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News from September 11, 2005
- A Chase Refresher: This is the second year of NASCAR's playoff-style system for determining its Nextel Cup champion. Here's how it works:
• Following the 26th race of the season, the top 10 drivers plus any within 400 points of the leader are broken out for a 10-race showdown called Chase for the Nextel Cup championship.
• The leader's points are bumped up to 5,050 entering the 27th race. Each subsequent place among the Chase drivers also has its points reset, but in incremental five-point drops; so the second-place driver starts the Chase with 5045, the next with 5040, and so on.
• Drivers not involved in the Chase will continue to compete through the end of the season. While the resetting of points puts the championship out of their reach, they still have something to race for -- the driver who finishes the season in 11th place will win $250,000 and the right to attend the year-end banquet in New York.
• Under NASCAR's scoring rules, the maximum a driver can score at one race is 190 points, while the second-place driver can earn no more than 180.(ESPN.com RPM/AP)(9-11-2005)
- Last time Brothers won, back-to-back? Kyle Busch won last week at California Speedway and brother Kurt Busch won the race at Richmond this week, becoming hte first brothers to win races back-to-back since August 1995 when Bobby Labonte won at Michigan and the following week Terry Labonte won at Bristol. Looked it up...so you didn't have to....(9-11-2005)
- 12 in the 2006 Chase? A team Cap? There were rumors in the Nextel Cup garage at Richmond International Raceway that the field for the Chase for the Nextel Cup could grow from 10 to 12 next season. The argument is based on the fact that there have been at least 12 drivers in contention for a Chase berth up until the final laps of the final race of the "regular season." And it would be two more chances to get top drawing cards like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon into the run for the title if they struggled at some point during the season as they both have this year. NASCAR president Mike Helton said sanctioning body officials will review the Chase at the end of the season to see if adjustments to the format are warranted. "When it was all said and done last year and the dust had settled, we took a look at things and were pretty pleased," he said. "We'll do the same thing at the end of this year. But I can't see anything major coming along."(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
AND NASCAR is looking at putting a cap on the number of Nextel Cup teams that can be owned by one organization, chairman Brian France said Saturday. France said the consideration was not prompted by the fact Roush Racing has five drivers inside the top 10 heading into Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway. France said he is more concerned new owners won’t be able to break into the sport if they feel it’s impossible to compete without a minimum of three teams. France did not indicate what the cap number might be, but he said existing teams would not be penalized “for operating within the rules.” France doesn’t anticipate significant changes, if any at all, to the points system used to determine the championship chase. He said there are no plans to extend the 400-point cutoff. The only adjustment he could see would be awarding more points for the winner.(The State)(9-11-2005)
- Marlin to MB2 in 2006? UPDATE 4 Done Deal: hearing that Sterling Marlin could be part of the MB2 Motorsports stable of drivers in 2006, replacing Scott Riggs. MB2 is also grooming 20-year-old World of Outlaws driver Kraig Kinser. The 20-year-old driver is part of MB2's driver development program and will make his MB2 debut today in the ARCA race at Michigan International Speedway. He qualified second for the ARCA event. Kinser, son of racing legend Steve Kinser, won Sunday's Knoxville National in central Iowa, the most prestigious
event in the World of Outlaws series.
the #10 Valvoline team with driver Scott Riggs is losing Valvoline as the sponsor and will change car numbers, hearing either #35 or #02, rumored sponsors include: Allstate, Big Lots or/and State Farm. Riggs had a contract extension on the table, but MB2 recently pulled it. Riggs could end up in Evernham Motorsports #10 Valvoline Dodge.(Jayski)(8-19-2005)
UPDATE: Sterling Marlin has talked to MB2 Motorsports about taking over what's now the #10 car for next season. MB2 Motorsports GM Jay Frye says Marlin is on his short list. Sponsorship and a car number have not been decided, but the team has petitioned NASCAR for 02 or 35. Current driver Scott Riggs, who finished a career-high second at Michigan, is expected to continue with Valvoline and the No. 10 at Evernham Motorsports.(Sporting News)(8-22-2005)
UPDATE 2: Sterling Marlin appears headed to MB2 Motorsports next season as a teammate of Joe Nemechek, although the veteran racer from Columbia said yesterday the deal is not finalized. "It's a good team with a good engine program," Marlin said. "Joe has won with it." Marlin is expected to take over the team's #10 Chevrolet [will be #35 or #02] currently driven by Scott Riggs. Riggs will move [with the car #10 and Valvoline] to Evernham Motorsports next year. "We're still talking," Marlin said of MB2. "We should know something soon."(Tennessean)(8-27-2005)
UPDATE 3: been told the announcement will be soon, Marlin to the #35 Chevy for MB2 Motorsports.(9-3-2005)
UPDATE 4: Sterling Marlin confirmed yesterday that he will race the next two seasons for MB2 Motorsports as a teammate of #01-Joe Nemechek. "I've got a deal," Marlin said, "and it's a good one." The 48-year-old racer from Columbia will replace Scott Riggs, who is jumping to Evernham Motorsports next year. MB2, based in Concord, N.C. [sson to be Mooresville], could have followed the recent trend in NASCAR and picked one of a dozen young drivers with a more polished image than Marlin, a self-described "country boy."
But team official Jay Frye said "age equates to experience," and that Marlin's lack of pretension is appealing. "Sterling has no baggage," Frye said. "Everybody likes him." And it wasn't just Marlin's personality that landed him the ride. "We think he can still do it," Frye said. "We've very excited about the next couple of years." Frye said details on Marlin's new sponsor and car number are still being finalized.
"They've got good people and a good motor program," Marlin said. "It's a team with a great future." Marlin said he is relieved to get his new deal finalized because it's the last one he will have to negotiate. "Two more years is all I want," he said. "After that I'm done."(Tennessean)
AND The signing of Sterling Marlin to drive the #10 Chevrolet [#35 in 2006 probably] of MB2 Motorsports is still in the works, but an insider estimated the official announcement may be a month away. Apparently the sponsorship details are still being worked out, and it’s unlikely that an official an-nouncement will be made until the sponsor is officially signed.(Gaston Gazette)(9-10-2005)
AND II: Frye has said sponsorship is promising, although a full announcement will have to wait until details are finalized. He says the new car number has not yet been chosen, although #'s 02 and 30 are under consideration.(Speed Channel), although #35 is the number I keep hearing for the car to replace #10.(9-11-2005)
News from September 10, 2005
- Kurt Busch wins at Richmond, Newman gets 10th in Chase: #97-Kurt Busch won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, dominating the 2nd half of the race, leading 185 of 400 laps for his 14th career win and 3rd win of 2005. #17-Matt Kenseth finished 2nd, followed by #16-Greg Biffle, #5-Kyle Busch and #2-Rusty Wallace. It is the first time a team has had three drivers finish 1-2-3 in the same race since 1997 when Hendrick Motorsports had three in the Daytona 500. #12-Ryan Newman finished 12th, locking himself into 10th in The Chase by 66 points over #38-Elliott Sadler who finished 17th and ended up 11th in drivers points. #42-Jamie McMurray was 13 points behind Newman when he was involved in a wreck with #37-Raines, #21-Rudd, #20-Stewart on lap 364, with McMurray ended up in the wall and out of the race, finishing 40th and 89 out of 10th. Points leader, #20-Tony Stewart finished 7th and will see his 185 point lead over #16-Biffle shrink to 5 points starting next week at New Hampshire. #24-Jeff Gordon had a tough night, hit the wall once and finished 30th, 2 laps down and 89 points out of 10th.
