NASCAR 2011: How New Championship Chasing Rules Affect Nationwide's Cup Drivers

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NASCAR 2011: How New Championship Chasing Rules Affect Nationwide's Cup Drivers
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If you thought it would be cool to see a driver win a championship in more than one of NASCAR's top series in the same season, your hopes are going to be dashed. At least for the foreseeable future.

It has been determined that this season, each driver is going to have to choose just one series in which they can accumulate points towards a drivers championship.

How the points will be handed out is still yet to be determined, but the revelation of this new rule is sure to affect some of the drivers who pull double duty.

Will guys like Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards still run full Nationwide schedules knowing that they have no chance to win the championship? And if they do still run the full slate of events, will their results be any different?

I am going to take a look at some of the drivers who spent the majority of last season running in both series, and tell you how this new rule change will affect their season, in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series.

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