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Nuts for Nationwide: Fast Forward to 2011…and a Real Nationwide Title Battle

Nuts for Nationwide: Fast Forward to 2011…and a Real Nationwide Title Battle

both limitations on Cup driver participation and a prohibition on Cup regulars running for the Nationwide title are reportedly being seriously considered by the sanctioning body. And while that might make things difficult for all 10 fans out there foaming at the mouth for Brad vs. Carl II as the 2011 NNS title chase, it would finally guarantee the first compelling Nationwide Series points race since Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer went down to the line back in 2005. Who stands to benefit from this turn of events that hopefully will come to fruition come Daytona next February? What better time to take a look at the contenders for 2011 then on a weekend with the new car and a title chase that's been decided for months now? Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Zippo 200 at the Glen

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Zippo 200 at the Glen

This one wasn't even close. The same Marcos Ambrose whose unforced error cost him and the No. 47 team a Cup victory at Sonoma in NASCAR's last visit to a road course put a whooping on the Nationwide Series field Saturday, leading all but 22 laps and proving to be untouchable at the front en route to his third consecutive NNS win at Watkins Glen. Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 5. The story of the day was highlighted by... Read More »

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 »