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Brandon Jones Returns to Top 5 in XFINITY Series at Talladega

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When the green flag flew Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway, it had been 74 races since Brandon Jones has seen the top five in an XFINITY Series race. But when the checkered flag flew after 115 laps, it turned to zero. After starting 15th in the Sparks Energy 300, Jones survived the fuel mileage break-up in …

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Erik Jones, Brandon Jones Pick Up XYO Sponsorship

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Joe Gibbs Racing announced Wednesday (April 18) it has signed XYO Network as a multi-race primary sponsor for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team of Erik Jones and the XFINITY Series team of Brandon Jones. XYO Network is a location-data company with over 8 million location beacons in its GPS network. “We are in …

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Pace Laps: Rain Ratchets Up NASCAR Competition At Bristol


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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Rain, Rain, Please Stay? The fact NASCAR wrested 204 laps out of Sunday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway was a minor miracle. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event was faced with a 90 percent chance of precipitation during the day; the race itself went green nearly half an hour …

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Ryan Preece Wins the Race and the Cash in the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

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Ryan Preece is now $100,000 richer. The part-time driver of Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 won the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon (April 14), his second career win. Preece also won the NASCAR XFINITY Series’ Dash 4 Cash prize of $100,000 by beating out Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Christopher …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Larson Hits Blackjack in Sin City

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Whenever a racetrack has tire wear, Kyle Larson pops to the top of a lot of people’s minds regarding a potential race winner. In Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300, the No. 42 Chevrolet led 142 laps en route to his first career victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Larson started from second, and it didn’t take …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Brandon Jones Gets Fresh Start with Joe Gibbs Racing

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In 2017, Brandon Jones experienced the ol’ sophomore slump with Richard Childress Racing. This year brought a new opportunity as he jumped ship to Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 19 car. Coming off a solid rookie season in 2016 and finishing 10th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship standings, 2017 was a tiring year …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Kevin Harvick Makes FOX’s Work Difficult at Atlanta


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Atlanta Motor Speedway is in a tough spot on the schedule.  As Bryan Gable noted Monday in Up to Speed, this race probably should be run a month from now.  At the end of March, the weather is probably pretty nice in Georgia. February, in general, is a tough go for NASCAR.  There just aren’t …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Keeping Up With a Busy Off-Season

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Another off-season has come and gone and the XFINITY Series is set to take to the high banks of Daytona this Saturday. As prestigious as the World Center of Racing is, the race that opens the season doesn’t tell the fans how the season is going to turn out. 2017 was dominated by Joe Gibbs …

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Brandon Jones to Join Joe Gibbs Racing in NASCAR XFINITY Series for 2018


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Two of their Toyota Camrys are in contention for the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series owner’s championship. But Joe Gibbs Racing already has their eyes on 2018 along with a new driver they’re adding to the lineup: Brandon Jones. JGR announced their plans for the future Wednesday, maintaining an XFINITY presence. They ran three full-time cars …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Will Aric Almirola Bring to Stewart-Haas Racing?

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Most of the pieces of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series puzzle have been filled. Only a handful of spots are left in order to complete the nearly 40-piece set. One of those is the No. 10 machine, which Aric Almirola will likely pilot starting next year. The current Richard Petty Motorsports driver is …

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