Not since 1995, when Nationwide Series regulars won the first seven events, have four of the first five races been won by non-full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular James Buescher won the opener at Daytona International Speedway, current point leader Elliott Sadler scored at both Phoenix and Bristol and defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. prevailed at Las Vegas, before Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano finally broke the string on March 24 at Auto Club Speedway.
Following the Fontana race, 3,932 NASCAR Fan Council members responded to a question about the Nationwide Series regulars prevailing against their Sprint Cup brethren. Over 70 percent of those responding said the wins by Buescher, Sadler and Stenhouse makes them feel good about the NASCAR Nationwide Series. They also said they would like to see more NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars win races, and expect them to do so. Perhaps most important, Fan Council members said they are “more interested in the NASCAR Nationwide Series because regulars are winning.”
Over 80 percent said they do not miss seeing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars winning Nationwide Series events, and had not lost interest in the series because their favorite Sprint Cup driver is not racing.