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The Underdog House: Erik Jones Best In Class… But Darlington Streak Ends

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Top Dog: Erik Jones If you tuned into Sunday’s (May 9) Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway with no information on NASCAR Throwback weekend, you may have wondered why there were schemes largely from the 20th century on track. One of those cars would be the easily distinguishable STP colors adorning the No. 43. However, it …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Justin Allgaier Checks Darlington Off List; Noah Gragson Disqualified

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The Steakhouse Elite 200 at Darlington Raceway began with Dale Earnhardt Jr. pacing the NASCAR Xfinity Series field in a restored No. 8 Chevrolet Nova driven by his father, Dale Earnhardt. The race ended with Justin Allgaier, driving a JR Motorsports throwback scheme to the late Earnhardt, in victory lane. Saturday’s (May 8) race had …

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Tommy Joe Martins Reunites With Market Rebellion

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After sponsoring Tommy Joe Martins last year, Market Rebellion will return to sponsor Martins’ No. 44 Chevrolet for three races this NASCAR Xfinity Series season, Martins Motorsports announced via Twitter May 6. Market Rebellion will sponsor Martins in the races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Aug. 14, Las Vegas Motor Speedway on …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Underfunded Josh Williams, Tommy Joe Martins Shine in Chaotic Texas Xfinity Race

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With the conclusion of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway getting postponed until Monday morning (Oct. 26), this week we’re focusing solely on the other two NASCAR national touring divisions. And man, is there a lot to unpack. The NASCAR Xfinity Series put on another action-packed event with major playoff implications. Brandon Jones …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Tommy Joe Martins Focused on Building Martins Motorsports

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Around this time last year, Tommy Joe Martins found himself in a predicament: he had funding but nowhere to go. At the time, he was competing part-time for Carl Long at MBM Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, making the swap from BJ McLeod Motorsports over the summer. Martins was told MBM was scaling back …

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The Underdog House: Virginia Is for Lovers, Not Underdogs

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Top Dog When covering underdog teams, there’s always a distinct possibility that looms over each and every race. That possibility is the potential for every Cinderella at the ball to wind up with a broken glass slipper. Or perhaps more appropriate, the ugly, well-funded stepsisters might steal all of the glass slippers. Such was the …

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Tommy Joe Martins’ Crew Chief Suspended for Shady Rays 200

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NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Tommy Joe Martins will be without regular crew chief Daniel Johnson this Thursday, June 9, at Kentucky Speedway. Johnson was suspended on Tuesday (July 7) in reaction to the rear axle coming off of Martins’ No. 44 Chevrolet at last weekend’s race on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. No …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Harrison Burton Leads Laps that Paid in Homestead

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As the laps wound down on Saturday’s (June 13) NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the victory appeared to be going to Noah Gragson. With under 10 laps to go, the No. 9 Chevrolet led by over 10 seconds. However, that was erased when Ryan Sieg spun with seven laps to go. After the …

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Xfinity Breakdown: 2020 Alsco 300 at Charlotte

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It was the Kyle Busch show once again in the Xfinity Series. Leading a race-high 94 laps, Busch, in his No. 54 Toyota Supra, won the first two stages with ease, bounced back from a speeding penalty in the final stage, and made a bold pass on Austin Cindric on the final lap to claim …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Excitement Upon Returning to Racing

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Twelve days. Twelve freaking days. Last Thursday (April 30), NASCAR announced the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season would resume at Darlington Raceway on Tuesday, May 19, in its first of two races at the venue this season. The track will also host its scheduled Labor Day Weekend event. While there are many opinions on whether …

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A Shrinking World Offers Opportunity to Break Free from NASCAR Hegemony

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It’s been a struggle to commentate the past few weeks, and not just because there is no racing taking place to commentate on. Since a 2010 season that saw me on the road 35 weekends covering anything and everything I could for Frontstretch, I’ve often found that I do my best thinking on the road. …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Coronavirus Halts NASCAR & Tommy Joe Martins Talks Financial Impact on Family Team

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss NASCAR’s decision to postpone the season until the second weekend of May due to the coronavirus pandemic. Was it the right decision to postpone the Atlanta race weekend after drivers, teams and haulers made the trip to Atlanta? Are we surprised NASCAR followed CDC (Center …

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