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    OCT 3-9, 2005

      News from October 9, 2005

    • Martin wins at Kansas: #6-Martin Martin broke a 52 race winless streak by dominating the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway, leading 139 of 267 laps. It is Martins first points win of 2005 [he won the Nextel Challenge in May at LMS] and 35th career win. #16-Greg Biffle was 2nd, followed by #99-Carl Edwards, #20-Tony Stewart and the 4th Roush Racing Ford in the top-5, #17-Matt Kenseth. #97-Kurt Busch fell back late and finished 14th. Stewart increased his points lead to 75 over #12-Ryan Newman, who had a bad day, got two Lucky Dog passes and finished 23rd, the worst finish of the ten Chase drivers. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. was involved in an early wreck and the car didn't handle well and he finished 34th. There were 7 cautions for 28 laps, which is the record for the least amount of cautions and caution laps [was 9 and 39 last season]. Twelve drivers led laps with 16 lead changes. Martin also broke the Kansas record [5 races] for laps led and laps led by a leader with 139, the old record was 116 by Jeff Gordon in 2002.
      For my race rundown, laps led, DNF's, caution info, Lucky Dogs and some notes, see my Kansas Race Info/Rundown Page.
      For race results and awards, and other site links, see my
    • Jayski's Kansas Race Results/Awards page.(10-9-2005)

    • Terry Labonte denies move: Native Texan Terry Labonte said he is not a candidate for the Cup ride at Hall of Fame Racing, the start-up team co-owned by former Cowboys quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman. "I've got a job," said Labonte, a two-time Cup champ who plans to retire in 2006. "I'm going to run 10 races for Hendrick Motorsports next year. That's for sure." Labonte's name surfaced here as a good fit for the Staubach-Aikman ride. The native of Corpus Christi carries with him a champion's provisional that would guarantee the team a starting spot in the season-opening Daytona 500 -- NASCAR's Super Bowl.(Fort Worth Star Telegram)(10-9-2005)

    • Bowyer in, Tracy on hold: The Paul Tracy experiment in NASCAR is on hold, according to team owner Richard Childress. Childress, who tested the Champ Car driver in August, is focused on helping Nextel Cup driver Kevin Harvick win the $1 million bonus for finishing 11th (his current position) and Clint Bowyer win his first Busch Series title. Bowyer is 49 points behind Martin Truex Jr. following Saturday's United Way 300 at Kansas. Childress said he would rather give Bowyer -- and not Tracy -- a chance in a Cup race before the season ends. "I think he's ready," he said.(Indianapolis Star)(10-9-2005)

    • Fusion paces field at Kansas: The 2006 Ford Fusion is making its first appearance this weekend as pace car for Sunday’s Banquet 400. Fusion will be replacing Taurus as Ford’s racing entry in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and NASCAR Busch Series next season.(see a full Q&A at Ford Racing)(10-9-2005)

    • Kluever to the #6 in 2007, McMurray to #97: on Speed Channel's Trackside at Kansas City, multi-team owner [#'s 6,16,1,97,99] when asked about drivers for the future, said Todd Kluever, his Truck Series driver (who is moving to the Busch Series in 2006) would probably be in the #6 Ford in 2007 and Jamie McMurray would be in the #97 in 2007. No word on who would be in the #97 if Kurt Busch gets his release to the #2 Miller Lite Dodge for 2006, he signed for 2007. Roush also said Mark Martin will be in the #6 Ford in 2006.(FoxSports Q&A with Roush)(10-7/9-2005)

    • Gillette Young Guns - Weekly Update: The Chase for the coveted NASCAR NEXTEL Cup continues, and so does your chance to win big. Fans who pick the correct finishing order of the Gillette Young Guns - Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, and Matt Kenseth - by going to during the first six races of the "Chase" will have the chance to win $1 Million and a trip to the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20. Each week provides fans with a new opportunity to win. As the highest finishing Gillette Young Gun at Talladega Superspeedway, a $1,000 donation will be made to the National Prostate Cancer Coalition (NPCC) on behalf of Matt Kenseth. This is the sixth time this year that a donation in Kenseth's name has been made to the NPCC.(Alan Taylor Communications)(10-9-2005)

    • Driver Points Standing after Kansas race 4 of 10 in the Chase:
      #20-Tony Stewart, 5684
      #12-Ryan Newman, 5609, -75
      #16-Greg Biffle, 5596, -88
      #2-Rusty Wallace, 5594, -90
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5592, -92
      #99-Carl Edwards, 5589, -95
      #6-Mark Martin, 5571, -113
      #17-Matt Kenseth, 5568, -116
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 5527, -157
      #97-Kurt Busch, 5460, -224
      and the fight for 11th and the $1 million
      #29-Kevin Harvick, 3417
      #42-Jamie McMurray, -1
      #38-Elliott Sadler, -2
      #24-Jeff Gordon, -81
      For drivers/owners points, classic points top 15, see my
    • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Kansas page.(10-9-2005)

    • "Classic" Points Standings - Top 15...the old way, not the Chase after Kansas, race 30 of 36:
      1) #20-Tony Stewart, 4350
      2) #16-Greg Biffle, 4082, -268
      3) #2-Rusty Wallace, 3966, -384
      4) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3957, -393
      5) #6-Mark Martin, 3819, -531
      6) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 3735, -615
      7) #97-Kurt Busch, 3734, -616
      8) #99-Carl Edwards, 3688, -662
      9) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3667, -683
      10) #12-Ryan Newman, 3659, -691
      11) #29-Kevin Harvick, 3417, -933
      12) #42-Jamie McMurray, 3416, -934
      13) #38-Elliott Sadler, 3415, -935
      14) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3336, -1014
      15) #01-Joe Nemechek, 3325, -1025

    • How did The Chase drivers do at Kansas:
      #20-Stewart, started 9th, finished 4th
      #12-Newman, 11th, 23rd
      #2-Wallace, 33rd, 7rh
      #48-Johnson, 22nd, 6th
      #16-Biffle, 8th, 2nd
      #99-Edwards, 5th, 3rd
      #17-Kenseth, 1st, 5th
      #19-Mayfield, 14th, 16th
      #6-Martin, 19th, WIN
      #97-Busch, 10th, 14th.(10-9-2005)

    • Kansas Race Notes:
      • Mark Martin won the Banquet 400 Kansas Speedway, scoring his 35th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 632nd career start.
      • Martin scored his first victory in 2005 ending a 52-race winless streak. His last victory came at Dover in June 2004.
      • Martin remained 17th on NASCAR’s all-time winners list.
      • Martin became the 15th different race winner in 2005.
      • Martin has scored 15 top-10 finishes in 30 races in 2005.
      • Martin climbed from ninth to seventh in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
      • This is Martin’s first win and second top-10 at Kansas Speedway.
      • This is the first win by a Ford at Kansas Speedway.
      • This was Martin’s 24th career superspeedway victory in 449 career superspeedway races.
      • The 12 leaders in the Banquet 400 tied the record for the most leaders in a race at Kansas for the third time (2001 and 2004)
      • Martin led three times for 139 laps including the final 48 laps.
      • Martin led the most laps for the first time in a race this season. This is the second time in the last two seasons that he has led more than 100 laps in a race. Prior to today, the last five races that Martin had led the most laps, he lost.
      • Martin scored the first victory for car owner Jack Roush at Kansas Speedway. This was Roush’s 86th victory as a car owner and 12th in 30 races this season.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-9-2005)

