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Report: NASCAR To Change Name Of Premier Racing Series Next Year
local6 ^ | 20-June-2007

Posted on 06/20/2007 12:39:11 PM PDT by stainlessbanner

Sprint will replace Nextel as title sponsor of NASCAR's premier racing series starting in 2008, according to an ESPN.com report citing sources.

The series will be known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the report said.

NASCAR declined to comment.

The move would mark the third time in four seasons that NASCAR's Cup Series changed names.

From 1972-2003, the Cup Series was sponsored by R.J. Reynolds tobacco through its Winston cigarette brand. Nextel assumed the naming rights in 2004.


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KEYWORDS: nascar; nextel; racing; sports; sprint
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Just call it Boy-France Racing League
1 posted on 06/20/2007 12:39:14 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner

“Piston Cup”?????


2 posted on 06/20/2007 12:41:01 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Don't mistake timid driving for defensive driving.)
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To: stainlessbanner

It’s ALL about money. Racing sure isn’t what it used to be!


3 posted on 06/20/2007 12:44:04 PM PDT by SWEETSUNNYSOUTH (Help stamp out liberalism!)
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To: stainlessbanner

I suppose that makes sense since Sprint bought Nextel. “Sprint” seems more fitting anyway. To me at least.


4 posted on 06/20/2007 12:44:25 PM PDT by The Blitherer (What would a Free Man do?)
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To: stainlessbanner

Change it back to Winston Cup. When the health-nazis and statists bitch, tell them the name refers to Churchill, not the cigarettes. It would be worth it to see them in a frothing rage.


5 posted on 06/20/2007 12:47:02 PM PDT by lesser_satan (FRED THOMPSON '08)
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To: SWEETSUNNYSOUTH

You do realize that Sprint bought Nextel. This makes perfect sense.


6 posted on 06/20/2007 12:47:28 PM PDT by nhoward14
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To: stainlessbanner
Just call it Boy-France Racing League

You and I need to have a beer or twelve. I despise that little $#it for destroying a perfectly good sport. I can't wait till it all crashes down. This is a major pillar buckling.

7 posted on 06/20/2007 12:47:59 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (Amnesty….NO MEANS NO!)
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To: stainlessbanner

Crap, I was just getting use to not saying Winston Cup after 30 years and they go and change it again....


8 posted on 06/20/2007 12:48:12 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: stainlessbanner

Not to be confused with Sprint Car Racing


9 posted on 06/20/2007 12:49:18 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket
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To: The Blitherer
I suppose that makes sense since Sprint bought Nextel. “Sprint” seems more fitting anyway. To me at least.

I'm praying for USAC to sue their a$$e$ off!

10 posted on 06/20/2007 12:49:20 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (Amnesty….NO MEANS NO!)
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To: stainlessbanner

The John Edwards Flowing Locks Cup


11 posted on 06/20/2007 12:50:06 PM PDT by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: RacerF150

12 posted on 06/20/2007 12:50:45 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket
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To: All
AT&T thumbs its nose at NASCAR
13 posted on 06/20/2007 12:51:01 PM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: RacerF150

Don’t forget Junior going over to Hendrick.


14 posted on 06/20/2007 12:51:07 PM PDT by IslandJeff (Fried Chicken in the bathtub - HC)
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To: stainlessbanner

There is already a sprint car series. /s

I think there is a market for stock car racing in the Southeast. I’m surprised that someone hasn’t started a series, since Nascar has abandoned stock cars.


15 posted on 06/20/2007 12:51:20 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: stainlessbanner

I can’t wait until it becomes the NASCAR Hooter’s Cup Series. Woo Hoo!


16 posted on 06/20/2007 12:53:31 PM PDT by McGruff
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To: IslandJeff

Why not go to work for the people that rules don’t apply to


17 posted on 06/20/2007 12:54:13 PM PDT by sticker
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To: RacerF150

They really do seem to be working on getting rid of us more traditional fans.

This is the first time in years I haven’t watched The Winston (yes I still call it the Winston) because they decided to show it on SPEED which my cable company doesn’t carry. However I was encouraged to “call my cable company now” and tell them to charge me another $10 a month for one channel.


18 posted on 06/20/2007 12:54:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: RacerF150; stainlessbanner

I’ll drink to that as well! NASCAR is not racing anymore!


19 posted on 06/20/2007 12:55:16 PM PDT by Hazcat (Live to party, work to afford it.)
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To: lesser_satan

How about the Redneck Cup?


