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Nuts for Nationwide: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Returns to Scene of One of His Biggest Series Wins

Nuts for Nationwide: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Returns to Scene of One of His Biggest Series Wins

Michigan International Speedway isn’t exactly synonymous with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., but it has been the site of a few personal highlights for him. That may continue this weekend when he competes in another Nationwide Series race at the two-mile oval. Saturday is the fourth and final scheduled race for him this season, and one the company put extra effort into making happen because the race comes with the cool, maybe nerd, factor, as Earnhardt, Jr. will drive the No. 88 ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: The Awakening of Trevor Bayne

Nuts for Nationwide: The Awakening of Trevor Bayne

It seems so long ago since Trevor Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500 and was slated as the next great prospect from Roush Fenway Racing. Yet both so much and so little has happened for Bayne since then. Illness. Wins. More illness, which again translated into sitting on the sidelines as everyone, Bayne included, wondered what came next. The Nationwide Series has been his home for admittedly longer than anyone expected, and that Bayne hasn’t accomplished all that was hyped ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Could Chris Buescher Be Primed for a Breakout?

Nuts for Nationwide: Could Chris Buescher Be Primed for a Breakout?

NASCAR drivers often equate racing to a game of high-speed chess. Racing in general, Chris Buescher says, is like a puzzle, and week-by-week teams must figure out not only what pieces are missing, but also which ones do and don’t fit. Buescher’s puzzle is far from complete, but the Roush Fenway Racing driver can now see the outline a little better than two months ago. It’s enough, even after only eight pieces have been added, to say that Chris Buescher is ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Haven’t You Heard? The Nationwide Series is Back

Nuts for Nationwide: Haven’t You Heard? The Nationwide Series is Back

For those who haven’t been paying attention, or perhaps are still sinking in denial, let me break the news: the NASCAR Nationwide Series is perfectly fine. After years of what has been week-by-week exasperation set around Sprint Cup drivers racing and winning in the lower division, the regulars have stepped their game up already in 2014. Nine races in and heading into the off-week, there isn’t too much that many can complain about. And if you are, then you might be one ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Virginia Is For Lovers But Richmond Isn’t Always Friendly

Nuts for Nationwide: Virginia Is For Lovers But Richmond Isn’t Always Friendly

Short tracks, for some, are the end-all, be-all of motorsports. NASCAR’s own history is rich with these ovals, based all around the country that have played a part in creating its greatest achievements. Everyone loves a good short track. Some yearn for more while others have made it their personal mission in making it known there aren’t enough on the NASCARschedule. There’s just something about the little places, the tight corners and limited space that raises the level of excitement while ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: The Curious Case of Elliott Sadler

Nuts for Nationwide: The Curious Case of Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler was half a lap from reminding everyone of his relevance in the Nationwide Series, or at the very least, bolstering his relevance to Joe Gibbs Racing. The story instead goes that he was the poor soul passed by Chase Elliott at Darlington for the victory, something that quickly became a footnote in the Elliott narrative. Second is the first loser, and no one remembers who was the runner-up, so when the 2014 Nationwide race at Darlington is talked ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: A Day in the Life of an Underdog Team

Nuts for Nationwide: A Day in the Life of an Underdog Team

Racing, like any professional sport, builds a season around the successes and the failures. The unsurprising joys from the headliners and the scratching and clawing for every inch from the underdogs. Comers and goers, contenders and pretenders, the have and the have nots. Take your pick; you’ve most likely heard them all. Rarely is there any middle ground, drivers will be categorized to either end of the spectrum based on their performance any given weekend. It’s easy to get lost ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Is Trevor Bayne Becoming a Career Underachiever?

Nuts for Nationwide: Is Trevor Bayne Becoming a Career Underachiever?

It’s easy to say that the novelty of Trevor Bayne has worn off and that the hype and excitement following the 23-year-old Daytona 500 champion is now unwarranted and for some, almost regretted. But looking further, in a day and age where we now compare Nationwide Series drivers against each other while trying to pretend Cup drivers aren’t there, Bayne is right on par. Cup drivers stand above the rest every weekend as they demolish the field, repeatedly exasperating fans. ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: New Blood Highlights JR Motorsports’ Return to Form

Nuts for Nationwide: New Blood Highlights JR Motorsports’ Return to Form

It was long believed the glory days for JR Motorsports were when Brad Keselowski was going toe-to-toe with the likes of Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin. Keselowski was a fresh-faced and brash kid discovered by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who was looking to make a change to his organization. The pairing came close to winning the Nationwide Series championship in both 2008 and ’09. Turns out we were wrong; the real JRM era had yet to begin. Five races into the ... Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: 2014 Brings Rough Start for Many Rookies

Nuts for Nationwide: 2014 Brings Rough Start for Many Rookies

Rookies. Those young guys who just don’t know any better. They’re the ones who tear stuff up and get in the way, yet everyone jumps to talk about how they’re the future of the sport. This year, the top two tiers of NASCAR are stacked with such talented drivers who are at the start of what, hopefully, will be long and successful careers. The good news for the Nationwide Series is that it is once again grooming a full field of drivers ... Read More »