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Eyes on XFINITY: Garrett Smithley Hopes To Be Next Breakout Star at JD Motorsports

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Over the past few seasons, JD Motorsports has produced multiple elite talents. Garrett Smithley wants to add his name to that list. Smithley, 26, is in his third full season in the No. 0 ride — an opportunity that was originally scheduled only to be a three-race deal. Almost three full seasons later and he …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Reduction to 38 Cars in 2019 Worrisome for Some Team Owners

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In late August, NASCAR announced it was reducing the NASCAR XFINITY Series field to 38 cars per race in 2019, reallocating the purse money previously awarded to the 39th- and 40th-place finishers to the rest of the field. But that has some teams on pins and needles. Mike Harmon and Morgan Shepherd are two veteran NASCAR drivers …

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Eyes on XFINITY: JP Motorsports Surviving Rookie Campaign

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There are sure to be growing pains whenever a new team owner enters NASCAR. That’s exactly what Jerry Hattaway, co-owner of JP Motorsports, is discovering in 2018. Hattaway, a California native, has run a successful construction company, Crystal Clear Quality Home Improvement, for years. An avid race fan and friend to Derrike Cope, Hattaway wanted to …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Shane Lee Hoping to Finish Season Strong with Richard Childress Racing

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At the beginning of the season, many people probably didn’t know who Shane Lee was. But maybe people are starting to recognize his name. Whenever he’s been in Richard Childress Racing’s famed No. 3 Chevrolet in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this year, the North Carolina native has put together solid finishes — despite being a …

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Eyes on XFINITY: John Hunter Nemechek Disappointed By Not Running For Driver’s Championship

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John Hunter Nemechek is doing more racing in NASCAR this season than ever before. However, he has no shot at a driver’s championship in either the XFINITY or Camping World Truck Series postseasons. Nemechek, 21, made the jump to Chip Ganassi Racing this season to run a partial schedule in the No. 42 XFINITY car, …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Katherine Legge Hoping for More Opportunities in NASCAR

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When Katherine Legge‘s name flashed by on the ticker in last month’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, casual race fans likely ignored her. But she impressed Johnny Davis, owner of JD Motorsports, enough to get a shot on an oval this past weekend at Richmond Raceway. Legge, 38, finished 30th in …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Previewing the Playoffs

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Just over seven months ago, the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season began at Daytona International Speedway in a five-overtime thriller, ending with the closest margin of victory in NASCAR history. Seven months later, it hasn’t slowed down. Action has been fast and furious this season, as veteran drivers prove why they are the ones to …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Elliott Sadler Wants to Be Remembered for Doing it the Right Way

Last laps in Virginia for Elliott Sadler? (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Just under a month ago, Elliott Sadler announced he was stepping away from full-time NASCAR competition following the 2018 season. Since then, he’s had a lot of time for reflection. Sadler, 43, has spent more than half his life traveling the NASCAR circuit, spending 12 full seasons in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Chase Briscoe Adjusting to Part-Time Rides with Ford

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The 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season is something Chase Briscoe hasn’t experienced before —not only being a rookie but running a part-time schedule for two of the top Ford Performance teams. Briscoe, 23, is the 2016 ARCA Series champion. In 2017, he won the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series for …

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Eyes on XFINITY: B.J. McLeod Enjoys Racing Against His Own Team

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Over the past four years, the name BJ McLeod may have flashed across the TV screen during a NASCAR race, and people weren’t aware of who it was. Little do they know, it’s a skull-lovin’, tattoo-wearin’, down-to-earth racer, who happens to own B.J. McLeod Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and has taken drastic steps …

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