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“Team Globalization”: Is the New Era of NASCAR Good or Bad for Competition?

With the end of the 2012 season and series champion's team moving to Ford and getting rid of its own engine department, you have to wonder if the sport is headed in the right direction.My reference to "Team Globalization" means that I'm looking at NASCAR as the world, and each race team as countries. With the overlap of all the race teams nowadays, it's a lot like globalization. But is globalization good for NASCAR?Now there are now only six engine companies in the Sprint Cup Series. Chevy has two, Hendrick Motorsports, and Earnhardt-Childress Racing engines. Each of the Chevrolet teams gets their engine provided to them by one of those companies.Hendrick Motorsports provides for themselves (four cars), Stewart-Haas Racing (three cars), Pho...

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