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Beyond the Cockpit: Mike Bliss on Nationwide’s Future & His Own

In the midst of another year of Cup domination in the Nationwide Series, former Cup driver Mike Bliss has put together some impressive credentials. Despite running for two different teams, the 43-year-old veteran is the second-highest Nationwide-only regular in the standings, with 14 top-10 finishes in 33 starts to land himself fifth in points, 567 …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 O’Reilly Challenge at Texas

In a Nutshell: The results at Texas Motor Speedway were exactly what anyone who’s followed the Nationwide Series in 2008 would expect. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Toyotas were untouchable. Cup regulars dominated the finishing order, taking six of the top-eight finishing positions. And Kyle Busch led early and often, leading 174 of 200 laps to score …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Kroger on Track for the Cure 250 at Memphis

In a Nutshell: On lap 29, a handful of drivers came in for fresh tires and adjustments at Memphis… and it turns out that made all the difference. A caution on lap 126 after over 90 laps of green-flag racing left less than 10 cars on the lead lap, including Carl Edwards, whose No. 60 …

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Nuts for Nationwide: NASCAR’s Future is Now at Memphis

Let’s face it. The Chase for the Sprint Cup is over. Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team are on just the latest of their trademark rolls, and coming off a dominant win at Martinsville stand poised to defend another race title at the Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Sure, other guys will contend for …

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Perseverance the Specialty for Doug Taylor, No. 61 Team

Doug Taylor has been doing this for a long time. He fielded his first entry in the Nationwide (then Busch) Series in 1994, and continued racing through the 1998 season. That was a banner year for Taylor as a car owner, as driver Kevin Lepage delivered the then-Doug Taylor Motorsports team a pole at Dover …

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Kevin Harvick Too Impatient for Driver, Team Development?

At the start of the 2008 season, the Craftsman Truck Series was bracing itself for the emergence of a super-team. Fresh off the 2007 title, three-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr. was joined by his only peer… three-time champion Jack Sprague. 20 races later, the super-team is no more. After what both Sprague and owner Kevin …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Dollar General 300 at Charlotte

In a Nutshell: Joey Logano made a strong bid early, but Kyle Busch again dominated the Nationwide Series field, leading 137 laps to score a relatively easy win in Friday’s Dollar General 300 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Busch was briefly challenged in the race’s final laps by Jeff Burton, who, unlike the other leaders, opted …

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Jeff Burton a Title Contender to Some, a Man of Character to All

CONCORD, N.C. – As the first press conferences of the day from Lowe’s Motor Speedway unfolded, no one was surprised to hear the recent controversies of Talladega repeatedly mentioned. Be it the yellow line pass of Regan Smith or Carl Edwards’s bump-draft that took out two fellow Roushketeers, there was certainly plenty to ask about …

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Dues Paid, Brad Keselowski Ready for His Cup Debut

CONCORD, N.C. – A lot of drivers who have made it to the upper levels of NASCAR today have no idea what driving a subpar ride feels like. Brad Keselowski is not one of those wheelmen. Before scoring his big break with JR Motorsports, Keselowski’s rides at the top of NASCAR consisted of a family-owned …

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2008 Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Gives Us Everything Right, Wrong with NASCAR Today

Say what you will about restrictor-plate racing. When NASCAR’s best strap the plates on their cars and proceed to race 500 miles in 20-plus car packs at nearly 200 mph, there is hardly a sporting spectacle in the world that can hold a candle to it. The annual races at Talladega always provide tons of …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas

In a Nutshell: For the first half of the race, it looked as if the Nationwide Series may have a different storyline to follow, as Kevin Harvick led 88 of the first 93 laps and appeared to be poised to score his first career series win in his own equipment. However, a lengthy pit stop …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Farewell, Team Rensi

The beginning of the 2008 season marked the reunion of one of the most formidable independent teams the now Nationwide Series has seen in recent memory. Though Brian Vickers and his Hendrick Motorsports-backed No. 5 team narrowly captured the 2003 series title, one team managed to win more races that season. That team was the …

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