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Nuts For Nationwide: 4 Down, 31 to Go in 2008

Drivers from NASCAR's top echelon have made almost exactly a third of the total available starts (58 of 172) in Nationwide races this year and, perhaps unsurprisingly, they've picked up all the prizes on offer so far. Tony Stewart (Daytona, California), Mark Martin (Vegas) and Matt Kenseth (Atlanta) have accounted for the wins while Stewart (Daytona), Jeff Burton (California, Atlanta) and Brian Vickers (Vegas) have vacuumed up the pole positions. For Martin, it was an all-time series best 48th victory, the next nearest being Kevin Harvick with 32 wins; for Kenseth it was win number 24, moving him into a tie for fifth place on the all-time wins list with Tommy Houston.

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Nuts For Nationwide: New Sponsor, Same Old Issues

If you'll forgive me for going all Jean Girard on you, the first two weeks of the Nationwide Series bring to mind a line from an old French proverb; "Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose." Or in other words, the more things change the more they stay the same. With a couple of races of the 2008 season now in the books, we've already seen a number of issues that have bedeviled the second most popular motorsport in America over the past couple of years; domination of moonlighting Cup drivers, "start-and-park" entrants, incomplete fields and a plethora of sponsor related issues. For the incoming title sponsor, Nationwide, none of these problems can be considered surprises but one thing is for sure, they are issues that are unlikely to go away until they're addressed at the highest level.

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Nuts For Nationwide: 2008 Series Preview, Part I

It's all change as the second-most popular racing series in America gears up for another three country, 26-track, 35-race marathon. One of the biggest adjustments this season is the change in title sponsor. After 26 years, the Busch brand is bowing out with Nationwide Insurance signing on the dotted line for the next seven years. The incoming insurance giant will pony up a reported $70 million with their deal set to run concurrently with the TV package through 2013. That sort of money isn't exactly chump change and you can be certain Nationwide will be seeking a substantial return on their investment, if not in the immediate future then certainly as the sponsorship plays out across the next seven years.

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Bye-Bye, Busch Series: Paying Tribute To One Of NASCAR’s Loyal Sponsors

25 years ago, Anheuser-Busch decided to take a chance and put their backing behind a newly branded series that NASCAR was debuting. At the time, the Late Model Sportsman Division was undergoing major changes - changes that would ultimately turn the series into the second-most popular brand of NASCAR product. After much negotiation, the Busch Series was formed; and over time, the division was shaped to become the number one minor league feeder system for Nextel Cup veterans. However, there is no underestimating its place in history, especially the longterm contribution that Anheuser-Busch made by being the name on the series throughout the last 25 years.

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NASCAR’s Busch Series: Fix the Points System, Please!

If I were to ask if the NASCAR Busch Series were in need of some sort of a points system change, the answers I would get would probably range from 'hell no!' to 'well duh!' Kevin Harvick clinched the 2006 championship with a ninth-place finish in the Dollar General 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, four weeks prior to the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and Carl Edwards is well on his way to doing the same with the 2007 championship. There has got to be something NASCAR can do to make these points races a little less boring.

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Brad Keselowski, JR Motorsports May Be Perfect Match

Every once in a while in racing you see that perfect match - a struggling driver or team turning the corner when surrounded by the right people. Teams often swap crew chiefs within its own organization in an effort to jumpstart poor performance, but beginning this week at Chicagoland, it will be both a young driver and a struggling race team depending on each other to live up to their respective expectations in the Busch Series.

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The Busch Series: Cup Lite?

Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick. Hmm, where have we seen these names before? They've all been through the Busch Series the first time, but they've come back for more. Why?

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Best of Cami Starr: David Gilliland A Feel Good Story For The Busch Series

Sometimes thinking of a topic for this column is as hard as getting going in the morning without a jolt of caffeine. So as I watched the truck race last Saturday afternoon, I was cheering for Johnny Benson as he battled for his first Craftsman Truck Series victory. Not only because he is a good guy and became the 17th driver to win in all three of NASCAR's top series, but because it would make a good Second Fiddle topic, much better than another Mark Martin win.

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Best of Toni Heffelfinger: Jason Keller’s Future Looks Bleak, And So Does Support For Busch Series Rookies

I gave the Buschwhackers a rest the last time I took my turn for Second Fiddle, but it looks like I need to revisit the subject again. This time around, though, I have a few other observations on things going on in the Busch Series, specifically concerning Jason Keller, Busch Series veterans, Busch Series rookies, and the fans.

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