Tuesday , October 21 2014
Home / Nationwide (page 30)

Nationwide

Nuts for Nationwide: Put the Road Courses on Hiatus

Nuts for Nationwide: Put the Road Courses on Hiatus

On the surface, it sounds great. And it's a move that I fully supported, the return of road course racing to the Nationwide Series back in 2005. Road course racing certainly is a motorsports discipline, and one that for the sake of diversity has a place on a national touring series schedule. With regard to the Nationwide Series, road racing has been hit or miss. Watkins Glen, about as perfect a road course for stock cars as they come, has put on some great races. Mexico City produced exciting races with Martin Truex Jr. holding off a hard-charging Boris Said in the inaugural event at the Autodromos Hermanos Rodriguez and Juan Montoya dumping teammate Scott Pruett to score his first NASCAR victory in 2007. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: US Cellular 250

Nationwide Series Breakdown: US Cellular 250

Despite not running for a Nationwide Series title in 2010, Kyle Busch had some unfinished business to tend to at Iowa Speedway after having Brad Keselowski snatch the checkered flag from him at the track's inaugural NNS race last season. This time, he left no room for error. Leading 209 of the 250 laps run, Busch easily scored his ninth Nationwide Series victory of the year, putting down a spirited early challenge from polesitter Trevor Bayne and thwarting Kevin Harvick's late race tire strategy. Harvick, Jason Leffler, Brad Keselowski and Bayne rounded out the top 5. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Kroger 200

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Kroger 200

Apparently, probation does make a difference. As the laps wound down Saturday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park, Carl Edwards was within striking distance of Kyle Busch, easily in position to pull a bump and run for the lead and the victory. This weekend, however, despite racing with another driver that he's had history with, Edwards relented and settled for second as Busch capitalized on a dominating performance to score his eighth Nationwide Series win of 2010. Aric Almirola, pole sitter Trevor Bayne and Reed Sorenson rounded out the top 5. Read More »

Kroger 200 Benefitting Riley Hospital for Children Recap

Kroger 200 Benefitting Riley Hospital for Children Recap The Nationwide series ran at O’Reilly Raceway Park for the 29th time on Friday night in a race that has had the same sponsor every year, making it the longest continuously running race sponsorship in NASCAR. Trevor Bayne took advantage of his pole position by starting on the outside and grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag. Bayne led the first 39 laps of the race before Kyle Busch ... Read More »

A Rudderless Nationwide Series Adrift Once Again

A Rudderless Nationwide Series Adrift Once Again

Throw Danica Patrick and her marketing machine from the train. This should have been the weekend for the NASCAR Nationwide Series to bask in the spotlight, to sell itself to fans new and old alike. This weekend marks the return to O'Reilly Raceway Park, one of the most underrated venues that NASCAR's national series travels to, a tight bullring that has produced some of the best side-by-side racing seen this decade over the years I've covered the Nationwide Series. Last year's top 10 battle between Trevor Bayne, Ron Hornaday, Steve Wallace and Brad Keselowski that saw these drivers three-wide all night long with no contact made was absolutely spellbinding to watch. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Missouri Illinois Dodge Dealers 250

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Missouri Illinois Dodge Dealers 250

You could see it coming from a mile away. After battling for the lead for nearly the entire 250 miles on Saturday night, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards were again duking it out up front as they took the white flag. With Edwards holding the advantage entering Turn 2, Keselowski pulled the bump and run to take the lead down the backstretch. Edwards then responded by stalking his rival through 3 and 4, then clearly turning into the No. 22 coming to the checkers and sending the point leader's Dodge hard into the outside wall. The resulting impact sent Edwards to Victory Lane and Keselowski ricocheting into oncoming traffic; he was T-Boned hard by Shelby Howard, with Taylor Malsam and Steve Arpin also involved in the last lap carnage. Emotions were heated on both sides of the incident. Edwards in Victory Lane made no attempt to conceal his actions, stating he couldn't stand to have someone take the lead from him like that, while Brad's father Bob threatened to don his own driver's suit and take care of Edwards; the elder Keselowski remarked, “he's not going to kill my boy.” Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Dollar General 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Dollar General 300

Kyle Busch was in character Friday night, leading the most laps in a car that was among the class of the field. But it took a gift from Brad Keselowski to send Busch to his 37th career Nationwide Series victory. Following a lap 191 restart, the No. 18 car found itself drifting back to as far as seventh before Busch was able to get in enough clean air to start wheeling his way towards the front. In the fourth position when Trevor Bayne's cut tire sent the field into a green-white-checker scenario on lap 198, Keselowski ran out of fuel while preparing to take the restart in second. With the No. 22 forced to the apron, Busch got to start alongside teammate Joey Logano on the final lap 203 restart, and with clean air on its nose once again the No. 18 rode to the win. Logano finished in the runner-up spot, with Brian Scott, David Reutimann and Jason Leffler rounding out the top 5. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Subway Jalapeno 250

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Subway Jalapeno 250

The No. 3 returned to Daytona...and to it's familiar home in victory lane...on Friday night. In what was a debut race for the Nationwide Series' Car of Tomorrow, Cup regulars and teams were again up front early and often. Of the 102 laps led, 91 were led by Cup drivers, while all 102 were led by teams with Cup affiliations. In the end, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won in an anti-climatic finish. After an early segment of racing that saw the new cars slipping and sliding all over the high banks of Daytona, the cars at the front broke away into a single-file line that saw little movement on a final restart, with the No. 3 car all but unchallenged for the checkered flag. Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., points leader Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 5. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: New England 200

Nationwide Series Breakdown: New England 200

Another Nationwide Series companion race with the Sprint Cup tour, another Cup regular torching the field en route to victory. Kyle Busch, back to business as usual after a few weeks away from his No. 18 car, set a new record for laps led at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway en route to winning his sixth race of the 2010 season. Busch also became the first repeat winner of the Nationwide Series event at Loudon. Though Busch was the class of the field, leading 125 circuits, a number of his fellow double-dippers had something for the No. 18. Both Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano led laps and were a threat for the checkers, but also found trouble in the closing laps; Keselowski nearly dropped out of the top 10 after a bad pit stop on a lap 147 caution and never fully recovered, while Logano spun his tires on a lap 183 restart while running in the top 5. Read More »

Danica Can’t Save the Nationwide Series, No Matter How Much NASCAR Wants It

Danica Can’t Save the Nationwide Series, No Matter How Much NASCAR Wants It

She's back. The biggest name in IndyCar racing, the anointed savior of the Nationwide Series, Ms. Danica Patrick will make her fourth start in NASCAR's AAA division this coming weekend, with no need to worry about qualifying (a big pat on the back for Scott Wimmer, Josh Wise, Landon Cassill, Steve Arpin and all those who made it possible for her majesty to have no fears of...shudder...failing to qualify for a race.) And just like in Daytona four months ago, where the racing world went into her first race convinced they would see something spectacular after her sixth place finish driving a de facto Hendrick Motorsports machine in an ARCA race, all eyes will be turned to the open-wheeler and her bright green race car when the green flag drops in Loudon. It's harder to blame the centric media focus this time, as Cup regulars Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards have already turned this season's title chase into a snoozefest. Read More »