Kurt Busch missed the first three races of the season due to being suspended from competition by NASCAR. Busch received a waiver from NASCAR from having to attempt to qualify for every race and is eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He currently is 8th in points with two wins, and is a serious contender for the championship.
Kyle Busch missed the first eleven races of the season due to injury. Like his brother, NASCAR gave him the same waiver. Kyle Bush has won four races and is 23 points from being in the top 30 in points which would make him eligible for the championship. He will certainly do that and if successful, will be one of the top seeds for the Chase.
The Busch brothers are each in different ways bringing up the question by their performance on the track in the races they have entered; why have the attempted to qualify for every race rule?
If you are a driver who is so talented that you don’t need to race all the races why not skip those that for whatever reason you don’t really want to compete in? Why not, perhaps, skip some of those races that are not in the Chase and that are not as prestigious?
A few weeks ago the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series made it’s one and only visit to the Kentucky Speedway. Imagine if some of the stars of our sport (Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, etc) decided to have a weekend off to prepare for a future race or just have a vacation. The NASCAR product, the Kentucky Race would be worth less without them. There would be less of a reason to watch either at the track or on TV.
Imagine if a fan saved their money, bought tickets, scheduled camping and looked forward to the race; only to show up and find out the stars won’t be there. That is why NASCAR has the rule that drivers have to attempt to qualify for every race. They need to protect the product they deliver each and every week.
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