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NASCAR AMERICA: The Cup driver in Nationwide Series debate (VIDEO)

Mar 19, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

JR Motorsports’ Regan Smith calls in to NASCAR AMERICA to discuss Cup drivers competing in the Nationwide Series and then the crew debates whether it is fair for Cup drivers to compete against the Nationwide guys. Smith won the season opener at Daytona, and is thus far the only Nationwide regular to win in four races.

  1. bmcgrath2 - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    The Nationwide series has become a complete joke. I don’t understand why NASCAR is trying to limit the number of Cup drivers running on Saturday’s, as that is the only thing keeping the series relevant right now. How far this series has fallen from the old Busch Series is just plain sad.

    While lack of sponsorship has really hurt this series, the minimal number of competitive teams running every week is alarming. Over half the field is running junk yard equipment (there’s still multiple teams running Dodge Challengers and Chevy Impalas), with only the big teams having a legit shot to win every week.

    Contrary to NASCAR’s wishes, it would only help the series to see more Cup regulars running on Saturday’s, going all out for the trophy, like how it was in the old Busch Series. Ratings are way down because nobody wants to watch Kyle Busch dominate a field of unknowns every week.

  2. rileypackfantuffy1006 - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    actually bmcgrath, it would be better if the Cup drivers were limited to a certain amount of races. The Nationwide series was at it’s best when Cup drivers only raced limited races anyways. It had it’s own identity. Much like the truck series does today

  3. convincedofthehex - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Back when it was the Busch series (20 years ago), the announcers would spend a lot of time discussing where the drivers were from, which series they came up through (Busch North, Modified, ASA, USAC, etc) and created interest for all the new guys. Real stock car fans knew the young drivers from their local tracks and gave you something to follow. Now, we have no idea who these guys (and girls) are. That is coupled with the majority of coverage now on the front runners only, usually Cup drivers. This short sightedness is just one more way Nascar and the television coverage is killing the future. (Not to mention lack of support for local tracks and moving races to Saturday nights to compete against weekly short tracks.) Short term gains will destroy long term interest, never seen that before in American business.

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