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      News from March 27, 2005

    • Robby in the Wind Tunnel..his car: Robby Gordon Motorsports spent Tuesday night at the Aerodyne windtunnel in Mooresville, NC, Robby Gordon Quote: “We have had a great week in the shop. The Easter weekend couldn’t have come at a better time for us since we have been able to take full advantage of the extra time in the engine shop as well as in the wind tunnel,” said Gordon. “We sent our Texas car to the wind tunnel Thursday night and learned a lot about that program, and the engine shop has been able to get some extra time on the dyno as well. We’ll take what we learned in the wind tunnel and what we have learned in the engine shop to a test at Texas on Tuesday where we’ll run a race simulation to validate what we think we already know. The engine problems that we have experienced are definitely heat related, and a lot of time has been spent in the last few days tracing the source of the issue. The test at Texas will let us know whether or not we’ve hit on the right solution. There is no shortage of work taking place on all aspects of our program, and I’ve been saying all along that we’ll be just fine, and from what I’ve seen of the progress made this week I’m optimistic.(Robby Gordon site)(3-27-2005)

    • Not Cup but......Crocker wins ARCA Pole: Erin Crocker, in her career-first ARCA RE/MAX Series attempt, won the Pork Pole Award Friday afternoon at Nashville Superspeedway for Saturday’s PFG Lester 150. Crocker, in the Evernham Motorsports Dodge, qualified with a speed of 164.602 mph. In doing so, Crocker becomes only the third female driver in ARCA RE/MAX Series history to qualify for a pole position. Patty Moise won pole awards at Talladega twice in 1988 and again at Daytona in 1989. Shawna Robinson won the pole at Michigan in 2000.(ARCA Racing Site)(3-26-2005)
      AND: Chad Blount won the race, Crocker finished 12th and led a bunch of laps.(3-27-2005)


      News from March 26, 2005

    • Ryan's Racecar for kids: Byrnes Enterprises announced the release of a 30-minute video and DVD produced for children between the ages of two and eight. Ryan's Racecar gives kids a close look at a real racing stock car and it's driver, Ryan Zeck. Ryan's Racecar was produced, written and hosted by veteran motorsports broadcaster Steve Byrnes. Byrnes is in his fifth year with FOX Sports and the Speed Channel. "I wanted younger kids to have the opportunity to see a racecar up close," said Byrnes. "We mounted on-board cameras so you can see the driver really working the steering wheel which gives kids the feeling of actually being in a racecar. I see so many young kids at the race tracks and I want them to have something that furthers their understanding. I also want their parents to feel like there is value in what their kids are watching. I have the perfect motivation, and focus group at home," continued Byrnes. "I watch my two-year-old son, Bryson, viewing videos and television programs. He likes humor, action, colors and music. I incorporated all of those elements into a video that will be entertaining and provide positive messages on safety and education."
      "My father, Jerry Byrnes, was a career United States Federal Government employee and spent the last 15 years of his service at the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration," said Byrnes. "Seat belt safety was a big issue in my house. That message is prominent in the video. We dedicated an entire segment of the video to safety and compared the Ryan's racecar to the family car."
      The video was shot at the Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, N.C. and depicts Ryan preparing for an upcoming race by testing on the tough short track. Ryan Zeck, the first recipient of the prestigious Alan Kulwicki scholarship at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, has been racing since the age of eight. The Alan Kulwicki scholarship is awarded annually in honor of the 1992 NASCAR Nextel Cup champion who died in a plane crash in April of 1993. Ryan Zeck graduated from UNCC with honors in 1999 with a degree in mechanical engineering and continues to pursue his racing career. Zeck also works as an engineer for MB2 Motorsports with drivers Scott Riggs, Joe Nemechek and Boris Said. "I thought this video was a great idea," said Zeck. "The process of making a video was new and challenging to me. Racing is a family sport and this is a great way to bring kids into racing."
      During the video, Ryan is constantly asked to take the goofy television reporter, Byrnes, for a ride in his racecar. Worse yet, Byrnes asks to drive the number 95 car. "I didn't think that was a good idea," said Zeck. "Steve wasn't properly dressed and my racecar was really against the prospect of being driven by a TV guy." A talking racecar? Just a part of the fun of Ryan's Racecar. Ryan's Racecar is available in DVD and VHS formats and can be ordered via the Internet at www.ryansracecar.com.(FoxSports)(3-26-2005)

    • France and the NFL rumor resurfaces MORE II: Brian France's on-and-off plans to get into the National Football League as part-owner of a proposed new Los Angeles franchise may be back on again, according to sources who say France is working with Magic Johnson on various NFL-NBA angles. Johnson is on the NASCAR business roster to help this sport's diversity program. The latest thinking on France-to-the-NFL is that he will complete NASCAR's current round of TV renegotiations before making any big moves. France has insisted he's not planning on leaving NASCAR anytime soon, though he has left the door open.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-21-2005)
      MORE: Former Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson says he and NASCAR chairman/CEO Brian France have held discussions concerning the purchase of an NFL team for Los Angeles. Johnson, a co-chairman of NASCAR's diversity committee, said he has met three or four times with France in Los Angeles, where France has a home [it was announced last year France had sold his house in LA and moved to Daytona Beach...Philly Inquirer in Feb 2004], and he said the two will meet again in two weeks. "I'm working on trying to bring the NFL back to L.A.," Johnson said in a telephone interview Tuesday night. "I've met with the league three, four, five times, hopefully to be a minority owner." Los Angeles, the nation's #2 media market, hasn't had an NFL team since 1995. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said during his annual state of the game address before the Super Bowl that the league intends to return a team to the Los Angeles area sometime this decade. "It would be wonderful that Brian France would be interested in being a part-owner or owner in the Los Angeles franchise," Johnson said. "He has the money, he has the marketing tools and he lives in L.A. He loves both the NBA and the NFL. So I would see him being an owner in one or the other league. I'd love to work with Brian." France — a grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. who has been credited with increasing the sport's popularity since taking over from his father, Bill France Jr., in 2003 — was not available for comment Thursday. "Brian and Magic have had several conversations," said Ramsey Poston, managing director of NASCAR corporate communications. "Mainly they've talked about diversity in NASCAR, but ... they've talked about a lot of sports. They both like the NFL, but there has not been any specific conversations between the two about acquisition or ownership of an NFL team. Brian is firmly planted as CEO and chairman of NASCAR and is here for the long haul."(USA Today)(3-25-2005)
      AND Despite the denials, sources continue to indicate that Brian France’s tenure as leader of NASCAR could be shorter than expected, NFL or not. There is credible word that Jim France, brother of Bill France and vice chairman/exec vp of NASCAR, and Bill France’s daughter, Lesa France Kennedy, are seeking to acquire Brian’s shares in the company. Why this would be done is not clear, and it may have nothing to do with the NFL. Brian France has denied this as well. “I have a huge economic interest in this industry today, and I plan to have for a long time,” he told USA Today in February. Credible sources say any such move by France would not happen soon, calling it “a slow burn.” Indications are that, if all goes as planned, the Frances would wait until after renegotiation of the network television contracts, due for renewal beginning next year. Brian France played an important role in negotiation of the current contracts in 2000.(Speed Channel)(3-26-2005)


