• Aug 7th 2007 at 6:02PM
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Not that there was a lot of speculation about Dodge possibly dropping out, but Dodge's senior manager for motorsports, Mike Deahanty, says the brands presence in NASCAR will remain under Chrysler's new ownership by Cerberus Capital Management. Petty Enterprises and Evernham Motorsports have both renewed their contracts with Dodge.

Top Speed, however, says sponsorship for the Evernham team, which currently includes Dodge dealers and the United Auto Workers, could change, with Budweiser rumored to be interested in paying Kasey Kahne to wear its red livery.

So rest easy, NASCAR Dodge fans. You'll still be able to see Dodge Chargers (or at least machines with Charger written across the nose) roaring around in circles.

[Source: Top Speed]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I've designed a transmission that eliminates half of the parts in it. My prototype works fine. If you are interested let me know. Michael Malpier at 2124 Newcastle Ave. Westchester, IL. 60154
      • 8 Years Ago
      uh... HELLLLLO? They're called OVALS! Not circles. How about some fact-checking from the fancy pantsing blogger-journalist-comic, eh?
        • 8 Years Ago
        Racing in circles would be something to see. The side loads would be something else. I wonder how long the tires would last? A couple of laps?
      • 8 Years Ago
      You will not see any Chargers after this year.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Seeing Dodge chargers on the track is wrong and seeing "Chargers written on machines" is correct as you pointed out.

        The days of stock car racing are long gone. A Ford Fusion just has a plastic picture of one on the nose and nothing else. What a joke.

        The vehicle with the closest resemblance to the actual road going version is the Tundra but even that is not close.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Dodge will remain in NASCAR under Cerberus"

      And I will continue not to care, since the cars in NASCAR have nothing in common with their "street" counterparts except names.

      How about GT racing?
        • 8 Years Ago
        Have you heard of homologation?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Many of you need to learn what NASCAR is all about
      Yes the hood, roof and trunk lid must conform to a street produced car and nothing else does but to say it has nothing to do with the nameplates is dead wrong

      Chevy winning most races this year is solely from the R&D of GM as to their engine design and changes that come from using NASCAR races to test those designs.
      Example look at the fast burn heads used on cars like the Corvette, the design came from those race powertrains.
        • 8 Years Ago
        They haven't had to use any stock sheetmetal since they let Ford switch from the Thunderbird to the Taurus.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If they actually put stock sedans in Nascar, the Charger would really have little compeition. Once everyone has rear drive sedans again, a new race series would be cool with actualy near stock cars.

      Interceptors (if it ever exists)
      Avalons...er, maybe not.

      That would sell cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Whew! Glad to hear they're continuing with sticker production for racin'.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Once opon a time you could buy the great cars in NASCAR at your local dealer. I don`t Know why any auto maker would even bother with sponsering NASCAR.
      In the 1960`s NASCAR inspired the golden age of the automobile. For that I will be forever greatfull. Now Nascar just blows! Nascar doesn`t sell cars anymore.
      I agree 100% with all previous post here. You guys are right on!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, beyond the grass-roots level, you're hard pressed to find a racing series that it is mostly stock. Even the Speed Challenge cars, which look stock for the most part, have fairly heavily modified engines, suspensions, racing brakes, composite hoods and decklids and other body panels that are lightened. Never having seen a splitter on the nose of Mazda 6 at the local dealership, I'd say Touring cars are pretty much what NASCAR was 30 years ago.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Is that a bad thing? I personally love it. Those Speed World Challenge races are so close. They are short but long enough that the cars are pretty spent at the end. There are no pit stops so it all comes down to driving.
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