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Anthony Kumpen Working on Returning to the Xfinity Series in 2016

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Living in Belgium, Anthony Kumpen never thought about pursuing a career racing stock cars. Well, that changed rather quickly after he witnessed a NASCAR Whelen Euro Series event while participating in a GT race in Europe. The next year, he entered the world of stock car racing, adjusting at a rapid pace and winning the 2014 …

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Sam Hornish Jr. Will Not Return to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2016

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As Sam Hornish Jr. indicated to Frontstretch at Dover International Speedway in October, he will not be returning to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2016. The three-time IndyCar Series champion joined the organization this season, piloting the No. 9 car after a stint in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the greater portion of four years. At Dover, …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 DAV 200 at Phoenix

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For the sixth time this season, a man by the name of Kyle Busch entered Victory Lane in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Adding win No. 76 to his resume, the Las Vegas native dominated at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, winning the DAV 200. Winning his sixth race of the year, Busch led 190 of …

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Erik Jones Wins the Pole for the 2015 Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix

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For a series-high fifth time this season, Erik Jones will lead the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field to the green flag. The current championship points leader with two races remaining in the season won the pole for the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway, setting a fast pace of 26.179 seconds in the …

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Eyes on Xfinity: How Can NASCAR Improve Its Second-Tier Series?

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It’s sadly that time of year for racing: a time of to reflect, restructure and, most importantly, respect the world of NASCAR for enduring one of the longest seasons in all of professional sports. This time is a difficult one for many teams. Certain drivers and crews know they will not be returning next year. …

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Pace Laps: Penske Problems, Xfinity Interesting and More

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Sprint Cup Series: Is Team Penske Locked Out of the Final Four? – Fresh off of a controversial finish at Martinsville Speedway, teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski found themselves in a must-win situation at either Texas or Phoenix to make the final four in the Chase. With Keselowski on the pole after leading practice …

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Pace Laps: Revenge, Free Agency, and Champions Crowned

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Sprint Cup Series: They’re at it again. Just as Joey Logano had visions a fourth consecutive win of 2015 and first at Martinsville Speedway, Matt Kenseth came back on track multiple laps down and all the eyes turned to the other yellow car of Kenseth. Heated from the Kansas spin off Logano’s bumper two weeks …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Does 2016 Schedule Bring Enough Changes?

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It could have been an opportunity for a change, pleasing fans left and right. Instead, the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule has been left largely unchanged for 2016, shocking nobody. Fans have been voicing their displeasure for quite some time about the lack of stand-alone events on the schedule. Let’s face it: Having five whole standalones is …

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Pace Laps: Championships and Future Stars

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Formula 1: Hamilton Scores Second Consecutive Championship – The United States Grand Prix may have been the best race of the F1 season. Rain brought questions as to the actual performance of any of the teams and also made for a frustrating schedule – as qualifying got pushed to Sunday morning. During that session, things began …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Amid Uncertainty, Ben Rhodes Looking Forward to Future

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Ben Rhodes stood in his hauler at Dover International Speedway with a wry smile during a rainy day. The outside of his hauler was met with large puddles, each of which expanded near a set of tires. The 18-year-old was sitting on his laptop, staring at pictures of classic cars, something he loves to do. For this …

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