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Eyes On Xfinity: Parity Breeds Sense of Urgency for Playoff Hopefuls

#39: Ryan Sieg, RSS Racing, Ford Mustang CMR Construction and Roofing

#39: Ryan Sieg, RSS Racing, Ford Mustang CMR Construction and Roofing

Well, that didn’t take long. Eight races into the NASCAR Xfinity Series season, the sense of urgency is already ramped up. How tense is it getting? Ryan Sieg, coming off of a top-10 points finish last season, has already made a crew chief change. After a contentious start to the season, Sieg is 17th in …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Gray Gaulding Moves Past Martinsville, Brings UFC to Talladega

Gray Gaulding UFC Panini Talladega 2021

(Photo: Panini America)

Gray Gaulding made headlines two weekends ago for all the wrong reasons. The last time the NASCAR Xfinity Series was on track, Gaulding, driver of the No. 52 Chevrolet for Jimmy Means Racing, tangled on and off the track at Martinsville Speedway with Joe Graf Jr., who drives for Gaulding’s former employer, SS Green Light Racing. …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Why Aren’t We at Richmond This Weekend?

2019 richmond xfinity zach catanzareti zane smith

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The NASCAR Xfinity Series is off this weekend as NASCAR stays within the Commonwealth of Virginia and races at Richmond Raceway. That’s a shame. Last week, the series raced at Martinsville Speedway, albeit delayed due to a weather postponement. What transpired was vintage short-track racing. You had a short-track ace, Josh Berry, in one of …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Series Needs Own Identity Apart from Bristol

JR Motorsports teammates Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson races at 2021 Phoenix Xfinity spring Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Two weekends ago, two of NASCAR’s top national series commanded a lion’s share of the attention in the motorsports world when they raced on Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt surface. Not having a seat at the table at Bristol? NASCAR’s Xfinity Series. As far as Bristol on dirt goes, it should stay that way. The challenge …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Can Josh Berry Take Advantage at JR Motorsports?

Josh Berry

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

There’s an overused observation that for every driver that has risen up from the short-track ranks, having gotten the big break at the right time, there are thousands of other kings of their short-track kingdoms whose accolades are mostly limited to those bullrings. For example, while Joey Logano, David Ragan and Reed Sorenson got their …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Bayley Currey Discusses Career-Best Result at Phoenix

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#74: Bayley Currey, Mike Harmon Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Running 4 Heroes

Amidst the utter chaos that occurred on the final restart of last Sunday’s (March 14) NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Phoenix Raceway, you might have noticed a bright yellow No. 74 sneaking through the mayhem. That was the Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet of Bayley Currey, who scored a career-best finish of seventh as competitors made …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Who Will Be 2021’s Next New Winner?

Noah Gragson

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What have we learned four races into the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season? Simple: Expect the unexpected.  If you’re looking for a series in which one driver dominates each week and everyone else is running for second place, Xfinity is not for you. Defending series champion Austin Cindric opened up by winning at Daytona International …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Let’s Go Feuding, Boys!

Noah Gragson at 2021 Xfinity race at Daytona Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If you go in the garage of any NASCAR series … well, at least if you did before the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to see the divide: the one between the haves and the have nots. On one end of the garage are teams that have the resources to run near the front each week …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Also the ‘Best Season Ever’?

Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger racing at the 2021 Daytona road course event, Photo Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If you have paid much attention during NASCAR Cup Series broadcasts this season, odds are good that you have seen the “Best Season Ever” ad campaign by Fox Sports, a brilliant messaging plan by all accounts. Somebody apparently forgot to tell the drivers of the NASCAR Xfinity Series that it did not exactly include them. …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Who Could Topple Austin Cindric on the Daytona Road Course?

Austin Cindric wins at Daytona

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The NASCAR Xfinity Series stays in Florida this week, taking to the Daytona International Speedway road course instead for the Super Start Batteries 188. Given the current state of NXS, any driver other than defending champion and defending Daytona road course winner Austin Cindric winning this weekend would amount to a surprise winner. Even in …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Previewing the Championship Race at Phoenix

NASCAR Xfinity Series

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Thirty-two races and 5,383 laps are in the book. Now it’s time to crown the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion. For the first time, Phoenix Raceway is host of the championship race. Odds are, the four championship drivers – Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, Justin Allgaier and Justin Haley – are going to run towards the …

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