    • The 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup-Week No. 4 - Notes:
      • As a result of his fourth-place finish in the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway Tony Stewart remained the leader in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup by 75 points over second-place Ryan Newman. The 10 drivers will race over the remaining six races to determine the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million.
      • Six drivers in the Chase changed positions at Kansas.
      • Kurt Busch (35th at New Hampshire, 23rd at Dover, eighth at Talladega and 14th at Kansas) started the 2004 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup by scoring a victory at New Hampshire and then followed with top-10 finishes in the first six races of the Chase. Busch remained 10th in the point standings, 224 points behind point leader Tony Stewart.
      • Nine of the 10 drivers competing in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the 2005 season. Rusty Wallace remains winless in 2005. Five of the 10 drivers have scored multiple victories led by Stewart and Biffle each with five.
      • Four of the “Ford Five” of Jack Roush Racing finished in the top five: Mark Martin (first), Greg Biffle (second), Carl Edwards (third), and Matt Kenseth (fifth).
      • Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart each have scored three top-five finishes in the first four races in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Kevin Harvick (24th) remained 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings by just one point over 12th-place Jamie McMurray.
      • Tony Stewart (third) scored his 15th top-10 finish in his last 16 races. Stewart remained first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings and has led the point standing in nine of the last 10 races, dropping to fifth after Dover for one race two weeks ago.
      • Matt Kenseth (fifth) scored his seventh top-10 finish in his last eight races.
      • Rusty Wallace (seventh) extended a 43-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol in August 2004. Wallace has scored 24 top-15 finishes in 30 races in 2005.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-9-2005)

    • Just for fun NASCAR This Mornings picks for Kansas:
      each Sunday [or Saturday afternoon] Speed Channel's NASCAR This Morning panel picks who they think will win the race, just for fun, thought I'd post it:
      The standings [lowest score leads]:
      Jimmy Spencer 520 points, picks Matt Kenseth, finished 5th [525]
      Kenny Wallace 555, Carl Edwards, 3rd [558]
      John Roberts 560, Greg Biffle, 2nd [562]
      in the 1st 26 races, the panel cannot pick the driver more then the 1st and it was reset for the chase.(10-9-2005)

    • Rumblings - Kansas: It was a Roush parade today....and the man on the King's Float was Mark Martin. Mark Martin won today's Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway in dominating style (leading 139 laps) for his first win of 2005 (his last win was at Dover in June of 2004) and the 35th win of his NEXTEL Cup career (he's solo in 17th place on the all-time win list). Win #12 this season for Roush Racing gives 'em 86 all-time. We said it was a Roush parade....their Fords led 258 of the 267 laps today, and took the top three spots as well as four of the Top-5. This victory was worth $339,725 from the over $5.8M in posted awards, and Mark becomes the 15th different winner this season.
      Carl Edwards (3rd) had his best finish since he won at Pocono in June.
      Casey Mears (8th) had his best finish since he was 6th at The Brickyard in August.
      STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 15 Top-10's in the last 16 races.
      Matt Kenseth has 7 Top-10's in the last 8 races.
      Rusty Wallace has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
      This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a tie between Rusty Wallace (+26) and Casey Mears (+26), followed by Kasey Kahne (+23) and Ricky Rudd (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kevin Lepage (-30), followed by Denny Hamlin (-25), Brandon Ash (-24), Scott Wimmer (-23), and Mike Wallace (-20).
      Jeff Gordon (16th to 14th) made the only multi-position move forward today, while Dale Jarrett (14th to 16th) swapped spots with Gordon.(Stock Car Fans)(10-9-2005)

    • Newman's car not passing pre-race insp: Speed Channel's NASCAR This Morning is reporting that the #12 alltel Dodge of Ryan Newman, went threw pre-race inspection Sunday morning at Kansas Speedway a couple times, but couldn't pass as a left rear quarter panel height was too high, after being given 5 minutes to try to fix the problem and still couldn't pass, the team was told to go to the back of the line and try again and be the final car thru tech. The team can work on the car since Newman will go to the back before the drop of the green flag since the team already changed transmissions after qualifying. Assume he passed as didn't hear any followup.(10-9-2005)

      News from October 8, 2005

    • No Cup for Lester in 2005...maybe 2006: Bill Lester's bid to become the first African-American driver to compete in NASCAR's top series since 1986 will be delayed until next season. Mike Brown, general manager for Bill Davis Racing, had said the team hoped to have Lester compete in select races this season, depending on sponsorship. Brown said Friday at Kansas Speedway that Lester's debut likely will take place early next year. It could happen at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a track Bill Davis Racing excels. "We do have some plans for Lester in '06,'' Brown said. "Right now, it's hard to say what it will be, one or two races or as many as 10. It just hasn't really come together as fast as we hoped. The key is we want to do it right. Another six months is not going to make a huge difference to try to do it the right way.'' The 44-year-old Lester competes in the Craftsman Truck series for Bill Davis Racing. He ranks 18th in the points. No African-American has competed in the Cup series since Willy T. Ribbs. He drove in three races in 1986.(Roanoke Times)(10-8-2005)

    • Loomis to stay at Hendrick thru 2005: Robbie Loomis, #24-Jeff Gordon's former crew chief, will take two weeks off after the Nextel Cup season before moving to Petty Enterprises to become vice president of race operations. Loomis, who has been Gordon's crew chief since the middle of the 2000 Winston Cup season, stepped down last month after Gordon did not qualify for the Chase for the Nextel Cup championship. He is staying on as a consultant for Gordon and car owner Rick Hendrick until the season ends. "Right now, I'm able to take a step back and look at things a little differently, and that's really good," Loomis said Friday after a practice session for Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway. "The on-track stuff I'm concentrating on is all with the Hendrick team, but I can think a little bit about the big-picture stuff with the Pettys."( RPM)(10-8-2005)

    • Wimmer staying at BDR in 2006: General Manager Mike Brown said Friday that Scott Wimmer will remain with Bill Davis Racing next season. Wimmer's contract goes through next season. There had been speculation that Wimmer, 33rd in the point standings, might not remain with the team after this season.(Roanoke Times)(10-8-2005)

    • Hearing set for RCR Appeal: Car owner Richard Childress said the team's appeal of NASCAR penalties issued to crew chief Todd Berrier has been set for Oct. 19. NASCAR suspended Berrier, crew chief for Kevin Harvick, two races, fined him $10,000 and placed him on probation until Dec. 31. Officials found that Harvick's car had an unapproved aerodynamic modification and fuel cell at Talladega.(Roanoke Times), while the penalty is being appealed, Berrier can serve as the #29 Crew Chief on Sunday at Kansas.(10-8-2005)

    • Cars to move to different series? NASCAR's game plan for the 2007 car of the future is slowly becoming clearer. When the new, larger car is phased in in 2007, the current Nextel Cup cars would become Busch tour cars, and the current Busch cars (which have a smaller 105-inch wheelbase than the 110-inch Cup cars) will become part of a new Grand National series in Mexico, Canada, the Western U.S., and possibly England, according to NASCAR sources.(Winston Salem Journal)(10-8-2005)

    • Harvick's father-in-law ill: Kevin Harvick will be leaving the Kansas Speedway as soon as he qualify's his Busch car later this afternoon to be at his wife's side. Delana Harvick's father, John Linville, is nearing the end of a long battle with cancer. Harvick plans on being back tomorrow. However, if he doesn't come back Jeff Burton will drive the #21 Reese's Chevrolet in the Busch race. RCR Busch Series driver Clint Bowyer will practice a few laps in the #29 GM Goodwrench Chevy this afternoon in case he has to be Harvick's qualifying stand-in tomorrow.(10-7-2005)
      UPDATE: Harvick is back at the track and plans to at least qualify and may run the Busch Series race.(Speed Channel's NASCAR Live program)(10-8-2005)

    • Kenseth wins pole at Kansas: #17-Matt Kenseth won the Budweiser Pole for the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway with a Track Record lap of 180.856mph for his 2nd pole of 2005 and 3rd of his career. THe rest of the top five are: #38-Elliott Sadler, #24-Jeff Gordon, #22-Scott Wimmer and #99-Carl Edwards. The top five all ran faster the the old track record of Jimmie Johnson's 180.373mph, set in Oct 2003. #66-Kevin Lepage ties the track record and will start 6th, the highest non top-35 team, who had to get in based on speed. Points leader #20-Tony Stewart will start 9th. There were two wrecks in qualifying, #9-Kasey Kahne [no speed] and #11-Denny Hamlin [made one lap, was to start 7th], both go to backup cars and will fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag on Sunday. Six drivers failed to make the race: #7-Robby Gordon, #00-Carl Long, #61-Wayne Anderson, #37-Tony Raines, #34-Eric McClure and #13-Greg Sacks.
      For qualifying speeds and order, practice speeds, starting linup, pole progression, links and more, see Jayski's Kansas Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(10-8-2005)

