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NASCAR: How to Fix the Nationwide Series

Over the last few years, the NASCAR Nationwide Series has turned into what many observers call "Cup Lite." Every year, a few Sprint Cup drivers have also run most, if not all, of the Nationwide Series races as well. This, and the resulting influx of Sprint Cup owners, has taken the Nationwide identity away. Ever since the short fields of the mid-2000s, more and more Sprint Cup drivers have been cast in the lower series, and the success of these drivers have caused more and more owners to put these drivers in their cars instead of any promising driver or crafty veteran. The influx of new drivers has dried up, leading to Sprint Cup having Kevin Conway and Andy Lally as leading rookies. Sponsors want a brand name, which is why the Nationwide-o...

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