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XFINITY Breakdown: Erik Jones Sweeps the Night & Season at Texas

Erik Jones Texas BUrnout

(Photo: John K. Harrelson/NKP)

By winning the pole Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, Erik Jones became the odds-on favorite to win the 300-mile race. The No. 20 team delivered. Jones led every lap in the opening stage en route to the stage victory. Stage 2 was a bit more difficult, but after lap 90, the No. 20 team …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Joe Gibbs Racing Teammates Collide Late, Christopher Bell Wins at Kansas

Christopher Bell Kansas Victory XFINITY

(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

For the first 195 laps in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, Erik Jones was on rails, leading 186 circuits. Coming to four laps to go, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell made a dive bomb to pick up his first career victory. Over the final 10 laps, Bell closed on Jones from …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Drive for the Cure 300

Alex Bowman INDY

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Since being announced as the replacement for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88, Alex Bowman has earned his share of detractors. Entering the Drive for the Cure 300, the knock has been Bowman’s winless resume in all three of NASCAR’s top national touring series. Time to go ahead and cross that criticism off the list. Bowman …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Ryan Blaney Cruises to Checkered Flag at Dover

Ryan Blaney Dover

(Photo:: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

After sweeping the pair of practice sessions on Friday, Ryan Blaney became the favorite for Saturday’s Use your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway. However, with an eighth-place qualifying effort, the driver of the No. 22 had to pass some good cars to get to the front. Blaney was chasing down pole-sitter William …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Hometown Party for Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier Chicago Burnout

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Until 15 laps to go, Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series looked to be on its way to being won by yet another Cup Series regular. But an eventful restart was a breakthrough moment for Illinois native Justin Allgaier. Allgaier came out of the pits in fourth position but was …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Brad Keselowski Charges Late for Victory

Brad K Richmond Burnout

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

On Friday afternoon when Kyle Busch won the pole for the Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway, he became the the 0dds-on favorite for the race victory. Until lap 53, it looked like it was going to be the Kyle Busch show, when Bobby Dale Earnhardt blew a right front tire, which brought out the …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Denny Hamlin Makes Darlington Personal Playground

Denny Hamlin Darlington Celebration

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

On Saturday morning Denny Hamlin scored his fifth pole at Darlington Raceway. Just a few hours later, though having to work for it, he put the “Flying” No. 18 car into Victory Lane for his fifth win at the famed racetrack during the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200. Hamlin dominated early, leading the opening 31 …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Spin And Win For Jeremy Clements

2017 Road America NXS Jeremy Clements checkered flag Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

With quite a number of Cup Series drivers enjoying a vacation on their final off weekend of the season, there wasn’t a single Cup driver in the field for the Johnsonville 180 at Road America. Just about every race this season without Cup drivers has been great, and this past weekend was no exception. The finish …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Busch Cruises to Another Bristol Victory

Kyle Bristol

(Photo: Rusty Jarrett / NKP)

When Kyle Busch claimed his fifth career XFINITY Series pole Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, he was the odds-on favorite to take the checkered flag. Busch dominated, leading 186 of 300 laps and winning the opening stage in commanding fashion after fighting off Justin Allgaier over the first 50 circuits. But when the No. 18 …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Sam Hornish Jr. Dominates, Road Ringers Shine at Mid-Ohio

Hornish Mid Ohio

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Following a new track record in Saturday morning’s qualifying session at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Sam Hornish Jr. became the odds-on favorite to win at his home track. With a crash-filled opening stage, Hornish paced the way until the yellow flag flew with four laps remaining. Greg Erwin, crew chief of the No. 22 team called …

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