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Nuts For Nationwide : New Sponsor, Same Old Issues

If you'll forgive me for going all Jean Girard on you, the first two weeks of the Nationwide Series bring to mind a line from an old French proverb; "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." Or in other words, the more things change the more they stay the same. With a couple of races of the 2008 season now in the books we've already seen a number of issues that have bedeviled the second most popular motorsport in America over the past couple of years; domination of moonlighting Cup drivers, "Start and Park" entrants, incomplete fields and a plethora of sponsor related issues. For the incoming title sponsor, Nationwide, none of these problems can be considered surprises but one thing is for sure, they are issues that are unlikely to go away until they're addressed at the highest level. Results-wise, it's been the Stewart and Busch show with the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers finishing first and second in both races. In Daytona, Stewart led only the final three laps and won by the scant margin of just .259 seconds.

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CJM Racing in Sin City

Jason KellerNo. 11 CJM Racing ChevroletSam’s Town 300Las Vegas Motor SpeedwaySaturday, March 1, 2008    JASON KELLER/ CJM RACING TEAM FAST FACTS:·         This will be the team’s first visit to Las Vegas Motor Speedway since entering into the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS)·         CJM Racing is still searching for a full-time …

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Nationwide Breakdown: Stater Brothers 300

*In a Nutshell*: The Nationwide Series played second fiddle to the Cup series on Monday afternoon, starting their race an hour after the big boys took the checkered flag. That meant that 12 drivers were running almost 700 miles thanks to the delay of the Cup race and the postponement of the Nationwide race. However, it didn't make much difference to Tony Stewart, who ran away with much of the event. Stewart started the race on the outside of the front row because qualifying was rained out and led the first 23 laps before relinquishing the lead to Morgan Shepherd. Yes, Morgan Shepherd. OK, it was on pit stops; but still, Morgan led a lap before he parked his car for the day. From that point on, Stewart regained the lead and wasn't headed except for pit stops. Kyle Busch looked like he might have had a shot at Stewart before the end of the race, but it was not meant to be as whenever Busch would get close, Stewart would just pull away again.

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