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Lilly Diabetes Leaving Roush Fenway Racing at Season’s End

2018 Xfinity Bristol Zach Catanzareti Ryan Reed

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Lilly Diabetes announced that they will be leaving Roush Fenway Racing following the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. The company was the full-time sponsor of Ryan Reed‘s No. 16 Ford Mustang. “For the past five years we have been fortunate to have a partnership with Ryan and Roush Fenway Racing,” a spokesperson for Lilly Diabetes …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Previewing the Playoffs

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Just over seven months ago, the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season began at Daytona International Speedway in a five-overtime thriller, ending with the closest margin of victory in NASCAR history. Seven months later, it hasn’t slowed down. Action has been fast and furious this season, as veteran drivers prove why they are the ones to …

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Ryan Reed, Chad Finchum Lead XFINITY Practices at Daytona

2017 Road America Nxs Ryan Reed Russell Labounty Nkp

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At the top of the charts in Friday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series practices ahead of Friday night’s Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway were Ryan Reed and Chad Finchum. First practice: Reed, two-time winner at Daytona put the Roush Fenway No. 16 to the top of the leaderboard with a top speed of 196.143 mph. …

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Austin Cindric Secures First Career XFINITY Series Pole at Iowa

Austin Cindric Iowa Speedway 2018

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Austin Cindric turned a fast lap during the third round of qualifying at Iowa Speedway, netting him his first career XFINITY Series pole. A 131.409-mph lap put Cindric on the pole while Daniel Hemric, last weekends runner-up, qualified second. Hemric’s lap was .421 mph slower than Cindric’s lap. Brandon Jones, who has been on an …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Ryan Reed Utilizing Leadership to Turn the Tide at Roush Fenway Racing

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Four years ago, a young, brash kid got a full-time opportunity with Roush Fenway Racing. Now, Ryan Reed has turned into one of the organization’s leaders, specifically in the XFINITY Series. Reed, 24, is in his fifth season with RFR. In his stint with the company, he’s seen it all. Veterans have left the organization, while …

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The Black Flag Continues to Cause Controversy at Daytona

2017 Texas Nxs Elliott Sadler Russell Labounty Nkp

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One of the forgotten flags of NASCAR came back with a vengeance at Speedweeks 2018. There have now been four times in the last week of racing at Daytona International Speedway where the black flag has waved to deeply hurt a strong contender. It all started with the Advance Auto Parts Clash. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. …

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4 Burning Questions: How Crash-Filled Will Daytona Be?

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Who will become the 2018 Daytona 500 champion? It’s hard to pick a winner in any NASCAR race, let alone a restrictor plate race. There are literally 35-36 cars in the 40-car field that can stay in the draft and have a decent shot at winning as long as they can make it to the …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Keeping Up With a Busy Off-Season

2017 Kansas Ii Nxs Christopher Bell Celebrates Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew Thacker / NKP)

Another off-season has come and gone and the XFINITY Series is set to take to the high banks of Daytona this Saturday. As prestigious as the World Center of Racing is, the race that opens the season doesn’t tell the fans how the season is going to turn out. 2017 was dominated by Joe Gibbs …

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XFINITY Breakdown: William Byron Claims 4th Win of 2017 at Phoenix

2017 Phoenix Nxs William Byron Woohoo Logan Whitton Nkp

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JR Motorsports rookie William Byron won the XFINITY Series’ Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday afternoon thanks to taking two tires on a late restart. Normally, that would have locked Byron into the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. However, Byron clinched his spot earlier in the race by earning points in the …

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Eyes on XFINITY: 31 Races In & Only 4 Series Regular Winners

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At the onset of the 2017 season, NASCAR placed limits on how many events Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regulars could compete in. Depending the driver’s experience the number of races varied. The goal? To finally make the slogan “names are made here” meaningful as Cup drivers have dominated the XFINITY Series for the better …

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XFINITY Breakdown: Erik Jones Sweeps the Night & Season at Texas

Erik Jones Texas Burnout

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By winning the pole Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, Erik Jones became the odds-on favorite to win the 300-mile race. The No. 20 team delivered. Jones led every lap in the opening stage en route to the stage victory. Stage 2 was a bit more difficult, but after lap 90, the No. 20 team …

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Pace Laps: Martin Truex Jr. Comes up Clutch, Alex Bowman Wins in First Start of Season

Alex Bowman Charlotte Xfinity Win

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Chevrolet, Ford Let One Slip Away in Charlotte – After 30 races, we seem to know what to expect come a mile-and-a-half race in 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing: Toyota dominates while Chevrolet and Ford scratch for a top-five result. However, Sunday’s Bank of America 500 broke that …

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