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What Andre said, plus...
With sports photography, unless you shoot for one of the big magazines, newspapers or teams/sponsors, the budget is often very limited. Shooting for teams like I do, I'm always the last person to get paid. If an engine blows up, I can get a spectacular photo, but I also know that the cost for the team will probably mean I have to wait a couple of months for payment. I've talked with lots of colleagues around the world, and most of them share my frustration.
So full frame is mostly out of the question, not so much because the bodies cost more, but the lenses. Where I can get away with a 300mm, I would need a 500 and so on. In addition, spending a race weekend carrying almost twice the weight isn't much fun either. So DX it is.
I was very close to changing to Olympus E-5 for action photography about a year ago because of this, and I'm still not sure if it was the right decision staying with Nikon. Although 4/3 is kind of dying, the available gear is very suitable for action photography and if Nikon insist that sport shooters should all buy the D4, I'm out.
The solution for me for now if there's no D400 within reasonable time might be a D800. In DX mode and with the grip, it manages 6 fps and 30 RAW images in the buffer. That makes it more suitable than the D300 and D2Xs that I use now, and the bonus is of course that I get a 36MP camera as a "free" bonus