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Nationwide Series Breakdown: Bashas’ Supermarkets 200

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Bashas’ Supermarkets 200

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch had the strongest car in the field, again. Kyle Busch led the most laps, again. Kyle Busch won the race, again. In what's becoming a running theme in the Nationwide Series this season, Busch led four times for 133 laps en route to his second consecutive win during the race Friday night. But he wasn't unchallenged; in fact, Busch held off a furious late race charge from Carl Edwards, who enjoyed his best Nationwide run of the season with a second place finish. However, it wasn't enough to slow down Busch, who won by a little over a quarter of a second; the victory marked his second consecutive win in this series at the Phoenix International Raceway. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: O’Reilly 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: O’Reilly 300

*In a Nutshell:* Again, Kyle Busch dominated the Nationwide Series field; but this time, there were no mid-race mishaps. Busch took the lead for the fourth and final time on Lap 158, and was never seriously challenged down the stretch as he scored his first series win of the season at the Texas Motor Speedway. "This feels so good, because this place is so hard to win at," said an ecstatic Busch after taking the checkered flag. "For me, it's extra special to bring DLP their first NASCAR victory, and to bring Toyota here to Victory Lane at Texas [DLP is a Dallas-based company]." Busch, who started 31st after qualifying was rained out Thursday, sliced through the field, cracking the Top 10 by Lap 30. Busch's only minor scare came on Lap 190 when the fourth and final caution of the race came out; Busch elected to stay out on old tires while a number of the leaders pitted. Nevertheless, he still ran away from the field on the last restart. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Pepsi 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Pepsi 300

*In a Nutshell:* Despite being the first standalone Nationwide Series event of the season, the first two-thirds of Saturday's race at Nashville saw Cup regulars dominating, with Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer claiming the top two spots. But that all changed on Lap 163; and in an instant, a Nationwide-only driver was finally given his shot at Victory Lane. First, the incident that changed the complexion of it all. Bowyer, making a run on Busch in Turn 4, got Busch's No. 20 loose and sent him into a spin. Just like that, the 22-year-old was in the grass with a crushed left side fender, and Bowyer had damage to the right side of his Chevrolet. Busch clearly got the short end of the stick; he pitted under green to fix his car, and was never again a factor, finishing two laps off the pace. Busch's misfortune sent Bowyer to the point, with his teammate Scott Wimmer moving into second. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Sharpie Mini 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Sharpie Mini 300

*In a Nutshell:* Considered a preseason favorite for the Nationwide Series championship, Clint Bowyer officially established himself as a contender on Saturday. With a little bit of luck and a whole lot of skill, the driver of the No. 2 Chevrolet led 122 of 171 laps run to score the win in the rain-shortened Sharpie Mini 300 at Bristol. A jubilant Bowyer said afterwards, "It feels awesome [to be in Victory Lane]. I'll take it any way you can get it." Well aware of the rain approaching the race track, Bowyer fended off a series of furious charges by Kasey Kahne, who settled for second in his No. 9 Dodge. Kahne caught Bowyer using the high line, but was unable to find the grip he needed to pass Bowyer on the outside. "I should have pressed the issue a little bit, and I'm disappointed I'm in second," said Kahne. "I should be winning. He shouldn't be winning. I just let him have it." Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Nicorette 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Nicorette 300

*In a Nutshell:* Until Kyle Busch blew a right front tire with less than 30 laps to go, *Matt Kenseth* and the rest of the Nationwide Series field were racing for second place behind Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 20 Chevrolet. But Busch, who led over 150 laps, suffered his second tire failure in as many weeks -- setting the stage for a late race shootout among several other Cup drivers moonlighting in the series. In the end, Kenseth was able to hold off a hard-charging *Kevin Harvick* through a green/white/checker finish at Atlanta to score his 24th career Nationwide Series win. Harvick settled for a runner-up finish in his self-owned No. 33. Harvick was running down Kenseth in the final laps, but a late-race caution for debris derailed his charge to the lead. "I think we were better than the No. 17," Harvick said, "but he was better than we were for a couple of laps." Read More »

Jason Keller Atlanta Preview

Jason Keller No. 11 America’s Incredible Pizza Company Racing Chevrolet Nicorette 300 Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday, March 8, 2008 JASON KELLER/ CJM RACING TEAM FAST FACTS: ·         This will be the team’s first visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway since entering into the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) ·         America’s Incredible Pizza Company (AIPC) will serve as the primary sponsor for this weekend’s Nicorette 300 ·         This will be the second week in a row that AIPC will be displayed on the ... Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Sam’s Town 300

*In a Nutshell:* The old adage that the front of the pack is the safest place on the track did not hold true on Saturday. Mark Martin, chasing down the leaders with five laps to go, got into the back of Carl Edwards, taking out both Edwards and then race leader Brad Keselowski to win his 48th career Nationwide Series race. Martin was subdued in Victory Lane, stating "I've got to apologize before we do any celebrating. I hate for that to happen. I didn't intend for it to turn out that way. But I couldn't stop it, once it started. I feel real bad for Brad, because he was so close to getting his first victory." Nonetheless, Martin proclaimed himself honored to drive for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and for giving JR Motorsports their first victory. Read More »

CJM Racing in Sin City

Jason KellerNo. 11 CJM Racing ChevroletSam’s Town 300Las Vegas Motor SpeedwaySaturday, March 1, 2008    JASON KELLER/ CJM RACING TEAM FAST FACTS:·         This will be the team’s first visit to Las Vegas Motor Speedway since entering into the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS)·         CJM Racing is still searching for a full-time sponsorship partner this season and will be running an all white race car at Las Vegas·         CJM Racing hopes to back up their performance from California Speedway on Monday. The ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Stater Brothers 300

*In a Nutshell*: The Nationwide Series played second fiddle to the Cup series on Monday afternoon, starting their race an hour after the big boys took the checkered flag. That meant that 12 drivers were running almost 700 miles thanks to the delay of the Cup race and the postponement of the Nationwide race. However, it didn't make much difference to Tony Stewart, who ran away with much of the event. Stewart started the race on the outside of the front row because qualifying was rained out and led the first 23 laps before relinquishing the lead to Morgan Shepherd. Yes, Morgan Shepherd. OK, it was on pit stops; but still, Morgan led a lap before he parked his car for the day. From that point on, Stewart regained the lead and wasn't headed except for pit stops. Kyle Busch looked like he might have had a shot at Stewart before the end of the race, but it was not meant to be as whenever Busch would get close, Stewart would just pull away again. Read More »