Race Weekend Central

Nationwide Series the Real Winner at Texas – At Least for 1 Day

The irony is so thick, you couldn’t cut it with a knife. This weekend at Texas Motor Speedway will likely mark the culmination of a Nationwide Series season that has seen problem after problem for NASCAR’s AAA ranks manifest itself and run wild. Fans of the series have seen Cup regulars win all but two …

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Nuts for Nationwide: The Top-10 Moments of the 2010 Season… 2 Weeks Early

With Brad Keselowski set to end the Nationwide Series season two races early, it only seems fitting that this week be the one that Frontstretch recaps the top-10 moments that Nationwide Series regulars (and semi-regulars) have enjoyed this season (with Morgan Shepherd’s dump move on Danica Patrick at Loudon just narrowly missing the cut). 10. …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Minutes Running Out for Justin Allgaier

It’s been a career year for Justin Allgaier. His first career top 10 on a road course came at Montreal. His first win came at Bristol in the spring. And he’s by far the leading Nationwide Series regular in the points. If a fan hadn’t been following the Nationwide Series since 2005, it would perhaps …

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For Eric McClure, Maximizing Off-Track Success Means On-Track Limitations

Eric McClure has fast learned that life outside the top 30 is much different. “It’s agonizing,” says McClure of his current situation, “because we’re trying to qualify against guys who are professional qualifiers. They’re here to run and park, so anything can happen. Case in point, Bristol and Iowa. We were plenty fast enough to …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Fast Forward to 2011… & a Real Nationwide Series Title Battle

On NASCAR’s midweek teleconference was Nationwide Series points leader Brad Keselowski, and surprisingly his current exploitation of the Nationwide Series with Carl and Friends highlighted the session. When asked about the rumors swirling that the Nationwide Series will undergo alterations for the 2011 season, especially with regard to Cup driver participation, Keselowski acknowledged that big …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Put the Road Courses on Hiatus for 2011

On the surface, it sounds great. And it’s a move that I fully supported, the return of road-course racing to the Nationwide Series back in 2005. Road-course racing certainly is a motorsports discipline, and one that for the sake of diversity has a place on a national touring series schedule. With regard to the Nationwide …

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A Rudderless Nationwide Series Adrift Once Again

Throw Danica Patrick and her marketing machine from the train. This should have been the weekend for the NASCAR Nationwide Series to bask in the spotlight, to sell itself to fans new and old alike. This weekend marks the return to O’Reilly Raceway Park, one of the most underrated venues that NASCAR’s national series travels …

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Danica Can’t Save the Nationwide Series, No Matter How Much NASCAR Wants It

She’s back. The biggest name in IndyCar racing, the anointed savior of the Nationwide Series, Ms. Danica Patrick will make her fourth start in NASCAR’s AAA division this coming weekend, with no need to worry about qualifying (a big pat on the back for Scott Wimmer, Josh Wise, Landon Cassill, Steve Arpin and all those …

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The Other Keselowski, The Other Side of the Garage

I stopped by Brian Keselowski‘s hauler at Richmond International Raceway last month to ask about why his third car, the No. 96, had been withdrawn from the Nationwide Series entry list that weekend. The answer was not what I expected. “Couldn’t get it done in time,” quipped Keselowski. “It’s sitting on the trailer outside, but …

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Despite Sponsorship Woes, Potential There for Baker/Curb Resurgence to Continue

Greg Biffle put the chrome horn to Joey Logano and came awful close to holding off a hard-charging Kyle Busch before finishing second in the Nationwide Series’ second race of the year at Fontana back in February. Not too far behind, Scott Lagasse Jr. drove the No. 43 car, a team that only weeks before did …

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