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The Underdog House: Changes in the NASCAR Ranks

2017 Richmond I Cup Michael Mcdowell Pack Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Think Small The 2017 season is at the quarter mark after nine races, and some trends are taking shape.  Wood Brothers Racing has established itself at the top of the class, which was to be expected after the team increased its alliance with Team Penske this year. Even within the group, the haves and have …

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Friday Faceoff: Which Rookie Is Top of the Class?

2017 Phoenix I Cup Erik Jones Jimmie Johnson Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

In the days leading up to Matt Kenseth’s announcement of a six-race sponsorship deal with Circle K Wednesday, some speculated that the announcement would concern the driver’s imminent retirement. He may not be stepping aside any time soon, but realistically, how much time does Kenseth have? Matteo Marcheschi: Matt Kenseth doesn’t have long. While he has earned …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Best-Kept Secret

2017 Texas I Cup Cole Whitt Matt Dibenedetto Racing Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Think Small It feels like NASCAR’s small teams get a bad rap right from the start from some fans and even media.  Too often, they’re lumped into a “backmarkers” category, often mocked for their poor performance compared to rivals.  To hear some people talk, you’d think they went out every week and ran in the 20’s …

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The Underdog House: No Margin For Error With NASCAR’s Small Teams

2017 Las Vegas Cup Ryan Blaney Timmy Hill Racing John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

No Margin For Error Last week, we looked at the importance of improvement for small teams.  For those that realistically just can’t compete with their powerhouse rivals on a weekly basis, it’s a better measure than finishes alone. It’s also an important step for those teams a step ahead of the game, ones in position to one …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Fails With All-In NASCAR Fighting Strategy

Last weekend, NASCAR descended upon Arizona for some toasty racing.  Going into the weekend, the primary story was the fracas in Las Vegas.  Good lord, that story was “beaten” into the ground. Camping World 500k Kyle Busch obviously knew going into Phoenix that a lot of focus would be on his confrontation with Joey Logano.  NASCAR …

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BK Racing Snags SunFrog in Multi-Race Deal for Gray Gaulding

New Smyrna 150 Presented By Jegs

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 16: During the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East New Smyrna 150 Presented by JEGS on February 16, 2014 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)

A new sponsor will enter the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series fray with BK Racing and driver Gray Gaulding. Beginning at this Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Speedway, the No. 23 Toyota will sport the green and black colors of SunFrog. One of the nation’s fastest growing apparel companies according to the release, …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s Intermediate Track Blues

2017 Atlanta Cup Matt Dibenedetto Car

Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP

Think Small It can be said that the real NASCAR season starts at Atlanta. The Intermediate track season kicked off last weekend and the results were fairly predictable of the small teams this week.  In general at a 1.5 to 2-mile track, these teams struggle to keep up.  You might see a couple of teams …

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The Underdog House: Small Teams Thriving and Surviving in Daytona

2017 Daytona Cup Zach Catanzareti Joey Gase Bk Racing Corey Lajoie

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small Well, Daytona is in the rearview mirror. Depending on who you ask, that’s either a real bummer or can’t come too soon, depending on how the race went. The thing about plate tracks is that they’re such an opportunity for teams to compete—if they’re lucky and avoid trouble.  They can also become exercises …

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The Underdog House: Are Small-Time NASCAR Drivers Damaged Goods?

Cup Martinsville Martinsville Speedway Aj Allmendinger

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small It’s an easy mistake to make: falling into the trap of thinking most of the drivers racing for NASCAR’s smaller teams are damaged goods.  Sadly, it’s one that even team owners often fall into.  How often have young, talented drivers taken rides in this group hoping for some exposure only to be overlooked?  …

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Gray Gaulding Attempting Sprint Cup Series Debut at Martinsville

2014 Mudsummer Classic Eldora Speedway Gray Gaulding Camping World Trucks Mike Neff 324

(Photo: Mike Neff)

The Motorsports Group announced Thursday (Oct. 20) it has signed NASCAR Next alumnus Gray Gaulding to compete in three of the final five Sprint Cup races in 2016, starting at Martinsville Speedway next weekend. Gaulding, 18, has 15 starts in the top three divisions of NASCAR. He has competed in 13 Camping World Truck Series …

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Daniel Suarez Leads the Way in XFINITY Practice at Bristol

2016 Michigan | Nxs Daniel Suarez Rey Del Rio Getty Images

(Photo: Rey Del Rio/Getty Images )

Like most weeks in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Joe Gibbs Racing led the way in opening practice Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway. This time it was Daniel Suarez who paced the session at 126.046 mph, a day after leading 77 laps in the Camping World Truck Series race. Earlier this season Suarez placed sixth in the …

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NASCAR 101: 3 Up-and-Coming Drivers Making NASCAR Debuts in 2016

2014 Mudsummer Classic Eldora Speedway Gray Gaulding Camping World Trucks Mike Neff 324

(Photo: Mike Neff)

On Wednesday, Richard Childress Racing revealed more of its stable for the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, particularly its drivers for the standalone races that are not contested at the same track on the same weekend as the Sprint Cup Series. Let’s see… AJ Allmendinger, check. Michael McDowell, check. Sam Hornish, Jr., check, and good …

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