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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Finding Relief – Sort of – Approaching Daytona 500

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fl Usa Sunday 11 February 2018 Matt Dibenedetto, Go Fas Racing, The Hurricane Heist Ford Fusion World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Think Small While most of the sport’s television time goes directly toward big teams with great speed and large personalities — and rightfully so, to an extent — Sunday’s 60th running of the Daytona 500 will have a heavy populous of tiny organizations. Many of these small NASCAR teams, despite being huge underdogs can actually …

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Frontstretch Podcast: A Fresh Season to Come

Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series 2018 Nascar Media Tour Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, Nc Usa Tuesday 23 January 2018 Kurt Busch World Copyright: Matthew T. Thacker Nkp

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In the first episode of the Frontstretch Podcast in 2018, we discuss all the changes — or lack of which — for the 2018 NASCAR season with Dustin Albino, Zach Catanzareti and Davey Segal. In the last two months and change, the sport has been on the sidelines as the drivers, teams and media “enjoy” …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Hendrick Motorsports

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Hendrick Motorsports entered the 2017 season with momentum. Jimmie Johnson came into the season as the defending Cup Series champion, earning their seventh title in ten years and their first under the new format. After what appeared to be a lost regular season for the organization in 2016, Johnson’s push to the top gave the …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Hot-Starts: Can-Am 500

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DraftKings’ daily fantasy NASCAR heads to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend for the Can-Am 500. This is the final event in the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy Series playoffs. The green flag flies Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. While Phoenix is unlike any other track on the circuit, the DraftKings …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Forecast Powered by DraftKings: AAA Texas 500 Preview

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DraftKings’ daily fantasy NASCAR heads to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the AAA Texas 500. This race marks the second event of the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The green flag flies Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Here are eight drivers to keep an eye …

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Travis Mack Becomes Kasey Kahne’s Crew Chief for 2018

2017 Loudon Cup Michael Mcdowell Car Phil Allaway

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Travis Mack, current car chief for the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., will become the crew chief of the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet beginning next season. Mack will work with Kasey Kahne, who is leaving HMS after the end of the season to join LFR for the 2018 …

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Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne Quickest in Alabama 500 Practices

2017 Pocono Cup Brad Keselowski Car Phil Allaway

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On Friday, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams took to Talladega Superspeedway’s 2.66-mile tri-oval for two 55 minute practice sessions.  The two sessions were quite different. Practice No. 1 The first practice session saw drivers gather together in packs and draft each other.  In one of those packs, Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski turned in the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Late Pass Gives Kyle Busch Victory Over Chase Elliott at Dover

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Who’s in the headline – We’ve seen it happen multiple times at Dover International Speedway as the No. 48 team makes a late-race charge to lead a handful of laps and win the race. It wasn’t the No. 48 car Sunday, but it was the No. 18 team. Kyle Busch dropped like a stone in …

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Friday Faceoff: Was Joey Logano’s Practice Penalty Cruel & Unusual?

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This week’s race at Dover International Speedway is the first elimination day of the playoffs this year.  Heading in, Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne are sitting below the cut line.  Do they stay or do they go, and if they do stay, who else goes? Amy Henderson: Dover doesn’t produce the …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: The Late Edition

2017 Loudon Cup Erik Jones Car Phil Allaway

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Sometimes circumstances happen that are completely out of your control that prevents you from doing something you enjoy. That’s the case with the late version of this week’s column and that was the case with a few drivers during Sunday’s race at Hampshire, who would’ve much rather finished up front rather than in the back. …

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Michael McDowell: ‘I’m Not Done Yet’

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Michael McDowell is searching for options after Leavine Family Racing announced it will have Kasey Kahne on board for the 2018 season. Soon after Kahne won July’s Brickyard 400, he became one of the hottest free agents on the market, and his talents are being taken to LFR. While the team would like to have two cars down the road, they’ve …

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5 Points to Ponder: A Sluggish Start to the NASCAR Playoffs — Why?

2017 Michigan Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Helmet Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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ONE: Sluggish Start to NASCAR’s 10-Race Playoff It’s fair to say for NASCAR that it hasn’t been the compelling start to the 2017 playoffs the powers that be at Daytona Beach, Fla.,  would have wanted. We’ve had two poor races with limited-to-no excitement. There hasn’t been a great deal of passing, not really any it seems …

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