it presented a chance for a lot of series regulars. There was an opportunity to stand out, even potentially secure a playoff spot. It was a chance to shine up front without Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars in the field. Still, even without …

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Friday Faceoff: Are Today’s NASCAR Drivers Relatable?

2017 Bristol Ii Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Nigel Kinrad Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

NASCAR is reportedly considering a cone rule, which would allow drivers to choose a restart lane as they exit the pits under caution.  It’s a rule used at short tracks with success, but is it a viable way for NASCAR to spice up restarts and stop teams from hitting the brakes on pit road to …

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