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Eyes on XFINITY: 3 Drivers that Need to Step Up in 2nd Half of Season

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

After the 100th lap of the XFINITY Series race this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the season will hypothetically see the crossed flags, meaning it’s half complete. Through the first 16 events, the series has been dominated by Cup Series regulars. Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and Erik Jones are all multi-time winners this season. Add Aric …

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

(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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Michael Annett: ‘It’s Time to Turn My Career Around’

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

While sitting on a fan zone stage at Daytona International Speedway, an inexperienced XFINITY Series rookie Michael Annett was put alongside Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the first time. Now, less than 10 years and tens of thousands of laps later, Annett will see Earnhardt not as a rival, but as a car owner in the NASCAR …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Hendrick Motorsports Keep It Straight in Daytona 500?

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Will Hendrick Motorsports Keep It Straight in Daytona 500? The dubious tone from Dale Earnhardt Jr. during Sunday (Feb. 19)’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway spoke volumes about how the rest of Speedweeks may go for Hendrick Motorsports. Despite sweeping the front row for Sunday’s Daytona 500, single-car speed doesn’t seem to …

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Eyes on XFINITY: 5 Things to Watch for in 2017

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Coming off a season that saw the inaugural Chase for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship, year two of the format has a lot of hype behind it. Over the off-season, NASCAR announced enhancements that would be implemented throughout the top three touring divisions, not just the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The enhancements will reward teams …

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The Underdog House: Putting A Wrap On 2016

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Think Small It’s hard to believe the 2016 season is over—it seems like just yesterday that it began, full of promise and hope.  For some of the teams on this page, it’s been, by all counts, a good season—one of accomplishment and improvement.  For others it’s been a struggle, financial or performance, often both as …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Carl Edwards Saves Best for Last to Win at Texas

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Who’s in the headline – While Carl Edwards will garner most of the headlines for the weekend, it was Mother Nature who took most of the attention. The race was delayed by five-and-a-half hours due to track drying efforts that seemed to make progress at a snail’s pace. Once the race began, the sun had …

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The Underdog House: Are Small-Time NASCAR Drivers Damaged Goods?

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Think Small It’s an easy mistake to make: falling into the trap of thinking most of the drivers racing for NASCAR’s smaller teams are damaged goods.  Sadly, it’s one that even team owners often fall into.  How often have young, talented drivers taken rides in this group hoping for some exposure only to be overlooked?  …

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The Underdog House: NASCAR’s House of Cards Falling Down?

Think Small The news that’s trickled in through the last week should be making everyone in the sport take pause and think about the health of several of its teams.  The snowball got rolling last week when it was reported that Tommy Baldwin Racing was in the process of selling its charter to Leavine Family …

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The Underdog House: Smaller NASCAR Teams Could Use Factory Support

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Think Small It’s a given that NASCAR’s small teams don’t have the money and equipment that the bigger ones do. But a closer look reveals there is another piece of the puzzle missing many people don’t think about: factory support. While several of the smaller teams do have alliances with larger ones, manufacturer funding is generally reserved …

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