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Matt Tifft Sees Front Row Motorsports Becoming a Threat

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The favorites for the 2019 Rookie of the Year award are Ryan Preece and Daniel Hemric, but in that battle lies an underdog — Matt Tifft, driver of Front Row Motorsports’ No. 36 Ford Mustang. Tifft, a 22-year-old from Hinckley, Ohio, advances to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after finishing in the top 10 …

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Matt DiBenedetto, NASCAR’s Old School Underdog

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Matt DiBenedetto could have a breakout year in 2019. The fifth-year driver joins Leavine Family Racing after doing a lot with a little at Go Fas Racing. LFR switched to Toyota over the off-season and formed an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. DiBenedetto’s crew chief this season was Denny Hamlin‘s former crew chief Mike “Wheels” …

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Kurt Busch Shows His Muscle, Gets 1st Top 5 With Ganassi

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When Kurt Busch announced he was leaving Stewart-Haas Racing for Chip Ganassi Racing, it was seen by many as a step back. There was no denying Busch’s talent, but SHR was the most dominant team of 2018, winning 12 of the 36 races. CGR, meanwhile, went winless last year. But Busch proved in Sunday’s (Feb. …

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Ross Chastain, Timothy Peters Continue Niece Motorsports’ Strong Start

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Atlanta Motor Speedway, February 2019. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Last week, Niece Motorsports had its best day in its four-year history when Ross Chastain finished third and Timothy Peters was seventh at Daytona International Speedway. The underdog team followed it up on Saturday evening (Feb. 23) when Chastain and Peters each earned top 10s at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Going into this season, Al Niece’s …

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Jeffrey Earnhardt Fails To Win At Atlanta, Scores 1st Top 10

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Jeffrey Earnhardt had the chance to do what his grandfather Dale Earnhardt did nine times, win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The fourth-generation racer lined up on the outside of leader Christopher Bell on the final restart of the Rinnai 250 with an opportunity to steal a win away from his dominant Joe Gibbs Racing teammate. …

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Clint Bowyer Fastest In Final Practice At Atlanta, Kyle Busch Crashes

Clint Bowyer sits in the garage area at Kentucky Speedway in 2018. (Photo: NKP)

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Clint Bowyer paced the field in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23). It is the fourth of five on-track sessions that Bowyer has topped this weekend.  The only exception has been the final round of qualifying on Friday. Bowyer posted a speed of 179.104 miles …

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New Sponsor, New Package & Upgraded Equipment Have Landon Cassill Optimistic

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Landon Cassill returns to StarCom Racing’s No. 00 this year after driving for the organization in 29 of 36 races in 2018. The driver and team look to have an even better 2019 after forming a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing and switching to ECR Engines. Also, the team has a new sponsor — …

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Casey Mears Crashes Out In Only Planned Start, Angry At Parker Kligerman

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Casey Mears was one of the feel-good stories coming into the Daytona 500. The 14-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran qualified a non-chartered Germain Racing/Premium Motorsports entry into the race after not making a Cup start since 2016. His most recent national touring series race was in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2017. But …

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Ford Follies: Michael McDowell Miffed With Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer Despite Top-5 Finish

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Michael McDowell ran one of the best races of his career in the Daytona 500 on Sunday (Feb. 17). The 11-year veteran finished fifth in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway for just his second-career top five-finish. And yet, McDowell wanted more. “For a small team, it’s awesome. There’s no doubt about it,” McDowell …

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Ross Chastain Feels ‘Blessed’ Despite Daytona Charge Falling Short

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Daytona International Speedway, February 2019. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Despite the highs and lows of Ross Chastain‘s last six months, the fan-favorite underdog continues to impress. Chastain only finished 13th in the NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 16), but the result was not indicative to the day he had. Kaulig Racing entered Chastain in the company’s second …

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Angela Ruch Has Career Night, Is 2nd Woman to Earn Top 10 in Daytona Truck Race

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Daytona International Speedway, February 2019. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

When the entry list came out for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway, seeing Angela Ruch on the entry list in NEMCO Motorsports’ No. 8 Chevrolet was a shock. After all, the niece of Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope had not competed in a Gander Outdoors Truck Series race since she finished …

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Christian Eckes Wins Truck Pole At Daytona

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Christian Eckes is officially a pole winner in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The 18-year-old topped the charts on Friday evening (Feb. 15) with a speed of 182.604 miles per hour in just his fifth Truck Series attempt. He’ll start from the pole for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 running the No. 51 Toyota …

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