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    AUGUST 15-21, 2005





      News from August 21, 2005

    • Mayfield wins at Michigan: #19-Jeremy Mayfield won the GFS Marketplace 400 at the Michigan International Speedway, taking the lead on lap 195 taking a gamble on fuel strategy. It is Mayfield's first win of 2005 and 5th of his career. With 6 laps to go, #37-Tony Raines was leading until he ran out of gas, that would had been interesting. #10-Scott Riggs, expected to be named to drive the third Evernham Motorsports Dodge in 2006, had a career best, followed by #17-Matt Kenseth, #99-Carl Edwards and #20-Tony Stewart. Mayfield's win helped move him into 6th in points, Stewart increased his points lead to 126 points. No driver changes in the top-ten points standings. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 18th and is now 154 points out of 10th with three races to go. #24-Jeff Gordon finished 15th and is now 12th in the drivers standings, 58 points behind 10th place. #20-Stewart and #48-Johnson have mathematically clinched a spot in The Chase. All drivers from 23rd on back in Drivers Points standings have been mathematically eliminated.
      For race rundown, laps led, caution info and more, see my Michigan Race Info/Rundown Page
      For race results and links, see Jayski's Michigan Glen Race Results Page.(8-21-2005)

    • More Eury Jr./Dale Jr. stuff: This morning on ESPN's SportsCenter, Mike Massaro reported that Tony Eury Jr. Said that he is committed to the 15 team for the remainder of the year and that he will likely reunite with Dale Jr. next season. Eury said he and Jr. Have talked about their previous issuses and have agreed to put them behind them in an effort to compete for a championship.(ESPN's SportsCenter/Mike Massaro)(8-21-2005)

    • Wood Brothers and ST Motorsports partner up UPDATE 2: The owners of Wood Brothers Racing and ST Motorsports today announced the formation of a new partnership—Wood Brothers/TJG Racing—in a press conference today at Michigan International Speedway. The new enterprise will bring together two of the most tenured teams in the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series’ garage, combining the racing heritage of the Wood Brothers and the marketing savvy of ST Motorsports. Glen Wood, his children Eddie, Len and Kim, along with Tad and Jodi Geschickter, will join forces to establish a racing enterprise that competes in NASCAR’s Nextel Cup, Busch, and Craftsman Truck Series. The structure will provide all employees, including drivers, the opportunity to develop his or her career path with a single, Ford factory-backed company. The Wood Brothers have been running exclusively Ford Motor Company products in NASCAR racing for 55 years, and are the automaker’s all-time winningest team. ST Motorsports has been in existence for 11 years, the last two as a Ford-supported Busch Series program.
      In 2006, Wood Brothers Racing will continue to campaign the #21 Ford Fusion in NASCAR’s Nextel Cup Series. ST Motorsports will continue to field the #47 and #59 Busch Series Fusion entries. The partnership intends to build an additional Nextel Cup team and two Craftsman Truck Series teams. Wood Brothers/JTG Racing will include a centralized fabrication shop and an engineering department, with the assistance of Ford Racing Technology engineers. Wood and Geschickter took their business plan to Ford Racing. When they learned that executives there were equally enthused about the idea, the partnership was formed. The group will begin work immediately by establishing a base of operation, and by developing its employee, driver, and sponsor base. Partial season sponsorship in 2006 for the #21 Wood Brothers entry from Motorcraft is in place as well as full season sponsorship for the #47 and #59 Busch Series entries from Clorox Bleach and Kingsford Charcoal.(Ford Racing site)
      NOTES - sponsor? doesn't mention if Ricky Rudd, driver of the #21 Ford will return as the driver. Jon Wood currently drives the #47 Clorax Ford for ST Motorsports in the Busch Series, supposedly Wood will move up to Cup in 2006, either full-time or a limited schedule depending on sposnorship, one sponsor being runored is Armour All.(8-19-2005)
      UPDATE: Wood said Michael "Fatback" McSwain, current crew chief for Wood Brothers #21 car driven by Ricky Rudd, will oversee the construction and setup of the cars. He added that the partnership has already locked up partial 2006 season sponsorship for Rudd's car as well as full sponsorship for two other cars to run in the Busch Series.(ESPN.com/AP)(8-20-2005)
      UPDATE 2: according to Eddie Wood the Wood Brothers team is seeking sponsorship for two teams next season. If they can't find two they'll have to decide between Ricky Rudd and Jon Wood for the #21 Ford [Motorcraft is scaling back their support]. No decision has been made yet but Wood says they're not worried about it right now.(ESPN's SportsCenter/Mike Massaro)(8-21-2005)

    • Tragic News: Two spectators were killed and six others were injured Saturday when a race car left the track at the Mount Vernon Raceway and crashed into the stands, officials said. It was not immediately clear why the car jumped the track during a qualification run around 6:50 p.m., according to Illinois State Police. It was the only vehicle on the oval at the time. The racecar driver, Kevin Beatiee, 38, also of DuQuoin, received minor injuries. Jefferson County Sheriff Roger D. Mulch said that because of the complexity of the incident, the investigation had been turned over to the Illinois State Police. An accident reconstructionist was on the scene and investigating the incident, police said. Mount Vernon Raceway is a quarter-mile dirt oval race track in southern Illinois featuring late-model stock car races. No one answered the telephone Saturday night at a number listed for the track.(USA Today)(8-21-2005)

    • Kenseth to the #11? Word is that #17-Matt Kenseth, whose contract with Roush Racing is up at the end of 2006, may be under consideration for a ride with Joe Gibbs in Gibbs' third [#11Chevy ] team, which has struggled this season, despite hefty sponsorship from FedEx.(Winston Salem Journal)(8-21-2005)

    • Dale Jr. comments: from a GM Racing PR: Q) WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO THE NEWS THIS WEEK ABOUT TONY EURY, JR. SIGNING A LONG-TERM CONTRACT WITH DEI?
      A) Just, you know, I wanted him to sign on. I was glad that he was able to talk to other people to find out where he is in this business and I think that's fair for him and fair for everybody to really know where they stand. And, it helped him in what his decision was going to be and so he could make the right decision for himself. And, I'm real glad for the decision he made. And I think that puts me and him with an opportunity to work together in the future. You know, aside from my own motives, he's a huge asset to the company. He's one of the most important people at the company as far as knowledge of the sport, knowledge of the cars, where the sport is headed from mechanically and technically. He's a huge asset.
      Q) WOULD HE BE YOUR FIRST CHOICE FOR A CREW CHIEF NEXT YEAR?
      A) Not quite ready to talk about that.(GM Racing PR)(8-21-2005)

    • Marlin to HOF Racing? Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, former NFL stars, after years of trying have apparently finally got things going for a long-proposed new NASCAR team. One driver under consideration is reported to be Sterling Marlin. Gibbs is to supply the engines.(Winston Salem Journal)(8-21-2005)

    • Michigan Race Notes:
      • Jeremy Mayfield won the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway, scoring his fifth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 368th career start.
      • Mayfield climbed from seventh to sixth in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings, now 399 behind firstplace Tony Stewart. Mayfield has climbed from a low of 26th after Las Vegas to a season-high sixth-place points ranking.
      • Mayfield’s last victory came at Richmond last September - 33 races ago. He scored his first victory in 24 races at Michigan International Speedway.
      • Mayfield became the 10th different race winner in 2005.
      • Mayfied has scored six top-10 finishes and 15 top-15 finishes in 23 races in 2005.
      • This was Mayfield’s fourth victory in 280 career superspeedway races.
      • Kurt Busch led the most laps for the third time in a race this season. He led 65 of the 200 laps raced.
      • Mayfield led only once for the final six laps.
      • This is the second victory by a Dodge in 2005. Chevrolet has 12 and Ford has nine.
      • Scott Riggs (second) posted his first top-10 finish in four races at Michigan International Speedway. It marked his fourth top-10 finish in 2005 and his career-best NASCAR NEXTEL Cup finish.
      • Matt Kenseth (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 13 races at Michigan International Speedway. Kenseth scored his eighth top-10 finish in 2005. Kenseth has scored top-five finishes in two of his last three races.
      • Carl Edwards (fourth) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Michigan. Edwards has scored nine top-10 finishes in 2005. Edwards climbed from 10th to ninth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
      • Tony Stewart (fifth) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 14 races at Michigan International Speedway. He scored his 15 top-10 finish in 23 races in 2005. Stewart remained first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings now 126 points ahead of second place Jimmie Johnson.
      • Stewart has scored nine straight top-10 finishes including eight top fives.
      • Jimmie Johnson (10th) has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 56 consecutive races, the longest current streak. The streak began at Atlanta in March 2004. Both Johnson and Stewart have each scored 15 top-10 finishes in 2005, the most of all drivers.
      • Rusty Wallace (13th) extended a 36-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol last August. Wallace has scored 18 top-15 finishes in 23 races in 2005.
      • Jeff Gordon (15th) climbed from 13th to 12th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 624 points behind first-place Tony Stewart and 58 points behind 10th-place Jamie McMurray
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (18th) dropped from 15th to 16th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 724 points behind first-place Tony Stewart and 158 points behind 10th-place Jamie McMurray.
      • Four of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings changed at Michigan International Speedway
      • Only six drivers are within 400 points of current point leader Tony Stewart with three races remaining before The Chase begins in New Hampshire in September.
      • All five Roush drivers led at least one lap in the GFS Marketplace 400. The last time this occurred was at California in February.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(8-21-2005)

