Kyle Petty stunned by firing of Marli...

Kyle Petty stunned by firing of Marlin, Nemechek

There are 25 comments on the USA Today story from Jul 21, 2007, titled Kyle Petty stunned by firing of Marlin, Nemechek. In it, USA Today reports that:

“It seems like the sponsors dictate who they want, even when I was still racing it was just starting to come into play”

Leading a parade of more than 200 motorcycles for a week can put a person out of touch with racing, and that was the case for NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Kyle Petty on Friday. via USA Today

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Jason Manit

Benicia, CA

#1 Jul 23, 2007
I really hope Marlin gets picked up by another team. This is no way for a veteran of NASCAR to go out. There has to be a season full of tribute to the 2 time Daytona winner. He's the last of his generation, and he deserves the respect from NASCAR and its fans. A good team would be nice also. Just ask Mark Martin. He had a going away tribute season 2 years ago, but keeps coming back to race when he feels like it. Mark Martin has a great team. Give Marlin the same and and I bet he'd be a top 20 driver. SOMEBODY MAN UP AND GIVE MARLIN A GOOD TEAM AND CAR!!

Since: Apr 07

Chesterfield, MO

#2 Jul 23, 2007
I don't quite agree. Marlin was on the downslide when Ganassi let him go. His performances have not been consistant, in fact he has torn up a whole lot of cars in the last two seasons.

I understand where Kyle is coming from, but in a performance-driven sport like Cup, you need to show up on a more consistant basis and at least get top twenty finishes.

Gant was right when he said that sponsors dictate if drivers stay or go, but he did not realize that the 14 car has no sponsor now, neither has the 13. Ginn does not want to write million-dollar checks every month to float two drivers that are not appealing to sponsors, and are not producing high finishes.

It's a tough sport. Ginn's team is not a "fiasco." The 01 has been doing good work all year. The the thing is - do you want to keep hemoraging money, or do you want to put yourself in a position to re-coop your investment.

Nemecheck and Marlin will land on their feet somewhere, I'm sure. This was just not the right fit for them.

Since: Apr 07

Chesterfield, MO

#4 Jul 24, 2007
Sterling has never been good with advertisers. He's not a pitch man, and basically has no appeal. Same with Nemechek. I do believe that their careers in Cup are basically over.

Kyle is not more talented than either of those two but Kyle does have a personality and can sell product. That, and the fact that he owns a team will keep him in a car as long as he feels like driving.

As a team, you usually get drivers who fit your level of proficiency. Marlin and Nemechek meet the level of teams like McClure or Frontrow.
sadfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#5 Jul 24, 2007
I hope marlin finds a ride for next season, he already planned to retire but wanted to share a car for a farewell season. Ginn is out of line, what you guys don't realize is sponcers don't want to deal with Ginn, who has files bankruptsy and caused thousands jobs.

Since: Apr 07

Chesterfield, MO

#6 Jul 25, 2007
Well the point is not moot since Ginn has joined forces with DEI. Now everything that he has done falls into place. The DEI merger did not have room for Nemechek and Marlin.

Simple as that.

DEI gets stronger because they absorb Ginn's resourses, and get Mark Martin in the process. Ginn will still be labeled as the owner of the 01, the 15 car gets the 13 car's points, and DEI gets Ginn's shops which frankly are better equipped than DEI at the moment.
cmg

Huntsville, AL

#7 Jul 25, 2007
will kyle move up to 35 in points?
mark in minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Jul 25, 2007
to MarkL5 how much coors light do you think stremme is selling.

Since: Apr 07

Chesterfield, MO

#9 Jul 26, 2007
mark in minnesota wrote:
to MarkL5 how much coors light do you think stremme is selling.
Coors is one of those sponsors who could not care less who is in the car. That is why it was easy for Chip Ganassi to put Stremme, a young driver with few NASCAR accomplishments in replacement of Marlin.

The thinking went something like this - Let's put a young guy with potential of getting better in the car in place of an older guy who's not doing anything in the car.

Question: When was the last time the Silver Bullet won a Cup race?

Answer: Four years ago at Lowes with Jamie McMurray substituting for Sterling Marlin.

Coors just wants the running billboard. Marlin was just as annonomous to Coors drinkers ouside of NASCAR as Stremme is. For them, its not about the driver, its the rolling beer can that gets the attention.

Since: Apr 07

Chesterfield, MO

#10 Jul 26, 2007
And no, that is not a contridiction. Chip Ganassi wants to win races, and that is why Stremme is in the car.
WWE Greed Car

Newtown, CT

#12 Jul 28, 2007
Sterling, like Kyle has been washed up for a long time and has no business being in a race. kyle is a much better broadcaster, than he is a driver, hopefully he'll stay in the booth and someday run DW off.
M Martin fan-1

