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This past week, the Sprint Cup and Nationwide races were held in Phoenix. Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch dominated the Nationwide field and raced away with the win. The first place finish gives Busch 106 career wins combined in all 3 of Nascar's top series (Truck, Nationwide, Sprint).
We briefly touched on this last week about Sprint Cup drivers racing in the Nationwide series and how it gives the Sprint Cup regulars a slight advantage over their competition.
Do you think that Nascar should limit the amount of races a Sprint Cup regular can drive in the Nationwide Series?
Debi - I have ALWAYS thought the lesser series should be for the drivers making their way into the major leagues. I have never been in favor of the Cup regulars participating in these races. I think NASCAR should limit the number of Cup drivers in both series to under 5. If you want to compete in Nationwide, and you are a Cup driver, you need to state that intention before the season begins, and the first five who state that intention get in, the rest are SOL.
Jen - I don't think Cup drivers should be allowed to race in Nationwide. Period. The next: Bill Elliott, Terry Labonte, Jeff Gordon might be, being overlooked. Since Nascar instituted choosing which series you were seeking a championship in, they should institute, the, "I want to drive in" and have the drivers choose which series.
Eric - I've been wondering about why Cup regulars drop down to Nationwide for years now. I assume it is to please sponsors, because I'm skeptical it's that beneficial to their Cup careers. So yeah, I'm with the rest of you. Stop letting the Cup guys drive in the lower series, save a few times a year at most.
Scott - I've never been a fan of the Sprint Cup regulars driving in the Nationwide Series and I suppose if Nascar is going to continue to allow it, they need to put a limit of 2 or 3 races for each Sprint Cup driver.
Kyle Busch has taken a lot of heat in recent years for his attitude and aggressive driver. With his 106th win, is it time for people to start giving credit where credit is due and recognize Busch as one of Nascar's best young drivers?
Debi - I already recognize his talent. I think most people do, but like his brother, it is his anger issues that are problematic
Jen - I have always thought Kyle was a better than average driver. Honestly, his attitude really doesn't bother me much either. He seems so tame, not so "rowdy" anymore. I miss that about him. Answering your question: everyone should appreciate his talent on the track whether they like him or not.
Eric - I thought people did, but are just turned off by his attitude and some of his on-track incidents. It will also help if he finally put it all together and won a championship, or at least contended for one up til the end.
Scott - I've always thought Busch has received some what of a bad rep. Sure, he's had his moments that have soured some people but the reality is, a lot of drivers do. At this point, Busch has to be one of the most dangerous drivers in the Series, capable of winning on any track at any time. He truly is one of those racers that can drive any car at any time and have success.
The other big Nationwide news occurred off the track. Jeremy Clements was suspended by Nascar for 2 races for making an "intolerable and insensitive" remark that violated Nascar's Code of Conduct. Clements has refused to disclose the exact comment but has admitted to the mistake. The comment in question wasn't recorded and the only people present were Clements, a MTV reporter and a rep for Nascar.
Is Nascar over-reacting or do they have a valid claim in suspending Clements?
Debi - It was posted today that he used the N word while walking past a motorcoach. He was apparently not speaking of anyone in particular, but I find that hard to believe. The reporter who he spoke to is the person who approached NASCAR with the news. I applaud that reporter. There is no room for that language in this sport, or any other.
Jen - Yep, I have no clue about this incident, only heard after Debi mentioned it. Was he walking and having a private conversation? Who lurks about like that anyway? I really need to know more before I can give an informed answer. I'm just speculating.
Eric - This whole situation is strange. On one hand, while we all have freedom of speech, we're not free from the consequences of said speech. On the other hand, we still don't know what Clements said or what the context was. It was probably the right call, but it's another case of a strange lack of transparency from NASCAR.
Scott - 50-Cent's comments before Daytona about there "being no blacks" at the race really shone a light on just how few minorities watch the sport. If it's true Clements used the N word, Nascar really had no choice but to make some sort of statement with this suspension.