Nationwide Series: Death of a Myth?
Congratulations to Carl Edwards who won the pole for today’s Nationwide event at Fontana. Edwards was joined in the top ten by Roush-Fenway teammates Greg Biffle (5th) and David Ragan (8th).
In looking through the starting line-up I may have spotted what could best be described as a Mythbuster.
No, not this Mythbuster. However if anyone can get Kari to strip for me I’d be most appreciative. And I promise, I won’t fall over in a dream-like stupor
Now that my digressing is complete, the myth I refer to is having so many Sprint Cup drivers entered in the Nationwide Series would stall, if not kill of totally, any chance young drivers or new teams have of gaining the experience needed to progress to the next level of competition.
Well, there are 7 Mythbusters (rookies) in Saturday’s starting line-up led by Michael McDowell who starts from the third hole.
He’s followed by fellow rookies Brendan Gaughan (11th, although he has many NCWTS starts), John Wes Townley (14th), Justin Allgaier (17th), Scott Lagasse Jr.(23rd), Ken Butler III (24th) and Michael Annett (42nd).
Some of you may discount a couple of those due to their connections to one of Cup’s so-called Mega-Teams. Justin Allgaier is an example, as he’s wheeling a Penske Dodge, to which I say – so.
When has that ever not been the case. The series’ entire history is dotted with drivers, both rookies and vets, that had direct financial ties to large Cup teams or some other form of support from them. The series isn’t dead yet from their presence and I don’t see it going anywhere for the foreseeable future.
And BTW, with the exception of Ken Butler III, all of today’s rookie starters were in Daytona’s starting line-up.