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Nationwide Series news from around the web


Editor's note: From time to time, NNSracing will post news and information from other sources. Here's our first installment:

Key Motorsports is continuing its effort to locate a marketing partner following a successful NASCAR Nationwide Series campaign in 2009. The No. 40 Chevrolet finished 21st in owner points after beginning the season without any points . The Key Motorsports team plans to run the full 35 race Nationwide Series schedule in 2010. (Hardcore Racefans)

JR Motorsports will field two cars in the season-opening Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway, and new driver Danica Patrick could be driving one of them. Full-time driver Kelly Bires, meanwhile, might not be racing at Daytona. Because of sponsorship, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the team’s No. 88 Hellmann’s car, which Bires is scheduled to drive for much of the season. Patrick may drive the No. 7 car, team co-owner Kelley Earnhardt said Wednesday during the Charlotte Motor Speedway media tour. Patrick and the team will not decide whether she will run the Feb. 13 Nationwide race until after she competes in the Feb. 7 Automobile Racing Club of America event. Bires or Mark Martin would likely drive the car if Patrick does not. (SceneDaily)