NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Nuts for Nationwide: Annett’s Anguish, Plus Seven Part-Timers To Watch In 2013

The crop of young talent in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series is deeper than it has been in years. After many years of Cup guys running the show, more teams are taking chances on rookie drivers to lead them on the path to victory — or, at least, some good finishes here and there.

In 2013, three of those drivers — Alex Bowman of RAB Racing, Kyle Larson of Turner Scott Motorsports and Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Parker Kligerman — lead the charge with full-time efforts and established organizations. Count on at least one, if not more of them making it to Victory Lane by season’s end. That’s how good this group is.

Right-Turn Royalty: NASCAR’s Five Current Road Course Aces


For the first time in 2012, the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series will make the necessary right turns that constitute racing at the sport’s road courses this weekend at Sonoma and Road America, respectively.

Although it’s not as prevalent as it once was, there is often talk at such races of drivers called “road course ringers.” These racers are often hired for their prowess on specific tracks, making them sought-after commodities for teams that desperately need good runs at the road courses, especially if a team’s usual driver is unspectacular at road racing and isn’t in the midst of a championship battle, or if the team is teetering near the edge of the coveted top 35 in car owner points.

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