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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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Eyes on XFINITY: Darrell Wallace, Jr.’s Fine Does Not Help NASCAR’s Image

Here we go again.  On Wednesday, news broke that NASCAR had fined another driver for comments the sanctioning body saw as disparaging to the sport.  This time, it was XFINITY Series driver Darrell Wallace, Jr. who drew the ire of NASCAR following last week’s race at Daytona.  The sanctioning body fined Wallace $15,000 for a …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Time to Lose the “No Pushing” Rule

The XFINITY Series will make its second trip of the season to Daytona International Speedway on Friday night.  Fans should be in store for another wild contest at The World Center of Racing. However, one of NASCAR’s rules has the potential to turn a great night of racing into a massive controversy that would surely leave …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Looking Beyond the Championship

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If you are a fan of parity in NASCAR, there is good news.  Whoever wins the XFINITY Series championship in 2016 will do so for the first time.  All of the drivers who remain in Chase contention have never hoisted the championship trophy.  It makes the prospect of this year’s championship battle all the more …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Get Your Chase Spot While You Still Can

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The drivers and teams of NASCAR’s XFINITY Series have reached the halfway point of the regular season, with 13 races down and 13 to go.  For the next few months, there will be an increasing amount of focus on who is in and who is out of the postseason as the inaugural XFINITY Chase approaches.  …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Ross Chastain Hoping to Defy Expectations

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The next few months have the potential to be a major turning point in Ross Chastain’s NASCAR career. The Alva, Florida native, in his second full-time season in the XFINITY Series is once again racing with JD Motorsports.  Through the first twelve races, Chastain’s biggest highlight was running near the front of the pack and …

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Eyes on XFINITY: NASCAR’s Blended Schedules

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It is hard to believe that this weekend’s race at Pocono Raceway is the first ever for the XFINITY Series. The triangular track nestled in the Pennsylvania hills is not a late arrival to the NASCAR party. The Sprint Cup Series has hosted at least one event at Pocono every year since 1974. The Truck …

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Eyes on XFINITY: The Case for a Longer Race

during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 200 at Dover International Speedway on October 3, 2015 in Dover, Delaware.

Memorial Day Weekend is a motorsports fan’s dream.  Sunday alone features three major races for fans to enjoy.  NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series will host the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the sport’s longest race.  Formula 1 holds its marquee event, the Grand Prix of Monaco, on Sunday morning.  The biggest event, however, will be …

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