On Friday, October 12, 2012, the NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers raced in the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In the end, it was Joey Logano who took the checkered flag in a race that was dominated by NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers. Of the drivers in the top five, only third place finisher Elliott Sadler was not a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver. In second place was Kevin Harvick, followed by Sadler, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin. Rookie Austin Dillon finished in sixth. Sadler currently has the lead in the points and only Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Dillon are within 100 points of him. Stenhouse is only 13 points behind and Dillon is 29 points behind.
Angela Cope, the sister of Amber Cope, was also driving in this race. Unfortunately, she had bad luck and was out of the race due to a blown engine on the first lap. Amber Cope had been blamed for getting in the way of Kevin Harvick as he was trying to win a Nationwide race earlier in the season. Angela Cope hit another car on the first lap and her engine promptly blew. She was unable to return to the race and ended up finishing in last place.
Though he finished in an unremarkable 24th place, Mike Wallace had an unforgettable race. This race marked the 750th start for the driver. He first joined the Nationwide Series in 1990. Though most of his starts have been in the Nationwide Series, he has driven in a significant amount of races in both the Sprint Cup Series and the Camping World Truck Series. He is currently in a car that does not have a sponsor.
I would love to see the Nationwide Series drivers have a chance to shine. This was the eighth time that Logano won in that series this year. The Nationwide regulars still managed to finish well, but once again it was a Sprint Cup driver who grabbed the spotlight. As a fan, I would not be disappointed to see a new rule that limited the amount of races a Sprint Cup driver could race in. For a new Sprint Cup driver, the experience gained from driving in both races would provide invaluable experience, but overall, it is somewhat unfair. As a fan, I would like to see more of the Nationwide drivers get a chance to shine.
Kristin Watt has been a NASCAR Winston Cup, now Sprint Cup, fan for as long as she can remember starting way back when she was a little girl and her mother would sit on the couch with her every Sunday during the season to watch the races. Back then, they were fans of Bill Elliott and newcomer Davey Allison.