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Eyes on Xfinity: Getting to Know Rookie Colby Howard

Colby Howard Phoenix I 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Prior to the 2020 season, the name Colby Howard was foreign to the casual fan of the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The South Carolina native is trying to change that, running a partial schedule with JD Motorsports this year. Howard, 18, has grown up around racing. His grandfather, Buddy, was a multiple-time track champion at Greenville …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Harrison & Kim Burton Adjusting to New Normal at Racetracks

Harrison Burton Pocono II 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

When Harrison Burton approached his parents, Kim and Jeff, about racing at the ripe age of four, they wanted to make sure he did it because he loved it. And did he ever. “I really think that my parents wanted me to do something else,” Burton recently told Frontstretch. “They wanted me to do something …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Anthony Alfredo Focused on Improving in 2020, Chasing Championship in 2021

Anthony Alfredo Fontana II 2020

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When Anthony Alfredo was an infant, his parents, Rob and Veronica, were fans of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Richard Childress Racing. Fast forward 20 years, and Alfredo is competing for RCR in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.   Last fall when Alfredo interviewed for the vacant part-time ride at RCR, his parents weren’t able to be in …

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Eyes on Xfinity: AJ Allmendinger Having Fun Again, Helping Elevate Kaulig Racing

AJ Allmendinger Daytona 2020

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Flashback to less than two years ago: AJ Allmendinger was running in the NASCAR Cup Series for JTG Daugherty Racing, finishing 22nd in the championship standings. That was a disappointing ending to his tenure at JTG. Ultimately, Allmendinger believes expectations were set too high, given the equipment he had to work with. His inconsistency at …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Riley Herbst Blocking Out Haters

Riley Herbst in Daytona, February 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With a crop of young but relatively inexperienced talent filling Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR Xfinity Series program in 2020, expectations were limited. Collectively, each of the three drivers put those expectations to the side, including Riley Herbst, who made the jump to full-time competition in 2020. Herbst has spent the majority of the past three …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Noah Gragson Maturing in Sophomore Season

Noah Gragson Daytona 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Compared to this time a year ago, one could argue that Noah Gragson is the most improved driver in all of NASCAR. And it didn’t happen by accident. Gragson entered the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season coming off a subpar rookie season in 2019, where he finished eighth in the championship standings. His seven top-five …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Austin Cindric Focused on Chasing Title, Ready for Another Challenge

#22: Austin Cindric, Team Penske, Ford Mustang MoneyLion

When Austin Cindric was introduced to the NASCAR world full-time in 2017, there’s no doubt he ruffled some feathers. That continued into 2018, his rookie season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. That year, Cindric split the season between Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 60 Ford and Team Penske. Whenever Cindric competed for Penske, he was competitive, …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Jesse Little Hopes to be Next Breakout Star at JD Motorsports

Jesse Little Daytona 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Prior to the 2020 NASCAR season opening weekend at Daytona International Speedway, Jesse Little had never turned a lap in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. But that didn’t change his mindset. Little, 23, has been on the grind to make it to Xfinity for years. He recalls racing at Hickory Motor Speedway in late models before …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Ross Chastain & Kaulig Racing the Perfect Match

Ross Chastain Daytona 2020

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Over the course of his 10-year NASCAR career, Ross Chastain has never had stability for an extended period of time. Now, he’s found it. Everything went haywire for Chastain following the DC Solar sponsorship debacle during the 2018-2019 offseason that left him without a ride at Chip Ganassi Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. After …

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Ray Black Jr. Focusing on Family Business, Rick Ware Strikes Deal with SS Green Light Racing

Ray Black Jr 2020 Daytona

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Prior to the 2020 NASCAR season kicking off at Daytona International Speedway in mid-February, Ray Black Jr. was scheduled to run the full Xfinity Series season for SS Green Light Racing. Less than one month later, the world was turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. This season, Black, 29, has been primarily funded by …

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