By admin | March 21, 2008
Where did the Cup drivers go?
By Richard Allen
There are only six full time Sprint Cup Series drivers entered in this weekend’s Nationwide Series race at the Nashville Superspeedway. So, where did the Cup drivers go?
Apparently, Cup drivers only see fit to invade the second series when it is convenient.
Every Nationwide race held so far in 2008 has served as a companion event for the Sprint Cup Series. The Pepsi 300 will be the first stand alone event for the series this season. Thus, the race provides the first test to see how many Cup invaders are serious about racing in the other series and how many run the series simply when they do not have other plans.
It is not as if there is a Cup race on the other side of the continent. That series is taking the Easter weekend off.
There have been 17, 11, 14, 15 and 13 Cup drivers respectively in the Nationwide races held this year. Those driver’s ‘love of racing’ must not extend into the off weeks for the top series.
Since Nationwide races have been dominated by Cup drivers and have thus far served as warm up events for Cup races, the Nationwide regulars have an opportunity to shine on their own in Nashville.
So, when the summary articles are written for the Pepsi 300 which headline will best describe the action: Nashville proves Nationwide Series can stand on its own or Nationwide Series needs Cup drivers to be successful?
We will find out Saturday.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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