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Dropping the Hammer: The Next (Best?) Hope For Daniel Hemric

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#18: Daniel Hemric, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Supra Poppy Bank

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Daniel Hemric will drive for a new race team next season. Last week brought the news that for the third consecutive season, the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year will pick up stakes and migrate to another NASCAR Xfinity Series team. After stints with JR Motorsports …

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Did You Notice?: Winless NASCAR Drivers Seeking Talladega Breakthrough

David Ragan celebrates his victory at Talladega Superspeedway with Front Row Motorsports in 2013. (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Autostock)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Autostock

Did You Notice? … Talladega Superspeedway has always been labeled the best track for winless NASCAR drivers to pull an upset? The 2.66-mile oval has a history of pulling off one-hit wonders, from Richard Brickhouse winning his first and only NASCAR Cup Series race there in 1969 to Ron Bouchard pulling off this three-wide thriller in …

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Xfinity Series Silly Season: Daniel Hemric Headed to Kaulig Racing for 2022

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(Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

Current No.18 Joe Gibbs Racing driver Daniel Hemric is moving on to Xfinity Series powerhouse Kaulig Racing in 2022. Kaulig Racing took to Twitter to announce that Hemric would take over the No. 11 for next season. Justin Haley currently racing in that car, and will move to the Cup series for 2022, which was …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Why Every Playoff Driver Can & Can’t Win the Title

2021 Xfinity Daytona II Finish Kaulig Racing 1-2-4, L-R Justin Haley, No. 11 Chevrolet, AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Chevrolet, and Jeb Burton, No. 10 Chevrolet (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

The time has arrived for the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs. This weekend in Las Vegas, the postseason gets underway. Even if there was no title at stake, racing purists of a certain type would be drawn in for one reason, that in the postseason, the field is void of any current NASCAR Cup Series drivers. …

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Crew Chiefs for Martin Truex Jr., Aric Almirola Fined After Bristol Lug Nut Infractions

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The crew chiefs of the No. 19 of Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 10 of Aric Almirola have each been fined $10,000 following lug nut infractions found during post-race inspection in the NASCAR Cup Series on Sept. 18, NASCAR announced Sept. 21. Both Mike Bugarewicz of the Stewart-Haas Racing team and James Small of …

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Xfinity Breakdown: 2-Lap Grudge Match Settles Bristol; Allmendinger Victorious

AJ Allmendinger and Austin Cindric crashing at the finish line at Bristol Motor Speedway in the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff cut off race, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the first half of Friday’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, it looked as if Justin Allgaier might return to victory lane at Bristol or Daniel Hemric would finally get his first victory. In the second half, Sam Mayer looked to be the favorite before Austin Cindric took control. The driver of the …

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AJ Allmendinger Wins Bristol, Regular Season Title While Wrecking Across Line

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In a wild conclusion to the Xfinity Series regular season at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday night (Sept. 17), AJ Allmendinger won the race and the regular season championship in the most improbable fashion: by taking the checkered flag while crashing into the inside wall. A chaotic overtime restart saw Allmendinger charge to the lead …

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Daniel Hemric Claims Pole for Darlington Xfinity Race

Daniel Hemric at 2021 NASCAR Xfinity race at Atlanta Motor Speedway NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Just three races are left in the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ regular season and Daniel Hemric is on the pole at Darlington Raceway. The No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing driver currently sits fourth in the driver points standings. Points leader AJ Allmendinger will roll off second with fellow Kaulig Racing teammate Justin Haley in third. JR Motorsports’ …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Kaulig Executes Plan; Justin Haley Wins & AJ Allmendinger Takes Points Lead

AJ Allmendinger and Kaulig Racing worked together to dominate the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona on Aug. 28, 2021 (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

When the NASCAR Xfinity Series resumed the Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway Saturday afternoon (Aug. 28), following a postponement for rain on Friday night, Kaulig Racing remained the class of the field. AJ Allmendinger led 15 of the 19 laps completed on Friday night and 15 on Saturday for a race-high 30 laps led. …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Turn 6 Curb Was Not Appealing

Kyle Larson during the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 8/15/2021 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. The Turn 6 curb was not appealing If you have seen the highlights, you know one of the premier storylines from this historic 2021 August edition of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Turn 6 was problematic all race weekend, from the second either a NASCAR or IndyCar turned onto the asphalt. Scott McLaughlin and …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: The Field Gets Busch Whacked in Atlanta

Kurt Busch holds the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, July 2021. Photo: NKP

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The term “Busch Whacker” first surfaced in NASCAR circles back in the late ’90s, used as a term to describe the Cup Series regulars who stole wins in what was then the Busch (now Xfinity) Series. On Sunday, the racing brothers from Las Vegas gave the term a whole new meaning. Kurt and Kyle Busch …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Going Out On Top; Kyle Busch Wins No. 102 at Atlanta

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

His NASCAR Xfinity Series career began on May 24, 2003, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His first victory was at Richmond Raceway on May 14, 2004. But was Kyle Busch’s 102nd victory in his 362nd career start the final time the 2009 Xfinity Series champion competes in NASCAR’s second-tier division? According to Busch, that very well …

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