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Eyes on XFINITY: The Return of Roush Fenway Racing

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They’re back. Coming off a disappointing 2016, Roush Fenway Racing has seemed to have turned the corner in both its XFINITY and Cup Series programs. Through the first five events in both divisions, the cars have been quicker and better-handling, allowing for the drivers to get all they can, finally putting up some respectable results. The …

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Eyes on XFINITY: NASCAR, Please Come Up With Another Solution

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Coming on the heels of NASCAR’s new renovation taking place at Phoenix International Raceway, the sanctioning body has confirmed that the series is looking to add restrictor plates to the XFINITY Series event held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 22. The main reason for the drastic change is simply because NASCAR officials were satisfied with an …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Brennan Poole & DC Solar a Perfect Match

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Sept. 19, 2014, was one of the most pivotal days in the young racing career of Brennan Poole. Competing part-time for Bill Venturini, Poole went into his last race of the season needing a miracle to happen in order for him to prove his talent. Starting eighth, he quickly made his way to the front, leading 27 …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Jeremy Clements Trying to Compete with NASCAR Elites

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

21. That’s the number of cars on the grid in the season-opening XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway that were part of a Cup Series organization, or affiliated with a top-tier team. Many smaller organizations within the XFINITY Series garage are struggling for sponsorship, struggling to stay competitive with the elite teams in NASCAR. Jeremy Clements …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Hard Work Pays Off for Scott Lagasse Jr.

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Opening weekend of the 2017 NASCAR season treated Scott Lagasse Jr. well. He started the weekend replacing Justin Haley in the Camping World Truck Series race because the 17-year-old is not old enough to compete on tracks over one-mile long. Then he competed for JGL Racing in the XFINITY Series, picking up top 10s on …

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Eyes on XFINITY: 5 Things to Watch for in 2017

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Coming off a season that saw the inaugural Chase for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship, year two of the format has a lot of hype behind it. Over the off-season, NASCAR announced enhancements that would be implemented throughout the top three touring divisions, not just the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The enhancements will reward teams …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Joe Gibbs Racing Versus JR Motorsports

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(Photo: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)

The four drivers who will battle for the 2016 XFINITY Series title this weekend at Homestead Miami Speedway have performed better than anyone else this season. It should not be a surprise, then, that those drivers represent the two best teams of the season.  No matter who wins the championship Saturday evening, the big prize …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Could there be a Winless Champion?

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There is no doubt that winning races is a big part of NASCAR’s elimination-style Chase format.  A win during the regular season practically locks a driver in to the postseason.  Furthermore, wins during the Chase allow drivers to advance automatically through the different rounds. However, the value of wins has not been on full display during …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Roush Fenway Racing’s Winning Streak in Jeopardy

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(CIA Stock Photography, 2015)

This weekend, all three of NASCAR’s national touring series will race at Texas Motor Speedway.  In its 20-year history, the mile-and-a-half track in Fort Worth has often been referred to as a House of Roush.  Indeed, the Roush Fenway Racing organization is no stranger to success at Texas.  Of the 31 Sprint Cup events at TMS, Roush’s …

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Eyes on XFINITY: A Return to Martinsville Could Put Lights to Use

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

NASCAR fans will be treated to some great short track racing this weekend.  The Chases in both the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series continue at Martinsville Speedway, the half-mile paper clip-shaped track in the Southern Virginia hills.  The XFINITY Series, meanwhile, gets one more weekend off. It is a shame that NASCAR’s …

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