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    OCT 17-23, 2005





      News from October 23, 2005

    • Gordon wins at Martinsville: #24-Jeff Gordon took the race lead at lap 360 of the crash filled Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway to win for the first time since Talladega in May, 73rd of his career, 4th of 2005, 7th at Martinsville and sweeping both races at Martinsville for the 2nd time. It is also is crew chief Steve Letarte's first win as a crew chief. Points leader #20-Tony Stewart finished 2nd and increases his point lead to 15 over #48-Jimmie Johnson, who finished 3rd, with 4 races to go. Rounding out the top-5 were #18-Bobby Labonte [only his 3rd top-5 of the season] and #31-Jeff Burton [only his 3rd top-5 of the season]. Bad day for many of The Chase drivers with six of the 10 finishing out of the top-10 with #6-Martin having the worse day, finishing 34th, 34 laps down after brake problems late in the race. #11-Denny Hamlin, only in his 3rd race, finished 8th for his 2nd top-10 in three total races. There was a track record 19 cautions for 113 [record is 125] and 8 drivers led a lap with 17 lead changes.
      For my race rundown, laps led, DNF's, caution info, Lucky Dogs and some notes, see my Martinsville Race Info/Rundown Page.
      For race results and awards, and other site links, see my
    • Jayski's Martinsville Race Results/Awards page.
      For drivers/owners points, classic points top 15, see my
    • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Martinsville page.(10-23-2005)

    • OR is it Rudd to the #42? Speculation has run rampant around what Ricky Rudd's plans are for next season, but thus far he's kept quiet. But I [Yahoo Sports] heard an unconfirmed rumor Friday at Martinsville that perhaps makes the most sense of any buzz that I've heard in a long time. Instead of retiring at the end of this year, Rudd could leave the #21 car to drive the #42 car [Rudd ran for Texaco with RYR 2000-2002] for Chip Ganassi next season. Jamie McMurray would be released from the final year of his contract with Ganassi so that he can drive the #97 Ford for Roush Racing, thus freeing up Kurt Busch to get out of his contract with Roush one year early to replace Rusty Wallace in the #2 Dodge next season. Sources indicate that Ganassi could also receive payment from the Roush camp, which in turn likely would receive funds from Penske Racing South and primary sponsor Miller Lite for Busch's early release to replace Wallace. From what I've [Yahoo Sports] heard, Texaco Havoline is not pleased with having McMurray as a moody, unhappy lame-duck driver in 2006 and has been applying pressure to Ganassi to let McMurray go. Texaco Havoline would then build a significant one-year farewell tour marketing campaign around Rudd. As for the Wood Brothers, John Andretti [denied by the team] is rumored to be a possible one-year fill-in until Jon Wood is ready to go full-time on the Cup level in 2007. The #21 car still needs sponsorship for next season, which is one more thing Rudd would not want to worry about. Rudd added that he has no plans to race in the Busch or Craftsman Truck ranks.(Yahoo Sports), Jayski Note: heard that Bobby Labonte could be headed to the #42..see story below.(10-23-2005)

    • New Tire Pressure Rule? Last week's Charlotte tire debacle will prompt NASCAR to incorporate a minimum tire pressure rule, possibly by next weeek's trip to Atlanta.(RacingOne)(10-23-2005)
    • HOF Racing chooses driver...UPDATE 2 Raines? maybe not?: on the Roger Staubach site, this is posted: As most of you know, Troy Aikman and I are principal owners in Hall of Fame Racing with Texas Instruments DLP sponsoring our car for the 2006 Nextel Cup Season. We’ve hired a phenomenal crew chief in Phillipe Lopez and recently made a decision on who will be driving our car. We hope to have the announcement available here this week so keep your browser bookmarked for the news. NFL great Staubach is one of the owners of Hall of Fame Racing along with Troy Aikman. Rumored drivers included Tony Raines and Mike Wallace, other drivers that were rumored and denied being considered included Ward Burton, Paul Tracy and Terry Labonte. OR it could be someone we have not heard of yet.(10-17-2005)
      AND also hearing Truck Series drivers and Texas native David Starr is another driver who was under consideration.(10-18-2005)
      UPDATE: hearing that Tony Raines was slected as the Hall of Fame Racing driver for 2006, expect an announcement at Texas [Nov 6th race day] and supposedly Raines will not return to the #37 R&J Racing Dodge this season.(10-19-2005)
      UPDATE 2: Bill Saunders, managing partner for the Hall of Fame Racing team of Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, said the team will reveal its driver during the NASCAR weekend at TMS in two weeks. Busch and Nextel Cup veteran Tony Raines is one of the candidates for the job on the new Cup team, but Saunders said people are making a mistake if they speculate on the team's choice. "I think the person we select will surprise some people," Saunders said. "Almost everyone other than Richard Petty has been rumored as our driver, so someone's going to be right, but a lot of people will be wrong."(Dallas Morning News)(10-23-2005)

    • Hussey takes over for Berrier UPDATE: For the second time in 2005, #29 GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick will be without his long time crew chief, Todd Berrier. Richard Childress Racing lost their appeal Wednesday after Berrier was suspended by NASCAR for two races after a rules violation in qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway last weekend. Despite the loss of their leader, Harvick and the entire GM Goodwrench team are prepared for "business as usual" in Martinsville, Va. Chris Hussey, a former Cup Series crew chief at Petty Enterprises, will take over for Berrier.(RCR PR)(10-20-2005)
      UPDATE: Chris Hussey will be unable to serve as #29 Kevin Harvick's interim crew chief this weekend because of a family obligation. Car owner Richard Childress said that Rick Viers, a crew chief for one of Childress' teams, might make the pit calls for Harvick today.(Roanoke Times)(10-23-2005)

    • Driver Points Standing after Martinsville race 6 of 10 in the Chase:
      #20-Tony Stewart, 5957
      #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5942, -15
      #12-Ryan Newman, 5894, -63
      #16-Greg Biffle, 5874, -83
      #99-Carl Edwards, 5808, -149
      #2-Rusty Wallace, 5791, -166
      #6-Mark Martin, 5787, -170>BR> #97-Kurt Busch, 5785, -172
      #17-Matt Kenseth, 5785, -172
      #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 5741, -216
      and the fight for 11th and the $1 million
      #42-Jamie McMurray, 3632
      #29-Kevin Harvick -18
      #01-Joe Nemechek -48
      #38-Elliott Sadler, -49
      #24-Jeff Gordon, -62
      For drivers/owners points, classic points top 15, see my
    • Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Martinsville page.(10-23-2005)

