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Kyle Busch Bags Another Texas Xfinity Series Win

2021 Xfinity Texas Kyle Busch Victory (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

The top full-time drivers in the NASCAR Xfinity Series threw their shares of haymakers at the No. 54 of Kyle Busch during Saturday’s Alsco Uniforms 250 at Texas Motor Speedway.   It wasn’t enough to keep Busch out of victory lane, however, as he came out on the winning end of a back and forth …

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Eyes On Xfinity: It’s Time to Ditch the Modified Pit Stops

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The great baseball philosopher, Crash Davis, once astutely pointed out, “don’t think, it can only hurt the ball club.” The point? Sometimes, overthinking can do more harm than good. That’s exactly where the NASCAR Xfinity Series is with its modified pit-stop procedures, which are also utilized in the Camping World Truck Series in select stand-alone …

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The Underdog House: Erik Jones Snags Scrappy Sonoma Finish

Erik Jones runs at Circuit of the Americas (May 2021). (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top Dog: Erik Jones Throughout Sunday’s (June 6) Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, several Cinderella stories managed to sneak their way inside the top 10. Between wildly different pit strategies throughout the event and a flurry of late-race incidents, the problem was staying power. When the smoke from some late wrecks cleared, there was one …

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Austin Cindric Sees Mid-Ohio Victory Slip Through Fingers in Final Laps

2021 Mid Ohio NXS Austin Cindric car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

As the laps wound down on Saturday at Mid-Ohio Raceway in the B&L Transport 170, the race was Austin Cindric‘s to win — until it wasn’t. With a lead of more than 10 seconds inside the final 10 laps, the last thing that Cindric needed was a caution, as that lead was enough of a …

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NASCAR 101: Hall-of-Fame Winners at Sonoma

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Sonoma Raceway is not a track that dates way back to the early stages of the NASCAR’s history, but that does not mean that some of the most legendary drivers in the history of the sport have not enjoyed a high level of success there. In fact, eight drivers that have been inducted into the …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Is This the Right Points Format for the Xfinity Series?

2021 Charlotte NXS Ty Gibbs checkered flag NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Through 12 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season, eight different drivers have been first across the start/finish line to take the checkered flag. Of those race winners, however, three won’t be in the running for the series title — Josh Berry, Kyle Busch and Ty Gibbs. As my high school teachers would tell you, …

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2-Headed Monster: Should NASCAR Address Pre-Race Inspection Failures with Harsher Penalties?

Chase Elliott Dover 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This past weekend at Dover International Speedway, Chase Elliott‘s No. 9 Chevrolet once again failed pre-race inspection. Despite the penalty of starting at the rear, Elliott dutifully drove back up through the field to score a top-four finish.. We’ve seen other teams in recent years become serial offenders for failing pre-race inspection, such as Martin …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Clarity Needed on Penalty Appeal Rulings

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

There’s no question that when the gates open on race weekend, it’s NASCAR’s show. There is no disputing that. You can go back to countless stories, going back to Big Bill France strong-arming his influence against drivers thinking of starting a driver’s union, to Bill France Jr. and his lieutenants finding multiple ways to say …

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Jeremy Clements, Ryan Sieg, Alex Labbe Shine in Darlington Runs

Jeremy Clements Alex Labbe Darlington

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

There’s a uniqueness about Darlington Raceway. With its quirks and peculiarities, it presents challenges that drivers and teams are not likely to see at any other venue. So on one hand, it’d be plausible for teams to not put much effort into “The Lady and Black” given that little of what teams can glean is …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Parity Breeds Sense of Urgency for Playoff Hopefuls

#39: Ryan Sieg, RSS Racing, Ford Mustang CMR Construction and Roofing

Well, that didn’t take long. Eight races into the NASCAR Xfinity Series season, the sense of urgency is already ramped up. How tense is it getting? Ryan Sieg, coming off of a top-10 points finish last season, has already made a crew chief change. After a contentious start to the season, Sieg is 17th in …

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