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Eyes on XFINITY: The Case for a Longer Race

NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 200

during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 200 at Dover International Speedway on October 3, 2015 in Dover, Delaware.

Memorial Day Weekend is a motorsports fan’s dream.  Sunday alone features three major races for fans to enjoy.  NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series will host the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the sport’s longest race.  Formula 1 holds its marquee event, the Grand Prix of Monaco, on Sunday morning.  The biggest event, however, will be …

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Pace Laps: Tony Stewart’s All-Star Race Ends in Flames, Kaulig Racing Running Strong and Doug Coby Searching for Third Straight Whelen Modified Tour Title

2016 Charlotte All Star CUP Tony Stewart Kasey Kahne crask John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Sprint Cup: Back to the Old Tony Stewart. As they say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire – As Tony Stewart was collected in a crash in Saturday’s Sprint All-Star Race, the veteran driver making his final appearance in the non-points event gave the NASCAR world another piece of stimulating commentary on his way out the door …

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Friday Faceoff: Who’s the Next First-Time Winner?

2016 Dover I CUP Cahse Elliott Kyle Larson Racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

The new aero package seemed to work fantastically at Dover while it was not very successful at Kansas. NASCAR is continuing to work on the downforce on these cars. Should NASCAR keep making small adjustments or is it time for a big swing at change? Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: If NASCAR takes a big swing, …

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Eyes on XFINITY: JR Motorsports on the Rise?

2016 Phoenix I NXS Eliott Sadler racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

In recent weeks, a stronger sense of parity appears to be emerging in the XFINITY Series. Thanks to Kyle Busch spending a few weeks away from NASCAR’s second-tier division, some new faces have had the opportunity to reach victory lane.  Erik Jones has notched two wins in the last five races, one of which came …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Erik Jones Defeats the Monster Mile

2016 Phoenix I NXS Erik Jones Matthew T Thacker NKP

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Despite being skeptical about his chances of winning, Erik Jones raced to victory for the second time in 2016.  Jones drove away from the field following a restart with five laps to go and picked up his first XFINITY Series victory at Dover International Speedway in the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 200.  The win is Jones’ …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Excessive Burnouts Put Teams on the Hot Seat?

2016 Kansas I CUP Kevin Harvick racing Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Three races into his return, Tony Stewart is making up some ground on 30th in points, the Chase cut-off for a driver with a win.  How likely does that win look for Stewart in the next 15 races? Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I hate to say it, but not very likely. I think Stewart-Haas Racing/Hendrick Motorsports …

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Eyes on XFINITY: When Will Suarez Finally Win?

2016 Richmond I NXS Daniel Suarez Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Sooner or later, Daniel Suarez is going to reach victory lane.  All the parts and pieces are in place for the native of Monterrey, Mexico, to earn his first XFINITY Series win. Suarez is in his second season driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, which has been the most dominant NXS team in 2016.  While the …

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Pace Laps: Blaney Heats Up, Tiny Truck Teams Totaled and Red Bull Rocked

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Sprint Cup: Ryan Blaney Grabs Strong Top 5 – Ryan Blaney led the charge for Sprint Cup Series rookies with a top-5 finish in Saturday’s Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. It was a feel-good story in an otherwise fall-asleep Saturday night at the 1.5-mile oval. Blaney’s fifth also made the record books. Wood Brothers Racing scored …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Lapped Cars Get Off the Track?

2016 Talladega I CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr Carl Edwards crash Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

After Sunday’s race at Talladega saw 35 of 40 cars involved in on-track incidents, does NASCAR need to reevaluate restrictor plate racing with the current rules? Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: This kind of hand-wringing happens every few years when there is a big wreck. They’ve been launching them into the air since 1973, and had …

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Pace Laps: Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano Tangle, Jeremy Clements’ Strong Run and Nico Rosberg Wins Again

2016 Talladega Joey Logano Elliott Sadler Crash NASCAR via Getty Images

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Sprint Cup: Kenseth and Logano Not Done Yet – For the second straight time, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano have experienced an issue at Talladega Superspeedway involving contact on the track. The only difference, obviously, is what has transpired between now and last October following a nasty payback from Kenseth to then-race leader Logano the following week at …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Sadler Snaps Two-Year Drought at Talladega

2016 Elliott Sadler woohoo Talladega NASCAR via Getty Images

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Elliott Sadler had a very happy birthday on Saturday.  After going winless in the XFINITY Series for the last two years, Sadler claimed a victory at Talladega Superspeedway in the Sparks Energy 300.  It is Sadler’s second NXS win at Talladega, one he earned after making two impressive saves on the final lap and hanging …

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