I didn't know what my future was going to be. What to Read Next. As NASCAR's economics have changed with sponsors more scarce than ever, team owners have been forced to dramatically cut costs and cheaper drivers have become the norm. The latest crop has had to wait for seats to open, had to secure their own sponsorship and sometimes drive for free. Some of those ''Young Guns'' put together careers that have lasted 15 years or more with their earnings well into eight digits. Casey Mears never got a retirement tour, his job prospects simply dried up and he moved his family to Arizona over the summer. Kahne tried to hang on this year after he was dropped by Hendrick, but driving for a second-rate team was less than fun and he's decided to make this year his last.
I didn't know what my future was going to be.
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I was going to try though. Drivers like McMurray, Mears and Kahne have been the ones left standing without a ride. I think that's what today is all about,'' he said. That Hemric and Preece were promoted on the same day was not lost on either. Casey Mears never got a retirement tour, his job prospects simply dried up and he moved his family to Arizona over the summer. Kenseth was only available because Gibbs let him go to make room for year-old Erik Jones.