Tale of the Tape: Nationwide Series Title Contenders
By David Smith (on Twitter at @DavidSmithMA)
November 2, 2012
With three races to go — and that includes this weekend’s event at Texas Motor Speedway — three drivers are still standing as combatants for this year’s NASCAR Nationwide Series crown. These three drivers (and teams) are within 26 points — less than a half-race — of each other. Two of those three are producing at an entire level higher than they did in 2011. The third driver is a rookie who doubles as the reigning champion of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Sound interesting? Thought so.
All three drivers will almost assuredly be discussed on the ESPN race telecasts, but which one has the most realistic shot of winning the whole shebang? Let us investigate:
- Elliott Sadler (the point leader) has just a six-point cushion with three races to go, but in this modern age of Nationwide Series racing where the number of realistic race win contenders is only five to six positions deep, it is a big six points. He had to play from behind late in the season last year, ultimately finishing second to Ricky Stenhouse, but with the roles reversed ... Read More
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David Smith is the Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Analytics and the host of The David Smith Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidSmithMA.