NASCAR betting gamblers had finally gotten used to saying Nextel Cup instead of Winston Cup and now will have to get used to saying Sprint Cup.
NASCAR betting gamblers will need to recognize that the main Series for the Cup cars is now called the Sprint Cup. NASCAR betting gamblers also should recognize that the second-tier Busch series is also getting a new sponsor. After 26 years, the Busch series will now be known as the Nationwide Series. Nationwide Insurance is the new title sponsor of that series.
What NASCAR betting gamblers should remember is that a Nextel Cup car was never a Nextel car and a Sprint Cup car is not a Sprint car. They are just Cup cars with sponsors. This change is sometimes difficult because of the name recognition associated with the sponsors. For so many years fans recognized NASCAR as the Winston Cup. Then it changed to the Nextel Cup and now the Sprint Cup. It will be just as difficult to get used to the Busch Series being called the Nationwide Series. The question for many people is why the sponsorship is changing. Busch has pulled out to focus its marketing on Kasey Kahne’s car. The Nationwide Series has cars and drivers that are oftentimes so close to the Cup cars that no one can tell the difference. That could be another reason that Busch decided to focus on Kasey Kahne in the Sprint Cup Series.
There are a number of other changes to watch in NASCAR for 2008. Dale Earnhardt Jr. leaves his DEI car and moves over to the powerhouse Rick Hendrick team. Dale Jr. will now have the #88 and sponsors Mountain Dew Amp and National Guard on his car. NASCAR is now the #1 auto racing series in the world and the exodus of drivers from open wheel racing to NASCAR continues. Last year it was Juan Pablo Montoya. This season it will be Dario Franchitti and Sam Hornish Jr. driving in NASCAR. Franchitti will team with Montoya at Ganassi Racing and Hornish will drive a third entry at Penske Racing. Jacques Villeneuve moves from Formula One to Bill Davis Racing and Patrick Carpentier moves from CART to Gillett Evernham Motorsports. The success of Montoya last season has opened the door for other drivers to come to NASCAR from Indy car and Formula One racing. Another thing to watch is Toyota teaming with Joe Gibbs Racing this season. Toyota may struggle early on but with Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin it won’t be long before Toyota wins. Fans should also know that the Car of Tomorrow will be the only car this season as teams found it too expensive to run both the old and new cars.