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      News from December 18, 2005

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      News from December 17, 2005

    • Paul Tracy to race in Busch Series in 2006: Paul Tracy will make the jump to the NASCAR Busch Series in selected races in 2006. Tracy, who was in Daytona testing an ARCA car for Andy HIllenburg, told MRN Radio's "NASCAR Today" that he will run a second Busch car for Biagi Brothers [#4 team with Mark Green driving] racing next year. "I will be doing the 24 hours again and trying to get some experience in stock cars and make the transition into stock cars in the future. Andy Hillenburg, who I am driving for here, has been really helpful with trying to help me out make the transition. We've got a deal 99% done to run 4 or 5 Busch Series racing for Fred Biagi. We've got a sponsor package put together to run a second car. Really my timetable is to be up and running by 2007... maybe run 10 or 11 races and a Cup race or 2 next year." MRN Radio's "NASCAR Today" can be heard on 505 radio stations and XM Satellite Radio.(MRN's NASCAR Today)(12-17-2005)

    • Gordon getting ready for Dakar race: The Dakar Rally, easily the world’s most grueling and logistically challenging auto race, will start on Dec. 31 in Lison, Portugal and head approximately 6,500 miles south through Spain across the Strait of Gibraltar and into Morocco. From there, the race turns rugged as the field of more than 500 vehicles makes the incredible journey through Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea and Senegal. Robby Gordon, driver of the #7 Jim Beam/Harrah's/Menards Chevy in the Nextel Cup Series, will spend his New Year’s Eve behind the wheel of a race car for the first of 16 days of competition in the Dakar with hopes of being the first to pull into Dakar, Senegal on Jan. 15.
      Gordon, a six-time SCORE Off-Road Champion and a two-time winner of the famed Baja 1000 in addition to countless other off-road races in North America, will drive a specially prepared Hummer H3 on Toyo Tires with sponsorship from Jim Beam in his quest to become the first American to win the famed Dakar Rally in its 28-year history. Last year, driving for the German Volkswagen team, Gordon became the first American to ever win a stage in the race, eventually winning two of the 16 stages en route to an 12th-place overall finish.
      Gordon’s participation in the 2005 Dakar brought the race much needed recognition in the United States and Canada, and exposure to North American race fans will grow again in 2006 with OLN’s daily coverage of the race and the network’s four recap shows that will air after the completion of the race.
      This year, 508 cars, trucks and motorcycles, representing 40 countries, will leave the starting line in Lisbon with their eyes fixed on a finish line 16 days and 6,500 miles away. While many will consider just finishing a victory, Gordon’s goals are clearly stated: “I will be disappointed with anything other than a win. Our people have given so much of themselves over the last few months to get us ready to compete, and our sole focus is to become the first American’s to win Dakar. We finished the race last year, this year we’re going there to win.”(in part from a Robby Gordon Motorsports PR) and more info about the race at dakar.com.(12-17-2005)

    • Kenny Wallace to run some Cup races in 2006: Kenny Wallace says that he will run several Nextel Cup races in 2006. “I am going to run for sure the first five races of year in the #78 Furniture Row Racing Cup car. (Team owner) Joe Garone has asked me to run as many Cup races as I can this year. Furniture Row Racing had decided to quit running in the NASCAR Busch Series, and they will put all their effort into a Cup team. It is their decision to do this.”(Kenny Wallace site)(12-17-2005)

    • Testing at Nashville: Clint Boyer and Jeff Burton are scheduled to be testing Monday, December 19 (weather permitting) at the Nashville Superspeedway. No sure if it is Nextel Cup or Busch Series.(PR)(12-17-2005)


      News from December 16, 2005

    • '3' Lawsuit Settled: Richard Childress Racing and ESPN traded paint back in March over the use of the late Dale Earnhardt's famous No. 3. That contest is over -- and you'll have as much chance of learning the winner as you would of finding out how a NASCAR team squeezes more horsepower from its engines. The two parties have settled the suit that RCR filed in federal court in Greensboro. The terms of their deal, like those in most out-of-court settlements, aren't public. "The matter has been resolved to our satisfaction, and the exact terms are confidential," Heather Adams, an attorney for ESPN, told the Winston-Salem Journal. An RCR spokesman also told the newspaper that his company is pleased as well. At issue was the stylized "3." The trademarked number appeared on the sides and roof of Earnhardt's black Chevrolet for much of his career. It still shows up on jackets, hats and stickers that fans still buy five years after his death. Earnhardt drove for RCR, which is based in Welcome, NC, until he was killed during the 2001 Daytona 500. ESPN used a variation of the number in the marketing efforts for its 2004 made-for-TV film "3: The Dale Earnhardt Story." RCR called the ESPN "3" a knockoff and sued for trademark infringement and unfair competition.(News and Record)(12-16-2005)

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    • Sleigh Ride preferred over Dale Jr. Hoping to help "drive home" the message of responsible celebrating this holiday season, Anheuser-Busch today released the results of its annual Designated Driver survey to kick off National Designated Driver Awareness Week. The survey found that most Americans (41%) would prefer to be driven home in a Hummer by their designated drivers of choice Katie Couric and George Clooney. In addition, according to the poll, respondents favor a sleigh ride (45%) over a speedy ride in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #8 Chevrolet (27%) as their favorite mode of transportation. For the last 20 years, Anheuser-Busch has made it a goal to educate the public about its Designated Driver program through advertising, server training programs and its 'free cab ride home' offer, which since 1989 has provided more than half a million rides home. For more information on designated drivers and responsible drinking programs visit www.designateddriver.com.(G.S. Schwartz PR)(12-16-2005)

