Nationwide Series Competition is Heating Up in 2011
The NASCAR Nationwide Series has provided exciting racing so far in the 2011 season and fans have watched as rookies have overcome veterans and they are following a tight points race, and one thing is for certain they aren’t finished yet.
The Nationwide Series will return to the Midwest to battle it out at Kansas Speedway once again in October. Defending Kansas Lottery 300 winner Joey Logano is scheduled to compete as are NASCAR Sprint Cup regulars Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards. Another competitor slated to race in the event is NASCAR’s top female driver, Danica Patrick. Also expected to take the green flag for the Kansas Lottery 300 is 2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne.
Earlier this season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Busch tied Mark Martin’s record for all time wins in the Nationwide Series at 49. Busch is getting closer to earning his 50th career Nationwide Series win and breaking Martin’s record with the only question being, will it happen before they return to Kansas Speedway?
“Tying Martin at 49 at New Hampshire was awesome, especially since he came to victory lane and we were able to do a photo together,” said Busch. “He’s a class act and has done so much for NASCAR, I was just honored to have him be a part of it.”
Although Sprint Cup drivers who compete in the series win many Nationwide Series races, this season a few Nationwide Series drivers have overcome the veterans to earn victories. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has pulled into victory lane twice this season, outrunning his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Edwards. Justin Allgaier coasted to victory in Chicago and Reed Sorenson won at Road America. Will we see another Sprint Cup Series driver win at Kansas or will a Nationwide Series regular overcome the veterans to earn a victory?
Fans have seen a tight points battle in the Nationwide Series so far this season after NASCAR decided to implement a rule where drivers had to choose the series where they wished to accumulate points so the Nationwide Series drivers no longer had to compete with the Sprint Cup drivers to win the championship. Stenhouse Jr. is taking advantage of the new rule as he currently is atop the point standings. Reed Sorenson is 10 points back and Elliot Sadler is in third, 24 points behind. Kansas Speedway will be an important battle in the Nationwide championship battle, with only four races remaining on the schedule after Kansas to decide the 2011 Nationwide Series champion.
Only six races remain on the schedule until the Nationwide Series will return to Kansas Speedway on October 8 in the Kansas Lottery 300. Tickets are on sale now for all remaining races at Kansas Speedway and may be purchased by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com or by calling 866.460.RACE(7223).