How the Potential Exit of Two NASCAR Cup Series Teams Impacts the Sport

Published 09/08/2020, 10:38 AM EDT


Much like other leagues in other sports, the 2020 NASCAR season is still reeling under the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. The economic impact of the pandemic looms large on many teams as they were not ready for the situation.

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In such times, the leading powers of the sport hoped to see off the season without any more hiccups. However, to add to the dilemma, one of the NASCAR Cup Series teams is on its way out. To make things worse, another team is on the verge of meeting the same fate.

A rough season made rougher with the exit of teams

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Last month, Leavine Family Racing announced they would be selling the team. A one-team outfit in NASCAR, Leavine Family Racing’s No. 95 Toyota team will not return to the Cup Series in 2021.

The team was then sold to Spire Motorsports. Christopher Bell currently drives the No. 95 car for Leavine Family Racing.

In another shocking announcement, another one-team outfit, Germain Racing is also on the verge of being sold. The team’s main sponsor, GEICO, confirmed that it will not return to support the team next year.

The team confirmed that without a sponsor on board, they will consider selling the team. Ty Dillon currently drives the No. 13 car for Germain Racing.

The two teams are not among the top outfits such as Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, or Team Penske. These teams field multiple cars and are some of the more popular teams in NASCAR.

However, two teams leaving the sport in the same year is never a good sign.

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How it could impact future plans for NASCAR

The recent developments of both Leavine Family Racing and Germain Racing happened within a few weeks of each other. This also comes at a time when the development phase of the new Next Gen car is underway.

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NASCAR had clearly expressed their intentions of inviting new manufacturers on board with the introduction of the Next Gen model. In such a scenario, the news of one and probably two teams leaving the sport does not present a pretty picture of the sport.

The fate of Germain Racing is not yet certain, but all signs point to a negative scenario for the team as well as the sport. The exit of two Cup Series teams will leave a bad taste for NASCAR and its fans as the end of an eventful season draws closer.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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