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Sponsors Hold the Keys to NASCAR Teams and Attitudes

Sponsorship, it makes the sports world go round. In NASCAR, it means more than ever, with both car and driver literally covered in many different brands. But do the sponsors control the driver and team a little too much? Earlier this month, Kurt Busch left Penske after a mutual agreement of separation. Busch had had a tough Homestead race on the public relations front, first being caught on national television flipping off a Secret Service vehicle parked in front of his garage stall, then appearing in a YouTube video cussing out a reporter. Soon after, Busch’s sponsor Shell-Pennzoil released a statement about the driver’s actions."Shell and Pennzoil are disappointed with recent actions by driver, Kurt Busch, at the final race of...

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