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Xfinity Breakdown: Daniel Hemric Advances, But Late Caution Thwarts Another Victory

Daniel Hemric Martinsville 2021 Xfinity pack racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger each entered Saturday’s (Oct. 30) NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway 47 points above the cutline. Race smart and complete all the laps meant they were likely racing for a championship next weekend. After stage two, both received the notification they were locked in the Championship 4 race at …

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Noah Gragson Wins Martinsville, Clinches Championship 4 Berth

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Noah Gragson had to win to advance to the Championship 4 Saturday night (Oct. 30) at Martinsville Speedway, and was willing to do anything to win the Dead On Tools 250. After driving and willing his way to the lead, he faced challenges from Daniel Hemric passing him late and battled to retake the lead …

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Austin Cindric Has Xfinity Pole for Martinsville

Austin Cindric races in 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas fall race, NKP

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff contenders have one last shot to make it into the Championship 4 and Austin Cindric will lead the way in Saturday’s (Oct. 30) race at Martinsville Speedway. The reigning Xfinity champion earned the pole after he finished second to Ty Gibbs last week at Kansas Speedway. Gibbs will start second …

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Did You Notice?: What’s Next for Ford’s NASCAR Future After Rocky 2021 Playoffs?

Ford drivers Ryan Blaney and Austin Cindric chat on pit road at Kansas Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

#12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Menards/Moen and #33: Austin Cindric, Team Penske, Ford Mustang MoneyLion

Did You Notice? … The way Ford has struggled during the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs? As I first pointed out at CBS Sports, they’ve gone 0-for-8 and sit outside Championship 4 position for the first time in the history of the format, implemented in 2014. That could change this weekend at Martinsville Speedway if any …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Kansas Provides Better Racing, New Issues for NBC Sports

Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19, Chase Elliott’s No. 9, Alex Bowman’s No. 48 and Joey Logano’s No. 22 race four-wide at Kansas Speedway in the fall 2021 NASCAR Cup series race, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After a fairly unsatisfactory race at Texas Motor Speedway, viewers got a much more enjoyable race to watch Sunday (Oct. 24) at Kansas Speedway. However, there were problems early. Hollywood Casino 400 Knowing that the race started about 14 minutes after the Formula 1 race, then almost immediately got red-flagged due to lightning, I do …

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Best Seat at the Track: Daniel McFadin Joins From Kansas Speedway

Graphic: Jared Haas

Jared Haas is joined by Frontstretch senior editor Daniel McFadin from Kansas Speedway to discuss the weekend’s racing action. With Kyle Larson securing his Championship 4 spot last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, the pair debate whether Larson will take it easy over the next two races or put the pedal to the metal. McFadin …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Tires, Non-Playoff Drivers Affect the Playoff Picture After Kansas

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

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

There’s no place like Kansas. Since the playoffs were introduced to the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2016, Kansas Speedway has been a Round of 8 race. And every year since 2016, no fewer than five playoff drivers have suffered issues. Saturday’s (Oct. 23) Kansas Lottery 300 saw six drivers experience something that put a kink …

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Xfinity Championship 4 Still Up for Grabs After Kansas

AJ Allmendinger at Kansas

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Kansas City, Kansas – No one is (technically) safe. With two of three races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff’s Round of 8 completed, no driver has secured a spot in the Championship 4. You can thank the “Oprah Car.” That’s what AJ Allmendinger has dubbed Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota team, which won …

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Austin Cindric on Pole for Charlotte ROVAL Xfinity Race

#22: Austin Cindric, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Carquest Auto Parts At 2021 Talladega NASCAR Xfinity race

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Twelve playoff contenders fight for eight spots in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, and Austin Cindric will lead the way Saturday (Oct. 9). The 2020 Xfinity champion has secured a spot in the Round of 8, though solely on points. JR Motorsports’ Justin Allgaier joins Cindric on the front row, …

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Jonathan Hassler to Be Ryan Blaney’s Crew Chief in 2022

Ryan Blaney celebrating after winning the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, 8/22/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ryan Blaney will have a new NASCAR Cup Series crew chief in 2022. Jonathan Hassler will be atop the No. 12 Team Penske pit box starting next year, the team announced Wednesday (Sept. 29). Hassler currently serves as Matt DiBenedetto’s crew chief for Wood Brothers Racing after taking over for Greg Erwin. He led the …

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