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William Byron Steals the Show in Phoenix; Championship 4 Decided

(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

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

(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

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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Brad Keselowski Outduels Kyle Busch for Richmond XFINITY Win

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Kyle Busch could get away, but like a boomerang, he always came back to Brad Keselowski. Though he led 182 of 250 laps, Busch finished runner-up as it was Keselowski who triumphed in Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway. The No. 22 proved to be in order with long-run speed, scoring the …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 24: Time’s Tickin’

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Episode 24: Time’s Tickin’ Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Joseph Wolkin and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Joseph and Zach recap Kyle Busch’s Bristol Sweep, if Erik Jones and Joey Logano can win their way into the playoffs and how the manufacturers are shaping up with one-third of the season left to run.  We also …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Daniel Hemric Evolving with Richard Childress Racing

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

2017 marked a new beginning for Daniel Hemric by making the jump to the XFINITY Series after spending the last two seasons competing in the Camping World Truck Series for Brad Keselowski Racing. It’s been worth the wait. Hemric, 26, is the oldest of the core of rookie drivers in the XFINITY Series. Through the …

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XFINITY Breakdown: William Byron Wins First Indianapolis Attempt

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

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

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

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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