20 posted on 06/20/2007 12:57:35 PM PDT by safetysign
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To: McGruff

I can’t wait until it becomes the NASCAR Hooter’s Cup Series. Woo Hoo!

***

Then, the femi-nazis would come along and complain.

How about the Preparation H-Pepto Bismol series?


21 posted on 06/20/2007 1:00:50 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: RacerF150

Ever wonder if he and Tony George have some kind of contest going to see who can screw up a racing league the worst?


22 posted on 06/20/2007 1:01:07 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Hazcat

The only thing that might really make NASCAR better would be to change all their races to a series of heat races.


23 posted on 06/20/2007 1:02:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: McGruff
I can’t wait until it becomes the NASCAR Hooter’s Cup Series. Woo Hoo!

I propose a joint sponsorship between Hooter's and Square D.

24 posted on 06/20/2007 1:02:46 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: stainlessbanner

They could call it The Car of Tomorrow Racing League.


25 posted on 06/20/2007 1:06:12 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: tacticalogic; Hazcat; stainlessbanner; cripplecreek; IslandJeff

Not sure about the rest of you, but 10-15 years ago, I would gladly buy anything with NASCAR’s logo on it or anything produced by a company who sponsored some portion of the sport. Now, I will not buy anything directly tied to NASCAR. If there are two brands of something I am considering and one is the official whatever of NASCAR, I’m buying the other one. I am so sick of the COT, and the Chase, and green-white-checker, and the favoritism, and the tire rule, and the testing rule. Bring back the good old late 80’s and early 90’s with bias-ply tires and drivers who were all old enough to shave.


26 posted on 06/20/2007 1:13:12 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (Amnesty….NO MEANS NO!)
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To: tacticalogic
Ever wonder if he and Tony George have some kind of contest going to see who can screw up a racing league the worst?

I know that I'm in the minority, but I like what Tony George did. Open-wheel racing had major, major problems under the surface and Tony George made some hard, but necessary, decisions instead of passing the buck.

I think that George was a little heavy-handed in his approach, but I think he ultimately did what he needed to do. Part of the problem, unfortunately, is people like Penske who refused to play along until it was obvious that CART (now Champ Car) didn't have a future without the 500. Folks like Penske (and now Paul Newman) who try and duke it out with the IMS are hurting open-wheel racing and further encouraging young drivers to bolt to NASCAR instead of open-wheel.

27 posted on 06/20/2007 1:13:35 PM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: NormsRevenge; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; NYTexan; WestCoastGal; tubebender

ping


28 posted on 06/20/2007 1:19:46 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Check out this website for the National Veterans Coalition http://www.nvets.org/)
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To: fatnotlazy
Then, the femi-nazis would come along and complain.

What about calling it the D-Cup then?

29 posted on 06/20/2007 1:22:18 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: RacerF150
Bring back the good old late 80’s and early 90’s with bias-ply tires and drivers who were all old enough to shave.

AMEN!

30 posted on 06/20/2007 1:25:31 PM PDT by Hazcat (Live to party, work to afford it.)
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To: safetysign
How about the Redneck Cup?

Why not? NASCAR has always been the Mecca of Rednecka.

31 posted on 06/20/2007 1:28:05 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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To: RacerF150
I agree with you, I used to go to Talladega every year. It started when they changed rules all year, taking away from Dodge and giving to Pontiac so that Tony Stewart could win his first championship.
32 posted on 06/20/2007 1:29:44 PM PDT by sticker
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To: RacerF150
I'll take you up on a few co'buhrs.....as long we're at a dirt track :)

Little France is running the business into the ground. The difference was Grandaddy was a working man and knew his fans.

33 posted on 06/20/2007 1:38:25 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: RacerF150
If there are two brands of something I am considering and one is the official whatever of NASCAR, I’m buying the other one

I saw some NASCAR sponsored strawberries at the market a few months back. No lie.

34 posted on 06/20/2007 1:40:24 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner

THIS, my FRiends, is getting waaaaaaaaaaaay out of control . I personally think that the “Official Cheese-Filled Snack of NASCAR” is my favorite.

