NASCAR Race Weekend Central

5 Points to Ponder: Nationwide’s 1st Leg

With the Nationwide Series set for a lengthy layoff following the weekend’s race in Las Vegas, the third race of the 2010 season will go a very long way in determining the direction of the season for just about everyone. There’s countless stories to watch for, regardless of how narrowly ESPN insists on framing its …

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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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Beyond the Cockpit: Straight Talk From Justin Allgaier on Penske, Nationwide

Following an ARCA Racing championship in 2008 and Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2009, Penske Racing driver Justin Allgaier enters the 2010 campaign looking for another award-winning year after a sixth-place points effort last season. With a career-best finish in Daytona (fourth), a first career win doesn’t seem too far away – …

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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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A Look Back: The Top 10 NNS Performances of 2009

Anyone that’s read my Nationwide Series coverage over the course of the 2009 season knows full well that it’s been hard for me to find positive things to say. And as hard as I have tried to come up with some insightful concluding words to head into the off season by, I instead decided to …

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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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Wrong Price, Wrong Time for Nationwide Series CoT

On paper, there’s a lot of things that sound great. Take healthcare reform, for instance. Who in their right mind would argue that covering more people while lowering costs for everyone out there is a bad thing? No one. But, as anyone that reads anything not featured on CNN or HealthReform.gov knows very well, alongside …

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Did You Notice? Driver Development Busts, Ridiculous Race Names & Why Restarts Are Crazy

Did You Notice? How so many race names this year have turned into the equivalent of a tongue twister on crack? It’s bad enough to listen to drivers in victory lane not talk about the race before they have to thank their “sponsors A,B, C… even that Z thingee on the rear quarterpanel who somehow …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas

After Steve Wallace and Kyle Busch tangled on pit road last season following the spring race at Richmond, Wallace was soon after seen sporting a t-shirt that depicted him grabbing the M&M’s driver by the horns. It was a reference to the incident where Wallace grabbed the face of Busch’s helmet. Well, he must have …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Degree V12 300 at Atlanta

In 2009, Kevin Harvick has seldom, if ever, resembled the championship-contending driver that he has been on the Sprint Cup circuit in years past. But on Saturday night, driving his own No. 33 car, the Harvick of old was alive and well. With Cup stars Kyle Busch and Jeff Burton, as well as the JR …

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