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Ashley Judd, NASCAR Hardly Knew Ye

Posted by Matt on July 2, 2008

Nearly nine months to the day we welcomed Ashley Judd to NASCAR as her husband Dario Franchitti inked a deal with Chip Ganassi Racing in the fall of last year to drive the #40 Dodge in the 2008 Sprint Cup Series.

And now, just as soon as she came (that’s what she said), we must say goodbye to Ashley Judd as team owner Chip Ganassi announced Tuesday he will be canning Dario’s ride due to lack of funds and a full-time sponsor.

Now allow me to be side tracked for a moment. I have to question the quality of the corporate sales representatives of Chip Ganassi Racing if they are unable to sell ample sponsorship on a car that drives in a racing series that is the most watched weekly American sporting event, like, ever.

Sure, Franchitti and the #40 team struggled to find success this year but it was not for a lack of a big-name owner or talent on Dario’s part. In fact, after being part of the winning team in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this year, Franchitti became only the third driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500, the IndyCar Championship, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the Rolex 24 in a career behind racing greats Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt — pretty solid company, if you ask me.

What is next for the open wheel senstation-turned-NASCAR failure, you might ask? My assumption is that he will shop around for another Sprint Cup or even Nationwide Series ride for the remainder of the 2008 season with a return to the now-unified IRL as a contingency plan for 2009 if needed.

Unfortunately for all of us this news means we won’t be seeing much of Ashley Judd in NASCAR anymore, at least for the time being, so we will just have to be content with all of the other drivers’ hot wives.

And look on the bright side, now we won’t be forced to listen to NASCAR broadcaster Larry McReynolds call Dario Franchitti, “Dario Francheatie.”

Now for gratuitous Ashely Judd pictures:



4 Responses to “Ashley Judd, NASCAR Hardly Knew Ye”

  1. Greg said

    It’s hard to believe that last year’s Indy 500 winner can’t get a sponsor in NASCAR. Missing the road course race in California didn’t help.

  2. Matt said

    I whole-heartedly (sp?) agree with your statements, man. Its surprising but I really think the ankle injury was the straw that broke the camel’s back…

    Here’s to hoping he finds a ride…

  3. moondogleft said

    I feel the pain, not so much because of Dario, but because Ashley will not be seen in all her splendor. She’s the only thing that ever came from Kentucky that was any good.

    I know – I’m going to catch hell for that last comment, but we’re getting close to football season and I need the practice.

    Feel free to post a smart-ass comment at my site.

  4. Matt said

    LOL – I love you Moon.

    But yeah, bourbon came from Kentucky and it’s good too, so we’ll have to agree to disagree… ;)

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