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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Kroger on Track for the Cure 250 at Memphis

In a Nutshell: On lap 29, a handful of drivers came in for fresh tires and adjustments at Memphis… and it turns out that made all the difference. A caution on lap 126 after over 90 laps of green-flag racing left less than 10 cars on the lead lap, including Carl Edwards, whose No. 60 …

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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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Did You Notice? Who’s Making Fans Turn Away, Why Martinsville’s Lost & Marc Davis Debuts

Did You Notice? NASCAR’s TV ratings at Martinsville were down significantly this weekend, an overnight 2.9 as compared to a 3.3 in 2007? That low rating isn’t going to do the Virginia track any favors when it comes to whether it keeps a second date beyond the 2009 Cup season. Personally, it’s one of my …

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Rumors, Superspeedways & Looking Ahead

A lot has happened since the last time I talked to all of you. I have had a lot of exciting things happen. I’ve had some controversial things; I’ve had a bone thrown to me. I think the most controversial thing that’s happened is – I write a little blog for Speedtv.com and the article …

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The Yellow Stripe: Sizing Up the Standings, What’s Left to Decide in 2008 for NASCAR’s Top-3 Series

And then there were five. There are just 33 days left (and 14 races across all three series) in the 2008 NASCAR season, and we’re getting inexorably closer to the time of year the prizes are handed out. So, with a little over a month left in the season, let’s take a look at where …

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10 Points to Ponder… After the 2008 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

1. Unrest in Detroit – It is being heavily rumored that talks have taken place between Chrysler and General Motors involving GM acquiring Chrysler’s automotive manufacturing business. Also, the Wall Street Journal has reported that the idea of a Ford/GM merger has likewise been bandied about. If the deal goes through, there’s no telling what …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Dollar General 300 at Charlotte

In a Nutshell: Joey Logano made a strong bid early, but Kyle Busch again dominated the Nationwide Series field, leading 137 laps to score a relatively easy win in Friday’s Dollar General 300 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Busch was briefly challenged in the race’s final laps by Jeff Burton, who, unlike the other leaders, opted …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Is There a Talladega Curse?

Some drivers dread going to NASCAR’s fastest track for more reasons than one these days. But there’s one concern you might not have heard of, an issue that goes beyond the dangers posed by modern-day restrictor-plate racing – and proves far more difficult to fix. The truthfulness of the legend of the Talladega Curse is …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas

In a Nutshell: For the first half of the race, it looked as if the Nationwide Series may have a different storyline to follow, as Kevin Harvick led 88 of the first 93 laps and appeared to be poised to score his first career series win in his own equipment. However, a lengthy pit stop …

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