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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 »

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 »

Nationwide Breakdown: Larson Hits the Bullseye in California

Nationwide Breakdown: Larson Hits the Bullseye in California

Close doesn’t cut it for Kyle Larson anymore. After a year-plus of close calls at the Nationwide level, including a second-place finish at Bristol last week the Sprint Cup rookie finally broke through for his first career victory. But this one, Larson would have to earn after fending off two of the sport’s best in the final laps. Sparring with Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, Larson stayed up front in a clean, exciting finish to win the TreatMyClot.com 300 at ... Read More »