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Eyes on XFINITY: JR Motorsports on the Rise?

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In recent weeks, a stronger sense of parity appears to be emerging in the XFINITY Series. Thanks to Kyle Busch spending a few weeks away from NASCAR’s second-tier division, some new faces have had the opportunity to reach victory lane.  Erik Jones has notched two wins in the last five races, one of which came …

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Eyes on XFINITY: When Will Suarez Finally Win?

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Sooner or later, Daniel Suarez is going to reach victory lane.  All the parts and pieces are in place for the native of Monterrey, Mexico, to earn his first XFINITY Series win. Suarez is in his second season driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, which has been the most dominant NXS team in 2016.  While the …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Brandon Jones vs. Erik Jones

No decision or rule change in the world of stock car racing happens in a vacuum.  Whenever NASCAR implements a new policy, there is often a ripple effect that influences racing years later.  One example of this effect is the circumstances of the XFINITY Series’ Rookie of the Year battle in 2016. Amid the fight …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Has Elliott Sadler Finally Found the Right Team?

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Believe it or not, Elliott Sadler has not won an XFINITY race in two years.  The site of that last victory is Talladega Superspeedway, where the NXS drivers will race this weekend.  Sadler will be one of many drivers hoping to take advantage of the opportunity that restrictor plate racing brings for surprise winners.  While it would …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Are Matt Tifft and Cole Custer the Latest Names Made Here?

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The XFINITY Series will have a couple of relatively new faces in new places this weekend at Richmond International Raceway.  Matt Tifft will be making the first of 13 scheduled starts in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 car.  Additionally, Camping World Truck Series regular Cole Custer will be making his first ever XFINITY start, racing …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Can Brennan Poole Maintain a Strong Start?


As the XFINITY Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway, Texas native Brennan Poole finds himself 10th in the series points standings.  Poole, who will turn 25 next week, is perhaps the biggest surprise in the top 10 of the XFINITY standings.  So far, he has been keeping pace with his fellow NXS regulars, having posted just …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Now or Never for Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan?

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The good news for Richard Childress Racing is that the four-car team reached Victory Lane just five races into the XFINITY Series season.  The bad news, at least as far as the XFINITY championship is concerned, is that Sprint Cup regular Austin Dillon was the one who delivered the win to the team.  RCR’s three …

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Eyes on XFINITY: No Easy Solution to Cup Driver Dominance

There have not been many high points in 2016 for XFINITY Series fans who favor a second-tier series without Sprint Cup driver dominance. In the last three races, reigning Sprint Cup champ Kyle Busch has looked nearly unstoppable, and he stands a good chance at getting his fourth consecutive victory at Auto Club Speedway. Busch’s …

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