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Eyes on Xfinity: Bassett Brothers Moving Up Racing Ranks Together

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s not often a pair of siblings make it to the top of any particular sport, but in racing it’s a bit different. NASCAR is built on families. The Earnhardt, Petty, Allison, Waltrip, Labonte, Busch and Burton families — to name a few — all have had siblings compete against each other at the highest …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Previewing the 2019 Playoffs

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The regular season of NASCAR is complete. The Xfinity Series has raced from coast-to-coast, creating a “Big Three” — and heated rivalries. But it’s time for the postseason. Action has been fast and furious in 2019, with drivers returning to the series and stepping up their win totals. Veteran drivers have come back to relevance, …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Stephen Leicht Overcoming Depression, Looking for Redemption

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Flashback to 2007, Jimmie Johnson was in the midst of five consecutive championship-winning seasons at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level. But in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, it was a shoe by the name of Stephen Leicht who was turning heads. At the time, Leicht was competing for Robert Yates Racing. He won his …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Jeb Burton Relishing Opportunity with JR Motorsports

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Over the past handful of years, Jeb Burton has been put through the NASCAR ringer. But that hasn’t stopped his persistence of finding an elite ride at the NASCAR Xfinity Series level. Burton, 27, has been around racing his entire life, with father Ward Burton racing full-time at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level …

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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

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

(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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