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Eyes on Xfinity: Brandon Jones Transitioning to Team Leader at Joe Gibbs Racing

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At this time two years ago, Brandon Jones was trying to find his footing at Joe Gibbs Racing. Now, two races into the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, he’s becoming one of the team’s leaders. Jones, 23, is in the midst of his fifth full-time season in Xfinity. His first two years were spent with …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Daniel Hemric Feeling Recharged Entering First Race with JR Motorsports

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It’s not often you see a driver win the NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award and immediately drop back down to the lower divisions of the sport. But that’s what happened to Daniel Hemric for 2020. Hemric, 29, spent 2019 with Richard Childress Racing at the Cup level. With just two top-10 …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Busy Offseason

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After a three-month hiatus, the NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to the track this weekend at the famed Daytona International Speedway. For many drivers, this is the biggest race of the season, but it won’t give a fair perspective on how the season will shape up. Last season, Michael Annett won the season opener… in boring …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Previewing Homestead-Miami Speedway

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Another nine months of NASCAR racing has come and gone, and it’s time to crown a champion in South Beach. This year’s Xfinity Series Championship 4 lineup is stout. The majority of the 2019 season has belonged to three drivers: Christopher Bell, Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick, combining to win 20 of the 32 races …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Garrett Smithley Thankful for Johnny Davis

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Four years ago, not many people knew the name Garrett Smithley. Since then, he’s been a staple for JD Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Smithley, 27, will be finishing up his fourth full-time Xfinity season next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Ironically, he’s just as surprised as any that the relationship with JDM has gone …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Timmy Hill, A Jack of All Trades

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Timmy Hill has been lingering around the top three NASCAR national touring series since 2011. But 2019 has been a special year for the driver. Hill, 26, is happiest when he’s strapped in behind the wheel, but he’s not afraid to get down and dirty. He recently started his own Gander Outdoors Truck Series team, …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Hard Work Paying Off for Mike Harmon

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Mike Harmon has dedicated his entire life to racing, and he’s happy to see all the blood, sweat and tears over the years finally pay off. When thinking of Harmon, you don’t think of him being a threat for a victory … ever. In fact, for most of his career, his primary goal was to …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Kaulig Racing Ready to Expand

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Five years ago, Matt Kaulig had a vision. That vision included motorsports, particularly NASCAR. In 2014, LeafFilter Gutter Protection, Kaulig’s business, entered the NASCAR world to sponsor Blake Koch while competing for Go Fas Racing in two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. The next season, LeafFilter continued its partnership with Koch at TriStar Motorsports for …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Stefan Parsons Making Most of Opportunity with BJ McLeod Motorsports

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Stefan Parsons was a late bloomer – not in the sense of hitting a growth spurt or maturing later in life, but that he didn’t strap in behind the wheel of a race car until right before his 13th birthday. Now, to make it in NASCAR is his life. Parsons, 21, has grown up around …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Zane Smith ‘Thought I Was Going to be Done’

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Zane Smith didn’t think he would be racing in 2019 Instead, here he is, entering his ninth and final race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season for JR Motorsports this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Smith, 20, won four races in 2018, his rookie campaign in the ARCA Menards Series. Driving for MDM Motorsports, he …

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