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Even Carl Edwards under the Ford Company shared his feelings regarding the news and said that it’s only natural for the company or person to decide what’s better for their welfare. So, if Dodge think that withdrawing from the Sprint Cup is the best move then they’re free to do as they please but he still believes that someday the company will come back to the race since everyone knows that NASCAR is one of the best ways to market their products. Besides, Dodge already made that on-off decision before so Edwards is still looking at the possibility of the same to happen again.
When asked for his feelings about the impending withdrawal of Dodge, Jeff Gordon, a Chevy driver, said that although he haven’t had experience in driving Dodge he was not surprise with the announcement. He though that the small number of team cars from the company is a telltale sign that the withdrawal is actually coming. He further added that he also feels sad about the fact that a well-known company like Dodge will be missing.
The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup will soon be missing one good company as Dodge wave its hand goodbye to the competition starting this season’s end. The announcement was made public during the Speedway test at Martinsville for the 2013 cup.
As said by Ralph Gilles, one of Dodge bosses, the decision was made due to the difficulties that the company is facing with regards to the development of the correct structure in order to stay in the competition.
It’s widely known that Dodge has been on and off from the NASCAR for the past years, though they’ve been creating huge followers due to successive winning since 2001. Currently, only 2 Dodge cars are involved in the tournament, one being manned by Sam Hornish Jr. and the other by Brad Keselowski, both belongs to Penske Racing team. With Dodge’s withdrawal, these two racers will soon be switching to Ford. The teams Chip Ganassi, Evernham Motorsports, and Petty Enterprises used to be part of Dodge too but they later on transferred to another companies.
Despite the withdrawal, Martin Truex Jr. – a Toyota racer – believes that NASCAR Sprint Cup won’t be affected badly since only 2 Dodge will leave the race. Jeff Gordon, a Chevy racer also said something like Dodge withdrawal is something inevitable due to its small team number but though he somewhat expected it he can’t help but feel sad about the reality.
In the meantime, there are other two members of the Coca-Cola team who are outside the Chase. They are Joey Logano and Ryan Newman who will just have to win a couple of races to be included in the competitive lineup. On emphasis, Newman emerged victorious at Martinsville, fourth in Las Vegas and fifth in Daytona race this July.
In the tracks that lead to Chase, Newman managed to perform well in a number of races. He did fine at Pocono, which is the 5th best average finish in his whole career, and at Richmond, which is his second best. On these tracks, he was able to finish at 5th and 8th places last year. Also, he had top 10 finishes in four races a year before Chase started.
To make sure that he gets a spot, he must improve on Indianapolis. This track almost wreaked havoc in his career because here is where he had a finish of 20.2. This is the third worst average finish in his career. Nevertheless, he is doing well at Brickyard during the previous four years, averaging 14th place. As for the rest of the Coca-Cola team, Jeff Burton is number 19, Jamie McMurray is number 20 and Bobby Labonte is number 23. They need to win more in order to be included in the Chase.
There are only seven races to go before the Sprint Cup starts Chase and it looks like the Coca-Cola Racing Family will be well represented in the playoffs, particularly the NASCAR’s version. Those who will make it to chase are the top ten highest pointing drivers after 26 races. There will be two wildcards from the 11th to 20th place and whoever has the most wins will also be selected. And it seems that Coca-Cola drivers are going in to the battle.
Greg Biffle – Biffle gathered high points during the season, earning him the third place
Denny Hamlin – Hamlin won two races and now stands on the fifth place
Tony Stewart – Stewart, the defending champion, is currently in the seventh place. With a series of high-three wins, he earned lots of cushion that can guarantee him a spot on the wild card. He wouldn’t have any problems even if he does not make it to the top ten. Among the drivers that currently are in the top 20, he has the best average finish. He earned these credentials during the last seven seasons particularly in the remaining pre-Chase tracks.
Kyle Busch – Nine points ahead of Ryan Newman, Busch occupies the second spot for the wild card.