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The Underdog House: Virginia Is For Lovers

2019 Richmond Mencs Darrell Wallace, Jr. Car Nkp

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Top of the Class Bubba Wallace grabbed everyone’s attention with his third-place run at Indianapolis two weeks ago. Apparently he isn’t finished turning heads just yet. This time, Wallace took top underdog honors with his 12th-place showing at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night (Sept. 21). There was a bit more competition, however, as for the …

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David Ragan Adds Sponsorship for 2 Races

David Ragan Darlington Cup 2019 Mike Neff

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Front Row Motorsports announced a new multi-race sponsorship with flooring company Mannington Commercial for David Ragan‘s No. 38 for two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races this season on Wednesday, Sept. 4. These two races will be the Big Machine Vodka 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend and the penultimate Bluegreen Vacations 500K at …

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The Underdog House: Who to Watch As the Season Winds Down

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The racing season may be winding down, but the action is going to get more and more intense as we close in on Homestead-Miami Speedway. Every competitor knows that this is the time to make an impact. Some drivers are chasing a championship while others are auditioning for their next opportunity. So just which underdogs …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Daniel Suarez Battling Teammate for Playoff Position

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a fun weekend of short-track racing at Bristol Motor Speedway that saw Denny Hamlin edge out Matt DiBenedetto for the victory, though Matty D. won the hearts of many. With DiBenedetto announcing he won’t be returning to Leavine Family Racing in 2020, where are potential …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Start the Dominoes

2019 Mencs Bristol Matt Dibenedetto Racing Nkp

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Silly Season has finally officially kicked into gear for 2020 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, as last week it was announced that Front Row Motorsports’ David Ragan would be stepping back from full-time racing at season’s end, leaving the No. 38 open, and that Matt DiBenedetto would be one-and-done in the No. 95. …

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Fire on Fridays: David Ragan’s Retirement Marks End of Era

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It’s fitting that David Ragan announced the end to his full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career at the site of his last Xfinity Series triumph. Way back when, in 2009, Ragan was attempting to prove he deserved to stay with Roush Fenway Racing. Two years prior, he was tapped as Mark Martin’s replacement in …

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David Ragan Moving to Part-Time NASCAR Schedule After 2019

2019 Pocono Xfinity Zach Catanzareti David Ragan

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After the 2019 NASCAR season, David Ragan no longer plans to be a full-time driver in the sport. The driver and team Front Row Motorsports announced Wednesday (Aug. 14) that Ragan is stepping back from running full time after the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. “I’ve prayed and heavily considered this decision, but …

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NASCAR 101: Longest Cup Streaks Without a Pole

2019 Loudon Mencs Brad Keselowski Pole Award Getty Images Nascar Media

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Entering the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Brad Keselowski had 14 poles to his credit — by no means a deplorable number. However, it came with a caveat. In 2018, Keselowski won no poles, and his last one before then came at the second Michigan International Speedway race of the season in 2017. …

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Front Row Motorsports Swaps Matt Tifft, David Ragan Crew Chiefs

2019 Loudon Mencs David Ragan Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Front Row Motorsports will switch out the crews and crew chiefs of the No. 36 of Matt Tifft and the No. 38 of David Ragan starting with this weekend’s Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway, the team announced Tuesday, July 23. Mike Kelley, formerly Tifft’s crew chief, and Seth Barbour, previously on top of the …

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The Underdog House: Rain, Wind and Dirty Air

2019 Chicagoland Mencs Chris Buescher Jtg Daugherty Racing Nkp

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Top of the Class It was an evening that featured a hard-fought, long-awaited victory for Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman. Yet, the underdog of the night was again the Maxwell House/USO adorned No. 37 car of Chris Buescher. After just 11 laps, Mother Nature put the Camping World 400 on hold at Chicagoland Speedway. Lightning, wind …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Seasons Change

Sonoma Kyle Busch

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It’s the end of a chapter in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, and also the end of an era, as the Fox/Fox Sports 1 coverage shifts to NBC and the NBC Sports Network for the latter half of the season (except for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series). It’s also the end of …

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Did You Notice?: In The 2019 NASCAR Playoffs, No Cinderellas Allowed

2018 Cup Michigan Zach Catanzareti Roger Penske

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Did You Notice? … If the season ended today, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series would set a dubious playoff record. Only five owners would be eligible to capture the championship, by far the fewest in the sport’s 16-car postseason era. 2019 PLAYOFF TEAMS (IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY) Joe Gibbs Racing (4): Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, …

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