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Xfinity Breakdown: Kaulig Racing Finds Very Different Daytona Race to Its Liking

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

What a difference a few months can make. The NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener in Daytona was one of the dullest superspeedway races in recent memory, notable mostly for Michael Annett breaking his long streak of career futility. Anyone who tried stepping out of line immediately got shuffled back, meaning that long, tedious single-file parades …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Cole Custer Makes His Case for Championship Favorite at Chicagoland

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Before the Camping World 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Tyler Reddick was the topic du jour. Due in part to his championship-winning run at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Reddick was though to be the best at running the high line, a necessity for getting around Chicagoland as fast as possible. The subtext was that if the defending Xfinity …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Short Track Race at Iowa Gets Christopher Bell Right

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Christopher Bell probably isn’t familiar with the short-lived rap career of boxing great Roy Jones Jr. If he was, though, he’d know that the future hall of famer’s most notable song was “Ya’ll Must’ve Forgot,” a title that was definitely applicable at the CircuitCity.com 250 at Iowa Speedway. Just in case the last few weeks, …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Tyler Reddick Answers Back in Season-Long Game of HORSE

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Your shot, Christopher Bell and Cole Custer. That’s essentially what Tyler Reddick and his No. 2 Richard Childress Racing team did on Saturday (June 8) at Michigan International Speedway, winning the LTi Printing 250 to respond to his two top rivals in a NASCAR Xfinity Series season that is increasingly resembling a playground game of …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Triangle Not Too Tricky for Cole Custer

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Cole Custer had the car to beat for the entire scheduled distance of the Pocono Green 250 on Saturday afternoon. And even when the race went into overtime for the first time in NASCAR Xfinity Series history at Pocono Raceway, Custer was able to snatch back a victory that appeared to have slipped through his …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Tyler Reddick Prevails in Unusually Eventful Charlotte Race

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Tyler Reddick is making a habit out of proving that statistics aren’t everything. He did it in a big way last season, claiming the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship despite winning only the first and last events of the year. It’s not fair to say he stole the title because he came up big when it …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Christopher Bell, Team Prevail at Dover With Passing at a Premium

Christopher Bell Dover 2019

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

It’s pretty common to refer to the final yellow flag pit stop of a NASCAR race as the “money stop.” On Saturday at Dover International Speedway, it earned that name in very literal fashion for Christopher Bell and his No. 20 Toyota team en route to a victory in the Allied Steel Buildings 200. Dover …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Talladega Win Kicks Off Tyler Reddick’s Defence of Title

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For Tyler Reddick, defending his 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship was always going to be a difficult proposition. Let’s start with the simple fact that Reddick was hardly the most dominant or perhaps even convincing champion. He won only two races in his title-winning campaign one year ago, and under the current system, taking the …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Cole Custer Cruises to Richmond Victory

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Cole Custer has shown speed throughout the 2019 season, including edging out Kyle Busch at Auto Club Speedway. On Friday (April 12), the No. 00 showed that same speed throughout the entirety of the ToyotaCare 250, leading a race-high 122 laps en route to the victory at Richmond Raceway. After starting from fourth due to …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Christopher Bell’s Bristol Win Shows Championship Mettle

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

No one would have ever suggested before the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series started that Christopher Bell didn’t have what it takes to win the championship this year. Quite the contrary; thanks to his seven wins in 2018, he was seen by many as the favorite to finish the job and claim the title before the …

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