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Nationwide Series Breakdown: Sam’s Town 300

After an eventful race both on the track and in the pits had removed the day’s fastest cars in Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards from competition, the white flag flew over Brad Keselowski, who appeared ready to shake off two consecutive DNFs and damage incurred in practice Thursday by scoring his first Nationwide win since Gateway last October.

Keselowski’s tires had other plans. A blown Goodyear entering turn 1 coming to the checkers sent the No. 22 Dodge into the fence, leaving the door wide open for Mark Martin, who spent much of the race’s final run saving fuel, to extend his all-time lead in Nationwide wins to 49, holding off Turner Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier coming to the checkered flag. Keselowski, Danica Patrick and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top 5.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Bashas’ Supermarkets 200

If Kyle Busch made it look easy leading 107 of the 150 laps run Friday night en route to winning the Truck Series race at Phoenix, it’s hard to find an appropriate phrase to describe what he did Saturday. Winning the pole and leading every single one of Saturday’s 200 circuits, Busch scored his 44th career Nationwide Series victory while becoming the first driver to lead a Nationwide race from green to checkers since Dale Earnhardt Jr. led all 100 laps at Daytona in July of 2003.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Drive4COPD 300

The year of the Nationwide Series regular, the year that a Nationwide regular will win the championship for the first time since 2005, got started at Daytona on Saturday afternoon. It ended with Tony Stewart in Victory Lane for the fourth consecutive year, and Cup regulars taking half of the top-10 finishing positions. The more things change…

Contradictory to the expectations of most Nationwide Series regulars in the garage earlier this weekend, the two-car tandem drafting that has defined Cup racing at Daytona during Speedweeks again told the tale. JGR teammates Joey Logano and Kyle Busch were staples at the front, as were regulars Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip for much of the event. The only NNS regular able to maintain the two-car pair up front for the majority was Trevor Bayne, moonlighting this weekend in the Wood Brothers No. 21 Cup car.

Nationwide Breakdown: Risk Of A Short Field At Phoenix?

There were plenty of positive stories for the Nationwide Series after a surprising Friday qualifying session. Former champion Clint Bowyer sat on the pole, but behind him came a trio of surprises combined with one familiar name: young Landon Cassill, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Danica Patrick (her best Nationwide qualifying run ever), and Justin Allgaier. With a perfect mix of veterans, two-car tandem drafting and a popular restrictor plate rules package, it’s likely Saturday’s 300-miler will serve as the best event of the weekend.

That’s a good thing, because next week isn’t shaping up too well.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Ford 300 at Homestead

Kyle Busch led seven times for 153 laps to win the Ford 300, his record 13th Nationwide Series victory of the 2010 season and one that clinched the owners’ title for Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch knocked off Kevin Harvick by a few car lengths at the start-finish line. Brad Keselowski finished third, scoring his seventh …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 O’Reilly Challenge at Texas

The suspense! Did Brad Keselowski finish better than 21st at and clinch the Nationwide Series title, two races early, for the fifth consecutive time for Cup interlopers? Yes. And while the cast of characters up front was exactly what Nationwide Series fans have come to expect (Cup regulars made up the top five, with Carl …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond

Brad Keselowski won the spring race at Richmond on a last-lap pass, having to outrace Greg Biffle after dominating the event. This time, Keselowski came within an inch of making another last-lap pass for the win, though he wasn’t the dominant driver this time around. That honor went to Virginia 529 College Savings 250 winner Kevin Harvick, who led 170 circuits en route to scoring his third win of the year.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Great Clips 300 at Atlanta

For all the tire strategy that made Saturday night’s Great Clips 300 both interesting and confusing (at one point Kevin Harvick had the entire field lapped after taking new tires under yellow while the rest of the leaders stayed out), it didn’t pave the way to victory lane. After Brad Keselowski elected to stay out …

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