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XFINITY Breakdown: Kyle Busch Adds to the Record Book, Wins at Kentucky

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After winning the pole for both the XFINITY and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series events Friday at Kentucky Speedway, Kyle Busch was the odd-on favorite to win at one of his best tracks. Winning is exactly what he did. It did not come easy for Busch, as he had to play a different strategy to …

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Kyle Busch Wins Shortened Qualifying Session at Kentucky

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With a bunch of green on the radar, plus a severe weather warning to the west of Kentucky Speedway, racing officials ended their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying session following the second round. Kyle Busch was awarded the pole for tomorrow night’s Quaker State 400. In the second round, Busch posted a lap of …

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Eyes on XFINITY: David Starr, Underdog Story of the Year

2017 Dover Xfinity Zach Catanzareti David Starr

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For small race teams, it’s hard to move toward the front. The lack of funding, resources and people make it almost impossible for a small team to battle for victory at almost every race track. However, restrictor plate racing at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway evens the playing field, allowing for potential Cinderella stories. That kind …

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Pace Laps: A Night to Remember at Daytona and William Byron’s Major Victory

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: A Night to Remember – On nearly any metric, the opening night for NASCAR on NBC in 2017 seemed to be a success. Big crowds, new camera angles, wrecks, three-wide racing, underdog teams racing for the win, an emotional evening for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NASCAR’s dedication to service men …

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David Ragan Comes Up Short in Quest of Second Victory at Daytona

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David Ragan is known for his restrictor plate abilities. In 2011, he picked up his first-career victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway. Two years later, he was victorious at Talladega Superspeedway. On Saturday night, Ragan was in position to come home with yet another victory, clinching a playoff position …

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Michael McDowell Records First Career Top-Five Finish at Daytona

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Entering Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing was on a hot streak of six consecutive top-25 finishes, a career-long for the Arizona native. McDowell started the event from 23rd, quickly moving up the scoring pylon. By the conclusion of Stage 1, the No. 95 sat sixth, picking …

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XFINITY Breakdown: William Byron Goes Back-to-Back, Wins Daytona

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Prior to last Saturday’s XFINITY Series event at Iowa Speedway, William Byron was still trying to prove himself, though the No. 9 team sat third in the championship standings. Seven days later, the 19-year-old is a two-time winner in NASCARs top preliminary division. Byron started the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway from the …

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Captures Pole in Farewell Race at Daytona

2017 Daytona Cup Zach Catanzareti Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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During final practice on Thursday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. set the bar in regard to single car speeds. During Friday’s qualifying session the No. 88 Chevrolet backed it up by winning his third career pole at the famed track. Earnhardt’s lap of  47.127 seconds (190.973 mph) was .044 seconds quicker than Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott (190.795 …

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Friday Faceoff: Can An Underfunded Team Be a Contender?

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Martin Truex, Jr. has had a hot start to 2017, with a total of 11 stage wins and two race wins, but he’s also had some missed opportunities due to things outside the driver’s control.  Is the No. 78 team ready to win a title this year, or will the little things add up? Dustin …

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Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Top Cup Practice Sessions at Daytona

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At Daytona International Speedway, practice never means much, but a few familiar foes led the way in Thursday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions. Practice One:  Turning 19 circuits, Kyle Busch, paced the opening session at 197.436 mph, .048 seconds ahead of defending winner Brad Keselowski (197.230 mph). The No. 2 car was followed by …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Ryan Sieg Overachieving as Underdog in XFINITY Series

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As the XFINITY Series crossed the halfway mark of its regular season last weekend at Iowa Speedway, and Ryan Sieg is in a similar situation as 2016, currently one position below the playoff cutoff. With only a handful of employees that make up a competitive organization, Sieg and company had their best-career outing, finishing runner-up to William …

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