    • Rumblings - Michigan: We had a "fuelish" finish today, but then that's nothing new for MIS. Jeremy Mayfield topped off on lap 149 and made it last today as he won the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway for his first victory of the season. As the cars who stayed out tried various strategies (gas & go, two tires, four tires) Mayfield just kept moving up and ended up in the frontstretch grass (and hopefully Victory Lane after that) with his 5th career win and the 7th for Ray Evernham. Jeremy is now in a 7-way tie for 61st on the all-time win list....this one was worth $181,550.
      It was another race with tire troubles (we had five left rears and one right front by my count) and trash on the front-grills all day long as well.
      Scott Riggs (2nd) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 4th at Daytona in February.
      Bill Elliott (11th) had his best finish since he was 9th at The Brickyard in August of 2004 (only 9 races).
      Tony Raines (31st) had his best finish since he was 28th at Dover last September (only 4 races).
      STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 9 Top-10's in a row.
      This Week's Elevator...UP: Operator of the Week is Tony Stewart (+31), followed by Greg Biffle (+25), Rusty Wallace (+25), and Kevin Harvick (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kyle Busch (-39), Mike Bliss (-31), Elliott Sadler (-31), Kasey Kahne (-26), Terry Labonte (-20), and Stuart Kirby (-20). High, Wide, and Racey made the "Shaft" a busy place today.
      Tony Raines led a lap today for the first time since he led one lap at Atlanta in October of 2003. He's the 47th different driver to lead a lap this season....last year we had 50 different leaders.
      Tony Stewart padded his lead today....it's now 126 over Jimmie Johnson. There were no changes in who's above the "Stayin' Alive" line....Dale Jarrett is 51 points out of the "Chase".
      We lopped seven more drivers from the Championship...we're down to only the Top-25.
      Scott Riggs (31st to 26th) made the best move forward in the points today, while Kyle Petty (27th to 30th) fell the most spots.(Stock Car Fans)(8-21-2005)





      News from August 20, 2005

    • 60 Minutes Visits Daytona International Speedway: 60 Minutes, the CBS News magazine providing a blend of hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news, used Daytona International Speedway as the site for an upcoming corporate profile piece featuring NASCAR's first-family. International Speedway Corporation (ISC) Chairman and longtime NASCAR President Bill France, ISC President Lesa France Kennedy and NASCAR Chairman Brian France will be the subject of the corporate profile according to a 60 Minutes producer. The segment is scheduled to air sometime in September or October.
      The trio sat down with 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl to talk about the past, present and future of America's fastest growing spectator sport. The interviews took place earlier this week at DAYTONA USA, the "Official Attraction of NASCAR" and at the luxurious Daytona 500 Club located at the start/finish line of the historic Speedway overlooking Gatorade Victory Lane. According to Nielsen, an average of 14.2 million viewers tuned in to the broadcast each Sunday evening over the 2003-04 season -- 200,000 more than for the previous season. The broadcast posted an average household rating of 9.4 with a 16 share.(DIS PR)(8-20-2005)

    • Wimmer staying at BDR? #22-Scott Wimmer says he's working on a new three-year contract with Bill Davis Racing, and he hopes to benefit from the team's likely expansion. "A lot of people don't see what goes on every weekend," Wimmer said Friday at Michigan International Speedway. "We've been caught up in wrecks - some have been our fault, but others haven't - we've had some mechanical problems and things like that. We're a single-car team, and I think we're running better this year than we did all last year and we're further down in the points." Wimmer was entirely optimistic when talking about his future, but Davis sounded less upbeat when asked to comment on the driver's status. "It's a performance-driven sport, and we certainly have not had a very good year," Davis said. "We like Scott, and we'd like to make Scott as successful over here as we did in the Busch Series. Everybody knows what it takes over here. It takes performance." Davis doesn't like to use his team's status as a single-car team, nor the fact that it lost Dodge factory backing two years ago, as an excuse for poor performance, but Wimmer said the team has been behind all season understanding the aerodynamic properties of a new body style for 2005. "It'll just takes a little bit to get it all together, and hopefully these last 15 races we can really show what we can do and gear for next year," Wimmer said. "I hate saying that. Every year it seems like I say we're gearing for next year, but that's really all you can do." Davis has fielded a second car six times this season, and Wimmer said he benefits each time he has a teammate. Davis said he is "pretty close" to putting together a second full-time team for next year. Davis' team hasn't been a big player in the rumor mill, although his team has long been linked with Toyota's anticipated, eventual move into Nextel Cup because he fields two Toyotas in the Craftsman Truck Series. Recently rumors have Michael Waltrip and sponsor NAPA heading to Davis after the two-time Daytona 500 winner leaves Dale Earnhardt Inc. at the end of the year. BDR and the part-time Cup team owned by Waltrip combined forces for the second time and are fielding a car this weekend for Johnny Benson. Waltrip told the Associated Press he needed time to weigh his options, adding, "I hope by the middle of September it'll be obvious what I'm going to do." People shouldn't read anything into the combined effort, Davis said. Wimmer, meanwhile, disavowed any inside knowledge about the rumors. "I heard a couple things this week, so it'll be interesting how it all plays out," he said. "Some of the drivers that are (rumored) to come over here, I've heard, are going to be great teammates, so I'm excited."(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
      AND during Speed Channel's Happy Hour practice coverage, Wimmer was asked about his status, he said he is signed thru 2006 and excited about next season.(8-20-2005)

    • Fennig Says He's Staying With Roush: Roush Racing #97 crew chief, Jimmy Fennig, a man of very few words said on Friday morning that he will not follow his current driver Kurt Busch to Penske Racing -- his loyalities are to the team owner. "I'll Stay with Jack (Roush) no matter what," says Fennig. Was Fennig surprised that Busch had jumped ship and signed with Penske and was he upset at the turn of events? "It was pretty much a surprise, but that's racing," Fennig continued, "Was I upset -- No? Life goes on"(Insiderracing.com)(8-20-2005)

    • Andretti In For 2 Races With #4 Team: John Andretti was busy installing his personal seat into the #4 Morgan-McClure Racing Chevrolet on Friday morning at Michigan International Speedway in preparation for the day's two Nextel Cup practice sessions. Andretti will attempt to qualify the car on Saturday. The team is out of the "locked-in top-35" in owner's points, so it will be a difficult job to get the car in the field, the run will be based on speed alone. Andretti will also attempt to qualify in the same car -- for the Sony HD 500 at the California Speedway, to be held on September 4th.(Insiderracing.com), NOTE: Mike Wallace supposedly will be back in the car at Bristol in between MIS and California.(8-20-2005)

    • Roush decision on Busch in 3-4 weeks: Car owner [#'s 6,16,17,92,99] Jack Roush says he probably won't decide #97-Kurt Busch's 2006 plans "for three or four weeks," while Geoff Smith, the head of Roush Racing, reviews sponsorship commitments and options in assessing whether to let Busch leave to join Roger Penske.(Winston Salem Journal)(8-20-2005)





      News from August 19, 2005

    • Rusty's son wins ARCA race at MIS: Steve Wallace, Rusty Wallace's son, won the Hantz Group 200 ARCA Race at MIS in the #27 Kodak Dodge in his third ARCA eace and first ever over a mile in length. In his two previous series starts, at Toledo and Milwaukee, Wallace has posted two top-10 starts and one top-10 finish. Wallace had his 18th birthday on Thursday. Penske Racing team member Gordon Miller oversaw the at-track preparation of the car, with a crew comprised of both Penske Racing and RWI Racing team members. Rusty Wallace's Larry Carter-led NASCAR NEXTEL Cup team pitted the car, with spotting duties handled by Wallace's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup team spotter, Earl Barban.(8-19-2005)

    • Sad News - Benny's Dad: Harold Parsons, father of former NASCAR drivers and current broadcasters, Benny Parsons and Phil Parsons, passed away this morning. The visitation for Harold Parsons will be held Friday between 7 & 9pm at the Boone Family Funeral Home in West Jefferson, NC, Phone:(336) 246-7979. The funeral service is Saturday at 1:00pm and also takes place at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Stony Hill Church Cemetery in Wilkes County.(8-17/19-2005)

    • Front Row Joe wins Pole at MIS: "Front Row" #01-Joe Nemechek won the pole for the GFS Marketplace 400 at the Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 191.530mph for his first pole of 2005 and 8th of his career, putting him into the 2006 Budweiser Shootout. #24-Jeff Gordon starts on the out pole, followed by #9-Kasey Kahne, #5-Kyle Busch and #12-Ryan Newman. Points leader #20-Tony Strewart starts 36th. Missing the race were #34-P.J. Jones, #80-Carl Long, #92-Eric McClure, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #79-Bryan Reffner. Two drivers [I know of] will start at the rear of the field before the start of the race, #2-Rusty Wallace due to a transmission change and #48-Jimmie Johnsin due to changing an engine.
      See speeds, pole progression, starting lineup, rookie and more on my Jayski's Michigan Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(8-20-2005)