Official Sponsors (from http://www.nascar.com/guides/sponsorship/)
Allstate (Official Insurance)
AMD (Official Technology Partner/Official Microprocessor of NASCAR/ The Official Semiconductor Technology of NASCAR)
America Online (Official Internet Service Provider/Instant Messenger/E-mail)
APlus (Official Convenience Store)
Bank Of America (Official Bank, Checking, Savings, Credit/Debit, Mutual Funds and Security Brokerage)
Best Western (Official Hotel)
Budweiser (Official Beer)
Callaway Golf (Official Golf Ball)
Checkers/Rally’s (Official Drive-Thru & Official Burger)
Chevrolet (Monte Carlo) (Official Pace Car, Official Passenger Car)
Coca-Cola (Official Soft Drink)
Combos (Masterfoods) (Official Cheese-Filled)
Craftsman Tools (Official Tools)
Dasani (Official Water)
Daytona USA (Official Attraction)
Diageo (Official Wine)
DIRECTV (Official Partner of NASCAR)
Dodge Charger (Official Passenger Car)
Domino’s Pizza (Official Pizza Company)
DuPont Performance Coatings (Official Finish)
Duracell (Official Alkaline Battery)
Eastman Kodak (Official Imaging Partner)
Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Offical Rent-A-Car Company)
Featherlite - Vantare (Official Trailers & Luxury Coaches)
Ford Trucks (Official Truck)
Freightliner (Official Hauler)
Gillette (Official Shaving Product)
Goodyear (Exclusive Tire Supplier)
Housby (Semi-tractor Distributor)
Ingersoll-Rand Company (Official Security Partner)
Kellogg’s (Official Breakfast Food/Cereal)
M&M’S (Masterfoods) (Official Chocolate of NASCAR)
Minute Maid (Official Juice)
NicoDerm (Proud Sponsor of NASCAR)
Office Depot (Official Office Supply/Products Provider)
Oral B (Official Oral Care Product)
Old Spice (Official Antiperspirant & Deodorant)
Pedigree (Masterfoods) (NASCAR Fans’ Best Friend)
POWERade (Official Sports Beverage)
Sirius (Official Satellite Radio Partner of NASCAR)
Sony (Official Consumer Electronics)
Sprint NEXTEL (Official Series Sponsor)
Sunoco (Official Fuel)
The Home Depot (Official Home Improvement Warehouse)
Tissot (Official timekeeper and Official Watch of NASCAR)
Top-Flite (Official Golf Clubs)
Toyota (Official Partner/Manufacturer)
Tylenol (Official Pain Reliever of NASCAR)
UPS (Official Delivery Service)
USG (Official Partner of NASCAR)
Visa (Official Card)


35 posted on 06/20/2007 2:15:00 PM PDT by cyphergirl
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To: Hegemony Cricket

I am speed...


36 posted on 06/20/2007 2:24:29 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps (Thompson for President: 2008, 2012: Jindal for President 2016, 2020)
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To: sticker
I agree with you, I used to go to Talladega every year. It started when they changed rules all year, taking away from Dodge and giving to Pontiac so that Tony Stewart could win his first championship.

Man, don't get me started with that little punk. He knows who his sponsor is and their relationship with NASCAR. That's why he does and says whatever he wants, knowing he will have to kill someone to get suspended. It's a shame because I was a big TS fan his first few years in Cup. Since then, he has become no different than Harvick, or the Busch's. A collection of ill-mannered, belligerent twerps.

The sport was so much better back when owners generally stayed away from anyone younger than their late 20's. With the invasion of "kids", there has been an erosion of respect. Contrary to popular belief, dumping someone on the last lap just because you were close enough to ram their bumper, was once taboo. Sure Earnhardt built a reputation on it, but he was smart enough to spread it out over a career. Now, not only is it accepted, it's expected. #ell, any jacka$$ can ram the car in front of them. Real drivers pass another car without touching it.

I was never a fan of Earnhardt (when he was alive), but now I understand how important he was to the sport. He was old school and had the star power to keep NASCAR in line with its roots. It wasn’t much of a problem when Bill Jr. was running things, but Brian France had to be held in check. With the loss of Dale Sr. and no leadership from Dale Jr., Brian has been able to convert the sport to what he and his California buddies think it should be. An advertising company.

37 posted on 06/20/2007 2:59:26 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (Amnesty….NO MEANS NO!)
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To: stainlessbanner
I saw some NASCAR sponsored strawberries at the market a few months back. No lie.

Ewww. Did it come with some 90W gear oil for dippin???

38 posted on 06/20/2007 3:01:34 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (Amnesty….NO MEANS NO!)
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To: stainlessbanner

Nascar is suing AT&T for $100 million. Losers


39 posted on 06/20/2007 3:03:08 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl
NASCAR just screwed the pooch on that lawsuit with this move.

They are suing AT&T for $100 million for REBRANDING the 31 car after AT&T bought out Cingular. Then they turn around and REBRAND the series after Sprint bought out Nextel.

