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Xfinity Breakdown: Ty Gibbs Spins and Wins at Charlotte

2021 Charlotte Xfinity Ty Gibbs celebrate victory lane NKP

(Photo LAT Images via Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In February, Ty Gibbs briefly went dirt trackin’, making a pass in the grass, before winning on the road course at Daytona International Speedway. You can now check “spin and win” off the list of ways Gibbs has won a race. In Saturday’s (May 29) Alsco Uniforms 300, he spun exiting turn 4 coming to …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Charlotte Be the Only Track to Host the Coca-Cola 600?

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Kyle Busch doing that winning at Charlotte thing (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

NASCAR has shown a willingness of late to set tradition aside in favor of trying something new. Should it consider running the sport’s lone 600-mile race at a different track than Charlotte Motor Speedway? Josh Roller: I can’t say this strongly enough: no. The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte is one of the crown jewel races in …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Unable to Be Wrangled, Kyle Busch Dominates COTA

2021 Xfinity COTA Kyle Busch, No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (Credit: NKP)

Kyle Busch on track at COTA (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Circuit of the Americas started with Kyle Busch leading the field to green. Many have grown accustomed to Busch’s ability to smack the field with his performance, and in Saturday’s Pit Boss 250 at COTA, Rowdy didn’t hold back. Not only did Busch lead 35 of 46 laps, …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Change the Number Placements?

Chase Elliott car All Star Race Bristol NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Brad Keselowski is reportedly considering joining Roush Fenway Racing with a potential ownership stake. Would it be a good move? Luken Glover: It is hard to see Brad Keselowski leave Team Penske. If he wants immediate results for the next couple of years, Penske is the place to stay. However, a couple of factors could play …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Cindric Charges to Surprise Dover Victory

2021 Dover Xfinity Austin Cindric celebrates with trophy NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Austin Cindric didn’t look to be a significant threat to win Saturday’s Drydene 200 at Dover International Speedway until a restart with 56 laps to go. For the first three-quarters of the race, JR Motorsports teammates Justin Allgaier and Josh Berry held the top two positions. Berry was the control car when the race restarted …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Dover Host 2 Cup Races Again?

Austin Dillon at the front of a pack at Dover International Speedway, the Monster Mile. 2020 Cup race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With the introduction of the Next Gen car reducing the amount of cars a team can build from 15 to seven, does this open the door for teams to expand their fleet? If so, which team would be the most likely to add to its stable? Josh Roller: Well, first, NASCAR needs to do away …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Justin Allgaier Checks Darlington Off List; Noah Gragson Disqualified

Justin Allgaier

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Steakhouse Elite 200 at Darlington Raceway began with Dale Earnhardt Jr. pacing the NASCAR Xfinity Series field in a restored No. 8 Chevrolet Nova driven by his father, Dale Earnhardt. The race ended with Justin Allgaier, driving a JR Motorsports throwback scheme to the late Earnhardt, in victory lane. Saturday’s (May 8) race had …

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Friday Faceoff: Can Kyle Busch Surpass Richard Petty’s Streak?

Kyle Busch stands before 2021 spring Cup Kansas race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

With his win at Kansas Speedway, Kyle Busch has won a NASCAR Cup Series race in 17 consecutive years. Will he surpass the mark of 18 set by Richard Petty? Luken Glover: Absolutely. I see Kyle Busch winning at least one race for at least the next few years and easily passing Petty’s record. Now …

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Friday Faceoff: Is it Time for On-Track Qualifying to Come Back?

#10: Jeb Burton, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro at Homestead-Miami Speedway, March 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Thanks to a social media fan vote, Anheuser Busch dubbed this weekend’s Cup race the “Buschy McBusch Race 400”. Is such naming genius or silly? Do you even consider it relevant either way? Luken Glover: I think it was a great way to get the fans involved, and I think many expected a crazy name …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Mother Nature Makes Jeb Burton a 1st-Time Xfinity Winner; Ty Dillon Crashes Out

2021 Xfinity Talladega Jeb Burton, No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet, and Ty Dillon, No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Side-by-side racing (Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

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

The skies were clear, and the sun was out when Jeb Burton took the lead on Lap 82, and the same was true on Lap 84 when the caution was displayed for an accident on the back straight. But by the time the race was ready to go green on Lap 91, the sun was …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Jennifer Jo Cobb Have Been Approved for Talladega Cup Race?

Jennifer Jo Cobb races at Las Vegas spring truck race NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The approval process for drivers to race in the NASCAR Cup Series has come into question with NASCAR denying Jennifer Jo Cobb for Talladega Superspeedway. Are her credentials sufficient enough, or was it the right call? Luken Glover: Putting Jennifer Jo Cobb in a car for her debut at Talladega was a questionable decision, so …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Teams Look for More Short Track Racers to Fill Marquee Rides?

2021 Xfinity Martinsville Josh Berry, No. 8 JR Motorsports, Victorious (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Considering the sudden success of drivers like Ross Chastain and Josh Berry, is it important for the sport to have teams look at veteran short track racers? What other largely unknown driver could excel given the right opportunity? Luken Glover: It definitely is worth a look into. Both Ross Chastain and Josh Berry excelled greatly …

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