    • Kansas Qualifying Notes:
      • Matt Kenseth won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Banquet 400, lapping Kansas Speedway in 29.858 seconds at 180.856 mph. He broke Jimmie Johnson’s track-qualifying record of 29.938 seconds, 180.373 mph, set Oct. 3, 2003.
      • The top-five qualifiers eclipsed Johnson’s previous track record and Kevin Lepage (sixth) tied the mark.
      • This is Kenseth’s third career Bud Pole in 214 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races and his second this season.
      • This is Kenseth’s first start better than 13th in five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.
      • Kenseth became the seventh repeat Bud Pole winner this season.
      • There have been five different Bud Pole winners in the five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Kansas.
      • Elliott Sadler posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 29.881 seconds, 180.717 mph – and will join Kenseth on the front row for the Banquet 400. Sadler has just one previous top-10 start in five races at Kansas, 10th in 2003. This is his 16th top-10 start in 2005.
      • This is the seventh Bud Pole for Ford in 2005. Chevrolet has 12 Bud Poles and Dodge has nine. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June and Watkins Glen. This is the first Bud Pole for Ford at Kansas Speedway. Ford has never won here.
      • Jeff Gordon (third) has qualified in the top-10 in four of his five races at Kansas. It is his 15th top-10 start this season.
      • Scott Wimmer (fourth) posted his first top-10 start of the 2005 season. He started 37th and finished 36th in 2004, his only appearance at Kansas Speedway.
      • Carl Edwards (fifth) started 16th in 2004, his only NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Kansas. It is his seventh top-10 start this season.
      • Kevin Lepage (sixth) posted his best start since he started fifth at Charlotte in October 2003. It is the career-best start for car owner Jeff Stec, bettering the team’s previous best of 30th at Talladega in May.
      • Denny Hamlin (seventh) qualified for his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race [but wrecked].(NASCAR PR)(10-8-2005)

    • Ramblings - Kansas: Matt Kenseth nabbed his second Bud Pole of the season (and third of his Cup career) today at Kansas Speedway for tomorrow's Banquet 400 with a time of 29.858 (180.856 mph) as the top-5 all bettered the previous track record. Kenseth will lead 'em to the green with Elliott Sadler alongside.
      Scott Wimmer (4th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 11th twice....both at Pocono this season.
      Kevin Lepage (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Lowe's in October of 2003.
      Denny Hamlin (7th) will make his first Cup start this weekend....but it'll be in a backup car as he crashed on his second lap.
      Jeff Green (12th) has his best starting spot since he started 6th at Bristol in April.
      Brandon Ash (18th) makes his second Cup start this weekend. His previous race was at Infineon in June of 2004....starting 37th and finishing 41st.
      P. J. Jones (27th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 14th at Watkins Glen in August of 2002!
      STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 3 Top-10 starts in the last 4 races.(Stock Car Fans)(10-8-2005)

      News from October 7, 2005

    • Shepherd gets new crew chief and some DEI chassis: #89-Morgan Shepherd has a new crew chief, Teddy Brown. Shepherd will not run at Kansas. The team is in the process of building two new cars and recently bought two new chasis from DEI, but will still run Joey Arrington engines. Shepherd plan to test Monday in preparation for the Martinsville race (doesn't say where Shepherd will test)(Morgan Shepherd site)(10-7-2005)

    • #15 stays with DEI: DEI VP of Motorsports, Richie Gilmore told Claire B. Lang XM Satellite NASCAR Radio - that the #15 is not going anywhere:
      "We're going to run the 1, 8, and 15 again next year and we're working on some sponsorship right now. We have some sponsor stuff in place to run the 15 next year on a partial schedule. There is some possiblities...there's a real small window you know probably by Charlotte everybody has to have their deal signed up. But we have enough stuff right now sponsorship in place to run at least ten races with the 15. But we're just looking at our options of maybe running three (cars) full time. So we haven't ruled that out but it's a short time frame where we close that window."
      Gilmore said the benefits of having at least a partial schedule with the #15 are that doing so would give Paul Menard more time at the cup level. They would run him at Daytona and have three partners down there to draft and it would also help them use the full test schedule with all three teams. And as to NAPA taking the 15 number with Michael Waltrip - "That is something Dale (Earnhardt) personally went to Bud Moore and put together and had, has a lot of pride in that number and so does Theresa," Gilmore told Claire B. Lang. "We've had fans both ways saying Michael deserves that number and if they know the history of DEI they know that's not true. That's our number. We have a lot of pride in it as a company and that number will stay with DEI."
      CBL: "You're sure you won't give (the #15) number up:?
      Gilmore: "I'm positive. That number will stay with DEI. Yes we appreciate the time we've had with NAPA and with Michael but just because Michael was there for five years in that car I don't see where he deserves that number. He was in the number 30. Go get that," Gilmore said. He added that Waltrip talked to DEI about it and wanted to reassure Theresa.. that it was something that NAPA wanted because they had equity in it but that he was fine looking at other numbers.(XM Satellite NASCAR Radio)
      NOTE: look for DEI to transfer #15 Owners points to the #1 team that Truex Jr. will drive in 2006.(10-7-2005)

    • Sad News: Peter LaVance, 73, passed away died Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ. LaVance was the 1955 Wall Sportsman Champion and flagged the Daytona Time Trials in February 2005. He was an original member of the Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club and the Shore Auto Race Club, a flagger and driver at Wall Stadium, and a NASCAR Official at Wall Stadium. Mr. LaVance owned and operated Pete LaVance & Sons Auto Repair, Neptune, for 36 years, retiring in 1998.
      Visiting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524), Freehold Township. Friends and relatives are invited to attend his funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Monmouth Memorial Park, Tinton Falls. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. LaVance may be made to the Spring Lake First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 94, Spring Lake, NJ 07762, or the Spring Lake Fire Co. 1, 1007 Fifth Ave., Spring Lake, NJ 07762, and would be appreciated. For information, directions or condolence messages to the family, visit Park Press)(10-7-2005)

    • NASCAR Family on 60 Minutes this Sunday: The phrase "NASCAR Family" usually refers to the millions of fans obsessed with the fastest-growing sport in America. But the real NASCAR family is the France family of Daytona Beach, Florida. For six decades, they have literally owned the sport, and made themselves into billionaires in the process; NASCAR today is one of the biggest businesses in the country still owned and run by the family that founded it. Third-generation France siblings Brian and Lesa are now in running the show, and they recently spoke with Lesley Stahl about the company's next "big goal": moving more NASCAR race to America's biggest cities and attracting more minority fans by moving away from the sport's southern "good ole boy" image. For more on NASCAR'S past, present and future, watch 60 Minutes on Sunday, October 9, 7:00pm et/pt on CBS.(CBS)(10-7-2005)

    • Foyt IV gets out of his IRL contract to run NASCAR: A.J. Foyt IV will relinquish his role as driver of A.J. Foyt's #14 ABC Supply Dallara/Chevrolet. Foyt IV is being released from his contract with A.J. Foyt Enterprises effective after the IRL IndyCar Series' final race at California Speedway Sunday, October 16th "Anthony wants to try his hand at NASCAR," said family patriarch and Indy car team owner A.J. Foyt. "He's learned a lot since we began working together in 2002 but now it's time for him to learn from someone else. He's still young and I'm sure some of the advice I've given him will start to sink in when he hears it from someone other than me. I admit I'm a little nervous about trusting him to the world because he is young. At the same time, I think we both realize it's time for him to spread his wings. I'll still keep an eye on him no matter where he goes because he is my grandson and that will never change."
      "I will always appreciate the chance my grandfather has given me," said Foyt IV, who turned 21 this past May. "I've learned tons working with him and his team, especially how you have to keep working together to make progress. My grandfather has shown a lot of faith in me by allowing me to drive his cars and by sticking by me when times got rough. Without him I wouldn't be where I am today. Now I have an opportunity to try something different which I'm excited about and I hope works out well."(Foyt Racing PR)(10-7-2005)

