Nationwide: Stott's Team Folds For Now, Is Series In Need Of a Change?

Lee FraserCorrespondent IApril 9, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 11:  Danny Efland drives the #02 CorrisStottRacing.com Chevrolet during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)
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It's week six of the NASCAR Nationwide Series 2010 season. And already, teams are withdrawing from entry lists or closing their doors for short periods of times. Just Wednesday, Corrie Stott's Racing team withdrew their entry from Phoenix after having a few good runs this season. Other full-time teams have had to start and park, but most of them remain one thing—unsponsored.

It's a problem in the struggling economy that we're all living through right now, and it's tough—really tough. But can NASCAR help anymore than they already have?

I believe they can in a couple of ways.

One, is that the series can remain a more east coast series. Stick to the east coast. Going out west unsponsored in something that's not the Cup series, and not being locked into a race will keep a lot of teams from making the long trek to these tracks.

However, if the series remained more toward the eastern part of the country, these teams wouldn't have to make those extended treks, and with most of the teams based out of the Charlotte, North Carolina area, it would help them immensely.

Another scenario is trimming down the schedule. We just watched a race in Nashville in the Nationwide Series/Camping World Truck Series, double-header weekend, and the place was pretty much empty.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series has a similar schedule to that of the Sprint Cup Series. Sponsorship for Cup is hard enough to find for the entire 35-race schedule and most of the teams take Nationwide sponsors just to survive.

So maybe trimming the Nationwide Series schedule down from 35, to let's say about 30, would make more sense.

Maybe take the five races with the least attendance, and trim them off of the schedule.

I know you have races promised to tracks and triple-header weekends, but maybe figure out a way to replace the Nationwide races with the Truck races without adding to the truck schedule.

This way, at the least most of the tracks get two races.

I just think finding a sponsor in a second divisional series, with a new coming COT, for 35 races can be extremely hard.

If NASCAR could trim the schedule, I believe it would not solve the sponsorship woes by any means, but make it easier for smaller teams to run full schedules.


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