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Justin Haley Returning to Kaulig Racing in Xfinity in 2021

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Justin Haley will return to Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2021, the team announced Monday, Oct. 19. Haley has driven for the team full time since 2019. The 21-year-old currently sits in fifth in the playoffs, two points below the cut line. In 2020, Haley has collected three wins, 10 top fives …

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Zane Smith Returning to GMS in 2021

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Zane Smith will continue his tenure at GMS Racing in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series next season, the team announced today, Oct. 12. The driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado has had a breakout season with the organization this season, winning two races along with 10 top-10 finishes. Smith’s truck number …

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Title Hopes End for Brandon Brown, Harrison Burton, Michael Annett & Riley Herbst

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series finished up its Round of 12 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL on Oct. 10. When the checkered flag flew, eight drivers’ hopes of reaching glory in Phoenix Raceway survived, while another four had theirs collapse. Brandon Brown, Harrison Burton, Michael Annett and Riley Herbst were on the wrong side of the …

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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Xfinity Drivers Who Could Move to Cup in 2021

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We are in the midst of that time of year again: silly season. While many moves have been made between NASCAR Cup Series drivers, there is always the underlying presence of Xfinity Series drivers making the big leap. The 2020 season saw four successful drivers from NASCAR’s lower divisions, specifically the Xfinity Series, move up: …

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Matt DiBenedetto a Bridesmaid Again, Settles for 2nd at Las Vegas

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Matt DiBenedetto flexed his muscles Sunday night (Sept. 29) in the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 29-year-old came up just short of his first NASCAR Cup Series career win, finishing second at the 1.5-mile track. He was close… but no cigar. DiBenedetto had a shot, restarting alongside winner Kurt Busch three …

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Erik Jones Boosts Free Agency Stock with 3rd at Bristol

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While the majority of attention was on the 16 playoff drivers, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Erik Jones was able to bring home a strong third-place finish in Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 24-year-old was presented a tall order before the race even started when his No. 20 …

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NASCAR 101: First-Time Cup Series Winners at Richmond Raceway

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The NASCAR Cup Series heads into Richmond Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400 this weekend. The race is the second of the 10-race postseason format. Multiple drivers, whether in the playoffs or not, will be looking to earn their first career win at the top level. The list includes Matt Dibenedetto (a playoff driver), …

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Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer Crew Chiefs Suspended After Darlington Inspection Woes

Two NASCAR Cup Series crew chiefs are facing penalties after Sunday night’s (Sept. 6) Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Head wrenches Adam Stevens and Johnny Klausmeier were each suspended for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway, as well as being fined $20,000 for two loose lug nuts. Stevens coached Kyle …

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