    • Ride with Ride with Dale Jr. Auction Fetches $42,100: After spending seven days at the top of eBay's "Most Watched" list, the opportunity to ride shotgun with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., sponsored by the Wrangle* brand, went for $42,100 with 100% of the winning bid benefiting the American Red Cross. NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt, Jr., The Dale Earnhardt Foundation, and the Wrangler* brand conceived the auction to raise funds for relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita and subsequent hurricanes during the 2005 season. The winning bidder will ride with Dale Jr. on Oct. 26, 2005, at the Wrangler brand's "Take a Test Drive with Dale Jr." event at Lowe's Motor Speedway. A check ceremony will be held that same day recognizing the donation with officials from the American Red Cross. The winning bidder was Don Crawford of Ocala, Fla. Mr. Crawford bid on the auction as a gift for his wife Debbie, who is a Dale Jr. fan. Having felt the impact on Florida from last year's hurricanes, Don wanted to do something to help the people along the Gulf Coast.(DEI)(10-7-2005)

    • Gordon tests at Atlanta: Before heading to Kansas Speedway for this weekend's Banquet 400, #24-Jeff Gordon tested at Atlanta Motor Speedway for a test session on Wednesday. Gordon's fastest unofficial lap time was 29.87 seconds at 185.604 mph.(

    • Martin tests truck at Homestead: Roush Racing teammates Mark Martin and Todd Kluever spent two days this week testing their Ford F-150s at Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for next month's race. Martin drove a brand new truck which he will race there in November and Kluever piloted a Ford R&D truck. Both drivers felt the two days were very beneficial for their programs.(Roush Racing)(10-7-2005)

    • Fan wins to be Honorary Pit Crew Member: As the Cup Series prepares to head to Kansas for the first and only time this year, Cingular Wireless is providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a local race fan to experience the excitement of stock car racing up close and personal. Richard Garrett of Pleasant Hill, Mo., was randomly selected as the grand prize winner during a special Cingular sweepstakes and is being rewarded with a chance to serve as an honorary pit crew member for Jeff Burton and TEAM Cingular during Sunday's big event. As an honorary pit crew member, Garrett will get the opportunity to meet Burton, driver of the Richard Childress Racing #31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet and a 17-time Cup Series winner, and team owner Richard Childress on Sunday, October 9, before the green flag drops. Garrett will truly be a part of TEAM Cingular the entire day, from helping the team set up the pit stop and to attending pre-race team meetings. The weekend package also includes hotel accommodations for Garrett and a guest.(Career Sports & Entertainment)(10-7-2005)

    • Stremme gets sponsor to run 2 more races: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced that partner GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare will increase its support of the team by sponsoring David Stremme in two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races in 2005. GSK's product, Commit stop smoking lozenges, will adorn Stremme's #39 Dodge at Lowe's Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Stremme will debut the #39 Commit Dodge at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 15 in the UAW Quality 400 just five miles from the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates NASCAR headquarters. The 1.5-mile oval will be the sight of Stremme's third career NEXTEL Cup race. For more info see the Web site, which has information about quitting smoking as well as racing news and behind the scenes interviews.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(10-7-2005)

    • Confederate flag a 'fading image' in NASCAR: NASCAR CEO Brian France doesn't like fans flying Confederate flags at races as he tries to make auto racing more appealing to minorities and women. "It's not a flag that I look at with anything favorable. That's for sure," he said in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" to be aired Sunday. "I can't tell people what flag to fly. I can tell you the flag we get behind: It's the American flag." France is trying to broaden auto racing's appeal with minorities in places like Los Angeles, where France moved the important Labor Day NASCAR event last year, and New York, soon to have a track. "[Reaching out to minorities] is something I work on every day. I work on it personally," France said. Among those efforts France counts running a NASCAR event in Mexico and establishing a training program for female and minority drivers. And he doesn't believe the racial stereotypes associated with the Confederate flag will affect NASCAR. "I think it's a fading image," France said.(

    • Long gets sponsor for Kansas: The Polly Klaas Foundation, a national nonprofit that helps find missing children and prevent them from going missing in the first place, announced today its featured spot as a complimentary sponsor of McGlynn Racing, a Pennsylvania team participating in NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series. McGlynn Racing, which has donated sponsorship space on the hood of its car to help raise awareness of the foundation and its mission, is racing this weekend at Kansas Speedway for the Banquet 400.
      "Our work to protect children and find those that are missing is strengthened when the public knows about our services and educational resources," said Anita Galins, executive director of the Polly Klaas Foundation. "McGlynn Racing's generous donation of their valuable ad space provides a unique and powerful venue for us to reach many more people-in Kansas and nationwide. We are sincerely grateful and touched by their commitment to helping us protect kids, and we heartily root them on this weekend at the Banquet 400."
      The Polly Klaas Foundation name, logo, Web site [] and toll-free hotline made its debut on the hood of the #00 Chevrolet driven by Carl Long at the Food City 500 in Bristol, Tennessee, on April 3. McGlynn Racing has added the Polly Klaas Foundation name to the side quarter panels, in addition to the hood, for this weekend's race to increase awareness of the mission.(McGlynn Racing)(10-7-2005)

    • Hamlin to Debut at Kansas: Joe Gibbs Racing Busch Series Denny Hamlin takes the wheel of the #11 FedEx Kinko’s Chevy in the Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods at Kansas Speedway this weekend. It will be his first start in the #11 FedEx Monte Carlo, first career NASCAR Nextel Cup start, and his first race at Kansas Speedway. Hamlin’s previous NASCAR debuts resulted in top ten finishes – 10th in the Truck Series at Indianapolis Raceway Park on Aug. 6, 2004 and 8th in the Busch Series race at Darlington on Nov. 13, 2004. Hamlin will stay in the seat of the #11 through the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct. 30.(JGR)(10-7-2005)

      News from October 6, 2005

    • Car of Tomorrow tesing at Atlanta; Mock race early 2006?: NASCAR’s car of tomorrow [COT] will get another test drive on Monday, October 31st following the cup race in Atlanta. The teams of Jack Roush, Roger Penske, Rick Hendrick, Ray Evernham, Joe Gibbs, DEI, Richard Childress and Richard Petty are planning on bringing their first versions of the bigger car. While the first race with the car of tomorrow is tentatively set for a year from now, NASCAR will stage a mock race after the 2006 July event at Daytona with 25 or 30 cars to give the drivers and teams a feel for what the new vehicle will do under competitive conditions. Teams may have to run it in every race beginning with the 2007 season; however Jack Roush says he and other owners have campaigned for a gradual phase in when they met with NASCAR last week. Roush said, “If it goes far enough out so that we can balance out our existing cars and our existing parts the cost will be significant but it will be minimal. If they would decide that starting in 2006 or 2007 we had to run all the races with all the cars it would be a much worse problem so they (NASCAR) are open minded, they are thinking about the schedule and if they’ll relent and accept the schedule that we have proposed at that time the cost will be certainly palatable.”(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(10-6-2005)

    • NBC In Kansas Notes: After a wild ride at Talladega last week, NBC's exclusive coverage of NASCAR's "Chase for the Nextel Cup" continues live in High Definition with the Banquet 400 from Kansas Speedway at 2:00pm/et on Sunday [Oct 9th]. NASCAR on NBC gets rolling on Saturday with live coverage of NASCAR Busch Series Racing Presented by Energizer, Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. Coverage begins Sunday with the "Bank of America Countdown to Green" pre-race show at 1:30 p.m. ET; this week on "Wally's World," NASCAR on NBC race analyst Wally Dallenbach takes freestyle BMX rider Chad Kagy for a ride.(NBC PR)(10-6-2005)

    • #37 Crew Chief Suspended by NASCAR: NASCAR has suspended crew chief Glenn Darrow indefinitely, for violation of the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy. Darrow, [now former] crew chief for the #37 Dodge [Tony Raines driver] that competes in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, was tested for banned substances last Saturday (Oct. 1) at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Test results were positive, violating Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 12-4-E (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2005 NASCAR rule book.(NASCAR PR)(10-6-2005)

