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The Frontstretch 5: Recent Xfinity Champs & How Cup is Treating Them

NASCAR XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN USA Saturday 22 July 2017 William Byron, Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro wins World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett NKP

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1. William Byron (2017) Years in Cup: Second year in 2019 Current Team: Hendrick Motorsports Races: 43 Wins: 0 Top 5s: 0 Top 10s: 5 Average Finish: 21.3 Best Points finish: 23rd (2018, first full season) Byron is the hardest in this group to judge because he’s the least experienced in Cup by at least …

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The Underdog House: Shootout At The Underdog Corral

2019 Daytona I CUP Michael McDowell NKP

Top of The Class Michael McDowell was easily the fastest dog in the west this week. His No. 34 Front Row Racing Ford was quick from the get go and backed it up on race day, starting and finishing in 15th. McDowell was once known primarily for the violent head-on collision and subsequent barrel roll …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Breaking Down 200 Victories for Kyle Busch & Richard Petty, Chris Buescher Chats Hot Start

2019 Daytona I CUP Chris Buescher NKP

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff break down the difference in the 200 race victories for Kyle Busch and Richard Petty with a pile of statistics, after Busch joined the 200 club last weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Without necessarily comparing the two, we dig into what makes the feat incredible. How …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: That Southern California Glow

#18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Interstate Batteries celebrates after winning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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In case you missed it, Kyle Busch won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in California on Sunday. It was his 53rd Cup victory in 503 starts to go along with 94 Xfinity Series wins in 348 starts and 53 Gander Outdoors Truck Series triumphs in 147 starts. …

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The Underdog House: Going Back To Cali

2019 Phoenix I CUP Chris Buescher NKP

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Top of The Class Chris Buescher reclaimed his spot as the top underdog yet again this week. Buescher’s 16th-place finish highlighted a rather uneventful Cup race for the have nots on Sunday (March 17) at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. For JTG Daugherty Racing and Buescher, the race mirrored their performance in many of …

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The Underdog House: Kicking Up A Little Dust

2019 Las Vegas I CUP Ty Dillon tires NKP

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Top of The Class Ty Dillon finally unseats Chris Buescher as the top dog this week. Dillon bested the 2015 Xfinity champion by one spot, finishing 15th in the Ticket Guardian 500 at ISM Raceway. For Germain Racing and Dillon, the 2019 season has begun relatively well. Dillon has advanced to the second round of …

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Chris Buescher, Joey Logano Top Saturday TicketGuardian 500 Practices

2019 Phoenix Cup Chris Buescher Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

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After Ryan Blaney won the pole for the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway, Chris Buescher and Joey Logano led the two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions Saturday (March 9) at ISM Raceway. In the second practice, Buescher posted the fastest lap at 137.973 mph. In final practice, Logano paced the field with a …

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The Underdog House: The Other Side of the Neon Garage

2019 Atlanta CUP Chris Buescher racing NKP

Top of The Class Once again, JTG Daugherty Racing’s Chris Buescher was the top underdog in Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. While he wasn’t able to secure a top-10 finish, he did bring the No. 37 Chevrolet across the stripe in 18th place. There were plenty of unknowns going into the race …

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NASCAR Daily Fantasy DraftKings Picks: Pennzoil 400

#4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Jimmy John's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rolls into Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET for the 2019 Pennzoil 400. This race marks the debut of aero ducts on the cars as part of this year’s new handling package. Last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, it appeared that many cars …

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Frontstretch Podcast: David Ragan Discusses New Aero Package at Atlanta

2019 Atlanta CUP David Ragan car NKP

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In the latest edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino, Mike Neff and David Ragan discuss the partial new aerodynamic package that was displayed at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend, one which landed the No. 38 car of Ragan a 16th-place finish. Ragan states in the interview that the racing is closer together and restarts will be …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Which Underdog Team Can Keep Up Their Strong Start All Year Long?

2019 Atlanta CUP Ryan Preece car NKP

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This season will be very unique for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with the new aero package, which may very well produce some surprises throughout the year. We saw several underdog teams have strong weekends at Atlanta, and some have the potential to continue that all year long. One team that showed strength on …

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The Underdog House: Marching On Atlanta

2019 Atlanta CUP Chris Buescher racing NKP

Top of The Class For the second time in 2019, JTG Daugherty Racing put a driver in the top 10 at the end of the weekend’s Cup event. This time, it was Chris Buescher carrying the torch for the organization at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as he brought the No. 37 Chevrolet across the stripe in …

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