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Eyes on XFINITY: Blake Koch, Kaulig Racing the Perfect Match


(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Matt Kaulig took a risk starting his own race team, Kaulig Racing, heading into the 2016 season. His choice of driver Blake Koch, who was at a crossroads in his career. Prior to taking the ride, Koch spent seven partial seasons in the XFINITY Series, running a full schedule only in 2015, and finishing 17th in …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Reviewing the First 10 XFINITY Series Races of 2017

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(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Coming on the heels of two consecutive bye weeks, the XFINITY Series took to Charlotte Motor Speedway this past Saturday, and to no one’s surprise a Cup Series regular was victorious. Over the past several years, that has been the theme of the XFINITY Series, even though “names are made here.” But there is a bright …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Aric Almirola Continues Plate Racing Success with Talladega Victory

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As they wrecked down the backstretch of Talladega Superspeedway, it was a mirrored finish of last July’s XFINITY Series race at Daytona for Aric Almirola. Except this time, they raced back under green. For the second time on a plate track, it was Almirola who scored the victory for Biagi DenBeste Racing. Leading 13 laps, …

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Blake Koch, Brandon Jones Fastest in Talladega XFINITY Practices

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The NASCAR XFINITY Series hit the high banks of the Talladega Superspeedway on Friday (May 5) for two practice sessions in preparation for Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300. Ordinarily, practices at restrictor plate races don’t hold much weight. But when the same cars top the charts in both rounds, there might be something more to it. …

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New Limits On Cup Drivers Not Stopping Their Dominance of NASCAR XFINITY Regulars

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During the offseason, NASCAR created a rule limiting Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers with five or more years experience to 10 XFINITY Series events per season. The hope was adding that in-season limit could allow more full-time regulars to run up front. Instead? So far it’s same old, same old as Cup full-timers are running roughshod over …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Blake Koch Determined to Win in 2017 for Son Carter


(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Racing is life for Blake Koch. But until Matt Kaulig started Kaulig Racing, he was circling around the XFINITY Series garage, searching for any opportunity he could get. However, until 2016, Koch never earned a top-10 finish. Now, with his career beginning to reach what could be the start of something special, he has high …

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Pace Laps: Kevin Harvick Preparing for Must-Win & Blake Koch V. Justin Allgaier

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(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Sprint Cup: It’s Sure to Be a Desert Delight – Think about it… it couldn’t get much better with one race remaining before we set the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. We have Kevin Harvick, the greatest driver in the history of Phoenix International Raceway, in what could be a must-win situation [again] while four …

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Blake Koch in the Midst of ‘Career Changing’ Year

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(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

When the XFINITY Series returns to action this Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, Blake Koch will begin the race somewhere he is unaccustomed to … the front. Coming off of a ninth-place finish at Kansas two weeks ago, Koch sits a career-high third in the championship standings with 500 miles remaining until the final four are …

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Joey Logano Takes XFINITY Win at Charlotte

2016 Chicago NXS Joey Logano Russell LaBounty NKP

Russell Labounty NKP

As the 12-driver XFINITY Series Chase turned into eight following Sunday’s Drive For The Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, it was Joey Logano who took the trophy home. Holding off dominant Kyle Larson in the closing laps, Logano grabbed his second win of 2016, second at Charlotte and 27th of his XFINITY career. “What …

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