      News from March 25, 2005

    • NASCAR Tech Award: NASCAR Technical Institude recently awarded Junior Acheievement of Iredell County [NC] $1,000 to expand its programs in Iredell County and reach a group of high-schooled children with business and economics courses. The institute also volunteered with Junior Achievement in local classrooms. JA reaches about 1,200 students in fourth and fifth grades at Lakeshore, Lake Norman and Mount Mourne elementary schools and Mooresville Intermediate School. JA uses hands-on activities to teach business and economics to students of all ages. Details at: jacarolinas.org.(Charlotte Oberver/Iredell Neighbors section)(3-25-2005)

    • Testing at Bristol: #31-Jeff Burton, in his first full Nextel Cup season with RCR, tested at Bristol Motor Speedway Tuesday. Meanwhile, #29-Kevin Harvick was among a large group of Busch and Nextel Cup drivers at BMS Thursday. #14-John Andretti tested Wednesday.Bristol Herald Courier)(3-25-2005)

    • Mayfield, Labonte test at Kentucky: Aerodynamic changes that helped #19-Jeremy Mayfield to a season-best 13th-place NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series finish in Atlanta last week led to a possible season-changing breakthrough during a test at Kentucky Speedway Thursday. After closing out last season 10th in the 10-race Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, the #19 team averaged a 23rd -place finish through the first three races of the season while working with the new Dodge Charger body and adjusted spoiler height mandated by NASCAR. When changes made for the Atlanta race led to improved results, Mayfield and his team made a commitment to further explore those changes by testing during the series off week. "We started the season with a lot of new Chargers and, with the new rules, we got a couple of races into it and thought, whoa, we need to rethink this whole thing," Mayfield said. "We were trying to do something a little bit different." Joe Gibbs Racing Driver #18-Bobby Labonte also tested in an attempt to rebound from the poor luck that has plagued him in three of the four series races. After losing an engine in the Daytona 500, Labonte rebounded with a 12th-place finish in the second race of the season in California. His resurgence was stopped cold when his involvement in early-race accidents in Las Vegas and Atlanta caused his plummet to 37th in the series standings.(Kentucky Speedway)(3-25-2005)

    • Congrats: Josh Mick, front tire carrier for #29-Kevin Harvick and Kelly Tomassetti, Marketing and Sales Coordinator for Team Caliber, are getting married today, Friday, March 25, 2005.(3-25-2005)


      News from March 24, 2005

    • Dale Jr. Flashlight to promote safety: Duracell and Dale Jr. show race fans the light. Duracell is partnering with NASCAR's most popular to driver to introduce an important safety tool for race fans during the upcoming busy traveling season. Duracell is introducing a Dale Earnhardt Jr. branded flashlight to coincide with the brand's launch of a safety campaign to education drivers on the importance of being prepared on the road. The Dale Earnhardt Jr. Focus Grip Max flashlight will have an ergonomic, rubberized grip and adjustable light beam that easily shifts from spot to flood mode. This unique flashlight features a sleek red and black race design emblazoned with Earnhardt Jr.'s car number and signature, and allows race fans to follow driver #8, whether at trackside, traveling in the car or using it around the house. It's currently available in retail outlets nationwide. The flashlight introduction comes as Duracell launches a safety campaign to educate drivers on the importance of being prepared on the road. The Company will use automotive experts to share advice on automotive preparedness and safe driving throughout the year. Road safety tips, developed in conjunction with the Car Care Council, will also be made available to consumers via www.duracell.com beginning in mid-March. Like Duracell's other Focus Grip Max flashlights, the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Focus Grip Max will have an ergonomic, rubberized grip and adjustable light beam that easily shifts from spot to flood mode. This unique flashlight features a sleek red and black race design emblazoned with Earnhardt Jr.'s car number and signature. The flashlight will be bundled with Duracell alkaline batteries, and has a suggested retail price of $9.99-10.99 at retail outlets nationwide. Duracell is a status sponsor of NASCAR and the "Official Alkaline Battery" of the sport.(Alan Taylor Communications)(3-24-2005)

    • Pit Crew Championship Announcement on March 29th: Details of "National Pit Crew Championship Powered by Tyson" To Be Unveiled March 29, 2005. Al Jones, Mayor of the Town of Mooresville, NC plans to proclaim the week of May 2- May 9, 2005 as the "National Pit Crew Championship Powered by Tyson Week." Legendary crew chief Larry McReynolds along with other crew chiefs will join Tyson Foods, Inc. to unveil details of the National Pit Crew Championship Powered by Tyson, one of the most unique and exciting motorsports competitions to come to Race City this year. Mooresville town officials and event organizers will outline plans for making the competition run smoothly, with a great experience and easy access for all fans attending The proclamation will be read at Pit Instruction and Training (PIT) in Mooresville, NC, where the competition will take place on May 9, 2005. The top 30 Cup and top 10 Busch pit crews have been invited to compete against each other in a bracketed event for the fastest pit stop. The best teams will have the chance to win a $500,000 prize in the final bonus round, "The Powered by Tyson Pit Stop." The event will be televised on SPEED Channel, and all proceeds from the event will go to Second Harvest and Victory Junction Gang. For additional event information please visit www.pitcrewchampionship.com or www.tyson.com.(3-24-2005)

