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Eyes on XFINITY: Are Matt Tifft and Cole Custer the Latest Names Made Here?

2016 Atlanta CWTS Cole Custer Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The XFINITY Series will have a couple of relatively new faces in new places this weekend at Richmond International Raceway.  Matt Tifft will be making the first of 13 scheduled starts in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 car.  Additionally, Camping World Truck Series regular Cole Custer will be making his first ever XFINITY start, racing …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Can Brennan Poole Maintain a Strong Start?

2016 Atlanta NXS Justin Allgaier Brennan Poole racing Russell LaBounty NKP

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As the XFINITY Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway, Texas native Brennan Poole finds himself 10th in the series points standings.  Poole, who will turn 25 next week, is perhaps the biggest surprise in the top 10 of the XFINITY standings.  So far, he has been keeping pace with his fellow NXS regulars, having posted just …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Now or Never for Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan?

2016 Fontana NXS Ty Dillon Brennan Poole Elliott Sadler racing Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

The good news for Richard Childress Racing is that the four-car team reached Victory Lane just five races into the XFINITY Series season.  The bad news, at least as far as the XFINITY championship is concerned, is that Sprint Cup regular Austin Dillon was the one who delivered the win to the team.  RCR’s three …

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Eyes on XFINITY: No Easy Solution to Cup Driver Dominance

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

There have not been many high points in 2016 for XFINITY Series fans who favor a second-tier series without Sprint Cup driver dominance. In the last three races, reigning Sprint Cup champ Kyle Busch has looked nearly unstoppable, and he stands a good chance at getting his fourth consecutive victory at Auto Club Speedway. Busch’s …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Darrell Wallace, Jr. is Ford’s Best Championship Hope

2016 Atlanta NXS Elliott Sadler Darrell Wallace Jr racing NKP

It is still early in the XFINITY Series season, but we are beginning to see which drivers will emerge as championship contenders. There are not many surprises among those names. Most fans assumed that Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez would be in the title hunt, and the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers have shown the most …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Sin City Showdown Will Set the Tone for 2016

2016 Atlanta NXS pack racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Following the XFINITY Series’ second race of the season, the biggest storyline was Kyle Busch, once again, curb-stomping the competition on his way to his first XFINITY victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch faces a similar task this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, another venue where he has never won an XFINITY race. However, …

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Eyes on XFINITY: A Step Down is a Step Up for Allgaier

Justin Allgaier Darlington Cup Retro 2015 Mike Neff-096

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Justin Allgaier is back in familiar territory. After a two-year stint in the Sprint Cup Series, he has returned to the XFINITY Series to race for a championship. He finished 12th at Daytona in his first race with JR Motorsports, putting himself in contention for the win before a pit road speeding penalty doomed his chances …

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Eyes on XFINITY: A Day for the Underdogs in Daytona?

2015 Daytona I NXS pack racing Credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

The 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season begins on Saturday with its opener at Daytona International Speedway. A win at Daytona is special for any driver, but with the addition of a Chase in NASCAR’s second-tier division, the season opener takes on a much greater importance for the series regulars. A win at Daytona would most likely guarantee …

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Eyes on XFINITY: A Chase Format in the XFINITY Series? Huh?

Buescher, Chris - #60 Fastenal Ford - 2015 Ford EcoBoost 300 - Homestead

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­

Rumor has it, the folks at NASCAR are contemplating changes for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Let’s face it, can you blame the sanctioning body? After another long year with countless headlines featuring Sprint Cup Series drivers leading nearly every lap of a race throughout the majority of the season, fans are irritated, especially the younger …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Chris Buescher Ready to Cap Off Championship Season

2015 Texas II NXS Chris Buescher CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)

It has been nearly two years since I first spoke with Chris Buescher. Fresh off an ARCA Series championship, the Texas native had a smooth accent – coming off not too thick where he would sound like a cowboy or too weak where he didn’t even seem like he was from the Lone Star State, but one right in …

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