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Nationwide Series Field at Nashville Has a Little ARCA Flavor

5 APR 2002:   Casey Atwood waits to qualify in his #7 Ultra Motorsports Dodge Intrepid R\\T for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Samsung\\Radio Shack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. DIGITAL IMAGE - Mandatory Credit: Jon Ferrey/Getty Images
David PhillipsAnalyst IApril 11, 2009

Justin Allgaier, Casey Atwood, David Ragan, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Michael Annett, David Green, Scott Lagasse, Jr., Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Ken Butler III, Brian Keselowski, Stephen Leicht, Michael McDowell, Steve Wallace, Shelby Howard, Michael Waltrip and Jeremy Clements.

I know what you're thinking...they don't have anything in common. But oh wait, they do.

They are all former ARCA Re/Max Series winners that are entered in the Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway Saturday.

Among the 17 drivers, only Green, Busch, Leicht, Waltrip, Atwood, and Logano have transitioned their ARCA wins to a victory at the Nationwide Series level. 

Of those, the only one listed here to score a Nationwide win at Nashville is Waltrip.

Also, among the 17, five are rookies.

Other drivers entered in the Nashville Nationwide event who have driven in ARCA Re/Max Series races include Danny O'Quinn, John Wes Townley, Brian Scott, Eric McClure, Tim Andrews, Burney Lamar, Jason Leffler, Scott Wimmer, Kertus Davis, Brandon Whitt, Mike Harmon, Morgan Shepherd, Andy Ponstein and Ryan Hackett.

That means that 67% of Saturday's Nationwide field could be former ARCA drivers, going a long way to prove that the ARCA Series is a breeding ground for the future stars of NASCAR.

Unless you're Casey Atwood. Wasn't he dubbed the next Jeff Gordon when Ray Evernham brought him up? If I'm Gordon I'm insulted by that. Atwood's accomplishments were...well there were none, unless you count that lone Milwaukee win.

Until next time ARCA-holics.

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