For my race rundown, narritive, nots, caution info, lap leaders, etc, see Richmond Race Info/Rundown Page
For race results and links, see Jayski's Richmond Race Results Page.(9-10-2005)
- Dale Jr. and Eury Jr. back together this year? Next week? Transcript: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Media Conference on Thurs. Sept 8th:
Q) Are you going to make changes to the team for next year?
Dale Earnhardt Jr. driver of the #8 Bud Chevy: "Yeah, we'll make changes. I really can't talk about the changes we're gonna make. I'm not gonna announce the changes this time, so y'all will just have to wait or ask somebody else."
Q) Do you want to be back with Tony Eury Jr. this season if you're going to work together next season?
Dale Jr: "If me and Tony Jr. are going to work together next year, that'd be a good idea to begin work on that relationship. With the few races left, use it to kind of work on... (the 8 and 15 teams) they've been working a lot together the last couple of weeks as far as set-ups and stuff, and moving some of their stuff over to my car. But it's not the whole thing. It'd be good to get on track with (Tony) Jr. if that's what we're gonna do next year. See full Q&A at fingerprintonline.com.
AND MORE Richie Gilmore, vice president of motorsports at Dale Earnhardt Inc., hinted Friday that Dale Earnhardt Jr. and crew chief Tony Eury Jr. could be reunited as soon as next week at New Hampshire International Speedway. "If me and Tony Jr. are going to work together next year, that'd be a good idea to begin working on that relationship,'' Earnhardt said. Gilmore said the team announced all its changes for next year to its employees but is waiting to make those decisions public. "We don't really feel like we need to take away from anybody in the chase,'' Gilmore said. "Maybe at Loudon, we'll go there and we'll announce our plans there.'' Gilmore said the team plans to use the last 10 races preparing for next season. "I feel we can go to Daytona and run great again with our plate program, but I want to focus on ... California and Las Vegas,'' Gilmore said of the second and third race next season. "Coming out of the box those have never been great race tracks for us and we can work on that the rest of the year. Looking at the season as one big test.''(Roanoke Times)(9-10-2005)
- Elliott unsure of 2006 plans: Ray Evernham said veteran Bill Elliott hasn't decided whether he'll drive another part-time schedule next year.(Tampa Tribune)(9-10-2005)
- Newman/Jarrett Settle: #12-Ryan Newman said Friday that he met with #88-Dale Jarrett last week to discus their bumping incidents at Bristol two week ago. Jarrett appeared to intentionally turn into Newman's car after Newman had bumped Jarrett into the wall earlier in the race. "We talked in California in the NASCAR hauler," Newman said. "I told him I didn't intentionally hit him, but it was obvious he intentionally hit me. I told him it was hard for me to take. He voiced his opinion on the situation, not necessarily about that race but previous races. We walked out arguing about who was going to open the door ... so I think we should be all right."(Dallas Morning News)(9-10-2005)
- #49 Team/Driver docked points and fined UPDATE 2 appeal denied: NASCAR announced today that three penalties have been issued to the #49 Dodge team in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series as a result of rules infractions last weekend at Michigan. The penalties were issued because of a roof height that was too low, a violation of Section 12-4-A (Actions detrimental to stock car racing), and Section 12-4-Q (car, parts, components and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules) of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series rule book. This infraction was discovered during post-race inspection. Ken Schrader, driver of the #49, was penalized with the loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver championship points. Car owner Beth Ann Morgenthau was penalized with the loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series owner championship points. Crew chief David Hyder was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31.(NASCAR)(8-24-2005)
UPDATE: #49 BAM Racing is appealing its penalty from last week's race at Michigan. NASCAR fined the team points and money for failing the minimum height requirement. The team blames a broken shock absorber.(Daily Record)(8-27-2005)
UPDATE 2 - Denied: The National Stock Car Racing Commission denied the appeal from #49 BAM Racing. Ken Schrader and the team were penalized 25 points each and crew chief Larry Hyder was fined $25,000 after the car failed the minimum height requirement at Michigan last month.(Roanoke Times)(9-10-2005)
- Hermie speaks to Boy Scouts: #92-Hermie Sadler spoke to Cub Scouts and signed autographs at an event Thursday night to kick off the Heart of Virginia Council's "Race to Scouting," a membership drive to attract a projected 3,000 boys to scouting. The Heart of Virginia Council serves more than 22,000 youth and 7,000 volunteers who deliver scouting programs in central Virginia.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(9-10-2005)
- Childress and Diversity: Car owner Richard Childress is stepping up his diversity efforts with drivers Allison Duncan and Sarah Fisher, who will be testing head-to-head this week with hopes of getting the OK to step up to Busch racing, too. Duncan has been racing a weekly quarter-mile in Stockton, Calif., this season for Childress, and Fisher has been racing NASCAR West for Childress, although rather sporadically. Fisher's car lost its engine early in last week's race at California Speedway.(Winston Salem Journal)(9-10-2005)
- Richmond Race Notes:
• Kurt Busch won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, scoring his 14th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 176th career start.
• Busch scored his third victory in 2005, also posting victories at Phoenix and second Pocono.
• Busch has scored 14 top-10 finishes in 26 races in 2005.
• Busch climbed from sixth to fifth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
• This is Busch’s sixth career short-track victory in 30 career short-track races.
• Busch led the most laps for the third time in a race this season. He also led the most at Phoenix and second Pocono.
• Busch scored the fourth victory for car owner Jack Roush at Richmond International Raceway. This was Roush’s 85th victory as a car owner and 10th in 26 races this season.
• This is the 11th victory by a Ford in 2005. Chevrolet has 13 and Dodge has two.
