Skip to comments.Report: NASCAR To Change Name Of Premier Racing Series Next Year
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.
It’s ALL about money. Racing sure isn’t what it used to be!
I suppose that makes sense since Sprint bought Nextel. “Sprint” seems more fitting anyway. To me at least.
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.
You do realize that Sprint bought Nextel. This makes perfect sense.
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.
Crap, I was just getting use to not saying Winston Cup after 30 years and they go and change it again....
Not to be confused with Sprint Car Racing
I'm praying for USAC to sue their a$$e$ off!
The John Edwards Flowing Locks Cup
Don’t forget Junior going over to Hendrick.
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.
I can’t wait until it becomes the NASCAR Hooter’s Cup Series. Woo Hoo!
Why not go to work for the people that rules don’t apply to
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.
I’ll drink to that as well! NASCAR is not racing anymore!
How about the Redneck Cup?
I cant wait until it becomes the NASCAR Hooters Cup Series. Woo Hoo!
Then, the femi-nazis would come along and complain.
How about the Preparation H-Pepto Bismol series?
Ever wonder if he and Tony George have some kind of contest going to see who can screw up a racing league the worst?
The only thing that might really make NASCAR better would be to change all their races to a series of heat races.
I propose a joint sponsorship between Hooter's and Square D.
They could call it The Car of Tomorrow Racing League.
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.
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.
What about calling it the D-Cup then?
Why not? NASCAR has always been the Mecca of Rednecka.
Little France is running the business into the ground. The difference was Grandaddy was a working man and knew his fans.
I saw some NASCAR sponsored strawberries at the market a few months back. No lie.
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)
Dominos 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)
I am speed...
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 wasnt 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.
Ewww. Did it come with some 90W gear oil for dippin???
Nascar is suing AT&T for $100 million. Losers
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.
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?
Not much you and agree on but I’m with you on this one.
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.
Thats just my take.
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.
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.
Truform - Official hernia truss of Nascar.