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Dodge exits NASCAR for 2013

The Seattle Times -- DETROIT — Dodge has decided to drop out of NASCAR racing at the end of this season, making it the only domestic automaker without a presence in America's most popular motor sport, said Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of Chrysler's SRT Motorsports brand.

"We feel the pain," Gilles said, noting that comments on Twitter and other social-media outlets have exploded with commentary about Dodge's involvement with NASCAR.

It's particularly difficult because Dodge has billed itself as the performance brand within Chrysler.

NASCAR fans are notoriously loyal to the brands of their favorite drivers, and the spending by corporate sponsors makes it a very attractive marketing opportunity for a domestic automaker.

But Dodge's decision was caused by Penske Racing's......


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DerHahn
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:40:27 PM

pretty poor excuse to stop racing. would like to see dodge get back to it's domination that it had years ago
andy1024
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:20:24 PM

Too bad.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 6:44:41 PM

good riddance fiat................
Shaduu
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 5:59:47 PM

Toyota should leave instead of Dodge.
kjSC
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 4:41:29 PM

No big surprise given their track record.
WalkingWV
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 3:08:13 PM

It's Kurt Busch's fault.

caddilac
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:34:35 AM


OK
madison8359
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:03:10 AM

Too bad.
afghaned
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:01:01 AM

Just put a gun rack in the back window & all will be well with the world!!!
Digger52
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:41:59 AM

So???
BudsterMO
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:25:23 AM

Dodge / NASCAR, who cares?
PathTrack
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:07:56 AM

Chrysler/Dodge builds crap and besides you really don't have a single Dodge part on a NASCAR
stonecold5005
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:04:38 AM

ok
WestMichigan
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:00:01 AM

ok
VernonOR
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:54:29 AM

Doesn't surprise me with a dwindling market, ticket sales down 38 percent.
arnerator
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:42:53 AM

I'm not a NASCAR fan, so it doesn't bother me.
rhail2
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:38:57 AM

why
sjambok
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:35:48 AM

Maybe others will follow and abandon this "sport" which is a tremendous waste of resources.
esorsd
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:34:16 AM

Sad, but not a surprise.
lonewolfhead
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:31:27 AM

They haven't done to well since they were bought by the Italians
Sam195
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:31:23 AM

A "domestic automaker" owned by an Italian company. The exit from NASCAR is not surprising.
ntass1
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:30:38 AM

ok
Gas_Buzzer
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:22:03 AM

Penske seldom won a race anyway. Toyota and Chevy usually has better finishers with Ford a distant 3rd.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:21:36 AM

>"Dodge has decided to drop out of NASCAR racing at the end of
>this season, making it the only domestic automaker without a
>presence in America's most popular motor sport, said Ralph
>Gilles, president and CEO of Chrysler's SRT Motorsports brand."

Guess they couldn't convince Sergio Marchionne of the value of doing NASCAR racing.

Anyway, there's only two domestic automakers left: Ford and Government Motors. Chrysler is as American as fettuccine.
bindox
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:17:17 AM

It's just a label on a custom made, sheet metal covered roll bar cage. Who cares if it says Dodge or Yugo on the outside? Racing fans are dolts if they think those cars are actally Dodge Chargers or Challengers.
TBecker1415
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:15:48 AM

ok
atdinut
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:15:05 AM

win today , sell tomorrow!The 60's , 70's and 80's are gone!
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:12:30 AM


It takes money to keep those cars racing.
JENNYHK
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:11:46 AM

What good is NASCAR to Dodge.
tdmedan
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:10:05 AM

good
mikerroy
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:08:54 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:08:54 AM

Ok
nj2000ng
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:08:46 AM

Too bad.
BM4225
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:08:30 AM

Part of the reason for the low attendence is that the core fans not only no longer can afford to go to the races, a lot of them are out of work.
Wolfwings
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:08:05 AM

They will be missed.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:07:57 AM

viper!?
bigLtowing
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:05:26 AM

not good
WTLITNG
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:05:18 AM

I am glad someone is budget conscious and believes in cutbacks.
jtfftj
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:05:17 AM

Bye
MRHONEST
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:04:54 AM

To much money for fuel, I presume !
BigOyl
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:04:46 AM

Sadly, yet ANOTHER article/story on something that isn't gasoline price relevant?!!! sigh...
realtor3bd
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:04:29 AM

OK
SUSANCK
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:04:07 AM

Who needs NASCAR?
Sethyl
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:03:48 AM

They say it's only for 1 season, but it will be hard to get back in after they leave.
investmentdr
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:03:39 AM

not a nascar fan, but even I know this is stupid
LuthierKS
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:03:30 AM

I certainly hope they will be back.
bart_reed
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:03:14 AM

Not a decision that a leader would make.
Grinch09
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:02:15 AM

Just as the name states...DODGE it!
Hangnail309
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:01:37 AM

A sad day for racing fans.
paoli8
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:00:57 AM

Its too bad
vjs3
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:00:54 AM

Sounds like a smart decision if not a popular one.
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