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Nationwide Breakdown: Chase Elliott Goes Back-To-Back

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Chase Elliott is one of the Nationwide Series young guns who could be unafraid to put the bumper to a Cup driver at Bristol this weekend.

If there was ever a doubt that Chase Elliott was a wheelman, he put it to rest Friday night at that tough old track in Darlington, South Carolina. Elliott charged past Elliott Sadler on the last lap of the VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200 to make it back-to-back Nationwide Series wins. A caution with five …

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Nationwide Breakdown: Larson Hits the Bullseye in California

Close doesn’t cut it for Kyle Larson anymore. After a year-plus of close calls at the Nationwide level, including a second-place finish at Bristol last week the Sprint Cup rookie finally broke through for his first career victory. But this one, Larson would have to earn after fending off two of the sport’s best in …

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Nationwide Breakdown: Aaron’s 312

It’s not often NASCAR races threaten to be called by sunset, especially with many tracks having installed lights. But when an afternoon event is delayed three hours due to rainy weather, these things tend to happen.

Not that Regan Smith probably minds. After NASCAR cut the race by ten laps Saturday, with looming darkness while a late crash by Joey Coulter dragged the event further into black skies, Smith made a daredevil move coming into the tri-oval on the final lap. As he dove to the inside, several cars wrecked behind him, but Smith pulled ahead right at the point of caution, winning the Aaron’s 312(ish).

Nationwide Breakdown: ToyotaCare 250

Brad Keselowski’s 2013 was off to a solid, if unspectacular start; eight races in the Sprint Cup Series had yielded four top fives and seven top 10s, but recent weeks had found him less and less a part of the conversation when it came to victories. Despite entries in every Nationwide Series race to that point, he had only managed two top-5 finishes, while fellow Cup regular Kyle Busch ran away with the majority of the first six races.

Nationwide Breakdown: O’Reilly Auto Parts 300

In a period of five races spanning from April 2008 to April 2010, Kyle Busch was unbeatable in the Nationwide Series at Texas Motor Speedway. In April 2013, the trend potentially began again.

Busch led 91 laps Friday night (April 12) on the way to victory in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. It was his sixth Nationwide victory at the track, the most of any driver in the series, and his third straight win in 2013.

The Las Vegas native continues to impress in his return to Joe Gibbs Racing for his Nationwide entries in 2013, after competing for a year in his own equipment. Busch now has four wins in six races this season, inciting restlessness for fans who have already grown tired of the Cup regular racing and winning in the Nationwide Series.

Nationwide Breakdown: Royal Purple 300

Another Nationwide race, another Kyle Busch victory.

For the third time in five races this season, Busch emerged victorious in the second-tier series, leading 92 laps en route to his 54th career win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. It was a commanding performance from the Las Vegas native, who started from the pole and was substantially challenged by points leader and runner-up Sam Hornish Jr., who added 28 laps led.

His win continues a return to form for Busch, who returned to Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series in 2013 after driving for his own team in 2012. After being unable to secure any sort of win in the series last year, he’s already scored enough victories this year to compensate — and then some.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300

At Bristol Motor Speedway In Bristol, Tennessee On March 16, 2013.

Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the Nationwide Series race on Saturday.

Despite his standing as a highly-touted prospect in the NASCAR ranks, Kyle Larson had a tough start to his rookie season in the Nationwide Series, crashing out of two races (one a spectacular launch into the Daytona catchfence that injured many spectators) and finishing a good-but-not-great 13th in his other event. Saturday at Bristol, Larson …

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