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Refusing to Wave the White Flag: A NASCAR Veteran Fights Back

NASCAR in 2010 is about survival of the fittest. Littered amongst the ruins of team owners folding, sponsors fleeing, and pay-to-play rides are hardcore veterans, old dogs being taught new tricks on how to play the field as an underdog. Fighting to simply scrimp and claw their way onto the fringes of series where they …

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2010 Driver Development Already Suffering

What started as a year full of promise for a new crop of development drivers to restore the Nationwide Series to its rightful place as a development league for the future of stock car racing has quickly unraveled. Not surprisingly, John Wes Townley continued his struggles of 2009 even with the backing of Richard Childress …

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A Dream Cut Short: Kelly Bires Latest Casualty of JR Motorsports’ Development

Talk about having the rug pulled out. With the announcement made that Kelly Bires has been terminated at JR Motorsports, the Nationwide Series has seen perhaps it’s most head-scratching driver swap since Mike Bliss got yanked at Phoenix Racing last season, and one of the earliest since, well, Phoenix Racing, fired veteran Jason Keller less …

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5 Reasons Justin Allgaier Can Win the 2010 Nationwide Series Championship

Not since Martin Truex Jr. held off a surging Clint Bowyer to score his second consecutive Nationwide (then Busch Series) title has a regular in the Series actually won the season-ending crown. Continuing a practice that Kevin Harvick made fashionable when he decided to run for a second Nationwide crown, and slaughtered the field doing …

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Back to the Baseline for Specialty Racing

Since returning to the Nationwide Series full-time in 2008, Specialty Racing and their No. 61 team has managed to do what no other team has; to run full-time with no sponsorship. Maximizing every penny of their purse money and exercising fiscal discipline, the team was able to contest the entire 2008 season and the first …

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ESPN Proud to Present the Danica 300 – At the Expense of Everyone Else

Earlier in Speedweeks, when asked by Frontstretch about his network’s planned approach for handling Danica-mania as the Nationwide Series prepared to make its season debut, ESPN’s Vice President of Motorsports, Rich Feinberg, remarked that he found “SPEED’s presentation [of last Saturday’s ARCA race at Daytona] was very balanced.” In short, that means race fans tuning …

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Reed Sorenson Needs Wins to Escape NASCAR Purgatory

Reed Sorenson is running the majority of the Nationwide Series schedule with arguably the best standalone team in the garage. It’s a situation any 24-year-old aspiring racer would dream of – an opportunity to make it to the big time. But Sorenson’s already spent four full years at stock car racing’s highest level. He’s already …

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2010 Nationwide Series Preview

The 2010 Nationwide Series season is upon us, and everyone in the media, every season preview has Carl Edwards finishing first in the points, Brad Keselowski second. Rather than wasting more ink trying to make some profound statement of how this year’s Cup showdown in the minor leagues will play out, here it is. Edwards …

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Like it or Not, the Danica Express is Coming to Save a NASCAR Near You

Well, with Tuesday’s announcement (not broadcast on television, but streamed online at GoDaddy.com) that Danica Patrick will run a limited schedule in the Nationwide Series in 2010, along with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Re/Max and Menards race at Daytona on February 6, the question of whether Danica will try stock cars or not …

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