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Gene Nead Departs From Go Fas Racing, Randy Cox to Take Over

2017 Cup New Hampshire Zach Catanzareti Matt Dibenedetto

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Go Fas Racing announced on Tuesday that Matt DiBenedetto will no longer have the services of crew chief Gene Nead. In a statement on the team’s Twitter page, Nead’s duties will be taken over by Randy Cox. A statement from Go Fas Racing: pic.twitter.com/iAeEuwPhCI — Go Fas Racing (@GoFasRacing32) February 27, 2018 DiBenedetto and Nead have been …

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The Underdog House: First, You Must Finish the Daytona 500

2018 Daytona Cup Zach Catanzareti Darrell Wallace Jr Bubba Wallace

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Think Small Turn 3 was dubbed “Calamity Corner” years back at Daytona International Speedway, and during Sunday’s 60th Daytona 500, it was the place that saw dreams end and hopeful runs begin for many Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series underdogs. The final 10 laps, specifically, gave us a roller coaster of stories pit-balling between the …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2018 Daytona 500

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Who’s in the headline The clash on Sunday last week had the world abuzz with how uneventful the racing would be at Daytona for the 500. Apparently, someone forgot to tell the drivers. 24 lead changes, seven caution flags for on-track incidents, 14 leaders and the three winningest car numbers in the sport on the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 Daytona 500

2018 Daytona Cup Daytona 500 Zach Catanzareti Denny Hamlin Darrell Wallace Jr.

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? Before a multi-car pileup with a lap remaining, there were a couple of cars in the top 10, sometimes the top five, that fans don’t see there very often.  Matt DiBenedetto, driving for tiny Go FAS Racing, and Brendan Gaughan, driving for part-time owner Mark Beard, were looking …

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

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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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Wood Brothers Racing Retains Go FAS Racing’s Charter, Go FAS Acquiring New One

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Wood Brothers Racing will reuse Go FAS Racing’s charter and Go FAS will acquire a new charter for the upcoming NASCAR Cup Series season. Last year, the Wood Brothers team leased Go FAS’ charter and used it to guarantee Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Ford into every race. Go FAS leased the No. 44’s …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Still Fighting Hard

2017 Kansas I Cup Aric Almirola Russell Labounty Nkp

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Think Small With just one race to go in 2017, it’s been a mixed bag of a season for the sport’s smaller teams.  Furniture Row Racing has set the gold standard for them. It’s taken a one-car, outsider organization to the top echelon of NASCAR’s elite teams within five years. That’s a model others can …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Thrive At Short Tracks

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Cup Series racing at Martinsville is about survival and persistence. The on-track action always ruffles some feathers, best evidenced by the late-race incident between alpha dogs Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott. What was happening between Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney served as the consolation sideshow. PETERS: What Happens Now For Hamlin & Elliott? But at Underdog …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Will Matt DiBenedetto Ever Get a Shot With a Big Cup Team?

2016 Kansas I Cup Matt Dibenedetto Brett Moist Nkp

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The seemingly impossible task of building up a top-tier NASCAR team in the sport’s premier division is exactly what it is — virtually impossible. When new owners arise, their expectations are high. Their resources, however, are limited and usually by their bank accounts. In modern-day NASCAR, when everything is determined by a checkbook and engineering …

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The Underdog House: Where was the Outrage… For Corey Lajoie?

2017 Kansas Ii Cup Corey Lajoie Barry Cantrell Nkp

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Think Small Checking out social media on Monday, there were a lot of posts expressing outrage at Matt Kenseth being parked Sunday at Kansas for having too many crewmen working on his car after damage put him on the five-minute clock.  Kenseth’s disqualification took him out of the playoffs in what may be his last …

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The Underdog House: Surviving NASCAR Talladega… Sort Of

2017 Talladega Ii Cup Michael Mcdowell Brad Keselowski Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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Think Small One thing that struck me when I first started in NASCAR was that if you spent enough time looking, you could see fans at a race who supported every driver in the field.  T-shirts, hats, and bumper stickers were among the ways they proclaimed their loyalty. Fast forward a couple of decades, and …

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Matt DiBenedetto Attempting to Bring More Personality to NASCAR

2017 Cup Charlotte Media Tour Zach Catanzareti Matt Dibenedetto

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Matt DiBenedetto is known as one of NASCAR’s top characters in the garage area. It’s all fun and games for “Guido” until he straps into his No. 32 Ford.  DiBenedetto, 26, is having a career-year in the sport’s premier division. Competing with the underfunded Go Fas Racing, he has a pair of top 10s on …

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