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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 »

Nationwide Breakdown: Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250

Nationwide Breakdown: Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250

The Nationwide Series has long been a source of contention for NASCAR fans because of general dominance from Sprint Cup Series drivers, the series regulars struggling to rise above and grab their share of attention as they wallow in the shadow of their supposed superiors. If you’re looking for a storyline that breaks the mold in that regard, don’t look toward Saturday’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway as a beacon of hope; a Cup driver won again. ... 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 »

Nationwide Breakdown: ToyotaCare 250

Brian Scott has come close to winning at Richmond twice before. Starting on the pole Friday night made it look like he might be poised to get the monkey off of his back and grab the checkered flag. Unfortunately for Scott and the rest of the field, the race was longer than 47 laps. Scott led the first 43 circuits, surrendered the lead for two laps under caution to Jeremy Clements and then lost it to Kevin Harvick when the ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: ToyotaCare 250

Brian Scott has come close to winning at Richmond twice before. Starting on the pole Friday night made it look like he might be poised to get the monkey off of his back and grab the checkered flag. Unfortunately for Scott and the rest of the field, the race was longer than 47 laps. Scott led the first 43 circuits, surrendered the lead for two laps under caution to Jeremy Clements and then lost it to Kevin Harvick when the ... 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 »