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Turn Back the Clock: 2008 ARCA Season And Justin Allgaier’s Championship

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When it comes to the ARCA Menards Series, there have been seasons where future stars are born and brought into the picture. In 2008, Justin Allgaier earned the ARCA Re/Max Series championship battling the likes of Frank Kimmel, Matt Carter, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Scott Speed. The 2008 season saw many drivers who made it …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2011 Great Clips 300 at Atlanta

Despite the best efforts of Kyle Busch to run him down, Carl Edwards topped a dominant evening with his 35th career Nationwide Series win Saturday night in front of a stellar crowd at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top 5.

Though Edwards led 101 of the 195 laps led en route to victory, side-by-side racing at the front of the field proved plentiful, with each of the drivers in the top 5 taking turns at the front. Goodyear seemed to get the tire situation under control after fielding rocks at Bristol a week ago, with the rubber proving to wear on the abrasive Atlanta service. Drivers throughout the field were seen visibly wrestling with loose race cars throughout the 300 miles.

Back to the Baseline for Specialty Racing

Since returning to the Nationwide Series full-time in 2008, Specialty Racing and their No. 61 team has managed to do what no other team has; to run full-time with no sponsorship. Maximizing every penny of their purse money and exercising fiscal discipline, the team was able to contest the entire 2008 season and the first …

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Doug Taylor Pressing Forward at Specialty Racing In Wake of Matt Carter’s Departure

Driver Matt Carter left Specialty Racing’s No. 61 Ford team following Friday night’s race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in which he drove the car to the garage while on the lead lap, claiming repairs were needed to make it competitive. The driver gave his explanation of what happened to Scene Daily on Tuesday, while Frontstretch …

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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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For Matt Carter, Specialty Racing, It’s All About Staying Power

The most recent Nationwide Series race at Richmond saw the Specialty Racing team involved in its worst on-track incident since Kevin Lepage merged into oncoming traffic at Talladega last April. With start-and-parker Johnny Chapman quickly dropping through the field, the accordion effect kicked in, triggering a crash that collected both the team’s No. 61 car …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Dover 200

Saturday saw Richard Childress Racing’s Nationwide program for the first time in 2009 resemble the juggernaut that Kevin Harvick took to nine wins and the 2006 Series crown. This time, however, the driver was Clint Bowyer, who in leading the final 83 laps scored a convincing win at Dover in the first of a three-race …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond

All day at Richmond, through coverage of practice and qualifying, the hype was all over Kevin Harvick‘s No. 33 car and how he finally had the horses to run with Kyle Busch. There was also plenty of press regarding the charity competition within Joe Gibbs Racing between Busch and Denny Hamlin. Meanwhile, Carl Edwards only …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona

Friday night’s race at Daytona was shaping up to be a tremendous finish, until a messy wreck on lap 96 stopped the battle at the front of the field and scattered debris and rescue equipment all over the 2.5-mile oval. In their infinite wisdom, NASCAR chose not to red flag the race – instead settling …

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Excited About New Driver, Car, Specialty Racing Looking Forward

After Brandon Whitt decided to step down as the driver of the No. 61 Specialty Racing Ford in the Nationwide Series ranks last week, ARCA Re/Max Series standout Matt Carter was tabbed as the team’s new driver. And just as his former ARCA owner, Larry Clement, couldn’t control his enthusiasm about having Carter return to …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Camping World RV Sales 200 at Loudon

Sometimes, going faster and winning all comes down to going a bit slower. Whether or not that was Kyle Busch’s strategy doesn’t matter… because it worked. In a performance far departed from his stretch of eight consecutive Nationwide races leading the most laps, Busch started ninth on Saturday… and stayed there for a while. But …

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2008 ARCA Re/Max Series Preview

The offseason certainly did not provide any off time for several members of the ARCA circuit, as many of the drivers changed teams, and teams themselves changed names. Perhaps the most notable Silly Season move involved Frank Kimmel, who will no longer pilot Larry Clement’s familiar No. 46 Ford — the team which Kimmel won nine ARCA championships with. Instead, the veteran has partnered with Cunningham Motorsports to form Kimmel Racing, and will now drive the No. 44 Dodge Charger. Taking Kimmel’s place in the vaunted No. 46 is rookie Matt Carter, son of long-time Sprint Cup crew chief Travis Carter.

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