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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Pulls No Punches With NASCAR Rivalries

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Phoenix Raceway is a unique venue for NASCAR, one that is only going to become more unusual once ongoing renovations are complete.  Honestly, for the kind of money ISC is spending, I wish they came up with a setup where every seat had a cover over it.  With the sport traveling to Homestead-Miami Speedway this …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Erik Jones Sweeps the Night & Season at Texas

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By winning the pole Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, Erik Jones became the odds-on favorite to win the 300-mile race. The No. 20 team delivered. Jones led every lap in the opening stage en route to the stage victory. Stage 2 was a bit more difficult, but after lap 90, the No. 20 team …

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SHR, Biagi-DenBeste Partner in XFINITY Series

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Although Stewart-Haas Racing is in its inaugural season of NASCAR XFINITY Series racing, the team is expanding its operation for years to come. SHR announced Monday that it will partnering with Biagi-DenBeste Racing for the XFINITY Series beginning in the 2018 season. “We’re always looking to improve our performance and find ways to make our …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Joe Gibbs Racing Teammates Collide Late, Christopher Bell Wins at Kansas

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For the first 195 laps in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, Erik Jones was on rails, leading 186 circuits. Coming to four laps to go, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell made a dive bomb to pick up his first career victory. Over the final 10 laps, Bell closed on Jones from …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Make Their Cup Debut Before the End of 2017

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Chances are you’re focusing more — if not completely — on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship battle that’s wrapping up in a month, and rightfully so, since it seems like it could be quite the nail-biter once all is said and done. That said, five races remain in the 2017 Cup season, and …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Breaks the Points Tie in Cutoff Dover Race?

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Who Breaks the Points Tie in Cutoff Race at Dover? Despite the fact we have 28 races of playoff and stage points stacked up to every playoff driver entering this weekend at Dover International Speedway, Sunday will come down to every point. Four drivers will exit the championship group after Dover as Round 1 wraps …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Take Advantage of XFINITY’s Last Standalone Race of 2017

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Time’s sure flown by when it comes to the 2017 NASCAR season, and it’s possible that’s no more prevalent anywhere else than in the XFINITY Series, which runs its final standalone race of the year this weekend. The series travels to Kentucky Speedway for a night race Saturday, Sept. 23, its last event of 2017 …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Hometown Party for Justin Allgaier

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Until 15 laps to go, Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series looked to be on its way to being won by yet another Cup Series regular. But an eventful restart was a breakthrough moment for Illinois native Justin Allgaier. Allgaier came out of the pits in fourth position but was …

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Cole Custer Gaining Momentum Heading Into Playoffs

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The box score will show Cole Custer finishing in eighth place when the checkered flag flew in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Chicagoland Speedway, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Custer led a career-high 41 laps in Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300 from Chicagoland and had the quickest racecar he’s had since joining Stewart-Haas Racing’s newly formed …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Cole Custer Building a Notebook in Rookie Season

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As the 2017 XFINITY Series season began, there were no set expectations for Cole Custer. He was a proven winner in the Camping World Truck Series, but Stewart-Haas Racing was making its debut in the second-tier division of NASCAR. Custer, 19, showed a lot of speed in the opening months of the season, but successful results were hard …

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