    • "Classic" Points Standings - Top 15...the old way, not the Chase after Martinsville, race 32 of 36:
      1) #20-Tony Stewart, 4623
      2) #16-Greg Biffle, 4360, -263
      3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4307, -316
      4) #2-Rusty Wallace, 4163, -460
      5) #97-Kurt Busch, 4059, -564
      6) #6-Mark Martin, 4035, -588
      7) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 3949, -674
      8) #12-Ryan Newman, 3944, -679
      9) #99-Carl Edwards, 3907, -716
      10) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3884, -739
      11) #42-Jamie McMurray, 3632, -991
      12) #29-Kevin Harvick, 3614, -1009
      13) #01-Joe Nemechek, 3584, -1039
      14) #38-Elliott Sadler, 3583, -1040
      15) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3570, -1053
      (10-23-2005)

    • Where did the Chasers start/finish for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway:
      #20-Stewart 1st, 2nd
      #48-Johnson 6th, 3rd
      #16-Biffle 22nd, 20th
      #12-Newman 4th, 10th
      #6-Martin 35th [backup car/43rd], 34th
      #99-Edwards 18th, 26th
      #2-Wallace 3rd, 19th
      #19-Mayfield 7th, 28th
      #17-Kenseth 25th, 12th
      #97-Busch 14th, 6th.(10-23-2005)

    • Martinsville Race Notes:
      • Jeff Gordon won the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, scoring his 73rd NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 433rd career start.
      • Gordon scored his fourth victory in 2005. His last victory came at Talladega in May, 22 races earlier.
      • Gordon remained seventh on NASCAR’s all-time winners list.
      • It was Gordon’s seventh Martinsville victory in 26 career Martinsville races including four in his last six races at Martinsville.
      • Gordon has scored 11 top-10 finishes in 32 races in 2005.
      • This was Gordon’s 20th top-10 in 26 races at Martinsville Speedway.
      • This was Gordon’s 15th career short-track victory in 86 career short-track races.
      • The 19 cautions in the 2005 Subway 500 set the record at Martinsville.
      • Gordon posted the second sweep of the 2005 season winning both races at Martinsville in 2005. Teammate Jimmie Johnson won both races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
      • Gordon led twice times for 151 laps including the final 141 laps.
      • Gordon scored the 13th victory for car owner Rick Hendrick at Martinsville Speedway, second only to Petty Enterprises with 19. This was Hendrick’s 139th victory as a car owner and ninth in 32 races this season (Johnson-4, Gordon-4 and Kyle Busch-1).
      • Tony Stewart led the most laps for the 11th time in a race this season.
      • This was the fifth win by a Chevrolet in the last six races at Martinsville Speedway, all by Hendrick Motorsports.
      • This is the 16th victory by a Chevrolet in 2005. Ford has 13 and Dodge has three. • Rusty Wallace (19th) extended a 45-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol in August 2004. Wallace has scored 24 top-15 finishes in 32 races in 2005.
      • Martinsville marked the sixth and final short-track race in 2005. There were six different Bud pole winners and five different race winners on short-tracks in 2005. Gordon was the only repeat short-track race winner. Tony Stewart led 673 of the 2,800 laps raced on short-tracks in 2005, the most of any driver. Stewart also scored five top-10 finishes on short-tracks, leading all drivers.
    • The 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup - Week No. 6
      • Tony Stewart finished second at Martinsville Speedway and remained the leader in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Stewart is 15 points ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson. The 10 drivers will race over the remaining four races to determine the 2005 champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million.
      • Seven drivers in the Chase changed points positions at Martinsville Speedway.
      • Only three of the 10 Chase drivers led at Martinsville, earning lap leader bonus points: Tony Stewart (283 laps), Matt Kenseth (19 laps) and Greg Biffle (six laps).
      • Stewart has earned 40 lap leader bonus points in the Chase, 15 more than any other Chase driver.
      • Kurt Busch (35th at New Hampshire, 23rd at Dover, eighth at Talladega, 14th at Kansas, second at Lowe’s and sixth at Martinsville) 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-thru Martinsville. He ranked first in the point standings after this race one year ago. Busch is now eighth in the point standings 172 points behind point leader Tony Stewart.
      • 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.
      • Nine of the 10 drivers competing in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the 2005 season. Five of the 10 drivers have scored multiple victories led by Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle each with five. Rusty Wallace is the only Chase driver that is winless in 2005.
      • Only one of the “Ford Five” of Jack Roush Racing finished in the top 10: Kurt Busch (sixth). Matt Kenseth was 12th followed by Greg Biffle (20th), Carl Edwards (26th) and Mark Martin (34th).
      • Tony Stewart has scored four top-five finishes in the six races in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the most among Chase drivers.
      • Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson, each have scored five top-10 finishes in the first six races in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Jimmie Johnson, who also won at Dover, is the only driver to score multiple victories in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
      • Jamie McMurray (seventh) climbed from 14th to 11th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He leads by just 18 points over 12th-place Kevin Harvick.(NASCAR Statsistical Services)(10-23-2005)

    • Rumblings - Martinsville: It was a tale of two races today at Martinsville Speedway. In the first 343 laps, Tony Stewart led all but 60. For the final 157 circuits, Jeff Gordon led all but 6. And that final push put Gordon into Victory Lane at this sweet little short track in today's Subway 500, giving him a sweep of both NEXTEL Cup events here. This was win #73 for Gordon's career (he's 7th on the all-time win list), and his 7th at Martinsville (he's tied with Rusty Wallace for third on that list). Win #139 for Hendrick Motorsports was the 4th of the season (but his first since Talladega in May) for the four-time Champ and was worth $184,926 from the over $4.7M in posted awards.
      Bobby Labonte (4th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Loudon in July.
      Jeff Burton (5th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Bristol in August.
      Jamie McMurray (7th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Daytona in July.
      Denny Hamlin (8th) is in a rut. That's the second week in a row he's finished 8th.....in only a three-race Cup career.
      Ken Schrader (13th) had his best finish since he was 13th at Bristol in August.
      Derrike Cope (33rd) had his best finish since he was 29th at Richmond in May of 2004.
      STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
      Ryan Newman has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
      This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a lonely Jamie McMurray (+23). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jeff Green (-26), followed by Jeremy Mayfield (-21) and Elliott Sadler (-20). A quiet week in the "Shaft", especially for a short-track.
      Tony Stewart now has a 15 point margin in the "Chase" standings. The "Magic Numbers" are continuing to grow for the guys at the bottom of the standings....if Tony finishes 9th or better the final four events there's no way that Jeremy Mayfield can catch him, and so forth.
      Jamie McMurray (14th to 11th) and Kyle Petty (29th to 26th) made the best moves forward today, while three drivers (Elliott Sadler, Sterling Marlin, and Mike Bliss) all fell three spots.(Stock Car Fans)(10-23-2005)

