Chrysler's woes are making the Nascar faithful wistful for the days when Dodges ruled the track, the Wall Street Journal reports. The bankrupt automaker has promised to continue supporting the sport, but it has already cut funding by almost a third this year and its cars are now usually found at the back of the pack. "I'm a Dodge man," one fan said. "It's depressing."
"You hate to see something that's such a part of American life go away," said Nascar legend Richard Petty, who became the sport's all-time winningest driver behind the wheel of Dodges and Plymouths in the '60s. Detroit's troubles are the latest setback for the sport, which has seen TV audiences and ticket sales drop by around a fifth since its 2005 peak.