Race Weekend Central

Xfinity Breakdown: Christopher Bell Opens Playoffs By Throwing Down the Gauntlet

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

It’s not for nothing that there was so much talk about the Big Three during the Xfinity Series regular season. The moniker was fresh in everyone’s mind after its use during the 2018 Cup Series campaign, and Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick certainly accomplished enough to deserve to be in the top trio. It’s not …

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Austin Cindric Records Second-Place Finish at Richmond

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Austin Cindric sat on the pole and raced his way to a second-place finish in the Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway. The driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang finished in the top five in both stages, recording second- and fifth-place finishes and totaling 50 points by the end of the race. …

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Austin Cindric Wins Pole for Go Bowling 250

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Austin Cindric posted a lap of almost 119 mph to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series pole at Richmond Raceway. He’ll start up front for Friday night’s (Sept. 20) 2019 postseason opener for the series, the Go Bowling 250. Cindric was one of the last drivers to qualify but made his laps count to earn his …

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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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Xfinity Breakdown: Tyler Reddick, Randall Burnett Conjure Magical Win in Las Vegas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Champion boxer Gennady Golovkin likes to refer to what he does in the ring as the “Big Drama Show.” If he’s willing to share, Tyler Reddick, crew chief Randall Burnett and the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team showed they deserve that label, too. This group pulled off a white-knuckle gambit to TKO  the …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Christopher Bell Now Officially Has No Weaknesses

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There’s probably not really such a thing as a Christopher Bell naysayer. He’s clearly ready for Monster Energy Cup Series racing in 2020 — and an excellent argument could be made that he could have successfully made the jump this year — as he’s accomplished everything he possibly could at the NASCAR Xfinity Series level …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Start the Dominoes

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Silly Season has finally officially kicked into gear for 2020 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, as last week it was announced that Front Row Motorsports’ David Ragan would be stepping back from full-time racing at season’s end, leaving the No. 38 open, and that Matt DiBenedetto would be one-and-done in the No. 95. …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Landon Cassill Enjoying Time at StarCom, Open to Full-Time Xfinity Return

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss an entertaining weekend of racing at both Michigan International Speedway and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Kevin Harvick picked up his second win of the season, both coming in the past four races. Meanwhile, it’s Denny Hamlin who’s the hottest driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR …

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5 Points to Ponder: Playoffs, Playoffs, Playoffs

Photo: Danny Peters

ONE: Jimmie Johnson’s Playoff Hopes Continue to Slip Away Last weekend was a nightmare for Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team. Johnson hasn’t won a race in more than two years. He squeaked into the playoffs last season, but this year doesn’t look as promising. Johnson encountered issues early on, smacking the turn 2 …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Take Us Out to the Ballgame?

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On the sports calendar, August means the start of college football season, an excessive amount of golf on TV, and the hunt for baseball’s playoff positions winding down. NASCAR’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series solidified its playoff field with the regular season finale this weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Austin Cindric is looking like a possible …

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