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Friday Faceoff: Crime and Punishment, Chapters 2, 3 & 4

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1. NASCAR announced heavy penalties for Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 teams this week, including a 35-point deduction and a three-week suspension for crew chief Paul Wolfe,  after the car failed post-race weights and measures at Phoenix International Raceway. The No. 4 team of Kevin Harvick also got hit with a one-race suspension for crew …

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New Limits On Cup Drivers Not Stopping Their Dominance of NASCAR XFINITY Regulars

During the offseason, NASCAR created a rule limiting Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers with five or more years experience to 10 XFINITY Series events per season. The hope was adding that in-season limit could allow more full-time regulars to run up front. Instead? So far it’s same old, same old as Cup full-timers are running roughshod over …

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Massive Crashes Take Out Multiple XFINITY Drivers Early in Daytona

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Wreck 1 Even before the field finished the first stage in the season-opening Powershares QQQ 300, they were wrecking at Daytona International Speedway. Big time. On Lap 23 of the 120-lap XFINITY Series race, chaos broke out in Turn 3 when rookie Tyler Reddick was turned into the pack while racing inside the top 10. …

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Friday Faceoff: Do NASCAR’s New Rules Go Too Far?

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NASCAR implemented some new penalties for 2017, including immediate consequences for some infractions. Kyle Larson was parked during the Advance Auto Parts Clash for having too many men over the wall making repairs to his car, one of the new provisions.  Are the new, stiffer penalties a good deterrent to breaking the rules, or do …

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Eyes on XFINITY: 5 Things to Watch for in 2017

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Coming off a season that saw the inaugural Chase for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship, year two of the format has a lot of hype behind it. Over the off-season, NASCAR announced enhancements that would be implemented throughout the top three touring divisions, not just the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The enhancements will reward teams …

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Entry List: Regan Smith Returns for JR Motorsports in Kansas Lottery 300

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Kansas Speedway this weekend for the first race of the Round of 8 in the Chase for the Championship. As of Tuesday, there are 40 cars entered, meaning all will make the race, barring any entry list updates. Cole Custer will compete in the No. 5 car for JR …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Looking Back at the 2016 Rookie Class… So Far Part I

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The 2016 rookie class has been all but overshadowed by William Byron’s success so far this season. In fact, it’s almost hard to call him a rookie, given how well he’s run, until he makes a rookie mistake, something that’s few and far between. But with that said, there are six other drivers reaching for …

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NASCAR Mailbox: The Next Breed of XFINITY Series Racers Is Coming

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As the 2016 NASCAR season comes to a close, the driver line-ups for each of the top three divisions are falling into place. For the XFINITY Series, 2017 will feature plenty of changes, including a handful of rookies advancing from the Camping World Truck Series. Among the new names in the will be Cole Custer …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Round of 16 Can Hurt Race Broadcasts

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Last weekend in NASCAR was fairly interesting out on New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  For the most part, the Room of Doom didn’t play that much of a role (unless your name was John Hunter Nemechek). The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series were both in action at New Hampshire, and we saw two different …

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Cole Custer to Race for SHR in 2017 XFINITY Series

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On Friday morning, Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Cole Custer, currently racing in the Camping World Truck Series for JR Motorsports, will move up to the XFINITY Series full-time in 2017.  Custer will drive the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing.  Sponsorship will continue to be provided by Haas Automation. Custer is very pleased to …

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