The 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
• As a result of their finishes in the 2005 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, 10 drivers have clinched a spot in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. These 10 drivers will race over the final 10 races of the 2005 season to determine the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million: Tony Stewart (clinched at Michigan), Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle (clinched at Bristol), Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin (clinched at California) and Kurt Busch, Jeremy Mayfield, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman (clinched at Richmond).
• Five drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions at Richmond.
• Seven of the 10 drivers who made it into the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup are doing so for the second straight year. Greg Biffle, Rusty Wallace, and Carl Edwards are new to the Chase in 2005.
• Seven 10 drivers competing in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the first 26 races of the 2005 season. Five of the 10 drivers have scored multiple victories led by Stewart and Biffle each with five.
• All five Roush drivers are competing in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
• A total of $1 Million will be paid to the driver who finishes 11th in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Additionally, the 11th-place driver will also join the top-10 drivers on the stage at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Awards Banquet in New York in December.
• Matt Kenseth (second) scored his fifth top-10 finish in his last six races. It was his 11th top-10 finish in 2005. It was his seventh top-10 finish in 12 races at Richmond International Raceway. Kenseth climbed from a low of 42nd in the point standings after race No. 1 at Daytona to make the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
• Rusty Wallace (fifth) extended a 39-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol in August 2004. Wallace has scored 21 top-15 finishes in 26 races in 2005.
• Tony Stewart (seventh) has scored 12 straight top-10 finishes including nine top fives.
• Ryan Newman (12th) climbed from 11th to 10th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, thus securing a spot in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
• Elliott Sadler (17th) has finished 12th or worse in his last 10 races. Sadler finished 11th in the point standings, 66 points behind 10th-place Ryan Newman.
• Jimmy Johnson (25th) dropped from third to fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 59 consecutive races, the longest current streak. The streak began at Atlanta in March 2004.
• Jeff Gordon (30th) remained 12th to in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Gordon ended an 11-year streak of finishing in the top 10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings (1994-2004).
• Dale Jarrett (38th) has finished 14th or worse in his last nine races
Heading to New Hampshire
• Kurt Busch has finished first or second in four of his last six races at New Hampshire.
• Matt Kenseth has scored six straight top-10 finishes in his last six races at New Hampshire.
• Jimmie Johnson has scored top-15 finishes in all seven of his races at New Hampshire.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-10-2005)
News from September 9, 2005
- Loomis back with Gordon in 2006? UPDATE 2 Loomis Quotes: NASCAR NEXTEL Teleconference Transcript - Jeff Gordon:
Q) Do you expect Robbie Loomis to be your crew chief next year?
Jeff Gordon Answer: "Well, we talked before this season even started about Robbie's future, what he wanted to do. If it's up to me, yeah, I'd love to have him as my crew chief. Robbie, you know, with his mom and some of the illnesses she's gone through, he's trying to decide right now what his plans are. It has nothing to do with our performance this year. I believe a hundred percent in Robbie Loomis and his abilities. When we're on, there's nobody better. Because of our lack of performance this year, I really don't think Robbie should be put to blame for that. It has nothing to do with whether he's my crew chief next year or not. You know, it has nothing to do with the performance that we've had this year.(NASCAR)(9-6-2005)
UPDATE: Robbie Loomis, crew chief since the 2000 season for the #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of driver Jeff Gordon, said Friday that there is a good chance he’ll be stepping down from that job prior to the start of next season. Though Loomis said his plans remain unsettled for next year, he admitted his priorities have changed following a year in which his mother, Sally, was seriously ill. “It’s kind of like forever, my priorities were racing, God and family, and I’m trying to get them to be God, family and racing and still do a good job with work,” Loomis said Friday morning in an exclusive interview with SPEEDTV.Com. “The bottom line is in this business is you have to perform, and I want to make sure I get myself in a situation where I can perform and still give my family the time they need. I’ve been basically been 22 or 23 years of seven-day-a-week racing, and it kind of made me reprioritize,” Loomis said. “I want to learn more about God’s word and get closer definitely with my mom. It’s a hard balance to do. As she got better, I found myself burying myself right back in my work. But the Good Lord saved her for a reason and I want to try and make I get myself in a situation where I can spend more time with her.” Loomis said he could move his mother from Florida, where she lives now, to North Carolina, where the team is based and Loomis lives.(Speed Channel)
UPDATE 2 - Loomis Q&A: Chevrolet Notes and Quotes:
ROBBIE LOOMIS, CREW CHIEF, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET - Answers media questions regarding his continued performance as crew chief: "The only big announcement I have, and we've talked about this all week, is getting this thing in the Chase. That is it. I don't have a thing. There are a lot of questions. I know when Jeff (Gordon) was on the (weekly NASCAR) teleconference he talked about some stuff with my mom. I've had everybody in the world calling me. My mom is doing great. She's doing awesome. Through what I went through with my mom last year, it helped me refocus my life. Personally I grew more last year through my mom and through the (airplane) accident in October. I told my buddy over the winter that I've never been so uncertain in all my life about my future. But I never felt so good about where I stand with everything. In life, always for years, I've had racing, God, and family. I'm trying to get it God, family, then racing. To do that, I've got a lot of things I've got to work through. We're working through them right now. But I've been trying not to talk with anyone
or do anything that's going to take my mind off getting this car in the Chase."
SO WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR? "That's the thing. I talked with Rick Hendrick a couple of weeks ago. I'm trying to put all my focus into putting this car in the Chase. If I get the car in the Chase, the next 10 weeks I'm going to put all my focus into getting that car, the DuPont Chevrolet, to win the championship. I'm excited about where we are today. I just want to make sure we get the job done."
DID YOU TELL A REPORTER EARLIER TODAY THAT YOU WOULD NOT BE BACK AS CREW CHIEF? "I probably used the word 'probably'. I think that what I'm looking as is that at the beginning of the year, I knew my contract was going to be up at the end of this year. Many of you might know when you're under a contract, then they hold a lot of your destiny. I think that being that it's up, it's a good time for me to reprioritize my personal life and get things figured out there."
