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Eyes on Xfinity: Move Over, Everyone. This Is Ty Gibbs’ World

Ty Gibbs Watkins Glen 2021

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When the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity season meets its conclusion at Phoenix Raceway, there will be no shortage of pomp and circumstance with the crowning of a new series champion. Regardless if it’s a repeat title by Austin Cindric or someone else hoisting the championship trophy, this much is true: This year’s champion won’t be the …

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Eyes On Xfinity: A JGR ‘Star Car’ Should Include Bubba Wallace

Bubba Wallace NASCAR Circuit of the Americas 2021

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We’re not even seven full months into 2021, so there’s obviously a long time between now and the start of the 2022 NASCAR season. There will obviously be some things that will be different next year. Some are known, such as the Team Penske plans to move Harrison Burton and Austin Cindric into the NASCAR …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Time for Harrison Burton to Prove People Right

Harrison Burton Road America 2021

#20: Harrison Burton, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra DEX Imaging

The expectations may be unfair. But racing can be an unfair business at times. That’s just the way it is at times. As last year ended, Harrison Burton may not have been in the Championship 4 of the NASCAR Xfinity Series, but he carried the mantle of a heavy favorite into the offseason. There was …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Jordan Anderson’s Team Looks to Continue Overachieving

#31: Kaz Grala, Jordan Anderson Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Ruedebusch.com

Jordan Anderson will admit that the itch to still get behind the wheel and drive is “still there.” This weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Anderson gets a chance to satisfy that itch, getting behind the wheel of his own car for the second time this year in the Xfinity Series. The first time came …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Ease Up on Road Courses

2021 Road America Xfinity Series Austin Cindric Justin Haley pack racing NKP

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Three more times this year, the NASCAR Xfinity Series will race on road courses. By the time the checkered flag falls at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL this fall (Oct. 9), it’ll mark seven races on road courses this season for NASCAR’s No. 2 series. That’s a few trips too many around road courses this …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Let’s Appreciate the Legends

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By personal recollection, I probably started watching racing around the 1989 Pepsi 400. I still remember arranging small diecasts on the floor beside an upside down rocking chair, saying it was The Winston Tower. Heck, somewhere in a box is a hat autographed to me and my younger brother from that year’s Winston Cup champion, …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Justin Allgaier Is on a Roll

Justin Allgaier

#7: Justin Allgaier, JR Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro BRANDT

In the past two NASCAR Xfinity Series races, it’s been pretty simple. The best driver in the series not named Kyle Busch has been Justin Allgaier. If not for Busch having now won 100 races on the circuit, including each of the last two events, Allgaier would likely have found himself on a winning streak …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Keep the Rowdy Show Going With Kyle Busch

2021 Texas Xfinity Kyle Busch Justin Allgaier pack racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The good news for those wary of Kyle Busch going for wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series? He is only scheduled to race in three more NXS races this year. The bad? The next one is this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway, one week after getting win No. 99 in the series. We’re very close to …

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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?

2021 Charlotte NXS Ty Gibbs checkered flag NKP

(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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