Latest on a new manufacturer to NASCAR

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The rumblings about a new manufacturer entering Cup haven't quieted since Dodge's multiple meetings in the offseason with NASCAR. This past weekend, there was garage buzz that 1) Dodge might be moving down the road with a team; and 2) there could be another manufacturer interested.

Is the debut of a new automaker in Cup imminent?

It would seem unlikely given the lead time required and the approvals needed by NASCAR. As a guest on this week's NASCAR on NBC podcast, Toyota Racing Development president David Wilson said ... it would likely be 2019 at the earliest that it could be possible.

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