BUT THOUGHTS OF LEAVING ARE ON YOUR MIND? "They're hard. I've talked with Rick (Hendrick) and Jeff (Gordon) a lot over the past three or four months. I've told Jeff and Rick it's hard for me to even imagine working anyplace else because Hendrick Motorsports has 500 great employees. It speaks for itself the quality many Rick Hendrick. And to have a driver like Jeff Gordon -- I think he's the greatest driver in this garage area. It's hard to imagine being anywhere different, but at the same time I think it's a time in my life that I've got to make sure that if I'm going to commit for the next three or four or five years somewhere, I've got to make sure I'm making the right
SO, NO DECISION HAS BEEN MADE? "No. The only decision that has been made was made last September or October really, is that I'm going to spend a lot more time with my family."(GM Racing PR)(9-9-2005)
AND Speculation is that Loomis will leave the team at the end of the season – and maybe sooner – if Gordon does not make it into the Chase. The name often mentioned as a possible replacement is Steve Letarte, who is currently the car chief for the #24 Chevy.(Yahoo Sports)(9-10-2005)
- Looks like Martin will be back in the #6 in 2006: It isn't much of a surprise, but it looks like Mark Martin's retirement from Nextel Cup Series is going to be postponed for a year. In the afterglow of a victory in Thursday night's IROC race at Richmond, Martin said it appears he will be back in Jack Roush's #6 Ford next season, after all. "It really looks like I'm going to be in the 6 car next year," Martin said. "It's looking more and more like that all the time." Martin said he had planned to spend next season driving a handful of Busch Series races, as well as racing for his own new team in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series. But things got complicated recently when Roush signed Jamie McMurray away from Chip Ganassi Racing. McMurray signed for 2007, with the hope that he or Roush could convince Ganassi not to pick up his option for 2006. Ganassi has refused to let McMurray go next season, though, apparently leaving Roush a driver short. Instead of trying to find an interim driver, Roush has begged Martin, who came to the Cup Series with Roush in 1988, to help him out and stay on for one more year. Apparently, Martin has indeed decided to continue in the #6 through 2006.(ESPN.com/AP)(9-9-2005)
- Martin wins IROC race at Richmond, close to title #5: Kurt Busch dominated Round Three of the Crown Royal International Race of Champions (IROC) at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday night, but it was Mark Martin – aided by three cautions in the final five laps – that provided him with enough to edge out Busch in one of the closest finishes in the series’ 115-race history. On a restart with two laps remaining, Busch, the 2003 IROC titlist, tried valiantly to hold his Roush Racing teammate, before Martin coaxed the nose of his IROC car through the start/finish line a mere .021 seconds ahead of him. Martin’s series’ best 13th-career victory clinches the 2005 series points title when he starts the last race of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 29, giving him a record-breaking fifth IROC Series crown and the $1 million first-place purse. Matt Kenseth, who started in the eighth position and was in the middle of the pack for much of the race, made a late charge to finish third. IRL IndyCar driver Buddy Rice turned in a strong performance and claimed fourth, followed by NASCAR Busch Series driver Martin Truex Jr. Pole-sitter Scott Pruett rebounded from on track incidents in the first two races registering a solid sixth, followed by World of Outlaws drivers Danny Lasoski (seventh) and Steve Kinser (eighth). Rounding out positions nine through 12 were: Max Papis, Sebastien Bourdais, Helio Castroneves, and Bobby Hamilton.(IROC PR), see more on my 2005 IROC Page.(9-9-2005)
- No Points for Pole Planned: Ryan Newman recently said he would like to see NASCAR change the points system next year to award points for qualifying. NASCAR chairman Brian France scoffed at that notion while visiting TMS last month. "If I won 35 poles [actually 32] like he has I would say that too," France said. "No, we're not going to do that. We only want to reward points for competing in the race."(Dallas Morning News)(9-9-2005)
- VA Governor Candidate to sponsor #92 team at Martinsville: Going after the NASCAR vote, Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry W. Kilgore will sponsor a car in the Oct. 23 Nextel Cup Subway 500 at Martinsvillle Speedway. NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler of Emporia will drive the #92 Kilgore for Governor Chevy. The Democratic candidate, Timothy M. Kaine, also is chasing the NASCAR fans. He is holding a fundraiser in the infield before the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway tomorrow. He also will attend the race. The Kilgore campaign will pay almost $100,000 to sponsor the car, campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said yesterday. Kilgore announced the sponsorship yesterday at RIR. A sponsorship costs about $200,000. Sadler has contributed part of the fee as an in-kind campaign contribution, Murtaugh said. Kilgore said he and Sadler have been acquaintances for about seven years, after meeting at the fiddler's convention in Galax. In addition to driving the race car, Sadler will make several appearances with it. He will wear a Kilgore for Governor driving suit during the Martinsville race and members of his pit crew also will wear Kilgore-touting apparel. Democratic Gov. Mark R. Warner sponsored a racing truck when he ran four years ago.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(9-9-2005)
- Gillette Young Guns - Weekly Update: By picking Matt Kenseth as the highest finishing Gillette Young Gun in the Sony HD 500 at Fontana, CA, on September 4, Sue K. of Cottonwood, AZ, was the winner of the weekly Gillette Young Guns $5,000 Challenge. Sue picked Matt Kenseth 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 Matt Kenseth. This is the fifth time this year that a donation in Kenseth's name has been made to the NPCC.(Alan Taylor Comminications)(9-9-2005)
- Drivers, DJs To Race Segway's UPDATE:: The rubber hits pit road before Friday's Emerson Radio 250 when Turner Network Television (TNT) and Chevrolet will partner for the inaugural "TNT Chevy Make Way for My Segway Challenge" prior to the start of the Emerson Radio 250. The first of its kind, the challenge will partner TNT NASCAR announcers and Chevy NASCAR drivers with select local-market radio DJs to race Segways (motorized human transporters) down the track's pit road. Emceed by TNT announcer Benny Parsons, the challenge will include the following seven teams: TNT announcer Wally Dallenbach and a DJ representing WKHK-FM (Richmond, VA) Chevy NASCAR driver Brian Vickers and a DJ representing WKLS-FM (Atlanta, GA) Chevy NASCAR driver Scott Riggs and a DJ representing WUBE-FM (Cincinnati, OH) Chevy NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and a DJ representing WFMS-FM (Indianapolis, IN) Chevy NASCAR driver Dave Blaney and a DJ representing WSIX-FM (Nashville, TN) Chevy NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer and a DJ representing WDSY-FM (Pittsburgh, PA) Chevy NASCAR driver Ron Hornaday and a DJ representing WQDR-FM (Raleigh, NC) Each race participant will individually race on a "NASCAR on TNT" branded Segway around an obstacle course of Chevy cars and tires, vying for the fastest time in their heat. Team member scores will be combined to determine the race winners, who will stake claim to year-long bragging rights. Following the race, each participant will autograph a Segway that will be donated to the Victory Junction Gang charity, an official NASCAR charity.(RIR)(9-8-2005)
UPDATE: Ron Hornaday Jr., driver of the #6 GM Goodwrench Chevy in the Truck Series, and Marty the One Man Party, radio DJ for WQDR-FM in Raleigh, N.C., won today's "TNT Chevy Make Way for My Segway Challenge" at Richmond International Raceway. The Chevy Truck Series driver and radio DJ were one of seven teams competing in the first annual event where participants race Segways
(motorized human transporters) along an obstacle course of Chevy HHRs and tires. Hornaday and Marty the One Man Party beat out the team of Brian Vickers, driver of the #25 GMAC/ditech.com Monte Carlo, and Marc Apple, radio announcer for WKLS-FM in Atlanta during the final heat of competition. Following the event, each of the 14 NASCAR driver and radio DJ participants autographed a Segway that will be donated to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, an official NASCAR charity. Highlights of today's "TNT Chevy Make Way for My Segway Challenge" will be broadcast on TNT prior to the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 on Saturday evening. NASCAR coverage on TNT will kick-off tomorrow at 7:00pm/et with the Bank of America Countdown to Green pre-race show followed by the race beginning at 7:30pm/et.(GM Raccing PR)(9-9-2005)
- Harvick wins pole at Richmond: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Budweiser Pole for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a lap of 128.425mph for his 2nd pole of 2005 and 4th of his career. #16-Greg Biffle will start 2nd, followed by rookie #77-Travel Kvapil [his best career start], #6-Mark Martin and #97-Kurt Busch. Points leader #20-Tony Stewart starts 25th. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 29th. #37-Tony Raines was the highest non top-35 team, qualifying 21st. Missing the race were: #75-Anderson, #95-Barrett, #00-Long, #92-Sadler, #89-Shepherd, #34-McCarthy and #27-Shelmerdine [who also wrecked].
