Surprise! Surprise! Roush Fenway Racing Leaves the Truck Series
With any story in NASCAR there always a underlying one and sometimes it needs to be brought to light. That's my intention with this piece.
Being a passionate fan of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, it's a sad day to see a team with a rich history like Roush-Fenway Racing deciding to leave the series and it all boils down to making money.
They've made 707 starts today, collected 50 wins, one championship with Greg Biffle in 2000, and seven of the team's drivers have gone onto be Raybestos Rookie of the Year winners.
It's launched the Cup careers of Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, and Carl Edwards. Both Colin Braun and Erik Darnell should be joining that list in the coming years.
The team had one of the most innovative approaches in the series, with it's gong show competition showcasing young talent and enabling them to earn rides with the team.
Really this was the worst kept rumor regarding there leaving at the end of 2009 season.
It probably stems from Ford pulling monetary support from the Truck Series at the conclusion of the 2008 season, and we saw RFR close two teams after the season ended.
In fact, had they not already signed Con-Way Freight for the 2009 season, they totally would have left the Series last year.
"It's been a happy time in the Truck Series. It's a worthwhile series. When Chrysler came in the '90's and Toyota came in just after the turn of the century and brought their sponsorships, it discounted the sponsorships that other non-automotive affiliations would make," Roush said.
Basically according to scenedaily.com, Dodge offered two trucks at half the price of what it cost for Roush to run one of his trucks.
This allowed sponsors to pay less, meaning the owners would need to either add multiple sponsors or pay out of pocket.
"All that was created by NASCAR's insistence that before these manufacturers came in and went into Cup side that they had to spend so much time on the Truck side," Roush said.
Both Chrysler and Toyota would put their own brand on truck, forgo attracting sponsors and just paid out of pocket.
So, in a nut shell, Jack Roush was basically was forced out of their Truck Series due to costs associated with running his teams, like he's done to countless owners in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pricing them out and I have no sympathy for him.
Cry me a river, here's a guy with one full-time sponsor. Look at the resources he has at his disposal and compare it to what his competitors have.
Really, it's a disgrace to see anyone feeling sorry for him, when you look at the big picture.
Truthfully, it's the "little guys" the small owners in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series that toe the line each race, make great sacrifices to be able to race in the series and they deserve our support and respect.
Lastly, this one's for all the small owners in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. I'm so proud how you all have hung tough in a bad economy, all for your love of racing and thanks for making the season so damn competitive in these tough times.
This just goes too show you, what goes around comes around or like my parents always told me. What you reap is what you sow.
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