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Burton behind changes to teams

Updated: April 22, 2009, 12:47 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

Two of the most beloved car numbers in NASCAR history are idling. The No. 28, made famous by Robert Yates and Davey Allison, and the No. 8, which formerly belonged to Dale Earnhardt Jr., are the poster children for the devastating and escalating effects of the U.S. economic downturn on the auto racing industry.

The 40 is gone, too, also lost to a lack of dollars.

Since midseason 2008, hundreds of jobs have been lost in the wake of mergers and flat-out failures.

That ...

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