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Eyes On Xfinity: It’s Time to Ditch the Modified Pit Stops

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The great baseball philosopher, Crash Davis, once astutely pointed out, “don’t think, it can only hurt the ball club.” The point? Sometimes, overthinking can do more harm than good. That’s exactly where the NASCAR Xfinity Series is with its modified pit-stop procedures, which are also utilized in the Camping World Truck Series in select stand-alone …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Is This the Right Points Format for the Xfinity Series?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Through 12 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season, eight different drivers have been first across the start/finish line to take the checkered flag. Of those race winners, however, three won’t be in the running for the series title — Josh Berry, Kyle Busch and Ty Gibbs. As my high school teachers would tell you, …

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Eyes on Xfinity: JJ Yeley Finding Ways to Overachieve for Different Teams

JJ Yeley No. 23 car of Our Motorsports sits on the grid at 2021 Dover Xfinity race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

J.J. Yeley turned in a solid top-15 run during Saturday’s (May 15) Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway for Our Motorsports. While it was an uneventful run that saw him finish 14th, just behind teammate Brett Moffitt, there was still a part of Yeley that wasn’t satisfied. “I love to overachieve, so my goal …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Clarity Needed on Penalty Appeal Rulings

2021 Phoenix 1 NXS Noah Gragson Smoking Car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

There’s no question that when the gates open on race weekend, it’s NASCAR’s show. There is no disputing that. You can go back to countless stories, going back to Big Bill France strong-arming his influence against drivers thinking of starting a driver’s union, to Bill France Jr. and his lieutenants finding multiple ways to say …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Parity Breeds Sense of Urgency for Playoff Hopefuls

2021 Phoenix I NXS Ryan Sieg car NKP

#39: Ryan Sieg, RSS Racing, Ford Mustang CMR Construction and Roofing

Well, that didn’t take long. Eight races into the NASCAR Xfinity Series season, the sense of urgency is already ramped up. How tense is it getting? Ryan Sieg, coming off of a top-10 points finish last season, has already made a crew chief change. After a contentious start to the season, Sieg is 17th in …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Gray Gaulding Moves Past Martinsville, Brings UFC to Talladega

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Gray Gaulding made headlines two weekends ago for all the wrong reasons. The last time the NASCAR Xfinity Series was on track, Gaulding, driver of the No. 52 Chevrolet for Jimmy Means Racing, tangled on and off the track at Martinsville Speedway with Joe Graf Jr., who drives for Gaulding’s former employer, SS Green Light Racing. …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Why Aren’t We at Richmond This Weekend?

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The NASCAR Xfinity Series is off this weekend as NASCAR stays within the Commonwealth of Virginia and races at Richmond Raceway. That’s a shame. Last week, the series raced at Martinsville Speedway, albeit delayed due to a weather postponement. What transpired was vintage short-track racing. You had a short-track ace, Josh Berry, in one of …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Series Needs Own Identity Apart from Bristol

JR Motorsports teammates Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson races at 2021 Phoenix Xfinity spring Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Two weekends ago, two of NASCAR’s top national series commanded a lion’s share of the attention in the motorsports world when they raced on Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt surface. Not having a seat at the table at Bristol? NASCAR’s Xfinity Series. As far as Bristol on dirt goes, it should stay that way. The challenge …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Can Josh Berry Take Advantage at JR Motorsports?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

There’s an overused observation that for every driver that has risen up from the short-track ranks, having gotten the big break at the right time, there are thousands of other kings of their short-track kingdoms whose accolades are mostly limited to those bullrings. For example, while Joey Logano, David Ragan and Reed Sorenson got their …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Bayley Currey Discusses Career-Best Result at Phoenix

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#74: Bayley Currey, Mike Harmon Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Running 4 Heroes

Amidst the utter chaos that occurred on the final restart of last Sunday’s (March 14) NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Phoenix Raceway, you might have noticed a bright yellow No. 74 sneaking through the mayhem. That was the Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet of Bayley Currey, who scored a career-best finish of seventh as competitors made …

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