Race Weekend Central

Eyes on Xfinity: Ryan Vargas Grinding Away at JD Motorsports

Ryan Vargas JDM

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Last Thursday (Sept. 24) was one of the biggest days of Ryan Vargas‘ life. It was announced that day that TikTok would be sponsoring him for the final six races of the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Vargas, who turned 20 years old one day prior to the announcement, is an avid TikTok user with …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: Previewing the 2020 Playoffs

Xfinity Las Vegas 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the midst of one of the most bizarre NASCAR seasons, the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season is finally complete. No practice, no qualifying, new racetracks and a great aerodynamic package have all led to an entertaining racing. Now it’s time for a seven-week grind to crown a champion come Nov. 7 at Phoenix Raceway. …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: Jeb Burton Continuing to Work Hard to Nail Down Funding

Jeb Burton Daytona 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

As many know, in order to compete at a competitive level of NASCAR ā€“ and really all racing series ā€“ drivers need funding. Not many work harder to nail down sponsorship than Jeb Burton. Burton, now 28, had the world by his fingertips seven years ago when he was running full-time in the Gander RV …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: Jeffrey Earnhardt Continues to Mature in 2nd Stint with JD Motorsports

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Six years ago, Jeffrey Earnhardt was trying to find himself as a racecar driver, competing full-time for the first time in his NASCAR career for JD Motorsports. Since then, he’s done a great deal of growing up both on and off the racetrack. To this day, 2014 is Earnhardt’s lone full season in a NASCAR …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: Brandon Brown & Brandonbilt Motorsports, From Part-Time Team to Playoff Bubble

Brandon Brown Fontana 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Flashback to the 2016 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway: Brandon Brown surprised the racing community by finishing fourth for his small family team, Brandonbilt Motorsports. Who? What? How? That race began an upward trajectory in Brown’s racing career, running partial seasons in both the Truck Series and …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: Mike Harmon Racing in Midst of Best Season

Mike Harmon Racing Fontana 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For years, Mike Harmon Racing was beaten down and continuously joked about for its lack of speed. But on the performance side, the past two seasons have been a steady improvement for the small, underfunded race team. Mike Harmon has owned a NASCAR Xfinity Series team since 2008, having scored just one top-15 finish in …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: Joe Graf Jr. Balancing Racing & College in Rookie Season

Joe Graf Jr Road America 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Driving racecars for a living is rewarding, but it’s certainly a challenge. Being enrolled full-time at a first-class university to learn the inner workings of business in sport on top of that makes life much more difficult. Joe Graf Jr. is in the midst of his rookie season in the NASCAR Xfintiy Series, competing for …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: Consistency Is Key for Justin Haley in 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

On paper, Justin Haley has the best numbers for Kaulig Racing since the team formed in 2016. Granted, he’s competed in more races for Kaulig than all but one driver (Blake Koch), but the Indiana native is hoping that consistency pays dividends over the final three months of the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. In …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: Alex Labbe Having Career Year, Putting Additional Emphasis on Month of August

Alex Labbe Daytona II 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Despite receiving a 75-point penalty from NASCAR on Tuesday (Aug. 4) for violating its testing policy at the Daytona International Speedway road course by running in a Sports Car Club of America race last week, Alex Labbe is in the midst of a career year for DGM Racing, owned by Mario Gosselin. While some drivers …

Read more

Eyes on Xfinity: Michael Annett & Travis Mack Thriving After 2 Years Together

Michael Annett Travis Mack Kentucky 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Just over two years ago, Michael Annett was struggling at JR Motorsports, putting together a self-admittedly lackluster season. That followed a disappointing 2017 campaign, squeaking into the postseason. After returning to the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2017, Annett had first-year crew chief Jason Stockert leading the way. Scoring just seven top-10 finishes in their first …

Read more

Sign up for the Frontstretch Newsletter

A daily email update (Monday through Friday) providing racing news, commentary, features, and information from Frontstretch.com

Frontstretch