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Dodge Pulling Out of NASCAR (Again) for 2013


And then there were three.

According to an ESPN report, Dodge plans to withdraw from NASCAR competition following the 2012 season, leaving just the Chevrolet, Ford, and Toyota cars to trade paint in 2013.

But you didn’t have to be of Mayan descent to see the end of this era coming.

Dodge was forced to rethink its involvement in NASCAR after Penske Racing—the only NASCAR organization to field Dodge machinery since 2009—decided to switch over to Fords for 2013. In the end, Dodge opted to make its final lap in NASCAR competition—for now. Dodge also pulled the plug on its NASCAR involvement in 1977, only to return in 2001.

“We’ve spent an intense five months working to identify and evaluate all options for our future involvement in NASCAR,” SRT Motorsports president Ralph Gilles said, according to the ESPN report. “A number of opportunities emerged, and our team worked diligently to put a structure together to fit our overall business and competitive objectives. While we were pleased and enthused with the amount of interest from teams and sponsors over that time, in the end, we simply couldn’t develop the right structure.”

Since 2003, the Penske team won 29 Sprint Cup races and a Nationwide Series championship while campaigning Dodges. Overall, Dodge won a total of 55 Sprint Cup races since 2001.

Read the entire story on Dodge’s exit from NASCAR.

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