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Nuts for Nationwide: Regan Smith’s 2015 Could Be His Most Important Year Yet

Nuts for Nationwide: Regan Smith’s 2015 Could Be His Most Important Year Yet

Silly season might not have been silly enough for Regan Smith. But that’s OK – for now. Smith, 31, just signed a one-year extension with JR Motorsports to drive the No. 7 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series again in 2015. Next year will mark his third consecutive season with the organization after getting the boot with Furniture Row Racing in the Sprint Cup Series when it chose 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch to replace him. Returning to ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: The Need For NASCAR TV To Delve Deeper

Couch Potato Tuesday: The Need For NASCAR TV To Delve Deeper

So, big news: Kansas Speedway’s NASCAR races were nowhere near as irritating TV-wise as Dover was. It feels great to not want to rip your hair out, doesn’t it? Of course, everyone can see my headshot to the right of the article. I don’t have that much to rip out. However, just because I stated that I don’t want to rip my hair out this week doesn’t mean that ESPN was perfect in the Heartland as it broadcast two different ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Kansas Lottery 300

Nationwide Breakdown: Kansas Lottery 300

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or not. While seeing Kyle Busch win a NASCAR Nationwide Series race isn’t necessarily unusual, Busch winning at Kansas is more of a rarity. Though Busch does have a Nationwide Series victory at the track from back in 2007, a variety of bad luck and poor performance in both NNS and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition has turned Busch’s relationship with Kansas Speedway into a rather contentious one. While Busch ... Read More »

Did You Notice? … One Saving Grace That Lies Ahead

Did You Notice? … One Saving Grace That Lies Ahead

Did You Notice? … How much of a crapshoot Talladega makes the next round of this Chase? No one has an advantage on paper entering this three-race sprint as all 12 drivers are tied for the point lead. That means it’s nearly impossible to create a 47-point cushion, locking yourself into the next round before the closest thing NASCAR has to Russian Roulette. No one, not even the red hot Kevin Harvick, was able to create such a cushion in ... Read More »

Pace Laps: Dover Downer, Elliott’s Excellence, Crafton’s Consistency and More

Pace Laps: Dover Downer, Elliott’s Excellence, Crafton’s Consistency and More

Sprint Cup Series:  Dover Downer - After the excitement of the first two races of the reborn Chase, Dover produced a race that didn’t follow the script.  Rather than being a hard-charging affair, with the four drivers positioned to lose out racing like madmen, it seemed like everyone did his best to log laps, not make a mistake, and do what was needed to bring a car home in one piece. Perhaps Dover isn’t quite the track to make wild moves, ... Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Dover 200

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Dover 200

After Joey Logano dominated much of the first half of the Dover 200, Kyle Busch would assume control after a pit stop with around 100 laps to go and would never look back leading the final 101 circuits en route to his fifth Nationwide Series win of 2014 and the 68th of his career. Busch comfortably held off Logano by 2.546 seconds at the checkers. Nationwide Series points leader Chase Elliott finished third, Roush Fenway’s rising star Chris Buescher finished ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky

Nationwide Breakdown: VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky

Underdogs have a way of hitting emotions. Brendan Gaughan was the underdog of underdogs on Saturday evening. After Ty Dillon dominated much of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway, multiple late-race cautions gave his Richard Childress Racing teammate the advantage. Gaughan, 39, running his first full year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series since 2010, visited to Victory Lane for the first time on an oval in NASCAR’s second-tier division. Dillon led 156 of the 200 laps, but the driver of the ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: Narrow Focus on Chase Hopefuls Hurts ESPN

Couch Potato Tuesday: Narrow Focus on Chase Hopefuls Hurts ESPN

The Chase was the name of the game last weekend, which is probably how things should be. After all, regardless of one’s opinion of NASCAR’s playoffs, it’s certainly the focal point of the next 10 races, meaning the lead-in is just as important when it comes to determining who gets to play and who’s left out in the cold. But while that emphasis shone through on much of ESPN’s Sprint Cup Series coverage this weekend, one story in particular has ... Read More »

Nationwide Breakdown: Virginia529 College Savings 250

Nationwide Breakdown: Virginia529 College Savings 250

No one or nothing could stop Kyle Busch on Friday evening. After multiple races full of disappointment, Busch set sail at Richmond International Raceway for the Virginia529 College Savings 250. Leading each of the 250 laps, he won his 67th career Nationwide Series event. Busch held off Chase Elliott late in the race, but he was no contest for the driver of the No. 54 car. None of the other 39 drivers came close to him throughout the race as ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: The Lack of Negativity Surrounding Tony Stewart’s Return Was Refreshing

NASCAR Mailbox: The Lack of Negativity Surrounding Tony Stewart’s Return Was Refreshing

Tony Stewart’s return to NASCAR was a story that wasn’t just a big deal to the NASCAR community. It was a big deal to a lot of people who rarely pay attention to the sport, if ever. Mainstream news organizations were present at Atlanta Motor Speedway, from Friday afternoon when Stewart made his first public statement since the tragic accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, all the way through until Sunday night when Stewart’s race ended in the garage area. While I ... Read More »