Monday, August 30, 2010
The NASCAR Rulebook
I know that in the NASCAR world, you have to be impartial. You have to like everyone and praise them in your writing. Well, this blog is dedicated to everything I think is wrong/weird in NASCAR.
Where to begin? I’m going to start with the most recent thing that has been aggravating me: Kyle Busch. No, I don’t have a problem with him, if anything, I have the utmost respect for him. He’s a great racecar driver and does a lot for charity, which is awesome. My problem isn’t specifically aimed towards him. I know, the point of NASCAR is to get out there and win, but I don’t think it’s fair to the drivers that only race in that series that the drivers who race in two or three series win everything.
Couple of examples, Kyle Busch sweeps Bristol, no other driver has ever swept a weekend, I wonder why? Maybe it’s because they don’t race in all three series. Another example, Trevor Bayne, driver of the MWR #99 in the Nationwide Series. That’s all he races and he has consistently good finishes. He gets the pole, but when it comes time to race, he falls back, sometimes not even being able to lead the first lap. A couple of weeks ago at Bristol, Trevor finished sixth. If you took out all of the Cup Series regulars, he would’ve won. Something you might find interesting, in the twenty-five Nationwide races this year, a full-time Cup driver has won all except one, Justin Allgaier at Bristol on March 30th. That was the last time a full Nationwide Series driver went to Victory Lane. Carl Edwards also announced recently that he will be running the RFR number 60 full-time next year in the Nationwide Series. It’s going to suck when he has to run from one track to another.
Then, you have to consider the drivers that only do well in Nationwide while racing in Cup full time. Prime examples, Joey Logano (won a Nationwide race at Kentucky, winless in Cup), Brad Keselowski (won four Nationwide races, winless in Cup) and finally, Carl Edwards (won two Nationwide races, winless in Cup).
Moving onto Kyle Busch. Out of twenty-five Nationwide races this year, he has won ten. Keep in mind he isn’t in contention to win the series championship. I honestly believe since the #18 JGR Nationwide car is so good, they should put Brad Coleman in it full-time that way they can be running for the championship. Kyle owns Kyle Busch Motorsports, a Camping World Truck Series Team. Occasionally, you will see either Kasey Kahne or Brian Ickler in it, but the majority of the time it’s Kyle, and when Kyle is in a race, he dominates, never giving Truck Series regulars like Todd Bodine, Ron Hornaday or Aric Almirola, who are Championship contenders, a chance to win.
Now, onto my favorite topic, championships, well specifically Nationwide championships. This is where it gets interesting. Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Justin Allgaier, Paul Menard, Kevin Harvick, Steve Wallace, Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano and Jason Leffler are the top ten in points. Anyone see anything wrong with that? If you took out the Cup drivers, we would have only five guys in the running for the Championship, that’s pretty sad! What I am trying to get at here is that Cup drivers should stay out of the Nationwide series after they have graduated to Cup. I’m not saying they shouldn’t be allowed to race the occasional race (example: Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin) for fun, I’m just saying they shouldn’t race every race.
I know this sounds like I am picking on every little detail, but in reality I’m not. I’m just stating the facts the way they are! Thanks for reading!
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