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Eyes on Xfinity: Stefan Parsons Making Most of Opportunity with BJ McLeod Motorsports

Stefan Parsons Indy

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Stefan Parsons was a late bloomer – not in the sense of hitting a growth spurt or maturing later in life, but that he didn’t strap in behind the wheel of a race car until right before his 13th birthday. Now, to make it in NASCAR is his life. Parsons, 21, has grown up around …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Zane Smith ‘Thought I Was Going to be Done’

Zane Smith Chicago

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Zane Smith didn’t think he would be racing in 2019 Instead, here he is, entering his ninth and final race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season for JR Motorsports this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Smith, 20, won four races in 2018, his rookie campaign in the ARCA Menards Series. Driving for MDM Motorsports, he …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Bassett Brothers Moving Up Racing Ranks Together

Ronnie Bassett Jr. Kentucky

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It’s not often a pair of siblings make it to the top of any particular sport, but in racing it’s a bit different. NASCAR is built on families. The Earnhardt, Petty, Allison, Waltrip, Labonte, Busch and Burton families — to name a few — all have had siblings compete against each other at the highest …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Previewing the 2019 Playoffs

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The regular season of NASCAR is complete. The Xfinity Series has raced from coast-to-coast, creating a “Big Three” — and heated rivalries. But it’s time for the postseason. Action has been fast and furious in 2019, with drivers returning to the series and stepping up their win totals. Veteran drivers have come back to relevance, …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Stephen Leicht Overcoming Depression, Looking for Redemption

Stephen Leicht

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Flashback to 2007, Jimmie Johnson was in the midst of five consecutive championship-winning seasons at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level. But in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, it was a shoe by the name of Stephen Leicht who was turning heads. At the time, Leicht was competing for Robert Yates Racing. He won his …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Jeb Burton Relishing Opportunity with JR Motorsports

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Over the past handful of years, Jeb Burton has been put through the NASCAR ringer. But that hasn’t stopped his persistence of finding an elite ride at the NASCAR Xfinity Series level. Burton, 27, has been around racing his entire life, with father Ward Burton racing full-time at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Tommy Joe Martins Adapting to Change at MBM Motorsports

Tommy Joe Martins Bristol 2019

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The month of August has been all about change for Tommy Joe Martins, who competed in his first four races for MBM Motorsports, owned by fellow driver Carl Long. Martins, 32, announced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in late July that it would be his last race weekend with BJ McLeod Motorsports. Dating back to …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Shane Lee, H2 Motorsports Looking Toward the Future

Shane Lee Kentucky 2019

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When Shane Lee and H2 Motorsports — a new NASCAR Xfinity Series team — announced they were going to run the second half of the 2019 season, many people didn’t think they’d make it to the first race. Now seven races in, not only have they made it, but five top-20 finishes have the team …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Joey Gase Frustrated with 2019 Season

Joey Gase Daytona 2019

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Joey Gase entered 2019 coming off his best season in his NASCAR Xfinity Series tenure. But this season has been anything but easy for the Iowa native. Gase, 26, finished 20th in the championship standings in 2018 running for Go Green Racing, tying his career-best effort (he also finished 20th in 2014). However, at the …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Consistency is Key for Jeremy Clements

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Since Jeremy Clements began racing full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2011, consistency has been the way the small, Spartanburg, S.C., team has gotten by. Over the past 37 races — dating back to Kentucky Speedway in July 2018 — Clements has taken consistency to the next level. No, it’s not running up front …

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