For qualifying results, starting lineup, links, qualifying order and practice speeds, see Jayski's Richmond Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(9-9-2005)
- NASCAR Triple: five drivers are scheduled to run all three NASCAR races [Truck, Busch, Cup] at Richmond this weekend:
Mike Wallace will drive the #12-Toyota Truck (finished 6th), #38-Dodge in Busch and #4-Chevy in Nextel Cup;
Kyle Busch will drive the #15-Chevy Truck (30th), #5-Chevy in Busch and #5-Chevy in Nextel Cup.
Johnny Sauter will drive the #43 Chevy Truck (36th), #1-Dodge in Busch and #09-Dodge in Nextel Cup.
Kevin Harvick will drive the #47 Chevy Truck (3rd), #21-Chevy in Busch and #29-Chevy in Nextel Cup.
Tony Stewart will drive the #92 Chevy Truck (DNQ), #83-Chevy in Busch and #20-Chevy in Nextel Cup.(9-8/9-2005)
- Goodyear Tire Notes: This is the second consecutive race that Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Richmond . . all three NASCAR series -- Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck-- will run the same tire codes this weekend, though the Cup and Busch tires will be branded Goodyear "Eagle" while the Craftsman Truck tires will be branded Goodyear "Wrangler" . . . in addition to Richmond, all major NASCAR teams will run this tire combination at New Hampshire and Phoenix in 2005 . . . Busch and Craftsman Truck teams will also run this tire set-up at Gateway, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Memphis, Milwaukee and Pikes Peak this season . . . as on most NASCAR ovals less than one mile in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond. Estimated Pit Window: Every 110-120 laps, based on fuel mileage.(Goodyear), see the full notes and tech specs on my Richmond Race Info/Rundown Page.(9-9-2005)
- Richmond Qualifying Notes:
• Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, lapping Richmond International Raceway in 21.024 seconds at 128.425 mph. Brian Vickers holds track-qualifying record of 20.772 seconds, 129.983 mph, set May 14, 2004.
• This is Harvick's fourth career Bud Pole in 168 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
• This is Harvick's second start better than 20th in 10 Richmond races; both coming this season. He started seventh and finished fifth in the spring race.
• Harvick became the fifth repeat Bud Pole winner this season. He also won the Bud Pole at Talladega. This is his 11th top-10 start this season.
• There have been 12 different Bud Pole winners in the 12 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Richmond since 1999.
• Greg Biffle posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 21.043 seconds, 128.309 mph, and will join Harvick on the front row for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. This is Biffle's fifth top-10 start in seven races at Richmond. All have come in the past five races. It is his 17th top-10 start this season.
• This is the 11th Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2005. Dodge has eight Bud Poles and Ford has five. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June
and Watkins Glen.
• Travis Kvapil (third) posted his career-best start in his 29th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race. Kvapil posted his first top-10 start in his second race at Richmond. He started 21st and finished 22nd here in May.
• Mark Martin (fourth) scored his 21st top-10 start in 40 races at Richmond.
• Kurt Busch (fifth) posted his third top-10 start in 10 races at Richmond.
• Three of the drivers not locked in but still eligible for the Chase qualified in the top 10: Jeff Gordon (sixth), Ryan Newman (eighth) and Dale Jarrett (ninth).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-9-2005)
- NASCAR Fan to be presented #31 Cingular Monte Carlo before race: Cingular Wireless, primary sponsor of the Richard Childress Racing #31 Cingular Wireless Chevy driven by Jeff Burton, is awarding Paul Carignan a one-of-a-kind #31 Cingular-branded Chevy Monte Carlo as part of its Virtual Crew Chief sweepstakes. Carignan will be presented with the specially-designed car Saturday, September 10, at the Libbie Place Cingular Store in Richmond [5601 W. Broad St. (804) 426-7130] before the Cup race later that evening. The Cingular Virtual Crew Chief sweepstakes ran on the FOX network during race broadcasts between February and June. The interactive, consumer-focused promotion graphically prompted viewers three times during each race to text message a response to a particular race-related question. Carignan, who hails from Alexandria, Va., was randomly selected among the tens of thousands of viewers who sent more than 7 million total text messages during the five-month program. He will be presented with the bright orange 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo at a special ceremony at the Libbie Place Cingular store location in Richmond at 2:00pm/et Saturday. This is the third consecutive year that Cingular has implemented the Virtual Crew Chief platform on race telecasts on FOX. On the track, Cingular is in its fourth year as a primary sponsor of the Richard Childress Racing #31 Cingular Wireless Chevy driven by Burton. This season, Burton is 21st in the Cup point standings with two Top 5 finishes, three Top 10 finishes and nine Top 15s.(Career Sports & Entertainment PR)(9-9-2005)
News from September 8, 2005
- Congrats: #48 Lowe's Chevy Engine Tuner Danny Emerick and Nextel PR Rep Crystal Carraway got engaged at at Bristol.(9-8-2005)
- MuzikMafia teams up with Morgan-McClure at Richmond: Cory Gierman, MuzikMafia Godfather (www.muzikmafia.com) and Larry McClure, president and team manager of Morgan-McClure Motorsports (www.morgan-mcclure.com) announced that Cowboy Troy and the MuzikMafia logos along with a specially design paint scheme by MuzikMafia artist Rachel Kice will compete in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 on Saturday night. As the only visual artist associated with the MuzikMafia, the Nashville-based avant-garde artists' collaborative that yielded multi-platinum recording acts Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson. Rachel Kice, who will be on hand during all race weekend festivities, is uniquely positioned to become a household name-a true American "Art Star." Joining Kicel on the #4 Lucas Oil Chevrolet Monte Carlo is the name and likeness of Cowboy Troy, the world's only six-foot-five inch hick-hop artist in country music. Troy is also one of the country artists featured in Chevrolet's advertising, and appears with Big & Rich on the new intro for ESPN College GameDay.
