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Jeb Burton, Ray Black Jr. Lead Thursday XFINITY Daytona Practices

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Jeb Burton’s making just his second NASCAR XFINITY Series (or NASCAR national series as a whole) start of 2017, but he’s off to a good start. The part-time driver for JGL Racing’s No. 24 led first practice for the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway Thursday (June 29) at a speed of 190.215 mph. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Talladega Brings Wrecking & Typical Broadcasts

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Talladega brings a number of different variables to covering races.  Most of the pack is close together, so showing most of the on-track action isn’t that difficult to do.  The usual pinch points are not necessarily in play.  However, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee a perfect broadcast.  Far from it, actually. GEICO 500 Sunday saw the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: 3 Kentucky NASCAR Races, 3 Different Results For FOX And NBC

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Welcome back.  Last weekend saw three interesting races at the new-and-possibly improved Kentucky Speedway.  It’s pretty rare to see three completely different races in one race weekend. Before we start, FOX Sports announced on Wednesday that Shannon Spake has left ESPN to join the FOX Sports family.  The press release indicates that she will keep …

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Off the Wall With… Ray Black, Jr.

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

We’re back for season two of Off the Wall With… and we’ve got five brand-new, off-track questions for your favorite racing personalities!  This week, NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie Ray Black, Jr. sits down in the interview chair. He moved up this season after competing full-time in the Camping World Truck Series, finishing 11th in the standings with …

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Austin Dillon, Blake Koch Fastest In Friday XFINITY Practices At Bristol

(Credit: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

The question of the 2016 XFINITY Series season so far has been not who will beat Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing, but if they can be beat? Outside of the restrictor plate race at Daytona and a crazy race at Auto Club, nobody has really stepped up to the Toyota powerhouse until Friday. For …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Ray Black, Jr. Settling into XFINITY Series Racing

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Last Friday night, Ray Black, Jr. returned to Texas Motor Speedway, the site of his XFINITY Series debut last November, with high hopes to improve upon his finish. After all, the last-minute deal wasn’t the ideal debut since Black suffered a broken shock that left him simply riding around, running laps with little hope of …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Can a Chase in the Truck Series Work?

(Photo: Beth Lunkenheimer, Frontstretch)

Early Sunday morning, as the Sprint Cup Series prepared for Texas Motor Speedway, I came across an article title on Twitter that made me want to scream. According to Motorsport.com, NASCAR is reportedly considering a Chase-like format for the Camping World Truck Series. Without even reading the article, I was ready to condemn the idea, …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas

(Photo Credit: Rick Lunkenheimer, Frontstretch)

After facing a quiet track all day long due to lingering weepers from morning rains that ultimately canceled all on-track activity prior to the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, the Xfinity Series finally took to the track roughly 30 minutes late. In a race that featured substantially more passing and on-track action than the Camping World …

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Entry List: 2015 O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas

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After their final off-week of the 2015 season the NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to action this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the Nov. 7 O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. There’s a total of 40 entrants, meaning every team will make Saturday’s race. Six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Pulls No Punches With NASCAR on Intentional Wrecking

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Martinsville Speedway. Home to tight racing, bumping and banging, and the occasional intentional crash. That’s what we had to deal with this past weekend at the paperclip. Before we start, we’ve reached a milestone. Today, we’re celebrating the fact that I’ve written 500 critiques for Frontstretch, either here on the website or in our Newsletter, …

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