    • Raines hopes to get Hall of Fame Racing gig: After meeting with Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach last week in Dallas, veteran NASCAR driver Tony Raines said he hopes he convinced the former Cowboys to hire him as the man behind the wheel of their Hall of Fame Racing team next season. "I don't know anything officially, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed," Raines said. "It's an opportunity of a lifetime. I think these are the right guys at the right time for me." Raines, 41, has met with officials for the new Nextel Cup team three times. Bill Saunders, the managing partner for the team, said last week that it hopes to announce its driver within two weeks. HOF officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Raines is a native of Laporte, Ind., but lives in Concord, N.C., near Lowe's Motor Speedway. He has competed in 54 Cup events since 2002. Raines ran a full season in 2003 and had one top-10 finish for an under-funded [now with #37] team. He has raced seven years in the Busch Series, finishing a career-best sixth in the 2001 standings. He said he was impressed with what he heard from Aikman and Staubach. "Troy and Roger aren't getting into this just to be there," Raines said. "They are successful people who are doing this to be competitive and win."(Dallas Monring News),. hearing Hall of Fame Racing expects to announce the driver at Charlotte next week before the races at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Other rumored drivers include Ward Burton, Paul Tracy and Mike Wallace.(10-6-2005)

    • Terry Wooten replaces Glenn Darrow at R&J Racing: Terry Wooten has joined #37 R&J Racing and will be with the race team for this Sunday’s race at the Kansas Speedway. Wooten, who recently worked as a crew chief at Michael Waltrip Racing’s NASCAR Nextel Cup Series team, replaces Glenn Darrow. “We appreciate everything Glenn did for our race team,” said car owner Roger Craven. “He certainly elevated our program. But we had the opportunity to take our team to another level, and we were very fortunate to get somebody with Wooten’s experience.” Darrow is no longer with R&J Racing, Craven said. “The very first thing I noticed at R&J Racing is they’ve built a very strong foundation,” Wooten said. “It’s just a matter of refining what they already have. You have to stay moving in this sport. The old adage is true: If you’re caught up, you’re already behind. We will focus our attention in working ahead of the curve.” Driver Tony Raines welcomed the change. “Glenn did a great job, but when you have the chance to bring that kind of experience to your team, you have to take it,” Raines said. “I’m really looking forward to taking the next step with Terry. I joined the team in August and I quickly realized they have all the tools to be successful. Terry Wooten will help us put those tools in order. Success in this sport usually doesn’t come with major changes. It’s a quarter-inch here, an eighth-of-inch there. “I look forward to creating a long, successful relationship with Terry.” R&J Racing is based in Toccoa, Ga., and the shop is in Concord, N.C.(RJ Racing PR/Media Brokers International)(10-6-2005)

    • PEO Pros assoc on #92: PEO Pros will be an associate sponsor for the #92 Front Row Racing Chevy at Kansas. PEO Pros is negotiating directly with their favorite driver, PJ Jones. "PJ was originally going to pilot the #34, but we are happy Front Row moved him to the #92 along with Fox Collision Center" remarked PEO Pros CEO and Sports Marketing Agent John Tenney. "We're looking forward to seeing PJ prove that he can be fast and competitive on ovals as well as road courses."(PR)(10-6-2005)

    • NASCAR Hall of Fame bid headlines Chamber Day at Kansas: Kansas Speedway and members from the Kansas City Area Development Council will discuss the NASCAR Hall of Fame bid proposal during Chamber Day festivities at Kansas Speedway on Friday. Chamber Day on Friday is a unique networking opportunity during O'Reilly Auto Parts Qualifying Day at Kansas Speedway, and promises to be one of the biggest mixers for business professionals in the city. Nearly 1,000 of the metro's brightest professional men and women from most of the area chambers of commerce are expected to attend this year's Chamber Day. Guests include Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, KCADC President and CEO Bob Marcusse and representatives from the THINK KC team that submitted a bid earlier this year to attract the NASCAR Hall of Fame to Kansas City, Kan.(PR)(10-6-205)

    • Talladega TV Ratings Even with 2004 UPDATE final numbers: NBC's broadcast of Sunday's UAW-Ford 500 earned a 4.6 overnight rating from Nielsen Media Research and a 9 market share to match the overnight figures of 2004, Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Daily reports.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)
      2004 numbers: the race at Talladega in Oct 2004 drew a 4.6 overnight rating and a 9 share from Nielsen Media Research. Final Nielsen Media Research numbers for NBC's broadcast at Talladega Superspeedway drew a 5.4 rating.(10-4-2005);
      UPDATE: NBC drew a 5.3 national rating and 11 share for last week's NASCAR Nextel Cup Racing from Talladega, off slightly from 2004 (5.4/12) and representing a 77 percent increase over 2000, the last year before NBC began broadcasting the event (3.0 converted national rating on ESPN). NBC & TNT's average 2005 rating is a 4.6 through 12 races, up 2 percent over 2004 and up 59 percent over 2000 (2.9 through 13 races). The top ten metered markets for NBC's Talladega broadcast are as follows: 1) Greensboro, NC 13.1; 2) Greenville, SC 12.7; 3) Knoxville, TN 12.6; 4) Birmingham, AL 12.0; 5) Charlotte, NC 10.9; 6) Louisville, KY 9.8; 7) Atlanta, GA 9.3; 8) Jacksonville, FL 8.5; 9) Raleigh-Durham, NC 8.3; t10) Indianapolis, IN 7.8; t10) Richmond, VA 7.8.(NBC PR)(10-6-2005)

      News from October 5, 2005

    • Richard Childress Statement Regarding NASCAR Penalty: The following is a statement from Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing (RCR), regarding NASCAR's penalty to RCR crew chief Todd Berrier for a rules infraction Sept. 30 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway: "After several discussions with the crew of the #29 team, we have decided to appeal NASCAR's ruling. We feel we have a responsibility to GM Goodwrench and all of our sponsors, as well as all of our fans, to stand up for what we think is right. Regardless of the outcome, we can't let it get in the way of what the #29 team is trying to accomplish this season. The goal is to finish 11th in the point standings. That's where they are now and that will remain their focus."(RCR)(10-5-2005)

    • Waltrip's Penalty and Fine Rescinded: On October 4, 2005, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the appeal of DEI and Michael Waltrip. The appeal pertained to two penalties issued by NASCAR under Section 12-4-A of the Rule Book "Actions detrimental to stock car racing. Inappropriate gesture by the driver during a televised broadcast". The penalties stemmed from the broadcast of a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at New Hampshire International Speedway on September 18, 2005.
      The penalties assessed were:
      * $10,000 fine; loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Driver Championship points; and Probation until December 31, 2005 for driver, Michael Waltrip
      * Loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Car Owner Championship points for owner, Teresa Earnhardt
      The Commission reviewed the broadcast footage numerous times and different Commission members saw different things. Two of the three members found the footage inconclusive. Therefore, by majority vote, the National Stock Car Racing Commission has decided to rescind the penalties. Notwithstanding the outcome of this specific Appeal, the Commission concurs with NASCAR's strong stance regarding inappropriate gestures and/or language during NASCAR broadcasts, and the need for vigorous penalties for any infractions.(NASCAR PR)(10-5-2005)

    • Kenseth renegotiating with Roush: #17-Matt Kenseth was busy testing last week at Kansas and Charlotte, and while his immediate concern was working on his Busch setups, the 2003 Cup champion and his fellow Roush racers also have been thinking about the personnel turnover that will come at the end of this season. "Definitely people come at your good guys with money, especially during contract years," Kenseth says. "It's not as bad as the NFL yet, but that's all part of the sport. You have to audit your own system and keep up with incentives and keep up with the payroll because other teams will do what it takes to get your drivers and your crew members that they want." Kenseth is renegotiating his own contract but says, "I'm certainly planning on staying at Roush."(Sporting News)(10-5-2005)

