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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Pepsi 300 at Nashville

The last 60 laps then saw Scott Wimmer slowly run down Clint Bowyer, finally making the pass for the lead with 21 laps to go. Wimmer, along with the rest of the race leaders, drove "with an egg under the throttle," saving fuel to the finish to lock up the win for the No. 29 Chevrolet. Wimmer's victory was the first for a Nationwide Series regular this season. It was also the Wisconsin driver's first triumph since July of 2003 at Pikes Peak, as well as his first since aligning with Richard Childress Racing following the 2006 season.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Sharpie Mini 300 at Bristol

Considered a preseason favorite for the Nationwide Series championship, Clint Bowyer officially established himself as a contender on Saturday. With a little bit of luck and a whole lot of skill, the driver of the No. 2 Chevrolet led 122 of 171 laps run to score the win in the rain-shortened Sharpie Mini 300 at Bristol. A jubilant Bowyer said afterwards, "It feels awesome [to be in Victory Lane]. I'll take it any way you can get it."

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Nicorette 300 at Atlanta

Until Kyle Busch blew a right-front tire with less than 30 laps to go, Matt Kenseth and the rest of the Nationwide Series field were racing for second place behind Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 20 Chevrolet. But Busch, who led over 150 laps, suffered his second tire failure in as many weeks -- setting the stage for a late-race shootout among several other Cup drivers moonlighting in the series. In the end, Kenseth was able to hold off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick through a green/white/checker finish at Atlanta to score his 24th career Nationwide Series win.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas

The old adage that the front of the pack is the safest place on the track did not hold true on Saturday. Mark Martin, chasing down the leaders with five laps to go, got into the back of Carl Edwards, taking out both Edwards and then-race leader Brad Keselowski to win his 48th career Nationwide Series race. Martin was subdued in Victory Lane, stating "I've got to apologize before we do any celebrating. I hate for that to happen. I didn't intend for it to turn out that way. But I couldn't stop it, once it started. I feel real bad for Brad, because he was so close to getting his first victory." Nonetheless, Martin proclaimed himself honored to drive for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and for giving JR Motorsports their first victory on the Nationwide Series tour.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Stater Brothers 300 at Fontana

The Nationwide Series played second fiddle to the Cup series on Monday afternoon, starting their race an hour after the big boys took the checkered flag. That meant that 12 drivers were running almost 700 miles thanks to the delay of the Cup race and the postponement of the Nationwide race. However, it didn't make much difference to Tony Stewart, who ran away with much of the event.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Camping World 300 at Daytona

The NASCAR Nationwide Series remained "Cup Light" in its opening race, with Tony Stewart taking the checkered flag as one of nine Sprint Cup regulars to finish in the top 10 in Saturday's Camping World 300. Stewart, the first polesitter to win the race in over two decades, showcased Toyota's newfound horsepower convincingly, proving absolutely impossible to pass over the last third of the race. Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr. and Brian Vickers all mounted furious charges, but no one had enough steam to pass Stewart's No. 20. "This Toyota was unreal," said an ecstatic Stewart in victory lane after leading 46 of 120 laps.

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2007 Driver Review: Juan Pablo Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya got his first NASCAR victory in just his third week of the season - when the Busch Series visited Mexico City. No matter what camp you were in, you had to think he'd be a threat on the road courses, and Montoya proved that theory correct when he followed up that victory with a Nextel Cup road-course win at Infineon Raceway in June.

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: NASCAR On the Right Track With Penalties

Penalties, penalties everywhere at Daytona. NASCAR handed down a total of five of them on Tuesday and Wednesday, the most severe coming late Wednesday afternoon when the sanctioning body announced a penalty against the team of driver Michael Waltrip following a strange substance in the intake manifold in both pre- and post-qualifying inspection. NASCAR confiscated the Toyota Camry, and when the substance appeared a third time, levied suspensions, point fines, and a monetary fine on crew chief David Hyder. Also on Tuesday, four crew chiefs were suspended for unapproved aerodynamic modifications, including all three top wrenches for Evernham Motorsports. Rodney Childers (Scott Riggs) and Josh Browne (Elliott Sadler) were suspended for two races and fined $25,000. In addition, both drivers and Evernham lost 25 owner/driver points for violations found prior to qualifying.

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