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NASCAR puts track profits ahead of teams

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10:35 AM ET 08.22 | NASCAR will cut the purses for the Nationwide Series by 20 percent next season, a move designed to make hosting the second-tier series a more profitable proposition for race tracks. It's the second consecutive year the purse will be reduced in Nationwide. NASCAR also cut the purses in the premiere Sprint Cup Series before this season.

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August 22, 2010  11:04 AM ET

Surprise, surprise!

August 22, 2010  11:21 AM ET

Fridays race was a lot of fun, nothing subtle about the spinout, then bragging about it. I didn't see any payback Sat. did I fall asleep and miss it?

August 22, 2010  11:23 AM ET

Why don't they do the right thing and cut the number of cars in the field in cup and NW? Possibly 38 and 34. That way, the money that the BS park and starts get would be distributed to legitimate teams. And yes, I mean legitimate. The "saving the purse money for a Big run later" is pure bull. Those teams will NEVER amount to anything but road blocks. Guys like Robby Gordon, who actually try to run every race(out of his own pocket mostly) wouldn't have to qualify against these turds. At least his intends on trying to finish. Make all teams put up a performance bond when they send in their entry form. Enough to cover all tires, fuel, etc... If they don't show up with enough pit road guys, they don't get to qualify. Period!!!

August 22, 2010  11:37 AM ET

Let's see here. If they prohibit or limit Cup drivers in Nationwide, attendance will drop and then the purses will really drop.

August 22, 2010  12:03 PM ET

why is it that i would rather slam my "marbles" in a sliding glass door than to watch Kryle Busch taunt the fans with his stupid bow after he wins??

August 22, 2010  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Let's see here. If they prohibit or limit Cup drivers in Nationwide, attendance will drop and then the purses will really drop.

im willing to bet nascar doesnt limit or prohibit cup drivers in the N-Wide series...lets face it, the cup drivers put a lot more fans in the stands for the N-Wide races...i think nascar might set a rule that a full time cup driver isnt elligible for the N-Wide title, but i dont think nascar will limit or prohibit them..

August 22, 2010  12:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Why don't they do the right thing and cut the number of cars in the field in cup and NW? Possibly 38 and 34. That way, the money that the BS park and starts get would be distributed to legitimate teams. And yes, I mean legitimate. The "saving the purse money for a Big run later" is pure bull. Those teams will NEVER amount to anything but road blocks. Guys like Robby Gordon, who actually try to run every race(out of his own pocket mostly) wouldn't have to qualify against these turds. At least his intends on trying to finish. Make all teams put up a performance bond when they send in their entry form. Enough to cover all tires, fuel, etc... If they don't show up with enough pit road guys, they don't get to qualify. Period!!!

Brock77...I agree for the most part. I really don't think that many people would care or even realize if the Taxslayer.com car or the Boudreaux's Butt Paste car didn't show up each week.

I'd rather they reduce the number of teams and make the purses slightly larger for the rest of the field. That money may not make that much of a difference to the big teams, but it would to the smaller teams (and I'm talking in Sprint Cup).

August 22, 2010  12:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

im willing to bet nascar doesnt limit or prohibit cup drivers in the N-Wide series...lets face it, the cup drivers put a lot more fans in the stands for the N-Wide races...i think nascar might set a rule that a full time cup driver isnt elligible for the N-Wide title, but i dont think nascar will limit or prohibit them..

I'm in favor of reducing their ability to win the Nationwide title. Winning the championship in any of the lesser series has become a joke. You're only competing against the other quality Sprint Cup drivers who run a full season.

Let the Cup regulars run as many races in the lesser series that they want, but only let them count 30 of their finishes (or maybe less even) towards their points for the Nationwide title. At that point, the title might mean something.

August 22, 2010  12:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I'm in favor of reducing their ability to win the Nationwide title. Winning the championship in any of the lesser series has become a joke. You're only competing against the other quality Sprint Cup drivers who run a full season. Let the Cup regulars run as many races in the lesser series that they want, but only let them count 30 of their finishes (or maybe less even) towards their points for the Nationwide title. At that point, the title might mean something.

yeah i agree all the way with what you said..
i would think that for a full time cup driver to win the N-Wide title would make that N-Wide title kind of hollow...you have guys like Kryle Busch, Edwards, Kezlowski, and a few others running the full time N-Wide schedule...i would rather see some 1st time winner in victory circle than to see one of the cup regulars winning the N-Wide races week in and week out..

August 22, 2010  12:30 PM ET

Boudreaux's Butt Paste has always worked for me.

