It’s debatable what was more predictable about last night’s Camping World Truck Series race, that Kyle Busch won, or that as soon as he won Twitter blew up with fans calling for Sprint Cup Series drivers to be banned from the series.
While it is annoying that Busch now has five wins in five Truck Series starts, he isn’t going anywhere. A conversation with NASCAR President Mike Helton laid out that they will not be limiting drivers from participating in any series. Basically it’s a free country, and they can run where ever they want, be it Truck Series, Nationwide Series, IndyCar, or your local race track.
Add to it that Busch’s presence in the series is one to race, but also to provide additional funding for his Kyle Busch Motorsports team. Sponsors are on teammates Darrell Wallace, Jr. and Erik Jones’ trucks because they get a piece of Busch. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be a Kyle Busch Motorsports to run 1-2 last night.
This brings this conversation back to something that has been preached before on StartNParkBlog.com, the costs and effectiveness of the Truck Series schedule needs to be adjusted. If star drivers can’t simply own teams without having to run races, there’s an issue. When around 30 teams show up, there’s an issue.
And it is not just isolated to the Truck Series, the Nationwide Series finds itself in the same situation each week. Not only are they short on cars for the field, but the divide between the have’s (Cup affiliated teams) and have not’s (everyone else) is staggering.
This weekend this trend finally hit the Sprint Cup Series, as they will have only 42 cars for Saturday’s race for the first time since 2001. The list will go on, when Roush Fenway Racing struggles to find sponsors, there’s an issue. When stands and ratings are declining, there’s an issue.
Here’s to hoping that the summer stretch makes it painfully obvious that NASCAR has to do something to help teams, lower costs, and put on a better show for the fans.