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NASCAR’s “Odd Man Out” Dilemma: Is Four Teams Too Many?

NASCAR has a maximum of four teams per car owner, though with the results of seasons’ past, in most cases it is proving that the forth team doesn’t do as well as the other three. There’s the case of the “odd man out", so to speak, with most teams.   Let’s look at Hendrick Motorsports over the past four seasons:   • In 2009, Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon finished one-two-three, while teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 25th.   • In 2008, Johnson won the championship, Gordon finished seventh, Earnhardt Jr. finished 12th, and Casey Mears finished 20th.   • In 2007, Johnson and Gordon finished one-two, Busch finished seventh, and Mears finished 15th.   • In 2006, Johnson finished first, Gordon finished thir...

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