Possible Limits for Cup Drivers
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on February 22, 2014 | 3:19 P.M. EST
Busch has 63 Nationwide wins and 36 in the Truck series. He owns a Truck team. (Photo: Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR is looking at potentially limiting the number of Nationwide and Camping World Truck races Sprint Cup drivers can run during a season.
The hot-button issue with fans came up again after Kyle Busch won Friday night’s Truck race at Daytona International Speedway and defended his ability to run in such races.
“People don't like it,’’ Busch said. “I'm stealing candy from a baby. Till the rules are changed or everybody else grows up and can beat me, then we're racing, so...
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s vice president of racing operations addressed the matter Saturday with The Associated Press.
"We're definitely aware of the fan messaging we get,"O'Donnell said. "There's a balance, especially talking to the tracks, of having a Cup driver or two in the Trucks or Nationwide. ... We have had discussions with the race teams about ownership and should Cup drivers get points and we've looked at should they be limited in the number of races. It's something we are really studying."
Kelley Earnhardt Miller, co-owner of JR Motorsports, said that NASCAR officials “suggested they might be looking at different things next year for this series’’ in a meeting with team owners.
She said she’s lobbied NASCAR to allow Cup drivers to run in other series. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick are both scheduled to run for JR Motorsports this season. Earnhardt and Kasey Kahne drove for the team in select races last season.
Saturday's Nationwide race at Daytona International Speedway included nine drivers who will race in Sunday's Daytona 500 including Earnhardt, Brad Keselowski and Busch.
“It's important to be able to have the Cup guys in our series,’’ Earnhardt Miller said. “I think the young guys that are in the series like to be able to race against talent like Dale and Kevin and those guys.
“We'll just have to find the balance for what makes it work. But it's definitely part of our program and part of the leverage we use from a sponsorship standpoint.’’
Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition, declined to discuss when series officials might implement such a policy.