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France: Sprint Cup won't reduce starting field next season

Updated: October 23, 2008, 4:10 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

NASCAR chairman Brian France said Thursday that the sanctioning body will not decrease the size of the starting field next season for Sprint Cup series races.

France was asked about recent speculation that NASCAR might reduce the field from 43 cars to 36 cars in 2009 because of difficult economic conditions.

"No, that's not at all in the plan," France said on a conference call. "We've had many events where we've sent cars home this year [when more than 43 cars show ...

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