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Nationwide Series Breakdown: Dollar General 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Dollar General 300

*In a Nutshell:* The pre-race show spent an hour talking about Toyota dominance in the Nationwide Series, a discussion that ended with ESPN’s "analysts" coming to the conclusion that it wasn’t Toyota causing the problem ... it was Joe Gibbs Racing. Well, whomever's at fault, it seems the rest of the manufacturers have yet to find themselves a solution that'll allow them to remain competitive. JGR dominated a very uneventful race once again Friday night, with *Kyle Busch* leading 101 laps and scoring an easy fifth win of the season in his No. 18 Camry. But JGR didn't just lay waste to the field Friday night... Toyota did. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Winn Dixie 250

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Winn Dixie 250

*In a Nutshell:* Friday night’s race at Daytona was a true barnburner, slowed by only three cautions and run at a near-record pace. Unfortunately, Friday’s race was also as predictable as a TV movie -- with Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas dominating the field. Once the checkered flag flew, it was Denny Hamlin scoring the win, his third in the Nationwide Series for 2008. Hamlin’s victory also marked the ninth of the season for JGR’s No. 20 team, and the 12th win in 18 races for JGR this season in this division. Though Ford and Chevrolet had strong performers in Carl Edwards and JR Motorsports, respectively, in the end the horses under Hamlin’s hood proved to be insurmountable for any challengers -- even for his teammate Kyle Busch, who came home a solid second. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Camping World RV Sales 200

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Camping World RV Sales 200

*In a Nutshell:* The first companion race for the Nationwide Series since Dover was a trip back to reality for Nationwide Series fans, as Cup regulars ran roughshod over the field. Cup drivers scored the first seven finishing positions and eight of the Top 10 spots Saturday, with Tony Stewart scoring a relatively easy win at New Hampshire. Stewart took the lead for good on Lap 136 after Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Carl Edwards had shared the top spot for much of the early part of the race. In the end, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas wound up the class of the field, with Stewart and Kyle Busch (who finished third) combining to lead 138 of 200 laps. Behind them, Greg Biffle wrecked late in the event after starting from the pole but losing the handle on his car in the second half of the race. Mike Bliss was the top finisher of the Nationwide Series regulars, joined only by Brad Keselowski in the Top 10. Between them, Clint Bowyer fell back late and finished ninth, maintaining the series points lead over David Reutimann. Reutimann moved into second, 182 points back, with Brad Keselowski dropping to fourth in the championship standings; however, Keselowski remains the lead Nationwide Series regular in the title chase. Read More »

Nuts for Nationwide: Joey Logano Where He Needs to Be

Nuts for Nationwide: Joey Logano Where He Needs to Be

After Joey Logano convincingly scored his first Nationwide Series win at Kentucky Speedway in only his third series start, talk ignited about when, not if, he should move to the Cup series. While there were plenty of Frontstretch readers out there that stressed the need for Logano to remain in the Nationwide Series for 2009 before making his jump to Cup, I was not one of them. Kentucky had me convinced that should Logano keep putting a hurt on the Nationwide Series field, he could and should be moved to the Cup series next season. After watching this past weekend’s race at Milwaukee, however, I’m going to need to step back from that assertion. I fully confess, I jumped the gun too soon and got caught up in the hype that surrounded the phenom’s first win. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Camping World RV Rental 250

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Camping World RV Rental 250

*In a Nutshell:* Brad Keselowski had the field at Milwaukee covered on Saturday night, leading 145 of the first 171 laps run. That all changed, however, when young phenom Joey Logano slammed into Keselowski in a turn while battling for the lead, caving in the left front fender on Keselowski’s No. 88 Chevrolet. The damage took the handling, and a shot at the win, away from the No. 88. Logano, however, couldn’t hold off a hard-charging Carl Edwards, who bumped Clint Bowyer for the lead late and broke through to score his first Nationwide Series win since Nashville in 2007 in his debut with new crew chief Drew Blickensderfer. Read More »