August 22, 2010  01:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Fridays race was a lot of fun, nothing subtle about the spinout, then bragging about it. I didn't see any payback Sat. did I fall asleep and miss it?

na, he's saving it up for the chase.. when it will hurt the most

August 22, 2010  01:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Let's see here. If they prohibit or limit Cup drivers in Nationwide, attendance will drop and then the purses will really drop.

not when they are racing at the same track as the cup series on the same weekend..

August 22, 2010  03:25 PM ET

cut the field to 36, the race schedule to 30, do not allow cup drivers to compete for either the driver or owner championship. Instead of cutting the prize money, supplement it, but fix the start and park situation at the same time. Who wants to see a race where a quarter of the field has no intention of actually RACING?

Cut the Cup! level prize money. Does a Start and Parker like Blaney DESERVE to have earned $1.3Million in only 17 of the 23 races? NO. No Way.

Now, as far as Silly season and sponsor movement. I found it interesting that Kylebaby was wearing Sam's Club on the car, when its rumored Walmart will be at Hendrick soon.

August 22, 2010  04:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

why is it that i would rather slam my "marbles" in a sliding glass door than to watch Kryle Busch taunt the fans with his stupid bow after he wins??

im sorry, I think that is funny. Because the fans let him get to them. Especially the jr fans. I dont know why.. But I laughed when he did the crying signal after the nationwide race. The crowd went nuts.. Its all for fun, I mean some people will probably go home and curse and such, just because of what happens at a race.. Some fans are nutjobs.. I dont like kyle busch, or Juan Pablo Montoya or Brad K, But I dont wish anything bad against them. Its sad that there are sick freaks out there who do. Not saying you are frank, I guess Im thinking about all the times I have been to bristol and seen it..

August 22, 2010  06:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

yeah i agree all the way with what you said..i would think that for a full time cup driver to win the N-Wide title would make that N-Wide title kind of hollow...you have guys like Kryle Busch, Edwards, Kezlowski, and a few others running the full time N-Wide schedule...i would rather see some 1st time winner in victory circle than to see one of the cup regulars winning the N-Wide races week in and week out..

I mentioned a few weeks ago that a "wild card" clause could resolve the issue with like a Keselowski. Allow any driver moving UP to cup full time at least one year, or two, to compete full time both series, no more than 2.

August 22, 2010  08:17 PM ET

(My Opinion Only) I think Have at it Boys Racing Maybe Good for drawing a Large Crowd, But it's not Good For Racing or the sport of Nascar, Now that there wrecking lots of $350,000 Beautiful Race Cars Every single week of these High Tech , Very nicely engineered Safe Race Cars.
To me it makes no sense for Top notch, Veteran Race Car Drivers to cop a attitude like he is above "God Himself , by coming very close to Murdering, permanent injuring a fellow race car driver Just Because He Got Bumped, Rubbed to his disliking.
When a Nascar Driver takes out another driver on the verge of winning the race , He should be Disqualified and suspended and a Hefty Fine for using a 200 MPH Race Car as a Weapon!
No wonder the winners purse for the victory is going Backwards, When the cost of just the car is $350,000. These cars are not Demolition Derby Cars. To me Acting out like that is a total Disrespect to all the hard work of there crew. Good Hard Driving is fine, Wrecking or putting the leader in the wall on purpose is acting like a immature clown.
FTLOTG

August 22, 2010  09:41 PM ET

Why not take MORE money from the Teams and Drivers -- for the race tracks my ****///
you mean more for Burton Smith and Franceasshole's pockets,,these 2 freaks are ruining
the sport of Nascar.

August 22, 2010  09:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

why is it that i would rather slam my "marbles" in a sliding glass door than to watch Kryle Busch taunt the fans with his stupid bow after he wins??

What really annoys me about it is the fact that he stole it from his teammate Brad Coleman. Coleman did a very respectful bow after his ARCA win at Kentucky, about a year or two before Kyle Busch started doing it.

August 22, 2010  09:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Fridays race was a lot of fun, nothing subtle about the spinout, then bragging about it. I didn't see any payback Sat. did I fall asleep and miss it?

Probably, as Saturday night's race was horrible. They should have never repaved Bristol.

 
August 22, 2010  09:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I mentioned a few weeks ago that a "wild card" clause could resolve the issue with like a Keselowski. Allow any driver moving UP to cup full time at least one year, or two, to compete full time both series, no more than 2.

I agree with that, no more than two years after a full time move to Cup.

I hate seeing a top 10 of Cup drivers in the Nationwide Series every week.

Here's an idea... how about up the purse for the Truck Series... sure they get about 6-8 start and park trucks every week, but at least they still put on a decent race.

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