If the Next Gen proves to be as financially successful as NASCAR wants it to be, the new Cup Series car will ultimately require a significant retooling of how the Xfinity and Camping World Truck divisions operate.
That’s an assertion from Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has explored entering the Cup Series next season but has been unable to secure an ownership charter that would permit JR Motorsports entry into all 36 races, while also providing financial benefits not available to those who race without one.
” [The charter] is the only roadblock,” Earnhardt said on Wednesday during an appearance on SiriusXM Radio. “I mean, the way they are talking about this new car, it’s going to be more expensive to be in the Xfinity Series than it would be to be in the Cup Series.
“Hearing Kaulig spent $10 million a piece on each of those charters, don’t know if that’s true or not,” Earnhardt said on his Dale Jr. Download podcast.
“That’s my out of my range, I’ll tell you that. JR Motorsports won’t be racing in the NASCAR Cup Series if that’s what a charter is going for — I’m just being honest.”
With that said, Earnhardt praised the ownership charter model of doing what it was designed to do. The system is providing Cup Series team owners value for when and if they decide to sell.
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