By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
Changing the style of the cup car couldn’t do it, neither could the chase format, nope stand alone races didn’t help much either… I’m of course talking about the huge identity crisis the Nationwide Series has found itself in, in recent years.
Casual fans flip on the television and see Kyle Busch leading the race and just assume its the Sprint Cup Series. With all of the cup drivers competing in the Series lately it really has become like Sprint Cup 2, but in steps Danica Patrick and problem solved.
Some don’t want her here, some don’t think she’s earned a right to be here, well first off throw those thoughts away the girl can drive. Not only has she won a race in the Indy Series, but she has come awfully close to pulling off the win in the Indy 500, and this past season she finished fifth in the Indy Car point standings (ahead of drivers like Tony Kanaan).
Secondly what she has done in just the past week for the Nationwide Series is incredible. Every Indy fan now will be watching the Nationwide Series closely this season to see how she does Not to mention the Nationwide Series now has what it has desperately needed all along: a face.
It should be a fun show to watch all season long, and I expect her to run a little better than some are anticipating. Oh and if you think she won’t have that big of an effect on the ratings for the Nationwide Series then you obviously haven’t seen what one day of her testing an ARCA car has done for that series.