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Ryan Preece: ‘We Need to Figure Something Out’

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Ryan Preece may have won at Bristol in his third start for 2018 with Joe Gibbs Racing, but the following eight months lacked similar colors. Running 15 races for JGR in the XFINITY Series this year, Preece was labeled as a multi-race winner to come, proving his worth last year at Iowa Speedway before winning …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Cole Custer Punches Ticket to Homestead, Wins Chaotic Race at Texas

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After a tough first week in the Round of 8 at Kansas Speedway two weeks ago (Oct. 20), Cole Custer likely needed to win in order to race for an XFINITY Series championship this season. That’s exactly what he did in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Custer began the race from …

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2-Headed Monster: Is The Driver or The Car More Important?

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This week’s question is racing’s version of “the chicken or the egg” question: does the car matter more than the driver or does the driver make a bigger difference than the car? Motor Over Mojo There’s no doubt that both matter, but it’s clear that the machine makes a bigger contribution than the man (or …

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John Hunter Nemechek Claims 1st Career XFINITY Win at Kansas

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John Hunter Nemechek became the third driver this season to park the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro in Victory Lane for Chip Ganassi Racing, winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series’ Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. It was his first NXS win for his career and the sixth for Ganassi in 2018. #ChipLikesWinners@JHNemechek | #KSL300 pic.twitter.com/32h3QqzbvV — Kansas …

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2-Headed Monster: Ryan Preece or Daniel Hemric, Who Will Have The Better Career?

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We’ve got our rookie class for the 2019 season. It was announced last Friday (Sept. 28) that Ryan Preece and Daniel Hemric will both move up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and compete against each other for Rookie of the Year. More rookies could be added to the list later, but the focus …

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5 Points to Ponder: A NASCAR ROVALution in Charlotte

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ONE: Thank You Marcus Smith, Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR A couple of years ago, Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO and director Marcus Smith, who also happens to be the general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, had an idea. “Why don’t we revive the old road course and race NASCAR on the Roval?” Smith said on …

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Up to Speed: Part-Time Pays off for Ryan Preece

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For the past several years, Ryan Preece has been forging a pathway to the national levels of NASCAR.  He demonstrated his talent in the Whelen Modified Tour, winning 12 times in 56 races from 2012-2015.  But when it came time to take on NASCAR’s XFINITY Series, Preece needed a way to increase his visibility on …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ryan Blaney Wins the ROVAL, Kyle Larson Survives to Advance

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Who’s in the headline The list of road course favorites was long going into the first ROVAL race, and it was a safe bet that Ryan Blaney wasn’t on most of those lists. However, sometimes it is better to be lucky than good, and Blaney was lucky to be in the right place at the …

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Ryan Preece to JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 Full-Time in 2019

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JTG Daugherty Racing announced Friday morning (Sept. 28) at Charlotte Motor Speedway that part-time XFINITY Series and Whelen Modified Tour racer Ryan Preece will take over the No. 47 Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series full-time in 2019.  In addition, team co-owner Tad Geschickter confirmed that the team will be running Hendrick engines …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Ryan Preece on Richmond, Full Throttle Weekend in New Hampshire, Future

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It’s a busy Frontstretch Podcast this week, as the trio of Dustin Albino, Mike Neff, Zach Catanzareti join NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ryan Preece break down a busy weekend of racing at Richmond Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Preece finished 18th at Richmond in Friday’s XFINITY Series race before driving north to New Hampshire, where he competed in the Whelen Modified Series race. …

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