In social gatherings and parties, there's the phenomenon known as "double dipping," often defined as the act of an individual placing a snack (like a chip) into a container with saucer, only that that piece of food was eaten prior to the dip.
It's a surefire way to get the disapproval and looks from the passerby, family members, and friends—that means you, George Costanza.
NASCAR has a sort of equal to the practice of "double dipping." In this case, it is known as "double duty" racing. Although a common aspect of stock car racing's top two series for as long as there's been an Earnhardt behind the wheel, this particular dabbling of duality has been scrutinized over the years.
While some may argue that Sprint Cup racers competing in Nationwide Series events prevents the regulars from the other ranks' to compete for wins and championships, having Sunday's stars in Saturday matinees or night races only adds to the weekend at the track.
For less the price and arduous race distances, enthusiasts can see some of their Cup favorites in colors similar to their Sunday rides, or in machines that have some affiliation to the regular jobs. The question often raised with double duty racers is this:
Does racing in the Nationwide Series help a Sprint Cup racer compete at their best level on Sunday?
We'll examine seven of the sport's staying powers, as they've competed in a bulk of the Nationwide events along with their full commitments to the Cup Series. Based on the upcoming slides, the answer may be obvious—but the reasons are more than what the pictures depict.
As the saying goes, it's your call—however, at the end of the day, stats indeed do not lie.
Let's go racing!
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