NASCAR Lower Division’s are Ready to Step Up.
After an eventful weekend by all three racing series, NASCAR should feel pretty good about the future races. Excitement was at its best this weekend in Dover Delaware. Hanging on to your seat action from the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series on Friday. Door to door excitement from the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday and the weekend finale on Sunday with Sprint Cup drivers brought lots of great racing and a few exciting crashes.
While the Sprint Cup series has had fewer crashes and even less drama, the Camping World Truck Series and the Nationwide Series seem to be heating up just at the right time.
The truck series has had far less Cup drivers competing every week which has helped the identity of some up and coming drivers and truck regulars. Sponsorship is still a major issue, though it’s very hard to tell from the competition stand point.
The Nationwide Series has become the breeding ground for the next breakout star with the talents of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne, Austin Dillon, James Buescher and Justin Allgaier. Each of these drivers has made it to victory lane in the Nationwide Series, except for Austin Dillon, who is in his first season in this division. Austin Dillon is coming off of a championship in the Camping World Truck Series and was promoted to the Nationwide Series. Ty Dillon, Austin’s younger brother, took over driving duties in the truck series.
Lack of week to week rivalries and cautions in NASCAR’s premium division, the Sprint Cup Series, has opened a new door of excitement to the drivers and teams underneath the Sprint Cup stars. A golden opportunity exists in the Nationwide and Camping World series. Youthful drivers are getting much needed seat time and experience while older drivers are fighting hard to try and prove that they still belong in NASCAR.
In the next several years the talent depth will be at its peak, which will bring the race fans new rivalries and better racing. The longer these talented drivers wait for the next big ride, the more eager they will become. Drivers learn to evolve in every series they race and the longer they race in a division or series, the better the driver perfects his skill.
As race fans, we all expect to see the best show every weekend. Though they may not have household names that you see in the Cup series, but if its drama and excitement you are looking for, look no further than NASCAR’s other two divisions. A perfect example can be seen from the Dover races from this last weekend.
Chris Creighton is a writer for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @Nascar28_chris