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XFINITY Breakdown: William Byron Wins First Indianapolis Attempt

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Before Friday, William Byron had never visited the hallowed grounds of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But from the moment his car unloaded off the truck, the driver of the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevy proved he would be a factor. With the new aerodynamic package, as well as adding restrictor plates to an XFINITY Series event at the Brickyard, all of JRM’s cars …

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Kyle Benjamin Scores First Career XFINITY Series Pole


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In two-round, single-car qualifying, Kyle Benjamin won his first career XFINITY Series in just his second career start for today’s Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway. Benjamin’s lap of 172.844 mph, was .163 seconds ahead of Daniel Hemric, who turned the sessions second-quickest lap (172.305 mph). In both of his races this season, the 19-year-old …

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Friday Faceoff: What to Do with the Overtime Line?

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1. The teams of both Kyle Busch and Chase Briscoe received heavy penalties after Dover International Speedway, including suspensions of crew chiefs, tire carriers and tire changers after each had a wheel fall off in completion.  Did NASCAR make the right call? Amy Henderson: Yes. The rulebook is pretty specific in this area, and NASCAR was …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Reviewing the First 10 XFINITY Series Races of 2017

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Coming on the heels of two consecutive bye weeks, the XFINITY Series took to Charlotte Motor Speedway this past Saturday, and to no one’s surprise a Cup Series regular was victorious. Over the past several years, that has been the theme of the XFINITY Series, even though “names are made here.” But there is a bright …

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Daniel Hemric Battles Through Tough Day at Charlotte, Posts 13th-Place Finish

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Daniel Hemric continued a season of strong starts with a fourth-place qualifying effort on Saturday for the XFINITY Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Unfortunately that quickly went out the window when the XFINITY Series rookie was involved in an incident on the third lap of the race. Hemric made contact with the outside wall …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Aric Almirola Continues Plate Racing Success with Talladega Victory

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As they wrecked down the backstretch of Talladega Superspeedway, it was a mirrored finish of last July’s XFINITY Series race at Daytona for Aric Almirola. Except this time, they raced back under green. For the second time on a plate track, it was Almirola who scored the victory for Biagi DenBeste Racing. Leading 13 laps, …

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Daniel Hemric Scores First Career XFINITY Series Pole at Richmond


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Qualifying has been the strong suit for Daniel Hemric in 2017, his rookie season in the XFINITY Series. After starting in the top 10 for six of the seven events this season, the No. 21 team scored its first career pole on Saturday, in preparation for the Toyota Care 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Hemric …

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Pace Laps: Rain at Bristol on Sunday, Erik Jones Leads the Way in XFINITY


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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: And then it was Monday – In a sport that halts its action at the lightest of rainfall, Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway was simply doomed. Dropping buckets of water from the get-go, NASCAR wasted no time to cancel the day’s activities, pushing the Monster Energy NASCAR …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Erik Jones Comes From the Back Late to Win


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On Lap 230, Erik Jones thought he saw his chances of repeating the Spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway go away. The No. 20 car was caught speeding on pit road and had to  re-start from the back with a dominating Kyle Larson out front. Over the last 70 circuits, there were five caution flags, enabling …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Larson Edges to the Lead Late at Fontana

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Native to California, Kyle Larson always steps up his game going back home to Auto Club Speedway. On Saturday, he paced the field for 20 circuits en route to his victory, the first time he’s ever won at the same track twice. Late in the race Larson had fresher tires than Joey Logano, catching him …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Busch Takes a Bow Late in Race to Win Atlanta

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After winning the pole for Saturday’s Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch was a non-factor for much of the race, hovering inside the top five. Other Cup Series veterans, such as Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski, went on to dominate the majority of the event. It was the first start for the No. …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Daniel Hemric Describes Dream Ride With RCR

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2017 is all about hitting the marks on a new playing field for NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie Daniel Hemric. After two full-time seasons in the Camping World Truck Series, he graduated to the sport’s second-tier division with high expectations thanks to a high level of consistency on the racetrack. Hemric, 26, is competing with Richard Childress …

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