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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 »

Nationwide Breakdown: Busch Dominates Blue Jeans Go Green 200

Nationwide Breakdown: Busch Dominates Blue Jeans Go Green 200

With 35 laps left in the Blue Jeans Go Green 200, the skies would open up and rain would begin to fall. After a two-hour rain delay, NASCAR would make the decision to call the race. When the rain began to fall, it was Kyle Busch that was in front of the field and he would pick up his third straight Phoenix victory behind the wheel of the No. 54 Monster Energy Camry. It marks his 64th career win in the Nationwide ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Drive4COPD 300 Redemption for Smith

Nationwide Breakdown: Drive4COPD 300 Redemption for Smith

  Young Dylan Kwasniewski had the pole. Kyle Busch had the best-laid plans. Brad Keselowski had the lead, the best car on the outside line and the most momentum heading into the white-flag lap. But none of them could hold off Regan Smith. The JR Motorsports driver, who lead 35 laps total, pulled the perfect move on the final one, hanging tough on the outside line Keselowski used to briefly take control of the race. Pushing his front fender forward ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Aaron’s 312

Nationwide Breakdown: Aaron’s 312

It's not often NASCAR races threaten to be called by sunset, especially with many tracks having installed lights. But when an afternoon event is delayed three hours due to rainy weather, these things tend to happen. Not that Regan Smith probably minds. After NASCAR cut the race by ten laps Saturday, with looming darkness while a late crash by Joey Coulter dragged the event further into black skies, Smith made a daredevil move coming into the tri-oval on the final lap. As he dove to the inside, several cars wrecked behind him, but Smith pulled ahead right at the point of caution, winning the Aaron's 312(ish). Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300

Despite his standing as a highly-touted prospect in the NASCAR ranks, Kyle Larson had a tough start to his rookie season in the Nationwide Series, crashing out of two races (one a spectacular launch into the Daytona catchfence that injured many spectators) and finishing a good-but-not-great 13th in his other event. Saturday at Bristol, Larson flipped his poor luck almost completely. He charged to the front late in the going after starting 12th, closing in on the back bumper of ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: COPD 300

Nationwide Breakdown: COPD 300

_Editor's Note: Anyone looking for information on the last-lap crash, which injured 33 fans will find it elsewhere on our website. The following is just a race racap only... check out the links below for the latest information we have -- as well as reaction to the incident._ "Horror Story Ending To NASCAR's Nationwide Race: Latest News & Updates":http://www.frontstretch.com/tbowles/42405/ "NASCAR Nation: Outreach, Not Outcry, Should Be Our Approach":http://www.frontstretch.com/sbedgood/42403/ *Inside The Nationwide Series: COPD 300* As smoke cleared from a last-lap horror, “Smoke” the driver was wheeling his way into Victory Lane once again at Daytona. Tony Stewart, who had spent most of the day riding comfortably in the back of the pack timed his move perfectly to surge forward during the race’s final stretch. His winning percentage here, as a result in the Nationwide cars has jumped to an absurd 50%, with seven victories in 14 career starts – including five of the last seven. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Great Clips 200

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Great Clips 200

If Joey Logano has taught the Nationwide Series anything in 2012, it’s that there is still no contest: Joe Gibbs Racing still has the strongest cars in the game. Though he was challenged late following a lap 198 crash triggered by championship contender Elliott Sadler, Logano was able to hold off JGR teammate Brian Vickers to score his ninth win of the 2012 season. Vickers, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch, and Austin Dillon rounded out the top-5 finishers. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: O’Reilly Challenge

Nationwide Series Breakdown: O’Reilly Challenge

Although Kyle Busch showed flashes of his past dominance in NNS competition early at Texas, Kevin Harvick cruised to a relatively easy win in his final start of the season on Saturday, leading 127 of the 200 laps run. Ryan Blaney trimmed the margin of victory by more than two seconds during the final green-flag run but was unable to catch the No. 33, settling for a career-best runner-up finish. Polesitter Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top 5 in this event dominated by Sprint Cup regulars. Read More »