The founders of the MuzikMafia, otherwise known as "The Godfathers", include Cory Gierman, Big Kenny, John Rich and Jon Nicolson. The Godfathers formed the phenomenon back in October 2001. Members of the Mafia include multi-platinum artist Gretchen Wilson, James Otto, and Cowboy Troy. The MuzikMafia will kick off the 17-city Chevy Presents…Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich: The American Revolution Tour in November 2005.(Morgan-McClure Motorsports). five images of the car on my #4 Team Schemes page.(9-8-2005)
- COT to be tested: NASCAR’s car of tomorrow [COT], tentatively set to debut in 2007, is scheduled to have an on-track test at Talladega Superspeedway, the day after the Oct. 2 Cup race, and at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the day after the Oct. 30 Cup race. Previous versions have been tested at other tracks. The future car will be larger and have more room for the driver, providing additional safety. The higher-standing car also will alter aerodynamics and series officials hope lessens the dependency on aerodynamics and improves racing.(Greensboro News and Record)(9-8-2005)
- Rock & Roll paint schemes: The power of music and motorsports will join forces again this week at Richmond International Raceway. For the third straight year, the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 weekend will combine music and racing as Chevrolet will have 12 music-themed paint schedules on its race cars and trucks.
For Saturday's Chevy Rock & Roll 400, the lineup includes:
The #4 Lucas Oil Chevy driven by Mike Wallace featuring Muzik Mafia
The #07 Jack Daniel's Chevy driven by Dave Blaney featuring Drive-By Truckers
The #8 Budweiser Chevy driven by DaleyEarnhardt Jr. featuring 3 Doors Down
The #10 Valvoline Chevy driven by Scott Riggs featuring Nickelback
The #25 ditech.com Chevy driven by Brian Vickers featuring Green Day
The #29 GM Goodwrench Chevy driven by Kevin Harvick featuring Gretchen Wilson
The #31 Cingular Chevy driven by Jeff Burton featuring Big$Rich, see images of all the cars on my Paint Schemes Galley page.(9-8-2005)
- Rusty a Good Guy: In honor of his retirement, Rusty Wallace received the Rick Mears "Good Guy" Award in appreciation of his longtime cooperation with the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association and the media. Making the presentation at California Speedway Sunday [Spet 4th] were AARWBA President Dusty Brandel (left), Eastern VP Lewis Franck and Western VP Mike Hollander. AARWBA's 50th Anniversary Celebration concludes with the All-America Team dinner Dec. 3 in Indianapolis.(PR)(9-8-2005)
- Riggs tests at Dover: #10-Scott Riggs tested the Valvoline Chevy and #67-Bryan Reffner tested the Smith Brothers Motorsports Busch Series car at Dover International Speedway on Tuesday, Sept 6th.(DIS PR)(9-8-2005)
- #37 Crew Chief Fined: NASCAR announced today that Glenn Darrow, crew chief for the #37 Dodge driven by Tony Raines in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, has been fined $2,500 for an infraction during last weekend’s event at California Speedway. Darrow was fined for an unapproved rear end gear ratio, a violation of Section 12-4-A (Actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 12-4-CC (Unapproved rear end gear ratio) of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series rulebook.(NASCAR PR)(9-8-2005)
- Labonte back in the #11 at Richmond: Two-time Cup Series Terry Labonte will take the wheel of the #11 FedEx Express Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. He has previously run the JGR/FedEx entry at Sonoma, Watkins Glen, Michigan and Bristol. JGR will turn to Busch Series driver J.J. Yeley for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday, September 18. The #11 FedEx Chevy Monte Carlo will sport the FedEx Kinko’s paint scheme at Richmond. Following J.J. Yeley’s 39th place finish at California Speedway last weekend, the FedEx team remained in 35th place in owners points and currently sit 67 points out of 34th place.(JGR)(9-8-2005)
- Sad News: A member of the U.S. 36 Raceway [no mention on the track site] fire crew was killed Friday [9/2] night at the track in Osborn, Mo., while trying to save others from a possible tragedy. Bob Bestgen, 51, was trying to stop a push truck that had slipped out of gear and appeared headed toward spectators, according to his wife, Pat. Push trucks at dirt tracks are used mostly for helping start race cars and packing the track.
Supposedly one of the push-truck drivers saw a fight and got out of the truck, which kept moving, Bestgen tried to get in the truck to stop it when it started moving but got tangled underneath. The accident took place shortly after the weekly program had been completed. Bestgen was pronounced dead about 2 a.m. Saturday at a hospital in Cameron, Mo.(firehouse.com)(9-8-2005)
News from September 7, 2005
- The Chase....as it stands now: Four positions in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup are up for grabs in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. This number does not include Kurt Busch, who only needs to start the race to clinch a berth. Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin have clinched spots in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Stewart has clinched the top spot in the 10-race "Chase," no matter what happens in Richmond.
Jeremy Mayfield will clinch a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup with a finish of 39th place or better in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, no matter where any other competitor finishes.
Carl Edwards will clinch a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup with a finish of 19th place or better in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, no matter where any other competitor finishes.
Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray are 9th and 10th respectfully with Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon, Elliott Sadler, Dale Jarrett, Kevin Harvick and Joe Nemechek still mathematically eligible for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
The maximum point gain that a driver can have in a race over a fellow competitor who also starts that race is 156. Therefore, it is mathematically possible for drivers who are currently in positions 11 through 16 to race their way into the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.(NASCAR)(9-7-2005)
- California TV Ratings up: NBC says its broadcast of Sunday's Sony HD 500 Nextel Cup race at California earned a final 5.2 rating and a 10 share from Nielsen Media Research, a 2% increase over the 5.1/10 in 2004. NBC also says the eight races carried by NBC and TNT so far this season have averaged a 5.0/11, up 11% over last year's 4.5/10 average.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(9-7-2005)
- Lysol on the #41: The rear quarter panels of the #41 Target Dodge of Casey Mears will not be sporting the familiar bullseye logos this weekend in Richmond, but instead will carry the Lysol logo. Lysol is an associate sponsor on the #41 Dodge and has been part of the Target Racing NASCAR and IndyCar programs for the past four years.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)(9-7-2005)
- Stremme to run at Richmond: David Stremme will attempt to make his second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start this weekend in the #39 Navy "Accelerate Your Life" Dodge out of the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates stable. Stremme currently pilots the #14 Navy Dodge in the NASCAR Busch Series, and sits seventh in the championship points standings.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)(9-7-2005)
- ISC, SMI buy Team Caliber also: Motorsports Authentics, the new joint venture of International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc., has bought the Team Caliber collectible company, Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Daily reports. Team Caliber was owned by Roush Racing owner Jack Roush, and the purchase means Motorsports Authentics will now add Roush drivers Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards to its lineup. The company also would get merchandise rights to Ryan Newman, Joe Nemechek and Brian Vickers, among others. The move, which comes less than two weeks after Motorsports Authentics bought the rival Action Performance collectible companies, had been widely predicted.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(9-7-2005)
- DW, Hammond and Larry Mac help out, "The Cavalry is Coming": Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds have teamed up to help the folks in the Charlotte Coliseum that have been displaced from the Gulf States due to Hurricane Katrina. Nicknamed "The Cavalry is Coming", at lunchtime today a rig loaded with supplies will pull to the front of the Coliseum and Jeff and Larry Mac will be on hand to help off-load the supplies. There are roughly 600 people currently in the Charlotte Coliseum who need help. "This whole idea came together at 5pm yesterday," said Waltrip. "I wish I could have been there today. Jeff and Larry are literally going to the store and picking out the items but I am also helping work with the Red Cross over here in TN today. These people have been through so much. We just want them to know that we care and give them hope for a better tomorrow."(9-7-2005)
- Drivers to Visit Wounded Troops: #42-Jamie McMurray, #39-David Stremme, #77-Travis Kvapil along with a handful of other NASCAR drivers will be visiting patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., on Wed., Sept. 7.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates). no idea who the other drivers are.(9-7-2005)
- New Penske Driver Debut: USAC National Midget standout Billy Wease will make his stock car racing debut in a Dodge fielded by Penske Racing South in the Sept. 10 SK Hand Tool ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. In the first day of a two-day test late last month at the 1.5-mile speedway, Wease posted the quickest time in his #27 Kodak Dodge. Wease, who began racing Quarter Midgets at age 5, recorded a lap of 173.244 mph, 31.170 seconds. The second day of the test also went well when the team concentrated on qualifying setup. Wease will drive the Dodge that Penske Racing South NASCAR NEXTEL Cup regular Travis Kvapil drove to victory in an ARCA RE/MAX event at Pocono Raceway in June. The ARCA effort is under the direction of Penske Racing South chief engineer Roy McCauley, who spearheaded Ryan Newman and a rookie crew to three straight Busch Series victories in August.
Wease joined Penske Racing South's driver development program earlier this year. Since joining the Mooresville, N.C.-based operation, he has tested at Rockingham, N.C., Greenville, S.C., Memphis, Nashville, Kentucky, and twice at Chicago. During Wease's 13 years of racing, the Indiana native has won two Grand National Quarter Midget championships, 10 regional Quarter Midget championships, two Kenyon Midget titles and Rookie of the Year, and claimed one national USAC victory.(Penske Racing)(9-7-2005)
News from September 6, 2005
- Gustafson Wins Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Race Award at California: Alan Gustafson helped #5-Kyle Busch set
a new standard in NASCAR racing. At only 20 years of age, Busch became the youngest driver to win a Nextel Cup event, after taking the
checkered flag in the Sony HD TV 500. The duo's record breaking weekend earned Gustafson the Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Race
award. The pivotal moment of the race came on lap 242 when the drivers came in for their final round of pit stops. Only 12 laps remained in the event, still Gustafson called Busch into the pits for fresh tires. Nearly everyone followed suit. Although he was planning to take four
Goodyears, Gustafson made the last second call for only two tires and sent Busch on his way after the crew changed his right-sides. That put Busch out front for the final restart.
The panel of voters; including Gregg Patton of the Press-Enterprise, a Wypall Wipers representative and Robbie Reiser.; all agreed that
Gustafson deserved crew chief of the race honors.
Doug Richert leads the Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Year standings with five wins. Alan Gustafson is in second place with three
wins. Bob Osborne, Greg Zipadelli and Robbie Loomis are tied for third place with two wins. Tommy Baldwin, Scott Miller, Fatback McSwain, Steve Hmiel, Jimmy Fennig, Greg Erwin, Slugger Labbe, Robbie Reiser and Pete Rondeau are in a tie for fourth 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)(9-6-2005)
- Kahne honored in hometown: An estimated 3,000 to 5,000 people swarmed downtown Enumclaw [WA] for “Kasey Kahne Day,” an all-day festival sponsored by Allstate, the City of Enumclaw and the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce. On Labor Day, Kahne, who lives in Huntersville, N.C., came home to what began as a familiar celebration. Food and vendor booths invited passers-by. The smell of corn dogs and mochas filled the air. Kids chomped on snow cones. As afternoon approached, people left the food and vendor booths and filled a vast parking lot where Kahne was scheduled to take the stage under a large tent. When he did, people in red jerseys, T-shirts and jackets that paid homage to their hero, erupted with cheers and applause. “This is actually the first time I’ve seen this much red, and it’s not Dale Earnhardt Jr.,” Kahne said. On stage, Enumclaw Mayor John Wise dedicated “Kasey Kahne Drive” as the new name of a street in town. “There’s no speedin’ on that street,” Kahne said. Laughter rippled through the crowd. Kahne presented a $1,000 scholarship to a recent graduate of Enumclaw High School and answered questions people had written on scraps of paper.(more at the Tacoma News)(9-6-2005)
- Bank of Southside VA to Sponsor Hermie Sadler at Richmond: Virginia native Hermie Sadler will be carrying some familiar colors on the #92 in next weekends Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The Bank of Southside Virginia will sponsor Sadler, from Emporia, as the bank celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Peter Clements, President and CEO of BSV, says his employees and customers look forward to watching the BSV car at Richmond next weekend. “It is a great event for us. Our employees and customers come together to support the BSV car, and the fact the we will be celebrating our 100th year makes it even more special.”
