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Should Sprint Cup drivers compete in Nationwide races?
 I got to talking with my hubs last night (he is also a huge NASCAR fan) and he doesn't think Sprint Cup drivers should compete in Nationwide races. When I asked him why, he said it was because he didn't feel it was fair to the newer drivers who were trying to make a name for themselves in Nationwide. I can see his point, because many Sprint Cup drivers cut their teeth on the Nationwide races. I also don't think it is exactly fair for Kevin Harvick, Carl Edfwards and Kyle Busch to continue dominating the Nationwide, since all three are legitimate Sprint Cup contenders. This just seems like out and out greed to me. So what do you think? should Sprint Cup drivers continue to be allowed to compete in the Nationwide Series?
| Closed on 05/31/10 at 05:00PM
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37%a. Yes
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#6 | 1611 days ago

Abe_Linc wrote:
Here is my thought. If the Sprint drivers DO NOT compete, there will be no big names in the race. No big names means there will be less fans. Less fans means the races will move to smaller tracks. Smaller tracks means less money. Less money means NO TV. You may argue this thought, but that is what will happen.
Right now with the "names" racing, every race is on TV. The young drivers who have the talent, will still make it to cup. Look at Brad Keslowski. Keep your eye on Justin Algier.
Not sure if I agree...attendance for the "second tier"..has always been low....and the fewer "big names"...the more I pay attention to all those "new guys"....I get what your saying, but maybe, the regulars in the Nationwide series would build a fan base if they weren't competing with the Cup drivers...just a thought.....
No  
  
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#1 | 1611 days ago

My main argument is that it isn't fair for the nationwide guys like you said.  I know a lot do it to get more experience for the Sprint Race, but if someone has driven full time Sprint cup for two years, there is no reason for them to run a Nationwide race.
No  
#2 | 1611 days ago

Here is my thought. If the Sprint drivers DO NOT compete, there will be no big names in the race. No big names means there will be less fans. Less fans means the races will move to smaller tracks. Smaller tracks means less money. Less money means NO TV. You may argue this thought, but that is what will happen.
Right now with the "names" racing, every race is on TV. The young drivers who have the talent, will still make it to cup. Look at Brad Keslowski. Keep your eye on Justin Algier.
Yes  
#3 | 1611 days ago

I have no problem with them competing.  That said, I don't think they should be running for Nationwide Series titles and I do fear that in the long run this is detrimental to developing talent in the sport.  Its good to have big names racing in the Nationwide Series, but not full time.
#4 | 1611 days ago

I said No, because I don't think they should be able to compete for points, and should be limited to the number of races they can compete in.  If a driver wants to compete in a N'wide race because he just loves the track, I can understand that but they shouldn't be allowed to compete for pointes in more than, say, 6 races a year.  That way the crowds will still come to see the big names, but the Regular N'wide drivers are the only ones competing for a championship.
No  
#5 | 1611 days ago

 I hadn't thought of that, Abe, but that does make sense....after all, NASCAR is a business.....and I like your idea Jr.
No  
#6 | 1611 days ago

Abe_Linc wrote:
Here is my thought. If the Sprint drivers DO NOT compete, there will be no big names in the race. No big names means there will be less fans. Less fans means the races will move to smaller tracks. Smaller tracks means less money. Less money means NO TV. You may argue this thought, but that is what will happen.
Right now with the "names" racing, every race is on TV. The young drivers who have the talent, will still make it to cup. Look at Brad Keslowski. Keep your eye on Justin Algier.
Not sure if I agree...attendance for the "second tier"..has always been low....and the fewer "big names"...the more I pay attention to all those "new guys"....I get what your saying, but maybe, the regulars in the Nationwide series would build a fan base if they weren't competing with the Cup drivers...just a thought.....
No  
#7 | 1611 days ago

 That's true Jen. It's hard to notice anyone else when Harvick or Edwards is winning everything.
No  
#8 | 1611 days ago

Its all racing to me. I don't know if it really matters who is doing the racing.
It doesn't matter to me  
#9 | 1611 days ago

Irishrdhd1 wrote:
 That's true Jen. It's hard to notice anyone else when Harvick or Edwards is winning everything.
Yes it is, not that I mind seeing Harvick win, but, it seems a little unfair to all those guys in the Nationwide Series...
No  
#10 | 1610 days ago

I wouldn't watch them if it wasn't for the cup guys in it.  Those guys in the Nationwide cars are getting great experience and learning loads when they race with the big boys and yes it is a business and they need all the money they can get.  It cost a fortune to run those cars.
Yes  
#11 | 1610 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
Yes it is, not that I mind seeing Harvick win, but, it seems a little unfair to all those guys in the Nationwide Series...
 I agree.
No  
#12 | 1609 days ago

Irishrdhd1 wrote:
 I agree.
No  
#13 | 1607 days ago
AndiLee0388 (+)

(Edited by AndiLee0388)
Yes...BUT  Their points should not be in  contention for the NW Cup!!!!!!! They are there to teach, it gives them an added advantage for Sunday, but they should not be allowed to win the Championship!
Yes  
#14 | 1607 days ago
AndiLee0388 (+)

Abe_Linc wrote:
Here is my thought. If the Sprint drivers DO NOT compete, there will be no big names in the race. No big names means there will be less fans. Less fans means the races will move to smaller tracks. Smaller tracks means less money. Less money means NO TV. You may argue this thought, but that is what will happen.
Right now with the "names" racing, every race is on TV. The young drivers who have the talent, will still make it to cup. Look at Brad Keslowski. Keep your eye on Justin Algier.
Nail on the head dude, they gotta have it for marketing!
Yes  
#15 | 1607 days ago
AndiLee0388 (+)

(Edited by AndiLee0388)
cuddles127017 wrote:
I wouldn't watch them if it wasn't for the cup guys in it.  Those guys in the Nationwide cars are getting great experience and learning loads when they race with the big boys and yes it is a business and they need all the money they can get.  It cost a fortune to run those cars.
Cuddles, I rarely watch a NW race. I have never bought a ticket for one,I have seen several, at Michigan and Talladega, because I was Infield, and well it was racing, (that was also how I came to learn I really love the trucks..LOL)

However, my exception came yesterday. I bought tickets for the NW race for the Coke 400....Can't miss Sr's car on the track!
Yes  
#16 | 1606 days ago

Great point! I never thought about not giving full time cup drivers points.  Nationwide to me is a research & developement division for the cup drivers. If you watch the nationwide race on a saturday, watch how many of the drivers who ran in it do well on sundays. Maybe some other drivers need to do it. Gordon, Jr, Burton, etc....
Yes  
#17 | 1606 days ago
AndiLee0388 (+)

weldwater wrote:
Great point! I never thought about not giving full time cup drivers points.  Nationwide to me is a research & developement division for the cup drivers. If you watch the nationwide race on a saturday, watch how many of the drivers who ran in it do well on sundays. Maybe some other drivers need to do it. Gordon, Jr, Burton, etc....
LOL..yes there are a few that can still use the extra practice. If they weren't running for points, maybe there would be more attention paid to helping the up and comers.
Yes  

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