    • Reutimann may run Cup race at Charlotte: Darrell Waltrip's Truck Series driver, #17-David Reutimann will test a Michael Waltrip-owned Nextel Cup car at Atlanta today, and if all goes well, Reutimann will try to qualify it for the UAW-GM 500 Oct. 15 at Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte. Reutimann, ninth in the truck standings, hasn't raced in Nextel Cup. He failed to qualify for the 2003 Brickyard 400 in a Morgan-McClure Motorsports car. Waltrip's #00 car came from Dale Earnhardt Inc.'s short-track stable. It didn't test well at Charlotte recently [with Reutimann testing], but Waltrip's team has made some major changes to it. "I tested Michael's Busch car for him a couple of times this year," Reutimann said. "I told him a while back, if he ever had an opportunity, I would love to drive for him. He asked me to test some of his stuff, and this is just another opportunity."(Tampa Tribune)(10-5-2005)

    • Petty in pink at Kansas: #45-Kyle Petty will be driving a Quilted Northern Ultra bath tissue pink paint scheme this weekend. The scheme is in conjunction with the “Time for Thanks” program that recognizes the critical role that co-survivors play in the in the lives of breast cancer survivors. Survivors and co-survivors will spend a weekend retreat at the Victory Junction Gang Camp in early November.(Williams Company)(10-5-2005)

    • Drive for Diversity tryouts: Tryouts for the 2006 Drive for Diversity program are scheduled to be held Oct. 17-18 at South Boston Speedway. Nineteen drivers, selected from 300 applicants, will be evaluated based on their performance in a Late Model car and off-track exercises. More info at

    • #77 to sport special scheme at Kansas: This weekend at Kansas Speedway, Eastman Kodak Company's Health Imaging Division will once again leverage the firm's Penske-Jasper Racing NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series sponsorship to join in the race to promote better breast health for women. The Kodak Racing team is trading its well-known Kodak gold this weekend for a white #77 Kodak Mammography Products Dodge Charger for Travis Kvapil to race in the Banquet 400 in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which runs through October. Through its sponsorship of Kvapil's car, Kodak hopes to raise awareness of the importance of early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. In addition to the #77 Kodak Mammography Products Dodge, Kodak is supporting the race for better breast health in other ways. Kodak EasyShare Gallery (, formerly known as "Ofoto", has teamed with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as the official photo sponsor of the Breast Cancer 3-Day, an organized fundraiser, which from June through the end of October will have visited 10 different cities to aid in the fight against breast cancer. ot only is Kodak EasyShare Gallery the official photo partner, it also is offering special pink ribbon products including T-shirts, greeting cards, photo books, and more for purchase online in honor of breast cancer awareness. Kodak is donating 10 percent of the retail purchase price to the Breast Cancer 3-Day. Also, for the month of October, when you purchase an Absolute Pink KODAK EASYSHARE V530 Zoom Digital Camera at the KODAK Online Store, Kodak will donate 10% of the retail price to the Breast Cancer 3-Day.(Penske Racing), see image of the car on my #77 Team Schemes page.(10-5-2005)

    • Fox Collison Center to sponsor #92: Front Row Motorsports announced that FOX Collision Center will sponsor the #92 Dodge driven by PJ Jones at Kansas Speedway, for the Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods. “I appreciate the opportunity to drive the FOX Collision Center Dodge at Kansas this weekend,” commented driver PJ Jones. “I look forward to working with the crew and providing FOX Collision Center a strong run on Sunday.” FOX Collision Center, Inc., with 9 full service body shops is owned and operated by Kansas native Todd Fox, an industry veteran with over 20 years experience in collision repair. He began his collision repair business in Wichita and operated four facilities before moving onto Tulsa, Oklahoma in spring of 2001. After just a few short months, FOX quickly became Tulsa’s premier Collision Center. There are currently 4 FOX Collision Center’s in Wichita. Their ninth center opens October 4th in Kansas at I-35 and Antioch. “We appreciate the support of FOX Collision Center, Inc. for the Kansas race”, said team owner Bob Jenkins. “They have been great to work with and we look forward to partnering with them on future races. We feel the FOX Collision Center Dodge will make a strong showing this weekend.”(PR)(10-5-2005)

    • Testing at Martinsville: #25-Brian Vickers, #49-Ken Schrader and #21-Ricky Rudd took part in a Goodyear tire test at Martinsville Speedway on Monday and Tuesday.(Roanoke Times)(10-5-2005)

    • Testing at Kentucky: #88-Dale Jarrett, #77-Travis Kvapil and the #11 R&D car were scheuled to test at Kentucky Speedway on Tuesday, Oct 4th.(Kentucky Speedway)(10-5-2005)

    • Wally partners to buy TV rights for Pike Peak Climb: HIGHDRAMA Productions, and Wally Dallenbach, Jr. announced the acquisition of the television broadcast rights for the Pike's Peak International Hill Climb through the 2011 race. The Hill Climb celebrates its 84th anniversary in 2006 as one of America's oldest and most exciting motor sports events. This annual automobile race to the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak, above the city of Colorado Springs, spans a grueling 12.5 miles along a gravelly road. More than 200 competitors in cars, trucks, and motorcycles participate, along with thousands of spectators who line the winding route. Dallenbach has driven in a variety of racing disciplines including NASCAR and open wheel cars in his racing career. He knows the history and importance of the Hill Climb in American motorsports. "I'm really excited about this project. I have been fortunate to drive just about everything on wheels, but the most fun I have ever had in a car has been at Pikes Peak. I love the event, and when I learned that the TV deal was up I approached the Hill Climb about giving me a shot at putting something together," said Dallenbach. The Pikes Peak Hill Climb has been broadcast as a taped event for the last 10 years on ESPN2 and Speed Channel. The 2006 event is scheduled for the 4th of July weekend.(PR)(10-5-2005)

    • Alltel awards Tampa resident opportunity to 'Go Racing With Ryan Newman': Alltel enlisted the help of driver #12-Ryan Newman to provide a customer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Alltel gave Joe DiCorte of Tampa, Fla. an all-expense paid trip to the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Oct. 15 and will put his name under the Alltel logo on the deck lid of the #12 Alltel Dodge for the race. This is the first time Alltel has put the name of a customer on its race car. Newman surprised DiCorte with the announcement at Alltel's retail store at 8203 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. DiCorte, who was randomly picked for the honor while visiting the store, also will receive one year of free wireless phone service from Alltel.(Alan Taylor Communications)(10-5-2005)

      News from October 4, 2005

    • #29 Crew Chief Berrier Suspended: NASCAR announced today that NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series crew chief Todd Berrier has been suspended, fined and placed on probation because of rule violations this past weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Berrier, crew chief of the #29 Chevrolet driven by Kevin Harvick, was suspended from NASCAR competition until Oct. 19, fined $10,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. During post-qualifying inspection last Friday, the #29 was found to have an unapproved aerodynamic modification and an unapproved fuel cell vent mounting – violations of Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components, and/or equipment that do not conform to NASCAR rules) in the series rule book.(NASCAR PR)(10-4-2005)

    • Other Fines from Talladega:
      Tony Gibson, crew chief of the #15 Chevrolet driven by Michael Waltrip, was fined $10,000. During pre-qualifying inspection last Friday, the #15 was found to have an unapproved air directional device and unapproved wheel spacers – violations of Sections 12-4-A and 12-4-Q.
      Tony Eury Jr., crew chief of the #8 Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., was fined $2,500. During opening day inspection last Thursday, the #8 was found to have unapproved fuel cell foam, violating 12-4-A and 12-4-Q.
      Dustin Smith, crew chief of the #89 Dodge driven by Morgan Shepherd, was fined $2,500. During opening-day inspection, the #89 also had unapproved fuel cell foam.(NASCAR PR)(10-4-2005)

