In years past, race tracks hosting NASCAR Nationwide Series events were quick to tout whatever Sprint Cup Series stars were competing in their Nationwide Series races in attempts to lure ticket-buying race fans to their venues. But are these Sprint Cup stars really as necessary for drawing attention to the Nationwide Series as previously thought?
Maybe when it comes to the more casual fan, the big-name Sprint Cup star may carry some weight when it comes to getting him or her to head to a Nationwide-only race weekend at a given track. But when it comes to more die-hard fans, Nationwide regulars suit them just fine. At least that’s what recent results from a survey of the Official NASCAR Fan Council shows.
A survey of the council conducted March 26 and 27 showed that fans, in general, would like to see more Nationwide regulars win races. On top of that, those fans expect to see series regulars win Nationwide events.
The survey was prompted by a recent phenomenon of non-Sprint Cup Series drivers winning a majority of Nationwide Series races, even ones that are companion races to Cup events. Five races into the season—all Sprint Cup companion events—only one Sprint Cup regular, Joey Logano, has pulled into victory lane following a Nationwide race.
James Buescher, a Camping World Truck Series regular, won the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway. Other wins include two by Nationwide regular Elliott Sadler and one by series reigning champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.