When Kevin Harvick was asked about his new sponsor for his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series No. 2 Chevrolet Silverardo at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Harvick said, “I think JEGS has been a part of us, whether it’s been just small pieces here and there for the last couple, probably three years actually, this will be the third year. They decided they wanted to venture out. They do the contingency program on the Cup and Nationwide sides. It is a big step for those guys to step out of the drag racing world and come over into the truck series and be the primary sponsor. They have become good friends of ours and we are looking forward to running well this weekend and hopefully having a good showing for them and showing them that the NASCAR side will work well for them.”
Harvick was asked where sponsorship stands with Kevin Harvick, Inc. next year. And also if he is surprised that big names like Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon are having trouble securing full sponsorship for next year. He said, “We’ve been very fortunate on the sponsorship side. Hopefully in the next three or four weeks we should have a lot of things wrapped up. And that’s a good thinking. Our intentions are to still compete in both as they currently stand in the truck series and the Nationwide series with the vehicles that we have and hopefully maybe a few more races than what we currently run. Everybody has done a great job from a Cup car to the Nationwide cars. Our current sponsors are all going to still be involved from the Nationwide side and many of them on the truck side. For us, we’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of success on the sponsorship side and things are going great.”
Kyle Busch was asked if he has a deadline set to find a sponsor for his Kyle Busch Motorsports team. Busch said, “I don’t really have a deadline set. As far as it being detrimental to the truck series, I think it’s going to be pretty detrimental to not have myself in the series. The series is, as we all know, is a lower budgeted series, but there’s a lot of guys struggling to find funding. I know a couple guys out there that put sponsors on their trucks for almost a whole year for two hundred fifty, the hundred thousand bucks. That’s flooding the market. That’s just killing the truck series. You can’t do that. They’ve gotta get something. For myself, it’s hard. It’s very hard. Look at Tony Stewart. He’s gotta find half of a sponsor for next year. Jeff Gordon has gotta find something for next year. Mark Martin, they have hendrickcars.com. That’s not a sponsor, that’s Rick Hendrick putting his money on that car. you look at a bunch of Nationwide cars, It’s all across the board. Harvick has been struggling trying to find stuff for his truck program too. It’s unfortunate the way the economy is. It’s gonna be difficult for us race teams to stay in business without being able to have sponsors on our trucks or our cars. It’s bad for the race teams to have to work through so many hoops in order to get a sponsor.
For instance, I can’t thank Sprint enough. They do a great job for what they do for the Sprint Cup Series, but it locks out Verizon. It locks out AT&T. It locks out any other telecommunication company that you could try to get in. The tobacco debacle now with the United States government, that’s locked out people that have the money to do it. The people that have the money to do it, can’t or don’t want to do it. The guys that want to do it don’t have the money to do it. You’re fighting two avenues there and being an owner and being able to talk to all these guys, I’m kind of finding that out.
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