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Xfinity Breakdown: Late Cautions Elevate Noah Gragson to Victory; Dale Jr. Finishes 14th

2021 Richmond II NXS Noah Gragson drinking Sean Gardner Getty

(Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

It seems all it took for Noah Gragson to win in 2021 was to sign a new contract with JR Motorsports for 2022. For the first time in his NASCAR Xfinity Series career, he has won back-to-back races, winning the Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway on Saturday.  Last week Gragson won at Darlington. Gragson …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Gragson Ends Winless Drought at Darlington, Playoff Cutline Tightens

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The 49-race winless streak for Noah Gragson was snapped in Saturday’s Sports Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. Gragson was chasing Denny Hamlin for the lead before a caution with nine laps to go. The Xfinity Series field pitted, but Hamlin was penalized and sent to the rear of the field …

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Friday Faceoff: Can Kurt Busch Win With 23XI?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Chris Buescher was disqualified from his second-place finish in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway for a post-race infraction due to an unapproved track bar mount. Does the punishment fit the crime? Josh Roller: Not enough information was shared by NASCAR to determine whether or not a disqualification was appropriate or not. What made …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Kaulig Executes Plan; Justin Haley Wins & AJ Allmendinger Takes Points Lead

AJ Allmendinger and Kaulig Racing worked together to dominate the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona on Aug. 28, 2021 (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

When the NASCAR Xfinity Series resumed the Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway Saturday afternoon (Aug. 28), following a postponement for rain on Friday night, Kaulig Racing remained the class of the field. AJ Allmendinger led 15 of the 19 laps completed on Friday night and 15 on Saturday for a race-high 30 laps led. …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Require COVID-19 Vaccines for Garage Access?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With the FDA approving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, should NASCAR require vaccinations for garage access? Luken Glover: No, it is not needed. Some drivers have voiced that a negative test should be all that is needed, and I agree with that. While I want the virus to be eradicated as much as the next person, it …

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Xfinity Breakdown: AJ Allmendinger Living the Dream, Late Caution Robs Josh Berry

#16: A.J. Allmendinger, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro RAMCO Specialties Inc.

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Six days removed from a victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in the NASCAR Cup Series, AJ Allmendinger stood on the frontstretch of Michigan International Speedway with a grateful smile on his face as the crowd chanted, “AJ, AJ, AJ,” following his victory in the New Holland 250 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Allow Testing At New or Reconfigured Speedways?

2021 nascar Cup COTA pack racing, photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. hinted that JR Motorsports could expand to five NASCAR Xfinity Series cars next year. What is the ideal driver lineup for JRM in 2022?  Josh Roller: If JR Motorsports expands to a five-car team next season, I don’t mind keeping the current driver lineup. Keep Michael Annett in the No. 1. He is …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Austin Cindric Delivers Penske Sweep; Turtle and Curb Misery

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Austin Cindric kissing the bricks after winning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Saturday’s (Aug. 14) doubleheader began with the NTT IndyCar Series’ Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix, which Will Power, a Team Penske driver, won. Twenty-eight cars were in that race, and four of them were owned by Roger Penske. The Captain had a one-in-seven shot at winning. When the NASCAR Xfinity Series took its turn …

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Friday Faceoff: Indy Road Course or Oval — What’s a More Prestigious Win?

Chase Briscoe leads NASCAR Xfinity cars pack racing in the esses at the 2020 Indianapolis road course, Jamie Squire/Getty Images

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The Watkins Glen International NASCAR Cup Series event was run in just under two hours and 11 minutes, to the delight of some who say races are too long. What’s the shortest (or longest) you think a Cup race should run? Should a time limit be considered? Luken Glover: It really varies on how long and …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Ty Gibbs Shows Off Undeniable Talent at The Glen

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#54: Ty Gibbs, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra Monster Energy (credit: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If you are part of the crowd that believes Ty Gibbs is driving a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Xfinity Series based purely on who his grandfather is, hopefully, his performance on Saturday at Watkins Glen International changed your mind. Gibbs led a race-high 43 laps and outdueled — cleanly — two of …

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Friday Faceoff: Is Dominance Detrimental to ARCA?

Ty Gibbs wins back to back races at Iowa Speedway

(Photo: Mark Kristl)

Two drivers have combined to win all but one ARCA Menards Series race this season. Does this diminish the relevance of the series?  Mark Kristl: It diminishes the spotlight on other drivers, especially the other two who are full time. However, it does not diminish the series. ARCA is the NASCAR equivalent of Single A, and …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Auto Racing Be An Olympic Sport?

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Las Vegas Carl Edwards backflip Nigel Kinrade Autostock

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/Autostock)

Harrison Burton is the latest driver to come up through the Toyota development ranks only to wind up in NASCAR Cup Series racing for a different manufacturer. Should Toyota Racing Development be making more of an effort to keep prospects? Luken Glover: Toyota has followed a motto of quality over quantity several times in the past …

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