    • Michigan Qualifyings Notes:
      • Joe Nemechek won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the GFS Marketplace 400, lapping Michigan International Speedway in 37.582 seconds at 191.581 mph. Ryan Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 37.069 seconds, 194.232 mph, set June 18, 2005.
      • This is Nemechek’s ninth career Bud Pole in 381 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
      • This is Nemechek’s first Bud Pole at Michigan and comes in his 24th race here. It is his first top-10 start in his last 10 races at Michigan. His best Michigan finish was sixth in June 2005.
      • Nemechek became the 14th different Bud Pole winner this season.
      • There have been seven different Bud Pole winners in the past 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Michigan. Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte (two each) are the repeat Bud Pole winners in the 10-race period. Qualifying was canceled in August 2004.
      • Jeff Gordon posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 37.627 seconds, 191.362 mph – and will join Nemechek on the front row for the GFS Marketplace 400. Gordon has started from a top-10 starting position in 17 of his 26 races at Michigan. It is his 10th top-10 start in 2005.
      • This is the 10th Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2005. Dodge has eight Bud Poles and Ford has three. Qualifying was canceled at Dover and Watkins Glen.
      • Kasey Kahne (third) posted his 11th top-10 start in 2005 and his second in four races at Michigan – both this season.
      • Kyle Busch (fourth) scored his first top-10 start in two races at Michigan.
      • Ryan Newman (fifth) posted his Series-leading 20th top-10 start this season. It is his seventh top-10 start in nine races at Michigan.
      • Mike Bliss (sixth) posted his career-best start in his 58 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. It is also his best in 2005 and his fourth top-10 start this season. It is his first start better than 12th in six races at Michigan.
      • Stuart Kirby (21st) posted the best qualifying effort of his six-race NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career. His previous best start was 23rd at Charlotte in October 2001, in his career-first start. This will be his third race in 2005. His career-best finish (37th) came at Chicago this past July.
      • Johnny Benson (34th) qualified for his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race since Talladega on April 25, 2004.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-21-2005)

    • Ramblings - Michigan:
      We can call him "Front Row Joe" again.... Joe Nemechek had to wait out a lengthy rain delay today at Michigan International Speedway, but when it cleared and the last five cars made their run, it was the U. S. Army Chevy driver atop the board for the first time since he had the top-spot at Kansas last October. Joe's first pole of the season makes him the 14th qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, and is the 9th Bud Pole of his Cup career. Jeff Gordon will join Nemechek on the front row for the GFS Marketplace 400. This is his best starting spot since he had the pole at Infineon in June.
      Kyle Busch (4th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at California in February.
      Mike Bliss (6th) has his career-best starting spot for Sunday. His previous best was 7th at Chicagoland in July of 2004.
      Tony Raines (15th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Rockingham (Where's 'dat??) in November of 2003.
      Stuart Kirby (21st) has his career-best starting spot this week. His previous best was 22nd at Lowe's in October of 2001.
      John Andretti (23rd) has his best starting spot since he started 23rd at Homestead last November (only 4 races).
      Welcome Back: Johnny Benson makes his first start since Talladega in April of 2004.
      STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 6 Top-10 starts in a row.
      Brian Vickers has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
      (Stock Car Fans)(8-20-2005)

    • Johnson loses engine: #48-Jimmie Johnson lost an engine in the first practice at MIS, so the team will put another engine in the car and Johnson will fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag on Sunday.(Speed Channel's NASCAR LIVE)(8-19-2005)

    • Dale Earnhardt Foundation rides with Andy Pilgrim into "The Driving Zone" The Dale Earnhardt Foundation has partnered with four-time road racing champion Andy Pilgrim in the release of "The Driving Zone" DVD for new drivers. The 30-minute presentation has an introduction by Teresa Earnhardt, President and CEO of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and her daughter, Taylor. They are joined by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as he assists Pilgrim in the instructional portions. Pilgrim discusses issues pertinent to new drivers throughout the DVD. He addresses everything from "internal distractions" to his "3-2-1-Go" method utilized before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. The catalyst for Pilgrim to host and produce this presentation came from events he witnessed and heard of during his travels around the country. Pilgrim started to receive immediate feedback from students and parents. They said there was so much good information in his talks and they couldn't have said it better to their own children. As a champion race driver, Dale Earnhardt knew daily the risks we all face behind the wheel. As a father, he made sure his children exercised good judgment and had proper training before getting behind the wheel - whether it be a race car or personal vehicle.
      The Dale Earnhardt Foundation is proud to help make this video possible, both as a valuable teaching and training aid for today's young driver; but also in the hope that the lessons taught will reduce highway accidents involving young drivers and ultimately save lives. The Foundation supports charitable causes regarding children and their education. A portion of the proceeds will directly fund the continuation of those efforts through the Foundation. During an upcoming appearance on QVC Friday, Aug. 19 at 10:00pm/et, Earnhardt, Jr. will talk a little more about "The Driving Zone" during a segment of the show. It will be available for purchase ($14.95 plus shipping) through TheDaleEarnhardtFoundation.org, the E Store Online at DaleEarnhardtInc.com , DaleJr.com, and AndyPilgrim.com. You can also order one by calling 1-800-220-5711 beginning on Friday, August 19. This is NOT the toll free number for the Retail Store at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. in Mooresville, NC.(DEI PR)(8-19-2005)

    • PEO Pros extends sponsorship to MIS on the #34: PEO Pros and Mach 1 Racing extended their one race deal to sponsor PJ Jones in the #34 Monte Carlo for the Cup race at Michigan International Speedway this coming weekend. Chris Edwards, owner of Mach 1 Racing, commented, “PEO Pros has been really helpful. I spoke with the owner today and he is already working on another potential sponsor for us from his field. Look for another sponsor on the car soon, maybe as soon as Bristol.” For more info on PEO Pros, see peo-pros.com website.(PR)(8-15-2005)
      UPDATE: PEO Pros is sponsoring two cars this weekend, on the hood of the #34 Mach 1 Racing with P.J. Jones driving and the '3 post" of the #80 [owner #200] of McGlynn Racing with driver Carl Long.(8-19-2005)

    • Ernie Elliott Re-Ups with Ganassi: Ernie Elliott, the engine-building expert from Dawsonville, GA who provides the power for several NASCAR teams including the Chip Ganassi-owned operation, won't be retiring to his Montana ranch anytime soon. He recently signed a multiyear extension with Ganassi, his principal customer. Although Elliott, the older brother of Bill Elliott, has been building racing engines on the Cup circuit since the early 1970s, he said he still relishes the competitive nature of his job. "I wish we were running better, but Chip and his people will get that worked out," he said. "Our Busch cars are running good, but there have been too many Cup races since we've won." Ganassi's last Cup victory was in 2002 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but Reed Sorenson has driven a Ganassi car to two victories on the Busch Series this season.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(8-19-2005)

    • Gibbs lands Logano despite Roush interest: For years, it seemed like a lock that teenage driving phenom Joey Logano would wind up at Roush Racing because of the interest that Mark Martin, Roush's veteran driver, has shown in the youngster, who sometimes competes against Martin's son Matt. But Logano, a 15-year-old, recent signed a driver development contract with Joe Gibbs Racing. Tom Logano, who handled the negotiations for his son, said he had hoped to work a deal with Roush, but he and team officials couldn't work out a contract so he called Gibbs. Four business days later, he said, the paperwork was signed, and his son will race under Gibbs' banner. "It looks like I tried to shop Joey, but the chemistry at Roush just wasn't there," he said. Roush's team has been reluctant to hire drivers under legal age since Kyle Busch reneged on an agreement to race for the team and moved to Hendrick Motorsports after he turned 18.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(8-19-2005)

    • Next Up for HOF Racing: The next step in the project is finding a driver. [Roger] Staubach said the owners want a high-profile driver but will be happy with a Busch Series driver who is "ready to make the move."
      "It's a team effort of getting the car and the driver," said Staubach, who expects to be joined soon by [Troy] Aikman in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "We've got some drivers talking to us. There are some people who want to switch teams, kind of like free agency. ... We've got to get that Troy Aikman to get in there to drive it." Native Texans Terry and Bobby Labonte would be perfect fits. But Texas Terry, a two-time Cup champ and big-time Cowboys fan, is semi-retired. Bobby, the 2000 Cup champ, is signed with JGR through 2008 and has strong ties with the big-wigs of Dallas-based sponsor Interstate Batteries. Saunders said HOF has pared its list of candidates to four. He wants a JGR-built Chevy to be testing by October.(Fort Worth Star Telegram)(8-19-2005)

    • Watkins Glen TV numbers: Sunday's race at Watkins Glen drew a 4.3 overnight rating for NBC. That's down from a 5.0 rating in 2003, the last time the Watkins Glen race was broadcast on NBC.(NASCAR.com)(8-19-2005)

