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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.
Nuts for Nationwide: The Awakening of Trevor Bayne

Nuts for Nationwide: The Awakening of Trevor Bayne

It seems so long ago since Trevor Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500 and was slated as the next great prospect from Roush Fenway Racing. Yet both so much and so little has happened for Bayne since then. Illness. Wins. More illness, which again translated into sitting on the sidelines as everyone, Bayne included, wondered what came next. The Nationwide Series has been his home for admittedly longer than anyone expected, and that Bayne hasn’t accomplished all that was hyped ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Could Chris Buescher Be Primed for a Breakout?

Nuts for Nationwide: Could Chris Buescher Be Primed for a Breakout?

NASCAR drivers often equate racing to a game of high-speed chess. Racing in general, Chris Buescher says, is like a puzzle, and week-by-week teams must figure out not only what pieces are missing, but also which ones do and don’t fit. Buescher’s puzzle is far from complete, but the Roush Fenway Racing driver can now see the outline a little better than two months ago. It’s enough, even after only eight pieces have been added, to say that Chris Buescher is ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Haven’t You Heard? The Nationwide Series is Back

Nuts for Nationwide: Haven’t You Heard? The Nationwide Series is Back

For those who haven’t been paying attention, or perhaps are still sinking in denial, let me break the news: the NASCAR Nationwide Series is perfectly fine. After years of what has been week-by-week exasperation set around Sprint Cup drivers racing and winning in the lower division, the regulars have stepped their game up already in 2014. Nine races in and heading into the off-week, there isn’t too much that many can complain about. And if you are, then you might be one ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: A different Elliott rises to the top

Nationwide Breakdown: A different Elliott rises to the top

Elliott Sadler has many memories concerning the Talladega Superspeedway but before Saturday none of them were pleasant. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has flipped numerous times at the facility and became a frequent topic of fans conversation the those experiences. Now, he’s ready for everyone to talk about his win. Sadler not only led the most laps in the Aaron’s 312 but finally led the most important one. A final restart with three laps to go saw Sadler and David Ragan leading the inside line ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Virginia Is For Lovers But Richmond Isn’t Always Friendly

Nuts for Nationwide: Virginia Is For Lovers But Richmond Isn’t Always Friendly

Short tracks, for some, are the end-all, be-all of motorsports. NASCAR’s own history is rich with these ovals, based all around the country that have played a part in creating its greatest achievements. Everyone loves a good short track. Some yearn for more while others have made it their personal mission in making it known there aren’t enough on the NASCARschedule. There’s just something about the little places, the tight corners and limited space that raises the level of excitement while ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: The Curious Case of Elliott Sadler

Nuts for Nationwide: The Curious Case of Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler was half a lap from reminding everyone of his relevance in the Nationwide Series, or at the very least, bolstering his relevance to Joe Gibbs Racing. The story instead goes that he was the poor soul passed by Chase Elliott at Darlington for the victory, something that quickly became a footnote in the Elliott narrative. Second is the first loser, and no one remembers who was the runner-up, so when the 2014 Nationwide race at Darlington is talked ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Chase Elliott Goes Back-To-Back

Nationwide Breakdown: Chase Elliott Goes Back-To-Back

If there was ever a doubt that Chase Elliott was a wheelman, he put it to rest Friday night at that tough old track in Darlington, South Carolina. Elliott charged past Elliott Sadler on the last lap of the VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200 to make it back-to-back Nationwide Series wins. A caution with five laps to go because of an incident between Kyle Larson and Tanner Berryhill sent the leaders to pit road for the final time and gave ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: A Day in the Life of an Underdog Team

Nuts for Nationwide: A Day in the Life of an Underdog Team

Racing, like any professional sport, builds a season around the successes and the failures. The unsurprising joys from the headliners and the scratching and clawing for every inch from the underdogs. Comers and goers, contenders and pretenders, the have and the have nots. Take your pick; you’ve most likely heard them all. Rarely is there any middle ground, drivers will be categorized to either end of the spectrum based on their performance any given weekend. It’s easy to get lost ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Chase Elliott Breaks Through

Nationwide Breakdown: Chase Elliott Breaks Through

Well, that didn’t take long. Six races into his Nationwide Series career, young Chase Elliott is a winner. The son of the 1988 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Bill Elliott, powered by Kevin Harvick on the outside with 15 laps to go and then drove away from both he and Kyle Busch to become the series’ second straight first-time visitor to Victory Lane. Elliott capped off a night that was all about the team he drives for, JR Motorsports. All four cars ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Is Trevor Bayne Becoming a Career Underachiever?

Nuts for Nationwide: Is Trevor Bayne Becoming a Career Underachiever?

It’s easy to say that the novelty of Trevor Bayne has worn off and that the hype and excitement following the 23-year-old Daytona 500 champion is now unwarranted and for some, almost regretted. But looking further, in a day and age where we now compare Nationwide Series drivers against each other while trying to pretend Cup drivers aren’t there, Bayne is right on par. Cup drivers stand above the rest every weekend as they demolish the field, repeatedly exasperating fans. ... Read More »