At the end of the 2014 racing season, Nationwide Insurance will be stepping away from being the series sponsor for what has long been thought of as the last step before a driver moves into a Sprint Cup ride. At one time, a young driver was expected to spend several seasons in this series as a way of testing their ability.
As the sport has changed and the cost of fielding a Sprint Cup car has gone out of sight, many drivers chose to make their career as a Nationwide driver. The competition in the series has become as tight and exciting as in any other motorsports series. The mix of young up and comers with seasoned veterans makes it the perfect training ground.
Recently the discussion about allowing current Sprint Cup drivers to compete in the Nationwide series has grown louder and everyone has a different opinion about it. Perhaps the changing of the sponsor is a good time to reevaluate the situation. I am here to my opinion to the mix.
I watch all of the races in each of the top three NASCAR series; Camping World trucks, Nationwide and Sprint Cup. Lately, I have felt that I am often pulling for the underdogs to win. I am not supporting the most famous or successful drivers, I am supporting those who are strictly driving in that specific series. When watching trucks, I want a truck driver to win, when watching Nationwide, I want a Nationwide driver to win, when watching Spring Cup, I want a Sprint Cup driver to win. This all makes perfect sense to me.
The race last night at Chicagoland was much more enjoyable due to the fact that a Nationwide series driver, Chase Elliott captured his 3rd win of the season. Sadly, when reported he was compared to Kyle Busch who also has 3 wins in the Nationwide series this season. I would have preferred that the reporting would have emphasized the importance of Chase having the most wins amongst Nationwide competitors. He deserves to have his own podium to stand on, alone.