    • #5 Team 'testing' 2006 scheme at MIS: With paint schemes sometimes looking much different on paper than they do on the race track, Kellogg's has elected to field a potential 2006 car design this weekend at Michigan. A final decision on the '06 version of the No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolets will be based on how the car looks from the grandstands and on TNT's television broadcast.(Hendrick Motorsports PR), have seen no image yet.(8-19-2005)

    • Speed Channel Chase Show starts Sept 15th: SPEED Channel will debut The Chase is On Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET, offering a weekly preview of the 10 races making up NASCAR's Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. Veteran motor sports broadcaster Ralph Sheheen will host the new show, with 1999 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Dale Jarrett serving as the expert analyst. "The Chase is On will be a concise, fast-paced look at the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup," said Chris Long, SPEED Channel VP of Studio Production. "The show will provide in-depth analysis of each driver qualified for the Chase, breaking down their career performances at each of the last 10 tracks. The show will be about strategies, statistics and any late-breaking news developments - the excitement leading into each event of the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup will begin Thursday nights on SPEED Channel." Jarrett brings the experience of being in a title race, having finished among the top five in the series championship five times. Heading into this weekend's race in Michigan, the former champ sits just outside the Top 10 with four events remaining before the Chase field is set.
      "I am really thrilled about being part of the new The Chase is On television series on SPEED Channel," Jarrett said. "It will be fun keeping up with how the Chase participants fare each week at the different venues. Hopefully, we will be one of those in contention for the championship. The show will provide a great opportunity for me to get some additional TV experience and I think it will be very exciting for the fans as we critique each of the 10 events that will decide the 2005 NEXTEL Cup Champion."(SPEED Channel PR)(8-19-2005)

    • Conely and #79 shot give it another shot, this time with Reffner: The #79 SBC/Tubby's Submarines Chevy he's taking to Brooklyn, MI [MIS] was built by John Conely, owner of Conely Motor Sports Inc., and 15 others on about 1% of a typical team's $15 million-$20 million budget in the same Genoa Township garage from which he sells, rents and services used cars. Conely tried last year at Michigan and New Hampshire but was rained out. He'll give it a go Saturday, his fourth attempt this year to earn a spot in NASCAR's premier series. Fractions of a second kept the team out of the June race in Michigan and earlier events in California and Las Vegas. While Derrike Cope drove Conely's car in June, Bryan Reffner, a former American Speed Association champion, will drive this weekend. Conely estimates he will need to turn a qualifying lap of 38.3 seconds to put the team comfortably in the field. Although it will be his first run in the Nextel Cup Series, Reffner was the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rookie of the year in 1996 [driving for Ernie Irvan]. "We've worked together a long time and we think the same way,'' said Conely, who has previously competed in the truck series and in NASCAR's Busch Series. "We've done good together and we want to do it again.'' Reffner, from Rudolph, Wis., drove 13 truck races for Conely in 1999, starting 25th and finishing 20th at Michigan. In 2002, he drove for Conely again in Michigan's truck and Busch races, finishing 13th and 29th, respectively. Conely's crew is made up of mostly local people, including Dean Biondi and Ron Hepler from Brighton, Chris Jennings from Hartland and Bill Yurgelaitis of Byron, who keeps Hartland Consolidated Schools' buses on the road when he's not racing.(Ann Arbor News/Michigan Live), also more info on the team at: conelymotorsports.com and bryanreffner.com.(8-19-2005)

    • Gillette Young Guns - Weekly Update
      By picking Jimmie Johnson as the highest finishing Gillette Young Gun in the Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen at the Watkins Glen International on August 14, Connie T. of Grand Prairie, TX was the winner of the weekly Gillette Young Guns $5,000 Challenge. Connie picked Jimmie Johnson as the highest finishing Young Gun by going to www.gilletteyoungguns.com and entering before the weekly deadline. As the highest finishing Gillette Young Gun, a $1,000 donation will be made to the National Prostate Cancer Coalition (NPCC) on behalf of Jimmie Johnson. This is the ninth time this year that a donation in Johnson's name has been made to the NPCC.(Alan Taylor Communications)(8-19-2005)

    • Some MIS Goodyear Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Michigan . . . Goodyear ran this left-side code during NASCAR's visit to Michigan back in June, but with a different right-side code . . . both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes this weekend . . . this is the only track at which NASCAR teams will run this specific tire combination in 2005, though this left-side code (D-6852) will be run at California, Charlotte, Chicago, and Kansas . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in their tires at Michigan . . . the inflation in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR), see the full notes on my Michigan Race Info/Rundown Page.(8-19-2005)

    • Stewart ok after Sprint wreck: Tony Stewart was not hurt when he crashed while leading the Sprint Sizzler at Eldora [he owns] Speedway Wednesday night in Rossburg, Ohio. Stewart lost a right-front tire on the ninth lap and hit the wall creating a melee that also eliminated fellow NASCAR driver Dave Blaney, who was running second. Kasey Kahne, the third Nextel Cup driver in the winged sprint car field, took the lead after the Stewart-Blaney crash but lost it four laps later to eventual race winner Darren Long. Stewart, Kahne and Blaney joined 36 other drivers on the half-mile Eldora Speedway dirt track Stewart purchased in December.(Indianapolis Star)(8-19-2005)

    • Another Johnson UPDATE Sponsor: Jarit Johnson [#48-Jimmie's brother] will be making his first-ever start at Michigan International Speedway and in the ARCA RE/MAX Series on Aug. 19. Johnson will pilot the #5 (currently un-sponsored) Chevy for Bobby Gerhart Racing. Johnson's only prior experience in an ARCA Series car was an August 2004 test session with Gerhart Racing at Chicago Land Speedway. A one-race deal between Johnson and Gerhart was struck just five days before the event. The two came to an agreement in support of Johnson's upcoming efforts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Johnson hopes this race will provide added experience heading into the Craftsman Truck Series. His current race team SS Racing, is planning to enter at least two Craftsman Truck events before the end of the 2005 season.(SS Racing)(8-16-2005)
      UPDATE: Levi Strauss Signature announced that they will sponsor Jarit Johnson in his first-career start in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) on August 19, 2005. The younger brother of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver Jimmie Johnson, Jarit will pilot the No. 5 Chevrolet Monte Carlo owned by Bobby Gerhart Racing.(Alan Taylor Communications)(8-19-2005)


      News from August 18, 2005

    • Jarrett to run Toys for Tots scheme: When Dale Jarrett climbs into the #88 UPS Ford on Sunday, November 6, at Texas Motor Speedway, both he and the car will have a decidedly different look. Bright lime green and tomato red will replace the UPS signature brown as part of a special paint scheme promoting a campaign to raise more than $1 million for Toys for Tots. For Jarrett, the project was a family affair, with his three youngest children, Natalee (17), Karsyn (15) and Zachary (10), creating the car's unique motif, which looks as if children hand-painted the design. Jarrett unveiled the car today at a convention of The UPS Store franchisees. The campaign includes sales of a 1:43-scale limited-edition, die-cast replica of the Toys for Tots car, which will be available exclusively at participating The UPS Store locations for the retail price of $9.95. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots compliments of The UPS Store franchisees, UPS, Dale Jarrett, Robert Yates Racing and Action Performance. Participating The UPS Store locations also will offer customers the opportunity to purchase a Toys for Tots pledge card for only $1, with all proceeds going to support local Toys for Tots activities. Sales of the die-cast cars and pledge cards are expected to generate more than $1 million for Toys for Tots. In addition to participating The UPS Store locations, several racing-related organizations will also serve as toy collection sites for Toys for Tots this holiday season. Robert Yates Racing in Mooresville, NC and Dale Jarrett, Inc. in Hickory, NC will both be collecting toys. Toys will also be accepted at Action Performance's offices in both Concord, NC and Phoenix, AZ. In addition, The UPS Store representatives will collect toys at a special display at the season-ending Ford Championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jarrett will appear in a special public service announcement encouraging support for the Toys for Tots program. The spot, which is expected to begin airing in November, can be viewed at www.racing.ups.com. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity is the authorized fund raising and support organization for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.(More at the Action Performance Toys for Tots page), see am image of the car on my #88 Team Schemes page.(8-18-2005)

