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Xfinity Breakdown: Kansas Defies Stereotypes, Remains Unpredictable for Xfinity Playoffs

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If someone told you that a playoff race featured multiple title contenders caught up in wrecks, a near brawl on pit road after the checkered flag and a first-time winner, you’d probably guess it was Talladega, a short track or maybe the ROVAL. And if we were talking about the NASCAR Cup Series, you’d probably …

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Garrett Smithley Replacing Injured Austin Theriault at Kansas

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Following a crash at Talladega Superspeedway  Monday (Oct. 14), Austin Theriault will not race this weekend (Oct. 20) at Kansas Speedway. Theriault was involved in a multi-car crash on lap 163 of the 1000Bulbs.com 500 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, competing for Rick Ware Racing. Following the crash, NASCAR’s medical team has not …

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Spire Motorsports’ Future Depends on Next-Gen Car

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In an era of aging owners and sparse new ones, there has been one new owner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season — Spire Motorsports, owner of the No. 77 Chevrolet. The Origin Story The team was formed by Spire Sports + Entertainment (SS+E), a talent management agency that represents several drivers, …

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Garrett Smithley Hoping to Run Full-Time in Cup & Xfinity in 2020

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Over the past couple of months, chatter has picked up about Garrett Smithley‘s NASCAR future, though if you ask him, he wants to run as many laps as possible. Smithley, 27, has spent the past four seasons at JD Motorsports, piloting the No. 0 Chevrolet to a best finish of 18th in the championship standings. …

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We Want Passion — Not Just Experience — in Our Drivers

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We want raw emotion from our racing stars. The frontstretch, post-burnout interview spawned from that desire. When the drivers get out of the car, we don’t want them to cool down, we want to see and hear that raw emotion. Then when a driver gives it to us and it goes against our ideals or …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Justin Allgaier Making Push Toward Xfinity Series Title

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss an interesting weekend of racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. came out on top in the opening race of the playoffs, but it was Kyle Busch who stole the post-race headlines, bashing drivers who haven’t won. The comments transpired after an on-track …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Should Sunday Night NASCAR Be a Thing More Often in the Future?

Kyle Busch pacing the field (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After Sunday night’s controversy between Kyle Busch and Garrett Smithley, a debate has sparked about who was at fault and what it should take to become a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver. Smithley has been racing in NASCAR’s national series for years, and has had some solid runs and success there. What should NASCAR …

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Garrett Smithley, Contec Pair for Xfinity Charlotte Race

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Garrett Smithley has gained a new sponsor in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Smithley will be sponsored by Contec, Inc., for the upcoming Xfinity event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, Contec announced Monday, Aug. 19. According to Contec’s tweet about the partnership, Smithley will drive JD Motorsports with Gary Keller’s No. 4 at Charlotte. He’s …

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Entry List: Consumers Energy 400

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The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series makes its second and final trip of the season to Michigan International Speedway this weekend for the 2019 Consumers Energy 400. The initial entry list has 38 competitors, and with 40 spots on the grid, that means all drivers will qualify, barring any entry list changes. Ross Chastain will …

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NASCAR 101: Top Average Finish By Xfinity Drivers at Daytona & Talladega

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Here’s the cool thing about this weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway: no Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers. For a while, that would have been a rarity in NASCAR, something to shock. There was a period of time in NASCAR’s secondary series when an Xfinity regular winning a race in their …

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