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Eyes on XFINITY: Matt Tifft Ecstatic for Chance at Championship

2017 NASCAR Xfinity Cup Series, Charlotte

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This season was considered a big year for Matt Tifft, as he was replacing reigning XFINITY Series champion Daniel Suarez and getting a crack at the series where Joe Gibbs Racing has dominated over the past decade. For the Ohio native, there have been many positives, along with a few setbacks. Tifft, 21, had 11 previous …

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Lug Nut Penalty For Daniel Suarez, 2 XFINITY Crew Chiefs Suspended

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The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota team was found with an unsecured lug nut after the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday (Oct. 8). Two XFINITY Series crew chiefs were also fined and suspended for ride-height infractions after Saturday’s Drive For the Cure 300. NASCAR Cup crew chief Scott Graves …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Where Can Landon Cassill Go?


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As if the NASCAR Silly Season couldn’t get any sillier, the unpredictable moves at the back end of the field are unfolding more than anyone expected. After Leavine Family Racing announced Michael McDowell is out and Kasey Kahne is in, it appeared that would be the lone major move from the middle of the pack on …

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Matt Tifft Looking for Stable Home at Richard Childress Racing in 2018

NASCAR XFINITY Series Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE USA Saturday 30 September 2017 Matt Tifft, Comcast NBC Universal Salute to Service Toyota Camry World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade NKP

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It’s been a big week for Richard Childress Racing, as the long-standing organization finalized its 2018 lineup for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Along with Daniel Hemric signing on for a second year in the No. 21 Chevrolet, the team welcomes a new face in Matt Tifft, who departs Joe Gibbs Racing for the Chevy crew come …

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Matt Tifft Signs with Richard Childress Racing in XFINITY for 2018, Daniel Hemric Re-Signs

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Matt Tifft will be back in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next year, but it’ll be with a different team. Richard Childress Racing announced Thursday (Oct. 5) that Tifft will pilot the team’s No. 2 in the series for the full 2018 season. The current first-year full-time XFINITY driver is coming over from Joe Gibbs Racing and its …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Ryan Blaney Cruises to Checkered Flag at Dover

2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series, Dover

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After sweeping the pair of practice sessions on Friday, Ryan Blaney became the favorite for Saturday’s Use your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway. However, with an eighth-place qualifying effort, the driver of the No. 22 had to pass some good cars to get to the front. Blaney was chasing down pole-sitter William …

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2017 Frontstretch Podcast Powered by DraftKings – Episode 28: Playoffs, Please

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH USA Sunday 16 July 2017 Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Busch Beer Ford Fusion and Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, FedEx Office Toyota Camry World Copyright: Rusty Jarrett NKP

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Episode 28: Playoffs, Please Frontstretch Podcast with Dustin Albino, Davey Segal and Zach Catanzareti In this week’s episode brought to you by DraftKings, Dustin, Davey and Zach recap the opening round of the playoffs from Chicagoland, discussing pit road problems and possible trouble afoot for some top contenders. We also debate Kasey Kahne’s move to Leavine Family Racing for 2018 and compare …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Denny Hamlin Makes Darlington Personal Playground

2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, Darlington

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On Saturday morning Denny Hamlin scored his fifth pole at Darlington Raceway. Just a few hours later, though having to work for it, he put the “Flying” No. 18 car into Victory Lane for his fifth win at the famed racetrack during the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200. Hamlin dominated early, leading the opening 31 …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Sharp End of the 2017 NASCAR Season

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ONE: 12 to go We’re exactly two thirds of the way through the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. 24 races are in the books leaving just 12 to go before we crown a 2017 champion. Two unique tracks, Darlington Raceway and Richmond International Raceway, await us next before the playoffs begin. Given that for many drivers, …

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‘I’m Shocked’: Jeremy Clements Scores Big With First XFINITY Win at Road America

Welcome to the playoffs and Victory Lane, Jeremy Clements. With some of the most experienced hands in the XFINITY Series, a race win had been against reality for one of the sport’s smaller teams. However, when he was put behind one car with one lap to go in Sunday’s Johnsonville 180 at Road America, he …

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Kyle Busch Wins Second Consecutive XFINITY Series Pole at New Hampshire

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Last season, it didn’t take Kyle Busch long to lead a lap, after starting from the pole, en route to leading 190 of 200 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In Saturday’s XFINITY Series race, he will once again led the field to green. Busch laid down a lap at 129.353 mph, scoring his third …

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Joe Gibbs Racing, Brad Keselowski Racing Penalized After Dover

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After a few relatively quiet weeks in the post race penalty department, three teams across the top three series in NASCAR were hit with stiff penalties due to pit stop issues. The No. 18 M&M’s Toyota of Kyle Busch was the most notable victim of a loose wheel, which came off immediately after the first …

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