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5 Reasons Justin Allgaier Can Win the 2010 Nationwide Series Championship

5 Reasons Justin Allgaier Can Win the 2010 Nationwide Series Championship

Not since Martin Truex Jr. held off a surging Clint Bowyer to score his second consecutive Nationwide (then Busch Series) title has a regular in the Series actually won the season-ending crown. Continuing a practice that Kevin Harvick made fashionable when he decided to run for a second Nationwide crown, and slaughtered the field doing it, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch have all followed suit, becoming the second, third and fourth driver to win another NASCAR championship while racing Cup full-time. Note that while they've done that, none of them have managed to put a Sprint Cup on their resume. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Scotts Turf Builder 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Scotts Turf Builder 300

In the thick of the chase for the 2008 Nationwide Series championship, Brad Keselowski snatched victory from the hands of eventual champion Clint Bowyer under the lights at the Bristol Motor Speedway, capitalizing on Bowyer's only mistake of the night. This time, it was the spring race, and it was Keselowski himself who got, as he put it after the race, "used up." After a stretch of restarts following late race cautions that saw his No. 22 Dodge burning the field from the drop of the green, it was Keselowski's Penske Racing teammate Justin Allgaier who anticipated the start perfectly on lap 274, making the pass and holding off a hard charge from the No. 22 en route to his first career Nationwide Series victory. Read More »

Back to the Baseline for Specialty Racing

Back to the Baseline for Specialty Racing

Since returning to the Nationwide Series full-time in 2008, Specialty Racing and their No. 61 team has managed to do what no other team has; to run full-time with no sponsorship. Maximizing every penny of their purse money and exercising fiscal discipline, the team was able to contest the entire 2008 season and the first half of 2009, running the distance every race. And in Brandon Whitt, the team had a development driver in their ranks that they were prepared to plan long-term around. But personal circumstances led to Brandon stepping out of the seat of the No. 61 for good 15 races into the 2009 campaign. Read More »

Eric McClure on Returning to Team Rensi, Nationwide Series for 2010

Eric McClure on Returning to Team Rensi, Nationwide Series for 2010

*Bryan Davis Keith:* What's been going on in the Rensi-Hamilton camp to prepare for 2010? *Eric McClure:* Well, we're back to Team Rensi Motorsports now. I don't really know any of the details behind that other than that we're not Rensi-Hamilton anymore. But everything's been good. The guys were able to work all winter, which helped us get our stuff ready, get ready to go for the first few weeks. *Bryan:* Hefty's coming back. With the sponsorship, what are you going to be able to afford resources wise? I know you ran last season short a couple sets of tires every weekend. Read More »

The $225,000 Bribe … Just To Make A NASCAR Race

The $225,000 Bribe … Just To Make A NASCAR Race

As water came pouring down on a freezing Friday at Daytona, Paul Menard was faced with a cold reality all his own. 49th in the qualifying draw, a rainout would mean an automatic DNQ for him under the NASCAR rulebook, shattering dreams of a title in the sport’s second-tier series before they even got off the ground. It was a bad break that would leave the best of men searching for answers. Turns out they were right inside his wallet all along. Read More »

2010 Nationwide Series Preview

2010 Nationwide Series Preview

The 2010 Nationwide Series season is upon us, and everyone in the media, every season preview has Carl Edwards finishing first in the points, Brad Keselowski second. Rather than wasting more ink trying to make some profound statement of how this year's Cup showdown in the minor leagues will play out, here it is. Carl Edwards will win the 2010 Nationwide Series championship. Cup drivers have won the last three Nationwide championships, and there's no reason to think that the interlopers who can't beat Jimmie Johnson on the sport's biggest stage will stop short of a four-peat beating up on the little guys. Brad Keselowski will likely finish second. And Cup drivers will win at least 30 of the 35 races run this season. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Kroger on Track for the Cure 250

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Kroger on Track for the Cure 250

After a night of domination by Kyle Busch last week at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the Kroger on Track for the Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park by contrast was a race that several wheelmen could have won as the lead was swapped by an event record eight drivers. In the last standalone Nationwide event of the year that featured only five Sprint Cup regulars (Carl Edwards, Busch, Matt Kenseth, David Reutimann, and Michael McDowell), this promised to be the best chance for the Nationwide-only guys to grab a win before the end of the season. Brad Keselowski did just that, as he made a breathtaking move to take the lead on the second-to-last restart and kept control of a fish-tailing car coming to the stripe after contact with Busch to capture his fifth win of 2009. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Heluva Good! 200

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Heluva Good! 200

For 198 laps, it was business as usual for Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing, as the No. 18 and No. 20 Toyotas put an absolute smackdown on the NNS field -- combining to lead 195 laps and holding the top two spots when the race’s final green flag restarted the event with two laps to go. Then, it happened. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Sam’s Town 300

The Nationwide Series doesn’t tackle the high banks of Bristol until March 21. Apparently that message didn’t get through to the drivers Saturday. The Sam’s Town 300 opened with four wrecks in the first 28 laps, becoming a demolition derby that featured 12 cautions and two red flags while ending with only ten cars on the lead lap. Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: 75,000 Eye-Openers, Plus 12 More

Nuts for Nationwide: 75,000 Eye-Openers, Plus 12 More

The announced attendance for Saturday’s NNS event was 15,000. 15,000. To put that in perspective, that’s 75,000 empty seats on the frontstretch. DC United of Major League Soccer draws more than 15,000 fans for many of their regular season games. Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC draws more than 15,000 for their Whelen All-American Series races. _Duke football_ draws more than 15,000 fans to the ditch that is Wallace Wade Stadium to watch one of the nation’s lowliest college football programs. Read More »