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Xfinity Breakdown: Austin Cindric Survives Chaotic Final Restart, Wins in Phoenix

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

To say restarts on the current Phoenix Raceway configuration are crazy, especially late-race restarts, is putting it lightly. While pandemonium unfolded behind Austin Cindric in the Call 811 Before You Dig 200 on Saturday (March 13), Justin Allgaier in the final made a move on his outside, entering turn one on the final restart with …

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Austin Cindric Dominates in the Desert, Wins at Phoenix

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Austin Cindric continued his NASCAR Xfinity Series win streak at Phoenix Raceway, dominating the Call 811 Before You Dig 200 on Saturday afternoon (March 13). Cindric won the race after leading 119 laps and avoiding all the chaos on the two-lap shootout. Ty Gibbs, Brandon Brown, Riley Herbst and AJ Allmendinger rounded out the top five. …

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Friday Faceoff: Can Anything Be Done to Enhance Competitors’ Mental Health?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ty Dillon’s recent podcast is another example of the mental toll racing can take. Is there anything NASCAR or teams can do to alleviate it, or is the intense stress an inevitability? Mark Kristl: Professional athletes always face pressure. If they do not perform well enough, they become unemployed. It is partly why athletes retire …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Also the ‘Best Season Ever’?

Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger racing at the 2021 Daytona road course event, Photo Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If you have paid much attention during NASCAR Cup Series broadcasts this season, odds are good that you have seen the “Best Season Ever” ad campaign by Fox Sports, a brilliant messaging plan by all accounts. Somebody apparently forgot to tell the drivers of the NASCAR Xfinity Series that it did not exactly include them. …

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The Virtual Frontstretch: Issue 1

Photo by Justin Melillo via iRacing.com

It’s been a wild start to the year in the world of motor-eSports across the iRacing and NASCAR Heat platforms. With the offseason coming to a close and the Daytona 500 kicking off the NASCAR racing season, many special events and league seasons have sprung up across the sim racing world; some of them are …

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Justin Allgaier, Hellowater Team for 2021 Xfinity Season

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Justin Allgaier has picked up hellowater sponsorship for two races in the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, JR Motorsports announced Feb. 3. hellowater will be the No. 7’s primary sponsor at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Watkins Glen International. “I’m really looking forward to having hellowater as a partner for the 2021 season,” Allgaier said in …

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NASCAR Hosts 2020 Awards Ceremony, The Winners Are…

Chase Elliott holds 2020 Bill France trophy Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Despite COVID-19 canceling the traditional NASCAR awards banquet, the series was still able to put on a ceremony recognizing champions, drivers and influential industry members from the 2020 season. The 2020 NASCAR Awards Ceremony was televised on NBCSN on Wednesday, Nov. 18, with country music singer Chris Stapleton starting the show with a performance from …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Sheldon Creed Relives Winning Truck Championship

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss NASCAR’s championship weekend at Phoenix Raceway, which saw the youth movement takeover the sport. Chase Elliott became the third youngest Cup Series champion, dominating the race after starting in the back. The duo discusses what this means for Elliott’s confidence level, as he’s proven he …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: A Look Back At Jimmie Johnson’s NASCAR Career

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

We made it! The 2020 NASCAR season is complete. Sure, there was a 10-week stoppage after the first month of the season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus limited fans in attendance for most racetracks and created a dent in NASCAR revenue. The playoff itself also had a weird twist; a nine-race winner and …

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Justin Allgaier Comes Up Just Short of 2020 Xfinity Title

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ahead of the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ championship race at Phoenix Raceway, all eyes were on Justin Allgaier. After all, he’d won at the track two previous times and had more starts than his three championship competitors combined. Starting from the pole position, Allgaier led the opening six laps of he race. He was passed by …

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