Although the statistics may not reflect it, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch dominated the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. Despite many times before having come short at the track, Busch was always dominant at the concrete mile track, but was kept out of victory lane by a myriad of incidents, ranging from wrecks to loose hood pins — until this race.
And while normally such victories are bright stories of redemption, this was once again about how Busch stole the show from many young talents and prompted more discussion about Sprint Cup Series drivers’ roles in NASCAR’s developmental series.
Busch outshined his teammate and pole winner Darrell Wallace Jr., as well as second-generation drivers Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott. Elliott ran an incredible race, coming through the field twice, but stood no chance to the caliber of talent Busch brought to the track today.
In three of the four Camping World Truck Series races he has run this year, Busch has either won or finished second. As the economy rebounds, more and more teams can afford to go racing, but development is hindered by stars such as Busch winning Nationwide Series and Camping World truck Series races.
Currently, the Truck Series is doing just fine and as the Nationwide Series become rich with prospects, there may be some overflow which occurs. Although there is no precedent for how leagues can deal with athletes delving into the minor leagues for recreation, it is clear a precedent must be established.
As NASCAR’s development series continue to foster talent, NASCAR needs to ban its Sprint Cup Series drivers from doing what Kyle Busch did today. Once again, rather than celebrating a great win, I found myself feeling heartbroken for Wallace, Blaney, Elliott and Matt Crafton, who simply could not complete with Busch today.
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