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With Ganassi pulling the plug on a team, question remains: Will it get worse?

If lack of sponsorship killed Chip Ganassi's No. 40 team -- as the owner claimed Tuesday -- the question now is how much worse will NASCAR's economic woes get, writes David Newton.

Updated: July 2, 2008, 1:27 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- John Fernandez left for his office at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates on Tuesday expecting a normal work day.

It was anything but.

By 2:30 p.m., his title officially read "former managing director." He was one of 71 employees caught in the backlash when owner Chip Ganassi shut down the No. 40 team of Dario Franchitti.

Ganassi said the move came due to lack of sponsorship. He said he couldn't afford to keep running "this out of ...

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