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EA throws red flag on ‘NASCAR’ franchise

Jon Robinson at ESPN Video Games is reporting that EA will not be releasing “NASCAR 10” for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. If the speculation is correct, it means the recently released (and soon to be reviewed) “NASCAR Kart Racing” for the Wii will be the only licensed NASCAR game to hit the track in 2009.

I thought “NASCAR 09” was a nice improvement over the previous year’s effort and was looking forward to seeing what strides this year’s game would make. EA’s NASCAR license is up after this year, so it will be interesting to see if another publisher steps up to secure the rights to the sport or if EA jumps back into the driver’s seat.

We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.