NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Eyes on XFINITY: Chasing Out the Sprint Cup Drivers?

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Earlier this week, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell made a comment about Sprint Cup drivers racing in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series.  O’Donnell hinted that the sanctioning body could make an announcement soon regarding a plan to limit participation by Sprint Cup regulars in these lower divisions. …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Is Erik Jones the Title Favorite Again?

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Erik Jones’ lackluster first round of the XFINITY Chase is finally over.  Fortunately for him, his championship hopes are not.  Jones went into the last race in the Round of 12 four points behind the Chase cutoff.  His fifth-place finish gave him more than enough points to make up the deficit.  As a result, he …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Blake Koch’s Title Hopes Hinge on Charlotte

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(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

The Round of 12 in the XFINITY Series Chase concludes this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  The first two Chase races have produced a tight battle for the remaining six transfer spots.  Most eyes will no doubt be on Erik Jones and Ty Dillon, who are currently below the Chase cutoff and seeking either a …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Richard Childress Racing’s Split Agenda

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Richard Childress Racing has three drivers who qualified for the new XFINITY Series Chase, and after the first race of the postseason, all three drivers find themselves in a different position. Brendan Gaughan got out of Kentucky the best, finishing sixth and leaving the Bluegrass State with a nine-point cushion over the Chase cut line.  …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Swing for the Fences in the Windy City

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This weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Chicagoland Speedway has the potential to be a very unique race.  For the vast majority of drivers, points do not matter. In fact, there has arguably never been a race in XFINITY Series history where points mattered less.  Even in instances where the points leader locked up the …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Dakoda Armstrong’s Big Opportunity

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(Photo: Matthew T.Thacker / NKP)

For the next two weeks, Dakoda Armstrong will have a lot more eyes on him than usual. It may be hard, generally speaking, for a professional race car driver to escape the spotlight.  Armstrong, however, has managed to do just that, piecing together a very nondescript season full of thoroughly average finishes.  Although he hovered …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Who is the Favorite Among the Road Course Specialists?

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(Photo credit: Getty Images)

NASCAR’s XFINITY Series will take on the winding, twisting, four-mile Road America course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin this weekend.  That means that a cadre of racers who specialize in turning right and left will face off against the NXS regulars one last time in 2016. The practice of teams bringing in a road course specialist …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Ryan Sieg, Jeremy Clements, B.J. McLeod Hearken to Era of Independents

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“Names are made here.”  That is the tagline NASCAR has used when marketing the XFINITY Series for the past few years.  It is true that the XFINITY Series is the home (or former home) of some of NASCAR’s rising talents.  Most fans view the second-tier division through that lens.  They follow NXS racing to watch …

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