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  • NASCAR to Roush: Drop dead

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Big-money teams will be allowed to field only four cars under a cap limit set by NASCAR on Thursday, a move that infuriated the five-car Roush Racing organization.

    The limit goes into effect next season, but NASCAR said it would work to set a timeline for compliance for teams with more than four entries. Jack Roush is the only owner with five teams, all of which are in the 10-man Chase for the championship that crowns the Nextel Cup champion.

    "It is hard for Jack not to believe that there is a laser bulls-eye on his forehead," Roush Racing president Geoff Smith said.

    The move had been expected since last month, when NASCAR chairman Brian France said he was looking to limit the amount of cars one owner can have. The announcement caught Roush by surprise, and his organization has complained it was being singled out.

    Until Thursday's announcement, no one was certain what the cap would be.

    Smith said Roush officials were told in a recent private meeting with NASCAR that a "grandfather clause" would be included to allow them to keep their five teams at least through the 2009 season. All of their current contracts with sponsors and drivers at least run through then, but what happens when those deals expire remains somewhat murky.

    "Our impression is if every one of those sponsors wants to continue past '09, they can," Smith said. "If some of the sponsors don't want to continue on but every driver wants to continue past '09, that would be OK, too. But its very unlikely that all of that will happen.

    "But the bottom line is we will have to go to four. It won't be next year, it won't be for a few years, but we will have to get there."
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  • #2
    Maybe this means he'll start building IRL engines again.

    Who can he buy a kit from?

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    • #3
      Ya, that really helps the thing NASCAR was targeting... one team effected, one team at the limit, plenty of teams with lots of room to expand... doesnt shrink most of the dominant teams...

      Great job there NASCAR. I really dont understand this move. A 3 car limit would have directly changed things, but this just looks like a slap to Roush, even if he is grandfathered in.

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      • #4
        I wonder if it had been Penske with 5 cars if NASCAR would have a problem....

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        • #5
          How many NASCAR Championships does Penske have?

          How about Roush?

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          • #6
            How moronic.

            You lemmings have been crying about NASCAR's supposed domination by the big teams, now when NASCAR does something about it, that's bad.

            I guess you've got to do something to take the focus off the hapless IRL, huh?
            "It was actually fun, because you're back fully driving again in these trucks. Ninety percent of the tracks we go to in the IRL, you're flat-out. I was having to lift off the corners some here." - Buddy Rice

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            • #7
              I wish that NASCAR would set the limit at three cars per team.
              DVR . . . . Life is too short to watch commercials.

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              • #8
                Nice to see NASCAR looking out for the little guy.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jim Wilke
                  Nice to see NASCAR looking out for the little guy.
                  It is. That's must be why NASCAR is one of the few professional racing series that gets more entrants than they have starting spots.
                  DVR . . . . Life is too short to watch commercials.

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                  • #10
                    This is a great move. NASCAR must never allow any element to get in a position to threaten its benevolent dictatorship of the sport. If a team owner owns 1/8th of the legitimate contending field, he can demand whatever he wants, be it $$, contol, rule changes, whatever, and be listened to.

                    Jack Roush now knows that he is not bigger than NASCAR, and can take all five of his cars away and the sport will be fine.

                    The problem here is in the details. How much control can a big team have over a small team w/o "owning" it?

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                    • #11
                      If Jack Roush had any marketing savvy, He'd get a Kleenex sponsored car....

                      I wonder if Jack's taken lessons from the Andretti's
                      "We won a few races here and there, but the magic died the day Helmet melted." - Doc Austin on slotcar champion Michael Shannon

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                      • #12
                        NASCAR now needs to cut track owners to only 4 races a year.
                        I know what Indy means!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Lee Roy
                          It is. That's must be why NASCAR is one of the few professional racing series that gets more entrants than they have starting spots.
                          That may be true, but those "little guys" are stuck battling for only 7 spots in the field. Granted the usual suspects still managed to make all the races under the "old" system, and the same guys who go home now would probably still be the ones going home then.
                          Doctorindy.com

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                          • #14
                            Don't kid yourself, this isn't NASCAR protecting the little guy. This is NASCAR protecting themselves, keeping the owners small and divided. Right now, Roush has 5 of the 10 cars in the Chase - what would happen if one of his drivers gets what he feels is an unfair penalty and he decides to sit this one out? If he gets his buddy Hendrick to go along with him, 20% of the starters are parked and NASCAR has to go wake up Morgan Shepherd and help him to the car.

                            That's unlikely in the extreme but what is likely is that Roush and some of the other big players can use their influence to control the direction of the sport on matters like the Car of Tomorrow and the Front Valance of the Millenium.

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                            • #15

                              :mad:
                              "Ninety-two years ago [the Indy 500] was probably like any other race," said 2005 winner Dan Wheldon. "But over time it's just created so many storylines and history for people of our generation that now it's just massive. People value that history and tradition and you just can't take that away."

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