Race Weekend Central

Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Jockey Made in America 250 at Road America

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It has been 65 years since the NASCAR Cup Series took to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Sunday (July 4) will break that drought, as the sport’s premier division races amongst the green grass and dense surrounding trees at Road America on Independence Day. Located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay, the 4.048-mile, 14-turn layout of Road …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Fresh Tires Boost Kyle Busch to Surprise Henry 180 Victory at Road America

#54: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra M&M's Ice Cream celebrates his win at 2021 NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America, NKP

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Tires were the topic of conversation for much of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America. Some teams planned to save enough fuel to go the entire distance of the Henry 180 on two stops to save a fresh set of tires for a late-race caution. Others wanted to pit to keep the freshest …

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Justin Haley Full-Time, AJ Allmendinger Part-Time in 2022 Cup Season for Kaulig

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The first Rookie of the Year candidate for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series has been announced: Justin Haley. He will drive full-time next year for Kaulig Racing, which announced Friday (June 18) that it has acquired two charters from Spire Motorsports for the upcoming Cup Series season. Haley has signed a multi-year deal to pilot …

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Eyes On Xfinity: It’s Time to Ditch the Modified Pit Stops

Nascar Xfinity Series B&l Transport 170 At Mid Ohio Sports Car Course

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The great baseball philosopher, Crash Davis, once astutely pointed out, “don’t think, it can only hurt the ball club.” The point? Sometimes, overthinking can do more harm than good. That’s exactly where the NASCAR Xfinity Series is with its modified pit-stop procedures, which are also utilized in the Camping World Truck Series in select stand-alone …

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AJ Allmendinger Gets Xfinity Texas Pole

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After turning left and right in Ohio, the NASCAR Xfinity Series make the trek to Texas Motor Speedway where AJ Allmendinger sits on the pole for Saturday’s (June 12) race. The No. 16 Kaulig Racing driver rebounded from a pit road penalty to win last week’s event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. His teammate Justin …

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Xfinity Breakdown: ‘Three-Wide for the Lead,’ Allmendinger Digs Out a Win at Mid-Ohio

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AJ Allmendinger Celebrating at Mid-Ohio (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If anyone could have raced their way back up from 30th to first in 20 laps in the B&L Transport 170 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, it would be AJ Allmendinger. Between Allmendinger and championship rival Austin Cindric, they had the best two cars in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at the Lexington, Ohio road …

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AJ Allmendinger takes Mid-Ohio Xfinity Win; Kaulig Racing finishes 1-2

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AJ Allmendinger leading at Mid-Ohio (Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

Following an eventful match-up between 40 NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers, AJ Allmendinger took the B&L Transport 170 checkered flag at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Allmendinger took home a win at Las Vegas earlier in the year and has raced at the Mid-Ohio track three times before today’s win. Allmendinger, who faced a mid-race penalty, rallied …

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The Underdog House: AJ Allmendinger Capitalizes on COTA Road Course Prowess

AJ Allmendinger prepares for a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (March 2021) (Photo: NKP)

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Top Dog: AJ Allmendinger AJ Allmendinger may be no underdog on a road course, but the 39-year-old veteran became a bit of a Cinderella story Sunday (May 23) at Circuit of the Americas. While his team, Kaulig Racing, has established itself as a powerhouse in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, it has limited experience at the …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2021 EchoPark Texas Grand Prix

Chase Elliott gives fans a thumbs up at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 2021. Photo: NKP

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Everything’s bigger in Texas, including Circuit of the Americas, a 3.41-mile road course NASCAR Cup Series drivers will take on for the first time this weekend. Let’s get your daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings rosters set for Sunday’s (May 23) EchoPark Texas Grand Prix. Circuit of the Americas (or COTA) has 20 turns — some sharp, …

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AJ Allmendinger Takes Xfinity Pole at Darlington

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After a week off, the NASCAR Xfinity Series take on Darlington Raceway and AJ Allmendinger’s on the pole for Saturday’s (May 8) race. The No. 16 Kaulig Racing pilot claimed the position after ending third at Talladega Superspeedway. Team Penske’s Austin Cindric starts second next to Allmendinger, while Talladega winner Jeb Burton slots in third. …

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Eyes On Xfinity: An Off-Week Wish List for Series Regulars

2021 Xfinity Talladega Jeb Burton, No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet, Leads (Credit: NKP)

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So far this season, a handful of off weekends have peppered the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule. That ends after this weekend as the series will be on track every weekend beginning May 8 at Darlington Raceway through July 17 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. As teams and drivers get the final off weekend for a …

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Kaulig Racing to Run Full Cup Schedule in 2022

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Kaulig Racing will compete full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022, team owner Matt Kaulig confirmed Wednesday morning (April 28) on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The team has made four starts in the premier division of stock-car racing, debuting for its lone 2020 start with Justin Haley. In three starts this season, the team has …

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