New Rules For NASCAR
It looks like it’ll be a case of pick and choose for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup drivers this coming season. Apparently–and I say apparently because NASCAR officials are being tight-lipped about it–drivers will have to select which series, Sprint or Nationwide, they will race for a championship in 2011. One driver, Kenny Wallace, has come forward to confirm the report.
“The brand-new license forms that are out, there’s a box and in it, it states that you have to mark — put an X — what championship you’re running for,” driver Wallace told NASCAR.com.
“A driver will only be permitted to earn driver championship points in one of the following three series: NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” Wallace said, reading his application. “Please select the series in which you would like to accumulate driver championship points. Choose one.”
NASCAR is hoping that new policy will help forge a separate identity for the Nationwide Series, one that is seen as being a step below the Sprint Cup. One note, the Sprint Cup drivers WILL be allowed to compete in Nationwide events if they so choose but not qualify for the points championship.