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Current NASCAR Drivers Most Likely to Be Team Owners in the Future

It's an irrefutable fact: The first day a driver steps into a NASCAR Sprint Cup car is also the beginning of the end of his driving career. Sure, he may go on to race 20 or 30 years, win dozens of races and even win a few championships along the way, but sooner or later he'll go from racer to former racer. If a driver is smart, watches his money and is inclined to want to stay in the game once his driving career is over, one of the next most logical steps is to become a team owner. Jeff Gordon was perhaps ahead of the curve, joining team owner Rick Hendrick more than a decade ago as co-owners of what became the six-time championship-winning No. 48 team headed by driver Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus. Tony Stewart also did so ...

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