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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: 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 »

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 »