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Nuts for Nationwide: Ben Rhodes Could Be Turner Scott’s Next Big Thing

Nuts for Nationwide: Ben Rhodes Could Be Turner Scott’s Next Big Thing

Ben Rhodes is getting ready to move up the ranks. The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion is likely making the jump to a higher level soon – perhaps to the NASCAR XFINITY Series or the Camping World Truck Series. At 17, he won’t even be approved to race at Daytona in either division since he becomes an 18-year-old on the same day as the inaugural race of the XFINITY Series. So with results similar to 2013 K&N Pro Series ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Making the Most of an Opportunity for Justin Boston

Nuts for Nationwide: Making the Most of an Opportunity for Justin Boston

Getting that “big break” into big-time NASCAR racing is arguably tougher than in any other sport. Not only does this happen as a result of a driver’s talent; it also takes the perfect partnership between a team, sponsor and driver to get a deal done. Since making his ARCA Racing Series debut last season, Justin Boston has gained plenty of experience prior to making a jump that will change his life. Earlier this week, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that the 24-year-old ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Roush Fenway Racing Looking for Late Momentum

Nuts for Nationwide: Roush Fenway Racing Looking for Late Momentum

It has been a long year for Roush Fenway Racing, and a season full of trials and tribulations for the organization is nearly in the books. However, with eight events left in the 33-race long period, there are still plenty of chances for the Ford team to get a few victories – something that has mostly eluded it in 2014. That’s important, because the team sorely needs it. Each of the team’s three drivers have shown signs of weakness over ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: To XFINITY and Beyond

Nuts for Nationwide: To XFINITY and Beyond

Say goodbye to the Nationwide Series. Sort of. Nationwide Insurance is departing from its role as the title sponsor of NASCAR’s second-tier division as of Jan. 1, instead shifting funding over to Hendrick Motorsports as a primary sponsor for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in 12 events. But Nationwide’s replacement won’t have funny commercials using Earnhardt and Danica Patrick in the same way. With the arrival of NBC Sports in 2015 in one of the largest television agreement deals in the history ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: It’s No Longer the Kyle Busch Series

Nuts for Nationwide: It’s No Longer the Kyle Busch Series

The so-called Kyle Busch Show has been rewritten. The 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season has instead been the tale of a rookie named Chase Elliott, with a few chapters on what dominance looks like (in the form of JR Motorsports), along with the fight from the little engines that could in Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher. There has never been a lack of storylines in the Nationwide Series, but the face and picture of the series have taken a vast turn. ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Food City 300

Nationwide Breakdown: Food City 300

It was another Nationwide Series race at Bristol that featured a late battle between the No. 22 and the No. 54 – only this time, the former bested the latter with someone other than Brad Keselowski behind the wheel. Ryan Blaney aced the final restart of the night with six laps to go, taking the lead from the dominant Kyle Busch. It was the only laps he led all night on the way to his second career Nationwide Series victory ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Joe Gibbs, Series Score with Daniel Suarez

Nuts for Nationwide: Joe Gibbs, Series Score with Daniel Suarez

The current young roster of the NASCAR Nationwide Series is brimming with talent – talent that is, it’s a safe bet to say, the future of the sport. Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon, Chris Buescher, Dylan Kwasniewski and many more are already household names as well as the storylines that have begun to read repetitive. Each is destined for the Sprint Cup Series in the future and will no doubt be associated with the big dog teams like Hendrick, Childress, Roush ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Road Courses, the Land of Opportunity

Nuts for Nationwide: Road Courses, the Land of Opportunity

Goodbye, short tracks. Thanks for the memories. I appreciate what you used to do for NASCAR. However, you’ve been replaced – by road courses, where the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads for the third and final time this weekend. Mid-Ohio will be the center of attention, and most likely, the most-entertaining race of the weekend. Everything that we once got from short tracks – and not to completely put them to bed, but they have been passed over – will be ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Chase Elliott Won’t Miss a Beat with New Crew Chief

Nuts for Nationwide: Chase Elliott Won’t Miss a Beat with New Crew Chief

Regardless of change, time is on the side of Chase Elliott. The 18-year-old Nationwide Series points leader will lose his crew chief, Greg Ives, following the 2014 season. Ives is set to take the reins for Sprint Cup Series driver – and Elliott’s boss – Dale Earnhardt, Jr., beginning in the 2015 season. The move means that while the void for Earnhardt has been filled, it creates one for the youngster. In just his first full-time season, Elliott leads the points ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Ty Dillon Rises Again

Nuts for Nationwide: Ty Dillon Rises Again

From Volusia to Atlanta to Indianapolis, Ty Dillon seemingly has already learned to seize big game moments. “Prime Time Ty” has quickly become familiar with having to dig deep, find that killer instinct and do what might be deemed the impossible in beating the older more experienced crowd. Big game moments often create the heroes and the zeros. When a title is on the line or victory is within grasp, always be on the lookout for that someone who will ... Read More »