Tough economic times forcing NASCAR teams to streamline their budgets

NASCAR's in the same boat as the rest of us. We're all just trying to stay afloat in this economic thunderstorm, writes David Newton.

Updated: November 9, 2008, 4:04 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Bill Elliott has a thought about how NASCAR can help team owners struggling to find sponsors and meet budgets survive in tough economic times.

"Maybe it needs to be like the government," said the 1988 Sprint Cup champion and former team owner as he relaxed behind the No. 21 Wood Brothers hauler at Phoenix International Raceway. "Maybe they should bail everybody out."

The governing body won't do anything that drastic, but it is looking at everything ...

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