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Loss Of One Car Teams, Southern Owners/Crew Chiefs Show NASCAR’s Decline

Forward: In order to better understand this article, perhaps you should first check out what essentially is a "part one" NASCAR 1996: Sponsorship, Schedules, Drivers, and Selling Racing's Soul. In that piece, I argue that the shift in sponsorship from a Southern brand (Winston Cigarettes) to a Northern brand (Nextel-Sprint) along with the influx of Northern drivers and the shift in scheduling from largely Southern to Northern tracks began in 1996 and started the sport's decline that continues today. This article continues that trend with a look at the influx of Northern crew chiefs and car owners and how the loss of the single-car operation in favor of larger more corporate-run teams continued to change and ruin the sport as it c...

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