    • Eury Jr. to sign with DEI back with #8 UPDATE signed...but which car?: Dale Earnhardt Inc. is negotiating a contract for #15 Crew Chief [was Dale Jr's car chief in 2004] Tony Eury Jr. to become Earnhardt's crew chief [for 2006]. The deal could get signed this week.(Sporting News)(8-15-2005)
      MORE: Tony Eury Jr. was scheduled to meet with Teresa Earnhardt Monday to talk about signing a contract with DEI. Eury said has had talks with several other teams although he would not name names. “Yeah, I probably got about four or five teams and there have been some pretty impressive offers but like I told Dale Jr. I don’t really have a desire to leave this company. It’s just a matter of I want what the going rate is for Tony Jr. I’ve been there for 14 years and I’ve never really asked for a raise so I’m just listening and seeing what people have to say.” Eury Jr. has never had a formal contract with DEI saying “Dale Sr. wanted me to sign a contract about seven years ago and me and him left on a handshake. We had that kind of trust in each other…and like I told him…you don’t ever screw me around and take care of me and I’m always here. I have the same attitude toward Dale Jr.”(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(8-15-2005)
      UPDATE: Teresa Earnhardt, President and CEO of Dale Earnhardt, Inc., and crew chief, Tony Eury, Jr., a 14-year employee of DEI, have announced that Eury Jr. will remain part of the organization for many years to come via a long-term contract that was inked today. "Having such a loyal employee and talented crew chief like Tony as part of DEI on a long-term basis was an important objective for the continuity of our program," said Ms. Earnhardt. "I couldn't be happier," Eury, Jr. said. "I've spent many years with DEI and always planned to be for a long time to come. With all the outside distractions now behind us, we can focus on winning races." For 2006 NASCAR competition, DEI plans to field the #1, #8, and #15 cars on the Nextel Cup Series circuit; and the #8 and #11 cars on the Busch Series circuit.(DEI PR), doesn't say which team/car/driver Eury Jr. will work with.(8-18-2005)

    • Nadeau coaching drivers, wants to race again: Jerry Nadeau returned to California Speedway on Monday and Tuesday, but in a far different role than his last visit in 2003, his last race run before the accident at Richmond. Instead of racing around the Fontana track like he did for seven years, Nadeau was serving as a driving coach for Adrian Fernandez, the open-wheel standout who will compete in the Busch race Sept. 3. The biggest question is trying to determine whether racing will ever play a role in his life. He has the desire - "I wish we had a second car here so that I could race against Adrian." - but questions remain whether he is physically fit to compete." Nadeau readily admits he lives with a constant tingling feeling on the left side of his body, the direct result of the hit to the right side of the brain. "It's like when your arm or leg falls asleep," Nadeau said in trying to explain the sensation. "It's there all the time. If I really focus on something, I can barely feel it. When I work out, I feel it even more as the brain works to try and connect those nerves. I'm getting better. I'm not a 100 percent. I would say about 70." Nadeau is working for car owner Rick Hendrick, coaching the Busch Series drivers. In addition to Fernandez, Nadeau has worked with Hendrick drivers Boston Reid and Blake Feese. The 35-year-old Nadeau said he plans to approach Hendrick about a possible test later this year in the Busch car. "The perfect scenario would be to test this year and then some Busch or Cup races next year," he said. Advising or instructing drivers isn't one of the career goals. Nadeau knows his limitations. "I can't engage in long talks or conversations," he said. "My speech isn't that good. The brain doesn't think as good as it used to." Racing remains a big part of Nadeau's like, but if he can't get back behind the wheel, he will look at other opportunities.(full story and quotes at Inland Valley Daily Bulletin), see past news on Jerry on my Jerry Nadeau page.(8-18-2005)

    • Rusty and Martin to be honored at MIS on Sunday: When the green flag drops for the GFS Marketplace 400 on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, two drivers who have accomplished so much on the 2-mile oval, Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin, will be saying their final good-byes and racing in their final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at MIS [well....maybe not Martin]. Wallace and Martin are no strangers to success at MIS with a combined 15 victories between the two of them. Wallace has seven wins (5 Cup, 1 IROC, 1 ASA) and Martin eight (4 Cup, 2 Busch, 1 IROC, 1 ASA) at MIS, making them two of the most successful drivers in track history. Both drivers will be looking for one last victory at MIS in Wallace's 'Rusty's Last Call' and Martin's 'Salute To You' campaigns. At approximately 2:00pm/et MIS will honor Wallace and Martin during pre-race ceremonies prior to the GFS Marketplace 400. Both drivers will be presented a framed photo collage of memorable wins at MIS by track President Brett Shelton and have a chance to address the MIS crowd and thank them for all of their support during their two annual stops in the Irish Hills. Both drivers will then ride separate trucks to give an opportunity for one last salute to the great MIS fans. In addition, fans will also get a chance to see Wallace appear in MIS' all-inclusive Victory Lane Club prior to the GFS Marketplace 400 on August 21. Wallace will perform question and answer sessions for fans who have purchased the Fan Hospitality package. Guests who wish to purchase fan hospitality packages or already have tickets and would like to upgrade to a fan hospitality package are encouraged to contact the ticket office at (800) 354-1010.(MIS PR)(8-18-2005)

    • Casting rumors about Ferrell's NASCAR movie: Here are unsubstantiated rumors on the still-unnamed Will Ferrell movie being filmed in Charlotte this fall. Filmstew.com reports that Oscar nominees John C. Reilly -- the terrific character actor who's appeared in "The Aviator" and "Chicago" -- and Michael Clarke Duncan -- perhaps best known for "The Green Mile" -- are in the cast.And the Web site says Ferrell's character, Ricky Bobby, is an "all-or-nothing NASCAR driver who either races to first place or doesn't finish the race at all." His arch-rival, the Web site says, is "a gay French driver who comes stateside to dominate NASCAR."(Charlotte Observer)(8-18-2005)

    • Stewart turns over his hearse: #20-Tony Stewart quietly turned over a pair of cars from his collection to celebrity customizer Will Castro a few weeks ago at the 16th Street Speedway in Indianapolis. The first car, a Lamborghini, didn’t raise many eyebrows, as A-list athletes and cool cars go together like peanut butter and jelly. In fact, Castro has worked on more Lamborghinis then he can remember. But the second ride was a little different -- a baby blue1984 Cadillac Brougham hearse. Yes, that kind of hearse. Intrigued by the challenge, however, Castro and his crew from Unique Autosports in New York believe they are up to the task of customizing the unusual car for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points leader. “This will be, at the very least, a five-month project,” said Castro, whose show Unique Whips airs Wednesday nights on SPEED Channel at 9:00pm/et/pt. “We will do a complete job inside and out -- new wheels, new tires and custom paint. We’ll add a custom top, an all new interior with a home entertainment system, plasma screens and a wet bar. It will be crazy.” Stewart, who purchased the car in Cincinnati “just to mess with people,” trusts Castro and his team to have some fun with the car. “I’m not going to tell Will what to do,” Stewart said. “That would be like Will telling me how to drive. He is a genius and this is what he does.”(Speed Channel)(8-18-2005)


      News from August 17, 2005

    • Good News: former NASCAR Winston West racing veteran ST James Davis left Loma Linda Hospital and returned to his West Covina home August 16th. A large gathering of friends and the media were standing in his front yard to cheer on his homecoming. Davis, along with his wife LaDonna, were brutally attacked by two chimpanzees last March 3d while visiting the Animal Haven Ranch, a sanctuary for retired zoo animals, near Bakersfield. They were there to celebrate Moe the chimpanzee's 39th birthday. The Davises adopted Moe at birth and raised him like the son they never had.(full story and a way to help Davis at RacingWest and more at the Press Telegram)(8-17-2005)

    • Despain, Vickers Join Inside Nextel Cup: Dave Despain, host of the popular SPEED Channel show Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain (Sundays at 9:00pm/et) takes over as host of Inside NEXTEL Cup, beginning Sept. 12 at 8:00pm/et. In addition, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Brian Vickers replaces Johnny Benson on the weekly Monday night panel show that dissects the weekend's racing action from the drivers' perspective. "Inside NEXTEL Cup is the longest running NASCAR program on the network, so we have been very careful in considering any changes," said Chris Long, SPEED Channel VP of Studio Production. "Allen, Michael, Johnny and Ken have been doing this show for nearly 10 years and there certainly is a comfort level and chemistry between all four of them and the television audience. However, we felt it was the appropriate time to update the panel and rededicate the show to delivering a true insider's view of each race," Long added. "We are going to use everything at our disposal technically and creatively to bring race fans the inside story on why real-time decisions were made during the heat of battle."
      Despain, who continues as host of Wind Tunnel, plans to approach his new role from a fan's point of view. "After every race, there are two basic questions I ask myself," Despain said. "What really happened and why did it happen? We've certainly got the right guys to give us the answers -- it's going to be up to me to ask the right questions."
      In adding Vickers, Long hopes to offer Inside NEXTEL Cup viewers fresh perspective from the next generation of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers. "I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the new format for the program," Vickers said. "I've enjoyed the show in the past and look forward to finding my own unique role with Dave and the cast to provide an additional perspective to the viewers." In additions to changes to the cast and minor tweaks to the set, Inside NEXTEL Cup also will look to use more in-car audio and graphic elements to break down all the key moments from the weekend's race.(SPEED Channel)(8-17-2005)

    • Benny to be inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame: NASCAR champion Benny Parsons and Indianapolis 500 winner Tom Sneva, two of the most popular drivers in American motor sports, will be among a group of nine racing personalities inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America on Thursday [August 18th] in Detroit. Better known as a TV [NBC/TNT] racing analyst by today's viewers, Parsons won the 1973 Winston Cup championship in one of stock car racing's most dramatic finishes. He also won the 1975 Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600 and the final race at Ontario Motor Speedway, the 1980 L.A. Times 500. Other inductees: Hurley Haywood; Tommy Ivo; Danny Foster; Jay Springsteen; NASCAR's John Holman and Ralph Moody; Indy 500 winner Troy Ruttman. The nine will join 126 already enshrined in the Motorsports Hall of Fame in Novi, Mich.(Los Angeles Times)(8-17-2005)
      UPDATE: been told that Benny Parsons will not attend the ceromonies due to the death of his father.(8-17-2005)

