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Eyes on XFINITY: Reviewing the First 10 XFINITY Series Races of 2017

2017 Phoenix I NXS Justin Allgaier checkered flag Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Coming on the heels of two consecutive bye weeks, the XFINITY Series took to Charlotte Motor Speedway this past Saturday, and to no one’s surprise a Cup Series regular was victorious. Over the past several years, that has been the theme of the XFINITY Series, even though “names are made here.” But there is a bright …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Ryan Blaney Comes from the Back to Win Charlotte

Ryan Blaney XFINITY Charlotte Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

Starting from the rear for fixing the right side of the No. 12 car prior to the initial green flag, Ryan Blaney raced his way up to fourth in the opening stage at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Coming out of the pits second, the North Carolina native took the lead from Kevin Harvick on the start …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Spencer Gallagher Experiencing Rookie Woes in XFINITY Series

2017 Daytona I CWTS Spencer Gallagher Rusty Jarrett NKP

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett / NKP)

The beginning of 2017 marked a couple of firsts in the XFINITY Series for a new Chevrolet team. Spencer Gallagher entered his first full-time campaign in the top preliminary series in NASCAR, as did GMS Racing, owned by his father Maury Gallagher. Gallagher competed in seven XFINITY Series events in 2016, placing a season-best eighth in July …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Brandon Jones Staying Upbeat in Sophomore Season


(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Brandon Jones kicked off his 2017, sophomore season with a bang, by winning the pole for the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, something that may have been a surprise to some. Crashing out on Lap 28 in one of the race’s three vicious wrecks, Jones finished the race 29th. In the eight races since Daytona, …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Casey Mears Adjusting to Life with Biagi DenBeste Racing

2017 Fontana NXS Casey Mears Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Biagi DenBeste Racing went to Victory Lane in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series event at Talladega Superspeedway, but Casey Mears did not. Aric Almirola piloted the No. 98 Ford for the team, winning the opening stage, as well as claiming the trophy at the end of the afternoon. The Florida native was out front for 13 laps, …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Justin Allgaier Content to Run XFINITY

2017 NXS Phoenix Justin Allgaier Confetti

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Heading into this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway, Justin Allgaier is coming off a dominating performance, leading 157 out of 254 laps at Richmond International Raceway, ultimately coming up one position short of securing his first career multi-win season in the XFINITY Series. Allgaier’s laps led was a personal milestone in any racing series. But being …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Remember When Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dominated the XFINITY Series?

2016 Richmond I NXS Dale Earnhardt Jr. car Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russel LaBounty/NKP)

On Tuesday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that he would be retiring from full-time competition in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series following the 2017 season.  Although he may go down as the Most Popular Driver in NASCAR history, a Cup Series title has eluded him throughout his career. Think back, however, to the late 90s, when Earnhardt …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Morgan Shepherd Reflects on Bristol Dominance

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(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

As NASCAR heads to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, Morgan Shepherd will be attempting to race in his second event of the 2017 season. The 75-year-old driver has attempted to qualify for four XFINITY Series races in 2017, with his only start at Phoenix International Raceway, finishing 36th. However, the series is heading to Shepherd’s best track in …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Ben Kennedy Counting Down the Days Until He’s Back in a Racecar

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21-23 October, 2016, Talladega, Alabama USA Ben Kennedy ©2016, Barry Cantrell / NKP

It’s not often you hear NASCAR drivers counting down the days to one of the most dangerous races of the season, Talladega, a track built on hallowed grounds in Southern Alabama, known for frantic finishes, and first-time winners, many drivers dread going to the restrictor plate track. But it’s an opportunity for drivers to showcase their …

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Eyes On XFINITY: Where Is Joe Gibbs Racing?

2017 Daytona I NXS Daniel Suarez Matt Tifft racing Nigek Kinrade NKP

Five races into the NASCAR XFINITY Series season, one of the main storylines continues to be what has happened to Joe Gibbs Racing. Compared to recent years, when the organization dominated the racing on Saturdays they have not shown their expected brute force for 2017. Is it time to get concerned? The short term answer would be …

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