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In a move sure to spark outrage, the White House announced today that GM and Chrysler must cease participation in NASCAR at the end of the 2009 season if they hope to receive any additional financial aid from the government. Companies around the globe?Honda and Audi, to name two?have drawn down racing operations, and NASCAR itself has already felt the pinch in the form of reduced team spending. A complete withdrawal from America?s premier racing series is expected to save more than $250 million between GM and Chrysler, a substantial amount considering the drastic measures being implemented elsewhere.

?Automakers used to operate on the principle of ?win on Sunday, sell on Monday,? but the Auto Task Force?s research just doesn?t validate that as true,? said the statement from President Obama. While fans have decried the Car of Tomorrow for heavily limiting what little personalization the cookie-cutter series had previously allowed to participating manufacturers, and drivers have slammed its brick-like aerodynamics and unpredictable handling, even the governmental oversight committee sees that the full-scale regulation of the cars leaves the manufacturers very little space for research and development. ?NASCAR is a racing series that regulates down to the smallest detail of the cars, where a car badged a Chevrolet or Dodge differs only marginally from a Ford or a Toyota. There?s no technological development to speak of.?

The statement goes on further to say the same demand will be made of Ford if it asks for government assistance. ?In order to receive this money, corporations must demonstrate they will spend it wisely. Racing has been said to improve on-road technology, but frankly, NASCAR almost flaunts its standing among the lowest-tech forms of motorsport. NASCAR is not proven to drive advancements that transfer from the racetrack to the road, and this nation?s way forward does not hinge on decades-old technology. We need new, and we need innovation.?

The President realizes this will be an unpopular call, but stands behind the decision, saying, ?This is an obvious cut to make, but it is not an easy one. This administration is not ignoring the tremendous sentimental value and emotional appeal NASCAR holds for so many Americans. But now is not the time for sentiment and nostalgia; now is a time for decisive financial action. If our automotive industry is to emerge from this recession intact, then these difficult decisions must be made.?

Both Chevrolet and Dodge see the move as only temporary, and fully expect to resume racing in NASCAR as soon as they have stabilized and the government?s hand in their operations is minimized. ?There is nothing really to say at this point,? said one representative, who wished to remain anonymous. ?We?ve been doing this since the beginning, and we always assumed we?d be doing this until the end. Heck, nobody ever thought to think that there would be an end. But we ain?t done. As soon as this is over, we?re taking back our spot at the top.?

NASCAR officials remain tight-lipped about the call, but sources say series president Mike Helton and team managers are exploring several options, including other manufacturers to fill Chevrolet and Dodge?s vacated positions. Given the company?s recent interest in motorsport and the steady cash-flow and V-8 engine provided by its new Genesis sedan, sources indicate that NASCAR is pinging Hyundai to gauge the Korean company?s interest in occupying a spot in NASCAR. ?Toyota was not well-received their first year in the sport, nor was their first season an easy one,? the source says. ?But they learned, they applied the lessons, and they have proven very competitive this year.?

If Hyundai does indeed join the series, there will no doubt be a steep learning curve, and the move would leave Ford the lone domestic battling a pair of Asian makes in America?s most popular racing series. We wonder, however, how long NASCAR could hold that title without two of its most storied participants.

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Maybe they should get out of NASCAR, though.

I actually think that if they pulled out of Nascar it would hurt them more. I don't think the "win on Sunday, sell on Monday" philosophy really still applies, since the cars barely resemble the cars they represent, but it does influence the type of vehicle people buy. I guarantee there are thousands of people who refuse to buy anything but a Chevy truck, because "Dale Jr. drives a Chevy!" It's the Big 3's largest media/marketing outlet, cutting it off would mean huge losses.

Interesting side note though; How would Nascar fair if Chevy and Dodge did pull out? Could a Ford-Toyota series survive? Could the teams go without any manufacturer at all? Just brand the cars as "Nascar"s? Most teams build their own engines anyways, and there are little to no actual X (insert brand) parts in the car at all. The teams get sponsorship money and support from the manufacturers, but that's about the only ties they have.