    • Subway to donate 5% today: The Subway restaurant chain, the world's largest submarine sandwich franchise, and its franchisees will donate the equivalent of 5% of October 23, 2005 sales from all of their 18,000-plus U.S. restaurants to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to aid emergency needs of Hurricane Katrina and Rita survivors. The effort is expected to raise more than $1 million. Subway will support its chain-wide initiative with television and radio announcements, and with window signs in each of its U.S. restaurants. In addition, there will be exposure for the fundraiser during television coverage of the October 23rd Subway 500 NASCAR race in Martinsville, VA, along with a presence at the track consisting of public address announcements, billboard announcements, and an American Red Cross logo on the hood of the #16 Ford Taurus driven by Greg Biffle. The American Red Cross estimates that the families needing assistance from Hurricane Katrina alone are 15 times the number from all four hurricanes last year. The total cost for Katrina relief is estimated at more than $2 billion, and the Red Cross is counting on the American people and corporations to help their neighbors in need. For more information about the Subway restaurant chain, visit www.subway.com.(PR)(10-23-2005)


      News from October 22, 2005

    • Kahne Unveils Final Goodyear Garage Customized Vehicle: Kasey Kahne unveiled a customized 2005 Dodge Ram to fans at his race shop last week that will be won via sweepstakes. The tricked-out vehicle is part of the Goodyear Garage program, Goodyear's interactive and online consumer attraction. The truck can be won online by a lucky fan through www.GoodyearGarage.com from Oct. 12 through Dec. 4. Kahne's personalized Dodge Ram is the last of the four customized vehicles within the 2005 Goodyear program. Earlier in the year, NASCAR stars Mark Martin, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick also had special vehicles customized through the Goodyear Garage program, which have been won by adoring fans. "I was really excited when I heard about this program with Goodyear," Kahne said. "Getting a chance to trick out a truck is any guy's dream, but working with Jeff Kelderman, whose ideas and designs are ingenious, made the deal even sweeter. I appreciate the opportunity from Goodyear to work with Dodge and McDonald's to benefit the children of the Ronald McDonald House." An added bonus of the Goodyear Garage program is an online auction where fans can bid on their favorite driver's personalized items.(Goodyear PR), more info and links on my Racing Charities page.(10-22-2005)

    • Rudd still mum of 2006 plans: After a solid qualifying lap put him on the outside of the front row for Sunday's Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Ricky Rudd knew the questions about his future were coming. He was ready. "Let's talk about Martinsville. I know what's happening at Martinsville," Rudd said Friday with a laugh. "No disrespect to everybody. It's just not time to announce anything yet." Rudd, in his third season driving for #21 Wood Brothers Racing and in his 31st season in Nextel Cup racing, said he realizes his fans want to know his plans. "We're very aware of the support we have from them and the last thing we want to do is make it appear like we're snubbing them or dusting them off," he said. "It's not intended that way. When everything comes out and all the hands get played, I think everyone will see there were reasons why things needed to be kept under wraps. The time has not come to divulge that. I wish I could."(ESPN.com/AP)(10-22-2005)

    • Fruit of the Loom gone as #7 sponsor? UPDATE: been asked by many readers, looks like Fruit of the Loom is no longer a sponsor for #7 Robby Gordon and has been removed from his website robbygordon.com. Gordon was scheduled to run a Fruit of the Loom scheme at Talladega, but is Menards is listed as the sponsor. Fruit of the Loom was scheduled to run at Talladega, Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix.(9-29-2005)
      UPDATE: Robby Gordon Motorsports has replaced Fruit of the Loom with a to-be-announced sponsor for 10 races in 2006. Harrah's, Jim Beam and Menards will return in some capacity for next season. All the races are covered with a primary sponsor for 2006, but the team is looking for associate sponsors.(NASCAR Scene Magazine)(10-22-2005)

    • A Petty back in the #43? UPDATE: Jeff Green likely will leave Petty Enterprises' #43 car for a chance to drive the NetZero #0 car, team owner Kyle Petty said Thursday. Petty, in town [CAL]to deliver the keynote address at the High Desert Opportunity business conference, said without securing a sponsor for his own #45 car, he couldn't commit to another driver for the 2006 season. "I really think Jeff's going to the (Net) Zero [#0] car," Petty said. "We've been very honest with Jeff, very honest with everybody we talk to." The problem, Petty said, is that the team hasn't signed a sponsor to replace Georgia Pacific on the #45 car. General Mills still has a contract to sponsor the #43 car. "Since I own the team, I could go drive the 43 if I wanted to," Petty said. Is that a possibility? Could we see Petty back behind the wheel of his father Richard's old car? "Everything's a possibility," Kyle Petty said. "You've got so much on the table." Petty said as a veteran driver, he understood the need to secure a ride when there was an opportunity. "Jeff's 42, 43 years old (actually 43). Everybody wants to sign a 19-year-old to drive their car," Petty said. "If you can find a ride, you better be jumping and getting in it. Don't wait and let me hold you back." The bottom line, Petty said, "If it's good for him, it's good for us."(Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)(10-21-2005)
      UPDATE: Kyle Petty said Friday that Jeff Green likely will vacate Petty Enterprises' flagship #43 Dodge and take over the #0 Chevrolet owned by Gene Haas. Petty said he and Green talked Tuesday about Green leaving the car he has driven since September, 2003. "I know [Green] has talked to the 0, and he's probably going to go to the 0, and I applaud that for him," Petty said. "It's like I told him, 'When you're my age and you're your age, and everybody's looking for 19-year-olds, if a car opens up, jump in it.'" Petty, 45, said his big hold-up in re-signing Green, 43, was a lack of sponsorship for his own #45 Dodge. Since Georgia Pacific announced that it wasn't returning as that car's backer, the team has been assembling a sponsorship package, but it didn't materialize in time to keep Green. If the sponsorship for the #45 doesn't come through, the team will field only one car full-time and Petty probably would drive it himself [#43]. But he said he hopes that doesn't happen. "I'm extremely confident that within the next four to six weeks we'll have what we want to announce," Petty said, adding that the sponsorship will be tied to fund-raising efforts for the Victory Junction Camp for ill children that the Pettys founded. "That's why we want to release [the sponsorships] all at one time," he said. "We just didn't get things done quick enough to be able to satisfy all of our contractual needs with Jeff."(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(10-22-2005)

