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Dodge Ready To Return To NASCAR in the U.S.?

Discussion in 'Motorsports / Racing News' started by dodgeismycar, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. mdh1776

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    @redriderbob Any updates or new rumors? Should we still be expecting to hear something around speedweeks?
     
  2. redriderbob

    redriderbob Mopar Guru!
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    No new updates not until 2018.
     
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  3. mdh1776

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    That feels forever away, but it's right around the corner.
     
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    Saw this on autoweek today: "And there was considerable speculation Sunday that the Ford 400 was the last time Richard Petty Motorsports would field a Ford. It’s expected that RPM and Richard Childress Racing will field Chevrolets in a technical alliance next year. RCR will continue to field Chevy Camaros for Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon, and RPM will field Camaros for incoming Rookie of the Year candidate Bubba Wallace."

    Read more: http://autoweek.com/article/monster-energy-nascar-cup/martin-truex-jr-wins-last-race-2017-and-monster-energy-nascar-cup#ixzz4yviZZOOa
     
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  5. mopar22

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    Man Chevy really threw RCR under the table if that's true. First he didn't get to help on the camaro and now he only gets 1 for the rookie
     
  6. mdh1776

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    It makes sense. Why do they want him helping with the new Camaro if he's testing with Dodge? They're anticipating RCR to switch just as much as we are here.
     
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  7. mopar22

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    Because you're still paying for him? Pretty bad that someone your paying you don't even want to race for you anymore, just cut them and let them be on their own for the final year then
     
  8. mdh1776

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    There are still contracts in place. If 2018 is the last year of the contract between RCR and GM, both sides have to honor that agreement. And until it's publicly announced between Dodge and RCR, it's all rumor. Rumor isn't going to be enough to breach the contract with GM.
     
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  9. mopar22

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    You can still cut a contract short buy buying it out, it's normally slightly cheaper
     
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    There are different levels of "honoring".
     
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  11. mdh1776

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    Agreed. It's easier and looks better if they just keep doing what they're doing and let them walk, instead of stirring up a mess. None of us here have any idea what the contracts look like, and what the options/penalties are for modifying it or ending it early.
     
  12. Beentherebefore

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    Once the manufacturer thinks that you are about to switch, they still have to keep you in parts so you can continue to participate in Nascar racing. But they start cutting you off from the technical help and team meetings where information is shared with other teams racing for that manufacturer. Then the team's drivers begin a slow spiral downwards as they fall farther and farther behind in their ability to stay abreast of the latest developments. After a few races (usually around mid-summer) this decline becomes evident if you are following the team's track performance.
     
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  13. mopar22

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    I wish.
     
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    is this legit? or am I being messed with?
     
  16. Mike V.

    Mike V. Mopar-nac The Moderator
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    Please do not post inaccurate information like this.

    Brad signed a multi year agreement with Penske this year. He is not leaving Penske, not in 2018 or 2019 or even 2020.

    Mike
     
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    Mike V. Mopar-nac The Moderator
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    See post above.

    Mike
     
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    All I know is, I go back to 2000 when everything was locked in for 2001, the Petty Pontiacs were called "s---boxes" in private by a member of the NASCAR media who had been brought in as an adviser role to help through the year. So I do fear for RCR/RPM performance next year. And yes the Kez situation is interesting, but why sign long-term if Dodge were in his future? Nonetheless, ford can't be too happy.
     
  19. mdh1776

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    Keselowski has zero reason to go elsewhere. He may not retire driving a Ford, but he will retire driving for Penske.
     
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