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The Underdog House: Small Teams See Toughest NASCAR Race of 2018 at Richmond

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small This weekend at Richmond Raceway stood in stark contrast to the previous weekend in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, where 12 cautions flew at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This time, the 0.750-mile track in Saturday night’s (Sep. 23) Federated Auto Parts 400 came out quiet with only one non-stage caution flying on …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Kyle Busch Sweeps Up at Richmond

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Who’s in the headline Kyle Busch has the most wins of any active driver at Richmond Raceway, but prior to this spring, it had been five years since he won a race there. He had also never won a fall race at the Virginia short-track. Not only did Busch win the spring race earlier this …

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Christopher Bell, Cole Custer Fastest in XFINITY Richmond Practices

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series held two practice sessions Friday morning at Richmond Raceway in anticipation for qualifying and the race later this evening. Christopher Bell (22.341 seconds) ended up pacing the field in the first practice session. Bell, who enters this weekend second in the playoff seeding, will be looking to sweep at Richmond, having already …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Previewing the Playoffs

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Just over seven months ago, the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season began at Daytona International Speedway in a five-overtime thriller, ending with the closest margin of victory in NASCAR history. Seven months later, it hasn’t slowed down. Action has been fast and furious this season, as veteran drivers prove why they are the ones to …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Brad Keselowski Sets Benchmarks with 3rd Straight Win & Penske 500th

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Who’s in the headline Momentum is a beautiful thing when you’re running for a championship, and Brad Keselowski is riding a huge wave of it after winning his third consecutive race and locking himself into the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Keselowski won the second stage and the race in a …

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Cole Custer Wins Pole at Las Vegas as 6 Drivers Fail to Make Qualifying Attempt

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Cole Custer now has the most XFINITY Series poles this season, as his 179.295-mph, 30.118-second lap earned him the top starting spot for Saturday’s DC Solar 300 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is the Ladera Ranch, Calif. native’s fifth pole of the season and of his career. He has won poles at Bristol, Richmond, …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Justin Allgaier Wins Wild Plate Race at Indianapolis

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As soon as the green flag dropped in Monday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Justin Allgaier drove to the front, albeit, he started second. But the No. 7 car proved to be dominant from the start. Allgaier went on to finish fourth in stage one, though was leading off Turn 4 coming to …

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Cole Custer Jumps to Runner-Up Finish in Darlington

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

All eyes were on Cole Custer‘s No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing throwback scheme. Not just because his Ford had the “eyes” scheme dating back to 1965 and AJ Foyt, but he had the speed. Jumping to finish second in the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway, Custer ended higher than he ran …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Justin Allgaier Goes Back-to-Back on Road Courses

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Justin Allgaier has always been an underrated road course driver, but in 2018, he’s forced into the conversation. And on Saturday (Aug. 25) at Road America, he drove the No. 7 car to its second consecutive victory when making right-hand turns. Allgaier took the green flag from 11th and had an eventful race, just like …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Just Like Old Times, Kurt Busch Wins Bristol

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline Kurt Busch owned Bristol at one point in time. He won five races there from 2002 through 2006, including three straight in 2003 and 2004. Since his fifth win in 2006, he didn’t have a single runner-up finish. Busch ran in the top 10 the majority of the night and made …

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