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The Underdog House: Messin With Texas

2019 Texas Mencs Matt Dibenedetto Car Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top of the Class Matt DiBenedetto has shown flashes of brilliance this year, but it is the steady mid-pack results that really highlight how 2019 has been a year of improvement for the California native. The No. 95 Leavine Family Racing driver was again the top underdog at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday (Nov. 3) …

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Tyler Reddick and Ross Chastain lead NASCAR Xfinity Series practices at Texas

2019 Texas Nxs Ross Chastain Car Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Tyler Reddick and Ross Chastain were fastest in the two NASCAR Xfinity Series practices on Friday (Nov. 1) at Texas Motor Speedway for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. Reddick was the only driver to break the 187 mph mark in the first practice and turned an average speed of 187.493 mph. Christopher Bell was second …

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The Underdog House: Another Monster of a Day

2019 Dover Mencs Matt Dibenedetto Car Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top of the Class Matt DiBenedetto is going to lose his underdog status next year when he moves to the Team Penske-supported No. 21 car for the Wood Brothers team. At this rate, we could probably pull his card now. The No. 95 Leavine Family Racing driver was again one of the frontrunners at Dover …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Drive for the Cure 250

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(Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Can you say spoiler? The NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs might have been front and center Saturday (Sept. 28) going into the Drive for the Cure 250 at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL. But it was part-time driver AJ Allmendinger stealing the show and the win, a perfect way to cap off his limited schedule with Kaulig …

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Ryan Sieg Hoping to Continue ‘Career Year’ in Xfinity Playoffs

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When Ryan Sieg finished fourth in the 2019 Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway, it wasn’t that much of a surprise. But his strong run through the first three months of the season was a tad surprising. Not that Sieg isn’t a top-caliber driver, but the Georgia native, with his family-owned RSS Racing …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Previewing the 2019 Playoffs

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The regular season of NASCAR is complete. The Xfinity Series has raced from coast-to-coast, creating a “Big Three” — and heated rivalries. But it’s time for the postseason. Action has been fast and furious in 2019, with drivers returning to the series and stepping up their win totals. Veteran drivers have come back to relevance, …

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Ryan Sieg Running Indianapolis Cup Race for Premium Motorsports

2019 Iowa Nxs Ryan Sieg Face Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ryan Sieg will be driving at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Premium Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the team announced Wednesday (Aug. 21). Sieg will be piloting the part-time No. 27 entry with sponsorship from Sci Aps, which has sponsored CJ McLaughlin in the Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck series in 2019. Excited …

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The Underdog House: A Different (Tri)Angle

2019 Pocono Mencs Chris Buescher Car Nkp

(PHOTO: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top of the Class The majority of the battles for supremacy in terms of underdogs in 2019 have been between Chris Buescher and Matt DiBenedetto. Sunday (July 28) at Pocono Raceway was just more of the same. Buescher and the No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy took top dog honors, but not by much. His …

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The Underdog House: A Little Magic in the Air

2019 Loudon Mencs Matt Dibenedetto Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Top of the Class For the second time in a month, Matt DiBenedetto ruled the underdog roost with a top-five finish. He took fifth position on Sunday (July 21) in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota was fast all weekend. DiBenedetto put the car …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Christopher Bell Puts Field, Battles in Rear-View Mirror at New Hampshire

2019 Loudon Nxs Christopher Bell Face Nigel Kinrade Photography

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There was some tight racing and flaring tempers at times during the ROXOR 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Christopher Bell just wasn’t part of any of it. Not for any bad reason from the perspective of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team. Bell just simply was the best car for most of the …

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The Underdog House: The Other Kind of Kentucky Horsepower

2019 Mencs Sonoma Chris Buescher

Photo: Danny Peters

Top of the Class Chris Buescher reclaimed the top slot among the “other guys” on Saturday night (July 13) in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. The No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet crossed the stripe in 10th position. The result was his fourth top 10 in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Tale of 2 Races Ends With Cole Custer Writing Final Chapter

2019 Kentucky Nxs Cole Custer Victory Celebration Nigel Kinrade Photography

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The Alsco 300 began in the daylight and ended with the Kentucky Speedway lights illuminating the summer skies, and the difference was more than just aesthetic. While the sun was out, it appeared to be another occasion when Christopher Bell would simply be too much for the field. Twice before (at Atlanta and Iowa), Bell …

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