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Eyes on Xfinity: Cole Custer Believes He’s Ready for Cup

Cole Custer Iowa 2019

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At the beginning of 2019, many people were wondering when Cole Custer was going to break out for Stewart-Haas Racing. Through the opening five months of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season, he’s done just that. Custer, 21, is in his third full-time season in the Xfinity Series with SHR. In the first two seasons, he …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Kaz Grala Fighting for NASCAR Career Despite Sponsorship Woes

Kaz Grala Dover 2019

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Kaz Grala was on his way to NASCAR superstardom in 2017, winning the Gander Outdoors Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway and becoming the youngest winner in track history. Since then, it’s been a bit of a struggle — Grala is now fighting for his NASCAR career at Richard Childress Racing in the …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Ryan Truex Making Most of Limited Opportunities at JR Motorsports

Ryan Truex Kentucky

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After years of failing to find the right full-time fit, Ryan Truex finally found stability in his NASCAR career two years ago. A season-long opportunity came in 2017 with Hattori Racing Enterprises in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series and 2018 was spent chasing a NASCAR Xfinity Series title with Kaulig Racing. Come 2019, that stability …

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Eyes on Xfinity: John Hunter Nemechek’s Special Bond with Grandmother Routing Him to Success

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Growing up, almost every single child leans on their grandmother for some sort of life advice. Fortunately for John Hunter Nemechek, his grandmother, Martha, is obsessed with racing. Nemechek, 22, is in the midst of his first full-time season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with GMS Racing. But it’s well-known that the North Carolina native …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Comcast Stepping Up Its Military Salute Program

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No other professional sport salutes the military like NASCAR, with a number of specific programs aimed at honoring our nation’s soldiers. This season, Comcast NBCUniversal, which owns Xfinity, has become one of the sport’s top sponsors and supporters of NASCAR’s mission to support our armed forces. This aspect has been a steady increase, beginning three …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Chad Finchum, Brian Keselowski Learning Together at MBM Motorsports

Chad Finchum Brian Keselowski Michigan

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The driver/crew chief dynamic is one of the key components of being successful in NASCAR. This weekend at Chicagoland Speedway marks the one-year anniversary of Brian Keselowski calling the shots for MBM Motorsports driver Chad Finchum. Keselowski, 37, older brother to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, has 67 NASCAR national touring starts. …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Harrison Burton Believes He’s Xfinity Ready

Harrison Burton Iowa

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Harrison Burton‘s career has moved like a hot knife through butter over the past handful of seasons. Now, the 18-year-old and recent high school graduate believes he’s ready for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The second-generation driver (his father is retired driver and current NBC analyst Jeff Burton) began racing at five years old. He became …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Michael Annett Feeling Rejuvenated In 2019

Michael Annett Richmond I 2019

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Maybe all it took was a number change and crew chief switch for Michael Annett to win his first race, but whatever the case, he is enjoying a career-rejuvenating year with JR Motorsports in 2019. Go back to 2018, when Annett, 32, didn’t earn his first top-10 finish until mid-August at Bristol Motor Speedway. Through the …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Josh Williams Doing It The Old-School Way

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

At the NASCAR Xfinity Series level, it’s rare to see drivers wear as many hats as Josh Williams does for DGM Racing. But he wouldn’t have it any other way. Williams, 25, is in the midst of running his second season in NASCAR, primarily in Xfinity. Through the opening 12 races, the Florida native sits …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Ray Black Jr. Happy With Return To SS Green Light Racing

2019 Daytona I NXS Ray Black Jr NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In late January, Frontstretch reported Ray Black Jr. was returning to SS Green Light Racing for the full 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Four months later and the Florida native is happy with the return to the team, having gone through the opening 11 races of the campaign. Black, 28, began his NASCAR career with SS Green …

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