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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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A Look Back: The Top 10 NNS Performances of 2009

Anyone that’s read my Nationwide Series coverage over the course of the 2009 season knows full well that it’s been hard for me to find positive things to say. And as hard as I have tried to come up with some insightful concluding words to head into the off season by, I instead decided to …

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Wrong Price, Wrong Time for Nationwide Series CoT

On paper, there’s a lot of things that sound great. Take healthcare reform, for instance. Who in their right mind would argue that covering more people while lowering costs for everyone out there is a bad thing? No one. But, as anyone that reads anything not featured on CNN or HealthReform.gov knows very well, alongside …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Did You Notice? Nationwide Series Ponderings

Did You Notice? The absolute mess that the Top-30 rule has made of the Nationwide Series field? Fans saw these problems as early as, well, the last time the Nationwide Series hit Fontana, when the failure of the No. 5 team to show locked MSRP Motorsports’ No. 90 car into the field. Later that weekend in qualifying, despite outrunning that same No. 90 car, the full-time No. 40 team of Key Motorsports got sent home in favor of a perpetual start-and-park.

For Matt Carter, Specialty Racing, It’s All About Staying Power

The most recent Nationwide Series race at Richmond saw the Specialty Racing team involved in its worst on-track incident since Kevin Lepage merged into oncoming traffic at Talladega last April. With start-and-parker Johnny Chapman quickly dropping through the field, the accordion effect kicked in, triggering a crash that collected both the team’s No. 61 car …

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For JC Stout, Start-and-Park is Seat Time

2009 saw JC Stout, a part-time Truck Series competitor, take his own Stellar-Quest Racing operation to the Nationwide ranks. And, as Frontstretch‘s own Mike Neff chronicled at Charlotte, the team got off to a surprisingly good start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Competing against one of the deepest fields the Nationwide Series has seen this season …

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