NASCAR Racing: Nationwide at ORP

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Saturday night the NASCAR Nationwide Series raced in the Kroger 200 at O’Reilly Raceway Park. 99 Trevor Bayne qualified on the pole, with Cup driver, 18 Kyle Busch next to him on the front row. KHI car #33 had his Truck driver, Ron Hornaday, racing the car. 21 is again Morgan Shepherd. 27 is Truck driver, Johnny Sauter. Truck driver Aric Almirola is in the 88 car.

99 led from the pole and 18 tried, but couldn’t get by. Something happened at the start with someone break checking or not going and several cars had damage. Especially 38 Jason Leffler. 18 bumps 99 out of the way to take the lead. The first caution was for 10 Derrick Griffin, who got into the wall. 38 got the free pass back onto the lead lap.

99 took the lead, but 18 took it back. The second caution was for debris and 40 Mike Bliss got the free pass. The third caution was for 35 Jason Keller and 43 Kevin Swindell. The fourth caution was for 05 David Starr, also a Truck driver, loosing a tire and collecting 21. The fifth caution was for 33 blowing a tire. 05 got his lap back. 60 Carl Edwards took tires and raced up the field.

The sixth caution came out with five laps to go for 87 Joe Nemecheck. It was a race to the Finish Line by two Sprint Cup drivers, 18 and 60. 18 Kyle Busch won the race.

And now for my opinion. It was exciting when Trevor Bayne captured the pole. It was exciting when Trevor was able to lead laps. But then the Cup drivers took over. I understand that having Cup drivers racing in the Nationwide series is good for the fans. But I have to say, after this race, there was not a whole lot of cheering for the winner. Everyone left the stands while Kyle was bowing to them.

Personally, I don’t find Cup drivers winning all the Nationwide races as being exciting. NASCAR is talking about giving points to Nationwide drivers different from the points given to Cup drivers. But I don’t see how two points systems will help anything. The racing will be the same, with Cup drivers winning all the races and Nationwide drivers doing the best they can.

It used to be that Busch drivers won their series Title. The Cup guys would enter several races and mostly win those, but the Series was not all about Cup drivers. As it is, the big story is which Cup driver will win the race. And I don’t think that is what the Series should be all about.

In my opinion, the owners need to put Nationwide drivers in their cars. Not Cup drivers. Cup drivers will always have the advantage. They are, after all Cup drivers. Limit the number of races Cup drivers can enter. It’s getting to the point that a driver has to move on to Cup and go down to the Nationwide Series to race for the Championship. They are not able to win the Title while they are Nationwide drivers. And that’s not how it is supposed to be. They used to win the Championship and move up to cup. Not the other way around.

So, here’s my proposal. Limit the number of races Cup drivers can enter. Let them qualify for the races, but have them all start from the rear. Give the Nationwide drivers the chance to race for the win. In my opinion, it would be more exciting watching the Cup drives make their way to the front, than watching them dominate all the races.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. Thank you for listening.

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