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Toyota has entered NASCAR for the first time and I was wondering what you think. It should make for some pretty interesting watching this year. The drama factor is up because this is a venue that epitomizes American car racing and we now have a foreign competitor in the series that is Japanese. How the fans in the stands react should be tell tale about who we are as peopIe and sportsman. 

I am a Formula 1 fan and have watched Toyota closely for several years now. Personally I don't think their deep pockets have been an advantage, so far, if you look at the GP results. In fact, for their huge budget, they are pathetic. NASCAR has become so big they are attracting drivers from F1. The budgets aren't up there with F1, but there is a huge amount of prestige and money at stake here.

I might even spend more time watching those cars turn left, then left, then left....................

I am looking forward to your opinions.

 

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Toyota has been in NASCAR a few seasons now in the truck series with the Tundra and have already proven they belong in NASCAR ,by the way the trucks have performed along with the men behind the wheel.
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Sorry, I should have called it Nextel Cup.
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Sorry I have to disagree.  I don't think Toyota or any other foreign car company should be in NASCAR.  I am not a fan of NASCAR unless I am doing the driving racing does not do much for me to watch. However, NASCAR is an American stock car race series and should be limited to the American "style" sedans from the US. I just don't want to see Honda's singing around a track...it just doesn't look right, heck I love my Japanese Titan its been a great truck but it body style does not belong out on a NASCAR truck track..

 

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Question to the NASCAR gurus... What exactly on the car is made by the "big 3" in Detroit anymore to justify calling them Fords/Chevys/Dodges?  They're held to the basic shape of standard domestic cars by templates, but when I see shows detailing what goes into building a NASCAR car, it appears to me that everything on the car is custom built to specs or supplied by racing-specific manufacturers.  How is it that these are still referred to as "stock" cars?
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Nothing on the car is made by the BIG 3, atleast not in "stock" since.  Everything is after market custom frames, suspensions, engines ect... so sure the title "stock" is pretty misleading.

 

When I said "American style" I was refering to the body style of an American sedan, but thanks for the clarification because I was about to go down to the Chevrolet dealorship and order the Nitromethane Funny Car engine package in the new Malibu.  

 

 

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NASCAR is entertaining to me to watch and that is the purpose of the sport- entertainment. If the cars are still really stock cars or what part of the car is a genuine car manufactuers part is besides the point.Everything changes and like Micheal Waltrip said alot of people said NASCAR would not last when decades ago they went from dirt to asphalt tracks- man were they way off. I say enjoy the sport for what it is.
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I think yesterday reminded me of a Sweet Sixteen NCAA hoops game. A lot of timeouts to get to the real exitement. The finish line was definitely good, though.

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Originally posted by Narrow Gap Narrow Gap wrote:

NASCAR is entertaining to me to watch and that is the purpose of the sport- entertainment. If the cars are still really stock cars or what part of the car is a genuine car manufactuers part is besides the point.Everything changes and like Micheal Waltrip said alot of people said NASCAR would not last when decades ago they went from dirt to asphalt tracks- man were they way off. I say enjoy the sport for what it is.

 

Don't get me wrong; I understand that, and I don't think it necessarily detracts in any way from enjoyment of the sport.  It's just that I find it odd when racing commentators say stuff like "Dale Earnhardt Jr., driving the number 8 Budweiser Chevy," and driver listings with "Manufacturer:  Chevrolet," etc. if the automaker doesn't actually have a single bolt anywhere on the car.  And, if the manufacturer provides no parts on the car, then what is Toyota going to be providing except for sponsorship dollars and sheet metal dimensions with their planned entry into Nextel Cup cars?  As someone who doesn't really follow the sport, I just don't see what it is about a given car that makes it a Ford/Chevy/Dodge and now, Toyota.

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RifleDude, The manufactuers use NASCAR as an advertisement venue for their make of automobiles. I too wish the cars were really stock cars but those are by gone days.
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