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Eyes on Xfinity: How Can NASCAR Improve Its Second-Tier Series?

2015 Texas II NXS Regan Smith Chase Elliott racing CIA

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It’s sadly that time of year for racing: a time of to reflect, restructure and, most importantly, respect the world of NASCAR for enduring one of the longest seasons in all of professional sports. This time is a difficult one for many teams. Certain drivers and crews know they will not be returning next year. …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Mike Bliss Reunites with TriStar Motorsports at Texas

2014 Kentucky I NNS Blake Koch Mike Bliss CIA

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There is a familiar name on the NASCAR Xfinity Series entry list this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Mike Bliss has over 300 career NXS starts and is a name that was once synonymous with this series. Bliss will return this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway driving the No. 14 Toyota for TriStar Motorsports, replacing the …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Does 2016 Schedule Bring Enough Changes?

2015 Pocono 1 Pocono Turn 3 Credit Anthony Lumbis Sr.

Photo Credit: Anthony Lumbis Sr., Frontstretch

It could have been an opportunity for a change, pleasing fans left and right. Instead, the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule has been left largely unchanged for 2016, shocking nobody. Fans have been voicing their displeasure for quite some time about the lack of stand-alone events on the schedule. Let’s face it: Having five whole standalones is …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Amid Uncertainty, Ben Rhodes Looking Forward to Future

NASCAR XFINITY Series Lakes Region 200 - Practice

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Ben Rhodes stood in his hauler at Dover International Speedway with a wry smile during a rainy day. The outside of his hauler was met with large puddles, each of which expanded near a set of tires. The 18-year-old was sitting on his laptop, staring at pictures of classic cars, something he loves to do. For this …

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Eyes on Xfinity: 5 Keys to Winning the Series Championship

2015 Dover I NXS Chris Buescher celebrates CIA

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There are just four Xfinity Series races left in the 2015 season. Come Homestead in just over a month, a first-time champion will be crowned. Currently, it’s a four-driver race for the title, although Chris Buescher holds a healthy 18-point lead over Ty Dillon. Buescher, while not controlling his own destiny, likely needs to finish …

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Eyes on Xfinity: What Does the Future Look Like for Regan Smith?

2015 XFINITY Dover 2 NXS Regan Smith burnout NASCAR via Getty Images

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A headache the morning after a win is usually a good thing. Celebrating a solid, hard-earned victory is what life is all about in NASCAR. But then again, who actually likes having a hangover? Regan Smith does not know who he will be racing for in 2016, or in what series he will compete within. …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Taking a Look at Tony Stewart’s Brief Xfinity Series Stint

Camping World 300

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The Tony Stewart era in NASCAR is coming to a close. One of the sport’s most intimidating drivers is hanging up his helmet at the end of next season and his illustrious career is one that few can compare to. In January, I had the opportunity to meet Stewart at Media Week in Charlotte. His …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Is This Championship All But Wrapped Up?

NASCAR XFINITY Series Road America Ð Day 2

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With the Chase now well under way in the Sprint Cup Series, it’s easy to lose track of the excitement and potential looming large in the other series. The Xfinity Series in particular has plenty of championship-capable drivers who are able to win races – even in events chock full of Cup Series regulars – …

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Eyes on Xfinity: What’s the Future for JR Motorsports?

2015 Loudon I NXS Elliott Sadler pack racing CIA

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See ya later, Chase. Come February at Daytona, the metallic blue No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet will no longer be racing on Saturday afternoons. Instead, it is getting a promotion. It is not like JR Motorsports really has a choice. If it were up to the team, it would want to keep reigning Xfinity Series champion …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Can Chase Elliott Win This Title After All?

2015 Watkins Glen NXS Chase Elliott CIA

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All the eyes are on the championship battle, and with nine races left in the Xfinity Series season, no mistakes can be made. Entering Richmond International Raceway this weekend, all signs point to Chris Buescher as the championship favorite. Holding a 29-point lead after Darlington Raceway last week, the Roush Fenway Racing driver is deemed …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Opportunity Comes Knocking for Ryan Truex, Josh Berry

2014 Daytona II CUP Ryan Truex slip n slide CIA

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The days of drivers making it in NASCAR based on only talent are gone; these days, it takes a combination of money and success to race into NASCAR’s premier divisions. Well, mostly money, and lots of it. Rides are limited in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Sponsors are controlling teams, rather than the stat sheets. Compared to …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Road-Course Racing and Its Benefits

2015 Mid-Ohio NXS Chris Buescher Alex Tagliani racing credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Turning right on some weekends is great, especially for those that love making fun of NASCAR for going left all the time. Let’s face it, it gets redundant hearing these poor schlubs complain about the sport we all love to watch. The month of August is a dream for anyone that likes to see a …

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