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Heartland Racing At Its Best In The Gateway To The West

It had been four years since I last visited the great city of St. Louis. At that time, I attended a (then) Busch Series race at Gateway International Raceway, which, as you will see if you click on this "word":https://frontstretch.com/myer/2004myer/040513.htm turned into a most memorable time! After all the events that transpired then, I never imagined that another trip to St. Louis could ever top it. OK, in all honesty, I must say that that is not entirely true. This trip to St. Louis _did_ have an ulterior motive other than a day at the race track...

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland

*In a Nutshell:* The pre-race show spent an hour talking about Toyota dominance in the Nationwide Series, a discussion that ended with ESPN’s "analysts" coming to the conclusion that it wasn’t Toyota causing the problem ... it was Joe Gibbs Racing. Well, whomever's at fault, it seems the rest of the manufacturers have yet to find themselves a solution that'll allow them to remain competitive. JGR dominated a very uneventful race once again Friday night, with *Kyle Busch* leading 101 laps and scoring an easy fifth win of the season in his No. 18 Camry. But JGR didn't just lay waste to the field Friday night... Toyota did.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Camping World RV Sales 200 at Loudon

*In a Nutshell:* The first companion race for the Nationwide Series since Dover was a trip back to reality for Nationwide Series fans, as Cup regulars ran roughshod over the field. Cup drivers scored the first seven finishing positions and eight of the Top 10 spots Saturday, with Tony Stewart scoring a relatively easy win at New Hampshire. Stewart took the lead for good on Lap 136 after Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Carl Edwards had shared the top spot for much of the early part of the race. In the end, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas wound up the class of the field, with Stewart and Kyle Busch (who finished third) combining to lead 138 of 200 laps. Behind them, Greg Biffle wrecked late in the event after starting from the pole but losing the handle on his car in the second half of the race. Mike Bliss was the top finisher of the Nationwide Series regulars, joined only by Brad Keselowski in the Top 10. Between them, Clint Bowyer fell back late and finished ninth, maintaining the series points lead over David Reutimann. Reutimann moved into second, 182 points back, with Brad Keselowski dropping to fourth in the championship standings; however, Keselowski remains the lead Nationwide Series regular in the title chase.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Camping World RV Rental 250 at Milwaukee

*In a Nutshell:* Brad Keselowski had the field at Milwaukee covered on Saturday night, leading 145 of the first 171 laps run. That all changed, however, when young phenom Joey Logano slammed into Keselowski in a turn while battling for the lead, caving in the left front fender on Keselowski’s No. 88 Chevrolet. The damage took the handling, and a shot at the win, away from the No. 88. Logano, however, couldn’t hold off a hard-charging Carl Edwards, who bumped Clint Bowyer for the lead late and broke through to score his first Nationwide Series win since Nashville in 2007 in his debut with new crew chief Drew Blickensderfer.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville

*In a Nutshell:* Saturday’s race was dubbed the "Opportunity 300," the first of numerous standalone events for the Nationwide Series this summer -- and a number of drivers took advantage, making runs at their first career wins. But while Joey Logano was untouchable in the early going, and David Stremme ran up front all race long, it was Brad Keselowski in the No. 88 who cashed in, scoring his first career NASCAR victory on the 1.33-mile speedway. Stremme, David Reutimann and Clint Bowyer all stayed out on the track trying to stretch their fuel to the end, but a late race caution allowed Keselowski -- who took four tires later in the race -- to run down the leaders and score JR Motorsports’ second series victory this season. Keselowski was able to celebrate in Victory Lane with much of his family, as brother Brian was also in town after attempting to qualify for Saturday’s event (he spun on his qualifying lap and DNQ’d). Meanwhile, the second leg of a vaunted "tripleheader" weekend didn't go so well for Kyle Busch; he finished three laps down in 20th after dealing with a flat tire. Clint Bowyer’s strong fourth place finish allowed him to retain the series’ points lead, which now stands at 166 points over second place David Reutimann.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Heluva! Good 200 at Dover

*In a Nutshell:* I might as well write a template for this portion of the Nationwide Series Breakdown. This Saturday Joe Gibbs Racing dominated the NASCAR Nationwide Series X (Heluva! Good 200). Driver X (Denny Hamlin) smoked the field, leading X (131) of X laps (200). Joe Gibbs Racing has now won X (9) of X (14) races in the Nationwide Series this season. Hamlin was, unlike last weekend’s post-race interview, far from provocative in Victory Lane, thanking JGR for taking a chance on him as a development driver four years ago and also thanking the fans that stuck out a three hour rain delay to watch the race. “We’ve got the greatest fans [here] in NASCAR” said Hamlin, as if attempting to quash the angst many fans have demonstrated towards him following his conflict with Brad Keselowski last week at Charlotte.

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Busch Series Breakdown: 2007 Gateway 250

*In A Nutshell:* It's been a season of struggles for Reed Sorenson in the Nextel Cup Series this year. Mired in 28th in the standings and in the midst of a sophomore slump, the 21-year-old Georgian has simply spent the better part of the past few months just trying to keep his job at Chip Ganassi Racing. A Busch Series win should do more than enough to help that cause.

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