Big-money teams will be allowed to field only four cars under a cap limit set by NASCAR yesterday, a move that infuriated the five-car Roush Racing organization.
The limit goes into effect next season, but NASCAR said it would work to set a timeline for compliance for teams with more than four entries. Jack Roush is the only owner with five teams, all of which are in the 10-man Chase for the championship that crowns the Nextel Cup champion.
"It is hard for Jack not to believe that there is a laser bull's-eye on his forehead," Roush Racing President Geoff Smith said.
The move had been expected since last month, when NASCAR Chairman Brian France said he was looking to limit the number of cars one owner can have. The announcement caught Roush by surprise, and his organization has complained it was being singled out.
Until yesterday's announcement, no one was certain what the cap would be.
Smith said Roush officials were told in a recent private meeting with NASCAR that a "grandfather clause" would be included to allow them to keep their five teams at least through the 2009 season. All of their current contracts with sponsors and drivers at least run through then, but what happens when those deals expire remains somewhat murky.
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