Thursday , October 23 2014
Home / Nationwide (page 32)

Nationwide

Jason Keller Continues to Weather Changes in the Nationwide Series

Jason Keller Continues to Weather Changes in the Nationwide Series

*Bryan Davis Keith: Talk about having to race your way into the field week in and week out. That's got to be an adjustment.* *Jason Keller:* It is. We made a mock qualifying run, and typically you'll stack that up whether you're in the top 10, top 15. Of late, you look where you are, but you're going “that's a go-or-go homer, that's a go-or-go-homer” and you have to gauge where you stack up against those guys. It's a transition, but it's all part of it. We've got ourselves in a pretty good hole, but we just have to try to be smart about it and race two races in practice. You race to go fast, but now every change we make I think to myself how is that going to change what we do in qualifying? Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Bubba Burger 250

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Bubba Burger 250

After winning the pole Friday afternoon, Kyle Busch quipped that he would lead a lot of laps under the lights at Richmond... assuming that Brad Keselowski didn't take him out. Keselowski didn't have to. In one of the most dominating performances the Nationwide Series has seen from a non-JGR car in recent memory, Keselowski led 189 circuits en route to his second consecutive victory, the eighth of his career and a triumph that allowed him to extend his lead in the season-long point standings. And while on the stat sheet it was a resounding run that had Lee Montgomery tweeting constantly about a boredom-inducing race, a late caution after Paul Menard cut a tire in turn 1 nearly robbed the No. 22 team of their winning trophy. Read More »

2010 Driver Development Already Suffering

2010 Driver Development Already Suffering

What started as a year full of promise for a new crop of development drivers to restore the Nationwide Series to its rightful place as a development league for the future of stock car racing has quickly unraveled. Not surprisingly, John Wes Townley continued his struggles of 2009, even with the backing of Richard Childress Racing, and now both his future with that team, and in the sport in general, hangs in indefinite hiatus. But it was a shocker to see Kelly Bires, the hottest Nationwide prospect of 2009, booted from his seat at JR Motorsports after less than 10 starts with the No. 88 team...and only one finish outside the top 20. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Aaron’s 312

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Aaron’s 312

One year ago, Brad Keselowski shocked the stock car world, winning the Sprint Cup race at Talladega as a Nationwide Series regular. This year was a case of role reversal; but when all was said and done, he was back in Victory Lane, scoring his first NASCAR win since making the move to Penske Racing. Keselowski was looking to face another side-by-side dash to the finish line when contact between Jamie McMurray and Clint Bowyer triggered a nasty 10+-car wreck coming to the checkers, an incident highlighted by Dennis Setzer's No. 92 Dodge going airborne into the catchfence in turn 4. That caused extensive damage to the fencing structure; however, it withstood the impact and kept the airborne car on the racing surface. Read More »

Reality Of Small-Time Racing Setting In For Eric McClure

Reality Of Small-Time Racing Setting In For Eric McClure

Back when I spoke to Eric McClure prior to the season opener at Daytona, he was convinced that for the all the economic turmoil facing the Nationwide Series in 2010, that the battle for a spot in the top-30, and a locked-in spot in the NNS field, would be even more competitive than it was in 2009. Turns out, he was right. A number of full-time operations from 2009, including the No. 26 team of K Automotive and the No. 61 team of Specialty Racing have already fallen outside of the top 30 only seven events into 2010, with a number of others barely hanging on. McClure's team is one of them. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: O’Reilly 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: O’Reilly 300

It was business as usual at Texas Motor Speedway Monday. Despite Joey Logano's best efforts, Kyle Busch was able to charge to the lead on a late-race restart after dominating the late afternoon, scoring his third Nationwide Series win of 2010 and his fifth at Texas. Busch was unchallenged for much of the event, with only teammate Logano providing any serious chase; the two JGR drivers led all but 14 of the laps run. Despite having run 500 miles in their Cup cars less than an hour prior to the drop of the green Monday, "Buschwhackers" dominated Monday's show, scoring eight of the top-10 starting positions. Brad Keselowski and Paul Menard, who are both running for the 2010 NNS crown, each notched top-10 finishes of fourth and tenth, respectively. Read More »

A Dream Cut Short: Bires Becomes Latest Casualty of JR Motorsports’ Development

A Dream Cut Short: Bires Becomes Latest Casualty of JR Motorsports’ Development

Talk about having the rug pulled out. With the announcement made that Kelly Bires has been terminated at JR Motorsports, the Nationwide Series has seen perhaps it's most head-scratching driver swap since Mike Bliss got yanked at Phoenix Racing last season, and one of the earliest since, well, Phoenix Racing, fired veteran Jason Keller less than a quarter of the way into the 2006 season, and last season's hottest NNS prospect is off ride hunting again. It's hard to fathom why JR Motorsports was so quick to pull the trigger here. Because while the No. 88 team is no stranger to removing development drivers from the seat quickly, this one tops them all. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Bashas Supermarkets 200

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Bashas Supermarkets 200

When it's your night, it's your night. Friday night was Kyle Busch's night...though he certainly made it interesting. Busch led all but 14 of the first 136 laps, until he lost the lead to Brad Keselowski after trying to throw the No. 22 Dodge off on a restart. Busch's move backfired; not only did he lose the lead to Keselowski, the ragged start triggered a massive 10+ car pileup that took out a number of contending cars. What's more, on the ensuing start following that melee, Busch jumped the drop of the green flag and had to serve a pass-through penalty. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Pepsi 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Pepsi 300

Expect an announcement in the very near future that Kevin Harvick will be running for a third Nationwide Series crown. Why not? This Saturday in Nashville, his No. 33 was the class of a very stout field in what's turning into a regular occurrence for 2010. And this time, everything, be it fast pit work or a two-tire gamble during the race's final cycle of stops, went just right for the Kevin Harvick, Inc. operation. Harvick stormed to his second win in the last three Nationwide Series events, holding off a hard-charging Reed Sorenson by a matter of car lengths. Read More »

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 »