    • COT Tests at Talladega: NASCAR's "car of tomorrow" [COT] looks and drives a lot like today's race cars. But the redesigned car could prevent injuries and provide better racing down the road. Officials and teams tested prototype versions of the redesigned car at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday. Roush Racing driver Carl Edwards tested a Ford, Kyle Petty tested a Petty Enterprises-built Dodge and Brett Bodine tested a Chevrolet that was built by NASCAR's own engineering staff. Gary Nelson, NASCAR's managing director of research and development, said the cars will make their full-scale debut in 2007 but might be used in one race next season. "Today's a big step toward that," he said. The redesigned car is slightly larger, and the driver's seat has been shifted about 4 inches toward the center of the car. The changes provide extra room for new energy-absorbing blocks of metal that NASCAR has been developing since the death of star driver Dale Earnhardt in February 2001. The new car's roll cage, a steel skeleton that protects the driver, also has been beefed up. The new car's body intentionally has been designed to be boxier than current cars; officials hope less aerodynamic cars will be able to pass each other more easily on the track.(USA Today)(10-4-2005)

    • Johnson accepts blame for wreck: #48-Jimmie Johnson acknowledged Tuesday he was at fault for an eight-car crash at Talladega Superspeedway that scuttled at least one other driver's championship hopes. Johnson had denied responsibility immediately after Sunday's accident, which cost both himself and Mark Martin valuable ground in the race for the Nextel Cup title. After watching tape of the accident that occurred 20 laps into the race, Johnson said he realized he ran into the back of leader Elliott Sadler to start the wreck. Johnson initially claimed he was pushed into Sadler by Dale Earnhardt Jr. "I feel bad, I don't know what else I can say," Johnson said. "I started a wreck and took out a lot of good cars. That was the last thing I intended to do and I feel horrible for it. So I'm taking the responsibility. I needed to see the video to really understand what took place." Johnson was widely blamed by the other drivers in the accident, especially Sadler. "I guess he's trying to keep his streak alive -- he caused a big wreck here last year and he caused a big one again this year," Sadler snapped. "Maybe that's his way of racing here at Talladega ... try to get rid of everybody so he can win the race." Johnson said he has apologized to Sadler, and left a message for Michael Waltrip, who flipped several times during the accident. He now believes the accident was caused because he got too close to Sadler entering the first turn, causing Sadler's car to bobble. Sadler had to slow to save it, and Johnson rammed into the back of him. Earnhardt then hit Johnson, starting the chain-reaction crash. "That's the last thing in the world I wanted to do," Johnson said. "I went and spoke to Elliott immediately after the race and he knew. Even though he was upset, he apologized for saying some harsh things, but he knew what took place and that I got him loose before I actually got into him. I apologized." Johnson was also blamed for starting a 25-car accident at Talladega in April, a wreck that led Earnhardt to call him an "idiot" and create a wave of criticism about Johnson's driving style.(

    • Career start #700 for Rusty at Kansas: Sunday's Banquet 400 at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway will mark #2-Rusty Wallace's 700 th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career start and it will be his final career in his native midwestern area of the country. Both of those facts have contributed to the abundance of confidence the driver of the Miller Lite Dodge has entering this weekend. Rusty Wallace enters Kansas third in the point standings, trailing leader Tony Stewart by 76 points. He has eight top-five finishes, 16 top-10 finishes and 23 top-15 finishes (leads all drivers in top-15s). He has an average start of 16.4 and an average finish of 11.4. He has had no DNFs this season. After 29 races had been completed last year, Wallace was 17 th in points and a whopping 475 points behind 11 th-place Jamie McMurray. He had three top-five finishes and eight top-10s. He had a 15.2 average start and a 19.5 average finish with three DNFs. Rusty Wallace has been running at the finish in 42 consecutive races - since Bristol last fall, the longest current streak. Rusty Wallace has competed in all four NEXTEL Cup races held at Kansas Speedway. He has scored three top-10 finishes. He currently has a 15.8 average start and an 8.5 average finish on the 1.5-mile track. Wallace has currently led 19,940 laps in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competition and lacks only 60 laps to reach an unbelievable 20,000 laps led.(Tom Roberts PR)(10-4-2005)

    • Krissie Newman helps out: After completing an exhausting animal aid and rescue mission along the Gulf Coast last week, Krissie Newman had one word to describe the destruction. "Surreal would be the best way," said the wife of Nextel Cup driver Ryan Newman. "You can see the pictures and watch it on TV, but you don't get the true feel of it unless you're standing there looking at it." Touring the region devastated by Hurricane Katrina became an eye-opening experience for two groups from the NASCAR community last week. With a 43-foot truckload of pet food donated by Purina in tow, Krissie and three other representatives of the Ryan Newman Foundation left in a Tom Johnson RV for Gulfport, Miss., at 7 a.m. Monday and didn't return until 3 a.m. Friday.(read full story at the Richmond Times Dispatch)(10-4-2005)

    • Engines taken for dyno testing UPDATE: NASCAR took [borrowed?] eight engines from various cars after the race at Talladega on Sunday, including the engine of #42-McMurray.(Speed Channel's NASCAR Victory Lane/Bob Dillner)(10-3-2005)

      UPDATE: After the race, NASCAR took the engines from the following cars: #20-Tony Stewart, #25-Brian Vickers, #31-Jeff Burton, #38-Elliott Sadler, #17-Matt Kenseth, #12-Ryan Newman, #42-Jamie McMurray and #9-Kasey Kahne. NASCAR will test the engines on its dyno to evaluate relative horsepower.(Speed Channel)(10-4-2005)

    • Tragic News: The death of driver Anita Clem has left a gaping void in the Highland Rim Speedway (in Ridgetop, TN) family, officials for the Robertson County track said last night. Clem, of Cottontown, died at 10:15 a.m. yesterday from injuries sustained in a racing accident Saturday night. She was 48. Clem died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She had been life-flighted to VUMC late Saturday from Skyline Medical Center where she was transported following the accident. According to several eyewitnesses, Clem's Honda rolled over onto its top coming out of turn two after hitting another car and the wall in a Challenger Division race. Her car slid down the banked track in the backstretch before being hit broadside on the driver's side by a car driven by Kevin Gregory. "One went high, one went low, and the other one had nowhere to go. It was a tragic accident. With her car being upside down, it compromised the safety of the roll-cage system." Race director Robert Dunn said doctors told family members that Clem suffered multiple injuries, but the most severe was a broken neck. It was the first racing death at Highland Rim since the 1960s, according to Dunn. Still, the accident has raised safety concerns. Track official Mike Ogle, who was working the backstretch Saturday, criticized Highland Rim's safety standards and said the track lacks the proper tools to extricate drivers. "I'm not going to say this would have saved her life, but we couldn't get her out of the car for almost 20 minutes," Ogle said. "We worked so hard trying to get her from the vehicle."(Tennessean)(10-3-2005)
      and another article about the wreck at the Tennessean: Highland Rim driver recounts deadly accident.(10-4-2005)

      News from October 3, 2005

    • Toyota to Cup in 2007? 8 teams? UPDATE: Toyota will support eight Nextel Cup teams when its cars make their debuts in 2007, but none of them is likely to be from Ganassi Racing, which all along figured to be part of the Toyota contingent. Toyota Racing Development will support four Penske Racing squads and two each from Bill Davis Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing. Davis and Waltrip will be partners in 2006, then turn their attention to Toyota.(Sporting News)(10-3-2005)
      UPDATE: however, as was reported in the past and reinterated today.....Walter Czarnecki, vice chairman of Penske Racing, says Penske Racing's contract with Dodge extends beyond 2007.(10-3-2005)

    • Hall of Fame Racing still looking for driver..Ward is under consideration UPDATE 2 #98?: Bill Saunders, managing partner for the Hall of Fame Racing team of Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, said they hope to announce their driver within the next two weeks. Ward Burton is reportedly one of the drivers the team is considering. Burton won the Daytona 500 in 2002. "We're very close," Saunders said about the driver decision. "We have it down to a couple of people, and we just have to decide what strategy we want to use." Saunders said it's possible the new Nextel Cup team will use two drivers next year. Saunders also said most of the team's personnel already are in place. New crew chief Philippe Lopez also is the competition director. The team is partnering with Joe Gibbs Racing and using the old JGR facility in Statesville, N.C.(Dallas Morning News)(9-30-2005)
      UPDATE: The Charlotte Observer has learned that the team [Hall of Fame Racing/Aiken/Staubach] has had conversations with Mike Wallace and is considering Tony Raines. Published reports have also linked Ward Burton to the job, and that the team also has thought about asking Terry Labonte to drive some races because his status of a former champion could help provide a backup to get the car into races if there's a problem in qualifying.(
      UPDATE 2: The team is petitioning NASCAR for #98, and Tony Raines appears to be the top candidate to fill the driver's seat.(Sporting News)(10-3-2005)

