Sprint Cup Is Not The Only Action At Daytona International Speedway

In the wake of all the excitement that was created by Kevin Harvick’s victory in the season opener Sprint Unlimited Saturday night, and Danica Patrick wining the pole for the Great American Race next Sunday, let’s don’t forget about the junior circuit racing this weekend. I realize they don’t generate as much excitement as the Sprint Cup activity, but I propose to you, they will generate good racing.

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Feed the Children 300

June 29, 2012; Sparta, IN, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Danica Patrick talk before the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-USA TODAY Sports

The Camping World Truck Series get’s the season started on Friday night under the lights at The Daytona International Speedway with the NextEra Energy Resources 250. You can watch the race on Speed with the green flag coming around 8 PM Eastern. John King is your defending champion.

CWTS defending champion, James Buescher, driver of the Turner Motorsports #31 Chevrolet, will be returning to the trucks full time for the 2013 season, and looking for a repeat performance in 2013. Buescher’s TMS teammate Nelson Piquet Jr finished seventh in points last season, and will return with Miguel Paludo who won the pole here last year in the debut race.

Kyle Busch Motorsports will field the #18 Toyota Tundra with Joey Coulter in the seat. Coulter finished third in the points last year, and will be joined by Parker Klingerman. Klingerman ran well last year, and finished in fifth place.

We should see the older veterans like Todd Bodine, Ron Hornaday, and Brendan Gaughan, running with some of the younger stars, and keeping them honest.

The Nationwide Series gets underway on Saturday afternoon with the DRIVE4COPD 400. The race will probably take the green flag around 2:30 PM Eastern also on ESPN. Of course, Danica Patrick won the poll here last year, and James Buescher will be the defending champion.

With series champion, Ricky Stenhouse Jr moving up to a full time Cup ride for the 2013, maybe this will give Elliott Sadler an opportunity to get that elusive championship. He will face some tough competition from a few young guns who are looking to impress their bosses. In the case of Austin Dillon, the grandson of Richard Childress would love nothing better than put a Nationwide title on his resume before his move to Sprint Cup next year.

While being on-line with Twitter on Saturday afternoon during the ARCA race, I was disappointed to see the lack of interest in anything but the Cup series. If you really love racing, these races are usually pretty good. The drivers do not always possess the talent that comes from the Cup series, but lack of experience usually leads to a lot of bumping and banging that sometimes ends up in a big one. The younger drivers have all come up through smaller tracks, and can be intimidated at a 2.5 mile monster like Daytona.

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