    • #38 scheme at MIS: Elliott Sadler will run the Pedigree Dog Food scheme this week at Michigan.(Elevation Group/M&M Motorsportss PR)(8-17-2005)

    • Spencer in the #66 at Michigan IMAGE: Peak Performance Motorsports announced that Jimmy Spencer will drive the #66 Arbor Mortgage Ford next weekend in Michigan for the GFS Marketplace 400. Arbor Mortgage will launch a promotion in conjunction with its sponsorship, offering to the pay one randomly drawn entrant's mortgage for one year, contingent on Spencer's finish. Mike Garvey will return as the driver of the #66 at Bristol and is scheduled to complete the season with the team. Entrants can register for the promotion at www.arbormortgage.com, beginning August 12, for an opportunity to win their mortgage paid for one year by Arbor Mortgage. If Spencer finishes in the Top-10, a randomly drawn entrant will win. For more information, visit the Arbor Mortgage website. Spencer, one of only 13 drivers to win in the Cup, Busch and Truck Series, will attempt to make his fourth start of the season, and first with PPM. This season Spencer is driving the #2 ASE Certified Dodge Ram full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and is a contender to win his first championship in one of NASCAR's premier series.(PSE-3)(8-12-2005)
      IMAGE: see an image of the scheme on my #66 Team Schemes page.(8-17-2005)

    • Driver Dies: On Tuesday August 16, 2005 at 8:30am Kevin Doty passed away as a result of massive head injuries received from a racing accident on Sunday August 14, 2005 at Angell Park Speedway. The Family would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers. Funeral arrangements are pending at Runge's Funeral Home, Davenport IA. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.(8-17-2005)

    • Andretti in the #4? UPDATE for MIS: NASCAR.com entry list has John Andretti in the #4 Lucas Oil / Morgan McClure Chevy for the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway. No word on if it a one-race deal or what Mike Wallace's status is with the team.(8-16-2005)
      UPDATE: Morgan-McClure President and Team Manager Larry McClure announced today, "In an effort to seek improvement in overall track performance we are looking at every aspect involved in fielding a car in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series. It has been decided to look at different approaches as to why the performance of our car is not where it should be. We have built new cars and improved on the performance of our engines and we still seem to be lacking somewhere. We need answers on how to get better so we decided to put someone else in the car to get feedback from his perspective and go from there." McClure continued, "We have asked John Andretti to help us with this task and he has accepted. John has been in the sport for several years and we feel his experience can help point us in the right direction for improvement. The Andretti name has been synonymous with racing for a number of years and we are proud to have John with us as part of our team." Andretti has been at the shop today getting to know the team and installing his seats in the Michigan cars. When asked about the opportunity to drive the Lucas Oil Chevy he said, "It's hard to sit back and watch everyone else have fun every weekend and I'm looking forward to coming back out with Morgan-McClure. They've been part of NASCAR for a long time and have a winning history. Hopefully, we can come out and have a good solid weekend. That will be the only way we will have a good time and we are looking forward to having a good time." Regarding the upcoming race at the team's home track of Bristol, McClure says, "I have asked Mike (Wallace) to drive the Lucas Oil Chevy at Bristol. Mike had a good run for us at Bristol in the spring race even though we were wrecked and we feel he will give us a good solid run there again at our hometown track."(Morgan-McClure PR)
      AND Mike Wallace confirmed Tuesday night with Motorsports Lounge that for the third time this season, Morgan McClure Motorsports has decided to remove Mike from the seat of the #4 Lucas Oil Chevy and put in another driver. This weekend the car will be piloted by John Andretti. At both Sonoma and Watkins Glen, the team owners decided to put in 'road race expert' P.J. Jones in hopes of getting decent finishes. Unfortunately, the move backfired as they finished 32nd at Sonoma and 42nd at Watkins Glen. The team is giving John Andretti the best car in their stables as well as a superior motor with loads more horsepower than the last time the team was at Michigan. With this car and motor combination, the expectations for a good finish are high. According to Mike Wallace, he will be back in the car for Bristol.(Mike Wallace Board/Motorsportslounge.com)(8-17-2005)

    • Kenny Wallace to a new team? MORE: during Speed Channel's Inside Nextel Cup show, Kenny Wallace mentioned he would be driving some races for Joe Garone and Furniture Row Racing in some Cup races this year, that is why Johnny Benson will drive Michael Waltrip's #00 State Fair Corn Dogs Chevy at Michigan this weekend. Furniture Row Racing is running a limited Busch Series schedule in 2005 with Jerry Robertson and is based in Colorado. Supposedly Wallace's first race with the team will be at Dover International Speedway in September. Also hearing championship crew chief and former winning team owner Andy Petree will be the crew chief for Wallace.(8-16-2005)
      UPDATE: Kenny Wallace will not be driving the #00 MWR car in the Michigan Nextel Cup race. The Reason is the #00 for Michigan has been outsourced to BDR [Bill Davis Racing]. BDR will use it's complete #23 car team and driver (truck series driver Johnny Benson) to run the race. This does not effect the rest of the year or the relationship with MWR.(Kenny Wallace site)(8-17-2005)

    • Kinser to drive for MB2 Motorsports in ARCA at MIS: World of Outlaws racer, Kraig Kinser, who joined MB2 Motorsports' driver development program this season, will compete in Friday's ARCA event, the Hantz Group 200 -- at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The 20-year-old son of legendary sprint car racer, Steve Kinser, is coming off an emotional weekend. He won Sunday night's Knoxville Nationals main feature at the half-mile oval in central Iowa, the most prestigious race in the World of Outlaws Series. Kinser's ARCA team will be a joint venture between MB2 Motorsports and Andy Hillenburg Racing. Kinser will drive the #10 Chevrolet with sponsorship from CENTRIX Financial, U.S. Army and Checkers/Rally's. Doug Randolph, MB2's driver development manager, will be Kinser's crew chief. The team will also receive support from members of MB2's #01 and #10 Nextel Cup teams. Kinser, the 2004 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year, completed four test sessions in an ARCA car -- at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Lakeland (Fla.) Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway and MIS.(MB2 Motorsports PR)(8-17-2005)

    • MAXIMum Exposure for McMurray: MAXIM Magazine invited Jamie McMurray to Michigan International Speedway on Monday to test drive the magazine's top-10 picks for the best cars of 2006. The feature will appear in the November issue.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(8-17-2005)

    • Kyle Busch Fined, Placed on Probation for Watkins Glen Infraction: NASCAR announced today that Kyle Busch, driver of the #5 Chevy in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, has been fined $10,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31 for an infraction last week at Watkins Glen International. Busch was fined for hitting another competitor’s car [#37 Lazzaro] after the completion of the race, a violation of Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series rule book.(NASCAR PR)(8-17-2005)

    • Ernie Irvan MIS Walk to feature Celebrities TODAY: NASCAR legend Ernie Irvan is only days away from the most important victory lap of his life - the inaugural Leadership and Awareness to Promote Safety (LAPS) Walk, set to take place next Wednesday, August 17 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Michigan. Other NASCAR legends including Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Bobby Labonte, Jerry Nadeau, Ned Jarrett, Benny Parsons and Bobby and Donny Allison will join Irvan and the hundreds of supporters who have registered to walk alongside them on the track at MIS.
      Created as a partnership between the Brain Injury Association of Michigan and Irvan's non-profit organization, Race2Safety, the LAPS Walk aims to raise money for and awareness of brain injury and to bring traumatic brain injury to the forefront of consciousness in the minds of Americans. Irvan suffered two traumatic brain injuries at MIS during his racing career, the second of which prompted his early retirement. "Having this inaugural event at MIS is a testimony to those living with brain injuries", said Irvan. "I am truly appreciative of the support everyone has shown - especially those who have registered to walk and the sponsors who have joined me in this mission." Lifetime Products will donate $1 dollar to the cause in the name of each individual who visits their website, www.tailgateofalifetime.com, and registers their name. More info on my Racing Charity Page.(8-11/17-2005)


