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Daniel Hemric Nabs Daytona XFINITY Pole

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Daniel Hemric laid down a blistering lap to win the NASCAR Daytona XFINITY Series pole. He’ll lead the way in the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway Saturday afternoon (Feb. 17). Hemric swept both rounds of qualifying after being the fastest car in final practice. The No. 21 Chevrolet was the only car to …

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Tyler Reddick, Daniel Hemric Fastest in Friday XFINITY Series Practices at Daytona

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Tyler Reddick turned the fastest lap in Friday’s (Feb. 16) opening practice for NASCAR’s XFINITY Series. He turned a 45.874-second lap in the practice session, 0.053 seconds faster than second place Daniel Suarez. Behind that Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, it was Chevrolet who flexed some muscle. They claimed four of the top-five speeds overall with …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Keeping Up With a Busy Off-Season

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Another off-season has come and gone and the XFINITY Series is set to take to the high banks of Daytona this Saturday. As prestigious as the World Center of Racing is, the race that opens the season doesn’t tell the fans how the season is going to turn out. 2017 was dominated by Joe Gibbs …

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NASCAR Top 10 Storylines 2017: Young Guns

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

For many years, NASCAR had a logjam when it came to new talent in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Companies didn’t want to leave established stars for new drivers, especially with an economy as weak as it was. There have been two rookies from the 2008 to 2012 classes (Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski) …

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XFINITY Series Championship Ends Early for Daniel Hemric

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

If he had a chance, Daniel Hemric felt he could take the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship from JR Motorsports. For the first 45 laps of the race, this young rookie was doing just that. Entering the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway as the “underdog” against the series’ most successful team, Hemric surged to sixth in …

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

Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. share a laugh, Matthew T. Thacker/NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

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

(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

(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

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

(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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