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5 Points to Ponder: The Sharp End of the 2017 NASCAR Season

2017 Indianapolis CUP Kyle Busch pack racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

ONE: 12 to go We’re exactly two thirds of the way through the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. 24 races are in the books leaving just 12 to go before we crown a 2017 champion. Two unique tracks, Darlington Raceway and Richmond International Raceway, await us next before the playoffs begin. Given that for many drivers, …

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‘I’m Shocked’: Jeremy Clements Scores Big With First XFINITY Win at Road America


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Welcome to the playoffs and Victory Lane, Jeremy Clements. With some of the most experienced hands in the XFINITY Series, a race win had been against reality for one of the sport’s smaller teams. However, when he was put behind one car with one lap to go in Sunday’s Johnsonville 180 at Road America, he …

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Kyle Busch Wins Second Consecutive XFINITY Series Pole at New Hampshire

2016 Atlanta NXS Kyle Busch car Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty NKP)

Last season, it didn’t take Kyle Busch long to lead a lap, after starting from the pole, en route to leading 190 of 200 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In Saturday’s XFINITY Series race, he will once again led the field to green. Busch laid down a lap at 129.353 mph, scoring his third …

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Joe Gibbs Racing, Brad Keselowski Racing Penalized After Dover

2017 Dover I CUP Kyle Busch pole Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

After a few relatively quiet weeks in the post race penalty department, three teams across the top three series in NASCAR were hit with stiff penalties due to pit stop issues. The No. 18 M&M’s Toyota of Kyle Busch was the most notable victim of a loose wheel, which came off immediately after the first …

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Kyle Larson Leads Opening XFINITY Practice As Joey Gase, Spencer Gallagher Collide


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The NASCAR XFINITY Series were the first to hit the track Friday morning at Dover International Speedway. Joey Gase and Spencer Gallagher? They were the first to have a verbal altercation after the Monster Mile reached out and bit. Cup regular Kyle Larson led the way at 154.540 mph, putting down a hot lap around halfway through the …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Reviewing the First 10 XFINITY Series Races of 2017

2017 Phoenix I NXS Justin Allgaier checkered flag Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Coming on the heels of two consecutive bye weeks, the XFINITY Series took to Charlotte Motor Speedway this past Saturday, and to no one’s surprise a Cup Series regular was victorious. Over the past several years, that has been the theme of the XFINITY Series, even though “names are made here.” But there is a bright …

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Eyes On XFINITY: Where Is Joe Gibbs Racing?

2017 Daytona I NXS Daniel Suarez Matt Tifft racing Nigek Kinrade NKP

Five races into the NASCAR XFINITY Series season, one of the main storylines continues to be what has happened to Joe Gibbs Racing. Compared to recent years, when the organization dominated the racing on Saturdays they have not shown their expected brute force for 2017. Is it time to get concerned? The short term answer would be …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Focuses On Fontana Restart Action

2017 Fontana NXS pack racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Like what we’ve seen from FOX NASCAR coverage, Auto Club Speedway has undergone a paradigm shift of opinions over the past 20 years.  At first, there was some excitement about being back in Southern California after being away for nine years.  The place was packed and the racing was OK.  The track even got a …

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Kyle Busch Holds off Brad Keselowski for Atlanta XFINITY Win

2016 Loudon I CUP Kyle Busch helmet Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty NKP)

Though he didn’t lead the most laps in Saturday’s Rinnai 250, Kyle Busch pushed hard when it counted on the final restart to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The victory, his first of 2017, is the 87th of his XFINITY Series career and second in a row at Atlanta. “Scott [Graves, crew chief] made some …

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Friday Faceoff: Do NASCAR’s New Rules Go Too Far?


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NASCAR implemented some new penalties for 2017, including immediate consequences for some infractions. Kyle Larson was parked during the Advance Auto Parts Clash for having too many men over the wall making repairs to his car, one of the new provisions.  Are the new, stiffer penalties a good deterrent to breaking the rules, or do …

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