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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2012 Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

If there is one word that describes Kasey Kahne’s season to date, it would be snakebit. After waiting an entire year to take over his dream ride, Kahne has a season-best 14th place at Fontana to show for it. This week would be no different for Kahne, who won his second pole of the year, but was forced to watch the end of the race from the infield after his engine detonated on lap 316. Kahne finished a dismal 38th, the worst among all drivers planning to run the full event. The finish drops Kahne to 31st in driver points and the No. 5 to 32nd in owner points.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Heluva Good 200 at Dover

Cup regulars ran roughshod over the Nationwide Series field all day Saturday, with Kyle Busch winning the pole by obliterating David Green‘s 2004 qualifying record and proceeding to lead 191 laps in scoring already his fourth win of the 2010 season, enduring several late race restarts to do so. Cup regulars, who scored seven of …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Royal Purple 200 at Darlington

For the 36th time in the last 82 Nationwide Series races, a Joe Gibbs Racing entry visited victory lane, with Denny Hamlin holding off teammate Kyle Busch to score his first Nationwide Series victory of 2010 and first since Kansas back in 2008. Hamlin, who won the pole for Friday night’s race as well, combined …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Aaron’s 312 at Talladega

One year ago, Brad Keselowski shocked the stock car world, winning the Sprint Cup race at Talladega as a Nationwide Series regular. This year was a case of role reversal; but when all was said and done, he was back in victory lane, scoring his first NASCAR win since making the move to Penske Racing. …

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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 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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Nuts for Nationwide: Did You Notice? Nationwide Series Ponderings

Did You Notice? The absolute mess that the Top-30 rule has made of the Nationwide Series field? Fans saw these problems as early as, well, the last time the Nationwide Series hit Fontana, when the failure of the No. 5 team to show locked MSRP Motorsports’ No. 90 car into the field. Later that weekend in qualifying, despite outrunning that same No. 90 car, the full-time No. 40 team of Key Motorsports got sent home in favor of a perpetual start-and-park.

Mirror Driving: Montreal to Cup?, Atlanta Angst & Where Have All The Rookies Gone?

The Nationwide Series ran a wild and crazy race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday, with rain tires and a roller-coaster running order jumbling up the finish. Was the competition overall better than last year, and is this a venue where NASCAR should explore sending the Cup teams at this point?

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal

For the third year in a row, Marcos Ambrose was the class of the field. And for the third year in a row, he failed to take the checkered flag at Montreal. Ambrose, who in an interview that ran during the race broadcast was quoted calling his secret to road racing “minimizing the mistakes made …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway

On a rare weekend where the Nationwide Series was the only show in town, Cup regulars were nonetheless the story all night long… though a different face did most of the dominating. With announcements swirling that he would be doing more Nationwide driving in his own No. 33 car next season, Kevin Harvick led over …

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Bubble Breakdown: Jeremy Mayfield Dealt Death Blow While Non-Top 35 Teams Struggle

Just like Jeremy Mayfield’s test results, the Lady In Black wasn’t kind to everyone to tried to conquer her this weekend. While there were some great days for teams on the right side of the bubble, many of the cars outside it saw their bubble burst with wrecks or poor qualifying runs that hampered overall performance. As a result, while no one new moved into the Top 35 this week, some teams had a chance to put distance between themselves and the rest of the pack. To see which ones had the most success – and who’s still in danger – read on to see this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown.

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