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Nationwide Breakdown: Great Clips 300 at Atlanta

Nationwide Breakdown: Great Clips 300 at Atlanta

JR Motorsports was dominant on Saturday evening at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick piloted the No. 5 Chevrolet to Victory Lane as he set the pace throughout the 300-mile event. Making his 11th NASCAR Nationwide Series start of the year, the 38-year-old won his third race of the season for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s organization. Harvick and his teammate Chase Elliott led every one of the 195 laps at Atlanta in a race that saw just two caution flags. After he ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200

Nationwide Breakdown: Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200

Chris Buescher and his Roush Fenway Racing team gave up on their Nationwide Series championship hopes long ago. Instead, they focused on trying to win a race during their rookie season. Saturday it was mission accomplished. Buescher and crew chief Scott Graves played the fuel mileage strategy at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in order to lead the final 25 laps. The victory was Buescher’s first in 30 career Nationwide starts. It also moved him to seventh in points even though he missed ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Zippo 200 at the Glen

Nationwide Breakdown: Zippo 200 at the Glen

Nothing could stop Marcos Ambrose on Saturday afternoon at Watkins Glen International. The 37-year-old was entered in his first NASCAR Nationwide Series event in nearly one year, and he made the most of it. Ambrose and his crew chief Scott McDougall played the perfect strategy to win the Zippo 200 at the Glen. Leading a race-high 48 of the 82 laps, the No. 09 team brought Ambrose his fifth career victory in NASCAR’s second-tier division. The victory also marks the ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa

Nationwide Breakdown: U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa

From Iowa to Pocono, Brad Keselowski never lacked in speed. The Team Penske driver flew in from the Sprint Cup weekend at the Pennsylvania triangle and then flew to victory lane in the Nationwide Series race on Saturday night in the U.S. Cellular 250. Keselowski led the most laps (146 of 250) and overtook Michael McDowell with two laps to go to grab his third win of the season. McDowell had taken two tires on his final pit stop to ... Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Lilly Diabetes 250

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Lilly Diabetes 250

Ty Dillon would return the legendary No. 3 back to Victory Lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after gaining the lead on a late restart with just 25 laps to go to score his first career Nationwide Series win in the Lilly Diabetes 250. Dillon, who led 24 laps on the afternoon, held off a surging Kyle Busch by .833 seconds to score the victory. Matt Kenseth would come home third while Kevin Harvick, who had the dominant car most ... Read More »

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 »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Sta-Green 200

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Sta-Green 200

Brad Keselowski dominated the Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway leading a race high 152 laps for his 29th career Nationwide Series victory and his 2nd win of 2014. Keselowski beat Kyle Busch to the checkers by 1.880 seconds. Kyle Larson would finish 3rd and Matt Kenseth would finish 4th on a day completely dominated by the Sprint Cup Series regulars. Chris Buescher would carry the afternoon for the Nationwide regulars finishing 5th. It was a typical 200 lap ... 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 »

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 »

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 »