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NASCAR Nationwide Series: Driver Changes Shake Up Future

Justin Allgaier and Trevor Bayne are the top-two drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings who don't run a Sprint Cup Series schedule. Normally, both drivers would be assured of at least a Nationwide ride for 2011. However, the future of Allgaier and Bayne in NASCAR is in jeopardy after Bayne left Diamond-Waltrip Racing on Monday and Verizon—the sponsor of Allgaier’s No. 12 Dodge—is expected to drop their sponsorship after Penske Racing’s efforts at season’s end. This situation is just one of many cases this season in which Nationwide-only drivers have been pushed aside by either Cup drivers or new management. The season-long game of musical chairs began in April when James Buescher left Phoenix ...

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