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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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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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Start & Park Doing Nothing for NASCAR, & It’s Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

As the 2009 season concludes, we’re faced with an unpleasant reality: start-and-park is not only thriving, but here for the long haul. And as the number of S&P teams expand, not contract, they’re driving teams that are already here and trying to race right out of the sport. That leaves NASCAR entirely at fault for letting its top three touring series have up to a third of their fields parking early at any given race track.

Fanning the Flames: Who’s This Year’s Chase Cinderella? The Numbers Line Up for Newman… To Finish 3rd

It’s all in the numbers, see? And the momentum, of course. Every year, some guy from the back half of the Chase field makes a dent at Loudon that throws that momentum their way. Except for 2004, when Big Mo hung with a seventh-seeded Kurt Busch and they won a title together, it’s been a …

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Does It Really Matter If You Can Drive Anymore?

In an interview I did with Jeremy Clements earlier in the summer, the driver of the No. 50 car dropped a line on me that to this day has stuck at the forefront of my mind when covering the Nationwide Series: “It doesn’t even matter if you can drive anymore.” Now that’s not entirely true. …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Kelly Bires – From Wisconsin to Iowa

Last season, Kelly Bires was one of the up-and-coming drivers in the Nationwide Series, finishing 13th in points with six top-10 finishes. This year… he’s been forced to take pretty much any open ride that comes up. After no sponsorship forced his No. 47 JTG Daugherty team to turn to Michael McDowell, Bires was left …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa

If there is one thing that has kept Brad Keselowski from challenging Kyle Busch for the Nationwide title in 2009, it has been an inability to keep up on the short run. The No. 88 car has been among the fastest after a few laps… but that’s all it’s been taking for the No. 18 …

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Scott Lagasse Jr.’s Release A Short-Sighted Move, Long-Term Problem for NNS

While Silly Season 2009 has so far been quieter than in years past, it hit the Nationwide Series with full force following race weekend at Gateway. And, frankly, it was one of the more convoluted moves the Series has seen in recent memory. Scott Lagasse Jr., a solid Rookie of the Year contender and a …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Meijer 300 at Kentucky

Finally, someone has Kyle Busch’s number. And it’s his teammate. Running his first Nationwide Series race since an incident that saw him knock Busch from the lead at Dover with two laps to go, Joey Logano beat his teammate without the chrome horn on Saturday… and took the checkers for his trouble. On a late …

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