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Eyes on XFINITY: Joe Gibbs Racing Versus JR Motorsports

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(Photo: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)

The four drivers who will battle for the 2016 XFINITY Series title this weekend at Homestead Miami Speedway have performed better than anyone else this season. It should not be a surprise, then, that those drivers represent the two best teams of the season.  No matter who wins the championship Saturday evening, the big prize …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Could there be a Winless Champion?


There is no doubt that winning races is a big part of NASCAR’s elimination-style Chase format.  A win during the regular season practically locks a driver in to the postseason.  Furthermore, wins during the Chase allow drivers to advance automatically through the different rounds. However, the value of wins has not been on full display during …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Roush Fenway Racing’s Winning Streak in Jeopardy

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(CIA Stock Photography, 2015)

This weekend, all three of NASCAR’s national touring series will race at Texas Motor Speedway.  In its 20-year history, the mile-and-a-half track in Fort Worth has often been referred to as a House of Roush.  Indeed, the Roush Fenway Racing organization is no stranger to success at Texas.  Of the 31 Sprint Cup events at TMS, Roush’s …

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Eyes on XFINITY: A Return to Martinsville Could Put Lights to Use

2016 Martinsville I CUP overhead view Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

NASCAR fans will be treated to some great short track racing this weekend.  The Chases in both the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series continue at Martinsville Speedway, the half-mile paper clip-shaped track in the Southern Virginia hills.  The XFINITY Series, meanwhile, gets one more weekend off. It is a shame that NASCAR’s …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Chasing Out the Sprint Cup Drivers?


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Earlier this week, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell made a comment about Sprint Cup drivers racing in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series.  O’Donnell hinted that the sanctioning body could make an announcement soon regarding a plan to limit participation by Sprint Cup regulars in these lower divisions. …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Is Erik Jones the Title Favorite Again?

2016 NXS - Erik Jones Kentucky II Brett moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Erik Jones’ lackluster first round of the XFINITY Chase is finally over.  Fortunately for him, his championship hopes are not.  Jones went into the last race in the Round of 12 four points behind the Chase cutoff.  His fifth-place finish gave him more than enough points to make up the deficit.  As a result, he …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Blake Koch’s Title Hopes Hinge on Charlotte

2016 Phoenix I NXS Blake Koch Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

The Round of 12 in the XFINITY Series Chase concludes this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  The first two Chase races have produced a tight battle for the remaining six transfer spots.  Most eyes will no doubt be on Erik Jones and Ty Dillon, who are currently below the Chase cutoff and seeking either a …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Richard Childress Racing’s Split Agenda

2016 Richmond I NXS Brandon Jones car Russell LaBounty NKP

Richard Childress Racing has three drivers who qualified for the new XFINITY Series Chase, and after the first race of the postseason, all three drivers find themselves in a different position. Brendan Gaughan got out of Kentucky the best, finishing sixth and leaving the Bluegrass State with a nine-point cushion over the Chase cut line.  …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Swing for the Fences in the Windy City

Ryan Sieg

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This weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Chicagoland Speedway has the potential to be a very unique race.  For the vast majority of drivers, points do not matter. In fact, there has arguably never been a race in XFINITY Series history where points mattered less.  Even in instances where the points leader locked up the …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Dakoda Armstrong’s Big Opportunity

2016 Atlanta NXS DAkoda Armstrong car Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T.Thacker / NKP)

For the next two weeks, Dakoda Armstrong will have a lot more eyes on him than usual. It may be hard, generally speaking, for a professional race car driver to escape the spotlight.  Armstrong, however, has managed to do just that, piecing together a very nondescript season full of thoroughly average finishes.  Although he hovered …

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