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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams from Michigan to Darlington

2016 Pocono I Cup Ryan Blaney John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Tommy Baldwin Racing Regan Smith, No. 7 APC Chevrolet Looking back: Michigan International Speedway was one of Smith’s better runs on a 1.5-to-2-mile speedway this year, with a 26th-place finish and a lap led on his tally. Smith said afterward that he feels like his team is learning some things that will help them in …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams From Bristol to Michigan

2016 Pocono I Cup Landon Cassill Anthony Lumbis Sr.

(Photo: Anthony Lumbis, Sr.)

Tommy Baldwin Racing Regan Smith, No. 7 APC Chevrolet Looking back: Smith had a brush with the wall just past the quarter mark of the race, bringing out the first caution of the day after the restart Sunday following the earlier competition yellow.  Even so, he managed to avoid further trouble while others couldn’t do the …

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Annett Out at Bristol for Illness; Allgaier to Sub

2016 Fontana Cup Michael Annett Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Justin Allgiaer will drive the No. 46 Chevrolet for HScott Motorsports in tonight’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night race at Bristol Motor Speedway in place of regular driver Michael Annett.  According to the team’s Twitter feed, Annett is feeling under the weather with flu-like symptoms. Due to flu-like symptoms, Michael Annett won't compete in tonight's …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams from Pocono to Watkins Glen

2016 Pocono Ii Cup Chris Buescher Champagne Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Tommy Badwin Racing Regan Smith, No. 7 APC Chevrolet Looking back: Chris Buescher wasn’t the only small-team driver who scored a top finish Monday. Smith’s third-place run ties his organization’s best finish ever and marks TBR’s top finish not on a restrictor-plate track.  Sound strategy played into the team’s hands and Smith walked away with his …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams From Indy to Pocono

2016 Indianapolis Cup Patrick Carpentier Car Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Indianapolis represented a mixed bag for the small teams this week, with finishes ranging from 14th for rookie Chris Buescher to 40th for Matt DiBenedetto, thanks to an untimely engine expiration.  Indy is a tough track for teams that are a step or two behind the elite teams in both handling and horsepower, and next …

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HScott Motorsports Announces Personnel Changes on Michael Annett’s Team

2015 Cup Texas Michael Annett Sunglasses Credit Beth Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Beth Lunkenheimer)

HScott Motorsports announced on Tuesday afternoon that the organization has made two personnel changes involving Michael Annett’s No. 46 team. Current crew chief Jay Guy has been promoted to HSM Technical Director. He will now report to the organization’s competition director, Steve Addington. Mike Hillman, Sr. will take over the crew chief role for the …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams from Loudon to Indy

2016 Loudon I Cup Michael Annett Reed Sorenson Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

NASCAR has a few tracks that are fairly unique in layout.  Among those are both new Hampshire Motor Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway-a flat one-mile oval with long straights and tight turns – think big Martinsville – and a huge, flat, rectangular behemoth with four separate corners and four straights to match.  These tracks are …

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The Underdog House: Tracking NASCAR’s Small Teams from Daytona to Kentucky

2016 Daytona Ii Cup Michael Mcdowell Michael Annett Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

What makes a small team? I’m frequently asked how to categorize NASCAR’s teams. I look at a couple of things when I make the list each spring: budget and performance.  Small teams simply don’t have the budgets of the larger ones, even middle-tier organizations.  They may have alliances with bigger teams, but that doesn’t mean everything gets handed …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Underwhelming Info Hurts FOX in Talladega

2016 Talladega I Cup Trevor Bayne Pack Racing Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Talladega is looney tunes.  In its purest form, a race weekend at Talladega makes your stomach churn (or, it makes my stomach turn, at least).  In recent years, that really hasn’t been the case.  However, this past weekend brought it on big time, unlike any time since about 2005. GEICO 500 Sunday brought the Sprint …

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Chris Buescher Flips in Vicious Multi-Car Crash

Chris Buescher fell victim to a harrowing incident that saw him flip three times during Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Buescher, the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, was running back in the pack on Lap 96 when he fell victim to an incident in front of him. Running for position, Jamie McMurray slid up into …

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Kevin Harvick Fastest As Practice Prematurely Ends At Richmond

Kevin Harvick Martinsville Cup 2016 Mike Neff

(Credit: Mike Neff)

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the lone practice session at Richmond International Raceway on Friday after practice was shortened due to rain with a lap at 20.919 seconds (129.089 mph). Rain was close during most of the practice session but didn’t actually hit the track until 62 minutes into the 85 minute practice session. …

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Denny Hamlin Fastest In Friday Cup Practice At Bristol Motor Speedway

Denny Hamlin Martinsville Cup 2016 Mike Neff

(Credit: Mike Neff)

Denny Hamlin was the fastest in Friday’s lone Sprint Cup Series practice at Bristol Motor Speedway after turning a lap at 14.913 seconds (128.666 mph). Hamlin’s fast lap came in the final few minutes as teams moved to qualifying trim, which is great news for the man who sat on the pole in last fall’s …

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