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Jay Busbee

Can this man sell you a gently used Nationwide car?

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"Hi there, friend! What's it going to take to put you behind the wheel of this gently-used Camry? Only got a few hundred miles on it, only driven once a week. And fresh tires, too! Now, we've got all kinds of financing plans ..."

In 2010, the Nationwide series rolled out a new car with a 110-inch wheelbase, the same as Sprint Cup cars, in four races. Which is nice and all, except for the fact that the old Nationwide cars had 105-inch wheelbases.

In other words, there's a whole passel of 105-inch Nationwide cars with no particular place to go. Who wants to make an offer?

The fine folks at Toyota give us a behind-the-scenes look at what will happen to those now-antiquated 105'ers. Behold:

Some will be used in ARCA competitions, which permit the use of both 105- and 110-inch chassis. The series indicated that a key reason for using both wheelbases was to create a market for the leftover 105-inch chassis inventory. ARCA pulled the same maneuver when the Sprint Cup series switched over to the Car of Tomorrow.

Other cars will be used in show-car promotions -- you know, the ones where NASCAR rides show up at ballgames and state fairs. So next time you see one, get down there, measure the wheelbase, and as you're being hauled off by mall security, holler that everyone's looking at an illegal car. (Don't look to us for bail.)

Still others get given away as sponsor thank-yous. Now that'd be a sweet payoff for spending millions of dollars on sponsorship. What CEO wouldn't love to drive a race car home at the end of the work day, I ask you? All the more reason we need to have a Marbles-sponsored car. I want one of those old cars, now.

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