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Eyes on Xfinity: Why Every Playoff Driver Can & Can’t Win the Title

2021 Xfinity Daytona II Finish Kaulig Racing 1-2-4, L-R Justin Haley, No. 11 Chevrolet, AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Chevrolet, and Jeb Burton, No. 10 Chevrolet (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

The time has arrived for the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs. This weekend in Las Vegas, the postseason gets underway. Even if there was no title at stake, racing purists of a certain type would be drawn in for one reason, that in the postseason, the field is void of any current NASCAR Cup Series drivers. …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Josh Williams in Spotlight Thanks to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Josh Williams in Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If you’re a casual follower of the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Josh Williams probably did not resonate strongly around this time a week ago. In a series marked by NASCAR Cup Series interlopers and well-funded operations, there’s the other half of the garage where drivers like Williams reside. Whereas some drivers may define success as a …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Chances of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Victory Are Actually High

Dale Earnhardt Jr. smiling

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Don’t get this return of a soon-to-be NASCAR Hall of Famer twisted, Dale Earnhardt Jr. chose his annual one-off NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway for a reason. It’s because he wants to win. The son of Dale Earnhardt is no slouch when it comes to the ¾-mile short track that is Richmond, …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Noah Gragson a Dark Horse for the Title?

#9: Noah Gragson, JR Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Bass Pros Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC

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Unlike NASCAR’s other two national series, the playoffs won’t be underway this weekend in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. That won’t start for another three weekends from now at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, after events at Darlington Raceway, Richmond Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway. Even if most of the field is set for the postseason in …

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Eyes On Xfinity: AJ Allmendinger Making Series His Fun Factory

AJ Allmendinger Michigan NASCAR Xfinity Series

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Routine can at times be a bad thing. The more you get used to something, the more common it can be. The novelty wears off.  The initial newfound excitement can fade. Drivers aren’t immune to this. If you get used to winning, some competitors come to expect it and the emotion becomes nearly robotic at …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Josh Berry’s Opportunity Now Bigger Than Ever

Josh Berry, No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, Celebrates (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Over time, lack of experience, even if not on purpose, has marked many drivers that have contended for and won championships in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In recent years, guys like Austin Cindric, William Byron, Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon have hoisted the series’ championship trophy. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Move Over, Everyone. This Is Ty Gibbs’ World

Ty Gibbs Watkins Glen 2021

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When the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity season meets its conclusion at Phoenix Raceway, there will be no shortage of pomp and circumstance with the crowning of a new series champion. Regardless if it’s a repeat title by Austin Cindric or someone else hoisting the championship trophy, this much is true: This year’s champion won’t be the …

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Eyes On Xfinity: A JGR ‘Star Car’ Should Include Bubba Wallace

Bubba Wallace NASCAR Circuit of the Americas 2021

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

We’re not even seven full months into 2021, so there’s obviously a long time between now and the start of the 2022 NASCAR season. There will obviously be some things that will be different next year. Some are known, such as the Team Penske plans to move Harrison Burton and Austin Cindric into the NASCAR …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Time for Harrison Burton to Prove People Right

Harrison Burton Road America 2021

#20: Harrison Burton, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra DEX Imaging

The expectations may be unfair. But racing can be an unfair business at times. That’s just the way it is at times. As last year ended, Harrison Burton may not have been in the Championship 4 of the NASCAR Xfinity Series, but he carried the mantle of a heavy favorite into the offseason. There was …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Jordan Anderson’s Team Looks to Continue Overachieving

Nascar Xfinity Series

#31: Kaz Grala, Jordan Anderson Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Ruedebusch.com

Jordan Anderson will admit that the itch to still get behind the wheel and drive is “still there.” This weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Anderson gets a chance to satisfy that itch, getting behind the wheel of his own car for the second time this year in the Xfinity Series. The first time came …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Ease Up on Road Courses

2021 Road America Xfinity Series Austin Cindric Justin Haley pack racing NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Three more times this year, the NASCAR Xfinity Series will race on road courses. By the time the checkered flag falls at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL this fall (Oct. 9), it’ll mark seven races on road courses this season for NASCAR’s No. 2 series. That’s a few trips too many around road courses this …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Let’s Appreciate the Legends

Jack Ingram

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By personal recollection, I probably started watching racing around the 1989 Pepsi 400. I still remember arranging small diecasts on the floor beside an upside down rocking chair, saying it was The Winston Tower. Heck, somewhere in a box is a hat autographed to me and my younger brother from that year’s Winston Cup champion, …

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