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Premium Motorsports Withdraws No. 66 from Fontana, Will Only Return with Sponsorship

Motorsport.com’s Lee Spencer reported on Wednesday that Premium Motorsports has withdrawn the No. 66 entry from this weekend’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.  The reasoning for the withdrawal can be traced directly to funding. “The No. 66 is not a sponsored team,” team owner Jay Robinson told Spencer …

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In Stremme, Penske Gets Marketability – But What About Driving Ability?

It’d be kind of ironic -- given that I wrote a column on driver marketability a few weeks ago -- if the topic had been shot to the forefront of the sport, wrapped around what is probably close to the last of the major teams’ driver signings. Yet, that’s exactly what happened when Penske Racing South made David Stremme the official driver of the No. 12 Dodge for 2009 and beyond, a move that might at least score them the award for Worst Kept Secret of the Year. And, despite being long rumored, the move still surprises me -- because Penske could have done better.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Food City 250

*In a Nutshell:* Friday night was the night Clint Bowyer was looking for. After enduring weeks of poor-handling race cars and seeing his points lead diminish, Bowyer and the No. 2 team found themselves amongst the class of the field. By Lap 106, they took the lead and never looked back... that is, until Lap 227. Bowyer -- in the lead with no surrounding lapped traffic -- got loose exiting Turn 1 and slipped up the race track, opening the door for Brad Keselowski. Finishing off a charge to the front from his 37th starting spot, Keselowski flew by Bowyer and led the remainder of the race, scoring his second Nationwide Series win of the season and of his career -- all the while making up more ground in his chase for the series title. Bowyer held on to finish in the runner-up position, followed by Greg Biffle, polesitter Cale Gale, and David Stremme.

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Has NASCAR Finally Found A Race It Could Fix?

Fans can vote online this year for the Most Popular Driver award in 8 touring series other than Sprint Cup. That’s great. What’s not so great is NASCAR’s reluctance to put some drivers on the ballot at all. As of Wednesday of this week, Wallace wasn’t on the Nationwide Series ballot, despite being a series regular. Neither were Mike or Steve Wallace, also full-time drivers in the series. Many fans complained, and those names were added to the ballot, a week after voting opened. But what of the other drivers who have raced in the series? Where are their names?

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Ten Points To Ponder…After The 2008 Coke Zero 400

*1. The Other Big Three* - American automakers GM, Ford, and Chrysler have just about reached the panic stage, as their financial well-being becomes a critical concern. GM stock has lost approximately 75% of its value over the last year, Ford Motor Company has seen a 50% decline of stock value in the last three months, and Chrysler is expected to either file bankruptcy or sell off what profitable segments of the company they can. NASCAR's Chairman and CEO Brian France, speaking on whether there'll be continued support from the "Big Three" in the sport considering their financial crunch, summed up the situation by saying, “…we’ll just have to see.” On the other hand, in 2007 Toyota earned about $16 billion on sales of 9.37 million vehicles, surpassing GM as the No. 1 maker of automobiles. But although they're expecting a decrease in profits for 2008 due to the economic downturn, the company's expected to still be very much in the black and continue to expand their world markets. Brian… time to give Honda and Nissan a call and see what they are up to!

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