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Eyes on XFINITY: Cole Custer Hitting Stride as Playoffs Loom

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Expectations were high for Cole Custer heading into 2018, his second full season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Stewart-Haas Racing. Compared to his rookie year, the No. 00 team has made massive gains. Custer, 20, has yet to visit Victory Lane this season, something his part-time teammate Kevin Harvick did at Atlanta Motor Speedway …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Christopher Bell Survives Flurry of Late Cautions to Win in Iowa

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For the first time in nearly 20 years, Christopher Bell, who led 94 laps, won his third consecutive race when he beat Justin Allgaier to the checkered flag in Saturday’s U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. The last time a driver won three NASCAR XFINITY Series races in a row was in 1999 when Dale …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: New Hampshire Edition

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Rain delayed the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by about three hours, but for the third time this season, a full race was able to be squeezed in while watching the approaching weather. The only thing that might be able to derail Stewart-Haas …

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Cole Custer Secures Fourth Career XFINITY Series Pole At Kentucky

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Cole Custer has been plenty fast this season in NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying. Before he earned the pole three months ago at Bristol, Custer had never won one in the sport’s second-tier division. Now? He’s got four of them. Custer earned the top spot for Friday night’s (July 13) ALSCO 300 at Kentucky Speedway. He …

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4 Burning Questions: When Will It Be Cole Custer’s Time?

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When will Stewart-Haas Racing pull the trigger on Cole Custer? After two years of silly season turnovers, Stewart-Haas Racing looks like it will be making no changes to its lineup next season. It would be dumb to make a move. The four SHR cars, together, are dominating on a level that only Joe Gibbs Racing …

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Entry List: Coke Zero Sugar 400

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This weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Daytona International Speedway for the second time this season on Saturday, July 7. 41 cars are on the preliminary entry list, and there are several changes to note. StarCom Racing will field two cars this weekend.  Joey Gase will pilot the No. 00 while Landon …

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Pace Laps: Beating the Heat at Chicagoland Speedway

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Aric Almirola’s Stellar Run Derailed Lost in the excitement of the race finish in which Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson used every inch of the track – and each other – in an epic last-lap battle is Aric Almirola’s stellar run. For the first time since Daytona, the driver of …

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Friday Faceoff: Has a Favorite for the XFINITY Title Emerged?

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1. Now that a third road course has been added to the schedule during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, will it impact the way drivers and teams approach Sonoma Raceway in terms of preparation and strategy? John Haverlin: The drivers and teams won’t change their approach this weekend. The Charlotte Motor Speedway roval race …

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The Frontstretch 5: Great Things About NASCAR’s Lower Divisions, Areas of Opportunity

Field Enters Turn Three After Final Restart of Iowa 250 pres. by Enogen

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1. Standalone races Races like the XFINITY/Truck show at Iowa last weekend used to be much more common, but the ones that are still on the schedule often end up being among the best races of the season in any series. Some of that has to do with the venues, but it’s also because the …

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