With 2011 now in the books, here’s to one last look at the lesser-known trials, tribulations and triumphs of big-league racing’s little guys.
Unfortunately for the underfunded teams, a Phoenix retooling proved unforgiving as the 1-mile oval swallowed them up and spit them out.
Casey Mears has never been synonymous with short-track racing during his NASCAR career, but he looked right at home on the tight confines of Martinsville.
Just as with any plate race, the finishing order was jumbled and the usual suspects didn’t dominate the proceedings at the front of the field at Talladega.
Charlotte Motor Speedway has seen its share of unexpected, if not underdog, winners in recent seasons. This weekend’s 500-miler was not one of those times.
Even as the big guns were busy at work for 400 miles at Kansas, it was a surprisingly solid day for those at the back end of the garage.
Miles the Monster is a Goliath figure, and he got the better of NASCAR’s Davids this Sunday.
At one point Tuesday, the perfect blend of Mother Nature combined with late-race fuel strategy nearly produced NASCAR’s upset winner of the decade.
The Bristol night race served as an equalizer, allowing numerous operations at the back of the Cup field to make some noise and log some laps.
When all was said and done at Michigan, the gap between 35th and 36th grew larger and the locked-in segment of the Sprint Cup field stayed stationary.
This week at Watkins Glen, those that raced for a coveted Top 35 slot in the Sprint Cup Standing suffered through wrecks, ringers and early retirement.