NASCAR is considering a plan that would keep full-time Nextel Cup Series drivers from winning the Busch Series after the 2008 season - the same year the Busch Series will have its own version of the Car of Tomorrow.
If NASCAR signs off on the plan, any driver ranked among the top 35 in the Nextel Cup standings cannot get points in a Busch Series race.
It won’t keep Nextel Cup regulars from racing - and dominating - the junior circuit, but it will help NASCAR crown a champion that’s dedicated solely to the Busch Series.
So far, most seem to like the idea. "I would be in 100 percent in favor of what they could do to make the Busch Series to where it was more about the Busch Series regulars, and it was more about the young guy coming in and trying to compete for a championship at that level," said two-time Busch Series champion Kevin Harvick.
New champion Carl Edwards plans to do double duty again next year. After that, he joked that he may have to wear a disguise to compete for championships in both circuits.
Five of the top-eight drivers in the Busch Series standings, including Edwards, work full time in the Nextel Cup Series.