It would appear the rumours of the demise of Travis Kvapil’s No. 28 team were not greatly exaggerated. According to reports, the team has suspended operations and Roush Fenway Racing, which runs the team with Yates Racing, will attempt to place affected employees elsewhere in the organization.
And as deflating as the news is for Kvapil — running largely unsponsored in 2008, he and his team finished a respectable 23rd in points; good, but not good enough to attract sponsors — the devil is in the details: Geoff Smith, President of Roush, said something particularly ominous on Sunday.
Pessimistic about the likelihood of securing funding for Kvapil in 2009, Smith indicated that he is having trouble keeping existing Roush Fenway sponsors happy; Aflac, sponsor of Carl Edwards’ car has asked for "relief" and DeWalt is looking for help with its sponsorship of Matt Kenseth’s No. 17 car.
If a one-time champion and a guy who won a series-leading nine races in 2008 are bowling for dollars, it seems likely that we still have a ways to go before we see the ultimate fallout to the economic crisis.