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4 Burning Questions: Which Road Course Will Put On the Better Show?

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1. WHICH ROAD RACE — XFINITY OR TRUCKS — WILL PUT ON A BETTER SHOW? It used to be that fans decried tracks that had cars turning right, saying stock cars didn’t belong on the twisting turns of Riverside, Watkins Glen and Sears Point. After a decade of great races on these types of tracks, …

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Eyes on Xfinity: 5 Drivers That Must Step Up… Now

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There are only a few months left in the NASCAR Xfinity Series season. As time flies by amidst the roar of 40 racecars, the championship battle is heating up as the pressure to perform each week increases exponentially. The top three in the championship standings – Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon and Chase Elliott – are separated …

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Regan Smith, RCR Drivers Tangle at the Glen

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Throughout recent years, road courses have produced short track tempers, and Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen was no exception. This time it was JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith and Richard Childress Racing drivers Brendan Gaughan and Ty Dillon. On a lap 40 restart, Dillon made an aggressive move going into turn one, …

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Cup Drivers Dominate 2nd Zippo 200 Practice at the Glen

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Sprint Cup regulars continued their domination of the Xfinity Series on Friday, placing four Cup drivers in the top five in final practice at Watkins Glen. Kyle Larson topped the charts with a fast lap of 123.623 mph. Joey Logano, who paced the first practice, was second with a lap of 122.223 mph. Paul Menard …

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Team Penske Sweeps Opening Zippo 200 Practice at Watkins Glen

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Team Penske swept the opening round of practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Zippo 200 on Friday, with Joey Logano besting teammate Brad Keselowski for the top spot. Logano, who is looking to win his first NXS race at the Glen, turned a lap of 122.452 mph. Keselowski, the 2013 winner of this race, ran …

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Premium Motorsports Officially Completes Purchase of Phil Parsons Racing

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Jay Robinson purchased Phil Parsons Racing to fall under his Premium Motorsports umbrella earlier this year, and now the longtime owner is discussing how it went down. Originally a two-car operation between the No. 62 and No. 66 vehicles, the team planned to run Brendan Gaughan for the full season, with the exception of the Daytona 500, which …

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JJ Yeley Paces Field in Lone Xfinity Series Practice at Kentucky

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Surprises in sports are one of the things that keep fans watching, and in Thursday’s lone NASCAR Xfinity Series practice session for Friday’s Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway there was a surprise at the top of the charts. JJ Yeley and his Xfinity Series-only JGL Racing team led the field with a speed of 174.967 …

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Brendan Gaughan, Premium Motorsports Part Ways

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Five months after agreeing to a one-year deal to return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Brendan Gaughan is taking a step back. Gaughan and Premium Motorsports (PM) have parted ways, effective immediately, the 39-year-old confirmed in a press conference before a NASCAR Xfinity Series practice session at Kentucky Speedway. Gaughan, a native a Las …

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2 More Drivers Swapped Out at Kentucky for Cup Race

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Last minute trades are the norm for stick and ball sports; in motor racing, not so much. Both The Motorsports Group and Premium Motorsports announced they will be utilizing drivers not originally entered for this weekend’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Jeff Green, originally entered in TMG’s No. 30, will be replaced by Travis …

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Danica Patrick Leads Stewart-Haas Racing 1-2-3-4 in Cup Happy Hour at Daytona

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The final practice session of the day at Daytona International Speedway was far calmer than the first. There was still some drafting on-track, but it was mainly of the single-file variety. In addition, a group of drivers focused their on-track time on single-car runs. In the draft, Hendrick Motorsports’ engine program showed its strength. Cars …

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Toyotas Top Both 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Practices at Sonoma

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Friday afternoon saw the 44 cars entered in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 take to the 1.99-mile road course to dial their cars in. With more combined practice time than the race is likely to last Sunday, teams had plenty of time to get an idea of where they needed to be. With the long practices, …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Catching Up with Brendan Gaughan

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Note: Brendan Gaughan wrote a driver diary for us in 2013 and 2014. It was my monthly task to corral the Las Vegas native for each piece, which often included one of his wild and crazy desert racing stories. I caught up with Gaughan in his Richard Childress Racing hauler before the Xfinity Series race …

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