    • Singer of National Anthem at Atlanta Apologizes: John Michael Montgomery has apologized to anyone offended by his performance of the national anthem prior to Sunday's Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and blamed a medical condition called acoustic neuroma. "Please accept my sincerest apologies for offending anyone; it was certainly not my intention," said Montgomery in a statement on his Web site. "I will continue to see the doctors as we try to determine the best course of action to remedy the acoustic neuroma condition." Montgomery said the condition leaves the sufferer with a lack of balance.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(3-24-2005)

    • Former Cup owner sent to prison: Tim Beverley ignored the camera as he walked into federal court today. What couldn't be ignored was the fact he'd be sentenced to prison. "He understood. I think he understood that he was going to be punished," says his attorney Gerry Goldstein. He could have received as much as 10 years, but the judged handed down a six year sentence with three years probation. "He took his punishment in the same vain that he lived his life, in respect for the court and respect for the law that he's violated," says Goldstein. Beverley had major success as owner of Tyler Jet. He told the judge today that financial problems began after investing in NASCAR [#17/#35 Darrell Waltrip/Rich Bickle in 1998, #10-Rich Bickle/David Green in 1999, #10-Johnny Benson in 2000]. His company declared bankruptcy and Beverley admitted to the court that his bout with drugs and alcohol and personal problems caused him to make careless business decisions. "Mr. Beverley [is] very sorry for what happened and I'm sure that his family would join him in wishing well all those people who were affected." Beverly will have to pay back those he defrauded more than 18 million dollars in restitution. He told the judge he's ready to move on with his life, which will be very different when he begins his prison sentence.(kltv.com) Also Chief Financial Officer, Gregory Hooper was sentences to 3 1/2 years. Both were ordered to pay over $18 million each in restitution.(3-24-2005)

    • Testing at Texas, Labonte fastest: #44-Terry Labonte posted the fastest lap during NASCAR Nextel Cup testing at Texas Motor Speedway on Wednesday. Labonte, a two-time Cup champion and winner of the 1999 race at TMS, toured the 1.5-mile quadoval at 189.474 mph in the #44 Chevrolet Monte Carlo he is driving in a limited 10-race schedule this season. Also testing in anticipation of the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 weekend April 14-17 were Cup regulars #45-Kyle Petty (189.208 mph), #15-Michael Waltrip (188.811 mph), #40-Sterling Marlin (188.153 mph) and #07-Dave Blaney (187.240 mph). "This place is wicked-fast," said Petty, driver of the #45 Dodge Charger. "Hopefully, with some of the new aero rules, it will be more of a multigroove racetrack. It was getting that way last year."(Fort Worth Star Telegram)(3-24-2005)

    • Travelodge back to the #16, primary at Darlington: Travelodge Hotels announced the renewal of its associate sponsorship of the #16 National Guard Ford Taurus, driven by Greg Biffle, in the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. The agreement continues the Travelodge brand's two-year relationship with Roush Racing of Concord, N.C. As part of the agreement, Travelodge Hotels will appear as the team's primary sponsor at Darlington Raceway's Carolina Dodge Dealers 500 on May 7.(PRN Newswire)(3-24-2005)

    • SKF to Sponsor Blaney, #07 Chevy at Martinsville: SKF, the world's leading manufacturer of bearings, seals and related products dedicated to improving today's automobiles, trucks and machinery, will sponsor driver Dave Blaney and Richard Childress Racing's (RCR) #07 Chevrolet in the April 10 Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Jack Daniel's, the team's primary sponsor, will be prominently displayed on the car's rear quarter-panels and deck lid in the one-race program highlighting RCR and SKF's technical partnership. "It's extremely exciting to ride with the No. 07 Team as its primary sponsor at Martinsville Speedway," said Per Jacobsson, director of marketing communications, SKF. "We are proud to be a team sponsor and a technical partner with the Richard Childress Racing organization, and we look forward to our continued contributions to the No. 07, No. 29 and No. 31 teams throughout 2005 and beyond." Together, SKF and RCR engineers research and develop products designed to perform under the harsh conditions of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in an effort to improve the quality and reliability of every day vehicles.(RCR)(3-24-2005)

    • Alabama Drops Out of HOF race: An Alabama group has dropped its campaign to be the home of a proposed NASCAR Hall of Fame, reducing Charlotte's competition for the project to five rival bidders. On Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that Neal Wade, director of the Alabama Development Office, called a halt to the campaign to put the hall of fame between Birmingham and Talladega. Bids are due May 31 for the facility, which will likely cost $75 million to $100 million. At the same time, plans for a bid by Daytona, Fla., are also shifting. Early talks centered on the state providing as much as $75 million in funding. Now, according to reports in The Orlando Sentinel, Daytona museum backers are aiming for $30 million to be raised by selling NASCAR license plates. Beyond Charlotte and Daytona, the bidders are Atlanta; Kansas City, Mo.; Richmond, Va.; and the state of Michigan.(Charlotte Business Journal/Daily Home)(3-24-2005)

    • Mobil 1 Awards Six $5,000 Scholarships to NASCAR Tech: ExxonMobil today announced winners of its Mobil 1 Scholarships to the NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI) in Mooresville, N.C. NTI, the exclusive educational partner of NASCAR, is the country's first technical training school to combine a complete automotive technology program and a NASCAR-specific motorsports program. Each of the six students received $5,000 to pursue their automotive-technician career goals and currently has, or graduated with, an "A+" grade point average (4.0) from NTI. The recipients are:
      * Erik Welker of Charlotte, N.C.
      * Shan Alwran of Alexis, N.C.
      * George Naylor of Marion, N.C.
      * Leo Colwill of Kenosha, Wisc.
      * Aaron Turrel of Washington, Utah
      * Zachary Millard of Simsbury, Conn.
      The Mobil 1 Scholarships were developed to address the shortage of automotive technicians. The Institute is located in Mooresville, N.C., better known as Race City USA [and a great place to live], where nearly 75 percent of NASCAR teams are based.(Webershandwick)(3-24-2005)

