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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 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

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2011 7:12 pm

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

If they want to have a Nationwide driver win the championship then don't race at the same tracks make it harder for big boys to even be there. The whole point of those big name drivers being there is they bring in a big fan base. If the nationwide series could servive on
it's own it would have done that a long time ago.

Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2011 6:51 pm

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.

Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2011 6:07 pm

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

I agree with the no team. Let's get back to real racing.

Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:59 pm

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

. i would, also, like to see teams done away with. let's have each man for himself.

Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:54 pm

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

How about if you make the sprint cup chase, no racing in the lower series the following year,

give the new guys a chance,

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:18 pm

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

Now I am sure there is more to it, but what I read, doesn't say Cup drivers can't race in Nationwide races, just that their points won't count if they checked the Cup series.  So a Cup driver could go to the Nationwide races, win the trophy and prize money still.  I will be honest, I don't track the prize money too much in Nationwide, but nothing to stop a Cup driver and his team from picking up some cash this way and as it kind of mentions, would the owner points get awarded?

I am not sure any of them would do this but you never know.

Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2011 4:07 pm

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

I think this is great. The first step in getting the cup guys out of nationwide completely. This has always been the stupidest thng in the world anyway, it would be like pro football players dropping down and playing college games, or pro baseball players dropping down to triple or double A. Cups guys have come up through the ranks and made it to the top, the cream of the crop, why would you want to drop back down competition levels. Maybe they should concentrate harder on winning a Sprint cup race.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 4:06 pm

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

It would promote having them at those races and perhaps make the crowds a little larger for those events. If there is another championship that could be won then I believe quite a few drivers would all do for it.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 3:00 pm

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

Although it would yield a champion other than Jimmie Johnson, no one would be eligible except for Kyle Busch, and even then, he runs very few truck races these days. How would it even work? Just add up the points across all 3 series? But as I said, no one qualifies except Busch. Harvick doesn't even qualify as he runs just a few truck races.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 2:51 pm

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

What do you folks think about this?  How about an All Round Champion? The drivers would have to run in at least 8 races in all 3 series to be in it and you get points for all events in all 3 series to determine the champion. That would get more excitement.

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