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Nationwide Series Breakdown: Feed the Children 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Feed the Children 300

James Buescher laid waste to the Truck Series field Thursday night, leading 119 laps in a dominating effort. Well, Austin Dillon took that dominance and made it look tame, lapping Buescher twice and leading a Nationwide Series record 192 of 200 laps to score his first career Nationwide Series victory. There was not a single car in the entire field that was capable of passing the No. 3, which started on the pole, under green flag conditions. Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier rounded out the top 5. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Sargento 200

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Sargento 200

In what was arguably the tamest outing the Nationwide Series has seen in its short history at Road America, a Truck Series regular that laid waste to the field. After winning the pole in only his third Nationwide Series start, Nelson Piquet Jr. found himself battling all day with some of the best road racers in the business… and driving away from them. Leading 19 of the 50 circuits run, Piquet scored his first career NASCAR victory and became the first Brazilian to win a Nationwide Series race. Michael McDowell, Ron Fellows, Max Papis, and Sam Hornish Jr. rounded out the top 5. Read More »

Road Racing the Lottery for Stock Car Racing’s Development Ladder

Road Racing the Lottery for Stock Car Racing’s Development Ladder

Though Daytona isn’t for another few weeks, one of the biggest wildcard races of the season is about to unfold for the Nationwide Series this weekend, and for the ARCA Racing Series ranks a week later. Road course racing is returning to big-time stock car competition, with the Nationwide field visiting Road America this Saturday and the ARCA boys New Jersey Motorsports Park the following Sunday. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Alliance Truck Parts 250

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Alliance Truck Parts 250

Lap after lap of stalking proved to be of no avail for James Buescher, who despite a late move into turn 1 on the final lap, was unable to steal the win Saturday from Joey Logano. Logano scored his fifth win of the Nationwide Series season after holding off charges on a number of late race restarts, leading the final 24 circuits. Buescher, Kurt Busch, Cole Whitt, and polesitter Austin Dillon rounded out the top 5. The tire issues that popped up during Saturday’s ARCA race were not noticeably present with NASCAR’s Goodyears on Saturday, as the repaved MIS surface proved to have little impact on the on-track action seen. Read More »

For Development Drivers, Winning at MIS not the Route to a Title

For Development Drivers, Winning at MIS not the Route to a Title

For those out there that follow stock car racing’s development ranks, there’s exactly one place one should not look if trying to handicap the 2012 Nationwide and ARCA title races: Victory lane at the Michigan International Speedway. Seem counter-intuitive? On paper, it sure should, seeing as how both series will be contesting races in the Irish Hills this weekend. But a closer look at the stats reveals a decade long trend of irrelevance for the one race of the year each series runs in the backyard of the Big Three. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 5-Hour Energy 200

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 5-Hour Energy 200

The scoresheet will show Saturday’s Nationwide race at Dover as a Joey Logano romp. And while the JGR Cup regular did emerge victorious in the 5-Hour Energy 200 after leading 154 of the laps run, this one was oh-so-close to being so much more. Also driving a JGR Toyota, hometown driver Ryan Truex grabbed the lead after misfortune of Logano’s own making (while leading the race, the No. 18 bowled over the lapped car of Tim Bainey Jr. exiting turn 2, wrecking the No. 24 car and forcing Logano to pit road for a check-up and tires), and was holding a steady lead of one second with less than five laps to go. Read More »

Truck Series Contenders Set to Invade Nationwide Series Race at Dover

Truck Series Contenders Set to Invade Nationwide Series Race at Dover

While the Chase is doing NASCAR fans everywhere a favor by making the points race irrelevant for another three months, the Nationwide Series has a repeat of their Stenhouse vs. Sadler battle from a year ago brewing, with the standings tighter than they were a season ago and both teams combining for five race wins already in 2012. But even as that series heads to Dover to tackle the high banks of the Monster Mile, it’s also going to play host to another championship battle…even if it’s not for points. Because when the green flag drops on Saturday, positions three, four and five in the Truck Series standings will be taking it alongside the Nationwide Series regulars. Read More »

Stenhouse’s Hard Racing Strikes A Nerve

Stenhouse’s Hard Racing Strikes A Nerve

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.'s day went sour sometime around Lap 67 of Saturday's Nationwide 300-miler at Charlotte. A faulty U joint, between the driveshaft and the transmission left the rest of his day a temporary points disaster. But some sour feelings from a championship rival, during the closing laps of the History 300? We'll have to see how quickly that turns into ancient history. Tempers flared shortly after the final restart, Stenhouse at that point 22 laps down after spending time fixing broken parts inside the garage. But that didn't keep him from racing hard around the No. 3 Chevrolet of Austin Dillon, fighting for a top-10 spot. The competition was clean but hard-fought, to the point Dillon's team became increasingly frustrated with having to battle a guy laps off the pace. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: The History 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: The History 300

Brad Keselowski crossed his fingers, hoping track position and just the right fuel mileage would keep him out front during a final, 46-lap green-flag run to the finish in Saturday’s History 300. There was only one problem: the calculations by those pesky computers left him just a little short. Good thing aerodynamics could come to the rescue. After pulling away following that final caution flag, Keselowski coasted during the final 10 laps at Charlotte, letting Denny Hamlin use up much of a three-second cushion while saving just enough Sunoco to make it to the checkered flag. Crossing the line 0.838 seconds ahead, it was the first 2012 Nationwide victory for Keselowski, Penske Racing and No. 22 crew chief Jeremy Bullins. Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Elliott Sadler rounded out your top-5 finishers. Read More »

Nationwide Series Flashbacks for Biagi’s Return to Racing

Nationwide Series Flashbacks for Biagi’s Return to Racing

_Whoever said you can’t go home again obviously didn’t write the NASCAR schedule, as the circuit currently has returned for the first of two weekends spent in the Charlotte area. And the same can be said for Biagi-DenBeste Racing, returning to Nationwide competition after a four-year hiatus. It’s a rare example of a team falling away only to return to the Nationwide Series, and a welcome addition back to the fold._ Read More »