• Apr 10th 2009 at 4:55PM
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Car and Driver's April Fools' Day joke about President Obama ordering the Detroit 3 automakers out of stock car racing has apparently got NASCAR officials pondering the ramifications of such a mass exodus. Suffice it to say, they are not laughing. Jeff Burton, driver of a Chevrolet-badged racecar for Richard Childress Racing, said, "I think the climate that we're in today, it would be poor business to not look at the worst-case scenarios." Of course, he's right.

So, what would happen if one or more of the American automakers were to pull their official support from NASCAR? According to NASCAR itself, "the results would be far from debilitating." While none of the teams or tracks want to see funding from General Motors or Chrysler go away, it's not the only source of income to be tapped. Plus, Ford and Toyota are in no immediate danger of going belly up, and they haven't given any indications that they are planning to withdraw from NASCAR. Of course, if GM and/or Chrysler's revenue stream for the series dries up, we could see the remaining parties balking at sponsorship costs...

Be sure to cast your vote on whether you expect to see one or more automakers exit NASCAR this season in the poll below.

Do you think any automakers will pull their NASCAR funding this season?
Yes - More than one automaker will withdraw funding this season 2115 (41.0%)
Yes - But just one automaker will withdraw funding this season 1234 (23.9%)
No - I don't believe any automakers will withdraw funding from NASCAR this season 1810 (35.1%)

[Source: NASCAR.COM | Photo: Wayne Whaley]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't really know why the auto companies bother with NASCAR 'stock cars', as there's not a thing stock about them. Worse off, everybody knows this!

      Chevy, Ford, Dodge et. al. current involvement in this circuit is a outdated holdover from the days when they actually were heavily modded Chevys, Fords, and Dodges. Either bring back the real stock car modding (like the SCCA Pro Racing circuit does) or let the non-car sponsors take over.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've said it before. Nascar is a bottomless pit of cash for the big three. There's no r&d benefit to this circuit so why bother.
      • 6 Years Ago
      nobody will pull out this year because the manufacturers have already paid the teams and the teams have already spent the money. Next season might look very different though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They really need to use production cars. Would be sweet to see them explode and crash. haha
        • 6 Years Ago
        You do know that people actually drive those cars and they can die right?

        My uncle is actually in Arca (like the d-league for Nascar) and might be moving up soon.

        It might not look that exciting on tv (never was a fan of Nascar myself), but when you down to the pits and stuff, its pretty cool. Its not my favorite "sport" in the world, far from it, but being at a race is amazing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Until Hudson comes back to claim the rightful throne of NASCAR champion with supercharged straight sixes and average Joe's in polo shirts with faceless bubble helmets and bench seats ruling the track, I won't care about NASCAR again. I also think that the guv won't let GM spent its dimes on the stuff, and Chrysler is in no position to try, which would leave Ford at the helm, and I don't know if they would even care at that point. All I know is that this season will have a whoole lot fewer fans.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know that anyone will pull funding but they need to. If you can't run your business without government help, and bankruptcy you don't need to be funding someone else.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WHAT?!? Car of tomorrow? Carbureted? I'll keep my car of today thank you very much!


      but seriously, NASCAR COULD be a great sport. It hasn't been worth watching since the 1970's, when the cars were based on real cars, and they pushed the boundaries of automotive technology, much like Le Mans still does. Now they look nothing like the real cars people drive. I heard a suggestion once that NASCAR should use the new Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger as the cars and not just race on oval tracks, but all kinds of comparable tracks(circuits, oval, point to point on road rallies, etc.). Its name is just racing in general, National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. Infineon raceway is a great start, we need different kinds of racetracks, cars, and technologies. Otherwise put it out of its misery
      • 6 Years Ago
      I voted: No. With bail out money, GM and Chrysler have no reason to pull out their founding. Ford is mostly ok. Toyota is also mostly ok.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Any car maker, part supply company or series advertiser receiving TARPS funds ( i.e. my tax dollars ) better be completely out of NASCAR. I refuse to pay one penny for that xenophobic, technologically stagnant non-sense.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the once big 3 want to save money they should pull out of NASCAR.

      NASCAR use to mean Stock car racing.
      Now its just about the drivers and teams
      They make millions so let them buy their own damn cars.

      After years of research the big 3 invested into NASCAR to make it what it is they let Toyota walk right in.
      It`s over now.
      NASCAR should either go back to its roots or go it alone without Detroit support.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The manufacturers have contracts with teams and tracks which will probably be completed before the pull out. I still watch NASCAR, why I have no idea. The German Touring series is much more exciting but SPEED chooses not to show it. SCCA has great racing too. Bring back the TRANSAM Series!!!!!!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nascar is a billion dollar cash crop. Chances are good that if you live in a town with a big Motor Speedway (i.e. Daytono, Michigan), you know somebody that works their or is affiliated with the track some how. it would be foolish for any of the auto makers to pull out sponsorship.

      It's not gonna happen ..
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