NASCAR & Auto Racing

NASCAR would run series if no title sponsor found to replace Anheuser-Busch, official says

LOUDON, N.H. - NASCAR is working on contingency plans for next season as it has yet to secure a sponsor for its Busch Series.

“We’ll have that series regardless of whether a new sponsor is obtained,” said Jim Hunter, NASCAR’s vice president for corporate communications.

“We’ll have to come up with a new name. We’ve actually run series without sponsors before.

“With a national series like that and going to different race tracks all around the country that have contractual agreements, you have to get somebody that fits. You also want someone who is committed to a multiyear presence.”

Hunter said NASCAR isn’t worried about the slow process of obtaining a new sponsor and still believes one will be found before the start of the 2008 season.

“You don’t worry until you don’t have one,” he said.

Anheuser-Busch is ending its 26-year run as sponsor of NASCAR’s second biggest series at the end of this season.