    • Scholarship Awarded: One of the highlights of the annual Urban Youth Racing School dinner Tuesday night was the presentation of a $2,500 NASCAR scholarship to Jason Simmons, who plans to major in mechanical engineering at Drexel. Jason's older brother, Leon, is a freshman engineering student at North Carolina-Charlotte. Among those attending the dinner at the Sheraton Society Hill were Cup driver Brian Vickers and Craftstman Truck Series driver Rick Crawford. Several UYRS students have interned with NASCAR teams. "If someone becomes an engineer, or gets in a driver's seat or is a crew member, that would be wonderful," said Tish Sheets, NASCAR's director of diversity and special projects. "But the fact that children's lives are changing, that's what the program is about. They're using the experience of NASCAR as an award at the end of the year. [It's] for hard work and being good in school."(Philadelphia Daily News)(3-24-2005)


      News from March 23, 2005

    • Sad News: Longtime STP public relations representative Harvey Duck passed away Tuesday, March 22nd. He was 80 years old. Duck was the long-time Public Relations Rep for STP.
      Richard Petty's comments: "Harvey was one of the original PR guys in motorsports, and especially in NASCAR racing. He came to STP from a big Chicago newspaper, and there hadn't been much of that at all for race teams or sponsors. Harvey knew the sport and he knew the media. A lot of the things people are doing today in PR started with guys like Harvey Duck. Add in the fact he was a pretty nice guy, and he was fun to have around. We've missed him since he retired, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
      More info as it is found.
      Arrangements: The viewing will be at Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 548 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, Florida 32174 -- telephone 386.673.5373. Hours will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 25th. Funeral will be 10 a.m. in the Chapel at the same location.
      Donations can be made in Harvey's name to Victory Junction Gang Camp.
      Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Lexy Duck at 262 Amberwood Ct. Ormond Beach, Florida 32174.(3-23-2005)

    • Ward could take a Busch or Truck ride: As for familiar question of his brother Ward, Jeff Burton said to stay tuned. The veteran driver does not have a ride on any of the NASCAR circuits right now. "Ward is doing well," Burton said. "He wants to be racing, but he’s stuck to his word that he’s only going to drive if gets a really good ride. The more offers Ward gets to run a good truck or Busch car, the more he is interested. I don’t think it will be long before you see Ward in a Busch or truck."(Bristol Herald Courier)(3-23-2005)

    • Appeals UPDATE Rulings Announced: The appeals for the penalties of #48 crew chief Chad Knaus and #5 crew chief Alan Gustafson were scheduled to be HEARD today, Tuesday, March 22, 2005. Doesn't mean we will hear a decision today or even tomorrow, but sometime this week would be expected and before Bristol for sure. On Speed Channel's NASCAR Nation, it was reported the appeals were heard, no ruling yet. Info on the penalties, fines, suspensions and the appeal process on my Penalties page. Once I hear anything on the appeals it will be posted.(3-22/23-2005)

    • THE RULING ANNOUNCED

      National Stock Car Racing Commission Statements

      #48 Team: On March 22, 2005, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the Appeal of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus concerning three penalties assessed by NASCAR relative to the #48 car following the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 13, 2005. The infractions concerned Section 12-4-A of the NASCAR Rule Book “Actions detrimental to stock car racing” and Section 12-4-Q “Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the car, car parts, components, and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules: roof height too low in post-race inspection.”

      The penalties assessed were:
      • Loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Championship Car Owner Points for car owner Jeff Gordon.
      • Loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Championship Driver Points for Jimmie Johnson.
      • $35,000.00 fine and suspension from NASCAR until April 6, 2005 and suspension from the next two (2) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races for crew chief Chad Knaus.

      The car was in violation of the rules at the conclusion of the race. This was not contested during the hearing.

      Upon review of the evidence presented, and by a majority vote, it is the decision of the National Stock Car Racing Commission to uphold the penalties assessed against Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson and to amend the penalty assessed against Chad Knaus as follows:

      $35,000.00 fine. Probation for 90 days, effective from the date of this Hearing.

      This decision pertains specifically to the evidence presented in this Appeal. The Commission’s rulings do not have a bearing on existing or announced NASCAR enforcement policies. The Appellant has the right under Section 15 of the Rule Book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Commissioner. Commission were John Cooper, Jack Housby, George Silbermann, Chairman.(NASCAR)(3-23-2005)

      #5 Team: On March 22, 2005, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the Appeal of Rick Hendrick, Kyle Busch and Alan Gustafson concerning three penalties assessed by NASCAR relative to the #5 car following the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 13, 2005. The infractions concerned Section 12-4-A of the NASCAR Rule Book “Actions detrimental to stock car racing” and Section 12-4-Q “Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the car, car parts, components, and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules: quarter panel heights too high in post-race inspection.”

      The penalties assessed were:
      • Loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Championship Car Owner Points for car owner Rick Hendrick.
      • Loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Championship Driver Points for Kyle Busch.
      • $25,000 fine and suspension from NASCAR until April 6, 2005 and suspension from the next two (2) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races for crew chief Alan Gustafson.

      The car was in violation of the rules at the conclusion of the race. This was not contested during the hearing.

      Upon review of the evidence presented, and by a majority vote, it is the decision of the National Stock Car Racing Commission to uphold the penalties assessed against Rick Hendrick and Kyle Busch and to amend the penalty assessed against Alan Gustafson as follows:

      $25,000.00 fine. Probation for 90 days, effective from the date of this Hearing.

