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NASCAR’s Curious Case: Owner-Drivers the Kiss of Death?

Being an owner-driver in the cup series creates enormous pressure, and takes a special kind of driver. The situation can be so nerve-racking that many drivers steer clear of the cup series, instead owning teams in lesser series with significantly less pressure. Many great drivers have tried their hand at owning a cup team at one point or another, and in the early days of NASCAR these owner-drivers flourished. However, as time wore on they became less and less relevant Then came the 80’s, and while a few owner-drivers were still relevant (Richard Petty), Corporate America mostly killed off the owner-driver. A few stragglers hung on, but never posed a true threat to better funded teams. Then a miracle happened; in 1992 Alan Kulwicki own...

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