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NASCARFans E-Mail List More on Jerry Naudeau's Release from Precison Products Richard Jackson was reportedly trying to reverse the decision with another round of negotiations with R+L Carriers, his primary sponsor. Nadeau, who had no...

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More on Jerry Naudeau's Release from Precison Products

Richard Jackson was reportedly trying to reverse the decision with another round of negotiations with R+L Carriers, his primary sponsor.

Nadeau, who had no Winston Cup experience, was given a shot at driving Jackson's car after Morgan Shepherd left the team following the June race at Pocono. Nadeau made the field at Michigan in his first Cup effort, and qualified a surprising ninth two weeks ago at Loudon, N.H. But in his five starts, Nadeau's best finish was a 30th at Daytona.

"All I know at this point is the sponsor wants a more experienced driver, and the rookie thing takes a long time," Jackson said from his shop in Denver, N.C.

"I don't really want to have so much change and upheaval, but you have to do what's necessary. The sponsors put a lot of money into the programs -- actually, they put most of the money into the programs -- and I think that entitles them to a lot of say as to what goes on.

"In all fairness to R+L, when they came on board, Morgan was the driver. When Morgan left, I asked them if I could put Jerry in the car and they accepted that. They're not experienced in racing and I talked them into trying something. We didn't get the results they need, so it's not R+L's fault.

"Jerry Nadeau is a talent and he will be great, it's just that, in retrospect, I was trying to make something happen too quick. If he had run two or three years in Busch, I'm pretty sure our results would be better. We were going to try to get that experience at the Winston Cup level."

Apparently, though, Jackson had second thoughts about releasing Nadeau after perusing a short list of available drivers who have Cup experience. As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, he was reportedly trying to convince upper management at R+L to stick with Nadeau for at least a little longer. (iRace)

Sixteen-year-old Steadman Marlin, son of two-time Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin and grandson of retired NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Coo-Coo Marlin will make his NASCAR driving debut Friday night in the TNN "Motor Madness" Chevrolet 101 for NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Stock Cars at Nashville Speedway USA. (NASCAR Online)

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Jerry Nadeau , Morgan Shepherd , Steadman Marlin