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XFINITY Breakdown: Cole Custer Earns 1st Victory, William Byron Captures Title

2017 Nascar Xfinity Series, Homestead

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Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 was the Cole Custer show — everyone else was second-class. The driver of the No. 00 grabbed the lead for the first time shortly after lap 10 and put on a quite the battle with Tyler Reddick for the race lead until lap 60. Right after the beginning of the second …

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Elliott Sadler: This Is The Biggest Disappointment In My Career

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As soon as Elliott Sadler parked his car on pit road, a shouting match began between himself and Ryan Preece. The fury in Sadler’s eyes said it all as he didn’t even second-guess his actions. “Who is he racing?” Sadler angrily asked. “He just gave me a lack of respect.” And so it went as another …

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Cole Custer Wins 1st Race, William Byron Takes XFINITY Title in Homestead

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The NASCAR XFINITY Series championship came down to an epic battle between teammates. In the end, the youngster edged out the veteran as William Byron won the series title at age 19. “This is an incredible feeling,” Byron said. “I’m just very thankful for everyone who made it happen.” But it all happened behind Cole …

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Eyes on XFINITY: Previewing the Championship

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William Byron celebrating at Phoenix (photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

Now that 32 races are in the books, and thousands of miles have run, the Championship 4 for the XFINITY Series championship is set following last weekend’s race at Phoenix International Raceway. That means that by the end of the week, there will be at least one new champion in NASCAR. The trio of JR …

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5 Points to Ponder: Martin Truex Jr.’s Moment of Truth

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ONE: Martin Truex Jr.’s Moment of Truth All year long Martin Truex, Jr. has been the car to beat. Now, with just one race and 400 miles to go the question becomes can he finish it out and take the big prize his form has suggested all season long? By the numbers, the driver of …

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William Byron Steals the Show in Phoenix; Championship 4 Decided

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With 25 laps to go, it looked like William Byron wasn’t going to make it on fuel.  Shortly afterwards, Brendan Gaughan smacked the wall exiting turn 4 to bring out the yellow, which set up the final round of pit stops. Despite working with a somewhat makeshift pit crew, a two tire stop gave Byron …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Goes All or Nothing on NASCAR Playoffs at Kansas

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Cutoff weekends.  I’ve never been a big fan of them, and Kansas was no exception to the rule.  After Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400, I was browsing my timeline on Twitter and found this completely random tweet from Dale Earnhardt Jr. I still listen to Milli Vanilli sometimes. I know they wasn’t legit. But ‘girl you …

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NASCAR 101: Most Top 5s in a Season Without a Win

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There’s nothing wrong with Elliott Sadler’s season this year. Not that you might have been thinking that, but if you’ve been following the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2017, perhaps you let the idea slip into your mind at some point. Despite being the regular season champion, he’s been one of the odd men out at …

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4 Burning Questions: How Memorable Will the Final Fall New Hampshire Race Be?

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What’s Up with New Hampshire’s Sticky Compound? New Hampshire Motor Speedway confirmed this week that the track will once again apply the same PJ1 compound used in the July event. The compound, being applied to the first and third grooves of the racetrack, was a much-hyped edition to the one-lane racetrack at which cars can …

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NASCAR 101: 5 Drivers Who Could Take Advantage of XFINITY’s Last Standalone Race of 2017

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Time’s sure flown by when it comes to the 2017 NASCAR season, and it’s possible that’s no more prevalent anywhere else than in the XFINITY Series, which runs its final standalone race of the year this weekend. The series travels to Kentucky Speedway for a night race Saturday, Sept. 23, its last event of 2017 …

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Eyes on XFINITY: JR Motorsports Overwhelming Favorites for Championship

2017 Nascar Xfinity Series, Richmond

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The regular season for the 2017 XFINITY Series has come and gone and one thing has remained certain since Daytona: JR Motorsports is the team to beat. Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, William Byron and Michael Annett comprise the quartet of drivers under the JRM banner. The organization has been the most consistent XFINITY team all season long, …

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