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Eyes On Xfinity: Who Will Be 2021’s Next New Winner?

Noah Gragson

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What have we learned four races into the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season? Simple: Expect the unexpected.  If you’re looking for a series in which one driver dominates each week and everyone else is running for second place, Xfinity is not for you. Defending series champion Austin Cindric opened up by winning at Daytona International …

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Kyle Busch, Ben Beshore Continue Bonding Process with Las Vegas Top 5

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If a team is only as good as its most recent race, then the No. 18 team from Joe Gibbs Racing should feel pretty good about itself as the NASCAR Cup Series leaves Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With Kyle Busch being paired with new chief Ben Beshore just one year after needing nearly a full …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Let’s Go Feuding, Boys!

Noah Gragson at 2021 Xfinity race at Daytona Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If you go in the garage of any NASCAR series … well, at least if you did before the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to see the divide: the one between the haves and the have nots. On one end of the garage are teams that have the resources to run near the front each week …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Also the ‘Best Season Ever’?

Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger racing at the 2021 Daytona road course event, Photo Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If you have paid much attention during NASCAR Cup Series broadcasts this season, odds are good that you have seen the “Best Season Ever” ad campaign by Fox Sports, a brilliant messaging plan by all accounts. Somebody apparently forgot to tell the drivers of the NASCAR Xfinity Series that it did not exactly include them. …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Who Could Topple Austin Cindric on the Daytona Road Course?

Austin Cindric wins at Daytona

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Xfinity Series stays in Florida this week, taking to the Daytona International Speedway road course instead for the Super Start Batteries 188. Given the current state of NXS, any driver other than defending champion and defending Daytona road course winner Austin Cindric winning this weekend would amount to a surprise winner. Even in …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Fire Up That Pressure Cooker

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In all of NASCAR, the flames of hope do not burn much brighter than in the days leading up to Daytona. To borrow an overused phrase on the annual NASCAR media tour, everyone is “excited.” Up and down the garage, every team feels that whatever its goal is — be it winning races, championships or …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings, No. 18: Austin Dillon

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Fair or not, the shadow of driving the same car number as one of, if not the most legendary driver in NASCAR history will always hang over the head of Austin Dillon until he drives it no more. There’s a white-hot spotlight for the North Carolinian. In the midst of those expectations, he has still …

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2021 NASCAR Preseason Power Rankings No. 29: Corey LaJoie

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The driver with a ‘stacking pennies” mentality will now look to pile them up in a new stable in 2021. It’s a new era for both Corey LaJoie and Spire Motorsports in 2021, with the third-generation racer having moved on from Go Fas Racing after competing in the No. 32 car the past two years …

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Chase Elliott Wins Phoenix, Is 2020 Cup Champion

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NASCAR’s top division again has a second-generation champion.  Chase Elliott won Sunday’s (Nov. 8) Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway, racing from the back to lead nearly every lap of the final stage to win both the race and his first NASCAR Cup Series title.  Elliott led 153 laps, doing so seven times, the first …

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