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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Who Need a Win to Make the Playoffs & Can Actually Get One

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Monster Energy Nascar All Star Race Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, Nc Usa Friday 19 May 2017 Ryan Blaney, Wood Brothers Racing, Motorcraft/quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford Fusion And Clint Bowyer, Stewart Haas Racing, Haas Automation Ford Fusion World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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There are just seven races left for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers to earn a spot in the season playoffs, and with 11 in on race wins, the competition for the five remaining spots is hot and heavy. A few drivers—Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray—look like they’ll make it in on …

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The Underdog House: How Small Teams Play a Role In Silly Season

2017 Las Vegas Cup Matt Dibenedetto Landon Cassill Racing John Harrelson Nkp

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Think Small Silly Season is heating up, and it could be a big one, with lots of drivers changing teams.  Among the small teams, the biggest name in the rumor mill is Ryan Blaney, who could make the jump to Team Penske next year if the team can secure sponsorship for a third car.  But …

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Friday Faceoff: Where Will Matt Kenseth Land?

2017 Las Vegas Cup Matt Kenseth Ruddell Labounty Nkp

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Matt Kenseth is officially a free agent after the 2017 season.  Can Kenseth, age 45, still land a top-level ride?  Should he accept a mid-tier offer if the power teams don’t come calling? Bryan Gable:  Absolutely.  Just because Kenseth is not in his prime anymore does not mean he has no value to NASCAR’s best …

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The Underdog House: Talented But Opportunity Hard to Come By

Kentucky Underdogs

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Think Small I’ve written before about the small-team drivers and how they’re often overlooked, to their detriment.  They’re virtually ignored on broadcasts unless they’re doing something wrong, and seem to be considered damaged goods in the free-agent market, though their racing efforts are often hampered more by budgets and equipment than any lack of ability. …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: When Were the Good Ol’ Days of NASCAR?

1995 Brickyard 400 Dale Earnhardt Nascar 1a

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“Back in the good ol’ days…” is a phrase heard all the time in NASCAR. Back in the good ol’ days, the racing was great and every finish was exciting. Back in the good ol’ days, the drivers were real racers. Back in the good ol’ days, NASCAR wouldn’t have stood for this. Waxing nostalgic …

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The Frontstretch 5: Things to Watch This Summer

2017 Daytona Ii Cup Sunset Blur Nigelkinrade Nkp

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Nine to go Seventeen races later, there are suddenly just nine chances for drivers to earn a playoff berth. So far 11 drivers have the wins that should guarantee a spot. Note the “should,” because there’s still an outside chance that six other drivers could snatch a win in the next nine weeks and make …

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The Underdog House: Daytona Featured Was The Best & Worst of Times For Small Teams

2017 Daytona Ii Nxs Landon Cassill Pack Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Think Small Daytona and Talladega have a certain appeal because when the cars are equalized by restrictor plates, it brings driver skill into the spotlight, and as this week’s top 10 shows, there’s a lot of skill throughout the field.  It’s a bonus when all the drivers have a chance to show it. It’s a …

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Friday Faceoff: Can An Underfunded Team Be a Contender?

2017 Daytona I Cwts John Hunter Nemechek Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Martin Truex, Jr. has had a hot start to 2017, with a total of 11 stage wins and two race wins, but he’s also had some missed opportunities due to things outside the driver’s control.  Is the No. 78 team ready to win a title this year, or will the little things add up? Dustin …

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The Frontstretch 5: Midseason Observations

Martin Truex Jr.

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Sorry, guys, the stages are pretty ok I know there are some fans who are not behind the race structure, but after nearly half a season of racing, has it really changed the racing all that much?  The answer is yes…and no. Why it works is that the actual race remains more or less unchanged.  …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR About to Get Silly?

2017 Kansas I Cup Michael Mcdowell Car Barry Cantrell Nkp

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Think Small Track surfaces aren’t the inly thing heating up as summertime hits full swing.  NASCAR’s Silly Season is coming, and while so far, it’s been confined to rumblings and rumors, there’s potential for things to blow up.  While most of the speculation concerns the bigger teams in the sport, including who will fill the …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s King of the Road Course in NASCAR?

2016 Pocono Cup Aj Allmendinger Zach Catanzareti

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Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon were two of NASCAR’s greatest on road courses, but 2017 marks the first season in which neither will compete at Sonoma Raceway or Watkins Glen International in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Who — if anyone — assumes the mantle of NASCAR’s best road racer in their absence? Michael …

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