Red Bull, Allmendinger agree to part ways after 2008

Sep 23, 2008 Full story: www.nascar.com 27

Red Bull Racing Team and driver A.J. Allmendinger have agreed to part ways after the 2008 season.

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#21 Sep 24, 2008
Thanks for getting the car in the top 35 AJ, dont let the door hit you on the way out.

Since: Aug 08

Maple Heights, OH

#22 Sep 24, 2008
Junior Nation wrote:
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No points is a great idea.. but these NW teams, especially the stand alone teams need the winnings to help keep their teams going. The cup guys have more money than they know what to do with.
That's true, but is it likely that the sponsorships will be as lucrative if there are no stars in the race? It may be nice to have a minor league, but it generally doesn't pay very well. I can go to a minor league ball game and pay a fraction of what I pay at the major league parks. There's little coverage of the minors outside of the local papers either. When was the last time you saw a AAA regular season baseball game on TV?

Personally, I don't think NASCAR wants people to consider the Nationwide series a minor league. The team owners in the Nationwide series probably don't want that either. I'm sure they enjoy having their teams on TV, even if its for coming in third or fourth.

That said, I do agree that the trend of Cup drivers running for the championship is getting rediculous. Why do drivers like Bowyer and Edwards feel that it's impressive to win a championship at that level? To me it just shows how little confidence they have in their ability to win the real prize. Its much easier to win championships when you're not competing with JJ, Gordon, Stewart, etc.
Junior Nation

United States

#23 Sep 24, 2008
team-shr wrote:
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That's true, but is it likely that the sponsorships will be as lucrative if there are no stars in the race? It may be nice to have a minor league, but it generally doesn't pay very well. I can go to a minor league ball game and pay a fraction of what I pay at the major league parks. There's little coverage of the minors outside of the local papers either. When was the last time you saw a AAA regular season baseball game on TV?
Personally, I don't think NASCAR wants people to consider the Nationwide series a minor league. The team owners in the Nationwide series probably don't want that either. I'm sure they enjoy having their teams on TV, even if its for coming in third or fourth.
That said, I do agree that the trend of Cup drivers running for the championship is getting rediculous. Why do drivers like Bowyer and Edwards feel that it's impressive to win a championship at that level? To me it just shows how little confidence they have in their ability to win the real prize. Its much easier to win championships when you're not competing with JJ, Gordon, Stewart, etc.
I see the sponsorship being a problem but there has to be some kind of happy medium to make it fair for everyone. At least this year Kevin Harvick is driving for his own team (and only part-time) so that evened out his playing field a bit. But you get cup drivers in cars from RCR/JGR/RFR that have all the funding in the world along with top ranked drivers and of course they are going to rule the field.

If they limit the amount of races say even 10 per driver and the amount of cup drivers for each race I think (only my opinion) that would help. Some races you get as many as 15-20 cup drivers racing. This series is supposed to be like the minor leagues, it doesn't pay anywhere near what cup pays. It's where up and coming drivers get their experience.

Since: Aug 08

Maple Heights, OH

#24 Sep 24, 2008
Junior Nation wrote:
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I see the sponsorship being a problem but there has to be some kind of happy medium to make it fair for everyone. At least this year Kevin Harvick is driving for his own team (and only part-time) so that evened out his playing field a bit. But you get cup drivers in cars from RCR/JGR/RFR that have all the funding in the world along with top ranked drivers and of course they are going to rule the field.
If they limit the amount of races say even 10 per driver and the amount of cup drivers for each race I think (only my opinion) that would help. Some races you get as many as 15-20 cup drivers racing. This series is supposed to be like the minor leagues, it doesn't pay anywhere near what cup pays. It's where up and coming drivers get their experience.
I agree with you, they need to somehow even the playing field. Maybe they could do something like start them in the back of the field. I also think they shouldn't allow them to miss the qualifying for a race. Maybe even give them a bigger tapered spacer than the non-Cup guys. Those things would allow them to have the stars at the races, but discourage them from doing it all the time.
Junior Nation

United States

#25 Sep 24, 2008
team-shr wrote:
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I agree with you, they need to somehow even the playing field. Maybe they could do something like start them in the back of the field. I also think they shouldn't allow them to miss the qualifying for a race. Maybe even give them a bigger tapered spacer than the non-Cup guys. Those things would allow them to have the stars at the races, but discourage them from doing it all the time.
I don't even know if NASCAR is addressing this issue. I know there has been a lot of talk from the fans but not sure if by the car owners/drivers or by NASCAR. I sure hope they are at least looking at it but I doubt it. They just look at the money it brings in.. and of course they are a business so they should look at their profits.

I'm sure what ever is done or not done it won't please everyone.
AJforBJ

Castlegar, Canada

#26 Sep 24, 2008
mrbreeze wrote:
<quoted text>I hate loud moths, butterflies too, lol!!!
LOL!!!
JuJuBear

Emeryville, CA

#27 Sep 28, 2008
We raced Go Karts with both AJ and Scott....AJ was always level headed and polite. We enjoyed being on the same team with him. He was never a loud mouth and I believe he is still the same AJ as back then!

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