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Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

Posted on: January 11, 2011 12:07 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2011 12:28 pm
 
Any hope of NASCAR keeping its new policy regarding Sprint Cup drivers and their eligibility to compete for a Nationwide title under wraps are over.

Even though the sanctioning body remains tight-lipped about the plan to enforce drivers to declare for one and only one championship in 2011, wording on this year's competitor license application has confirmed what has been rumored for weeks.

Veteran driver Kenny Wallace told NASCAR.com about the new declaration policy after he received his application to apply for a 2011 license which read:

"A driver will only be permitted to earn driver championship points in one (1) of the following three series: NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Please select the series in which you would like to accumulate driver championship points. Choose one."

NASCAR is still planning to hold a formal competition and rules presentation next week during "Preseason Thunder" testing at Daytona with president Mike Helton and vice president of competition Robin Pemberton at which time the official confirmation will come from the sanctioning body.

But Wallace's revelation confirms what other drivers, team owners and crew chiefs have apparently known for weeks.

The execution of the plan will see NASCAR simply not award points to any driver who hasn't declared an intention to run for a particular series championship. The idea would seem to be in response to the domination Sprint Cup regulars have enjoyed in the Nationwide Series, which hasn't seen one of the division's full-time drivers take the crown since Martin Truex Jr. won in 2005.

Had the system been in place last season and assuming Cup regulars Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards declared intention to run only for the Sprint Cup title, fourth place points finisher Justin Allgaier would have won the Nationwide title.

Despite being considered by some as "best in class," most Nationwide regulars are happy with the change and an opportunity to potentially win a championship in NASCAR's number two division.

"I had planned on going out there and beating everyone this year including the Sprint Cup guys if they were able to run for the championship," said Trevor Bayne, who will try to bring Roush Fenway Racing this year's Nationwide trophy. "But I'm not going to consider what I could accomplish any lesser of an accomplishment if I happen to finish behind those guys in the standings, but because of the system am considered the champion. The rules are the same for all of us and hopefully this will give some of the Nationwide-only drivers and teams a chance to shine."

Additional details such as whether bonus points for leading a lap or the most laps will be awarded to those drivers not eligible for the season championship or how the series owners' points will be accumulated are yet to be answered. 

Also to be answered is how the majority of fans will take this latest bit of tweaking to a sport that has undergone more than its share of changes in recent years.

Category: Auto Racing
Comments

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2011 1:00 am
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

JLTEXAS had an idea earlier in this thread about an overall champion. The drivers would run 8 races in each series. That is an awsome idea. I think those races would have to be identified as eligible. I would like some of the tracks the cup guys don't run on often to be used. But I would get into the other series if that was going on.




Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

I'm really glad they changed it.

Used to be the only reason a veteran driver would race in the Nationwide (then Busch) Series was to get a feel for the track, not to go for the championship.

While you will still probly have Cup drivers run the Nationwide Series, as has been mentioned before I believe they will cut their schedules in the Nationwide series way back.

This could give more lesser experienced drivers in all levels more a chance. If you have fewer Cup drivers, the owners will need to fill those spots. This will open up other spots in the series and hopefully give a driver in a lower division a chance to move up.

Don't know for sure what it will bring but I believe it's a great move on NASCAR's part.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2011 10:51 am
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

Well ill take this a Step or 2 forward.With drivers only having one option for a Championship Title.I see Sponcers looking at the future Drivers of the Sprint cup with this in mind .1. if this driver is in the cup series and he is going too try to get a sponcer and thay approach the sponcer with a pitch ,were a championship caliber team 2 the sponcer has to say is show me your Nationwide Championship Title opp now this driver has to go back to NWS to get a NWS Trophie too kiss the sponcer but.its a great negosheation tool.


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Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2011 1:02 am
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

Well ill take this a Step or 2 forward.With drivers only having one option for a Championship Title.I see Sponcers looking at the future Drivers of the Sprint cup with this in mind .1. if this driver is in the cup series and he is going too try to get a sponcer and thay approach the sponcer with a pitch ,were a championship caliber team 2 the sponcer has to say is show me your Nationwide Championship Title opp now this driver has to go back to NWS to get a NWS Trophie too kiss the sponcer but.its a great negosheation tool.

Oh. My. God.  Do you happen to speak any version of English?



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 11:53 pm
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

I've gotta say that I am in favor of this move and have been hoping for it for a long time.

We'll see how it turns out of course, but my feeling is that the cherry picking by the Sprint Cup drivers took away from the long term development of the Nationwide series.  Emphasis on the "long term".

In the short run, the name drivers will be missed, and if the Nationwide series falls apart because of it, then this will definitely have been a mistake.

But I believe that this move shows a long term faith in their sport by NASCAR.

Nationwide will never be Spring Cup, but now it has the chance to fully develop an identity of its own.

It'll be like college football or basketball versus the pros, or the minor leagues in baseball.

There is interest in these lesser leagues both as developmental feeders for the pros, and in their own right.

In the short term, Nationwide takes a hit here.  But in the long term, my feeling is that this move opens up the future of Nationwide to potentially be much more successful.  We will see!



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

This means more wrecks in the Nationwide Series!!! Gotta love it.



Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

Attendance is down in both series and they do this! Without the cup drivers I don't really have any interest in following the nationwide series. Funny how the sport who markets their talent the best is making this move. After seeing how much attendance and ratings will fall, I think they will change their mind in 2012!




Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

Fine. Then Sprint Cup drivers should simply run Sprint, and no Busch races at all. Without the sprinkling of Sprint Cup drivers, Busch will generate ZERO fan interest. Nobody will watch. Nobody will care.



Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

remember the death of Indy car racing. Rule changes and excluding drivers from races killed the sport and it still has not recovered.
Why do you think the Indy drivers are trying to come to nascar. The big teams are still going to rule they just need to find a different
driver maybe a big moto x driver like Ricky C. or Travis P. these guys would bring in a new different fan base.



Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

I love the rule. I have said for years that drivers in the top 35 in Nextel Cup points (guaranteed a spot in the next race) should not be allowed to compete in any other NASCAR series. This is much better. Give more up and coming drivers a chance to compete in the lower series.


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