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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Pepsi 300 at Nashville

Expect an announcement in the very near future that Kevin Harvick will be running for a third Nationwide Series crown. Why not? This Saturday in Nashville, his No. 33 was the class of a very stout field in what’s turning into a regular occurrence for 2010. And this time, everything, be it fast pit work …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Scotts Turf Builder 300 at Bristol

In the thick of the chase for the 2008 Nationwide Series title, Brad Keselowski snatched victory from the hands of eventual champion Clint Bowyer under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway, capitalizing on the veteran’s only mistake of the night. On Saturday, the tables were turned; it was the spring race, and it was Keselowski …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas

Despite the best efforts of his pit crew, Kevin Harvick still managed to wheel his way into Las Vegas’s victory lane Saturday, overtaking Denny Hamlin late to score his first win in Sin City since 2004. And if that statement sounds contradictory, it should. Harvick got out front to lead the first lap of the …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Stater Brothers 300 at Fontana

When one thinks of Fontana, chances are they’re not thinking of wild finishes. But in what was an uncharacteristically entertaining race for a track that even Marty Reid admitted was conducive to “freight training” (or maybe ESPN actually did their jobs for once), Kyle Busch turned the tables on teammate Joey Logano. After Logano beat …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Drive4COPD/”Danica” 300 at Daytona

For much of Saturday’s Nationwide Series opener, it was business, or dominance, as usual for the Cup regulars entered in the field. With only Danica Patrick able to draw the attention of TV cameras off the Buschwhackers at the front of the pack, this race looked very much like all Daytona openers in recent memory …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Ford 300 at Homestead

If nothing else, the Ford 300 was certainly a microcosm of the 2009 season. Brad Keselowski and Jason Leffler ran hard with good cars, but not good enough to challenge Carl Edwards or Kyle Busch (though in all fairness, both were also involved in incidents). And as for the two Cup superstars who resigned themselves …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Able Body Labor 200 at Phoenix

Well, no one can accuse Carl Edwards of going down without a fight. With Kyle Busch holding a commanding points lead coming into the two final races of the 2009 season, Edwards drove at Phoenix like he still had a shot. Leading over 100 laps while holding off fellow points challenger Brad Keselowski and a …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 O’Reilly Challenge at Texas

The ESPN crew in the booth on Saturday made the claim that Kyle Busch was on such a rail that they ought to rename Texas Motor Speedway “Kyle Busch Speedway.” That may be a little much, but Busch certainly made his fourth consecutive Nationwide Series victory look easy, leading 179 of the 200 laps run …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Kroger on Track for the Cure 250 at Memphis

After a night of domination by Kyle Busch last week at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the Kroger on Track for the Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park by contrast was a race that several wheelmen could have won as the lead was swapped by an event-record eight drivers. In the last standalone Nationwide event of the …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Dollar General 300 at Charlotte

No twists to this plot. The No. 18 car was the one to beat, it ran on a rail all night long, and Kyle Busch scored what was all but an easy victory on Friday night, leading 137 laps to score his seventh victory of 2009 and end an 11-race winless streak. Though Matt Kenseth …

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