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Eyes on Xfinity: Also the ‘Best Season Ever’?

Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger racing at the 2021 Daytona road course event, Photo Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If you have paid much attention during NASCAR Cup Series broadcasts this season, odds are good that you have seen the “Best Season Ever” ad campaign by Fox Sports, a brilliant messaging plan by all accounts. Somebody apparently forgot to tell the drivers of the NASCAR Xfinity Series that it did not exactly include them. …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Who Could Topple Austin Cindric on the Daytona Road Course?

Austin Cindric wins at Daytona

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Xfinity Series stays in Florida this week, taking to the Daytona International Speedway road course instead for the Super Start Batteries 188. Given the current state of NXS, any driver other than defending champion and defending Daytona road course winner Austin Cindric winning this weekend would amount to a surprise winner. Even in …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Fire Up That Pressure Cooker

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In all of NASCAR, the flames of hope do not burn much brighter than in the days leading up to Daytona. To borrow an overused phrase on the annual NASCAR media tour, everyone is “excited.” Up and down the garage, every team feels that whatever its goal is — be it winning races, championships or …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Previewing the Championship Race at Phoenix

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Thirty-two races and 5,383 laps are in the book. Now it’s time to crown the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion. For the first time, Phoenix Raceway is host of the championship race. Odds are, the four championship drivers – Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, Justin Allgaier and Justin Haley – are going to run towards the …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Josh Williams Hospital Tour Taken to Another Level

(Photo: Josh Williams Motorsports)

Josh Williams is a racer’s racer; one who will turn wrenches on his racecar during the week, only to beat and bang with that same chassis during the race weekend. Behind the helmet, Williams is fearless, doing his all to overachieve with his underfunded DGM Racing team. Outside of the car, though, the 27-year-old is …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Tommy Joe Martins Focused on Building Martins Motorsports

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Around this time last year, Tommy Joe Martins found himself in a predicament: he had funding but nowhere to go. At the time, he was competing part-time for Carl Long at MBM Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, making the swap from BJ McLeod Motorsports over the summer. Martins was told MBM was scaling back …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Daniel Hemric Putting Negative Behind Despite Frustration of 2020 Season

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

When joining JR Motorsports last offseason, Daniel Hemric felt “recharged” after being bounced from the NASCAR Cup Series, despite winning rookie of the year in 2019 for Richard Childress Racing. Unfortunately for the North Carolina native, the majority of this NASCAR Xfinity Series season has been a struggle. It hasn’t been from a lack of …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Josh Reaume Details Taking Over No. 93 Car

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

At the end of June, Reaume Brothers Racing announced it would manage the No. 93 Chevrolet, formerly of RSS Racing. In just over three months, the team is seeing progress. The stars aligned for RBR: In 2016, Josh Reaume was an engineer for Ryan Sieg‘s No. 39 car as the team aimed to make the …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Ryan Vargas Grinding Away at JD Motorsports

(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 …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Previewing the 2020 Playoffs

(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. …

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