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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Gershom, Apr 3, 2004.
Is it right that the Big Dogs drop down to race in the Busch series?
Figure that is like letting Favre and Elway play Arena ball in their spare time. Just not "professional" imho.
Personally, I don't see why they do, due to the fact that the last place finisher in Nextel Cup receives more than the Busch race winner.
However, I don't really think it affects a whole lot...granted, some full-time Busch drivers are affected when they are racing for a championship but don't get as many points as they would normally because a full-time cup car is in front of them.
However, at the end of the year, the Busch series always has exciting driver points championships. Sure, the Harvick/Sauter shared race car won the owner's championship. but young Brian Vickers pulled out an exciting driver championship, with or without cup cars.
The Nextel guys run Busch mainly to get more seat time at the track. They feel it helps when running later in the Nextel race.
I wish they would not allow it, though. I feel it hurts the Busch teams. Unless the Cup boys run Busch full time it probably won't affect the Busch Championship, but it probably takes away race wins from the Busch regulars.
I think that they should set up some rules. If you are in the top 20 in the point standings of NEXTEL Cup - then you can't run in the Busch series.
You could also carry those same rules for Busch Series drivers who run in the Craftsmen Truck Series.
I think I read that Michael Waltrip is considering running a full Busch series this season to see if he can win the championship. I will be interesting to see what the reaction would be from other drivers if he did win the Busch championship.
Michael certainly is having fun - and making some money in his Aarons Dream Machine!
Nextel Cup guys have been running in the Busch series for years. Let them keep doing so. It allows the Busch guys to get some experience racing the NC guys. It helps to put fannies in the seats when the "big boys" show up. It (as has been mentioned) gives some of the NC guys who need it, seat time at the track in a similar car. Some of the Busch teams are owned by NC owners and drivers for the specific purpose of developing their cars and developing new drivers. Leave it as it is...IMHO