      News from August 16, 2005

    • Hall of Fame Racing gets a sponsor: Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach are going Nextel Cup racing in 2006. The former Cowboys quarterbacks and their Hall of Fame Racing team reached agreement with Texas Instruments, which will become the primary sponsor next season. The sponsorship branding on the car is TI's DLP Products technology for high-definition TV. Aikman also announced the team has a partnership agreement with Joe Gibbs Racing. JGR will supply Chevrolet engines, equipment and technology to Hall of Fame Racing. Aikman first announced his plans to own a NASCAR team with Staubach in January 2003 at Texas Motor Speedway. Staubach said the team wants to attract a name driver. "The pressure is on us," Staubach said. "Our task is to find a driver and crew chief we can build a program around. The Cup garage is loaded with talented and dedicated racers." Saunders, a former Trans-Am racer, said the team hopes to announce a driver and crew chief within two months. "We've had several top drivers contact us," Saunders said. "They realize we have one of the best new seats in NASCAR. We have a world-class sponsor in TI and brother-sister relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing. That's going to help us get quality people." Hall of Fame Racing announced plans last year to work with Hendrick Motorsports, but Aikman and Saunders said Monday the deal with JGR was a better fit. Saunders said the team plans to hire about 40 employees for its first season. Aikman said the team's corporate headquarters will remain in Dallas at the offices of The Staubach Co., but the race shop will be in suburban Charlotte, N.C., near most of the other NASCAR teams. Aikman said the car colors and number haven't been determined.(Dallas Morning News), see past news on the HOF Racing Team page.(8-16-2005)

    • Roush not letting Busch go in 2006 UPDATE well.....maybe...: Nextel Cup champion #97-Kurt Busch will be back to fulfill the final year of his contract with Roush Racing because his car owner will not let him go early. Jack Roush said Busch sought a release for 2006 after telling him earlier this week that he had a deal for 2007 with Roger Penske. "He said, 'I don't want to negotiate with you for 2007,'" Roush recalled Friday at Watkins Glen International. "I said, OK, and he said, 'I want to be released for 2006.' I said not OK." Busch said he understood that and is focused on winning another title or two before moving to Penske. He has called the Penske ride an "opportunity of a lifetime," and a challenge to prove he can win with a different team. He's hoping something still can be worked out that will permit him to move into the #2 Dodge next season, but didn't sound optimistic. "It's Jack's decision," he said. "We'll see what happens."(ESPN.com/AP)(8-13-2005)
      UPDATE - well...maybe: [#6, #16, #17, #97, #99] Car owner Jack Roush is still thinking about letting Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch out of the final year of his contract in 2006. "We will consider releasing him, but it's not presumed that we will," Roush said Monday at Darlington Raceway [Gong Show]. "We've got to consider ... the interests of our sponsors and the commitments we've made to our sponsors and to our people within the organization ... to see how it all fits together if we decide to have Kurt drive the #97 car. Right now, the presumption is that he'll be in the car in 2006 because that's a commitment he's made to me and I've made commitments to others around that," Roush said. Last week, Busch signed a deal to drive for Roger Penske in 2007 and asked Roush to be released from his current contract after this season. Roush already faces a high-profile opening next season with Mark Martin's pending retirement. Roush signed Jamie McMurray to replace Martin in 2007 but does not have anyone lined up to drive the #6 car next year. McMurray wants to leave Chip Ganassi Racing after 2005 but can't get out of the final year of his agreement. Roush said that's OK with him. "I don't want Jamie McMurray to drive for me in 2006," the owner said. "I want him to do exactly for Chip Ganassi what he's agreed to do, and I don't want to interfere with that. There's no circumstance under which I would consider a bargain or try to make a deal for that to happen." Roush understood that Busch had a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to go with Penske. Still, "the thing with Kurt's been tough," Roush said. "He's been a challenge in a lot of ways. A lot of talented, bright and effective people are. He knows what he's looking for and is impatient with the things that don't line up for him."(ESPN.com/AP)(8-15-2005)
      MORE “And we will consider releasing him, but it’s not presumed that we will,” Roush said. “We’ve got to consider the interest of our sponsors and commitments we’ve made to our sponsors and our people within the organization to see how it all fits together. If we decide to have Kurt drive that No. 97 car in 2006, in order to make all of our commitments, to make us have the best prospect of being successful and viable from a business point of view, then we’ll ask him to keep his commitment.” Roush said it is possible the sponsors for the #97 could ask him to release Busch so their money doesn’t support a lame-duck driver next season. “There’s a lot of things that might happen,” he said. “Right now, the presumption is (Kurt will) be in that car in 2006. That is the commitment he’s made to me and I’ve made commitments to others around that.”(The State)(8-16-2005)

    • Raines in the #37 at MIS; Lepage released: R&J Racing released driver Kevin Lepage from his driving duties for the #37 BoSPOKER.netDodge Charger effective immediately. Lepage has been the driver for the R&J Racing Team since late last year. Lepage will be replaced by veteran driver Tony Raines who has 49 career starts and one top-10 finish in his four year NASCAR Nextel Cup career. Raines will run the #37 BoSPOKER.net Dodge Charger at this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway. The decision to make a driver change was a hard one for owners John Cater and Roger Craven but one they felt the team needed to make.
      "This was a very tough decision for John and I to make, but one we felt needed to be made for the team," said Craven. "We cannot thank Kevin enough for all he has done to get this team where it is today. Without him, there's no telling where we would be. We felt the chemistry just wasn't there. John and I decided that we needed to make a driver change and felt Tony Raines would be the right choice for us." Lepage who has been with the team since late last year was disappointed with the decision, but under stands the owner's decision in trying to find the right driver/team combination. "I am not happy with the decision but I can understand where they are coming from," said Lepage. "No driver likes to lose their ride. I am going to miss the guys in the shop. I'd like to thank John Carter and Roger Craven for the opportunity they gave me. We started out with one car and no sponsorship and now the team has a handful of cars and has been able to find sponsorship for the rest of the year. To help build this team from nothing and to have helped bring them to this point has been a great feeling for me. I think Tony will do a good job behind the wheel. I have a couple irons in the fire and I look forward to getting back out on the track. I wish John and Roger all the best."(Integrated Marketing Solutions PR), Raines had been listed in the #92 Front Row Motorsports car, now Eric McClure is in that ride for MIS.(8-16-2005)

    • A parade for Stewart: Indiana native and NASCAR star Tony Stewart was ushered through Columbus, IN atop an antique fire truck Monday in a parade attended by thousands of adoring fans. "This just isn't a parade for me," said Stewart, addressing the crowd from the steps of City Hall. "This town has backed me and supported me. This parade is for the city of Columbus." The parade offered local residents a chance to thank the man who moved back to Columbus, one of two Indiana towns that claim him as a native, after years of living closer to his racing headquarters in North Carolina. Stewart has won five of the past seven NASCAR Nextel Cup races and leads the season points standings. Gov. Mitch Daniels, in his famous recreational vehicle, joined the parade. "As a devoted Tony Stewart fan," Daniels said, "I would've been glad to sit here on the sidewalk tonight."(Indianapolis Star)(8-16-2005)

    • Lazzaro and #37 team not happy with Kyle Busch: Anthony Lazzaro completed the full 92 laps and finished 28th in the #37 Tequila Patron Dodge at Watkins Glen. But a post-race incident with Nextel Cup rookie #5-Kyle Busch spoiled what had been a successful day. "The punk crashed me on the cooldown lap. It just shows me this guy never built or worked on a car," Lazzaro said of Kurt Busch's younger brother. "We don't go out and try to wreck other people's equipment." Lazzaro said the trouble may have resulted when the two made contact late in the race. Lazzaro admitted he made some mistakes, the result of not having enough spotters. He said he got into Scott Pruett and drove underneath Ken Schrader at different points of the race. The #37 crew was so fired up over the incident a fight almost erupted with Kyle Busch's #5 Kellogg Chevrolet crew. The #37's acting crew chief, Glenn Darrow, had to calm his guys down by saying, "We're not going to start anything. But if they want to start something, we'll finish it."(Elmira Star Gazette)(8-16-2005)

    • Another Johnson: Jarit Johnson [#48-Jimmie's brother] will be making his first-ever start at Michigan International Speedway and in the ARCA RE/MAX Series on Aug. 19. Johnson will pilot the #5 (currently un-sponsored) Chevy for Bobby Gerhart Racing. Johnson's only prior experience in an ARCA Series car was an August 2004 test session with Gerhart Racing at Chicago Land Speedway. A one-race deal between Johnson and Gerhart was struck just five days before the event. The two came to an agreement in support of Johnson's upcoming efforts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Johnson hopes this race will provide added experience heading into the Craftsman Truck Series. His current race team SS Racing, is planning to enter at least two Craftsman Truck events before the end of the 2005 season.(SS Racing)(8-16-2005)

    • Helton to be Featured Speaker at AARWBA Dinner: NASCAR President Mike Helton will be the featured speaker at the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association's 36th annual All-America Team dinner, Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis. AARWBA is the country's oldest and largest organization of motorsports media professionals. The dinner, honoring the champion drivers from stock car, open-wheel, short track, drag and road racing and touring series, will mark the official conclusion of AARWBA's 50th Anniversary Celebration. Helton will share his important insights with AARWBA members and guests in Indianapolis one day after the annual NASCAR NEXTEL Cup awards ceremony in New York City. AARWBA members voted NASCAR's founding France Family as Newsmaker of the Half-Century, the headline event of the 50th Anniversary Celebration. The All-America Team of drivers is elected by AARWBA members. The top vote-getter from the various classes will be announced at the dinner as winner of AARWBA's No. 1 honor, the Jerry Titus Memorial Award. IRL champion Tony Kanaan was the 2004 Titus winner and attended last January's Team dinner to accept. Tickets, for the general public as well as media and sponsors, are available more info at the aarwba.org web site, click on the 'banquet' link.(AARWBA)(8-16-2005)