    • Davis beats Dodge again: Bill Davis Racing has won another round in court against Dodge, which sued BDR over its building of Toyota Trucks and giving info to them. A judge rejected Dodge's request that the judge reconsider his July ruling that BDR didn't violate terms of their agreement by building trucks in 2003. The only matter to be disputed is if BDR gave confidential information to Toyota and is scheduled to go to trial in Decemebr at Michigan.(NASCAR Scene Magazine)(10-22-2005)

    • Gillette Young Guns - Weekly Update: The Chase for the coveted NASCAR NEXTEL Cup continues, and so does your chance to win big. This is the last weekend in which 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 www.gilletteyoungguns.com will have the chance to win $1 Million and a trip to the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20. As the highest finishing Gillette Young Gun at Lowe's Motor Speedway, a $1,000 donation was made to the National Prostate Cancer Coalition (NPCC) on behalf of Jimmie Johnson. This is the 10th time this year that a donation in Johnson's name has been made to the NPCC.(Alan Taylor Communications PR)(10-22-2005)

    • Joy to co-host Wind Tunnel: NASCAR on FOX’s Mike Joy will be Wind Tunnel’s guest co-host this Sunday October 23rd. With over 30 years experience in the business, Joy began his career announcing races at various New England speedways before moving on to the Motor Racing Network (MRN) where he spent 14 years calling NASCAR races. Joy then moved to the world of television, anchoring NASCAR races for ESPN, TNN, and CBS before joining the FOX team for their inaugural NASCAR season in 2001. Depains Interviews include Ricky Carmichael (2005 AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion) and Dennis Setzer (Truck Series Points Leader). Topics of Discussion Nextel Cup in Martinsville for race # 6 in ‘The Chase’; Trucks in Martinsville; Busch Series in Memphis; Champ Car in Australia; NHRA in Las Vegas; WoO season finale in Las Vegas; MotoGP in Turkey.(Speed Channel), future co-hosts include: Oct 30th: Kurt Busch (interview with Dale Earnhardt Jr.); Nov 6th: Tom Sneva; Nov 13th: Ed Hinton; and Nov 20th: Dick Berggren.(10-22-2005)


      News from October 21, 2005

    • Mears wins Checker-Rally's award: The #41Target/Breast Cancer Research Foundation Team with Driver Casey Mears Wins won the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge at the UAW-GM Quality 500 on October 15th at Lowe's Motor Speedway. As the Official Burger and Drive-Thru Restaurant of NASCAR, Checkers/Rally's recognizes the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series team with the best pit road performance each week with a $10,000 prize. At the end of the season, Checkers/Rally's will award the $100,000 grand prize to the team that garners the most Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge wins throughout the race season. Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge takes place at all 36 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point races. To win, teams must finish on the lead lap while spending the least amount of time in pit lane. For details on the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge, visit checkers.com/nascar.(MARC PR)(10-21-2005)

    • NASCAR expands relationship with AICG: NASCAR announced an expanded relationship with Atlanta International Consulting Group (AICG) as a NASCAR promotional licensee. NASCAR also announced a new vendor relationship with Padraic Major Photography. Both companies are minority-owned.(NASCAR)(10-21-2005)

    • Final Charlotte TV ratings up 4.1%: NBC's broadcast of last Saturday night's UAW-GM Quality 500 from Lowe's Motor Speedway earned a final rating of 5.1 and a 10 share from Nielsen Media Research, Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Daily reports. The rating is 4.1% higher than the 4.9 the race earned in 2004.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(10-21-2005)

    • Stewart wins pole with new track record at Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart, the points leader, won the Budweiser Pole for the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a Track Record lap of 98.083mph for his 3rd pole of 2005 and 10th of his career. The rest of the top five are: #21-Ricky Rudd, #2-Rusty Wallace, #12-Ryan Newman and #11-Denny Hamlin. #4-Mike Wallace was the highest non top-35 team, starting 27th. Five drivers failed to make the race: #92-Chad Chaffin, #4-Joey McCarthy, #00-Carl Long, #75-Mike Garvey and #89-Morgan Shepherd [ran past the 5-minute clock to fix the car]. #61-Wayne Anderson withdrew after only running 2 laps in practice.
      For starting lineup, qualifying results, practice speeds, qualifying order, pole prgression and more, see my Jayski's Martinsville Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(10-21-2005)

    • Goodyear Tire Notes: This is the fourth consecutive Nextel Cup race weekend at Martinsville that Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires . . . this is one of only three tracks on the Cup circuit (Sears Point and Watkins Glen are the others) at which the same tire set-up as '04 will be run in '05 . . . both the Nextel Cup and Truck Series will run the same tire codes this weekend, though the Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the only track at which Nextel Cup teams will run this tire set-up in '05 . . . this being Goodyear's short track set-up, Truck Series teams also ran this combination at Mansfield, Ohio . . . this right-side tire code (D-6836) was also run on the front tire positions at all NASCAR road courses this season . . . as on most NASCAR ovals less than one mile in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Martinsville. See the full report on my Martinsville Race Info/Rundown Page.(10-21-2005)

    • NBC at Martinsville: NBC's exclusive coverage of NASCAR's "Chase for the Nextel Cup" continues Sunday live in High Definition with a short track showdown at the Subway 500 from Martinsville Motor Speedway in Virginia. NBC Sports begins coverage with the "Bank of America Countdown to Green" pre-race show at 12:30pm/et, followed by green flag racing at 1pm/et. NASCAR Busch Series Racing from Memphis begins at 3:30pm/et on Saturday on TNT.
      This week on "Wally's World," WWE champion John Cena steps out of the "squared circle" and onto the half-mile oval when he takes a ride with NBC & TNT analyst Wally Dallenbach on the "Bank of America Countdown to Green" pre-race show.(NBC PR)(10-21-2005)

