Race Weekend Central

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

(Credit: Getty Images)

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

(Credit: Yvonne Leonard)

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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Nuts for Nationwide: Could Chris Buescher Be Primed for a Breakout?

NASCAR drivers often equate racing to a game of high-speed chess. Racing in general, Chris Buescher says, is like a puzzle, and week-by-week teams must figure out not only what pieces are missing, but also which ones do and don’t fit. Buescher’s puzzle is far from complete, but the Roush Fenway Racing driver can now see …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Haven’t You Heard? The Nationwide Series is Back

For those who haven’t been paying attention, or perhaps are still sinking in denial, let me break the news: the NASCAR Nationwide Series is perfectly fine. After years of what has been week-by-week exasperation set around Sprint Cup drivers racing and winning in the lower division, the regulars have stepped their game up already in 2014. Nine …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Virginia Is For Lovers But Richmond Isn’t Always Friendly

at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia on April 26, 2013.

Nelson Piquet, Jr. has felt the feistiness of Richmond, particularly last season.

Short tracks, for some, are the end-all, be-all of motorsports. NASCAR’s own history is rich with these ovals, based all around the country that have played a part in creating its greatest achievements. Everyone loves a good short track. Some yearn for more while others have made it their personal mission in making it known …

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Nuts for Nationwide: A Day in the Life of an Underdog Team

Racing, like any professional sport, builds a season around the successes and the failures. The unsurprising joys from the headliners and the scratching and clawing for every inch from the underdogs. Comers and goers, contenders and pretenders, the have and the have nots. Take your pick; you’ve most likely heard them all. Rarely is there …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Is Trevor Bayne Becoming a Career Underachiever?

It’s easy to say that the novelty of Trevor Bayne has worn off and that the hype and excitement following the 23-year-old Daytona 500 champion is now unwarranted and for some, almost regretted. But looking further, in a day and age where we now compare Nationwide Series drivers against each other while trying to pretend …

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Nuts for Nationwide: New Blood Highlights JR Motorsports’ Return to Form

It was long believed the glory days for JR Motorsports were when Brad Keselowski was going toe-to-toe with the likes of Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin. Keselowski was a fresh-faced and brash kid discovered by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who was looking to make a change to his organization. The pairing came close to winning the …

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