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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Goes All or Nothing on NASCAR Playoffs at Kansas

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Cutoff weekends.  I’ve never been a big fan of them, and Kansas was no exception to the rule.  After Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400, I was browsing my timeline on Twitter and found this completely random tweet from Dale Earnhardt Jr. I still listen to Milli Vanilli sometimes. I know they wasn’t legit. But ‘girl you …

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Matt Tifft, Erik Jones Lead Pair of XFINITY Practices at Kansas

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The XFINITY Series took to Kansas Speedway for a pair of practice sessions Friday afternoon ahead of Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300. The first session, held from 2:30 – 3:25 p.m. ET, saw Matt Tifft, the only playoff driver to crack the top five, top the charts with a 177.936 mph (30.348 sec) lap ahead of …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Matt Tifft Ecstatic for Chance at Championship

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This season was considered a big year for Matt Tifft, as he was replacing reigning XFINITY Series champion Daniel Suarez and getting a crack at the series where Joe Gibbs Racing has dominated over the past decade. For the Ohio native, there have been many positives, along with a few setbacks. Tifft, 21, had 11 previous …

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Lug Nut Penalty For Daniel Suarez, 2 XFINITY Crew Chiefs Suspended

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota team was found with an unsecured lug nut after the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday (Oct. 8). Two XFINITY Series crew chiefs were also fined and suspended for ride-height infractions after Saturday’s Drive For the Cure 300. NASCAR Cup crew chief Scott Graves …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Where Can Landon Cassill Go?

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

As if the NASCAR Silly Season couldn’t get any sillier, the unpredictable moves at the back end of the field are unfolding more than anyone expected. After Leavine Family Racing announced Michael McDowell is out and Kasey Kahne is in, it appeared that would be the lone major move from the middle of the pack on …

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Matt Tifft Looking for Stable Home at Richard Childress Racing in 2018

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

It’s been a big week for Richard Childress Racing, as the long-standing organization finalized its 2018 lineup for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Along with Daniel Hemric signing on for a second year in the No. 21 Chevrolet, the team welcomes a new face in Matt Tifft, who departs Joe Gibbs Racing for the Chevy crew come …

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

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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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XFINITY Breakdown: Ryan Blaney Cruises to Checkered Flag at Dover

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After sweeping the pair of practice sessions on Friday, Ryan Blaney became the favorite for Saturday’s Use your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway. However, with an eighth-place qualifying effort, the driver of the No. 22 had to pass some good cars to get to the front. Blaney was chasing down pole-sitter William …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 28: Playoffs, Please

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Episode 28: Playoffs, Please Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Davey Segal and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Davey and Zach recap the opening round of the playoffs from Chicagoland, discussing pit road problems and possible trouble afoot for some top contenders. We also debate Kasey Kahne’s move to Leavine Family Racing for 2018 and compare …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Denny Hamlin Makes Darlington Personal Playground

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On Saturday morning Denny Hamlin scored his fifth pole at Darlington Raceway. Just a few hours later, though having to work for it, he put the “Flying” No. 18 car into Victory Lane for his fifth win at the famed racetrack during the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200. Hamlin dominated early, leading the opening 31 …

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