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Nuts for Nationwide: 5 Fearless Forecasts for Thunder Valley

The Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas saw four of the five full-time Nationwide Series rookie candidate score top-10 finishes. That won’t happen this weekend, but don’t look for this rookie class to end up a blended mess like so many before it have at this treacherous short track. Brendan Gaughan, who’s currently fourth in series points, averaged a top-15 finish in five Truck Series starts at Bristol, including a runner-up performance in August of 2007. And Justin Allgaier is coming off of an ARCA campaign that saw him score top-five finishes in all seven of the series’ short-track events, including three wins.

Nuts for Nationwide: 75,000 Eye-Openers, Plus 12 More

The announced attendance for Saturday’s NNS event was 15,000. 15,000. To put that in perspective, that’s 75,000 empty seats on the frontstretch. DC United of Major League Soccer draws more than 15,000 fans for many of their regular season games. Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. draws more than 15,000 for their Whelen All-American Series races. Duke football draws more than 15,000 fans to the ditch that is Wallace Wade Stadium to watch one of the nation’s lowliest college football programs.

Why Brad Keselowski Can Win the 2009 Nationwide Series Title

The first NASCAR preview magazine that came to the local newsstand was that of The Sporting News. As I read through it, I flipped to the publication’s Nationwide Series preview. Predictably, the lead feature was on the “Sprint Cup Showdown” between Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards that is already being framed as the extent of …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Phoenix Racing Living Up to Its Name, On the Rise Once Again

Phoenix Racing and Johnny Sauter proved a winning combination in 2005. Driving the entire season for James Finch’s No. 1 team, Sauter posted 11 top-10 finishes, including a dominating win from the pole at Milwaukee, en route to finishing 12th in the Busch Series standings. Considering this, few were surprised to see Sauter return to …

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Nuts for Nationwide: NASCAR’s Future is Now at Memphis

Let’s face it. The Chase for the Sprint Cup is over. Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team are on just the latest of their trademark rolls, and coming off a dominant win at Martinsville stand poised to defend another race title at the Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Sure, other guys will contend for …

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Perseverance the Specialty for Doug Taylor, No. 61 Team

Doug Taylor has been doing this for a long time. He fielded his first entry in the Nationwide (then Busch) Series in 1994, and continued racing through the 1998 season. That was a banner year for Taylor as a car owner, as driver Kevin Lepage delivered the then-Doug Taylor Motorsports team a pole at Dover …

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Nuts for Nationwide: Farewell, Team Rensi

The beginning of the 2008 season marked the reunion of one of the most formidable independent teams the now Nationwide Series has seen in recent memory. Though Brian Vickers and his Hendrick Motorsports-backed No. 5 team narrowly captured the 2003 series title, one team managed to win more races that season. That team was the …

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Nuts for Nationwide: 28 Down, 7 to Go in NASCAR’s 2nd Series in 2008

In a sure sign that life moves pretty fast and I’m getting older by the day, we’re down to just seven races to go before the crowning of the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series champion. I feel like it was only yesterday that I wrote a Nuts for Nationwide column entitled 4 down, 31 to go. …

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Nuts for Nationwide: 5 Young Guns That Should Be Full-Time in 2009 Nationwide Series

While Silly Season has been a hot topic on the Cup side for months at a time, RCR’s choice to release Scott Wimmer in favor of Stephen Leicht for 2009 may well mark the start of driver shuffling in the Nationwide Series. As the season begins to wind down and the series finds itself in …

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