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The Underdog House: Erik Jones Returns No. 43 to Former Glory

#43: Erik Jones, Petty GMS, Chevrolet Camaro FOCUSfactor

It had been nearly a decade since Richard Petty’s famous No. 43 had started on the front row for a NASCAR Cup Series race. The last occurrence happened in 2013, when Aric Almirola sat on the pole for the fall Talladega event.

However, the streak came to a halt with the Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway (Feb. 27) when Erik Jones piloted the No. 43 to the outside pole position.

Xfinity Breakdown: Production Alliance Group 300 Shines Green Light on Small Teams

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California native Cole Custer took home the checkered flag after a long day of domination at Auto Club Speedway, scoring the first NASCAR Xfinity Series win in 321 starts for SS Green Light Racing and owner Bobby Dotter. The Production Alliance Group 300 was a long one, with an air time near four hours. The …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 Ends in a Big One

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Welcome to the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season! NASCAR fans were treated to a great one on Saturday evening (Feb. 19) that ended with NXS rookie Austin Hill taking his first series victory at Daytona International Speedway.

It ended just about as “Daytona” as anybody could expect, with Anthony Alfredo (No. 23) getting into the right rear of Myatt Snider, resulting in Snider’s No. 31 car getting turned on the last lap. Snider went end over end and caught air, which flung him into the catchfence on the backstretch. The engine was ejected during the crash, but Snider was able to walk out of the car afterward.

Jeb Burton, Anthony Alfredo Join Our for 2022

Jeb Burton smiling at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2021 NASCAR Xfinity race, NKP

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Our Motorsports will expand to three full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series teams in 2022, with Jeb Burton and Anthony Alfredo joining the organization. Burton and Alfredo join Brett Moffitt, who will return to Our for a third season. “We are very excited about the plans we have put in place for the 2022 race season,” team …

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2021 NASCAR Rookie Roundup: How’d the New Guys (& Gal) Do?

Ty Gibbs celebrates in victory lane after winning 2021 NASCAR Xfinity race at Kansas, NKP

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The 2021 season has come to a close, and with it ends the rookie seasons for the newcomers to the sport. All three NASCAR national series saw at least two Rookie of the Year contenders, and in the case of the Xfinity and Camping World Truck series, there were four apiece. With over a dozen …

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Anthony Alfredo Not Returning to FRM in 2022

Anthony Alfredo NASCAR 2021 Texas

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Anthony Alfredo will not be returning to race with Front Row Motorsports for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. The race team announced the news in a Tuesday (Nov. 9) press release. “We would like to thank Anthony for being an outstanding ambassador of our team as well as for our No. 38 partners,” General …

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The Underdog House: Erik Jones’ Tricks Lead to Treat of Martinsville Top 10

Erik Jones racing at Martinsville Speedway, October, 2021. Photo: NKP

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Top Dog: Erik Jones Do you want a scary combination? Try mixing Halloween with a 500-lap race at Martinsville Speedway. Oh, and did I mention that the race was an elimination event for playoff drivers? Yikes! The Xfinity 500 Sunday (Oct. 31) featured the grit and gruel of NASCAR’s shortest track. Battles throughout the field …

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The Underdog House: Daniel Suarez Goes Big in Texas

Daniel Suarez battles the competition during the fall 2021 race at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

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Top Dog: Daniel Suarez Despite being a first-year NASCAR Cup Series organization, Trackhouse Racing Team has a history of going big or going home this season. Innovative team co-owner Justin Marks has proven to take risks and use unorthodox strategies as he hits the ground running in this sport. Such an aggressive mentality worked again …

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The Underdog House: Bubba Wallace Leads Talladega Sweep for First-Time Winners

Erik Jones races in the 2021 TellaWood 500 at Talladega. Photo: NKP

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Top Dog: Bubba Wallace They say anything can happen at Talladega Superspeedway. And by anything, they mean ANYTHING. Be it red flags for crashes and rain, a lack of daylight, big crashes, or a spin to win, Talladega contained it all in chaotic ways this weekend. Starting with the NASCAR Cup Series’ YellaWood 500 (Oct. …

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