This is one of the most intriguing changes for drivers in NASCAR this season, as they must choose whether to race in the Truck, Nationwide or Sprint Cup series and whichever one is they choose to accrue points in. No longer will drivers be able to race in multiple racing series for accruing points for the respective championships, and it may hinder sponsorships for some NASCAR drivers. I will lay out the pros and cons of this decision.
- The field will be more balanced, as more of the same drivers with that experience will be able to run.
- Some sponsorships for the respective drivers will follow accordingly.
- Those who compete in that specific series for points will be more focused for that championship, rather than diverting their energies in multiple series.
- Limiting of pre-track warmups for some drivers when they raced in both the Nationwide and the Sprint Cup series. In other words, those drivers that raced before in the same track for the Nationwide series prior to their racing and qualification for the Sprint Cup series. These drivers would have already the feel of the track when they raced the track for the Nationwide series, and they can make adjustments to their engines prior to the Sprint Cup race.
- The fans could be potentially disserviced, as they won’t be able to see Sprint Cup drivers race in lower-ranking Nationwide or Truck series.
- The drivers could potentially earn less money, as some sponsorships should become more series-specific.
- For the respective racing teams, they won’t get a preview of the racetrack and plan further ahead.
The Daytona 500 is less than a month away, and we should see how this change will affect the Sprint Cup, in particular. It will be interesting to see how the sponsorships respond as well in the next few years.