      This decision pertains specifically to the evidence presented in this Appeal. The Commission’s rulings do not have a bearing on existing or announced NASCAR enforcement policies. The Appellant has the right under Section 15 of the Rule Book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Commissioner.Commission were John Cooper, Jack Housby, George Silbermann, Chairman.(NASCAR)(3-23-2005)

      What Does this mean? everything stands EXCEPT the suspensions to Knaus and Gustafson have been recinded.

    • Hendrick Statement: Team owner Rick Hendrick today commented on the results of Tuesday's NASCAR appeal hearing, which today rescinded the suspensions of two Hendrick Motorsports crew chiefs. "I appreciate NASCAR giving us the opportunity to present the facts," Hendrick said. "From our perspective it's important everyone, especially our fans, know that we absolutely had no intention of breaking any rules. This sport has a rule book for good reason, and it's vital it be enforced. As an owner, I know it's equally important to have a just forum for teams and a fair system of checks and balances. We respect NASCAR's decision and look forward to carrying some momentum into Bristol."(Hendrick Motorsports)(3-23-2005)

    • Crocker to make ARCA debut for Evernham: Evernham Motorsports driver and World of Outlaws phenom Erin Crocker will make her first start in the ARCA Re/MAX series this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. She will be driving the #98 Evernham Motorsports Dodge. Crocker, who turned 24 this week [Actually today], has shown great promise in the Evernham Motorsports driver development program. She has tested at both Kentucky Speedway and Nashville Speedway with solid results. This weekend, she will pilot Evernham Motorsports' ARCA series Dodge on the 1.33-mile tri-oval speedway under the guidance of Ray Evernham and team director Chris Andrews. She will run several additional ARCA races this season, and will make her NASCAR Busch Series debut later this season [IRP]. She also will compete in the USAC Silver Crown Series in a car fielded by Kasey Kahne Racing.(Clearblue PR)(3-23-2005)

    • Hamilton Jr. tests at Martinsville: #32-Bobby Hamilton's team was the only NEXTEL Cup team testing at Martinsville Tuesday, joining almost a half-dozen NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams. Hamilton won't be back for a second day of testing on Wednesday, but several NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers will be testing, including Ricky Craven, Todd Kluever and Justin Allgaier, all coming back for a second day, and Bill Lester, Shieage Hattori, Johnny Benson, Mike Skinner and Brandon Whitt will join them. Because of the possibility of rain, Darrell Waltrip, David Reutimann and Robert Huffman have moved their Truck Series tests to Thursday, joining David Starr, Bobby Labonte, Regan Smith, Tam Topin, Alex Yontz, Bill Lester, Johnny Benson, Mike Skinner, Todd Bodine, Steve Park and Brendan Gaughan. Tickets for both the Advance Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, April 10, and the Kroger 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, on Saturday, April 9, may be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for both events also may be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-23-2005)

    • NASCAR Points Visa Card Plan: NASCAR RacePoints, a new rewards program designed for NASCAR fans who use the products and services of official NASCAR sponsors. With its new MBNA NASCAR RacePoints VISA credit card, MBNA America Bank, N.A. has become the first issuing partner of NASCAR RacePoints. For the first time ever, the MBNA NASCAR RacePoints VISA credit card allows consumers to earn one NASCAR RacePoint for each dollar spent in net retail purchases. NASCAR RacePoints is a free consumer loyalty program designed to allow participants to earn points based on purchases made with participating NASCAR sponsors. Accumulated points can be tracked and redeemed online for exciting race-related rewards in the exclusive NASCAR RacePoints catalog. Free enrollment in NASCAR RacePoints can be found at WWW.NASCAR.COM by clicking on NASCAR RacePoints. The NASCAR RacePoints catalog offers racing fans an exciting array of rewards within four categories: Access & Experiences, Collectibles & Memorabilia, Apparel, and Merchandise. All the products and experiences in the catalog are from official NASCAR licensees including: Action Performance, Richard Petty Driving Experience, Team Caliber, VF Corporation and more. The opportunity to redeem NASCAR RacePoints begins May 31, 2005.(Mullen PR)(3-23-2005)


      News from March 22, 2005

    • Testing dates set at Lowe's Motor Speedway: Lowe's Motor Speedway has scheduled 35 hours of open testing for NASCAR Craftsman Truck, Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series teams in preparation for the track's slate of May races, including the May 21 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the May 29 Coca-Cola 600.
      The testing schedule:
      April 26, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
      May 3-4, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
      May 9-10, NASCAR Busch Series, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
      Many of the bumps in the track's racing surface were removed recently during an asphalt grinding process and the testing sessions mark the first, and only, opportunity for teams to experiment with the new surface prior to the May events. Lowe's Motor Speedway's frontstretch grandstand will be open free of charge during each testing session. Fans should enter through Gate 5A next to the ticket office on the second floor of Smith Tower.(LMS)(3-22-2005)

    • #99 Almost Full of Sponsors: The #99 Roush Racing Ford has sponsors listed for all but the two New Hamphsire races. Scotts/Ortho, Office Depot will be the sponsor for most of the races, along with AAA [2 races at MIS and 1 at Indy], World Financial Group [3 races - Las Vegas and Tallagega - Oct and with Aegon at Pocono in June], Pennzoil at Dayotna in July and something called Renessaince at Kansas [possibly something to do with the Kansas City Renaissance Festival in Kansas City]. Some rumors for sponsors at New Hampshire include the Boston Red Sox and Intel.(Roush Racing site)(3-23-2005)

    • So who to the #6 car in 2006? Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Roush Racing Ford, is no longer is slated to replace Mark Martin [retires from Cup at end of 2005] in the No. 6 after this season. "It's pretty obvious he's found a home in the 99," Smith says. "We're going to have to fill the 6 with someone else, and we don't know who that someone else might be." Smith says they will look at current Roush truck series driver Ricky Craven, a former Cup veteran, for the ride. But he expects other drivers in the garage to be interested: "That's a fantastic ride that's going to be available."(USA Today)(3-22-2005)

