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With the tightening of the purse strings at parent company Chrysler, the weakening economy and slow truck sales in general, Dodge has decided to pull out of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series following the completion of this year's festivities. This announcement should hardly come as a shock as Dodge made the decision to run just one factory-backed racer for 2008. That lone truck was being run by Bobby Hamilton Racing and we have no details on what the team plans to do for '09. The fact that Dodge has pulled support for the NASCAR Trucks has many pondering if the beleaguered automaker will do the same for the automotive side of the racing series. According to Dodge Motorsports senior manager Mike Delahanty, there are no reasons to jump to conclusions. We'll keep our collective ears to the ground. Thanks for the tip, Hernando!

[Source: Bleacher Report / Photo: Bo Nash]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Time to grab life by the horns I guess.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah,stock car racing isnt really stock anymore,even in drag racing,Toyota,G.M,Ford use Chrysler HEMI engines based on the 1964 Hemi,so watch NHRA top fuel,funny car racing its ALL Dodge,with a Toyota,G.M,Ford body...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good riddance. NASCAR isn't even living up to it's acronym. "National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing?" Pfft. None of the cars are stock!! Unless Autoblog has a story on Toyota unveiling a 700 BHP RWD Toyota Camry next year.

      One down, many more to go.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It wouldnt surprise me if Dodge left the car side of things. They can not get any breaks on oh a new engine. It should have been done two years ago.
      I also agree that since the cars no longer look remotely close to the actual thing that really hurts sales. Not that the last generation of super areo darts looked anything like the cars on the sale floor though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe Nissan will pick it up, lol.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is absolute nonsence. Dodge has a new engine that was slated to come out in the 2010 season but it is so far ahead of schedule it will be tested a run during various races next season.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a shame, actually, since the truck series is much more fun to watch than the Sprint Cup. And the trucks look like their street counterparts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's ridiculous that this class of racing even exists. Just look at the picture: to the uninitiated (read non-American), it looks like something out of the Onion.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Pick-up truck racing exists in the UK and Australia too Mike. I've seen it in mainland Europe as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Smart move. Race sponsorship is a waste of money.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. No one watches a race on Sunday or buys on Monday anymore.

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