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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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XFINITY Breakdown: Drive for the Cure 300

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Since being announced as the replacement for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88, Alex Bowman has earned his share of detractors. Entering the Drive for the Cure 300, the knock has been Bowman’s winless resume in all three of NASCAR’s top national touring series. Time to go ahead and cross that criticism off the list. Bowman …

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Entry List: Drive for the Cure 300

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After a weekend on the high-banked concrete surface at Dover International Speedway, the NASCAR XFINITY Series heads home to Charlotte Motor Speedway. They’ll be running the Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for the event and 40 spots …

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Entry List: Bank of America 500

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And then… there were 12. NASCAR’s playoff field has been trimmed in advance of Sunday’s Bank of America 500 from Charlotte Motor Speedway. This weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads home to Charlotte, N.C. for the first race of playoff round two. Those 12 drivers will once again resume their championship battle, this …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR Must ‘Cope’ With Slow Cars On Track

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Think Small After last weekend’s race at Richmond Raceway, where Derrike Cope brought out a late caution while racing several laps down, fans and some media suggested Cope should have been removed from the track by NASCAR long before the incident. That group, which included regular season champion Martin Truex Jr., claimed Cope was so far in …

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The Underdog House: The Invisible NASCAR Season

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(Photo: John K. Harrelson/Harrelson Photography Inc.)

Think Small Ah, fall.  Race fans can welcome cooler temperatures, cheer for their favorites in the playoffs…and kiss the chance of seeing the smaller teams mentioned during the broadcast goodbye. With the exception of Ryan Blaney, who made the postseason, all other underdogs will fade into the background of championship talk. That goes for any …

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Rookie Roundtable: The Class of 2017 On Racing NASCAR’s Top Series

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN USA Sunday 23 July 2017 Daniel Suarez, Joe Gibbs Racing, STANLEY Toyota Camry, Michael McDowell, Leavine Family Racing, WRL General Contractors Chevrolet SS and Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing, Dow Molykote Smart Lubrication Chevrolet SS World Copyright: Russell LaBounty NKP

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How bright is the future in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series?  Judging by this year’s rookie class, you might want to invest in some good sunglasses.  The Cup Series features five rookie drivers this season, racing for some of the sport’s bigeest teams as well as some smaller organizations.  While Erik Jones and Daniel …

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The Underdog House: Curbing Spending Would Be Good For NASCAR

2017 Watkins Glen CUP Michael McDowell Aric Almirola racing John K Harrelson NKP

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Think Small Dale Earnhardt Jr. was addressing the media at Watkins Glen last weekend when the subject turned to driver contracts and salaries.  The NASCAR economic climate, as everyone knows has changed drastically in recent years.  When the NASCAR fad was at its height almost 20 years ago, corporate interest and driver income skyrocketed. For a while, that …

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Kyle Busch Leads Spin-Filled Opening Cup Practice at The Glen

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Coming off his victory last weekend at Pocono Raceway, Kyle Busch and the No. 18 team showed the rest of the field that they mean business. Busch was fastest in the first of two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions on Saturday at Watkins Glen International. He turned a lap of 125.516 mph (70.636 seconds) in …

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Gray Gaulding, BK Racing Deal Up in Smoke: How Their Futures Impact NASCAR

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS USA Saturday 13 May 2017 Gray Gaulding, BK Racing, Dr Pepper Toyota Camry World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

On paper, BK Racing is a small, underfunded Toyota team, and Gray Gaulding is a teenager many NASCAR fans had never heard of before this season. But in their quest for survival, a closer look at their deal turned sour opens a Pandora’s Box of financial questions for modern-day stock car racing. It’s a different type of …

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The Underdog House: Sponsorship Changes on the Horizon?

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Think Small With Target pulling out of motorsports after this year, it leaves just two NASCAR teams on the circuit using a single primary sponsor for all 36 races. Jimmie Johnson‘s No. 48 has backing from Lowe’s (and Kobalt Tools, manufactured and sold by the store) while the No. 11 run by Denny Hamlin has FedEx.  That leaves …

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Brickyard 400 Entry List

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Pucker up, folks. It’s that one week of the year when kissing dirty bricks is something that every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver wants to do. The MENCS heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400 at the 2.5-mile track in Speedway, Ind. on Sunday, July 24. There are 41 cars on the preliminary …

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