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4 Burning Questions: Are People Ready for a Double-Departure in Homestead?

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Are People Ready for Double-Departure from Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr.? Postrace Sunday could be a busy, hectic time for reporters, fans and even emotions. Not only could we have a champion and a race winner each celebrating, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth could also be two separate stories needing a follow-up. …

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William Byron Expecting Clean Race for XFINITY Championship in Homestead

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

For William Byron, he couldn’t have handpicked his three competitors for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship any better. Two are teammates and one is a longtime competitor/friend. For Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 from Homestead-Miami Speedway, JR Motorsports rookie Byron will have teammates Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier alongside in the Championship 4. Former Legend Car …

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Daniel Hemric Enters Homestead in a Familiar Position: The Underdog

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Daniel Hemric understands he is the underdog for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship. Just don’t expect it to phase him one bit. Nor should it phase him. The term “underdog” is nothing new for the 26-year-old rookie, an age which seems ancient compared to fellow freshman and title contender William Byron. “We’re squared away even …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Previewing the Championship

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William Byron celebrating at Phoenix (photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

Now that 32 races are in the books, and thousands of miles have run, the Championship 4 for the XFINITY Series championship is set following last weekend’s race at Phoenix International Raceway. That means that by the end of the week, there will be at least one new champion in NASCAR. The trio of JR …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Pulls No Punches With NASCAR Rivalries

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(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Phoenix Raceway is a unique venue for NASCAR, one that is only going to become more unusual once ongoing renovations are complete.  Honestly, for the kind of money ISC is spending, I wish they came up with a setup where every seat had a cover over it.  With the sport traveling to Homestead-Miami Speedway this …

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William Byron Steals the Show in Phoenix; Championship 4 Decided

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

With 25 laps to go, it looked like William Byron wasn’t going to make it on fuel.  Shortly afterwards, Brendan Gaughan smacked the wall exiting turn 4 to bring out the yellow, which set up the final round of pit stops. Despite working with a somewhat makeshift pit crew, a two tire stop gave Byron …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Richard Childress Racing Yet to Win in 2017

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Daniel Hemric (Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

With three races remaining in the 2017 XFINITY Series season, Richard Childress Racing is still looking for its first victory. This situation is unique for an organization that is used to picking up at least one checkered flag during the course of the season. Childress started a full-time XFINITY Series organization in 2000, with Mike …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Joe Gibbs Racing Teammates Collide Late, Christopher Bell Wins at Kansas

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For the first 195 laps in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, Erik Jones was on rails, leading 186 circuits. Coming to four laps to go, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell made a dive bomb to pick up his first career victory. Over the final 10 laps, Bell closed on Jones from …

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Matt Tifft Signs with Richard Childress Racing in XFINITY for 2018, Daniel Hemric Re-Signs

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(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Matt Tifft will be back in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next year, but it’ll be with a different team. Richard Childress Racing announced Thursday (Oct. 5) that Tifft will pilot the team’s No. 2 in the series for the full 2018 season. The current first-year full-time XFINITY driver is coming over from Joe Gibbs Racing and its …

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NASCAR Hands Big Penalty to No. 21 XFINITY Series Team

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Daniel Hemric (Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

NASCAR revealed on Wednesday the penalties handed down for the races this past weekend in Las Vegas and Dover. A total of six penalties in the three top tier series were issued. One of those penalties was given to the No. 21 XFINITY Series team of Daniel Hemric, resulting in a large and impactful penalty especially …

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