    • Qualifying Notes Martinsville:
      • Tony Stewart won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Subway 500, lapping Martinsville Speedway in 19.306 seconds at 98.083 mph. He broke Ryan Newman’s track-qualifying record of 19.513 seconds, 97.043 mph, set Oct. 22, 2004.
      • The top 11 qualifier’s broke Newman’s qualifying record.
      • This is Stewart’s 10th career Bud Pole in 244 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
      • This is his third Bud Pole and 18th top-10 start in 2005.
      • This is Stewart’s third Bud Pole and seventh top-10 start in 14 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
      • Ricky Rudd posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 19.324 seconds, 97.992 mph – and will join Stewart on the front row for the Subway 500. It is Rudd’s 27th top-10 start in 53 races at Martinsville, but just his second in the past nine. This is his best start this season and his best since he started on the Bud Pole at Talladega in April 2004.
      • This is the 13th Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2005. Dodge has nine Bud Poles and Ford has eight. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June and Watkins Glen.
      • Rusty Wallace (third) has started from the top 10 in 34 of his 44 races at Martinsville. It is his 11th top-10 start in 2005.
      • Ryan Newman (fourth) has posted eight top-10 starts in as many races at Martinsville. Newman has a series leading 26 top-10 starts this season, including six Bud Poles.
      • Denny Hamlin (fifth) posted his second top-10 start in his three-race NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career. He started seventh at Kansas City.
      • Only five of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Stewart, Wallace, Newman, Jimmie Johnson (sixth) and Jeremy Mayfield (seventh). None of the five Roush cars qualified in the top 10. Mark Martin 35th was the lowest qualifying Chase driver
      • Kyle Petty (13th) posted his best start since he started 10th at Richmond in September 2003.(NASCAR Statisical Services)(10-21-2005)

    • Ramblings - Martinsville:
      Tony Stewart set a new track record (for that matter, 11 drivers bettered the old mark) today at Martinsville Speedway and took the Bud Pole for Sunday's Subway 500 with a time of 19.306 (98.083 mph). This is the 3rd top-spot of the season for Tony and the 9th of his NEXTEL Cup career.
      Ricky Rudd will join Stewart on the front row. This is Ricky's best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Talladega in October of 2004.
      Rusty Wallace (3rd) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Bristol in April.
      Denny Hamlin (5th) has his career-best (albeit only three races) starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 7th two weeks ago at Kansas.
      Jeremy Mayfield (7th) has his best starting spot since he qualififed on the outside pole at The Brickyard in August.
      Jeff Green (11th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 6th at Bristol in April.
      Kyle Petty (13th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 10th at Richmond in September of 2003.
      Welcome Back Derrike Cope (38th). This is Derrike's first Cup start since Richmond in September of 2004, and his best start since he lined up 38th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May of 2004.
      STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
      Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
      Elliott Sadler has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
      Ryan Newman has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
      This is our final short-track event (and the only one in the "Chase) of the season. If you recall Bristol and Richmond, there may still be a few drivers who figure they've got some payback coming.....you can bet NASCAR's gonna be watching a little closer than usual this weekend.(StockCarFans.com)(10-21-20005)


      News from October 20, 2005

    • Burton to help member of the Navy to re-enlist: #31-Jeff Burton will make one long-time fan's dream come true following the race at Martinsville Speedway. On Monday, Oct. 24 the driver of the #31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet will participate in the reenlistment ceremony for Joe Gallagher, Chief Operations Specialist in the U.S. Navy. After giving a personal tour of the RCR Cup shop, Burton will join Chief Warrant Officer Bill Stocke in swearing in Gallagher, who has served 13 years in the U.S. Navy including deployment for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, for another term of duty.(RCR)(10-20-2005)

    • Benson to run #23 at Atlanta: The Challenger brand, which already graces a full line of quality tractors, combines and hay tools, is making its debut as a Nextel Cup Series primary sponsor by riding on board with Johnny Benson and the #23 Bill Davis Racing Dodge at Atlanta Motor Speedway next weekend for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. Atlanta is Challenger’s home track, as the corporate headquarters for parent company AGCO Corporation are located in Duluth, Ga. Next week’s appearance in the NASCAR garage will not be the first association between NASCAR and Challenger. The Challenger brand made its initial Nextel Cup sponsorship debut as a new associate sponsor of the #22 Caterpillar car this August in the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and has been along for the ride every weekend since. It will continue its associate program with the No. 22 team through 2006. The last couple of years, HOLT CAT in Dallas, Texas, has supplied Texas Motor Speedway with several Challenger wheel tractors that are used for year-round maintenance of the 1,500-acre complex. For more information on any of Challenger’s full line of agricultural products visit www.challengerag.com. For further updates regarding Benson’s Nextel Cup run in Atlanta, check in at www.billdavisracing.com.(10-20-2005)

    • Burton to test Texas: Jeff Burton and #31 Team Cingular are scheduled to test at Texas Motor Speedway on October 25-26 in preparation for the upcoming Dickies 500 on November 6.(RCR)(10-20-2005)

    • Long named YRA spokesman: Young Racers of America, Inc., a non-profit organization, assists young racers in continuing their goal to compete in the ever-growing racing industry. McGlynn Racing shares this same passion! Therefore, Carl Long has agreed to be the spokesman for the YRA in order to create further awareness for young racers and to build a support system for youth drivers. The Young Racers of America will make its debut on the #00 car at the Dickies 500 on November 6, 2005 at Texas Motor Speedway. YRA will also appear on the car as an associate sponsor during the 2006 season and will be featured on the McGlynnRacing.com web site. "We are very excited that the McGlynn Racing team has stepped forward and recognized the need our foundation serves. Every child should be given an opportunity to participate in something that they are extremely passionate about and with the added assistance of Carl Long, Ryan McGlynn and McGlynn Racing, they will be able to do so", states Gayle Lutyk, President and co-founder of YRA. More information about Young Racers of America, Inc. call 817.282.4YRA or visit: youngracersofamerica.org.(10-20-2005)

    • Hendrick unsure about attending Martinsville: Car owner Rick Hendrick won't decide until Sunday whether he’ll travel to Martinsville for the Subway 500 cup race. It was one year ago this weekend when a Hendrick Motorsports plane crashed into Bull mountain near Martinsville while attempting to land in foggy conditions.10 people lost their lives, including his son Ricky, brother John and head engine builder Randy Dorton. Hendrick told PRN'S Garagepass; “I’ve learned since the accident that I have to take things day by day. I can have three or four days great and then I’ll get really down and thinking about things. It could be somebody’s birthday or Ricky’s daughter comes over to the house or whatever and it just unleashes a lot of emotions so I just try not to make too many plans. I want to go back to support the guys and I also feel like you just can’t run from it. But, if that morning if it doesn’t feel right then I won’t go.”(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(10-20-2005)

