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Xfinity Breakdown: Ty Gibbs Shows Off Undeniable Talent at The Glen

#54: Ty Gibbs, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra Monster Energy (credit: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If you are part of the crowd that believes Ty Gibbs is driving a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Xfinity Series based purely on who his grandfather is, hopefully, his performance on Saturday at Watkins Glen International changed your mind. Gibbs led a race-high 43 laps and outdueled — cleanly — two of …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Dominance Detrimental to ARCA?

Ty Gibbs wins back to back races at Iowa Speedway

(Photo: Mark Kristl)

Two drivers have combined to win all but one ARCA Menards Series race this season. Does this diminish the relevance of the series?  Mark Kristl: It diminishes the spotlight on other drivers, especially the other two who are full time. However, it does not diminish the series. ARCA is the NASCAR equivalent of Single A, and …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Auto Racing Be An Olympic Sport?

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Las Vegas Carl Edwards backflip Nigel Kinrade Autostock

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/Autostock)

Harrison Burton is the latest driver to come up through the Toyota development ranks only to wind up in NASCAR Cup Series racing for a different manufacturer. Should Toyota Racing Development be making more of an effort to keep prospects? Luken Glover: Toyota has followed a motto of quality over quantity several times in the past …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Christopher Bell Becomes “Mr. Magic” With a Hat Trick Win at New Hampshire

2021 Loudon NXS Christopher Bell woohoo Jared C Tilton Getty

(Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

The NASCAR Xfinity Series did not race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2020 as the race was realigned to its Speedway Motorsports sister-track, Kentucky Speedway, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The shift meant that Christopher Bell would retain his Magic Mile crown for another year and when the green flag dropped in Saturday’s Ambetter …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Take a Summer Vacation Every Year?

Tyler Reddick stands next to his car at 2021 spring Kansas Cup race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Should NASCAR continue to schedule back-to-back off-weekends in the late summer even when no Summer Olympics are being held? Trenton Worsham: Not back to back, but it’d be nice for it to have two or three more weeks off scattered out throughout the year as bye weeks. Josh Roller: I like the idea of a late …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Going Out On Top; Kyle Busch Wins No. 102 at Atlanta

2021 Atlanta NXS Kyle Busch checkered flag NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

His NASCAR Xfinity Series career began on May 24, 2003, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His first victory was at Richmond Raceway on May 14, 2004. But was Kyle Busch’s 102nd victory in his 362nd career start the final time the 2009 Xfinity Series champion competes in NASCAR’s second-tier division? According to Busch, that very well …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Fresh Tires Boost Kyle Busch to Surprise Henry 180 Victory at Road America

#54: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra M&M's Ice Cream celebrates his win at 2021 NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Tires were the topic of conversation for much of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America. Some teams planned to save enough fuel to go the entire distance of the Henry 180 on two stops to save a fresh set of tires for a late-race caution. Others wanted to pit to keep the freshest …

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Friday Faceoff: Who Will Be Next to Lead NASCAR’s Biggest Teams?

Joe Gibbs looks on wearing sunglasses at 2021 NASCAR Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Coca-Cola 600. Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

During one of the NASCAR Cup Series’ two races at Pocono Raceway last weekend, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was penalized for laying back on a restart, but race winner Kyle Busch purposely pitted to fall back and get momentum built up. Is there a difference between the two and should NASCAR implement a penalty for such …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Austin Cindric Snags Pocono Win; Safety Highlighted in Scary Crash

Austin Cindric celebrates in victory lane at Pocono Raceway June 2021 (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Leading a race-high 26 laps, Austin Cindric held off a hard-charging Ty Gibbs to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway held on June 27, 2021.

Friday Faceoff: Are CBD Sponsorships Good for NASCAR?

2021 Nashville Cup Kyle Larson William Byron pack racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR said it allows CBD sponsorships as long as the product contains less than .3% THC. Should such partnerships be permitted, or is it better if these companies follow big tobacco out the door? Josh Roller: If any product can legally be consumed, it should be allowed to sponsor in NASCAR and any sport. Until an …

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