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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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Welcome Back: Alex Bowman Scores First XFINITY Win at Charlotte

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Welcome back to NASCAR, Alex Bowman. Following a seven-month hiatus from the cockpit in NASCAR competition, Bowman scored victory in his first XFINITY Series race of 2017 for Chip Ganassi Racing. For the Arizona native, Saturday night’s Drive For The Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was his first career XFINITY win in 51st start. …

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Team Penske Leads Final XFINITY Practice at Charlotte

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It may just be XFINITY practice, but Sam Hornish Jr. is back on top for Team Penske. Making his fifth start for the organization — and first in the No. 12 — in 2017, Hornish led the way in final practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway, lapping the 1.5-mile track in 29.602 …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Kyle Busch Earn 3rd Straight Win of 2017 in Charlotte?

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Will Kyle Busch Score Third Straight Win of Season at Charlotte? It happened when most doubted him. When he was deep in a points rut and had much ground to make up. When the odds seemed to be against him, that was when Kyle Busch scored three consecutive wins in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup …

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Entry List: Drive for the Cure 300

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After a weekend on the high-banked concrete surface at Dover International Speedway, the NASCAR XFINITY Series heads home to Charlotte Motor Speedway. They’ll be running the Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for the event and 40 spots …

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

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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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Pace Laps: Miraculous Michigan, Sam Hornish Jr.’s Big Win & Bubba Wallace’s Return

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Michigan a Welcome Back for Multiple Drivers – Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 may have been a return to Victory Lane for Kyle Larson, but Michigan International Speedway gave several other drivers a warm welcome back to the front after 202 laps. Starting with one on the podium, Erik Jones tied …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Sam Hornish Jr. Dominates, Road Ringers Shine at Mid-Ohio

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Following a new track record in Saturday morning’s qualifying session at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Sam Hornish Jr. became the odds-on favorite to win at his home track. With a crash-filled opening stage, Hornish paced the way until the yellow flag flew with four laps remaining. Greg Erwin, crew chief of the No. 22 team called …

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Sam Hornish Jr. Administers Whooping on Field to Claim Mid-Ohio Pole

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Sam Hornish Jr. was fastest in practice Saturday.  He was just getting warmed up.  In the second round of qualifying, Hornish came into his own.  With a track record lap of 83.921 seconds (96.863 mph), Hornish easily won the pole for the Mid-Ohio Challenge. Hornish’s lap was nearly a full second faster than JR Motorsports’ …

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Sam Hornish Jr. Quickest in Sole XFINITY Mid-Ohio Practice

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On Saturday morning, Team Penske’s Sam Hornish Jr. was fastest in the sole practice session for the Mid-Ohio Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  Friday was originally scheduled to have two practice sessions, but they were both washed out by heavy rains and a threat of lightning. Hornish’s lap of 85.695 seconds (94.857 mph) was …

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Kyle Benjamin Fastest In 1st XFINITY Series Practice at Iowa

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Kyle Benjamin is picking up from where he left off at Pocono Raceway two weeks ago. The rookie went to the top of the scoring pylon at Iowa Speedway early Friday afternoon, setting the pace at 23.966 seconds prior to the Ethanol E15 250. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is coming off a pole award in his …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Denny Hamlin Wins Photo Finish Thriller Over William Byron

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In a race where strategy was key at Michigan International Speedway, it came down to the final corner of the last lap between one of NASCAR’s most experienced drivers, Denny Hamlin, and its young superstar-in-waiting, William Byron. Their XFINITY Series battle came down to a photo finish. Hamlin was dominating Stage 3 until a debris …

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