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Nuts for Nationwide: Joe Gibbs, Series Score with Daniel Suarez


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The current young roster of the NASCAR Nationwide Series is brimming with talent – talent that is, it’s a safe bet to say, the future of the sport. Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon, Chris Buescher, Dylan Kwasniewski and many more are already household names as well as the storylines that have begun to read repetitive. Each …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Road Courses, the Land of Opportunity

2014 Road America NNS Alex Tagliani pole credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Goodbye, short tracks. Thanks for the memories. I appreciate what you used to do for NASCAR. However, you’ve been replaced – by road courses, where the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads for the third and final time this weekend. Mid-Ohio will be the center of attention, and most likely, the most-entertaining race of the weekend. Everything …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Chase Elliott Won’t Miss a Beat with New Crew Chief

2014 Chicago NNS Chase Elliott burnout Credit Jonathan Daniel-NASCAR via Getty Images

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Regardless of change, time is on the side of Chase Elliott. The 18-year-old Nationwide Series points leader will lose his crew chief, Greg Ives, following the 2014 season. Ives is set to take the reins for Sprint Cup Series driver – and Elliott’s boss – Dale Earnhardt, Jr., beginning in the 2015 season. The move means …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Nationwide Series at the Brickyard Just Doesn’t Fit

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The Nationwide Series winner at Daytona International Speedway the day before the Daytona 500 doesn’t get a Harley J. Earl trophy. The victor at Darlington Raceway the day before the Southern 500 isn’t rewarded with his name and face emblazoned on the Johnny Mantz trophy. So why the Nationwide Series winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Erik Jones to Make Series Debut

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Erik Jones will make his Nationwide Series debut this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway with Joe Gibbs Racing, and I for one am hoping to see him obliterate the field. I’m talking lead every practice session, qualify on the pole and then go wire-to-wire. After all, he will be driving (practically) a Cup-lite car capable of …

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Nuts for Nationwide: In 2014, It’s JR Motorsports or Nothing

2014 Daytona II NNS Kasey Kahne wins CIA

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The JR Motorsport juggernaut rolls on in 2014, with its latest stop having been the Daytona International Speedway. The team left with another win, making it No. 6 on the season, as well as a 1-2 finish with Kasey Kahne and Regan Smith, and regained the driver point lead with Smith. The further the season …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Here Comes Richard Childress Racing

2014 Kentucky CWTS Richard Childress Austin Dillon CIA

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Should the three Richard Childress Racing drivers make a charge for the Nationwide Series championship in the fall, perhaps they’ll look back at the month of June as their catalyst. It was a month where their cars were in firm control of the series and all three races that were run. Michigan, Road America and …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Brendan Gaughan’s Resurgence

2014 Road America NNS Brendan Gaughan woohoo Credit Jonathan Daniel-Getty Images

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Brendan Gaughan has never been one to mince his words – see the Truck Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2003. Nor does he provide excuses either – there’s something charming about Gaughan admitting in interviews that he sucked or screwed up, in those exact words. The Las Vegas native will tell you flat out …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Ross Chastain Shows He Belongs

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Ross Chastain on track at Michigan. (Credit: CIA)

The NASCAR Nationwide Series and even the Camping World Truck Series are the breeding grounds for those will carry the sport into its future. It’s a series full of fresh faces many are eager to embrace and root for — and Ross Chastain fits the role perfectly, in my opinion. The 21-year-old Chastain burst onto the …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Returns to Scene of One of His Biggest Series Wins

2014 Darlington CUP Dale Earnhardt Jr credit Yvonne Leonard

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Michigan International Speedway isn’t exactly synonymous with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., but it has been the site of a few personal highlights for him. That may continue this weekend when he competes in another Nationwide Series race at the two-mile oval. Saturday is the fourth and final scheduled race for him this season, and one the …

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