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Eyes on XFINITY: Reviewing the First 10 XFINITY Series Races of 2017

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Coming on the heels of two consecutive bye weeks, the XFINITY Series took to Charlotte Motor Speedway this past Saturday, and to no one’s surprise a Cup Series regular was victorious. Over the past several years, that has been the theme of the XFINITY Series, even though “names are made here.” But there is a bright …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Aric Almirola Continues Plate Racing Success with Talladega Victory

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As they wrecked down the backstretch of Talladega Superspeedway, it was a mirrored finish of last July’s XFINITY Series race at Daytona for Aric Almirola. Except this time, they raced back under green. For the second time on a plate track, it was Almirola who scored the victory for Biagi DenBeste Racing. Leading 13 laps, …

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Blake Koch, Brandon Jones Fastest in Talladega XFINITY Practices

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series hit the high banks of the Talladega Superspeedway on Friday (May 5) for two practice sessions in preparation for Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300. Ordinarily, practices at restrictor plate races don’t hold much weight. But when the same cars top the charts in both rounds, there might be something more to it. …

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New Limits On Cup Drivers Not Stopping Their Dominance of NASCAR XFINITY Regulars

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During the offseason, NASCAR created a rule limiting Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers with five or more years experience to 10 XFINITY Series events per season. The hope was adding that in-season limit could allow more full-time regulars to run up front. Instead? So far it’s same old, same old as Cup full-timers are running roughshod over …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Blake Koch Determined to Win in 2017 for Son Carter

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Racing is life for Blake Koch. But until Matt Kaulig started Kaulig Racing, he was circling around the XFINITY Series garage, searching for any opportunity he could get. However, until 2016, Koch never earned a top-10 finish. Now, with his career beginning to reach what could be the start of something special, he has high …

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Pace Laps: Kevin Harvick Preparing for Must-Win & Blake Koch V. Justin Allgaier

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Sprint Cup: It’s Sure to Be a Desert Delight – Think about it… it couldn’t get much better with one race remaining before we set the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. We have Kevin Harvick, the greatest driver in the history of Phoenix International Raceway, in what could be a must-win situation [again] while four …

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Blake Koch in the Midst of ‘Career Changing’ Year

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(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

When the XFINITY Series returns to action this Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, Blake Koch will begin the race somewhere he is unaccustomed to … the front. Coming off of a ninth-place finish at Kansas two weeks ago, Koch sits a career-high third in the championship standings with 500 miles remaining until the final four are …

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Joey Logano Takes XFINITY Win at Charlotte

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As the 12-driver XFINITY Series Chase turned into eight following Sunday’s Drive For The Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, it was Joey Logano who took the trophy home. Holding off dominant Kyle Larson in the closing laps, Logano grabbed his second win of 2016, second at Charlotte and 27th of his XFINITY career. “What …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Blake Koch’s Title Hopes Hinge on Charlotte

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(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

The Round of 12 in the XFINITY Series Chase concludes this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  The first two Chase races have produced a tight battle for the remaining six transfer spots.  Most eyes will no doubt be on Erik Jones and Ty Dillon, who are currently below the Chase cutoff and seeking either a …

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Blake Koch Signed Through 2017 with Kaulig Racing

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Kaulig Racing announced this week that the organization has signed Blake Koch and sponsor LeafFilter through the 2017 season in a team press release. LeafFilter Gutter Protecting will be the primary sponsor for all 33 races in 2017 for Koch. The driver and team owner Matt Kaulig, president of LeafFilter, have worked together since the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Grading USA Network’s NASCAR Return

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Ah, yes. The twisties.  Even if the races were relatively boring, I’d still love them, the road course detours that throw a wrench into typical stock car competition. We had two races this weekend with quirky incidents and hard racing, both elements missing from the NASCAR landscape as of late. Last weekend, the Sprint Cup and XFINITY …

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XFINITY Chase Bubble Tightens After Crash-Filled Watkins Glen

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With the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase slowly approaching, the battle for the final spot in the playoff’s 12-team grid is heating up. Blake Koch‘s early exit in Saturday’s Zippo 200 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International mixed with clean runs from Ross Chastain and Dakota Armstrong saw the battle for the final preliminary spot in the Chase …

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