The NASCAR Nationwide Series, formerly the Busch Series, is NASCARís minor league, similar to Major League Baseballís Triple-A league. These NASCAR races are often run on the same tracks as the Sprint Series races. NASCAR drivers who wish to enter the Sprint Cup series must first prove themselves in the Nationwide series. Also, many of the Sprint Cup drivers like to use the Nationwide races as a chance to practice and familiarize themselves with the race tracks.
As with the Sprint Cup series, the Nationwide series has changed a lot since its NASCAR inception. The series began in 1950 as NASCARís fourth series, a short track race division. In 1968 it became the Late Model Sportsman series and the races graduated to larger tracks. In 1982, the Budweiser Series was created, and in 1984, the name was changed to the Busch Series. That name remained until the 2008 season, when Nationwide took over sponsorship.
The only thing that hasnít changed is fansí devotion to watching the races of the Nationwide Series. These races are often a great way to catch your favorite NASCAR drivers in action for a fraction of the cost of attending a Sprint Cup series race. Whether youíre hoping to start up the 2009 NASCAR race season with tickets to Camping World 300, or round out the season with tickets to the Ford 300, Coast to Coast has the best NASCAR ticket selection around.
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