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Xfinity Breakdown: Austin Cindric Wishes All Races Were Road Course Races

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

There’s been plenty of discussion this year about how there are less road course ringers in NASCAR now than in years past, but maybe we had one lurking among the NASCAR Xfinity Series regulars all along and didn’t even realize it. Austin Cindric sure looked the part again this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Another Week, Another New Winner at Watkins Glen

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season is starting to take on the feel of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign. It’s had a Big Three that dominated early, claiming an outsized share of the race wins. But as spring has turned to summer, other drivers have started loosening up their stranglehold, and Watkins …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Now For Something Completely Different at Iowa

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Christopher Bell was doing it again on Saturday afternoon in the U.S. Cellular 250. Winner of the previous two NASCAR Xfinity Series events at Iowa Speedway, Bell led more than 230 laps, made no mistakes and generally looked unbeatable when he was out in front in clean air. His chief rival this season, Cole Custer, …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Christopher Bell Puts Field, Battles in Rear-View Mirror at New Hampshire

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There was some tight racing and flaring tempers at times during the ROXOR 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Christopher Bell just wasn’t part of any of it. Not for any bad reason from the perspective of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team. Bell just simply was the best car for most of the …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Tale of 2 Races Ends With Cole Custer Writing Final Chapter

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Alsco 300 began in the daylight and ended with the Kentucky Speedway lights illuminating the summer skies, and the difference was more than just aesthetic. While the sun was out, it appeared to be another occasion when Christopher Bell would simply be too much for the field. Twice before (at Atlanta and Iowa), Bell …

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

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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

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(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

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(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

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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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