Race Weekend Central

The Underdog House: Why NASCAR’s Small Teams Matter

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The teams covered in this article each week aren’t likely race winners (though many of them certainly can—and on occasion have—win if circumstances dictate). However, NASCAR is about more than winning.  Consider the amount of preparation that one of the sport’s elite teams has to put into bringing a racecar to the track, race ready, each week—it’s …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Last Off Week of the Season Preparing for the 14-Race Run to the Championship

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Who’s in the headline – While there are multiple drivers who have run well this season, the brightest spotlight of the year has been on one organization. At this point in the season, Joe Gibbs Racing has been the class of the field for a majority of the races. Between its four teams, it has 10 wins. …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: NASCAR’s Right-Turn, Left-Turn Edition

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There was a time when the two road races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule were like sideshows, separate from the main event and not exactly fan favorites.  Drivers who had limited road course experience simply struggled to survive. But after the last few seasons of weaker competition on ovals, better driver preparation and a …

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Up To Speed: Buescher Says Crew Members ‘Saved Our Day’ In Garage Area

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Chris Buescher has been the unlikeliest of stories this season, and is currently in the midst of a Chase battle of his own. Following a strategic victory at Pocono Raceway a couple of weeks ago, Buescher and his Front Row Motorsports team then eyed the second requirement they must satisfy in order to qualify for …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud – Denny Hamlin Wins at Watkins Glen

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Who’s in the headline – Denny Hamlin out-drove the field in Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 from Watkins Glen International to pick up his first-career road course win. Staying clean on pit road and on the racetrack, Hamlin passed Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch with 10 laps to go to return to Victory Lane for the second …

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Chris Buescher Overcomes Crash to Gain on Top 30

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It’s not often that a driver can say they gained on a goal after a trip to the infield care center, but such was the case for Chris Buescher as his team closed the gap to 30th-place David Ragan in the Sprint Cup Series standings and an automatic Chase berth at Watkins Glen International. One week …

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Pocono Win Has Yet to Sink in for Chris Buescher

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Four days following Chris Buescher‘s rain-shortened victory at Pocono Raceway, he took to the twist and turns of Watkins Glen International for the first laps since his triumph on Monday. Leading 12 laps at Pocono, the only laps the No. 34 car has been out front this season, Buescher upset a lot of teams chances of …

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Friday Faceoff: TMI from Dale Earnhardt, Jr.?

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Chris Buescher and Front Row Motorsports grabbed the checkers after a rain-shortened race at Pocono Raceway.  Is a win for an underdog driver and/or team good for the sport/Chase or not?  Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: Absolutely it’s good for the sport.  I think people like to pull for an underdog, and a winner like Chris Buescher …

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Double Take: A Chris Buescher-Inspired ‘Where Are They Now?’

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When Chris Buescher was declared the winner of the Pennsylvania 400 on Monday, he joined an elite list of drivers as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner. He is the 185th different winner in Cup history, and his win was the fourth ever for the No. 34, his car number. In honor of Buescher’s first-ever …

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2-Headed Monster: Can Chris Buescher Crack the Top 30 in Points?

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It’s not a secret that Mother Nature likes to throw a monkey wrench in NASCAR. Rain has played a big role in the sport over the years, and the sport has even seen snow delays. Wind, lightning, and fog have also delayed of races, and last weekend’s events at Pocono included a bit of all …

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

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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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Eyes on XFINITY: Chris Buescher’s Other First Win

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Chris Buescher, the reigning XFINITY Series champion, returned to Victory Lane on Monday.  After slogging through what has been a miserable rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series so far, Buescher scored his first win in NASCAR’s top level at Pocono Raceway.  He may have gotten a big helping hand from Mother Nature, but great …

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