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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: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

indy, I imagine most Cup drivers would cut their schedule back. You eliminate the guys that were running for the championship, you may still have the guys that run all out for the win occasionally, but taking Edwards, Busch, Keselowski out of the races hands tons of wins over. Even if a Cup guy wins, maybe it won't be a mainstream cup guy. Prize money could still be won, but if you can't win the title, I bet a lot of drivers cut the schedule way down.



Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

So there might actually be a Nationwide champion who doesn't win any races due to Cup drivers participation but not receiving points? How does this help the Nationwide series?



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

I have some mixed emotions about this. I lived in Vegas most of life. and went to several races there. Now I live in ST. Louis and we only have a truck race and nationwide. I do go but It's not like the cup race weekend in Vegas or anywhere else. Knowing that I can see good racing between cup drivers makes it a little exciting. Of course if they were not there it would probably be better because the talent level and equipment would be more even and make it a good race between like kind talent.

I wouldn't want to see Tom Brady or Ben Rothlisberger playing in the arena league vs. the other teams as that would be a little boreing. Kind of like Mike Tyson fights of old.

In Vegas i watched many minor league hockey and baseball games and when the team had solid pitchers or goalies from the NHL or Padres or Dodgers they kicked everyones butt and made for boreing games.

Most Nationwide races i watch are always dominated by 1 of a few. Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Bush. occasionaly Matt Kenseth or old ass Mark Martin are always dominating the race.

I guess I support the move and think they should have other rules to limit the owner points as well. Something like a cup driver cannot run more than 5 races in a season.

I do think road course ringers can be the exception.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

This is good for the sport. Simalar to Baseball, farm system. It will give younger guys a bit of time and older washed out guys can go and still draw. I like going  to Minor league Baseball watching kids play because they enjoy it and it is affordable for me. Good call NASCAR



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

"Does 'NASCAR' count as one?  Then I'll choose the Sprint Cup and the Nationwide series."
-- Michael WaltripTongue out 


"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." 



This looks very similar to a test question I once saw in a Math for Southerners textbook.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

1. Nationwide attendance was never that great.

2. The same people that went before are liable to still go; season tickets/weekend packages are quite affordable for many. Attendance may drop, but not "fall off a cliff" like you think. Maybe at Nationwide/Truck only stops, but like I said, attendance wasn't that great as of now.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Drivers Can Only Run for Title in One Series

On the positive side, this will allow NASCAR to groom drivers for the future. It's tough for young guys to progress when the top Sprint guys are taking up rides in the lower series. On the negative side, attendance for and interest in Nationwide races are about to fall off a cliff.


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