• Jun 14, 2009
The scalpel of bankruptcy that is slicing off GM's sponsorship activities hasn't touched NASCAR's top tier Sprint Cup series, but the Nationwide and Camping World Truck series' have been trimmed. NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kevin Harvick have teams running in the lower two series, and have been told by GM that they will lose funding.

Harvick runs three trucks in the Camping World Truck Series and hasn't commented on what GM's move will bring. Earnhardt, with the backing of Hendrick Motorsports, fields two cars in the Nationwide series and a team spokeswoman said "we are fully capable of adjusting our business model to this change" to continue racing.

For now, Chevrolet has no plans to pull out of NASCAR entirely and the Sprint Cup remains immune to the cost cutting. As the red carpet event, everybody knows the fans want to see Chevrolet doing the ovals, and we imagine there will be quite a few other painful measures taken before the Bowtie would bow out of oval racing.

[Source: AP via Google News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The headline contradicts the article. When something is done "-wide"
      it would imply that the entire scope of the product is touched. Since
      the first sentence says that Sprint Cup hasn't been touched yet, the
      cuts aren't really "NASCAR-wide".
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL. I noticed that as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually the headline is correct. The body is wrong. While the other two series are loosing all funding, even the Sprint cup teams are expected to loose some level of funding. It's just not entirely.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @tuxchown

      "As far as I'm concerned, it's none of your goddamned lying ass business and you should STFU about our affairs."

      LoL! Yeah because its only 'us Americans' you have the right to express ourselves eh? You f-ing nationalist, open a cold bud light you fat, lazy couch potato trailer park junkie, and stfu will ya? ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        n.b. he doesn't speak for all of us. Some of us drink Miller Lite.

        ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh noes not teh nascar !!11
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah jeez, here come the NASCAR bash trolls.


      Its a shame and shows how down GM really is. Their contributions to the sport is a scant $125 million a year. And when you look at the overall advertising budget as well as what CEO pay to some bailed out companies is, this withdrawal is just plain stupid.

      All this does is hurt the competitors and GM's reputation even more.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I see semi-automatic transmissions on production cars. I see multi-valve engines. I see new fuel injection schemes. I see ABS and traction control. I see carbon fiber.

        I don't see carbs or 4-speeds being adopted by manufacturers from nascar."

        I don't see any open-wheel, open-air cars on the road with engines revving to 19,000 rpm.

        " And you were saying???"

        What I'm saying is that whether the entrants bear any resemblance to road-going cars has nothing to do with its worth as a racing program. Should we get rid of Sprint cars too?

        Your post (and all others like it) are nothing more than whiny "I don't like it, so it shouldn't exist" crap.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Normally, I wouldn't bother with the e-ink, but it's this simple: Nascar has no relationship to any currently produced automobile. So why bother wasting your money there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Nascar has no relationship to any currently produced automobile."

        as if F1 does.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i've been saying this for months now. ban nascar.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's exactly 125 million a year less the US tax payers wouldn't have to pay.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They needed to do do this a LONG time ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      NASCAR does serve a purpose. It's advertising. Most NASCAR fans are very loyal, http://blog.vcu.edu/nascar/2008/08/loyalty.html. Toyota didn't join it to "test new tech". They joined to get to the customers. I'm not familiar with the NASCAR restrictions as of late, as I recall the are still using carburetors, can't recall if OHV engines are also required. It's relatively cheap for a manufacture to run in NASCAR. The vehicles are very cheap, for a race cars.
      I had a friend explain to me why he loves NASCAR. He said "you take your RV, park it in the infield, get drunk on bud light and watch cars go around".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Of course they will cut NASCAR. It doesn't fit into the "green" agenda being pushed by their CEO (no, not the puppet in Detroit, the one in Washington).
        • 5 Years Ago
        "@Redeemed
        You mean to tell me the President of the United States, the Commander in Chief, the Leader of the Free World is...is..IN CHARGE?!!!!111 OMG, say it ain't so? I had no idea!.
        /sarcasm"

        not only that, but he's a sekrit atheist muslim and his brownshirts are going to round up your kids and put them in FEMA camps while seizing your 401k and I've lost track of the latest filth out of Glenn Beck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Redeemed, I have a call on line one for you. Says he's a "Mr. Hannity," and he has your latest marching orders.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They can race with the ALMS were the technology (transfer) is relevant to real products and oh, by the way, they encourage the use of biofuels and other alternative technologies. So much for your conspiracy theory.
      • 5 Years Ago
      tuxchow - for as long as GM and subsidaries fester on handouts from the public purse and not just in the US but throughout the world (Canadian Government, Australian Government for Holden, a range of consortiums in Europe for Opel and Vauxhall etc. etc. then it is everybodies issue.

      GM's collapse aka bankruptcy does not just affect the US market but that of many of the global economies yet once again you are a typical arrogant fool to relise this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And you are a lying c*nt whose opinion is not required about an American corporation participating in an American event which is still none of your goddamned business.
        • 5 Years Ago
        OMG you got me. I literally laughed out loud! :-D
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does that mean you need a full set of teeth to work for GM?
        • 5 Years Ago
        There are genetic tests these days that, in theory, could be used to screen for incest.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And you can never have slept with your sister either.
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