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NASCAR Considering Chase For Nationwide (To Exclude Sprint Cup Drivers)
08-17-2010, 05:12 PM
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NASCAR Considering Chase For Nationwide (To Exclude Sprint Cup Drivers)
NASCAR officials are considering a possible Chase playoff format for the Nationwide Series next season that would exclude Sprint Cup competitors, sources confirmed Tuesday.

Officials discussed the possibility of limiting or eliminating points for a Cup driver who ranks in the top 35 in the Cup standings.



NASCAR president Mike Helton met with Nationwide Series team owners, drivers and crew chiefs Monday in Concord, N.C., to discuss cost-containment ideas and possible changes that would allow a Nationwide-only driver to win the championship.

If implemented, a Nationwide Series Chase probably would have fewer drivers and fewer races than the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which has 12 drivers for the final 10 events.

Full-time Sprint Cup drivers have won the past four Nationwide Series titles and a Cup driver probably will win it again this season. Brad Keselowski holds a commanding lead over Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch, all three of whom are Cup regulars.

NASCAR wants to bring more attention to Nationwide Series drivers who don't compete regularly in the Cup series. Officials discussed the possibility of limiting or eliminating points for a Cup driver who ranks in the top 35 in the Cup standings.

Sunday Drivers, Saturday Money

A Nationwide regular hasn't won the series championship since Martin Truex Jr.'s back-to-back titles in 2004-05. Here's the last four series champs and the highest-finishing Nationwide Series regulars:
Year Champion Top Regular 2009 Kyle Busch Jason Leffler (4th) 2008 Clint Bowyer Brad Keselowski (3rd) 2007 Carl Edwards Jason Leffler (3rd) 2006 Kevin Harvick Paul Menard (6th)

Cup drivers still could compete in all the Nationwide events, but not compete for the championship. The team owner of those cars would continue to receive owners points, which would allow the car to win the owner's championship, but not the driver championship.

This would appease sponsors, which still would win a championship as the primary sponsor on the car.
The other major topic of the meeting was cost containment. NASCAR may cut purse money at Nationwide events by as much as 20 percent next season because of decreased attendance at the tracks. Only a handful of tracks that host Nationwide events this season made a profit off of those races.

One possible cost-saving measure is to limit to traveling crews for each team, something that was done previously in the Camping World Truck Series. Officials also discussed limits to the numbers of engines a team would use during the season.

Teams also talked about making sure the new Nationwide car, which is the same chassis as the Cup car with the same safety features, remains different from the Cup version.
Terry Blount covers motorsports for ESPN.com.
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08-17-2010, 05:17 PM
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RE: NASCAR Considering Chase For Nationwide (To Exclude Sprint Cup Drivers)
I'm hopeing this will happen, This will be good for the Nationwide Series. I'd like to see Jgr open to a 3 car stable, Give Dibenedetto and Coleman the #18 #20 then open up another seat for Joey and Kyle to share for when they want to race.
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08-18-2010, 10:56 PM
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I reallllly like your idea. I don't know why they aren't a 3 car team in NW anyhow but I guess it's money and such but w/ RCR and RBR going 3 & 4 teams next season in cup I don't see why we can't go 3 car team.
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08-19-2010, 01:19 AM
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If they do implement this, it will be interesting to see how it changes the Nationwide series going forward. I think it's too hard to predict the outcome of the move. So I am glad I am not the one making the final decision, lol.
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08-19-2010, 08:52 PM
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Haha yea I know Cup drivers probably won't want to do it but sponsors will want them too and then car owners probably wouldn't care either way since they'll still get owner points....it'll be interesting hopefully turns out good!
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08-24-2010, 09:53 AM
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Whatever they do they need to limit the number of times a cup driver can race in the Nationwide series. I say 15 times max. Just taking them out of the points isn't good enough because there is still people like Carl Edwards who could block talent from moving up.

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