NASCAR NOTEBOOK: NASCAR wants to put Xfinity spotlight on younger drivers

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NASCAR NOTEBOOK: NASCAR wants to put Xfinity spotlight on younger drivers

Kyle Busch won the Xfinity race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday, recovering from a spinout and a pit road penalty for the milestone victory. "We know we can do it". The only thing I told them is one of these races, we're gonna show up, and we might have what we need.

Logano has become a fixture in the playoffs and has made the final round two times in the three years the current format has been in place. Track: Watkins Glen International.

Saying the sport wants to highlight younger drivers, Cup level drivers with at least five years of experience will be limited to seven Xfinity and five Camping World starts.

The previous year Allmendinger also won on the road courses at Elkhart Lake and Mid-Ohio in NASCAR's second-tier series, but success at the top level has been elusive.

Keselowski finished 24th in the 2016 Zippo 200 but that result is not at all representative of his overall performance throughout the years at the Glen - where he has nine top 5s (including winning the 2013 edition of the Zippo as well as five runner-up finishes) and three top 10 finishes since 2008. Bowyer has three top-10 finishes in the past five years and (finally) scored his first playoff point of the season last week at Pocono.

Despite driving a limited Xfinity schedule in the last eight years, Busch still has dominated by winning almost half of his starts - 59 of 124. "The last couple of weeks we haven't unloaded great and then it's hard to try and catch up because the time just goes quick".

Although Dale Earnhardt Jr.is one of the most popular and respected people in the garage area, he knows his new job at NBC next year will require him to be honest and critical of his friends.

This scenario sets up what could be perhaps the most dramatic and competitive race of the season. He sees how fast Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. are running and doesn't see his Hendrick Motorsports team keeping pace. Logano was seventh, Bowyer 12th and Kenseth 13th.

Logano said he anticipated a lot of different strategies as the Cup race plays out on Sunday.

Allmendinger's lone NASCAR Cup win came at Watkins Glen in 2014. "If someone crashes in qualifying, it puts them in a pretty big bind". Our goal is still the same.

"I'm not going to race someone different due to their situation". Fast facts: Preece was first and second in his two-race deal with Joe Gibbs Racing.

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