No way NASCAR wins the lawsuit after that.

40 posted on 06/20/2007 3:09:20 PM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: commish
ATT needs to buy out Sprint and tell Boy France (i like that title) to kiss their butt and I agree with you on the renaming the series from Nextel to Sprint and it’s effect on the lawsuit...
41 posted on 06/20/2007 3:44:56 PM PDT by tubebender (Large reward for person offering leads to my missing tag lines...)
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To: stainlessbanner
If Jockey Underwear ever took over, would they have to call it the Jockey Cup?

Here’s another NASCAR question. If they ever get a gay driver, could he sue for discrimination if they didn’t let him sit on the pole?

42 posted on 06/20/2007 3:52:36 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: cyphergirl
Wonder if NicoDerm signed up before Winston dropped it’s sponsorship.
43 posted on 06/21/2007 5:37:57 AM PDT by sticker
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To: stainlessbanner
Well hell...I saw this coming when the changed to NEXTEL. Did anyone think NEXTEL would actually be the sponsor a few years later?

Pathetic.

44 posted on 06/21/2007 10:46:24 AM PDT by NucSubs (Rudy Giuliani 2008! Our liberal democrat is better than theirs!)
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To: stainlessbanner

Not much you and agree on but I’m with you on this one.


45 posted on 06/21/2007 10:48:55 AM PDT by NucSubs (Rudy Giuliani 2008! Our liberal democrat is better than theirs!)
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To: RacerF150
I agree with you about the Chase 100%. Why do you have issues with the COT & GWChecker? Also forgive my ignorance - what about the tire & testing rule annoys you?

Thanks.

46 posted on 06/21/2007 10:55:35 AM PDT by NucSubs (Rudy Giuliani 2008! Our liberal democrat is better than theirs!)
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To: NucSubs
I agree with you about the Chase 100%. Why do you have issues with the COT & GWChecker? Also forgive my ignorance - what about the tire & testing rule annoys you?

No problem. The COT (to me) is just a ridiculous-looking joke of a racecar. I'll admit that the wing makes up about 75% of the obnoxious value, but it's still butt-ugly overall. Not to mention the enormous amount of money teams have had to spend on the COT.

The GWC is like playing extra innings or going into overtime when there isn't even a tie in the first place. Answer this. If the GWC is such a good idea, why do they only give it one attempt before they call the race? The racing I was brought up on was based on a fixed distance and no "guarantee" of excitement. Imagine if in football, they outlawed taking a knee to run out the clock because it wasn't exciting for the fans. Hey, that's sports. Sometimes there is drama, other times not. But what Brian France is doing is more like Hollywood or pro wrestling.

The testing and tire rules are another attempt to reduce the cost of racing and increase competition. But the net result is that the teams with the most money will always be able to overcome these obstacles. (Just look at the Hendrick cars this year) The teams with less money will just fall further behind.

That’s just my take.

47 posted on 06/21/2007 11:41:35 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Amnesty….NO MEANS NO!)
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To: RacerF150

Okay. Thanks.

I like the look of the COT, but that is a taste issue. I thought it was supposed to SAVE the teams money? No more expensive wind tunnel time. Was that not one of the selling points?

You have a good point on the GWC and I think you’ve sold me...I think they’re too many cautions anyway.

Can you explain the tire and testing issues to me a little more? I am not sure I even know what they are.

Thanks!


48 posted on 06/21/2007 11:50:41 AM PDT by NucSubs (Rudy Giuliani 2008! Our liberal democrat is better than theirs!)
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To: NucSubs
Can you explain the tire and testing issues to me a little more? I am not sure I even know what they are.

Sure, I'll do my best and hope they don't change again before I'm done.

The tire issue is simply the difference between buying tires and leasing tires. The current rule is based on a lease, meaning you don't leave the track on race day with any tires. You turn them back into Goodyear. The idea being you can't test if you don't have tires to test with.

The testing rule is a bit more complex and has been tweaked a little here and there over the years. This is best explained by giving you a link to a page at jayski.com, a hub of NASCAR info. See here: http://www.jayski.com/stats/testing/testing2007.htm

My point with these issues is that NASCAR creates three problems for every one they "fix". Much like government bureaucrats.

I could go on and on about the death of NASCAR but I don't want to spoil your day.

49 posted on 06/21/2007 1:12:48 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (Amnesty….NO MEANS NO!)
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To: stainlessbanner

Truform - Official hernia truss of Nascar.

50 posted on 06/21/2007 1:14:59 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (I shot the Sheriff, but I did not shoot the debutante.)
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