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Christopher Bell, AJ Allmendinger Lead NASCAR Xfinity Practice Sessions at Charlotte ROVAL

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Christopher Bell and AJ Allmendinger led two practice sessions Friday afternoon (Sept. 27) for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive For The Cure 250. In first practice, it was Bell who had the top speed of 98.853 mph. Cindric was second followed by Allmendinger, Garrett Smithley and Chase Briscoe rounding out the top-five drivers. There were …

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Michael Annett Points Racing in Opening Round of Playoffs

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Michael Annett entered the 2019 Xfinity Series playoffs with one mission: points racing. That’s exactly what the No. 1 team did on Friday night (Sept. 20) at Richmond Raceway in the playoff opener. The No. 1 car qualified 10th, the worst of the three JR Motorsports teams that made the playoffs. During the majority of …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Previewing the 2019 Playoffs

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The regular season of NASCAR is complete. The Xfinity Series has raced from coast-to-coast, creating a “Big Three” — and heated rivalries. But it’s time for the postseason. Action has been fast and furious in 2019, with drivers returning to the series and stepping up their win totals. Veteran drivers have come back to relevance, …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Kyle Larson Gears Up for Postseason

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a frantic weekend of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick dominated the Brickyard 400 en route to his third win of 2019. But the bigger story was the playoff battle, which saw Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman race their way into the postseason, while …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Playoff Cutoff Brings Hyperfocus

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Oh boy. Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is a race that has been problematic for NASCAR over the last decade. It appears that they never properly gave penance for the fiasco in 2008. As a result, the race is a shell of it’s former self. It’s a great shame. Yes, there were apparently 65,000 people at …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Feels Like the First Time 

Justin Haley poses with his trophy after winning the summer NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona, July 2019. Photo: NKP

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Rather unexpectedly, NASCAR’s top three touring divisions have welcomed some first-time winning drivers and teams lately.  On Thursday night (July 11) at Kentucky Speedway, Tyler Ankrum drove his David Gilliland-owned Toyota to victory, a first for both the rookie driver and the team. It was only Ankrum’s 12th start in the Truck Series, as he …

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Michael Annett’s Confidence Continues to Rise in 2019

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Coming into 2019, Michael Annett needed something to go right, as his 2018 was horrendous. Fast forward halfway through the season, it could be argued the Iowa native is the most improved driver in NASCAR, which includes a victory at Daytona. Annett’s success continued on Friday evening (July 12) at Kentucky Speedway. The No. 1 …

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Tyler Reddick Wins Xfinity Pole at Daytona

Tyler Reddick won the pole for tonight’s Circle K Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Reddick, who also won the pole for the February race at Daytona, claimed the top spot with a speed of 187.743 mph. The other two members of this season’s Xfinity Series Big Three will have to do some work in …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Cole Custer Makes His Case for Championship Favorite at Chicagoland

Before the Camping World 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Tyler Reddick was the topic du jour. Due in part to his championship-winning run at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Reddick was though to be the best at running the high line, a necessity for getting around Chicagoland as fast as possible. The subtext was that if the defending Xfinity …

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NASCAR 101: Active Drivers Without a Cup Top 5

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156 races. That’s how many starts it took for Matt DiBenedetto to have a top five in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition. After a Cup career that began in 2015 and yielded four top 10s prior to 2019, DiBenedetto wheeled his No. 95 to a fourth-place run at Sonoma Raceway, scoring his first top …

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