Race Weekend Central

Reel Racing: Darlington’s Movie-Themed Throwback Schemes

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series cars racing at Darlington NKP

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Adam Cheek breaks down which Darlington throwback schemes over the years were homages to cars in film.

The Underdog House: Inside Career-Best Days For Cody Ware, BJ McLeod & Landon Cassill

Landon Cassill looks out at the racetrack at Richmond Raceway in 2022. (Photo: NKP)

#77: Landon Cassill, Spire Motorsports, Voyager: Crypto for All Chevrolet Camaro

Yes, you read that right. Landon Cassill was the top underdog at Daytona International Speedway, scoring a fourth-place finish to tie his career best.

New Era Draws David Ragan Back Home to Atlanta

David Ragan, NKP

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For David Ragan, not to mention his family, Atlanta Motor Speedway has and will likely always be a special place.  The veteran driver not only piloted legends and bandolero cars around the Hampton, Ga. Track’s ¼-mile “Thunder Ring,” but Ragan’s father, Ken directs the Legends racing program at AMS.  So when it came to picking …

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The Underdog House: David Ragan, Michael McDowell Pay the Price For Good Daytona Performances

2022 Daytona I Cup Michael McDowell David Ragan wreck Brad Keselowski NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With several underdogs looking to capitalize on a golden opportunity in the 2022 Daytona 500, it was the defending champion who led the way once the checkered flag waved on the 64th Great American Race.

Michael McDowell proved just how special Daytona could be last year, reminding fans anyone in the field has a shot to take home the Harley J. Earl Trophy. The reigning winner started his effort to become only the second back-to-back 500 champion this century from the sixth position. He endured to earn a top-10 finish, winding up seventh for his best result since Circuit of the Americas last May.