Carl Edwards kicks up ‘no Sprint drivers in Nationwide’ again

Jay Busbee

If you're one of those folks who believes Sprint Cup drivers have the right, nay, the duty to drive in Nationwide, Carl Edwards didn't exactly help your case on Saturday night.

In a thoroughly dominating performance at the Federated Auto Parts 300, Edwards throttled the field despite a late speeding penalty. When he was dinged for speeding through the pits on lap 83, even though he was leading the race at the time, it only took him 37 laps to work his way back around to the front.

"I felt like he was kind of playing with us a little there at the end," said Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Edwards' teammate, who finished second.

The only other current Sprint Cup regular was Brad Keselowski, who also led much of the race before surrendering the lead because of engine problems. Naturally, this leads us to the eternal question of Sprint Cup regulars in Nationwide races.

In 20 races this year, Nationwide regulars have won exactly two in which Sprint Cuppers participated. (Coincidentally, Edwards finished second in both.) This isn't a new story, certainly, but Edwards' performance Saturday night only underlines the disparity in talent and equipment between the big dogs and the Nationwide regulars. Think that performances like Saturday night's are going to change anything anytime soon?