Fort George G Meade, MD

#13 Aug 7, 2007
I cosign on this, and please DEI for heavans sake, DO NOT PUT JJ FREAKIN YELEY in the #8 car. Put Regan Smith in that car.
Jr Burton Fan wrote:
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Well, if he wants to win races, he needs to do two things, one is get better damn equipment and focus more on his Cup program and less on his IRL, which would mean gettin out of IRL altogether, and two, get Stremme out of the car and replace him with a real driver with real potential. Stremme is like Yeley, a young, pretty boy with no talent that was put in the car just to promote a sponsor, no driving talent required.
STERLING MARLIN FAN

AOL

#15 Aug 8, 2007
BOBBY GINN WILL TAKE TERISA AND DEI FOR A RIDE THEY WILL REMEMBER FOR A LONG, LONG TIME

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

Since: Jun 07

Raleigh

#16 Aug 9, 2007
WWE Greed Car wrote:
Sterling, like Kyle has been washed up for a long time and has no business being in a race. kyle is a much better broadcaster, than he is a driver, hopefully he'll stay in the booth and someday run DW off.
I totally agree. I love and respect Kyle Petty but the truth is he hasn't run a competitive lap in over ten years and Sterling is in the same boat along with Front Row Joe. Over the hill is over the hill. Any of them can run 5 laps as fast they ever did but none of them can run two or three hundred laps as fast as they ever did. Add Michael Waltrip, Dale Jarret, Ricky Rudd, Ward Burton, Bill Elliott, Terry and Bobby Labonte, Kenny and Mike Wallace and yes, dear old Mark Martin to this list. I know I've missed some but I'm over forty and my memory isn't as good as it use to be. When you're hot, you're hot and when you've over the hill young things get harder to do.
Dale Jr Fan

United States

#17 Aug 9, 2007
STERLING MARLIN FAN wrote:
BOBBY GINN WILL TAKE TERISA AND DEI FOR A RIDE THEY WILL REMEMBER FOR A LONG, LONG TIME
I hope I get to see the ride
seems as if she can't decide who to put in the #8 car.
Dale Jr Fan

United States

#18 Aug 9, 2007
WWE Greed Car wrote:
Sterling, like Kyle has been washed up for a long time and has no business being in a race. kyle is a much better broadcaster, than he is a driver, hopefully he'll stay in the booth and someday run DW off.
Kyle would be out of a job if he was with any other team....
JR-SR FAN

Cary, NC

#19 Aug 9, 2007
Dale Jr Fan wrote:
<quoted text> Kyle would be out of a job if he was with any other team....
I think you're right. Why people refuse to understand when things have passed them by and go into denial is strange to me. He certainly isn't do honor to Adam by making the 45 the chump ride in Cup. Put McCumbee in it and tell to run the wheels off it. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Tina

Iron Mountain, MI

#21 Aug 9, 2007
I think often, that a driver can only be as good as the owner/team he runs with.....

Tina

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#22 Aug 11, 2007
Jr Burton Fan wrote:
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Actually, i think they might lose Bobby Labonte. I think he could move over to RCR's fourth team and if they arent careful, he might take Cheerios with him. I like the Petty's, i really do, but they've gotten so far behind, like the Wood Brother's, that i just dont think they can come back from it. I understand why Kyle has done everything he has with Victory Junction Camp, but he should've climbed out of the car to do all that, he wasnt focused on his job and Petty Enterprises have suffered for it. He needs to get his ass out of that car, and if they lose Bobby, put Sterlin or Ward in one car, and put McCumbee in the other. I tell you, last year when they got Todd Parrott, Bobby Labonte, and Robby Loomis, i thought Petty has turned the corner, but then Todd left and now with rumors with Bobby, Petty's future is about done. It's a shame that the two biggest drivers in ths sport's history, Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty, it's sad that when it's all said and done, i think their race organizations they created will fail, i hope im wrong, for the most part, but with how DEI is pursuing a replacement for Junior and how Kyle's stubborness not to get out of the 45, their future just doesnt look good.
I think the problem is fans like you blame the owners not nascar. Four,five,and six car teams are the real problems. The independent drivers use to work with the big teams. With motors and tires, so I take it you didn't like Dave Marcis.
No wonder its Dead

Newtown, CT

#23 Aug 13, 2007
Whoyakidding wrote:
<quoted text>I totally agree. I love and respect Kyle Petty but the truth is he hasn't run a competitive lap in over ten years and Sterling is in the same boat along with Front Row Joe. Over the hill is over the hill. Any of them can run 5 laps as fast they ever did but none of them can run two or three hundred laps as fast as they ever did. Add Michael Waltrip, Dale Jarret, Ricky Rudd, Ward Burton, Bill Elliott, Terry and Bobby Labonte, Kenny and Mike Wallace and yes, dear old Mark Martin to this list. I know I've missed some but I'm over forty and my memory isn't as good as it use to be. When you're hot, you're hot and when you've over the hill young things get harder to do.
So true, but as long as NASCAR is a popularity contest and rolling bill board these guys will be around for ever. Even Derrick Cope is still trying to get in the show now and then. I'd like to see NASCAR have a more open qualifying method, and move low finishing cup drivers down to Busch.
NY sterling fan

New York, NY

#24 Aug 13, 2007
I heard Kyle has a broken hand and might not be able to race this weekend. I wonder if Sterling will get a ride this week?

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