Home Depot Racing: Michigan Race Report

Stewart and Co. Lock-Up Top-Five at Michigan Home Depot Driver Rises to 11th in Points after LifeLock 400 Date: June 15, 2008 Event: LifeLock 400 (Round 15 of 36) Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Location: Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (2-mile oval) Start/Finish: 12th/5th (Running, completed 203 of 203 laps in a green-white-checkered finish) Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr., of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet) While it may not have been pretty, Tony Stewart and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Team rallied ... Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Meijer 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Meijer 300

*In a Nutshell:* Joe Gibbs Racing scored its tenth win in 16 Nationwide Series races on Saturday night, and this time added a fourth winning driver to its roster. Joey Logano, after scoring his second consecutive pole award, scored his first career Nationwide Series win in convincing fashion, leading five times for 76 laps including the final 54. Logano took the lead for the final time on Lap 147 when he passed teammate Kyle Busch. Busch, who started at the rear of the field after missing qualifying due to running the Truck race at Michigan, rocketed to the front of the field and led 85 laps before wrecking himself late in the running in a single car incident. The win marked the seventh of the season for the No. 20 team and crew chief Dave Rogers. When asked about the talent of his new protege, Rogers said of Logano’s talent “Three starts, two poles, one win. He’s okay.” Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Federated Auto Parts 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Federated Auto Parts 300

*In a Nutshell:* Saturday’s race was dubbed the "Opportunity 300," the first of numerous standalone events for the Nationwide Series this summer -- and a number of drivers took advantage, making runs at their first career wins. But while Joey Logano was untouchable in the early going, and David Stremme ran up front all race long, it was Brad Keselowski in the No. 88 who cashed in, scoring his first career NASCAR victory on the 1.33-mile speedway. Stremme, David Reutimann and Clint Bowyer all stayed out on the track trying to stretch their fuel to the end, but a late race caution allowed Keselowski -- who took four tires later in the race -- to run down the leaders and score JR Motorsports’ second series victory this season. Keselowski was able to celebrate in Victory Lane with much of his family, as brother Brian was also in town after attempting to qualify for Saturday’s event (he spun on his qualifying lap and DNQ’d). Meanwhile, the second leg of a vaunted "tripleheader" weekend didn't go so well for Kyle Busch; he finished three laps down in 20th after dealing with a flat tire. Clint Bowyer’s strong fourth place finish allowed him to retain the series’ points lead, which now stands at 166 points over second place David Reutimann. Read More »

Sliced Bread : Yep, I’m A Believer…

Sliced Bread : Yep, I’m A Believer…

Sport – of whatever flavor or variety you prefer - is littered with cases of unfulfilled promise. Youthful exuberance and unfettered possibility generates unbelievable enthusiasm and expectation, but more often than not, fails to translate to the biggest stage of all. Some prospects freeze in the bright lights, beaten down by the magnitude of the moment. Others were simply not as good as their advanced billing and should never really have been there in the first place. A rookie phenom’s “potential for success” has an ephemeral quality with a fragile will-o-the-wisp consistency. Yes, it could happen and the budding star might become one of the greatest of them all but those cases are, for obvious reasons, rare. Sometimes it does happen as scripted and a kid comes from nowhere to become first a star, then a legend, and finally an icon. More often than not, early promise burns out – snuffed out by a combination of being pushed too fast too early and unrealistic expectations generated by too much hype. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Heluva! Good 200

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Heluva! Good 200

*In a Nutshell:* I might as well write a template for this portion of the Nationwide Series Breakdown. This Saturday Joe Gibbs Racing dominated the NASCAR Nationwide Series X (Heluva! Good 200). Driver X (Denny Hamlin) smoked the field, leading X (131) of X laps (200). Joe Gibbs Racing has now won X (9) of X (14) races in the Nationwide Series this season. Hamlin was, unlike last weekend’s post-race interview, far from provocative in Victory Lane, thanking JGR for taking a chance on him as a development driver four years ago and also thanking the fans that stuck out a three hour rain delay to watch the race. “We’ve got the greatest fans [here] in NASCAR” said Hamlin, as if attempting to quash the angst many fans have demonstrated towards him following his conflict with Brad Keselowski last week at Charlotte. Read More »