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Eyes on Xfinity: Despite Success, Chase Elliott Still Learning a Year After 1st Win

2015 Martinsville I CUP Chase Elliott vertical credit Amy Henderson

Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch

The newest generation of racers has grown into the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and one driver has emerged as the possible future face of NASCAR. Just over one year ago, one young man entered Victory Lane in NASCAR’s second-tier division for the first time. The second-generation driver, a teenager who had yet to complete high school, …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Gearing Up for the Future with These 8 Drivers

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(Photo Credit: Amy Henderson, Frontstretch)

Through we’re nearly two months into the NASCAR Xfinity Series season, the young guns have joined the race for the title. Reigning champion Chase Elliott, along with Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher, are among those at the top of the standings five events into the 2015 season. But the next set of drivers to join …

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Eyes on Xfinity: The State of the Xfinity Series, 5 Races In

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Photo Credit: NASCAR via Getty Images

Well, that went fast. The first five races of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season are in the books, and there have been some wild events to start the year. After seeing a driver with diabetes defy the odds of life with a Daytona victory, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars have taken the reigns of the …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Young, Broke & Eager-to-Learn Racers Looking for Chances

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series is known as the Triple-A version of national stock car racing. Racing on the same surface as some of the greatest racers on the planet, the 33-race schedule features plenty of opportunities for drivers to work their way up to the ultimate level: the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. A recent report noted …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Ross Chastain Building a Name for Himself

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He calls his car owner “Mr. Johnny” – a sign of friendship and respect. “Mr. Johnny,” after all, has built a start-and-park team into one that contends for top 15s on a weekly basis. Now a three-car organization, JD Motorsports has a full stable of drivers. Ross Chastain, an eighth-generation farmer, was added to the …

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Time to Give Erik Jones a Chance in the No. 54

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(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

One man’s misfortune usually leads to another man’s gain, and that’s no different now in the XFINITY Series.The curious case of Kyle Busch’s dual leg injuries has provided a predicament at Joe Gibbs Racing. Stress and adversity has tackled Gibbs’ team, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup XFINITY series while Kyle Busch recovers from injuries sustained during …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Brennan Poole Ready to Succeed in Maiden Season

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Close but no cigar. At Pocono Raceway on Aug. 1, the clouds hovered over the 2.5-mile triangle as the ARCA Series attempted to beat out the rain. That it did; however, the dominant driver on the day lost a tough battle at the end due to pit strategy. Brennan Poole walked in the ARCA garage …

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Eyes on XFINITY: It’s Now or Never for Elliott Sadler

A new season has brought yet another change for Elliott Sadler. The Virginia native has made the move to his third team in four years while racing full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Joe Gibbs Racing, Sadler’s previous team, seemed like the perfect fit for the three-time Sprint Cup Series winner. And why wouldn’t it …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Chase, Bubba & the Exciting 2015 XFINITY Series Field

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A new title sponsor. New drivers and fresh paint schemes. Rookies moving up the ranks. It seems like yesterday I was writing my final Nuts for Nationwide column after Homestead. But now, it’s time for Eyes on XFINITY. 2015 is a much different year. Headlines are screaming at us. There are so many things to look forward to, …

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Nuts for Nationwide: 2015 is Ripe for Change

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2014’s NASCAR Nationwide Series season has come and gone, and it’s time to say farewell to Nationwide Insurance – but there needs to be more goodbyes entering a new era for the sport’s second-tier division. After entering the season with high expectations, the series regulars had an abysmal nine victories, with two part-time drivers taking …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Chase Elliott Grows from Awesome Bill’s Son to NASCAR Star

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From 1983 until 2003, the Dawsonville Pool Room had quite the workout. And earlier this year, the Pool Room’s roof blasted off a siren that was made famous each time 1988 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bill Elliott won a race. On Saturday afternoon, that siren will go off once again. It might not be …

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