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Eyes on XFINITY: Tommy Joe Martins Still Surviving in NASCAR

Tommy Joe Martins Daytona Pushing Car

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

In 2016, Tommy Joe Martins solidified his spot in NASCAR after an outburst on Twitter regarding the economics of the sport. On Oct. 9, 2017, he was at it again, displaying how it’s almost impossible for small teams to compete in NASCAR due to the distribution of prize money. Of course, he had plenty of …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Matt Tifft Ecstatic for Chance at Championship

Matt Tifft Charlotte Helmet

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

This season was considered a big year for Matt Tifft, as he was replacing reigning XFINITY Series champion Daniel Suarez and getting a crack at the series where Joe Gibbs Racing has dominated over the past decade. For the Ohio native, there have been many positives, along with a few setbacks. Tifft, 21, had 11 previous …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Kentucky Victory Long Time Coming for Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick DOver

(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

When Tyler Reddick announced at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November that he was running a part-time XFINITY Series schedule with Chip Ganassi Racing, he bet on himself. The California native was graduating from the Camping World Truck Series, a place he spent the better part of three seasons with Brad Keselowski Racing. In those 63 career …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Money Talks, Teams Continue to Shut Down

2017 Dover I NXS Dakoda Armstrong car Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Another week, another driver out of the XFINITY Series due to a lack of funding. When’s enough, enough? First, it was Darrell Wallace Jr. at Roush Fenway Racing, now Dakoda Armstrong is out of a ride at JGL Racing. Arguably, two of the top 15 names in the series heading into the 2017 season are …

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Eyes on XFINITY: JR Motorsports Overwhelming Favorites for Championship

ELliott Sadler William Byron Dale Jr RIchmond XFINITY

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

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

JJ Yeley Richmond XFINITY

(Photo: John K Harrelson / NKP)

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

Brandon Brown Darlington By the Wall

(Photo: John K Harrelson / NKP)

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

Josh Bilicki Mid Ohio

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

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

2017 Richmond I NXS Cole Custer Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

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

Dylan lupton Iowa

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

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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