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Eyes on Xfinity: Tommy Joe Martins Adapting to Change at MBM Motorsports

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The month of August has been all about change for Tommy Joe Martins, who competed in his first four races for MBM Motorsports, owned by fellow driver Carl Long. Martins, 32, announced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in late July that it would be his last race weekend with BJ McLeod Motorsports. Dating back to …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Shane Lee, H2 Motorsports Looking Toward the Future

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When Shane Lee and H2 Motorsports — a new NASCAR Xfinity Series team — announced they were going to run the second half of the 2019 season, many people didn’t think they’d make it to the first race. Now seven races in, not only have they made it, but five top-20 finishes have the team …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Joey Gase Frustrated with 2019 Season

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Joey Gase entered 2019 coming off his best season in his NASCAR Xfinity Series tenure. But this season has been anything but easy for the Iowa native. Gase, 26, finished 20th in the championship standings in 2018 running for Go Green Racing, tying his career-best effort (he also finished 20th in 2014). However, at the …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Consistency is Key for Jeremy Clements

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Since Jeremy Clements began racing full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2011, consistency has been the way the small, Spartanburg, S.C., team has gotten by. Over the past 37 races — dating back to Kentucky Speedway in July 2018 — Clements has taken consistency to the next level. No, it’s not running up front …

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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