Brad Keselowski Wins NNS Race Dominated By Sprint Cup Regulars
When the green flag fell on Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, it was clear the Sprint Cup Series regulars would have the advantage for much of the afternoon.
Pole sitter and Nationwide regular Alex Bowman led the first three laps of the race, but gave up the top spot to Sam Hornish, who went on to lead the next two circuits. Title contender Austin Dillon also grabbed the lead for two laps, but after that it was all Sprint Cup regulars.
In the end, Brad Keselowski got the best of Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth, put on the cowboy hat and earned his sixth Nationwide win of the season, leading 106 of the 200 laps.
All together, Sprint Cup Series regulars led all but seven laps Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, leading many fans to voice their displeasure on social media.
The debate over Sprint Cup Series regulars racing in the Nationwide Series is nothing new. However, this year the 'double-dippers' have dominated the Nationwide Series win column.
Of the 31 races run so far this season, only five have been won by non-Sprint Cup regulars. Of those five races, only one has been won by a driver with no Sprint Cup experience (Ryan Blaney in Kentucky).
While the Sprint Cup regulars do not score championship points, they certainly know the trophy and the prize money is up for grabs.
Is there a solution for this trend? Is it really such a bad thing? These are questions that come up time and again when this debate rages on amongst fans and members of the media.
One thing is certain, the Sprint Cup regulars are showing no signs of slowing down just yet.