NASCAR Busch Series may switch to muscle cars

Many lament the days when stock cars were actually based on production cars, rather than the new NASCAR Nextel Cup Car of Tomorrow vehicles that merely wear stickers bearing the headlights and grille of their production counterparts. While production-based stock cars will likely never happen again, word is that the NASCAR Busch Series will switch to cars based on the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger and yet-to-be-determined model from Toyota as soon as the 2009 season.
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The world of NASCAR is divided into three series, which include the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. The Busch Series has had a bit of an identity crisis lately, though. Meant to be a stage for a up and coming drivers in NASCAR, seasoned vets have taken to racing in the Busch Series as well as the Nextel Cup and usually dominate the podium of the former. While switching to pony cars won't chase away the experienced drivers, it will give the Busch Series a new hook to attract viewers.

Insiders say the plan is ideal since the new race cars will be built on the older NASCAR Nextel Cup chassis, of which there are plenty lying around after the premiere series switched to the much derided Car of Tomorrow. In fact, we surmise that with a line up of Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers and whatever Toyota wants to offer, coupled with young talent reaching for the brass ring and pros looking to sharpen their skills, the Busch Series might become more entertaining to watch than its big brother.

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