    • Osborne Wins WYPALL Wipers Crew Chief of the Race: Carl Edwards didn't think life could get any better after winning the Aaron's 312 on Saturday afternoon. Little did he know that he would eclipse his shining moment the very next day. In stunning fashion, Edwards followed up his Busch Series triumph with a victory in the Golden Coral 500. His team, led by crew chief Bob Osborne, kept Edwards in the hunt all race long, setting the stage for a dramatic last lap pass over Jimmie Johnson for the win. Osborne's performance earned him the WYPALL Wipers Crew Chief of the Race. The panel of voters, Rick Minter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, a WYPALL Wipers representative and Robbie Reiser, all agreed Osborne outshined the competition. "He (Osborne) made all of the right adjustments during the race," said Minter. "He made the car its best when it mattered the most." Osborne won $1000 for picking up the Crew Chief of the Race award. He is now tied with Alan Gustafson, Pete Rondeau and Doug Richert in the point standings for the WYPALL Wipers Crew Chief of the Year. At the end of the season, the crew chief with the most weekly wins will receive $20,000.(WypAll Wipers)(3-22-2005)

    • Sad News: Angela Broome "Angie" Skog, 36, passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2005 at her home. She was born on May 1, 1968 to Thomas Richard and Sarah Jenkins Broome of Concord. Angie was a graduate of West Charlotte High School, Class of '85, and of UNC-Charlotte, Class of '90, where she earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She worked with Ricky Rudd Racing team as office manager [and fanclub]. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, David 'Dave' Vernon Skog; sister, Lisa B. Daniels and husband Michael of Randleman, NC; and niece, Jennifer Lynn Daniels. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2005 in the chapel of Raymer Funeral Home with Rev. Kyle Hite of Rocky River Presbyterian Church officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior and one hour following the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; Humane Society of Concord and Greater Cabarrus County, 244 Hwy 29 S, Concord, NC 28027; or Motor Racing Outreach, Smith Tower, Suite 405, 5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC 28027.(a guest book can be signed at the Charlotte Observer) and see a sticker Rudd had on his Atlanta car the Wood Brothers site.(3-22-2005)

    • East Tennessee Trailers to sponsor Hermie in four races: East Tennessee Trailers will be the primary sponsor of the #66 Peak Performance Motorsports Ford driven by Hermie Sadler in four NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races in 2005, beginning with the Food City 500 on April 3, at Bristol Motor Speedway. ETT, a season-long associate of the Peak Performance #66, will also be primary sponsor for Darlington in May as well as the fall races at Talladega and Martinsville. In addition to carrying the East Tennessee Trailers colors at Bristol, the car will also carry the Autism Awareness ribbon to signify April as Autism Awareness Month. Jeff Stec, owner of Peak Performance Motorsports, agrees that the ETT association is a good fit. "As we continue to grow our team, it is important that we have quality marketing partners to help us get where we want to go. ETT understands the loyalty of NASCAR fans and we look forward to a good run for them." Hermie Sadler will visit ETT's new manufacturing plant in Oneida, Tennessee on Thursday, March 31 to meet with ETT employees and dealers. For more information on East Tennessee Trailer products and dealers, visit www.ettrailers.com.(PSE-3)(3-22-2005)

    • Man Found Dead in RV at AMS: A man was found dead of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning Monday morning inside an RV at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Henry County police said today. Police Lt. Jason Bolton said the RV's generator leaked, causing the deadly fumes to accumulate and kill B. Christopher Thompson, 37, of Ball Ground, GA. Thompson's wife, Lori Thompson, 34, was airlifted to Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta. The hospital refused to give information on her condition Monday afternoon. Bolton said the couple spent the weekend in the 1996 Dolphin 535 mobile home while attending the Golden Corral 500 at the racetrack in Hampton. Friends staying in another mobile home found the couple about 10:30am/et Monday. The group had decided to return home Monday rather than fight the traffic Sunday night, Bolton said. Foul play is not suspected and an autopsy will be performed Tuesday.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(3-22-2005)

    • Pattie Petty on A&E Special Presentation: Pattie Petty, wife of NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Kyle Petty, driver of the #45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge, will be one of four wives featured in A&E's special presentation: SPORTS WIVES, premiering Wednesday, March 23, 9:00-11:00pm/et. The behind-the-scenes feature will profile Petty at the track and at home giving viewers a look at what it is like to be a wife of a professional athlete. The feature will also highlight Petty's dedication to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a charitable organization aimed at enriching the lives of children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Victory Junction was founded by the Petty's in honor of their son Adam. The A&E Network spent time filming Petty during the later part of the 2004 season.(Williams Company)(3-22-2005)

    • AAA Salutes Edwards: "On behalf of the six AAA clubs in The Auto Club Group, I want to offer warm congratulations to Carl Edwards on the occasion of his first victory in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race," Charles Podowski, president/CEO of The Auto Club Group said today. "Carl's dramatic finish in the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday is a tribute to his driving skill and persistence and the excellent support he receives from his Roush Racing Teammates. The Auto Club Group is proud to be one of Carl's primary sponsors for this year's NEXTEL Cup season," Podowski said. The Auto Club Group has signed on to be the primary sponsor of Edwards' AAA Car #99 Ford Taurus in three NEXTEL Cup races this year and as an associate sponsor in the 35 other events. This is Edwards' first full year on the NEXTEL Cup circuit. Edwards will be making his first appearance under The Auto Club Group's principal sponsorship in the June 19 NEXTEL Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. He will also compete with representatives of Michigan news media in a simulator race on Thursday, June (Yahoo Finance)(3-22-2005)

