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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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Pace Laps: Hot Streaks, First-Time Winners and Unfinished Business

Sprint Cup: A Streak Ends on 22 for Kurt Busch: It was Sunday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway where a NASCAR record came to an end. That record, being owned by Kurt Busch, was the run of lead-lap finishes to start a Sprint Cup Series season. Coming into Bristol, Busch …

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Friday Faceoff: More NASCAR-IndyCar Crossovers in the Works?

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Last week, we talked about the addition of a road course to the Chase, and next week, the series heads to a 2-mile oval, of which there are two on the schedule for three races — but none in the Chase, and there’s only one short track race as well. What would an ideal Chase …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Ryan Sieg, Jeremy Clements, B.J. McLeod Hearken to Era of Independents

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“Names are made here.”  That is the tagline NASCAR has used when marketing the XFINITY Series for the past few years.  It is true that the XFINITY Series is the home (or former home) of some of NASCAR’s rising talents.  Most fans view the second-tier division through that lens.  They follow NXS racing to watch …

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Pace Laps: The Motorsports World Remembers Bryan Clauson

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Sprint Cup: Drivers Honor Bryan Clauson: Though this weekend has seen more fish caught than laps turned for the Sprint Cup Series – who wrapped up their final off-weekend of 2016 – a few drivers spent some special time at one of the premier dirt tracks in the United States. Just three days following the …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Childress’ Championship Hopes Hinge on Consistency

Before the 2014 season began, NASCAR instituted a new elimination-style Chase for the first time in the Sprint Cup Series.  While none of the competitors were quite sure about how to approach the new championship format, it seemed that the teams who had the most raw speed (and therefore stood the best chance at winning races) …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Joey Logano Delivers a Win for Team Penske

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Joey Logano and Team Penske finally put everything together and claimed an XFINITY Series win in 2016.  Logano piloted the part-time No. 12 car to victory at Watkins Glen International, winning the Zippo 200 at The Glen.  He led 67 of 82 laps, claiming his first NXS victory since winning at Watkins Glen one year …

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Friday Faceoff: TMI from Dale Earnhardt, Jr.?

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Chris Buescher and Front Row Motorsports grabbed the checkers after a rain-shortened race at Pocono Raceway.  Is a win for an underdog driver and/or team good for the sport/Chase or not?  Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: Absolutely it’s good for the sport.  I think people like to pull for an underdog, and a winner like Chris Buescher …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Chris Buescher’s Other First Win

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Chris Buescher, the reigning XFINITY Series champion, returned to Victory Lane on Monday.  After slogging through what has been a miserable rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series so far, Buescher scored his first win in NASCAR’s top level at Pocono Raceway.  He may have gotten a big helping hand from Mother Nature, but great …

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Pace Laps: Rainy Day Blues, Record Setting Trucks & Late Model Success

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Sprint Cup: Another Drenched Day in Pocono – Pocono Raceway now holds a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record as the only track to have two rainouts in a single season. Needless to say, that’s not the record the 2.5-mile racetrack would hope to achieve, as Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 was postponed from Sunday afternoon to Monday …

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