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Beyond the Cockpit: David Ragan Has Seen Value in Elevating Partnership with Ford Performance

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Being around NASCAR for more than a decade, David Ragan has seen the highs and lows of the sport. However, 2018 is a swing in the right direction for his No. 38 team. Through the opening 28 races of the season, Ragan has a best finish of sixth at Talladega Superspeedway, his lone top-10 finish …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams See Toughest NASCAR Race of 2018 at Richmond

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Think Small This weekend at Richmond Raceway stood in stark contrast to the previous weekend in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, where 12 cautions flew at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This time, the 0.750-mile track in Saturday night’s (Sep. 23) Federated Auto Parts 400 came out quiet with only one non-stage caution flying on …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Just Like Old Times, Kurt Busch Wins Bristol

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Who’s in the headline Kurt Busch owned Bristol at one point in time. He won five races there from 2002 through 2006, including three straight in 2003 and 2004. Since his fifth win in 2006, he didn’t have a single runner-up finish. Busch ran in the top 10 the majority of the night and made …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Geometry is Difficult

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck series raced at Pocono Raceway this weekend and Kyle Busch added two more trophies to his collection. Busch tied Ron Hornaday for most career CWTS wins with 51 and tied Kevin Harvick for the most MENCS wins this season at six apiece. The MENCS event, Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 …

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The Underdog House: Strong Pocono Performances All Weekend

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Think Small The two-day weekend got interesting fast for anyone who fielded a car for Sunday’s (July 29) Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway. Once qualifying ended for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series the starting grid nearly flipped by thirds. Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch were bumped from the front row after failing post-qualifying …

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The Underdog House: Lack of Horsepower Leads to Underwhelming Kentucky

#34: Michael McDowell, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Fusion Love's Travel Stops / Roller Bites Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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Think Small Unlike weekends past, this one at Kentucky Speedway was underwhelming for the underdogs of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Before we dive deep into the weekend, it’s important to set expectations. Even after a weekend like Daytona International Speedway, reality can come quick and fast for the teams who can’t bring the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Most Recent 1st-Time Winners at Daytona

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1. Erik Jones, July 2018 Not everyone loves a winner, but most fans love a first-time winner.  Erik Jones was the most recent driver to visit Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway, but he’s the latest in a long line of drivers to find their first wins at the World Center of Racing. What Jones …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Erik Jones Dips & Dives to 1st Career Victory at Daytona

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Who’s in the headline Erik Jones survived the carnage Saturday night (July 7) at Daytona International Speedway. That included eight cautions in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 which involved incidents, including one that gave him damage. But Jones came back from a lap down, breezing through the draft and scored his first career win. Ricky …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Lots of Drama, Same Results

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Yeah, the names at the top of the leaderboard were the same as always, but that was still a race worth watching. For the second time this season, a race threatened by incoming rain was able to make the full distance, and that uncertainty amped up the tension. Like a sitcom, this episode of the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Clint Bowyer Rides Strategy & Heavy Foot to Michigan Win

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Who’s in the headline Mother Nature ran the show on Sunday (June 10) at Michigan International Speedway and, in the end, dropped the curtain early on the race. Clint Bowyer used a two-tire stop after stage two and then some valiant driving when the race resumed hanging onto the point. The rain came shortly after …

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The Underdog House: No Shortage of Trickery for Underdogs in Pocono

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Think Small Pocono Raceway often brings out a little more than most ovals. First off, it’s not an oval per se, although it still leads to similar contenders up front. But it’s an animal in itself every year, offering shifting through its three distinct turns and unique pit strategy over 400 miles. The circumstances make …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Small Teams Rise Amid Kansas Chaos

#1: Jamie McMurray, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Cessna, #38: David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports, Ford Fusion MDS Trucking and #3: Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Symbicort Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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Think Small Kansas Speedway seems to have a knack for having some savage accidents in recent years: Erik Jones‘ near-flip last fall, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer in 2015, Brian Vickers in 2013, etc. Saturday night saw another hard one with William Byron landing on top of Ryan Newman, a wreck that swallowed a half-dozen cars …

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