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  • RPM Racing - all done?

    Found this on Jayski's website:

    RPM may not run past Martinsville: The house of cards is finally falling for George Gillett's Richard Petty Motorsports. The assembly line from Roush Fenway Racing and Roush Yates engines has stopped running to RPM. Engines have been picked up, cars have been repossessed, and sources on both sides -- RPM and RFR -- say no cars will be delivered beyond Martinsville this weekend. On Thursday morning, crewmen at RPM were told they may not have jobs after the race at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Neither Petty team CEO Foster Gillett nor team Vice President Robbie Loomis could be reached for comment. RPM currently fields four cars in the Sprint Cup Series -- the #9, #19, #43 and #98. Kasey Kahne was released from his contract as of Wednesday night and is expected to drive for Red Bull Racing for the remainder of the year and in 2011. Elliott Sadler is expected to drive for Kevin Harvick Inc. next year. Paul Menard signed a multi-year deal to drive for Richard Childress Racing starting next year. His current crew chief Richard "Slugger" Labbe will continue his duties at RCR. AJ Allmendinger re-signed a multiyear deal to drive the #43 Ford this summer. Allmendinger is currently 20th in the point standings. Marcos Ambrose was signed to drive the #19 Ford in August. Ambrose currently drives for JTG/Daugherty Racing and is 26th in the point standings.(Fox Sports)(10-21-2010)

  • #2
    Sad to hear this news.

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    • #3
      Guess thats what happens in todays NASCAR when you don't make the chase.
      "If you don't do it this year, you'll be another year older when you do"

      http://davidm.smugmug.com/

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DavidM View Post
        Guess thats what happens in todays NASCAR when you don't make the chase.
        How does that have anything to do with the chase?
        "Paff has been closer to the mark than anyone will give him credit for."

        Richard Kimble 11/18/2010

        "Paff is far more right than any of you will EVER give him credit for.

        As non politically correct and un IndyCar friendly as it is, it's the truth. "

        SeeuInMay 12/29/2010

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        • #5
          If sponsors are not happy money has a tendency of drying up. No money no racing. Making the chase if the gauge of success today.
          "If you don't do it this year, you'll be another year older when you do"

          http://davidm.smugmug.com/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DavidM View Post
            If sponsors are not happy money has a tendency of drying up. No money no racing. Making the chase if the gauge of success today.
            Then McMurray has not been successful this year?
            Gregg Sebald

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            • #7
              This has little to do with NASCAR or the Chase and more to do with the economy and a VERY poorly run team.
              Every race I run in is in preparation for the Indianapolis 500. Indy is the most important thing in my life. It is what I live for. - Al Unser Jr.

              Everything I ever wanted in my life, I found inside the walls of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. - Eddie Sachs.

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              • #8
                When you can't find sponsors for Jeff Gordon, you have big problems. The sport isn't dying, but right now the snowball is running downhill and its not slowing or hitting any barriers.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by VirtualBalboa View Post
                  When you can't find sponsors for Jeff Gordon, you have big problems. The sport isn't dying, but right now the snowball is running downhill and its not slowing or hitting any barriers.
                  It is the economy, hell the Super Bowl had a very tough time selling TV ads last year.
                  "Paff has been closer to the mark than anyone will give him credit for."

                  Richard Kimble 11/18/2010

                  "Paff is far more right than any of you will EVER give him credit for.

                  As non politically correct and un IndyCar friendly as it is, it's the truth. "

                  SeeuInMay 12/29/2010

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                  • #10
                    They were suggesting that they could scrape up a few cars from "somebody" to run Talladega.

                    But how many spare Talladega cars (and motors) can there be out there? If you just showed up with anything but a Speedway car I bet youd be slowest and 2nd slowest qualifier and be out of the draft as soon as they hit turn 3

                    Im assuming you could reskin a few but geez the clock is ticking on that already

                    Could be a couple more start and parks showing up now too.


                    Sad to see The King connected to this abortion
                    Live like Dave

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                    • #11
                      You can't blame this on the economy - NASCAR teams have priced themselves out of the market. Costs went up while returns went down since the TV audience is roughly half what it was 5 years ago.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Chris Paff View Post
                        It is the economy, hell the Super Bowl had a very tough time selling TV ads last year.
                        The Super Bowl still sold the ads. No one is worrying about them or college bowl games or anything like that crashing and burning in the sports universe. Meanwhile, RPM actually is crashing and burning. And so are a number of other sponsors and teams in NASCAR. That's a truck load of not good, regardless about how you want to spin that.

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                        • #13
                          Mid pack cars tend to lose sponsors with or without the Chase.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by VirtualBalboa View Post
                            When you can't find sponsors for Jeff Gordon, you have big problems. The sport isn't dying, but right now the snowball is running downhill and its not slowing or hitting any barriers.
                            The ROI simply isn't there for a $20M commitment right now.

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                            • #15
                              Hmmm,

                              Bud and Menards were sponsors at DEI, and the team crashed as they headed toward the door. Now, RPM is losing Bud and Menards, and the crash seems to be looming. Bud and Menards are heading to RCR for next year. I wonder if history will repeat itself there.
                              Mess with me and you mess with the whole trailer park.

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