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2019 Xfinity Series Review, Pt. 1: Playoff Teams, Big 3 Dominate

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The 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season was set to be promising from the beginning of the year, with many of its top drivers returning. Three of the series’ Championship 4 contenders from 2018 were back with vengeance, as Tyler Reddick was looking to repeat as champion, even though he swapped Chevrolet teams from JR Motorsports …

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Joe Gibbs Racing Announces 2020 Xfinity Crew Chiefs

2019 Chicagoland NXS Christopher Bell Brandon Jones Racing Car NKP

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Joe Gibbs Racing has released its NASCAR Xfinity Series crew chief lineup for the 2020 season. The Nov. 7 announcement comes two days after news broke that Riley Herbst will drive the No. 18 JGR Toyota full time in 2020 alongside teammates Brandon Jones and Harrison Burton. Herbst will be paired with veteran Dave Rogers, …

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Pace Laps: As The Keselowski Crumbles

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: As The Keselowski Crumbles Brad Keselowski is the driving force upon which Team Penske’s NASCAR team is built. He’s the one who strongly suggested Joey Logano as a future teammate while earning his first and only Cup championship in 2012. His unique voice and Twitter presence showcases a passion for …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Kansas Defies Stereotypes, Remains Unpredictable for Xfinity Playoffs

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If someone told you that a playoff race featured multiple title contenders caught up in wrecks, a near brawl on pit road after the checkered flag and a first-time winner, you’d probably guess it was Talladega, a short track or maybe the ROVAL. And if we were talking about the NASCAR Cup Series, you’d probably …

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Brandon Jones Surprises with 1st Xfinity Win at Kansas, Nobody Advances to Homestead

2019 NXS Kansas Brandon Jones Confetti Rick Lunkenheimer

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Although the Big Three controlled the 2019 Kansas Lottery 300, including being the top three earners in stage points, late restarts put them on alert. When the checkered flag flew, Brandon Jones won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway. It is his first career victory in any of the three major national NASCAR …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dover Hard to Keep NASCAR on NBCSN From Dozing Off

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Dover International Speedway’s October races are some of the most exhausting on the calendar for NASCAR drivers. Cooler-than-normal Sunday temperatures (Oct. 6) at least made the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race slightly less taxing than it could have been. (Next year, with the race scheduled for August on what was the off week between …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Dover Teases But Ultimately Offers No Surprises

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One of the more curious aspects of the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season is how it’s managed to simultaneously subvert and reinforce its own narratives all year long. Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick won enough races to be part of a Big Three, but most people still consider Christopher Bell the favorite for the championship. …

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Brandon Jones Returning to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2020

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Multiple sources have confirmed to Frontstretch that Brandon Jones will be returning to the No. 19 Xfinity Series ride for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2020. Jones, 22, signed a two-year contract with JGR when joining to team prior to the 2018 season. Through 27 races this season, the Georgia native has a career-high four top-five finishes and …

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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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Brandon Jones Hopes to Be Back at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2020

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This year hasn’t been what Brandon Jones has wanted at Joe Gibbs Racing, but he expects to be back with the team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2020. Plagued by back luck, Jones sits 11th in the championship standings heading into Saturday’s race (Sept. 7) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The No. 19 team has …

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Christopher Bell Leads Xfinity Practices at Road America

2019 Road America NXS Christopher Bell Car Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Christopher Bell found his stride as he led both Xfinity Series practice sessions for the CTECH Manufacturing 180 at Road America Friday (August 23). First Practice The Joe Gibbs Racing driver held the top speed of 108.559 mph in the first session, just ahead of Justin Allgaier in second (108.530 mph) and Austin Cindric in …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Jimmie Johnson’s New Crew Chief be Successful?

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson prepares to race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 2019. Photo: NKP

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Will Jimmie Johnson improve his results following a crew chief change? After finishing 15th last weekend at the Pocono Raceway, Jimmie Johnson is in serious danger of missing the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs for the first time in his career. Johnson is currently 17th in the point standings, 12 points away from the two drivers …

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