    • Zipadelli Wins Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Race Award at Talladega: Tony Stewart may not have won the UAW-Ford 500 this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, but he performed in award-winning fashion. Stewart led the parade 11 times for a race high total of 65 laps before claiming second-place in one of the season's most thrilling finishes. Stewart's big day brought his crew chief Greg Zipadelli the Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Race award. Although Stewart made his top-five run look easy, but his finish didn't come without a roadblock. The Home Depot Chevrolet seemed to battle overheating problems from the start of the race. Despite pulling all of the tape off the grill of the #20 machine, the temperature continued to climb before finally reaching 275 degrees. Water began to leave the engine, which gave Zipadelli no choice but to sacrifice his driver's track position and attempt fix the problem. The team made an extended stop on pit road to refill the engine and cool the motor. Zipadelli's plan got Stewart back on the track without losing any laps. Stewart battled back to claim second-place. More importantly, his race day comeback put him back on top of the championship point standings. "The Home Depot Chevrolet was pretty good, but we had an overheating problem," said Zipadelli. "We probably had a little too much tape on it and in traffic it got too hot. It pushed some water out, so we had to put some water in it. I think we got an air bubble in it. Once we got that worked out, we went to the front and led a bunch of laps afterwards. Everybody on the team did a great job today and we got the points lead back. That's the most important thing."
      The panel of voters, including a Wypall Wipers representative and Tony Eury Sr., agreed that Zipadelli deserved Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Race honors for his incredible comeback.
      Doug Richert leads the Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Year standings with five wins. Alan Gustafson and Greg Zipadelli are tied for second-place with three wins. Bob Osborne, Jimmy Fennig, Robbie Reiser and Robbie Loomis are tied for third-place with two wins. Tommy Baldwin, Scott Miller, Fatback McSwain, Steve Hmiel, Greg Erwin, Slugger Labbe, Chad Knaus 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 500)(10-3-2005)

    • Honda and NASCAR? UPDATE: Honda, long-rumored to be interested in NASCAR Nextel Cup racing, is now trying to hire NASCAR engine builders for its Honda Racing Development operation, according to engine men familiar with the situation. It is unclear just what game plan that Honda might be considering. But NASCAR has provided Honda with Truck-racing templates, and Honda, since introducing its first big truck this season, the Ridgeline, has been widely expected to enter NASCAR Truck racing eventually.(Winston Salem Journal)(10-3-2005)
      UPDATE: Robert Clarke, president of Honda Performance Development, attended his first NASCAR race Sunday. He said Honda isn't planning to follow Indy Racing League rival Toyota into NASCAR, and he came simply to watch the race.(Indianapolis Star)(10-3-2005)

    • New Car to be tested at Talladega today; Debut at Talladega 10/06?: NASCAR will test the so-called “Car of Tomorrow” at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday, according to NASCAR’s Managing Director of Research & Development Gary Nelson. Three cars, one built by NASCAR at its Concord, N.C., R&D facility and the other two built by race teams, will take part in the test, Nelson said. The new car is designed to be safer and less expensive to build. It’s also designed to create a bigger aerodynamic footprint, which will improve drafting and reduce “aero push,” the tendency of cars behind the leader to lose front downforce and therefore be unable to pass. One huge change: Aerodynamic trim, including the front valence panel and the rear spoiler, will be bolt on, making it easier and much cheaper to fine-tune the aerodynamic characteristics of the cars. “The aero stuff is all bolt on, so we can bolt on any size spoiler we want,” Nelson said. “We can match the aero (characteristics) of the car that’s on the track today or go to a less number with cheap, bolt-on front and rear spoilers. Today, to move those (aero) numbers around requires building a whole new car.” In terms of size, the new cars will be “a couple of inches taller, four inches wider and a little longer,” Nelson said. Look for a 2007 debut, Nelson said, adding that race teams already have built or are completing 10 of the new cars. Nelson said feedback from the teams so far has been “a third, a third and a third. A third of the teams love it, a third of the teams don’t care” and a third oppose it. As far as reactions go on rules changes, “it’s pretty normal,” Nelson said.(Speed Channel)(10-3-2005)
      UPDATE: The new design tentatively is scheduled to appear in 2007, but car owner Jack Roush said its debut could come as early as the Oct. 8, 2006 race at Talladega. NASCAR met with Nextel Cup owners at its Research and Development Center last week. Roush said he would prefer a gradual rollout of the car to ease costs rather than rebuilding a team's entire fleet to start a season.(Richmond Times Dispatch)
      AND Petty Enterprises will have a Dodge, Roush Racing will supply a Ford and NASCAR will have a Chevrolet.(Roanoke Times)(10-3-2005)

    • NASCAR will issue a new technical bulletin regarding shocks UPDATE: NASCAR officials are changing the rules for rear shock absorbers after the cars of Hendrick Motorsports teammates #48-Jimmie Johnson and #5-Kyle Busch were initially too high after the race last week at Dover. "Everybody passed inspection and all of the shocks, in regard to parts and pieces, were completely legal," Nextel Cup director John Darby said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. "But the build of the shocks that the teams chose to use is a direction that we're not real fond of." Darby said both cars were initially too high, but sank back within the required specifications as the shocks bled out air over a period of about 30 seconds. "We hold a lot of responsibility for policing the sport, but, at the same time, we have to give the competitors the benefit of the doubt if we can, so that's why that process is repeated," Darby said. "Honestly, another reason it's repeated is so we're sure of what we're seeing, not something goofy, not a mistake." No penalties were handed down, but Darby said a technical bulletin precluding the type of shock absorber used at Dover by race winner Johnson and runner-up Busch will be issued to the Cup crew chiefs sometime this weekend. There was no rush to get the bulletin out because NASCAR hands out its own shocks and rear springs to the teams at Talladega and Daytona International Speedway, the only tracks where carburetor restrictor plates are used to slow the cars.(
      UPDATE: NASCAR last weekend issued a bulletin tightening gas pressure restrictions on rear shocks for Nextel Cup cars. That was in response to a tactic used at Dover by Hendrick teammates Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch, who finished 1-2 in the race. Their shocks — in conjunction with a softer spring setup — were built to work in reverse by lifting the rear end of the car up while traveling over bumps to create more rear downforce and allow faster lap speeds and more grip in the corners.(Sporting News)(10-3-2005)

    • Tim Brown Team should know if it will get a sponsor soon: Roush Racing’s Sam Belnavis said Sunday morning that former NFL star wide receiver Tim Brown should know within seven to 10 days whether or not he’ll have the sponsorship necessary to fund a start-up Cup team in 2006. Brown announced plans for a new team in August at the Brickyard 400, but whether the team begins next year or in ’07 depends on sponsorship. Roush is helping Brown put the team together.(Speed Channel)(10-3-2005)

    • Sunday's Talladega Confiscated Part: Michael Waltrip's #15 NAPA Chevrolet had a steel spacer confiscated by NASCAR at Talladega, measuring 14 inches across which blocked the holes in the wheel/rim. It fit between the wheel and the hub. NASCAR rules make it illegal to block the rim openings, according to [DEI's] Steve Hmiel teams use to tape the openings closed allowing the cars to go faster. NASCAR allows a spacer but only 7 inches in diameter.(Insider Racing News)(10-3-2005)

    • Sad News: It is with deep regret we share the passing of Lindsey Morgan, daughter of Veteran Crew Chief Tommy Morgan & his wife Barbara. The passing a tragic result of a missing person case in Ocean County, New Jersey. The family will receive friends in the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium, MD, on Tuesday Oct 4, 2005, 6 to 9 P.M. Interment private. Tommy Morgan has been a crew chief in all three of NASCAR's top divisions for drivers such as Johnny Benson, Jeff Burton, Kasey Kahne & Ken Weaver.(10-3-2005)

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