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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Meijer 300

Surprise, surprise. Joey Logano won the pole. Joey Logano won Saturday night’s Nationwide Series race at Kentucky. And Cup regulars finished 1-2-3, with Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski playing bridesmaid to Logano, whose win marked the third consecutive season he’s won the Kentucky NNS race from the pole dating back to his first career win.

Though a few drivers were able to keep up with his No. 20 car on restarts, the long run proved to be a boon for JGR’s Toyotas as Logano was uncontested coming to the checkers. Fortunately for the fans watching, both Scott Wimmer and Brendan Gaughan (who each banked top 10 finishes) were able to keep up with Sliced Bread for at least a few laps. Mike Bliss also got around the No. 20 at lap 156, but he would spin late after losing the lead, finishing 24th.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not: NASCAR Stars of the Past & Future

  Yesterday’s end to March Madness was the ultimate display of David vs. Goliath: the small school Butler Bulldogs versus the longtime tournament powerhouse Duke Blue Devils for a national title. But why put all your eggs in one basket, rooting for that classic “Big Brother vs. Little Guy” matchup when you can see the …

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5 Points to Ponder: Tough Crowd in Music City, NASCAR’s New Villain, More

With Carl Edwards vs. Brad Keselowski hyped in the offseason as the sequel to last season’s Cup showdown in the Nationwide Series between Edwards and eventual champion Kyle Busch, another Cup regular has come to crash the party… and he’s already done the Nationwide dance twice before.

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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Beyond the Cockpit: Scott Wimmer on Rich vs. Poor & The Future of Morgan-McClure

Over five years removed from a third-place finish in NASCAR’s Daytona 500 as a rookie, Scott Wimmer hopes the third time’s the charm one day as he works to get back towards his Sprint Cup dream. After a two-year Cup partnership with Bill Davis dissolved at the end of 2005, Wimmer spent a year with …

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Bubble Breakdown: Top-15 Finish Has Scott Speed in Striking Distance of Top 35

Well bubble fans, it looks like we’re losing one of our bubble dwellers, again. During the week it has been reported that David Stremme will be replaced in the No. 12 Team Penske Dodge by rising star Brad Keselowski in 2010, if not sooner. David was just not getting the job done for Team Penske, …

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Happy Hour: Scott Wimmer is Worthy of a Better Shot

While Dale Earnhardt Jr. was being interviewed on 60 Minutes, he said that there’s a Dale Earnhardt Jr. or a Jeff Gordon on short tracks around the country. In sports – in the entertainment industry in general – there are thousands of talented people who toil away for the best years of their lives and …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 NorthernTool.com 250 at Milwaukee

Déjà vu. Last year, Carl Edwards shook off a disastrous run at Kentucky and a weak start to his defense of the 2007 Nationwide title with a breakthrough win at the Milwaukee Mile. That’s exactly what happened on Saturday night, again. Edwards, who stalked the race leaders for much of the event, finally got past …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not In NASCAR’s Other Top Series

Something that both the Nationwide and Truck series do share is a two-driver breakaway in the points standings. However, while one of those battles is just heating up, the other threatens to cool down as soon as Kansas in two weeks considering one or both of the drivers involved may not run the full schedule. Which championship in which series am I talking about? Find out by checking out the HOT, WARM and COLD drivers of NASCAR’s second and third biggest series. Not surprisingly, the way things are these days, you will notice a familiar name or two from Sprint Cup on the list.

Nuts for Nationwide: A Look at the Soon-to-Be Top 30

This weekend’s upcoming race at Texas Motor Speedway will mark the fifth event of the season for the Nationwide Series and the final race before reverting to the 2009 owner points standings to determine who is locked into the field each weekend. Looking at the current standings, there are a number of teams that are all but locks to be in the Top-30 cutoff after Saturday’s 300-miler. Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 16 team, Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18, NEMCO Motorsports’ No. 87 and Braun Racing’s No. 10 are all operations that will likely breath a sigh of relief when they go to qualify at Nashville two weeks from now… because they won’t have to.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Ford 300 at Homestead

Carl Edwards did everything he could to try and steal his second consecutive Nationwide Series crown. Qualifying on the outside pole, Edwards ran in the top five all race long and led a third of the race (66 laps). Edwards also managed to pass Kyle Busch’s vaunted No. 18 Toyota with 34 laps to go on an intermediate oval, scoring his second consecutive win and seventh of the season. But it wasn’t enough.

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