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Eyes on XFINITY: Daniel Hemric Evolving with Richard Childress Racing

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

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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(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

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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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

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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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

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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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

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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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

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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Eyes on XFINITY: Ryan Sieg Overachieving as Underdog in XFINITY Series

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

As the XFINITY Series crossed the halfway mark of its regular season last weekend at Iowa Speedway, and Ryan Sieg is in a similar situation as 2016, currently one position below the playoff cutoff. With only a handful of employees that make up a competitive organization, Sieg and company had their best-career outing, finishing runner-up to William …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Elliott Sadler Embracing Mentor Role at JR Motorsports

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

In the late 1990s, early 2000s, a young, brash babyface driver named Elliott Sadler was making his way up the rankings of the NASCAR national touring division, with the goal, reaching the top and winning championships. Along the way, Sadler would often go to veteran drivers of the sport seeking advice. The likes of Mark Martin, …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Brendan Gaughan on 2017: ‘It’s Sucked’

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Brendan Gaughan has spent more days in NASCAR than he has ahead of him, but at 41 years old, the Las Vegas native is still ultra-competitive. This season is Gaughan’s fourth-consecutive competing for Richard Childress Racing. Through 12 events, it’s been a bit of a up-and-down roller coaster season. Coming off a sixth-place effort at …

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Eyes on XFINITY: William Byron Loving Life Driving for JR Motorsports

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William Byron has a reason to smile (Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

On the heels of winning seven Camping World Truck Series races in 2016, there were high expectations for William Byron making the transition to the XFINITY Series for JR Motorsports in 2017. Through 11 races, he has not disappointed. Sure, the No. 9 car has not yet gone to Victory Lane, but winning the Dash …

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