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Eyes on XFINITY: Swing for the Fences in the Windy City

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This weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Chicagoland Speedway has the potential to be a very unique race.  For the vast majority of drivers, points do not matter. In fact, there has arguably never been a race in XFINITY Series history where points mattered less.  Even in instances where the points leader locked up the …

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Pace Laps: Chase’s Mixed Emotions and Jones’ Frustrations

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Sprint Cup: Mixed Feelings for Chase Elliott Heading into Chase – Making the Chase in your rookie season? How can that not be a confidence boost? Well, for Chase Elliott, who has been documented as being hard on himself following near-wins this season, simply making the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series championship on try …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Busch Destroys the Field at Richmond

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Another NASCAR XFINITY Series race, another victory for Kyle Busch.  His win in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 is his eighth of the season, his sixth at Richmond International Raceway, and 84th overall.  Busch led 197 of 250 laps, taking the lead after a quick pit stop put him at the front of the …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Dakoda Armstrong’s Big Opportunity

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For the next two weeks, Dakoda Armstrong will have a lot more eyes on him than usual. It may be hard, generally speaking, for a professional race car driver to escape the spotlight.  Armstrong, however, has managed to do just that, piecing together a very nondescript season full of thoroughly average finishes.  Although he hovered …

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Pace Laps: Chris Buescher Gaining Momentum, Elliott Sadler’s Big Win and Camping World Chaos in Canada

Sprint Cup: And Then There was One – Chris Buescher can officially prepare himself for one of the most stressful nights of his racing career, as he’ll attempt to race his way into the 2016 Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Championship next weekend. Stealing the victory last month at Pocono Raceway, Buescher backed it up …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Elliott Sadler is a Darlington Winner

Elliott Sadler put together his best race of the 2016 season on Saturday, winning the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. The victory is Sadler’s second of the season and first ever at Darlington. Although Sadler officially made the decisive pass for the lead following a late restart, he still had …

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Pace Laps: Sieg Looking for Chase Spot, Moffitt’s Big Win and Pagenaud’s Title Hopes

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Sprint Cup Series: Youth Makes A Comeback – Much of the NASCAR season has been focused on when there will be a “changing of the guard.” 45-year-old Tony Stewart is retiring, 45-year-old Jeff Gordon has already done so but is filling in for fellow 40-something Dale Earnhardt, Jr. during his concussion recovery. That trio accounts for millions …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Michael McDowell Finally Masters Road America

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Michael McDowell had been close to winning at Road America before, but he had always come away empty-handed.  On Saturday, McDowell got his first chance since 2013 to tackle the four-mile road course in Wisconsin.  This time, McDowell was the one in victory lane.  Driving for Richard Childress Racing, he put together a solid race, …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Who is the Favorite Among the Road Course Specialists?

Alex Tagliani in his truck at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (8/29/15) credit: Getty Images

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NASCAR’s XFINITY Series will take on the winding, twisting, four-mile Road America course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin this weekend.  That means that a cadre of racers who specialize in turning right and left will face off against the NXS regulars one last time in 2016. The practice of teams bringing in a road course specialist …

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