Filed by Lindsey Young
David Gilliland’s win at Kentucky last week was a breath of fresh air in NASCAR, but what does it really mean? Will it spark a rebirth of the single-car team? Can upstart teams now expect to be competitive in the current world of power-team dominance?
In a word, no. While Gilliland’s victory over Cup regulars such as Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards has been touted as the upset of the century in NASCAR, it doesn’t change anything. The over-funded Cup-owned Busch teams will continue to dominate until NASCAR decides enough is enough.
As refreshing as the win was, it might actually hurt the Busch series since Cup-owned teams will now point to the race as an example of how the little guy still can win without NASCAR regulating how many races the Cup guys can race in the lower series. For now, enjoy the upset and hope the trend will continue. I suspect it won’t.
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