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Scott Lagasse Jr.’s Release A Short-Sighted Move, Long-Term Problem for NNS

While Silly Season 2009 has so far been quieter than in years past, it hit the Nationwide Series with full force following race weekend at Gateway. And, frankly, it was one of the more convoluted moves the Series has seen in recent memory. Scott Lagasse Jr., a solid Rookie of the Year contender and a …

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ARCA Racing Background Proving Beneficial to Nationwide Series Regulars

It’s safe to say that Michael McDowell’s limited tenure in the Sprint Cup Series with Michael Waltrip Racing last season was a humbling experience. The same young driver that came as close to stealing the ARCA Re/Max Series crown from Frank Kimmel as any driver had this decade before Justin Allgaier did it last year, …

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Excited About New Driver, Car, Specialty Racing Looking Forward

After Brandon Whitt decided to step down as the driver of the No. 61 Specialty Racing Ford in the Nationwide Series ranks last week, ARCA Re/Max Series standout Matt Carter was tabbed as the team’s new driver. And just as his former ARCA owner, Larry Clement, couldn’t control his enthusiasm about having Carter return to …

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Jeremy Clements: The Untold Story of Nationwide’s Standalone Stretch

Rewind back to last season’s Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Much like last year, Kyle Busch was the talk of the circuit… would he or would he not declare his intent to run for a Nationwide title?

However, on this Saturday one year ago, much like this past Saturday, Busch was absent at Kentucky Speedway only hours before the green, for he was racing a Truck race in Michigan. And with Kentucky qualifying being broadcast and no Kyle Busch to talk about, all the hype centered around Busch’s No. 18 Toyota instead. Who was behind the wheel with Rowdy gone? And would this guy get the No. 18 Toyota into the field? That guy was Jeremy Clements, and he lived up to the hype. After playing it safe on the first lap, Clements posted the seventh-quickest time on the second lap, wowing the broadcast crew and securing a solid pit selection for the No. 18 team.

Nuts for Nationwide: For Series Regulars, The Time is Now

In counting down the days till the start of the 2009 standalone stretch for the Nationwide Series, I find myself constantly thinking back to my favorite time in college, the 2006-2007 football season. The slogan my beloved Demon Deacons took the field with that season was a simple one: The Time Is Now. No more …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Peyton Sellers Ready to Live the Dream, Tackle Lowe’s

There’s no denying it. Any race that runs Charlotte’s crown oval is a very big deal. To any stock car racer from the Southeast, nay, in the country, Lowe’s Motor Speedway truly is a place of significance. And that’s no different for Peyton Sellers, a driver who knows a thing or two about racing in …

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Nuts for Nationwide: In Remembrance of Kevin Grubb

Disregarding the multitude of speculation out there regarding his death, what is known for sure is that the NASCAR community has lost Kevin Grubb, a former Nationwide Series driver. Grubb, 31, was discovered dead in a Richmond, Va.-area hotel, reportedly of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. There has been nothing reported regarding a …

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Nuts for Nationwide: The Heroes of Tomorrow Really Are Racing Today

In an interview I did with Mike Bliss at Charlotte last year, the Nationwide Series veteran gave me one quote that I have never forgotten during my time covering the Nationwide Series. “Sponsors want that brand name, [a] Carl Edwards, to do all the shows. Well, you can find another driver and build another hero.” …

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Nuts for Nationwide: TV Coverage Strangling the NASCAR Nationwide Series

Back when the deal was first announced that ESPN would be returning to NASCAR broadcasting, and would also be giving the Nationwide Series a steady, permanent home, I was absolutely thrilled. What could go wrong here: a network whose Wide World of Sports coverage was largely responsible for NASCAR’s ascension from a niche to a national pastime and a mainstream TV home for NASCAR’s second-tier series? How could I have been so naïve?

Nuts for Nationwide: A Look at the Soon-to-Be Top 30

This weekend’s upcoming race at Texas Motor Speedway will mark the fifth event of the season for the Nationwide Series and the final race before reverting to the 2009 owner points standings to determine who is locked into the field each weekend. Looking at the current standings, there are a number of teams that are all but locks to be in the Top-30 cutoff after Saturday’s 300-miler. Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 16 team, Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18, NEMCO Motorsports’ No. 87 and Braun Racing’s No. 10 are all operations that will likely breath a sigh of relief when they go to qualify at Nashville two weeks from now… because they won’t have to.

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