Kelley Earnhardt commented Wednesday on reports of recent layoffs at JR Motorsports, and the possibility that the team may not field its #5 Nationwide Chevrolet next season.
The United States Navy has already announced that it will not return as sponsor of Brad Keselowski’s JR Motorsports #88 team next season, and Earnhardt, the General Manager of JR Motorsports said, "We've been working aggressively to secure funding to continue with two teams in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The economic climate is difficult, as everyone is aware, and that is affecting every company's ability to spend. The 2008 season will be ending in less than three weeks, and preparations for next season are already underway. We do not anticipate getting the funding required to field two teams after the end of this season, and we need to make adjustments now to prepare JR Motorsports accordingly. We are reducing our workforce and budgets to comply with a new plan for 2009, which at the present time is to field the #88 team full-time with driver Brad Keselowski, and the #5 team on a limited basis with a select group of drivers."