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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 »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Bucyrus 200

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Bucyrus 200

Carl Edwards appears to have this whole road racing thing figured out. On the Nationwide Series side anyway. In what was a dominant performance from the pole, Edwards led 35 of the 50 laps run in the Nationwide Series' debut race on the Road America road course, stealing the lead for good from Jacques Villeneuve on lap 41 and never looking back. Edwards' win was his first of 2010, and the first for Ford in NASCAR competition this season. It also marked his second consecutive Nationwide Series victory on a road course dating back to Montreal last August. Read More »

The Other Keselowski, The Other Side of the Garage

The Other Keselowski, The Other Side of the Garage

I stopped by Brian Keselowski's hauler at Richmond International Raceway last month to ask about why his third car, the No. 96, had been withdrawn from the Nationwide Series entry list that weekend. The answer was not what I expected. “Couldn't get it done in time,” quipped Keselowski. “It's sitting on the trailer outside, but that's the absolute truth to that. With the way Texas went, with the days we had to stay there [for rain], we got home, got the Talladega stuff ready and got to the track. We barely got home in time from that deal, and I just couldn't get it all done. There's not enough time in the days to get all of that done to come here and run successful enough to make the show.” “You can't come and just play. You've got to come serious. It wasn't going to be a serious enough effort to spend that kind of money to come and try to make it.” Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Meijer 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Meijer 300

Surprise, surprise. Joey Logano won the pole. Joey Logano won Saturday night's Nationwide Series race at Kentucky. And Cup regulars finished 1-2-3, with Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski playing bridesmaid to Logano, whose win marked the third consecutive season he's won the Kentucky NNS race from the pole dating back to his first career win. Though a few drivers were able to keep up with his No. 20 car on restarts, the long run proved to be a boon for JGR's Toyotas as Logano was uncontested coming to the checkers. Fortunately for the fans watching, both Scott Wimmer and Brendan Gaughan (who each banked top 10 finishes) were able to keep up with Sliced Bread for at least a few laps. Mike Bliss also got around the No. 20 at lap 156, but he would spin late after losing the lead, finishing 24th. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Federated Auto Parts 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Federated Auto Parts 300

Nashville was supposed to mark a standalone Nationwide Series race, but you'd never have known it looking at the final running order. After yellow flag pit stops cycled through on lap 170, Brad Keselowski came out up front and never looked back, holding off a challenge from Carl Edwards on a lap 202 restart to score his second win of the Nationwide Series season, and his second career victory at Nashville. Paul Menard, the third Cup regular running the full Nationwide Series schedule finished third, while Mike Bliss, who until this weekend had attempted every Cup race in 2010, finished fifth driving KHI's No. 33. Though Justin Allgaier led the first 58 laps after winning the pole, from there it was all Edwards and Keselowski, who combined to lead seven times for all but 18 of the remaining laps. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Tech-Net 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Tech-Net 300

Saturday at Charlotte was a classic case of role reversal, with a late comer snatching a Nationwide Series race from the dominant driver of the day. In this case, that late comer was none other than Kyle Busch, who came from two laps down after pitting under green and incurring a speeding penalty to lead the last 50 laps en route to his second win in the last three spring Nationwide Series races at Charlotte, a result that also marked his fifth consecutive top 3 finish at the track. Busch, who actually fell outside the top 10 earlier in the event, was able to hold off Brad Keselowski, the race's most prolific leader, by a car length on a green white checkers finish after enduring three restarts in the final 20 laps. Read More »

Despite Sponsorship Woes, Potential There for Baker/Curb Resurgence to Continue

Despite Sponsorship Woes, Potential There for Baker/Curb Resurgence to Continue

Greg Biffle put the chrome horn to Joey Logano, and came awful close to holding off a hard-charging Kyle Busch before finishing second in the Nationwide Series' second race of the year at Fontana back in February. Not too far behind, Scott Lagasse Jr. drove the No. 43 car, a team that only weeks before did not exist, to a top-15 finish. Baker/Curb Racing was back. The face of the organization's resurgence has been the No. 27 Red Man Ford, which between Biffle, Johnny Sauter and Scott Wimmer has been a consistent top 10 car at every track on the Nationwide Series circuit. Read More »

For Steve Arpin, a Welcome Homecoming at Toledo

For Steve Arpin, a Welcome Homecoming at Toledo

Steve Arpin spent much of the last month living a dream...driving for one of the strongest organizations in NASCAR, for the company that Dale Earnhardt Jr. built. Though this weekend, with NASCAR's all-stars taking center stage in Charlotte, Arpin was a long ways away on the Toledo Speedway bullring in Ohio. And he's loving every minute of it. “I love being back” said Arpin of returning to ARCA competition after making his first three career Nationwide Series starts. His enthusiasm definitely showed; during our interview, Arpin spun around mid-question to take a gander at Frank Kimmel's car being pushed back into the garage. His remarks? “That thing's already got a donut on it. Sweet!” Read More »