    • Virginians for Jerry Kilgore Car to Run at Martinsville: Former Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial nominee Jerry Kilgore will sponsor the "Virginians for Jerry Kilgore" car at Martinsville Speedway's Nextel Cup Subway 500 Sunday as Virginia native Hermie Sadler will drive the #66 Ford Taurus powered by Roush-Yates racing. The Kilgore campaign logo has been featured on two other Nextel Cup cars this season, but this will mark the first time Kilgore's campaign has been the primary sponsor of a car. This is believed to be the first time ever a statewide candidate anywhere in the country has been the primary sponsor of a Nextel Cup car. More info on Virginians for Jerry Kilgore at jerrykilgore.com, see images of the car in my #66 Team Schemes page.(10-20-2005)

    • Cope to drive the #08 at Martinsville UPDATE: Derrike Cope will be driving this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, driving for McGlynn Motorsports as a teammate with Carl Long, possibly #08. Copewill get fitted in the car on Thursday and head off to Martinsville.(Derrike Cope site)(10-18-2005)
      UPDATE: Derrike Cope will team with Carl Long and drive a second car for McGlynn Motorsports at this weekend's race at Martinsville, Virginia. The 1990 Daytona 500 winner will drive the GoldenPalace.com #08 Chevy. Although Derrike runs a limited NASCAR schedule, he is a proven driver with a record of nearly 10% of his starts resulting in a top ten finish. Derrike has been tabbed as driver for McGlynn Racing for this event as well as selected NASCAR Nextel Cup endeavors for the remainder of this season. McGlynn Racing is a young, up and coming Pennsylvania-based team that knows Derrike Cope can help move the organization to the next level.(McGlynn MotorSports)(10-20-2005)

    • Some Friday TV Stuff: Pattie Petty, along with husband Kyle and father-in-law Richard, will be the lead interview among NASCAR drivers' wives on NBC's The Today Show Friday, Oct. 21. Petty led the contingent of wives, which also includes Jeff Burton's wife Kim and Jimmie Johnson's wife Chandra, in the interview, which was taped this past weekend. An interview with Pattie and Kyle together, as well as with Richard Petty, will also be part of the piece.(Williams Company)
      AND Carl Edwards and Mark Martin drive through Springfield on GUIDING LIGHT, Friday, October 21 (check local listings). The drivers, playing themselves, stop off in the local restaurant, Company, where police detective A.C. Mallet (Robert Bogue) comes in, recognizes who they are and chats up the two racing superstars.(CBS)(10-20-2005)

    • Testing ends at Atlanta: NEXTEL Cup cars were on the track again today testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway in preparation for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. Dale Earnhardt Jr. topped the speed charts today in his Budweiser Chevrolet, with a lap of 189.215 mph, (29.30 seconds). The #36 Chevrolet of Boris Said was second fastest. Accompanying Earnhardt Jr. and Said were #48-Jimmie Johnson, and #1-Martin Truex Jr. Testing their Craftsman trucks today were Joey Miller, Jack Sprague and Johnny Benson. There was one incident of note during the day-long test. Said spun exiting turn two, but did not hit anything. Below are the unofficial speeds recorded during the test:
      Dale Earnhardt, Jr. - #15 Chevrolet / NNCS = 189.215 mph
      Boris Said - #36 Chevrolet / NNCS = 188.571 mph
      Jimmie Johnson - #48 Chevrolet / NNCS = 187.361mph
      Martin Truex, Jr. - #1 Chevrolet / NNCS = 187.108 mph
      Great seats are still available for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend. Make sure to catch all of the weekend's festivities, including Georgia-Pacific Qualifying Night with the Atlanta Invitational Legends race on Friday, and the Crown Royal IROC race followed by the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday. Contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at 770-946-4211 or via www.ticketmaster.com.(AMS PR)(10-20-2005)


      News from October 19, 2005

    • Berrier's penalty upheld: On October 19, 2005, the National Stock Car Racing Commission [Brad Daugherty, Richard Gore, and George Silbermann, Chairman] heard and considered the appeal of Todd Berrier, crew chief for the #29 car. The appeal pertained to a penalty issued by NASCAR under Section 12-4-A of the Rule Book "Actions detrimental to stock car racing" and Section 12-4-Q "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the car, car parts, components and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules: Unapproved aerodynamic modifications and unapproved fuel cell vent mounting." The penalty stemmed from post-qualifying inspection at Talladega Superspeedway for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event on September 30, 2005.
      The penalty assessed was:
      * $10,000 fine; suspension from NASCAR until October 19, 2005; probation until December 31, 2005.
      * Upon the request of the Appellant, the Commission deferred the original penalty until the hearing could be conducted.
      Taken individually, each of the components that failed to conform to the rules had plausible explanations, but taken collectively, constituted a serious violation of the rules. Therefore, it is the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Commission to uphold the original penalty issued by NASCAR. The period of the suspension will be adjusted to commence from the date of this hearing. The Appellant has the right under Section 15 of the Rule Book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Commissioner.(NASCAR)(10-19-2005)

    • NASCAR at Atlanta Tests: noticed at Atlanta Motor Speedway testing on Tuesday were NASCAR's Mike Helton, Jim Hunter and Gary Nelson. They were there to check tire wear during the test. Following the race and tire problems at Lowe's Motor Speedway, they went around looking at tires and talking to drivers. Heard that tire wear at Atlanta so far has been 'normal', fast for three or four laps, then dropped off dramatically, which is normal.(10-19-2005)

    • Kyle Busch testing at Homestead/Texas: Busch and his #5 Kellogg's Racing team will test at Homestead, Fla., on Wednesday [Oct 19th] in preparation for the Nov. 20 NEXTEL Cup season finale. The team will also hold a two-day test Oct. 25-26 at the Texas Motor Speedway to warm up for the Nov. 6 event there.(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(10-19-2005)

