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Author Archives: Kelly Crandall

Kelly Crandall
Kelly is our Frontstretch Nationwide Series expert, hired in 2014 to handle Friday’s Nuts For Nationwide column as well as pre- and post-race analysis of NASCAR’s second-tier division. A former SpeedwayMedia.com reporter, she shares her FS duties with work at Popular Speed as an editor and feature contributor. Based in New Jersey, Kelly hopes to move down south in the near future while furthering her racing career.
Nationwide Breakdown: EnjoyIllinois.com 300

Nationwide Breakdown: EnjoyIllinois.com 300

Chase Elliott had chances at winning the last few weeks go out the window when he ran out of fuel on more than one occasion. Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300, however, the No. 9 team played the pit road strategy perfectly to put themselves out front when it mattered the most. Elliott led a race-high 85 of 200 laps to earn his third win of the 2014 season and made it seven for JR Motorsports. On ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Erik Jones to Make Series Debut

Nuts for Nationwide: Erik Jones to Make Series Debut

Erik Jones will make his Nationwide Series debut this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway with Joe Gibbs Racing, and I for one am hoping to see him obliterate the field. I’m talking lead every practice session, qualify on the pole and then go wire-to-wire. After all, he will be driving (practically) a Cup-lite car capable of the feat and Jones is no slouch behind the wheel. So why not go crazy this weekend and make an entrance worth talking about? This ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: In 2014, It’s JR Motorsports or Nothing

Nuts for Nationwide: In 2014, It’s JR Motorsports or Nothing

The JR Motorsport juggernaut rolls on in 2014, with its latest stop having been the Daytona International Speedway. The team left with another win, making it No. 6 on the season, as well as a 1-2 finish with Kasey Kahne and Regan Smith, and regained the driver point lead with Smith. The further the season goes on and the more the company continues to distance itself from its Nationwide Series competition, it doesn’t leave a whole lot to talk about ... Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Subway Firecracker 250

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Subway Firecracker 250

Regan Smith looked like he was going to do it again at Daytona International Speedway, but Friday night belonged to another JR Motorsports machine. Kasey Kahne, for the first time since 2007, returned to victory lane in the Nationwide Series and did so for the first time at Daytona. Kahne beat Smith to the line by 0.020 seconds, the third closest finish in Daytona history. He came charging through the field after two late cautions and was pushed to the ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Here Comes Richard Childress Racing

Nuts for Nationwide: Here Comes Richard Childress Racing

Should the three Richard Childress Racing drivers make a charge for the Nationwide Series championship in the fall, perhaps they’ll look back at the month of June as their catalyst. It was a month where their cars were in firm control of the series and all three races that were run. Michigan, Road America and even Kentucky to some degree each were the Childress Show. It was two wins — Paul Menard in Michigan, Brendan Gaughan in Road America — ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300

Nationwide Breakdown: John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300

Just when it looks like Kevin Harvick has been taken out of the game, he storms back with a vengeance. Harvick earned his second Nationwide Series win of the season on Friday night at Kentucky Speedway in the John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300. After what he said were numerous mistakes on pit road by the team, the No. 5 came alive late and used the final restart with five laps to go to take the lead and the win ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Brendan Gaughan’s Resurgence

Nuts for Nationwide: Brendan Gaughan’s Resurgence

Brendan Gaughan has never been one to mince his words – see the Truck Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2003. Nor does he provide excuses either – there’s something charming about Gaughan admitting in interviews that he sucked or screwed up, in those exact words. The Las Vegas native will tell you flat out that he’s here to win races and perform for Richard Childress Racing. The day that he can’t, he’ll happily take his helmet and go back ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Gardner Denver 200

Nationwide Breakdown: Gardner Denver 200

Brendan Gaughan is a winner again in NASCAR. Gaughan capped off an incredible day on Saturday afternoon, surviving a rollercoaster of emotions to capture his first Nationwide Series win in the Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville. It was his 98th career start, most occurring in the last half-dozen years as the former Sprint Cup driver works his way back up the ladder of the sport. Gaughan had to work hard for it though, as he went off course ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Ross Chastain Shows He Belongs

Nuts for Nationwide: Ross Chastain Shows He Belongs

The NASCAR Nationwide Series and even the Camping World Truck Series are the breeding grounds for those will carry the sport into its future. It’s a series full of fresh faces many are eager to embrace and root for — and Ross Chastain fits the role perfectly, in my opinion. The 21-year-old Chastain burst onto the NASCAR scene last year in the Truck Series where it didn’t take long, nor much, to have everyone talking. This year he’s trying to keep ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Returns to Scene of One of His Biggest Series Wins

Nuts for Nationwide: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Returns to Scene of One of His Biggest Series Wins

Michigan International Speedway isn’t exactly synonymous with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., but it has been the site of a few personal highlights for him. That may continue this weekend when he competes in another Nationwide Series race at the two-mile oval. Saturday is the fourth and final scheduled race for him this season, and one the company put extra effort into making happen because the race comes with the cool, maybe nerd, factor, as Earnhardt, Jr. will drive the No. 88 ... Read More »