      News from August 15, 2005

    • PEO Pros extends sponsorship to MIS on the #34: PEO Pros and Mach 1 Racing extended their one race deal to sponsor PJ Jones in the #34 Monte Carlo for the Cup race at Michigan International Speedway this coming weekend. Chris Edwards, owner of Mach 1 Racing, commented, “PEO Pros has been really helpful. I spoke with the owner today and he is already working on another potential sponsor for us from his field. Look for another sponsor on the car soon, maybe as soon as Bristol.” PEO Pros CEO John Tenney said, "We wish to share the great experience we’ve had sponsoring Mach 1 and PJ with our PEO partners. Our website traffic has not only increased, we are also getting some serious business inquiries.” There have been many inquiries from other drivers and teams looking for sponsors. Tenney is rather disappointed with this strategy. “As for you drivers looking for sponsors, let me give you a tip. Calling someone who just made a deal is not a good way to make friends in the industry. The sponsor has already allocated their marketing money and the current driver is not too happy with you. If you really want to find a sponsor, look at the recent sponsor’s field of business, get a picture of the car with the logo and go to their competition and say ‘Look what your competitor is doing.’ That will not only have a better chance of success, it’s better for NASCAR because you will bring new sponsors in, rather than trying to steal existing sponsors. PJ Jones is our primary driver. PJ is the person who brought me in to NASCAR 10 years ago. There is loyalty there.” Although several of the requests have come from other drivers looking for sponsors, they are also getting many inquiries as to What Is PEO Pros and What Do They Do, for more info, see peo-pros.com website.(PR)(8-15-2005)

    • Eury Jr. to sign with DEI back with #8 MORE: Dale Earnhardt Inc. is negotiating a contract for #15 Crew Chief [was Dale Jr's car chief in 2004] Tony Eury Jr. to become Earnhardt's crew chief [for 2006]. The deal could get signed this week.(Sporting News)(8-15-2005)
      MORE: Tony Eury Jr. was scheduled to meet with Teresa Earnhardt Monday to talk about signing a contract with DEI. Eury said has had talks with several other teams although he would not name names. “Yeah, I probably got about four or five teams and there have been some pretty impressive offers but like I told Dale Jr. I don’t really have a desire to leave this company. It’s just a matter of I want what the going rate is for Tony Jr. I’ve been there for 14 years and I’ve never really asked for a raise so I’m just listening and seeing what people have to say.” Eury Jr. has never had a formal contract with DEI saying “Dale Sr. wanted me to sign a contract about seven years ago and me and him left on a handshake. We had that kind of trust in each other…and like I told him…you don’t ever screw me around and take care of me and I’m always here. I have the same attitude toward Dale Jr.”(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(8-15-2005)

    • Miller takes over as #07 Crew Chief: Scott Miller will assume the crew chief duties for Richard Childress Racing's (RCR) #07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet and driver Dave Blaney effective immediately. Miller moves over to the #07 camp after being team manager/engineer for RCR's #29 GM Goodwrench Chevy and driver Kevin Harvick. He boasts two career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series wins as a crew chief, most recently in April at Bristol Motor Speedway where he led Harvick to Victory Lane in Todd Berrier's absence. The Bardstown, Ky., native also won in March of 2003 at the famed Darlington Raceway while calling the shots for Ricky Craven [when in the #32]. "The performance of the Jack Daniel's team was not where we expected it to be so we decided to make this change and bring Scott Miller over from the Goodwrench team to be the crew chief for the (No.) 07 team," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "Scott brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to the Jack Daniel's team. He called the GM Goodwrench team's victory this year at Bristol when Todd was out so he knows how to win races as a crew chief at the NEXTEL Cup level. We want to give Dave Blaney the best opportunity we can and I think moving Scott in as crew chief for him is a step in the right direction." Former crew chief Philippe Lopez has been offered a position in RCR's research and development department. Andy Street will fill Miller's former role with the GM Goodwrench Team.(RCR)(8-15-2005)

    • Dale Jr. Sorry about DJ: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., even after a 10th place finish, was still a bit bummed out after the race at Watkins Glen. "I'm just real disappointed I got into Dale Jarrett in the race there, spun him around, he got in the wall," Earnhardt said of a lap 26 mishap, in which he got into the back of the #88 coming off the carousel. "That's bothering me right now more than anything, because we're pretty good friends. It's hard going out there and racing people you've got so much respect for. I should've been thinking about that when he was in front of me I guess."(Corning Leader)(8-15-2005)

    • I Do: A Buffalo couple decided Victory Lane at Watkins Glen International Raceway was the perfect place to hold a Dale Earnhardt Jr.-themed wedding. The bridesmaids, groomsman and groom were decked out in red and black. A young ring barer carried a pillow shaped like Earnhardt's #8 car down the aisle, leading the bride, dressed in white, to the platform where Stewart later celebrated Sunday's Nextel Cup victory.(Allentown Morning Call)(8-15-2005)

    • Erwin Wins Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Race Award at Watkins Glen: Robby Gordon and the # 7 Jim Beam team scored one of the season's best comebacks this weekend at Watkins Glen International. After starting in 39th place, Gordon, with guidance from crew chief Greg Erwin, hustled through the glen's twists and turns to score a runner-up finish. His second-place run in the Sirius Satellite at the Glen marked his fifth top-10 in seven races at the 2.45 mile road course and his first top-10 of the 2005 season. For bringing Gordon through the pack, Erwin was voted the Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Race.
      "It took everybody at Robby Gordon Motorsports working to give Robby the best car on the track this weekend to bring him from the back to the front," said Erwin after the race. "Robby showed what a great race car driver he really is coming from the back today. We had a plan we stuck to it and didn't panic. Thankfully for us, things worked out the way they did. We were able to run right there with (Tony Stewart) at the end of the race, two great road course drivers in two pretty cool road course cars."
      "We didn't know what kind of fuel mileage we were going to get, so our first pit stop we stayed out longer than we should have to calculate our mileage and see if we could make it to the end on one more stop. That bit us a little bit. We basically had to restart in 30th again. Robby drove through field and our fuel mileage was good enough to get us on cycle and allow us to pit with the leaders. Robby took it from there."
      The panel of voters, including a Wypall Wipers representative and Robbie Reiser, gave their vote to Erwin as the Crew Chief of the Race for his tactful comeback. Doug Richert leads the Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Year standings with five wins. Alan Gustafson, Bob Osborne, Greg Zipadelli and Robbie Loomis are tied for second place with two wins. Tommy Baldwin, Scott Miller, Fatback McSwain, Steve Hmiel, Jimmy Fennig, Greg Erwin and Pete Rondeau are in a tie for third place, each with one win. At the end of the season, the crew chief with the most weekly wins will receive $20,000. Fans can also vote for their choice at wypall.com.(SMC 500)(8-15-2005)

    • New Camber Rule starting at MIS: NASCAR has finally stepped in to eradicate the excessive tire problems teams have experienced this season--and remove some of the heat from Goodyear in the process. A new camber rule will be in place starting this weekend at Michigan that limits the angle of the front tires to 8 degrees. "We've had tire issues this summer at Pocono and Indy (because of) excessive camber," says Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "Some teams were on the mark, but others were way off." NASCAR already has a rear camber rule of 2 degrees and checks cars with a camber gauge during inspection.(Sporting News)(8-15-2005)

    • Evernham still looking for 3rd team driver: Ray Evernham, who will start a third team next year with [#10] Valvoline sponsorship, says he still has not settled on a driver for the car. He indicated he would consider doing what he has done with his Busch team this year -- trying out different drivers in the seat. "We're still talking to several people, and we're not locked in yet," he said. "I can tell you I'm not talking to anybody got contracts two or three years out, for the record. Hopefully we're getting closer, but again, I won't say I've got to have a driver by this date. I've had fun running tons of drivers through the 6 car [Busch] this year, so who knows, The 10 car might end up like that."(Speed Channel)(8-15-2005)

    • Harvick waiting before re-upping with RCR: #29-Kevin Harvick is one of the biggest-name drivers who is not signed up for 2007. Harvick says his contract with Childress is up at the end of the 2006 season - the same as Busch and Jamie McMurray. Harvick says he wants to see some improvements in the Childress camp before he resumes contract renegotiations with Childress. Harvick has General Motors ties through Childress and through his own Busch and Truck programs, and those GM sponsorships are also at stake [not returning to his Truck Series team]. "Richard and I have a deal and I will fulfill that, and hopefully into the future, so there's no point in talking about doing anything different, because this is what I'm doing," Harvick said. However Harvick has not been pleased with his performance this season and says he wants to see improvements before he signs any new contract with Childress: "It's not that I'm unhappy, I just want to see some improvements. I want to see what all these changes do. I don't want to get into a situation where we make changes and it gets worse."(Winston Salem Journal)(8-15-2005)



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