Race Weekend Central

Nuts for Nationwide: 2015 is Ripe for Change

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2014’s NASCAR Nationwide Series season has come and gone, and it’s time to say farewell to Nationwide Insurance – but there needs to be more goodbyes entering a new era for the sport’s second-tier division. After entering the season with high expectations, the series regulars had an abysmal nine victories, with two part-time drivers taking …

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Kevin Harvick and Rodney Childers: A Match Made in Heaven

2014 Homestead CUP Keelan Harvick Kevin Harvick CIA

This week, 13 years ago, one 25-year-old was making history. A week following Dale Earnhardt’s death, this man took the helm of the fabled No. 3 car after completing his first full season in the Nationwide Series. But with limited success in the renumbered No. 29 car in the years following Earnhardt’s passing, this gentleman realized …

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Nationwide Breakdown: Ford EcoBoost 300


The last time that Matt Kenseth won a race was over a year ago. That changed on Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Driving the No. 20 Toyota for the 19th time in 2014, the 2003 Sprint Cup Series champion took home his first victory in any NASCAR division for the first time since Kansas October 2013. …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Chase Elliott Grows from Awesome Bill’s Son to NASCAR Star

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From 1983 until 2003, the Dawsonville Pool Room had quite the workout. And earlier this year, the Pool Room’s roof blasted off a siren that was made famous each time 1988 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bill Elliott won a race. On Saturday afternoon, that siren will go off once again. It might not be …

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The Top Underdog: Richard Childress Racing with Ryan Newman

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He’s the “Rocket Man,” right? That’s what they used to call him. There was a time where he seldom qualified outside of the top 10, and was known for earning the pole position. However, that time has passed, and now this Indiana-native is considered an underdog heading into the final race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup …

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Nationwide Breakdown: DAV 200 Honoring America’s Veterans

2014 Atlanta NNS Chase Elliott cockpit CIA

He started out the year in high school. Now, he is a champion. As an 18-year-old, most don’t focus on winning national championships. But then again, Chase Elliott is definitely not like an 18-year-old. With a fifth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway, he has locked up the NASCAR Nationwide Series champion – becoming the youngest in …

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Brad Keselowski vs. Jeff Gordon: Passion Ignites Fury

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Brad Keselowski might be the next Dale Earnhardt, but then again, he might not be. However, he is raising eyebrows after sparking two major incidents over the past month. Picture it. Green-white-checkered attempt, championship on the line, a hole opens up on the track. Keselowski saw an opportunity open up with only a handful of …

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Nationwide Breakdown: O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge

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The sun was shining at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon for the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ 31st race of 2014. But it was bright as ever on the Monster Energy Toyota after its driver won the Camping World Truck Series event on Friday night and followed it up with another win the next day. Kyle …

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Nuts for Nationwide: A New Chance for Alex Bowman

2014 Michigan II CUP Alex Bowman CIA

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The weekend started with a lot of buzz in the Nationwide Series garage. All eyes were on the No. 5 car, which ended up being the quickest car in practice. However, qualifying didn’t go as well as planned. The race was even worse. But this race is probably one young man’s best of the year. …

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Friday Faceoff: Feuds, Winning & the Dynamic Duo’s Demise?

2014 Martinsville Cup Martin Truex, Jr., Casey Mears, Kasey Kahne, Brian Vickers, More Wreck Credit CIA

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Welcome to Friday Faceoff! What do you get when you take some hot-button NASCAR topics and hand them over to our dedicated and… er, opinionated staff? A little disagreement and a whole lot of thought-provoking insight! Check out this week’s edition to see what everyone is arguing… um, we mean, discussing this week! Martinsville Speedway‘s …

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