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Eyes on XFINITY: JR Motorsports Overwhelming Favorites for Championship

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The regular season for the 2017 XFINITY Series has come and gone and one thing has remained certain since Daytona: JR Motorsports is the team to beat. Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, William Byron and Michael Annett comprise the quartet of drivers under the JRM banner. The organization has been the most consistent XFINITY team all season long, …

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Eyes on XFINITY: JJ Yeley, TriStar Motorsports Surviving with Limited Funding

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TriStar Motorsports has been racing in the XFINITY Series full-time since 2010, when they started with Jason Keller as the primary driver. In 2014, team owner, Mark Smith, ran a four-car operation, hoping to be the next big thing in the penultimate division of NASCAR. Fast forward just three years later, and JJ Yeley is the …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Brandon Brown Hanging with the Best in XFINITY

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Prior to making the jump, part-time, to the XFINITY Series this season, NASCAR fans might recall Brandon Brown‘s top-five performance in the Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona to kick off the 2016 season. Maybe they remember the epic save he had at Kansas Speedway en route to a 12th-place finish. Or maybe they …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Josh Bilicki Earning Respect of Veteran Drivers

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One month ago, the name Josh Bilicki might have been ignored, having only competed in four career XFINITY Series races, only one of which had come in 2017. But coming off a career-best 12th-place finish at Road America, the road course veteran is trying to work his way up the proverbial ladder of NASCAR. Bilicki, 22, …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Cole Custer Building a Notebook in Rookie Season

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As the 2017 XFINITY Series season began, there were no set expectations for Cole Custer. He was a proven winner in the Camping World Truck Series, but Stewart-Haas Racing was making its debut in the second-tier division of NASCAR. Custer, 19, showed a lot of speed in the opening months of the season, but successful results were hard …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Dylan Lupton Brings California Swagger to JGL Racing

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For most racers, the dream is to one day reach the pinnacle of NASCAR, the Monster Energy Cup Series. Dylan Lupton got a taste of that feeling in 2016, racing in four events. However, entering 2017, the California native had no full-time opportunity for the third consecutive season, after spending 2013 and 2014 in the K&N …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Daniel Hemric Evolving with Richard Childress Racing

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2017 marked a new beginning for Daniel Hemric by making the jump to the XFINITY Series after spending the last two seasons competing in the Camping World Truck Series for Brad Keselowski Racing. It’s been worth the wait. Hemric, 26, is the oldest of the core of rookie drivers in the XFINITY Series. Through the …

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Eyes on XFINITY: More Standalone Events, Please

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If you happened to miss Saturday’s action-packed barn-burner XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway, go through some archives and find it. Unreal. While sitting in the Pocono Raceway media center, everyone was on the edges of their seats throughout the entire race, but more so for the finale. Phrases such as ‘holy shit” and “that …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Michael Annett Disappointed Not Running with JR Motorsports Teammates

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Prior to the 2017 XFINITY Series season, Michael Annett had spent the last three years in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Coming back down to the series where he made a home for six previous seasons, it looked to be promising, especially competing for JR Motorsports. Annett joined NASCAR veterans Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier, …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Blake Koch, Kaulig Racing the Perfect Match

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Matt Kaulig took a risk starting his own race team, Kaulig Racing, heading into the 2016 season. His choice of driver Blake Koch, who was at a crossroads in his career. Prior to taking the ride, Koch spent seven partial seasons in the XFINITY Series, running a full schedule only in 2015, and finishing 17th in …

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Eyes on XFINITY: 3 Drivers that Need to Step Up in 2nd Half of Season

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After the 100th lap of the XFINITY Series race this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the season will hypothetically see the crossed flags, meaning it’s half complete. Through the first 16 events, the series has been dominated by Cup Series regulars. Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and Erik Jones are all multi-time winners this season. Add Aric …

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Eyes on XFINITY: David Starr, Underdog Story of the Year

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For small race teams, it’s hard to move toward the front. The lack of funding, resources and people make it almost impossible for a small team to battle for victory at almost every race track. However, restrictor plate racing at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway evens the playing field, allowing for potential Cinderella stories. That kind …

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