    • Gordon to test drive a 'Vette for TV: Jeff Gordon gets behind the wheel of the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at Road Atlanta with SPEED Channel’s popular “Test Drive” program and host Tommy Kendall on Oct. 22 at 6:00pm/et. “I had never been to Road Atlanta and I got the opportunity to drive one of the best Corvettes they’ve ever brought out,” Gordon said on SPEED’s “NASCAR This Morning.” “(The Z06) has a lot of power, handles fantastic and looks great -- I had a blast.” Footage was also shot at the famed Le Mans road course in France with Corvette factory driver Johnny O’Connell.(Hendrick Motorsports)(10-19-2005)

    • Busch Series reported moving to ESPN2: ESPN2 expects to land exclusive rights to all Busch Series races, Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Daily reports. Speaking on conditions of anonymity, officials at ESPN said the Busch Series races would be exclusive domain of ESPN2 under terms of a new television contract, reporter Andy Bernstein writes.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(10-19-2005)

    • CMT airing NASCAR specials: CMT says it has reached a one-year agreement with NASCAR Images to air four one-hour specials on the sport. The network will air the first special, "NASCAR's most dramatic finishes," at 9 p.m. EDT Oct. 28. The network will also feature NASCAR's greatest rivalries, top 10 dominators and top 10 comebacks.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(10-19-2005)

    • DW Boogity Grill Sponsors Whitt, Red Horse #38: Ameritrax Racing and Lawry's will sponsor the #38 Red Horse Racing Tundra of driver Brandon Whitt in Saturday's Kroger 200 Truck Series race at Memphis Motorsports Park. The DW Boogity Grill, the first folding, portable charcoal and gas, barbecue/stove combo grill, will be on the quarterpanels of the #38. This will be the first race Ameritrax, Lawry's and The DW Boogity Grill - named after NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip and his coined, "Boogity, boogity, boogity" phrase - have sponsored a racing vehicle. The grill is "the ultimate grill'n experience." The DW Boogity Grill comes in three models - the Classic Racer in bright red enamel; and 2 Stainless Steel versions. A durable carrying bag is included with each grill. Talk about fast, the DW Boogity Grill is easy to set up since no screws, bolts or tools are required for assembly and use.(Red Horse Racing)(10-19-2005)

    • Drive for Diversity Combine concludes:
      After two days of on-track testing, time trials, off-track media training and career management seminars, 19 aspiring NASCAR drivers completed the Drive for Diversity “Testing and Evaluation Combine” at South Boston Speedway. The event determines which drivers will participate in the Drive for Diversity development program for ethnic and gender minority drivers in 2006. Each driver completed a 45-minute test session in a NASCAR Late Model Stock Car, capped off with a one-lap time trial against the clock. Throughout each test, the drivers were advised and coached by Wendell Scott Jr., the son of pioneering African-American driver Wendell Scott, and Peyton Sellers, the 2005 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series national champion who won his title while racing at South Boston. With the combine completed, the team owners will soon select their drivers and be paired with a sponsor for the 2006 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series season.(NASCAR) See much more on my Racing Schools/Jobs page.(10-19-2005)


      News from October 18, 2005

    • Mike Wallace says no HOF and his plans: Mike Wallace talked to Motorsports Lounge owner Jason Stix Buckley tonight about the remainder of the 2005 racing season, the 2006 season and a few rumors flying around out there. First, Wallace addressed the current season part time rides in the Busch Series and Truck Series. As most know, Akins Motorsports has hired AJ Foyt IV to drive their #38 Great Clips Dodge for the remainder of the 2005 Busch Series season as well as the 2006 season. This ended Wallace's fill-in role with the team. Also, Joey Miller appears to be the driver for the rest of the 2005 Truck Series season in the #12 Darrell Waltrip owned Toyota Tundra. That leaves the #4 Morgan McClure Motorsports Lucas Oil Chevy in the Cup Series. Wallace confirmed tonight he will be driving for the team the remainder of the 2005 season.
      But, what about next year? There have been many rumors surfacing about who will drive the Hall of Fame Racing car in the 2006 season. Wallace has been rumored to be in that seat. However, Wallace denied this rumor today. "The rumor that I will be driving for Hall of Fame Racing next season is false," Mike Wallace told Motorsports Lounge. "The team has someone else in mind." There are many rides available for next season's Nextel Cup Series up for grabs, including the #4 Morgan McClure Motorsports Chevy Wallace currently drives for. It is possible Wallace will be back with the team for the next season, but nothing has been set into stone. "Right now I do not have any firm plans for 2006," Wallace said. "All I know is that I will not be driving the HOF car."(Motorsports Lounge)(10-18-2005)

    • DirecTV becomes NASCAR sponsor, also a race and driver: DirecTV Inc. said Tuesday that it has signed a corporate-sponsorship agreement with NASCAR. The direct-broadcast satellite provider will have exclusive rights among subscription-television distributors to use the NASCAR brand in marketing and advertising promotions through early 2010. DirecTV said NASCAR will be integrated into many of its marketing campaigns, including national promotions, and many of the campaigns will focus on its new “DirecTV Plus” digital-video recorder. The company added that it will sponsor a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race team and driver during the 2006 season, and it has the rights to use NASCAR marks and tag lines to promote its NASCAR sponsorships on receiving equipment, service vehicles and installer uniforms.(Multichannel.com)(10-18-2005)

    • Testing at Atlanta: NEXTEL Cup Series testing continued today at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Fourteen cars were on the track testing in preparation for the upcoming Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 on October 30. For the second day in a row, in his #80 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevy, J.J. Yeley was at the top of the speed charts posting a lap of 188.636mph, (29.39 seconds). #6-Mark Martin was second fastest, followed by #20-Tony Stewart. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. recorded a lap of 184.003 mph, (30.13 seconds) [doesn't say where that placed in the mix of 14 drivers]. There were two on track incidents towards the end of the day. The first one occurred when Earnhardt, Jr. spun exiting turn four, but did not make contact with the wall and the second occurred minutes later when Yeley blew an engine entering turn one. Atlanta Motor Speedway testing will continue tomorrow [Wednesday Oct 19] as drivers prepare for the upcoming Oct. 28-30 race weekend. [no word if trsting is open to the public]
      Great seats are still available for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend. Contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at 770-946-4211 or via www.ticketmaster.com.(AMS PR)
      Other drivers I heard attending the test included: #97-Kurt Busch, #16-Greg Biffle, #01-Joe Nemechek, #39-Reed Sorenson and #43-Jeff Green.(10-18-2005)