"We appreciate the partnership and support provided by BSV for the upcoming race at RIR", said Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins. "We know Hermie and the entire crew will give them an exciting weekend of racing to help celebrate their 100 year anniversary." The Bank of Southside Virginia, headquartered in Carson, Virginia, currently operates 15 branches. For more information, please visit
- Team for sale UPDATE not now: the Mach1 Racing site is reporting the #34 team, owned by Chris Edwards and driven by P.J. Jones is up for sale.
Oops looks like they changed their mind, Sale of Team is On Hold: Team Owner Chris Edwards and PEO Pros Sports Marketing agent John Tenney are in the process of negotiating some new sponsorships. There are no firm details at this point but look for a limited schedule the rest of the season. It is possible that the #34 will be run a few more races with Front Row Racing at this point, but the long term goal is a full season in 2006 with Mach 1.(Mach 1 site)(9-6-2005)
- #7 all black at Richmond: #7-Robby Gordon will drive an all black Jim Beam Chevy at Richmond International Raceway on Sat Sept 10th. see images of the car on my #7 Team Schemes page.(9-6-2005)
- NASCAR/CASCAR Deals Almost Done: Only the paperwork remains for the Canadian CASCAR stock car racing circuit to be sold in its entirety to U.S.-based giant NASCAR. Negotiations have been ongoing for a year and a half and sources told The Free Press yesterday it's now in the hands of the lawyers. "It's not 'if,' it's 'when,' " one source said. Another said the takeover may lead to Canadians eventually driving in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, the top echelon in stock car racing. CASCAR was founded in 1981 and has maintained an office in Komoka. It's the largest stock car sanctioning body in the country. The national-touring Super Series began in 1988. NASCAR moved into Canada two years ago, establishing its Dodge Weekly Series at three tracks, including Delaware. Canadians have a huge interest in the Nextel Cup Series, and that could see a Busch or Craftsman Truck race in this country as early as next year.
(London Free Press)(9-6-2005)
- Wheaties Makes Full $10,750 Donation To First Tee: #43-Jeff Green didn't get where he wanted Sunday night at California Speedway - Victory Lane - but First Tee and the young people it impacts ended up as winners. Green and the team completed all 250 laps of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race. Wheaties is donating the full $10,750 to The First Tee, a national organization dedicated to impacting the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. The donation was made in conjunction with the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, which also benefitted The First Tee. Both events were scheduled for Labor Day weekend. Forty-three dollars were pledged for donation for every lap Green completed in Sunday night's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at the two-mile California Speedway. The #43 Dodge sported a special Wheaties paint scheme for the race. The paint scheme featured logos of the PGA Champions Tour and the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.(Williams Company)(9-6-2005)
- Robby gets pulled over: Robby Gordon drove a customized dune buggy – similar to the type he races off-road in Baja when he's not competing as a Nextel Cup driver – from his race store in Anaheim to Fontana for the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway. Everything was going along fine until Gordon made it to the race track's infield early Sunday afternoon. He was driving along en route to his nearby motor home when a pair of San Bernardino County sheriff's police SUVs, complete with lights and sirens, suddenly pulled Gordon over to see if his ride was street-legal. "They go, 'We know who you are, but we still want to see your driver's license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance,'" said Gordon, who says he didn't even attempt to talk himself out of a potential ticket by touting his race-driver status. "I just said, 'Yes, sir.'" Fortunately for Gordon, driver of the #7 Chevrolet, he had all the necessary paperwork for his tricked-out ride, which carries the license plate "ONEBAJA."
"I was starting to worry [whether] I had [the paperwork]," Gordon said. "But I did and they let me go. It was like 30 seconds tops." Gordon took the unusual traffic stop in stride. "I've been guilty of a lot of things," he quipped. "For the first time in my life, I was innocent."(Yahoo Sports)(9-6-2005)
News from September 5, 2005
- DEI and RCR...merge? a merger between RCR and Dale Earnhardt Inc. is rumored to be in the works. Although DEI vice president Richie Gilmore says the partnership will involve nothing more than promotional plans, the two organizations enjoyed a beneficial aerodynamic alliance several years ago. Considering the strength of powerhouses Roush and Hendrick Motorsports, a marriage between RCR and DEI would move their programs up a level. Another benefit? Dale Earnhardt Jr. could follow in his late father's footsteps in an RCR car.(Sporting News)(9-5-2005)
- Eury Sr. signs with DEI too: Tony Eury Sr., affectionately known as Pops, has signed his first contract with DEI. Eury led Earnhardt Jr. to two Busch titles and stepped down at the end of last season as Junior's Cup crew chief. Eury, who's under contract through 2008, is working in research and development.(Sporting News), his son, Tony Jr. recently signed thru 2008 to stay at DEI and supposedly will be Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief in 2006.(9-5-2005)
- Latest on Tim Brown's Team: Tim Brown, the former NFL star making the transition to NASCAR team owner, said he'll leave it up to Jack Roush as to whom to put behind the wheel of his cars next season. "I was very happy I had the Roush Racing infrastructure," Brown said. "When I connected with them, I realized I had a legitimate shot at this. We think we are going to be able to race Cup in '06. We have two or three companies very interested (in sponsorship). I'm not afraid of calling on these CEOs and asking for $50 million. All they can do is say no. If they do, then you just move on."(Winston Salem Journal)(9-5-2005)
- Kahne to be honored in hometown today: On Monday [Sept 5th], #9-Kasey Kahne will return to his hometown of Enumclaw, Wash., to receive the keys to the city and celebrate his second season of NASCAR Nextel Cup Series racing with his hometown fans.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the city will host Kasey Kahne Day, with fan activities throughout the day. There will be a classic car show and a
display of each type of race car Kahne drove along the way to becoming a Nextel Cup driver. There will be a special appearance by the Kasey Kahne Juniors, the micro mini sprint car drivers sponsored by Kahne.
At noon, the mayor of Enumclaw, John Wyse, will present Kahne with the keys to the city and rename one of the city's thoroughfares "Kasey Kahne Drive." At 2:15 p.m., Kahne will hold a press conference at Mark Toppings Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge, which houses the Kasey Kahne merchandise store. During the press conference, Kahne will share details about his new Kasey Kahne Foundation.
At 3 p.m., Kahne will sign autographs at the dealership for 800 fans who received wristbands through local distribution. For more
information, visit www.kaseykahne.com.(Clear!Blue PR)(9-5-2005)