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Podcast: Sam Mayer on Adjustment to Xfinity, Expectations Moving Forward

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After winning races and championships with relative ease, Sam Mayer is adjusting to life in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with JR Motorsports now that he’s 18 years old. He chats with Davey this week about the speed in the No. 8 car but lack of results, how he’s gelled with the team, his relationship with …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 Clean Harbors 100 at Watkins Glen

2021 ARCA Mid-Ohio Racing Stanton Barrett, No. 12 Fast Track Racing Toyota (Credit: Emilee/Chinn/ARCA Racing used with permission)

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You know that Ty Gibbs vs. Corey Heim rivalry? Yeah, it intensified in the most recent ARCA Menards Series race at Winchester Speedway. After racing at a short track, now these two get to duel with 28 other competitors making left and right turns at Watkins Glen International. The Clean Harbors 100 will be the …

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Eyes On Xfinity: Let’s Appreciate the Legends

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By personal recollection, I probably started watching racing around the 1989 Pepsi 400. I still remember arranging small diecasts on the floor beside an upside down rocking chair, saying it was The Winston Tower. Heck, somewhere in a box is a hat autographed to me and my younger brother from that year’s Winston Cup champion, …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Austin Cindric Snags Pocono Win; Safety Highlighted in Scary Crash

Austin Cindric celebrates in victory lane at Pocono Raceway June 2021 (Photo: NKP)

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Leading a race-high 26 laps, Austin Cindric held off a hard-charging Ty Gibbs to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway held on June 27, 2021.

Sam Mayer, Others Frustrated as Debris Ruins Day at Pocono

2021 ARCA Pocono Sam Mayer, No. 23 Bret Holmes Racing Chevrolet (Credit: Zach Sturniolo)

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Sam Mayer’s first ARCA Menards Series start at Pocono Raceway went up in smoke after just 19 laps. By the time he was towed into the garage on Friday (June 25), his car wasn’t the only thing fuming. Mayer and team owner Bret Holmes were furious after reports of debris were ignored for four laps, …

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Corey Heim Ends Ty Gibbs’ Winning Streak, Wins ARCA Race at Pocono

2021 ARCA Mid-Ohio Corey Heim (Credit: Emilee Chinn/ARCA Racing used with permission)

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As Ty Gibbs sought to tie the all-time ARCA Menards Series winning streak at five, Venturini Motorsports teammates Corey Heim and Chandler Smith worked together and Heim ended up victorious at Pocono Raceway on Friday (June 25). Heim grabbed the lead on wild final restart en route to winning the 2021 General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200. …

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4 Burning Questions: Welcome to the Sam Mayer Era

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Can anybody stop Sam Mayer? This weekend, Sam Mayer turns 18 and will spend his second day as an adult making his first start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The son of former part-time IndyCar Series driver Scott Mayer, Mayer has found success in everything he has strapped into. In 2018, after a successful preteen …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono

2020 ARCA Pocono Pack Racing - Ty Gibbs, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and Michael Self, No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota (Credit: NKP)

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If Ty Gibbs wins Friday’s (June 25) ARCA Menards Series race at Pocono Raceway, he will tie the series’ all-time winning streak with five straight victories. Gibbs would join Harold Smith, Jack Bowsher, Bruce Gould, and Tim Steele, who last accomplished that feat in 1997. The good news for Gibbs? He has led 70% of …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Could More Doubleheaders Be In NASCAR’s Future?

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With Pocono being a doubleheader weekend, if successful, could it mark the start of a trend to shorten the NASCAR schedule? – Daniel P., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania I hope so, to be honest. I’ve long been a proponent of NASCAR shortening the schedule (and the individual races). No disrespect to the fine folks in Texas and …

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Fire on Fridays: Sam Mayer Discusses 4 Obstacles of Replacing Josh Berry

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In just over a week, another prodigy driver makes his long-awaited NASCAR Xfinity Series debut. On June 26, Sam Mayer turns 18 years old. The next day, he’ll be hauling the JR Motorsports No. 8 Chevrolet into the treacherous corners of Pocono Raceway. “Oh, getting to turn 18 is one of the coolest things you …

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The Underdog House: AJ Allmendinger Capitalizes on COTA Road Course Prowess

AJ Allmendinger prepares for a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (March 2021) (Photo: NKP)

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Top Dog: AJ Allmendinger AJ Allmendinger may be no underdog on a road course, but the 39-year-old veteran became a bit of a Cinderella story Sunday (May 23) at Circuit of the Americas. While his team, Kaulig Racing, has established itself as a powerhouse in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, it has limited experience at the …

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The Underdog House: Daniel Suarez Rules Richmond Dog Yard

Daniel Suarez competes at Martinsville Speedway in April 2021. Photo: NKP

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Top Dog: Daniel Suarez In Sunday’s (April 18) Richmond Raceway event that only saw two cautions for incidents, it was hard for smaller teams to gain traction through the field. In fact, the pace set by Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. up front was a struggle for many top teams, too. There were just …

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