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Austin Cindric Returning to Xfinity in 2021, Running Cup for Wood Brothers in 2022

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Austin Cindric knows his plans for both 2021 and 2022, as Team Penske announced today (Oct. 8) he will remain in Team Penske’s NASCAR Xfinity Series No. 22 in 2021, followed by a move to the NASCAR Cup Series. Cindric will compete full time for Wood Brothers Racing in its No. 21 Ford in 2022 …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Justin Haley Stays Perfect on Superspeedways

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR realigned the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to Talladega Superspeedway. The venue change benefitted Justin Haley most as he led the final two laps en route to winning the 2020 Ag-Pro 300 on Saturday (Oct. 3). It is Haley’s third straight win on a superspeedway as …

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The Frontstretch 5: NASCAR Xfinity Drivers Who Could Move to Cup in 2021

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We are in the midst of that time of year again: silly season. While many moves have been made between NASCAR Cup Series drivers, there is always the underlying presence of Xfinity Series drivers making the big leap. The 2020 season saw four successful drivers from NASCAR’s lower divisions, specifically the Xfinity Series, move up: …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Chase Briscoe Cashes in for Las Vegas Sweep, Ryan Sieg Shows Hidden Playoff Strength

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The green flag waved at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to kick off the Xfinity Series playoffs. The 12 playoff drivers got their first chance to show what they’ve got in this first round. Some rolled the dice and came out lucky, while others rolled snake eyes and lost out on valuable points. The driver who …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Previewing the 2020 Playoffs

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In the midst of one of the most bizarre NASCAR seasons, the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season is finally complete. No practice, no qualifying, new racetracks and a great aerodynamic package have all led to an entertaining racing. Now it’s time for a seven-week grind to crown a champion come Nov. 7 at Phoenix Raceway. …

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The Frontstretch 5: Big 2020 NASCAR Silly Season Dominoes Yet to Fall

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The dominoes began falling in Silly Season 2020 early this year, and they certainly picked up steam this week, with the announcement that Bubba Wallace will join new team owners Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin in a new Toyota NASCAR Cup Series effort for 2021.  With that comes the announcement that Germain Racing will close …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Which Bristol Race Had More Cutoff Coverage?

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Both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity series had cutoff races this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. In recent years, Bristol has either provided very exciting or very dull races. It was literally all over the place Friday and Saturday night. You had drivers running away and hiding at times, while there was side-by-side racing …

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Up to Speed: Tough Decisions Ahead for Ford’s NASCAR Teams

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The more things change for Matt DiBenedetto, the more they stay the same.  Returning to Bristol Motor Speedway for the 2020 Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race, he was in need of an outstanding performance.  For the first time, DiBenedetto came to Thunder Valley as a NASCAR playoff driver.  But a pair of lackluster results in …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Chase Briscoe Has All the Momentum

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With the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff field essentially set, the regular season finale at Bristol Motor Speedway ended up focusing on a three-way battle for the Food City 300 win, with Chase Briscoe coming out on top. Friday (Sept. 18) night’s 300-lap showdown at the half-mile track featured a frenetic, back-and-forth fight between Briscoe, Austin …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Bristol a Good Place for a Cutoff Race?

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Does a race need naturally occurring cautions to make it more interesting? Luken Glover: There has to be a balance between too many cautions and no cautions. As a short track, Richmond Raceway is a place expected to provide a few cautions, but over the past couple of seasons we really haven’t seen that. It …

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