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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas

Despite the best efforts of his pit crew, Kevin Harvick still managed to wheel his way into Las Vegas’s victory lane Saturday, overtaking Denny Hamlin late to score his first win in Sin City since 2004. And if that statement sounds contradictory, it should. Harvick got out front to lead the first lap of the …

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Drive4COPD/”Danica” 300 at Daytona

For much of Saturday’s Nationwide Series opener, it was business, or dominance, as usual for the Cup regulars entered in the field. With only Danica Patrick able to draw the attention of TV cameras off the Buschwhackers at the front of the pack, this race looked very much like all Daytona openers in recent memory …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Checker Auto Parts 500 Edition

Has anybody else noticed that Richard Petty Motorsports’ decision to put AJ Allmendinger in a Ford for the remainder of the season has lit a fire under both the team and driver? A 10th-place finish last week at Texas and subsequent 13th this weekend is the best two-race average of the season for the No. 44 team.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Able Body Labor 200 at Phoenix

Well, no one can accuse Carl Edwards of going down without a fight. With Kyle Busch holding a commanding points lead coming into the two final races of the 2009 season, Edwards drove at Phoenix like he still had a shot. Leading over 100 laps while holding off fellow points challenger Brad Keselowski and a …

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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 CARFAX 250 at Michigan

Brian Vickers dominated from the pole on Saturday, and when he didn’t lead, Kyle Busch did. Neither of them won. Racing hard with two laps to go, Vickers got loose in the exit of turn 3 and broke the momentum of second-place Busch catching the car, allowing none other than the hometown hero, Brad Keselowski, …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Brickyard 400 Edition

On the weekend of one of Sprint Cup’s biggest races, the sport’s other national series’ were at Indianapolis’s other track – the .686-mile short track, O’Reilly Raceway Park. But while the Brickyard 400 is one of NASCAR’s crown jewels, strangely enough I found myself more excited for the other two “companion” races in town. Call me crazy, but we all knew the single-file parade that would take place on Sunday. You know what else I knew? That the races at ORP would be some of the most exciting short-track races we’ve seen this season… regardless of series.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Kroger 200 at IRP

After Saturday night’s race, even I am willing to put aside the fact that yet again the Nationwide Series ended a race with a 1-2 dose of Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch (though this time, Edwards came out on top). Why? Without a doubt, the Kroger 200 was the most exciting race of the 2009 …

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