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Nationwide Series Breakdown: Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300

Kevin Harvick took advantage of a gutsy two-tire call by his crew chief Ernie Cope and Kyle Busch‘s poor track position with 39 laps to go to win the Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The victory marked the fourth win of the season for Harvick and the 44th Nationwide win of his career. For JR Motorsports it was their ninth win of the season. Harvick led 43 laps on the afternoon and held off ... 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 »

Pace Laps: Congenial Richmond, KyBu Nationwide, other stuff

Pace Laps: Congenial Richmond, KyBu Nationwide, other stuff

Cup:  The Race That Wasn’t – No one did anything surprising in the race at Richmond.  Well, that’s not correct.  The idiot who climbed the catchfence in turn 4 surely did something surprising.  While many people have done idiotic things at a race track, it’s doubtful that anyone anticipated a fan climbing the fence bordering the track and using it as a perch.  Aside from the unbelievable asininity, if you look at the photos, the idiot was so bored he ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Virginia529 College Savings 250

Nationwide Breakdown: Virginia529 College Savings 250

No one or nothing could stop Kyle Busch on Friday evening. After multiple races full of disappointment, Busch set sail at Richmond International Raceway for the Virginia529 College Savings 250. Leading each of the 250 laps, he won his 67th career Nationwide Series event. Busch held off Chase Elliott late in the race, but he was no contest for the driver of the No. 54 car. None of the other 39 drivers came close to him throughout the race as ... 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 »

Pace Laps: Kahne In, Harvick Cruises, IndyCar Adieu, and More

Pace Laps: Kahne In, Harvick Cruises, IndyCar Adieu, and More

Cup: Sweet Relief for Kahne          By racing for the Cup juggernaut Hendrick Motorsports, there are high expectations for Kasey Kahne.  That his brethren at the organization have all earned three wins apiece makes his season look all the worse.  In fact, with only two top-5 finishes in 2014, Kahne was looking like a second-tier driver and one who had to be glancing over his shoulder at the upstart Nationwide and de facto Hendrick development driver, Chase Elliott. ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Great Clips 300 at Atlanta

Nationwide Breakdown: Great Clips 300 at Atlanta

JR Motorsports was dominant on Saturday evening at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick piloted the No. 5 Chevrolet to Victory Lane as he set the pace throughout the 300-mile event. Making his 11th NASCAR Nationwide Series start of the year, the 38-year-old won his third race of the season for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s organization. Harvick and his teammate Chase Elliott led every one of the 195 laps at Atlanta in a race that saw just two caution flags. After he ... 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 »