NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Eyes on XFINITY: Blake Koch’s Title Hopes Hinge on Charlotte

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The Round of 12 in the XFINITY Series Chase concludes this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  The first two Chase races have produced a tight battle for the remaining six transfer spots.  Most eyes will no doubt be on Erik Jones and Ty Dillon, who are currently below the Chase cutoff and seeking either a …

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Blake Koch Signed Through 2017 with Kaulig Racing

2016 Atlanta NXS Blake Koch car Russell LaBounty NKP

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Kaulig Racing announced this week that the organization has signed Blake Koch and sponsor LeafFilter through the 2017 season in a team press release. LeafFilter Gutter Protecting will be the primary sponsor for all 33 races in 2017 for Koch. The driver and team owner Matt Kaulig, president of LeafFilter, have worked together since the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Grading USA Network’s NASCAR Return

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Ah, yes. The twisties.  Even if the races were relatively boring, I’d still love them, the road course detours that throw a wrench into typical stock car competition. We had two races this weekend with quirky incidents and hard racing, both elements missing from the NASCAR landscape as of late. Last weekend, the Sprint Cup and XFINITY …

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XFINITY Chase Bubble Tightens After Crash-Filled Watkins Glen

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With the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase slowly approaching, the battle for the final spot in the playoff’s 12-team grid is heating up. Blake Koch‘s early exit in Saturday’s Zippo 200 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International mixed with clean runs from Ross Chastain and Dakota Armstrong saw the battle for the final preliminary spot in the Chase …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Busch Crushes the Field Again

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Kyle Busch’s Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was all about the numbers.  He started at the front of the field in position number one.  He led 190 of 200 laps, and even cleared 17,000 laps led in his XFINITY career.  A series of pit stops for two tires kept him at the top of …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Which XFINITY Series Drivers are Underrated?

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series season is well under way, and while the Sprint Cup drivers continue to dominate NASCAR’s version of Triple-A, there are some folks who are making a name for themselves. Obviously, the top-tier teams will continue to be the ones that perform the best, especially given they have the funding to compete with …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Blake Koch on Building Kaulig Racing

Blake Koch is walking around the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage on cloud nine in 2016. The 30-year-old is currently in position to make the Chase, attempting to do so in Kaulig Racing’s first year on the circuit. Kaulig Racing opened its doors during the off-season. Matt Kaulig, owner of LeafFilter Gutter Protection, opted to start …

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Pace Laps: Tony Stewart’s All-Star Race Ends in Flames, Kaulig Racing Running Strong and Doug Coby Searching for Third Straight Whelen Modified Tour Title

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(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Sprint Cup: Back to the Old Tony Stewart. As they say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire – As Tony Stewart was collected in a crash in Saturday’s Sprint All-Star Race, the veteran driver making his final appearance in the non-points event gave the NASCAR world another piece of stimulating commentary on his way out the door …

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Logano, Koch Okay After Vicious Talladega Crash

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If the start-finish line at Talladega Superspeedway was located in the same area of the track as Daytona International Speedway, then Joey Logano would have been the winner of Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300. Instead, Logano was left climbing out of a wrecked racecar after contact with eventual winner Elliott Sadler. Logano was leading the field …

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Austin Dillon, Blake Koch Fastest In Friday XFINITY Practices At Bristol

2016 Atlanta NXS Blake Koch car Russell LaBounty NKP

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The question of the 2016 XFINITY Series season so far has been not who will beat Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing, but if they can be beat? Outside of the restrictor plate race at Daytona and a crazy race at Auto Club, nobody has really stepped up to the Toyota powerhouse until Friday. For …

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