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Obviously, it's an April Fool's joke, but obviously you can tell who is a real Nascar fan and who isn't. Real Nascar fans know the cars aren't the show and know that the big 3 have in the past pulled out and Nascar survived. Nascar does not need the manufacturers and true fans follow the drivers and the teams, not the manufacturers. Do your research and find out when each manufacturer pulled out of the sport.

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I thought this was real when I heard, because of the radical tact this administration is taking, led by the tax dodging treasury sec, and Barney Frank.

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Maybe they should get out of NASCAR, though.

I actually think that if they pulled out of Nascar it would hurt them more. I don't think the "win on Sunday, sell on Monday" philosophy really still applies, since the cars barely resemble the cars they represent, but it does influence the type of vehicle people buy. I guarantee there are thousands of people who refuse to buy anything but a Chevy truck, because "Dale Jr. drives a Chevy!" It's the Big 3's largest media/marketing outlet, cutting it off would mean huge losses.

Interesting side note though; How would Nascar fair if Chevy and Dodge did pull out? Could a Ford-Toyota series survive? Could the teams go without any manufacturer at all? Just brand the cars as "Nascar"s? Most teams build their own engines anyways, and there are little to no actual X (insert brand) parts in the car at all. The teams get sponsorship money and support from the manufacturers, but that's about the only ties they have.

That is beyond pathetic.

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I guarantee there are thousands of people who refuse to buy anything but a Chevy truck, because "Dale Jr. drives a Chevy!"

That is beyond pathetic.

I knew a guy that wouldn't go to Home Depot, because they sponsored Tony Stewart. There are people out there that take this stuff (way too) seriously.

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I guarantee there are thousands of people who refuse to buy anything but a Chevy truck, because "Dale Jr. drives a Chevy!"

That is beyond pathetic.

I knew a guy that wouldn't go to Home Depot, because they sponsored Tony Stewart. There are people out there that take this stuff (way too) seriously.

Those are the people I'm embarrassed to call my countrymen. You'd think natural selection would have weeded these "people" out a long time ago.

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I guarantee there are thousands of people who refuse to buy anything but a Chevy truck, because "Dale Jr. drives a Chevy!"

That is beyond pathetic.

I knew a guy that wouldn't go to Home Depot, because they sponsored Tony Stewart. There are people out there that take this stuff (way too) seriously.

Those are the people I'm embarrassed to call my countrymen. You'd think natural selection would have weeded these "people" out a long time ago.

You have a wonderful view of humanity.

There are those of us that wish you would just fall from the face of the earth, yet he must deal with you everyday. So, how's bout you just learn to deal with these "people" as you say...

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I guarantee there are thousands of people who refuse to buy anything but a Chevy truck, because "Dale Jr. drives a Chevy!"

That is beyond pathetic.

I knew a guy that wouldn't go to Home Depot, because they sponsored Tony Stewart. There are people out there that take this stuff (way too) seriously.

Those are the people I'm embarrassed to call my countrymen. You'd think natural selection would have weeded these "people" out a long time ago.

You have a wonderful view of humanity.

There are those of us that wish you would just fall from the face of the earth, yet he must deal with you everyday. So, how's bout you just learn to deal with these "people" as you say...

Some day natural selection will weed out Devils fans too.

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I guarantee there are thousands of people who refuse to buy anything but a Chevy truck, because "Dale Jr. drives a Chevy!"

That is beyond pathetic.

I knew a guy that wouldn't go to Home Depot, because they sponsored Tony Stewart. There are people out there that take this stuff (way too) seriously.

Those are the people I'm embarrassed to call my countrymen. You'd think natural selection would have weeded these "people" out a long time ago.

You have a wonderful view of humanity.

There are those of us that wish you would just fall from the face of the earth, yet he must deal with you everyday. So, how's bout you just learn to deal with these "people" as you say...

Some day natural selection will weed out Devils fans too.

One day, when New Jersey falls into the sea and those who remain will assimilate into the surrounding culture... :P

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