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Ill-Handling BRANDT Chevrolet Disappoints Justin Allgaier

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Justin Allgaier didn’t exactly enter Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 under ideal circumstances to race for a championship. In the end, those circumstances left him coming up short in the title chase. Last weekend at Phoenix, his No. 7 Chevrolet was found with an unapproved rear brake assembly, resulting in a suspension for crew chief Jason …

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Justin Allgaier: ‘This Has Been the Best Season of My Career’

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Justin Allgaier heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway with an opportunity to capture his first NASCAR championship. It’s the second straight year he’s had the chance. But while 2016 ended in disappointment, 2017 has a much different feel for the JR Motorsports veteran. “This has been the best season of my career, regardless of laps led or …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Previewing the Championship

William Byron celebrating at Phoenix (photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

Now that 32 races are in the books, and thousands of miles have run, the Championship 4 for the XFINITY Series championship is set following last weekend’s race at Phoenix International Raceway. That means that by the end of the week, there will be at least one new champion in NASCAR. The trio of JR …

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Jason Burdett Suspended Due to Rear Brake Assembly Issue

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

On Monday morning, NASCAR issued a special edition of the weekly penalty report to announce the suspension of Jason Burdett, crew chief for Justin Allgaier in the XFINITY Series.  After Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Allgaier’s No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet was found with a unsealed rear brake cooling assembly.  This is a …

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William Byron Steals the Show in Phoenix; Championship 4 Decided

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

With 25 laps to go, it looked like William Byron wasn’t going to make it on fuel.  Shortly afterwards, Brendan Gaughan smacked the wall exiting turn 4 to bring out the yellow, which set up the final round of pit stops. Despite working with a somewhat makeshift pit crew, a two tire stop gave Byron …

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Eyes on XFINITY: 31 Races In & Only 4 Series Regular Winners

(Photo: Matthew T Thacker / NKP)

At the onset of the 2017 season, NASCAR placed limits on how many events Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regulars could compete in. Depending the driver’s experience the number of races varied. The goal? To finally make the slogan “names are made here” meaningful as Cup drivers have dominated the XFINITY Series for the better …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Drive for the Cure 300

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Since being announced as the replacement for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88, Alex Bowman has earned his share of detractors. Entering the Drive for the Cure 300, the knock has been Bowman’s winless resume in all three of NASCAR’s top national touring series. Time to go ahead and cross that criticism off the list. Bowman …

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Justin Allgaier Paces NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice from Charlotte

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Justin Allgaier ended the NASCAR XFINITY Series regular season with a win at Chicagoland. Now, he’s looking to back that up with a victory to end Round 1 of the NXS playoffs at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Allgaier kicked off the weekend atop the boards in first practice. The two-time XFINITY Series winner in 2017 lapped the …

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4 Burning Questions: How Memorable Will the Final Fall New Hampshire Race Be?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

What’s Up with New Hampshire’s Sticky Compound? New Hampshire Motor Speedway confirmed this week that the track will once again apply the same PJ1 compound used in the July event. The compound, being applied to the first and third grooves of the racetrack, was a much-hyped edition to the one-lane racetrack at which cars can …

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Eyes on XFINITY: JR Motorsports Overwhelming Favorites for Championship

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

The regular season for the 2017 XFINITY Series has come and gone and one thing has remained certain since Daytona: JR Motorsports is the team to beat. Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, William Byron and Michael Annett comprise the quartet of drivers under the JRM banner. The organization has been the most consistent XFINITY team all season long, …

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