    • Goodyear Tire Testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway UPDATE: Joe Nemechek and the #01 U.S. Army team will participate in a Goodyear tire test Monday, March 21st at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Nemechek will be the first NEXTEL Cup driver to circle the speedway since engineers used a combination of Global Positioning System technology and three-dimensional laser mapping to smooth the 1.5-mile racing surface.(LMS)(3-19-2005)
      UPDATE: After several laps at Lowe's Motor Speedway during a Goodyear tire test Monday, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series veteran Joe Nemechek believes track officials have achieved their goal of creating more side-by-side racing at the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway. In preparation for the May races including the May 29 Coca-Cola 600 and May 21 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, engineers recently used a combination of Global Positioning System technology and three-dimensional laser mapping to smooth the track's asphalt surface. "It's going to make for more side-by-side racing," Nemechek said after climbing from his #01 U.S. Army Chevrolet. "The grinding has added so much more grip, and it's not just around the bottom. It's from the bottom to the wall, and that's a very good thing when you are trying to race around the high groove. I've been running right around the bottom, trying to do the same thing every lap to give Goodyear some feedback," Nemechek continued. "But I've slid up a little bit and there is still a lot of grip. It might even be faster up high." With his Chevrolet in race trim, Nemechek consistently ran lap times close to Ryan Newman's 188.877-mph track qualifying record.(LMS)(3-22-2005)

    • Dyno Testing at Atlanta: NASCAR got its first good look at chassis dyno numbers of engines under the new RPM-limiting rules. The Jimmie Johnson, Dave Blaney, Michael Waltrip, Mark Martin, Carl Edwards, Elliott Sadler, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman and Jamie McMurray cars were tested.(Winston Salem Journal), no results or who was the best mentioned.(3-22-2005)

    • May be too late to get back in top-10 by race 26 for some: For a number of top drivers, this year's championship may already be out of reach - if historical precedent means anything. If a team isn't in the top-20 by this point of the season, it may be all over but the shouting, judging by statistics over the last 30 years. Since 1975 only 28 drivers have worked their way back into the top 10 by the 26-race mark after falling below 20th in the standings in the opening month of the season. That stat has to be worrisome for NASCAR top-dogs who are currently not in the top-20, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. (26th), Michael Waltrip (27th), Kasey Kahne (28th), Matt Kenseth (31st) and Bobby Labonte (37th).(Winston Salem Journal)(3-22-2005)


      News from March 21, 2005

    • Overnight TV Ratings for Atlanta down: Fox's broadcast of Sunday's Golden Corral 500 drew a 4.9 overnight rating and an 11 share from Nielsen Media Research, today's Sports Business Daily reports. The rating is 8.2 percent lower than the 5.3 overnight figure the race drew in 2004, when it was contested a week earlier on the calendar and was not broadcast opposite CBS's coverage of the NCAA's men's basketball tournament. The Daily reported that CBS averaged a 7.1 overnight rating for its three broadcast windows of games Sunday, a 10.9 percent increase over last year.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(3-21-2005)

    • Edwards Drives Home too: After Carl Edwards drove 500 miles to victory he left Atlanta with his motor coach driver and spent all night behind the wheel 680 miles to his hometown of Columbia, Missouri. His sponsor Scotts had a private jet waiting for him where he then flew to New York City to help ring Monday’s closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. A long drive following a race win is nothing new to Edwards. After his first-ever dirt track victory in Godfrey, Illinois Carl drove home and was so happy that night he didn’t change out of uniform. He also drove back to Missouri from the Kentucky Speedway after his first Craftsman Truck Series win. Edwards said “To get behind the wheel of that motor home and drove home (from Atlanta) just made it feel right.”(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(3-21-2005)

    • First time Cup and Busch wins same weekend? haven't seen this anyplace, but during Speed Channel's Speed News, it was mentioned that Carl Edward's first time Busch Series and Nextel Cup Series wins, was the first time a drive had gotten his first career win in both series on the same weekend at the same track.(3-21-2005)

    • NASCAR renews with radio company: NASCAR announced a renewal of its longstanding association with Atlanta-based Diversified Electronics/Racing Radios to provide two-way radio communications for all NASCAR officials and competitors in NASCAR's three national series - the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The renewal runs through the 2013 season - coinciding with the terminus of the current NASCAR-Nextel Communications deal to sponsor NASCAR's top series - and continues a 30-year relationship. Building on that tradition, Racing Radios, the first and only two-ray radio provider for NASCAR, is moving ahead boldly by partnering with Nextel Communications to provide state-of-the-art technology. Nextel is in its second year as title sponsor of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.(NASCAR PR)(3-21-2005)

    • Crew Chief Award Stays: Without a doubt, the greatest thing about NASCAR is its fans. It's their passion and enthusiasm that makes racing the best sport in the world. So we appreciate you sharing thoughts on the Crew Chief Challenge. After all, that's what this contest is all about - settling the hot debate of who really is the best crew chief in the Nextel Cup garage. Kyle Busch's crew chief, Alan Gustafson, was awarded the WYPALL Wipers Crew Chief of the Race. Gustafson's car met all specifications before the race, and it was an incident during the event that caused it to exceed the height requirement. WYPALL Wipers certainly does not endorse any kind of dishonesty. The voting panel, including Tony Eury Sr., the local media and a WYPALL Wipers representative, took into account several factors when picking the winner, including strategy, pit stop times, improvement throughout the day and overall performance. Given that criteria, the vote for Gustafson still stands.(SMC 500 PR)(3-21-2005)

    • 13,975 new books donated First through Spoonfuls Of Stories: Jeff Green and the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team didn't have the type of finish they had hoped Sunday, but Atlanta children still had a big win. Green ran into handling problems, completed 321 laps of 325] and finished 28th in the race. Cheerios Spoonfuls Of Stories and First Book, a national non-profit organization, had agreed to donate 43 books to Atlanta children through the new Atlanta-area First Book chapter for every lap Green completed in the race. Cheerios and First Book made the maximum donation anyway - 13,975 new books. The books-per-lap donation is part of the ongoing Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program, which gets books into the hands of children. More than 60 percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children. Racing audiences shared in the excitement by cheering on the #43 Dodge, which sported a special Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories paint scheme for the race.(Williams Company), see an image of the car on my #43 Teams Schemes page.(3-21-2005)

    • Edwards Flip? Why? How? Where? For those wondering about the origin of the backflip Edwards did after winning Saturday’s Busch Series race and Sunday’s Cup race he learned it several years ago from Tyler Walker, a World of Outlaws driver now driving Busch. “I almost didn’t make it around on that one,” Edwards said of Sunday’s flip. “I was a little wore out and excited. I was definitely off, but I’ll make it up to them (fans) next time.”(The State)(3-21-2005)