    • #20 to sport Tools scheme at Martinsville: Tony Stewart will special paint scheme on the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet at the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway featuring new Lithium-Ion cordless power tools that deliver the longest-lasting power available on the market. The gray, orange and white paint scheme features Lithium-Ion power tool lines on the rear corner panels and deck lid of the vehicle. Available exclusively at The Home Depot, the innovative tools from Makita U.S.A. and Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation operate with breakthrough Lithium-Ion technology which will run up to twice as long as leading cordless 18 volts per charge. The tools will be available in all The Home Depot stores in the United States starting in November. The new power tool lines include a Milwaukee V28, four-piece Cordless Combo Kit and Makita 18V LXT, four-piece Cordless Combo Kit, 18V LXT Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill Kit and 18V LXT Cordless Impact Driver Kit.(True Speed/Home Depot PR), see image on my #20 Team Schemes page.(10-18-2005)

    • Early Charlotte TV Ratings Up over 2004: NBC's broadcast of the NASCAR Nextel Cup race on Saturday night (Oct. 15) was the highest overnight rating ever for the televised event. The race --from Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.-- delivered a 4.8 overnight rating and 8 share, up from a 4.6/8 last year, according to Nielsen Media Research data. The top-rated local markets were Greensboro, Greenville and Charlotte, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Indianapolis.(MediaWeek)(10-17-2005)


      News from October 17, 2005

    • Knaus Wins Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Race Award at Charlotte: Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus did it again. Together, the duo overcame a last place starting spot, a faulty alternator and a compressed fender in route to their fourth straight win at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Johnson's win marked his fourth of the season and catapulted him into first place in the championship point standings. For leading his driver to Victory Lane, Knaus won the Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Race award. The panel of voters, including a Wypall Wipers representative and Tony Eury Sr., all agreed that Knaus's performance deserved Crew Chief of the Race honors.
      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, Chad Knaus and Robbie Loomis are tied for third-place with two wins. Tommy Baldwin, Scott Miller, Fatback McSwain, Steve Hmiel, Greg Erwin, Slugger Labbe, Pat Tryson and Pete Rondeau are tied 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)(10-17-2005)

    • Kahne to run a Dodge Ram Mega Cab Paint Scheme at Texas: Kasey Kahne and the #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger team will debut a special paint scheme featuring the new Dodge Mega Cab -- World's Biggest Cab -- on Nov. 6 in the Dickies 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. Since everything is bigger in Texas, TMS will provide a perfect high-speed stage to unveil the new paint scheme. The all-new 2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab features the World’s Biggest Cab with Best-in-Class interior room and comfort. Powered by a 5.7L Hemi V8 engine as standard equipment, the 2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab also is available with a Cummins Turbo diesel. Beginning on Oct. 18, fans can register at www.worldsbiggestcab.com to win prizes associated with the unveiling of the new paint scheme. Fifty die-cast cars with the Ram Mega Cab paint scheme from Action Performance will be given away in addition to five SRT Racing School experiences, a VIP Daytona 500 trip for two and a 1500 SLT Dodge Ram Mega Cab. Deadline for entries is Nov. 9.(Clear!Blue PR), see an image of the scheme on my #9 Team Schemes page.(10-17-2005)

    • Green to the #0? Labonte to the #43? #18? Mike Bliss is the latest driver to learn he's out after the season finale at Homestead. Jeff Green appears to be the top candidate for Bliss' #0 Haas CNC ride. If he gets it, the dominoes really would start to fall. The most curious possible replacement? Bobby Labonte for the Petty Enterprises ride Green would vacate. Labonte, who drives the #18 for Joe Gibbs Racing, has been less than thrilled lately, and his name was mentioned earlier as a candidate for the Penske Racing #2 and Richard Childress Racing #29. Gibbs is auditioning Busch drivers Denny Hamlin and J.J. Yeley for the #11 Chevrolet. Hamlin finished eighth in Saturday night's crashfest at Charlotte, so give him the nod. But should Labonte leave, it would open the door for both drivers to move up to Cup in 2006.(Sporting News)(10-17-2005)

    • Spencer, R&J Racing team up at Martinsville: Jimmy Spencer, a two-time winner on the Nextel Cup Series circuit, will drive the #37 BoSPOKER.net Dodge for R&J Racing this Sunday at the Martinsville Speedway. In making the announcement, team owner Roger Craven said the addition of Spencer was important as the BoSPOKER.net team continues to build for the future. “Not only is Jimmy an accomplished and tenacious driver, he will be able to provide our team with valuable information that could help us down the road,” Craven said. “There’s no question he knows everything there’s to know about a race car, so we’re going to be dependent for information as well as speed at Martinsville.” Spencer has a part-time arrangement with Arnold Motorsports, but that team will not compete in the Subway 500. R&J Racing driver Tony Raines took a two-week leave of absence to fulfill his commitment with Kevin Harvick’s Busch Series team.(R&J Racing PR)(10-17-2005)

    • Race at LMS almost shortened: #48-Jimmie Johnson might not have won his fourth consecutive points race at Lowe's Motor Speedway had NASCAR officials shortened Saturday's event as they considered because of numerous tire problems. The 336-lap race never had more than 30 laps of green-flag racing between cautions -- many for accidents caused by blown tires. NASCAR president Mike Helton said series officials debated what to do, including shortening the race, as the carnage raged.(Roanoke Times)(10-17-2005)

    • What's up with Blaney for 2006: Dave Blaney, who will be replaced by Clint Bowyer in the #07 RCR car in 2006, has spoken with team owner Cal Wells [#32 Tide Chevy] but is waiting to see how Silly Season shakes out before committing to a ride.(Sporting News)(10-17-2005)

    • Rusty to appear on "The Big Idea": Miller Lite Dodge driver Rusty Wallace will be a special featured guest on Monday's edition of CNBC's "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch." Hosted by Deutsch, chairman of Deutsch, Inc., the $2.8 billion marketing company that has won numerous ad-agency-of-the-year awards and has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, the show is well known for its provocative, spontaneous and real look at celebrities in various industries. "NASCAR has become so popular that we decided to devote an entire show to the sport," said Meredith Applebaum, talent producer for CNBC. "Rusty Wallace is a legend in NASCAR and he has a household name in the sporting world today. It will be a very fun and entertaining hour on Monday night." Other guests on Monday night's program include NASCAR's George Pyne and Jamie McMurray, driver for Wallace's NASCAR Busch Series team. "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch" airs nightly on CNBC at 10:00pm/et and features a second broadcast of the program at 1:00am/et.(Tom Roberts PR)(10-17-2005)



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