Franchitti still nursing injury, unsu...

Franchitti still nursing injury, unsure of when he'll return

There are 6 comments on the story from May 11, 2008, titled Franchitti still nursing injury, unsure of when he'll return. In it, reports that:

DARLINGTON , S.C. Dario Franchitti continues to heal from the broken left ankle he sustained during a Nationwide Series race at Talladega last month, with no firm timetable for his return.

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Since: Aug 07

Morris, IL

#1 May 11, 2008
Come back Dario! Nationwide races just aren't the same without him :(
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Anchorage, AK

#2 May 14, 2008
The 40 car has been withdrawn from the bogus "Sprint Showdown" this week. The reason Ganassi gives is that there was no sponsor for the car for this race.

Of course, it's a non-points "race" that counts for absolutely nothing and doesn't pay enough prize money to pay to take a car there if some sponsor isn't covering all the costs.

This is just another example of what a house of cards Nascar is. Without these sponsors getting their decals plastered prominently on the cars, there's not enough profit incentive for the teams to even show up.

The reason Nascar is fragile is that the "teams" don't own the sport; someone else does. And that someone refuses to have the kind of profit sharing that allows the NFL to flourish. It's the kind of profit sharing that permits baseball teams in smaller markets to remain in business, even if they rarely compete for titles.

Despite huge TV dollars and revenue from merchandise sales, this phony league barely doles out enough from its huge income to the teams to maintain some semblance of competition.

So you see the cracks in the foundation when a car owner - especially one with deep pockets - says it's not financially worth entering one of these purposeless exhibitions. Since there aren't too many viable teams outside the top-35, the marginal teams can pick and choose when to skip races, because even if they have to qualify for races they know they only have to beat out one or two other teams to get in. So every week you're treated to about a dozen bottom feeders moseying around the track the day of the race, and fans either tune in to see the top multi-car teams or tune out completely.

Since: Aug 07

Morris, IL

#3 May 14, 2008
Yeah that's not good.
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Anchorage, AK

#4 May 15, 2008
There are 21 cars entered in this "Sprint All Star" race. Five car owners own 13 of the 21 cars. Sounds like quite a competition, especially since there are such big stars as Casey Mears and Jamie McMurray entered. Well, if nothing else, maybe now Little E, the darling of Nascar, can win a race.

Rheda-wiedenbrück, Germany

#5 May 15, 2008
I want Jarrett to win.

Columbus, OH

#7 May 23, 2008
The 40 car should have been Sterling Marlin's Car until retirement. It ain't done shit since he was rooted out. F Chip

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