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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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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?

Alex Tagliani in his truck at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (8/29/15) credit: Getty Images

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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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Eyes on XFINITY: Childress’ Championship Hopes Hinge on Consistency

Before the 2014 season began, NASCAR instituted a new elimination-style Chase for the first time in the Sprint Cup Series.  While none of the competitors were quite sure about how to approach the new championship format, it seemed that the teams who had the most raw speed (and therefore stood the best chance at winning races) …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Chris Buescher’s Other First Win

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Chris Buescher, the reigning XFINITY Series champion, returned to Victory Lane on Monday.  After slogging through what has been a miserable rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series so far, Buescher scored his first win in NASCAR’s top level at Pocono Raceway.  He may have gotten a big helping hand from Mother Nature, but great …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Get Ready to Race with Stewart-Haas

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Stewart-Haas Racing has experienced a tremendous amount of growth in its relatively short existence.  In 2017, the organization will expand once again, this time to the XFINITY Series.  News broke on Monday that the team would field a single-car entry in NASCAR’s second-tier division next season with driver and sponsorship details announced later this year. …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Erik Jones & Daniel Suarez Taking Opposite Paths to the Chase

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Halfway through the 2016 XFINITY Series season, there are two drivers who stand out as the biggest championship contenders.  Those drivers are the Joe Gibbs Racing duo of Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez.  Both are among the lucky few regulars who have won a race this year.  Jones has won twice, at Bristol and Dover.  Suarez, …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Does Team Penske’s Single-Car Approach Work?

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Last weekend at Kentucky Speedway, Team Penske did something it had only done once before this year.  The organization fielded a second XFINITY Series entry.  Ryan Blaney piloted the No. 12 car to an eighth-place finish, while Brad Keselowski wound up 10th in the flagship No. 22 car.  In most of this season’s events, only …

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