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Denny Hamlin Beats William Byron in Michigan XFINITY Series Photo Finish

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

After 200 miles and 125 laps of racing at Michigan International Speedway, it all came down to a matter of inches at the start/finish line for NASCAR’s XFINITY Series. Denny Hamlin won the Irish Hills 250 thanks to a last-lap pass on William Byron at the two-mile oval in the Irish Hills of Michigan. The No. …

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Friday Faceoff: What to Do with the Overtime Line?

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1. The teams of both Kyle Busch and Chase Briscoe received heavy penalties after Dover International Speedway, including suspensions of crew chiefs, tire carriers and tire changers after each had a wheel fall off in completion.  Did NASCAR make the right call? Amy Henderson: Yes. The rulebook is pretty specific in this area, and NASCAR was …

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Eyes on XFINITY: William Byron Loving Life Driving for JR Motorsports

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William Byron has a reason to smile (Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

On the heels of winning seven Camping World Truck Series races in 2016, there were high expectations for William Byron making the transition to the XFINITY Series for JR Motorsports in 2017. Through 11 races, he has not disappointed. Sure, the No. 9 car has not yet gone to Victory Lane, but winning the Dash …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Larson Wins Wreckfest at Dover

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Starting from the pole Saturday, Kyle Larson had the fastest XFINITY Series car at Dover International Speedway. That speed was on display as early as the first stage of the race. Larson led every green-flag lap in that opening segment en route to a race high 136 on the afternoon. It seemed Ryan Blaney, who finished runner-up was …

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Ryan Blaney, William Byron Lead Charlotte XFINITY Practices

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Ryan Blaney and William Byron were the fastest in the two NASCAR XFINITY Series practices held Thursday (May 25) at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Blaney, driving the No. 12 Ford for Team Penske this week, put down a blistering lap of 182.834 mph to claim the opening practice. Brennan Poole (182.642 mph) was the runner up …

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NASCAR’s Top Talent Scouts: Who’s Got the No. 1 Draft Pick?

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NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. news cycle finally got trumped in the sporting world by Thursday night’s NFL draft. As you read this, stories are popping up over names like Mitch Trubisky, Jabrill Peppers and I-can’t-remember-his-name-but-god-he-better-help-my-team. It’s a reminder for all that life must go on. At Hendrick Motorsports, those words ring truer than ever as it …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Erik Jones Cruises to Victory in Texas

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At the site of his first career XFINITY Series victory in 2015, Erik Jones is always a factor at Texas Motor Speedway. In Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300, the 20-year-old proved just that. Starting from second position, it didn’t take Jones long to find the lead. Once he went around pole-sitter Joey Logano early in the …

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Beside The Rising Tide: Start And Stop, Parking Lots, And Raceway Park

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Something of note happened on Saturday and I’m not talking about April 1st being a day set aside for Brian France and folks of his ilk. NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series returned to action for the first time in almost a month. (The CWTS last ran on March 4th at Atlanta.) Having now completed their …

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U.S. Legend Cars Shaping NASCAR’s Next Generation

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Unlike many members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which showcases the best of NASCAR’s yesterday, the racers of today receive years of experience before they touch a NASCAR national series. Most of these racers roll in a lavish amount of short track racing series on a local level, but none other seems to nurture …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Busch Takes a Bow Late in Race to Win Atlanta

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After winning the pole for Saturday’s Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch was a non-factor for much of the race, hovering inside the top five. Other Cup Series veterans, such as Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski, went on to dominate the majority of the event. It was the first start for the No. …

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