    • So where is the big blue bottle? been getting asked alot where the big blue Powerade Bottle is that caused such a firestorm in 2004 [Johnson fine, Gordon misses Indy's victory lane, etc]. in 2003 and 2004, the pit crew award was called "McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade". In 2005, McDonald's dropped it sponsorship of the award and as the official fast food restaurant of NASCAR. In 2005 Checker's now sponsors the award, called the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge. Not sure of the rules or standings as I have gotten no PR's on it, who is eligible and have seen no websites for it, just blurbs about who won the week before.(3-21-2005)

    • Driver Suspensions? Jimmy Spencer, co-host of SPEED Channel's NASCAR This Morning, reported on Atlanta's Nextel Cup driver meeting. It was a really important drivers meeting, and (NASCAR president) Mike Helton talked about fitting in the box. In '01 and '02, they escalated the fines to just money. Then it was not enough. And then at Dover in June (last year), he warned it would escalate higher in reaction to the points. One month later, they issued money and points. Today, with what happened last week at Vegas, Mike says that's it. What (NASCAR's) going to do, he's heard about all of the car owners and crew chiefs talking this stuff, the car has to fit in the box. Don't make (NASCAR) react. "What I wanted to do today was to address you, as we have in the past, to give you the heads up that NASCAR will do whatever it feels like it has to do to maintain the confidence of everybody in the garage that everyone is playing on the same playing field," Helton said. "Whether it's intentional or whether it's not intentional, there is a box that you have to fit in, and it's our responsibility to react when it doesn't work right. My assumption of what he said is, "Boys, you could be missing a week. Maybe more."(FoxSports/Speed Channel)(3-21-2005)

    • France and the NFL rumor resurfaces: Brian France's on-and-off plans to get into the National Football League as part-owner of a proposed new Los Angeles franchise may be back on again, according to sources who say France is working with Magic Johnson on various NFL-NBA angles. Johnson is on the NASCAR business roster to help this sport's diversity program. The latest thinking on France-to-the-NFL is that he will complete NASCAR's current round of TV renegotiations before making any big moves. France has insisted he's not planning on leaving NASCAR anytime soon, though he has left the door open.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-21-2005)

    • Speeding Penalties at Atlanta: More speeding tickets: NASCAR's pit road crackdown continued at Atlanta. During the drivers meeting, it was announced there will be no more 15-second penalties for speeding on pit road. Instead, drivers will serve drive-through penalties for speeding or driving through three or more pit boxes when pitting. Dale Jarrett (three times), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (twice), Michael Waltrip and Kurt Busch were busted for speeding Sunday.(FoxSports/Sporting News)(3-21-2005)

    • Engine of the Future: NASCAR's proposed "engine of the future" for 2007 would be sized down to 325 c.i., about 100 horsepower smaller than the current 358 c.i. design, which has been stock-car racing's staple since 1975. NASCAR's goal is an engine that produces 700 horsepower at the flywheel (about 680 horsepower at the rear wheels). NASCAR has had three major meetings with Detroit car makers over specs for the new engine, which is being stalled by Ford Motor Company. In part of the engine discussions, NASCAR officials are looking for ways to create a secondary in-sport market for old engines. Currently there is no such hand-me-down market for slightly used, or last year's NASCAR equipment.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-21-2005)

    • Latest on Toyota to Cup: One reason for the engine talks is Toyota's planned step up to Nextel Cup racing and worries the Japanese giant - now the world's second biggest car maker - may come in with a significant technological edge. Toyota's NASCAR Cup plans remain a hot button issue in the NASCAR garage, and now there is word that Toyota may have already tested a NASCAR Cup car with one of its NASCAR Truck engines, and that Toyota's racing division is only awaiting word from upper management to launch the program. However, Toyota has just undertaken a massive Formula One effort that could be draining potential NASCAR resources. The Toyota F-1 project could run from $400 million to $700 million a year. While much speculation has been that Honda would follow Toyota into NASCAR racing, there are reports Nissan, instead, might be the second Japanese car maker to make the move into this brand of racing.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-21-2005)



    • New Racing Magazine: Racing Fan, a flashy magazine with loose ties to Sports Illustrated, will hit newsstands March 28. Published in an oversized format (like ESPN The Magazine and Rolling Stone), the magazine is photo- and graphic-driven and targets ``the 75 million fans that have made NASCAR the fastest- growing sort in America.'' Two issues will be produced, and if they're well-received, the magazine will publish monthly, editor Scott Mowbray said. The publisher is Times 4 Media, a subsidiary of Time Inc., parent of Sports Illustrated.(Tampa Tribune)
      AND The first of two issues of RACING FAN, a big, bold, photo-driven magazine, debuts this month. Celebrating NASCAR fans, their heroes, their passion for the sport and the NASCAR lifestyle, RACING FAN gives the people who love everything about NASCAR information they can use, whether they collect memorabilia, are planning a trip to the track, or want to win their next trivia argument. The second issue of RACING FAN will be on newsstands nationwide May 16th. Each includes an up-front section full of driver, sponsor, and track news; feature stories on the events that have shaped NASCAR history; and "Racing Nation," a back section dedicated to the fans themselves. It's all delivered in an oversized, easy-to-read format combining the visual staying power of magazines with the unique excitement and spectacle of NASCAR racing. "The fans deserve a magazine as big and loud as the sport we all love. This is it," says Scott Mowbray, editor of the two issues.(PR)(3-21-2005)

    • Testing at Kentucky: NEXTEL Cup teams from Evernham Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing are scheduled to test March 23 and 24 at Kentucky Speedway. Evernham teams will be on the track on March 23. Bobby Labonte will turn laps in his Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet on March 24. Fans can view testing from the designated area near the Fan Center at no charge. Testing begins at approximately 9:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 5:00 p.m.(Kentucky Speedway)(3-21-2005)



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