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Eyes on XFINITY: Does Team Penske’s Single-Car Approach Work?

2015 Road America NXS Ryan Blaney car credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Last weekend at Kentucky Speedway, Team Penske did something it had only done once before this year.  The organization fielded a second XFINITY Series entry.  Ryan Blaney piloted the No. 12 car to an eighth-place finish, while Brad Keselowski wound up 10th in the flagship No. 22 car.  In most of this season’s events, only …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Darrell Wallace, Jr.’s Fine Does Not Help NASCAR’s Image

2016 Phoenix I NXS DArrell Wallace Jr car Matthew T Thacker NKP

Here we go again.  On Wednesday, news broke that NASCAR had fined another driver for comments the sanctioning body saw as disparaging to the sport.  This time, it was XFINITY Series driver Darrell Wallace, Jr. who drew the ire of NASCAR following last week’s race at Daytona.  The sanctioning body fined Wallace $15,000 for a …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Time to Lose the “No Pushing” Rule

The XFINITY Series will make its second trip of the season to Daytona International Speedway on Friday night.  Fans should be in store for another wild contest at The World Center of Racing. However, one of NASCAR’s rules has the potential to turn a great night of racing into a massive controversy that would surely leave …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Looking Beyond the Championship

2016 Charlotte All Star Showdown CUP  green flag Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

If you are a fan of parity in NASCAR, there is good news.  Whoever wins the XFINITY Series championship in 2016 will do so for the first time.  All of the drivers who remain in Chase contention have never hoisted the championship trophy.  It makes the prospect of this year’s championship battle all the more …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Ross Chastain Hoping to Defy Expectations

NXS 2016 Daytona Ross Chastain NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

The next few months have the potential to be a major turning point in Ross Chastain’s NASCAR career. The Alva, Florida native, in his second full-time season in the XFINITY Series is once again racing with JD Motorsports.  Through the first twelve races, Chastain’s biggest highlight was running near the front of the pack and …

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Eyes on XFINITY: NASCAR’s Blended Schedules

2016 Pocono NSCS photo NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

It is hard to believe that this weekend’s race at Pocono Raceway is the first ever for the XFINITY Series. The triangular track nestled in the Pennsylvania hills is not a late arrival to the NASCAR party. The Sprint Cup Series has hosted at least one event at Pocono every year since 1974. The Truck …

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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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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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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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Eyes on XFINITY: Has Elliott Sadler Finally Found the Right Team?

Elliott Sadler

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Believe it or not, Elliott Sadler has not won an XFINITY race in two years.  The site of that last victory is Talladega Superspeedway, where the NXS drivers will race this weekend.  Sadler will be one of many drivers hoping to take advantage of the opportunity that restrictor plate racing brings for surprise winners.  While it would …

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