NASCAR: Richard Petty Motorsports shu...

NASCAR: Richard Petty Motorsports shutting down?

There are 12 comments on the AutoWeek story from Oct 21, 2010, titled NASCAR: Richard Petty Motorsports shutting down?. In it, AutoWeek reports that:

Is Richard Petty Motorsports shutting down? Unconfirmed reports have emerged that Richard Petty Motorsports may not field cars beyond this weekend's Tums 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.

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Alex

Savannah, GA

#1 Oct 21, 2010
If this really is true. its going to be sad. not seeing number 43 car on the track, it would just not feel the same. and its also a shame for Marcos Ambros and AJ, because if this true, they will both have to look for new rides.
acrim

Manhattan Beach, CA

#2 Oct 23, 2010
A$$CAR is dying, big time! Fat Helton and the Drunken Baby Whale France have ruined it.
piston head

Rimersburg, PA

#3 Oct 29, 2010
nascar has got to sissyiest and they act like pimps what happened to real race car drivers,who need rules thats racing,rules are for whimps and sissy boys

“Nipsy, Chica's pillow”

Since: Nov 07

Bethany, OK

#4 Oct 31, 2010
piston head wrote:
nascar has got to sissyiest and they act like pimps what happened to real race car drivers,who need rules thats racing,rules are for whimps and sissy boys
Well they do need SOME rules. Safety conscience is a good thing but don't take the fun out of racing by not letting driver's do what they need to do in order to win. Look at Dale Sr. He never killed anyone with his aggressiveness. He and others like him made Nascar interesting and fun.

“Nipsy, Chica's pillow”

Since: Nov 07

Bethany, OK

#5 Oct 31, 2010
acrim wrote:
A$$CAR is dying, big time! Fat Helton and the Drunken Baby Whale France have ruined it.
Are you related to them? LOL

“How We Roll”

Since: Nov 08

Area 51, Nevada

#6 Oct 31, 2010
Alex wrote:
not seeing number 43 car on the track
Already don't see the 3 on the track. Lots of fans that had much love probably didnt get a good replacement with the 8 car, and started losing interest, esp with all the new-school stuff that we see as so different from the old NASCAR...

So the number will be missed. A huge loss? Not to the race, but to the sport, yeah. However, I thought that 43 team was about to get their stuff together and started showing promise. THAT would have been nice for the fans for sure.

Whatever, let it shut down and shift the money to another team and merge up, stay in and around racing, bring your knowledge to the table, sub drivers, testing, extra hands cant be a bad thing, and when/if the opportunity comes, start a team with the 43.

Kinda hard to imagine RPM would ever die, just be inoperative.
Richard

Stowe, VT

#7 Oct 31, 2010
b kind 2 animals wrote:
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Well they do need SOME rules. Safety conscience is a good thing but don't take the fun out of racing by not letting driver's do what they need to do in order to win. Look at Dale Sr. He never killed anyone with his aggressiveness. He and others like him made Nascar interesting and fun.
You mean besides himself?

“Nipsy, Chica's pillow”

Since: Nov 07

Bethany, OK

#8 Oct 31, 2010
He died trying to block which is allowed in the rule books. I don't consider blocking aggressive. Do you?

“How We Roll”

Since: Nov 08

Area 51, Nevada

#9 Oct 31, 2010
b kind 2 animals wrote:
He died trying to block which is allowed in the rule books. I don't consider blocking aggressive. Do you?
Actually, that's not entirely accurate. He was blocking but not for himself. If you see the moment before his wreck, he had the cluster of cars 3 lanes wide stacked up behind him. And he wasn't trying to keep them behind his own car, he was trying to trap them from getting up to the cars ahead of him. Basically, he was trying to manipulate the race to ensure specific cars finished how he wanted.

That was ENTIRELY aggressive, trying to take on so many cars. And it got the job done, and he died enjoying what he does best, but.. I just don't recall seeing someone else try so hard to help teammates, and I always say NASCAR has tons of irony. This cat died in a race he wasn't even trying to win.

“Nipsy, Chica's pillow”

Since: Nov 07

Bethany, OK

#10 Oct 31, 2010
alpinedigital wrote:
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Actually, that's not entirely accurate. He was blocking but not for himself. If you see the moment before his wreck, he had the cluster of cars 3 lanes wide stacked up behind him. And he wasn't trying to keep them behind his own car, he was trying to trap them from getting up to the cars ahead of him. Basically, he was trying to manipulate the race to ensure specific cars finished how he wanted.
That was ENTIRELY aggressive, trying to take on so many cars. And it got the job done, and he died enjoying what he does best, but.. I just don't recall seeing someone else try so hard to help teammates, and I always say NASCAR has tons of irony. This cat died in a race he wasn't even trying to win.
Good point. Thank you.

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

Since: Jun 07

Raleigh

#11 Nov 1, 2010
What happened to Earnhardt has nothing to do with the situation RPM is in. Richard has tied his name up with someone that doesn't have the business knowledge of this sport to make it survive. When Ray Evernham was cast off, the operation lost it's only chance to become a viable player in this sport. Teaming with someone like Jack Roush is a great idea as long as you can pay the bills. Teams that financially change can't build their own equipment aren't survivors in this sport. The best thing for RPM to do is race with whatever they have for the last three races, then close the doors and cut their looses. The last thing this sport needs is Richard Petty's named tied to a park and ride.
WWE CRASHCAR 2010

Florham Park, NJ

#12 Nov 1, 2010
alpinedigital wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, that's not entirely accurate. He was blocking but not for himself. If you see the moment before his wreck, he had the cluster of cars 3 lanes wide stacked up behind him. And he wasn't trying to keep them behind his own car, he was trying to trap them from getting up to the cars ahead of him. Basically, he was trying to manipulate the race to ensure specific cars finished how he wanted.
That was ENTIRELY aggressive, trying to take on so many cars. And it got the job done, and he died enjoying what he does best, but.. I just don't recall seeing someone else try so hard to help teammates, and I always say NASCAR has tons of irony. This cat died in a race he wasn't even trying to win.
Old Dale was blocking for a competitor which happened to be a team he owned. Only in WWE NASCAR, what joke! Imagine a situation in a real sport where something like that is allowed to go on; it would be like Payton Manning starting tonight against the Texans, and owning the Texans.

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