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The Nationwide Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCAR's second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organization's top level, the Sprint Cup. In 2008 the series will sponsored by Nationwide.

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Name History

Name Year(s)
Busch Series
1982-2007
Nationwide Series
2008-

History

The series emerged from NASCAR's old Sportsman division, which was formed in 1950 as NASCAR's short track race division. It became the Late Model Sportsman series in 1968, and soon featured races on larger tracks, such as Daytona International Speedway.

The modern-day Nationwide Series was formed in 1982, when Anheuser-Busch sponsored a newly reformed late-model sportsman series with its Budweiser brand. It switched sponsorship to the Busch brand in 1984, and in 1986, was renamed from the Sportsman series to the Busch Grand National Series. Grand National was dropped from the series' title in 2003.

Nationwide Series cars are slightly smaller versions of their Sprint Cup counterparts. In the past, the Nationwide Series used makes of cars not used in the Cup series, as well as V-6 engines instead of Cup's V-8s, but now the cars used in the series are more similar.

The series has become a minor league series in recent years, but is frequently populated with Cup regulars, especially on the weekends where a Nationwide race is run on a Saturday prior to a Sprint Cup race being run at the same track on a Sunday, which is common. Seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt was the first winner of a Nationwide Series race, and the winning-most driver in series history is Mark Martin, who won most of his races while driving in Winston Cup at the same time. Cup regulars that race in the Nationwide Series (often referred to as "Busch-whackers") are sometimes criticized for racing against inferior competition, but many NASCAR experts contend that without Cup drivers in Nationwide, and the large amount of fan interest that they attract, the series would cease to exist. However to counter the "Nationwide-whackers" there are a few constant drivers in the series including David Green, Mark Green, Jason Keller, Stacy Compton, Kenny Wallace, and Ashton Lewis.

On August 5, 2004, NASCAR announced that the Busch Series would hold a points-paying race in Mexico City at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on March 6, 2005. This track has hosted both Formula One and Champ Car races in the past. Martin Truex Jr. was the winner of the race. For more information see 2005 in NASCAR Busch Series.

Beginning in 2007, ABC, ESPN and sibling network ESPN2 will be the exclusive carrier of all Busch Series races. Currently FOX, FX, TNT and NBC own the rights to the races, with the cable carriers (FX and TNT) carrying most of the races.

Some sponsors have criticized the new television deal, noting a maximum of four races will appear on broadcast network television, and most likely none in prime-time; in recent years, as many as nine races in the Nationwide Series have aired on network television, with two 2005 races ending up in prime-time television.

In April 2005, the Busch Series made its first appearance in prime-time network television; the Aaron's 312 at Talladega, because of a rain delay and excessive length caused by a crash, ended in near-darkness (7 PM CT) in prime-time, on Fox. In September 2005, the AmeriQuest 300 at California became the first Busch Series race to air in its entirety in prime-time network television, on NBC.

Series logo under Busch

In 2007, NASCAR announced the Busch sponsorship would not return to the series. A number of companies, including Subway and Kentucky Fried Chicken were in the running but in mid-October Nationwide took over the series. NASCAR also announced the series would run a new style car by 2009.

List of Champions

Year Driver Wins Earnings No. Sponsor Make
2010 TBA ? $ #?
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2009 Kyle Busch 9 $3,337,555 #18
NOS Energy Drink/Z-Line Designs
Toyota
2008 Clint Bowyer 1 $2,428,824 #2
BB&T/Camping World
Chevrolet
2007 Carl Edwards 4 $2,485,582 #60
Dish Network/Scott's
Ford
2006 Kevin Harvick 9 $2,850,864 #21
U.S. Coast Guard
Chevrolet
2005 Martin Truex, Jr. 6 $3,143,692 #8
Bass Pro Shops
Chevrolet
2004 Martin Truex, Jr. 6 $2,537,171 #8
Bass Pro Shops
Chevrolet
2003 Brian Vickers 3 $1,112,250 #25
GMAC
Chevrolet
2002 Greg Biffle 4 $1,275,410 #60
Grainger
Ford
2001 Kevin Harvick 5 $919,167 #2
AC Delco
Chevrolet
2000 Jeff Green 6 $1,919,937 #10
Nestle NesQuik
Chevrolet
1999 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7 $1,332,701 #3
AC Delco
Chevrolet
1998 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 7 $837,065 #3
AC Delco
Chevrolet
1997 Randy LaJoie 5 $1,105,201 #74
Fina
Chevrolet
1996 Randy LaJoie 5 $532,823 #74
Fina
Chevrolet
1995 Johnny Benson 2 $469,129 #74
Lipton Tea
Chevrolet
1994 David Green 1 $218,664 #44
Slim Jim
Chevrolet
1993 Steve Grissom 2 $214,146 #31
Channelock Tools
Chevrolet
1992 Joe Nemechek 2 $170,095 #87
Texas Pete Sauces
Chevrolet
1991 Bobby Labonte 2 $150,054 #44
Penrose Sausage
Oldsmobile
1990 Chuck Bown 6 $225,561 #63
Nescafe Classic
Pontiac
1989 Rob Moroso 4 $260,739 #25
Swisher Sweets
Oldsmobile
1988 Tommy Ellis 3 $121,045 #99
J&J Racing
Buick
1987 Larry Pearson 6 $185,424 #21
Chattanooga Chew
Chevrolet/Pontiac
1986 Larry Pearson 1 $184,344 #21
Chattanooga Chew
Chevrolet/Pontiac
1985 Jack Ingram 5 $164,710 #11
Pantry/Skoal Bandit
Oldsmobile/Pontiac
1984 Sam Ard 8 $173,435 #00
Thomas Brothers Country Ham
Oldsmobile
1983 Sam Ard 10 $140,660 #00
Thomas Brothers Country Ham
Oldsmobile
1982 Jack Ingram 7 $29,675 #11
Oak Stove/Budweiser
Oldsmobile

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