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Did You Notice?: A Second Look At NASCAR Silly Season 10 Races In

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Did You Notice? … Sometimes, NASCAR Silly Season moves turn into mistakes? 10 races in, let’s take a look at some of the biggest driver decisions entering 2018 and see how they’re turning out. For now, we’ll give Darrell Wallace Jr. and William Byron a break; rookies typically need a little more seat time before …

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The Underdog House: On The Ragged Edge at Bristol

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Think Small The middle leg of the unofficial short track swing wrapped up a day late at Bristol Motor Speedway this week. And with another curveball of weather hitting the NASCAR garage, the underdogs had a lot to overcome, above and beyond what we’d generally expect on a short track. Starting Sunday afternoon, the Food …

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The Underdog House: Monday Blues in Martinsville

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Think Small Martinsville Speedway is known to be full of history, and each time we visit the last remaining original track on the circuit, we seem to add another layer. Sometimes those new layers include an underdog story. The spring weekend of 2018 will be remembered as the snow day, as both the Monster Energy …

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The Underdog House: The Other End Of The Neon NASCAR Garage

Think Small As NASCAR moved to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, we were treated to a triple-header of the top three national touring series for the third consecutive week. Vegas has the feel of a town where the underdog can rise. Your last dime could turn into millions with a roll of the …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Kevin Harvick… and Everyone Else


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Kevin Harvick was in his own zip code during Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leading 214 laps and winning both stages en route to his 39th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his 16th for Stewart-Haas Racing. The win, his second in two weeks, also ushered him …

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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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David Ragan, Front Row Witnessing Positives & Negatives of Sponsorship Search

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David Ragan is back with Front Row Motorsports for 2018, starting what will be his second season with the Ford organization in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Picking up a few returning sponsors like 1000 bulbs and Shriner’s Children’s Hospital for his No. 38 ride, the Georgian is in fairly solid shape for the …

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Love’s Travel Stops, K-LOVE to Sponsor Michael McDowell in 2018

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Veteran Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Michael McDowell will pilot the No. 34 Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports in 2018, and recently, the sponsorship picture for the team has gotten clearer. Longtime FRM partner Love’s Travel Stops will sponsor 18 races, including the Daytona 500, both events at Texas Motor Speedway, the Bristol …

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2017 NASCAR Cup Team Review: Leavine Family Racing

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In 2017, Leavine Family Racing stepped up with Michael McDowell, who finally competed in his first full-time season with the organization in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. McDowell had one of the most consistent years of his career, ultimately finishing 26th in points. McDowell had a number of breakthroughs, from his first career top-five …

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David Ragan, Michael McDowell Fill Front Row Motorsports 2018 Driver Lineup

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David Ragan will be returning for his fifth season at Front Row Motorsports in 2018, while Michael McDowell will replace Landon Cassill as the team’s second driver. McDowell, 32, joins FRM after spending the last four seasons with Leavine Family Racing, finishing a career-high 26th in the championship standings in 2017. In 2013, McDowell finished …

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The Underdog House: Small NASCAR Teams Still Fighting Hard

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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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