    • Another New Cup Team? UPDATE: not much info on this team, but their site states: The Premier Motorsports is expanding to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series in 2006. The team looks to be based in Kentucky and shows a car #85 but lists the Cup team as #64 on the Partners page. No drivers listed and most of the site states 'coming soon'.(thepremiermotorsports.com.(12-13-2005)
      UPDATE: The Premier Motorpsorts is owned by Daniel Kinney and located in Owensboro, KY. Kinney developed his #85 Busch team in 2000 and ran selected races for five years. The team is developing a cup team #64 for the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup season and planning to run a full season. The team has a partial sponsorship "Speedway Fuel" for the 2006 season and is looking for additional sponsors. The team also plans to run selected Busch races as well in the 2006 season but will consider a full season if full sponsorship is obtained. They are expanding their race shop and should be completed by mid January 2006. The team is also looking to hire personnel and crew chiefs. More info at their site or on my Racing Schools/Jobs page.(12-16-2005)


      News from December 15, 2005

    • Wrecks in 2005: USA Today has some stats and articles about wrecks in 2005 Nextel Cup races, the drivers with the most wrecks:
      Drivers with the highest accident rate (minimum of 30 races)
      Name %.
      #15-Michael Waltrip 52.8% [#55 in 2006]
      #97-Kurt Busch 50.0% [#2 in 2006]
      #43-Jeff Green 47.2% [#0 in 2006]
      #9-Kasey Kahne 44.4%
      #10-Scott Riggs 41.7% [#10 Evernahm in 2006]
      #07-Dave Blaney 38.9% [#22 in 2006]
      #88-Dale Jarrett 38.9%
      #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 38.9%
      #22-Scott Wimmer 38.9% {?#4 in 2006?]
      #38-Elliott Sadler 36.1%
      (with 6 of the top 10 changing teams in 2006...)
      See more at USA Today.(12-15-2005)

    • Earnhardt Jr. OK to test: Dale Earnhardt Jr. says the Dec. 9 surgery he had on his left wrist will not keep him from preseason testing at Daytona. This week's edition of NASCAR Scene reports that Earnhardt Jr. said he would be able test a car approximately 10 days after the surgery, if necessary.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(12-15-2005)

    • Kvapil to #4 ride? this weeks NASCAR Scene [12-15 issue] reports that Travis Kvapil, recently released from the #77 Penske Racing team that is taking the year off, is rumored to be a candidate for the #4 Morgan-McClure Motorsports Lucas Oil Chevy ride.(NASCAR Scene Print), it was reported here last week that Scott Wimmer is the leading candiate for the #4 ride.(12-15-2005)

    • Bodine turns down #4 team: Todd Bodine competed in only one Nextel Cup race in 2005, driving the #4 Morgan-McClure Motorsports car at the Homestead-Miami Speedway season finale. He finished 20th in the Ford 400. Bodine said he turned down a full-time Nextel Cup ride with Morgan-McClure for 2006 because of commitments with Germain Racing [#30 Truck Series Toyota team]. "They want me to run full time for them next year," Bodine said. "Obviously, I can't do that. It's a great group there. Morgan-McClure has been very important to NASCAR and has got a lot of history. If we didn't have such a good Truck team, I probably would have considered it." Mike Wallace was Morgan-McClure's regular driver in 2005. Bodine said he could run some Nextel Cup races in 2006 but did not mention a specific team. "We're probably going to run some Cup races next year, we don't know what for sure," Bodine said. "We just have to see what happens. I've got a lot going on with Germain Racing and a lot to look forward to."(Elmira Star Gazette)(12-15-2005)

    • Stewart honored by U.S. House of Representatives: on Wednesday [12/14], the U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution from U.S. Rep. Mike Sodrel of Indiana recognizing #20-Tony Stewart for his 2005 Nextel Cup championship. Sodrel, who sponsored the resolution, was joined by other members of the Indiana delegation – Reps. Mike Pence, Dan Burton, Mark Soder, John Hostettler and Julia Carson – as co-sponsors. House Resolution 587 passed unanimously. Sodrel represents Indiana’s 9th Congressional District, which includes Stewart’s hometown – and current residence – of Columbus. “I am proud to honor Mr. Tony Stewart for all of his accomplishments in NASCAR and the world of motorsports by bringing this resolution to the floor of the House of Representatives,” Sodrel said. “Hoosiers and racing fans around the world are proud of Tony and his team and we look forward to his continued success.” The resolution cites Stewart for his five 2005 wins, his two series titles in seven seasons, his eight other auto racing championships, his top-10 ranking in each of his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup seasons and particularly his Aug. 7 victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard). Following that win, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels awarded Stewart the state’s highest honor, the Sagamore of the Wabash, on Aug. 29.(NASCAR PR)(12-15-2005)


      News from December 14, 2005

    • 2006 Fox Broadcast Schedule Announced [times] On the heels of last week's landmark rights agreement that establishes FOX Sports as the official television home of the Daytona 500 from 2007-2014, NASCAR on FOX announces its 2006 broadcast schedule. FOX Sports hits the gas on its sixth season of Emmy Award-winning coverage with the Auto Club 500 live from California Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 26 (3:30pm/et). Darrell Waltrip and former champion crew chief Larry McReynolds return to provide race analysis for all NASCAR on FOX Nextel Cup and Busch Series events, and Mike Joy returns as race announcer. Prerace coverage is again hosted by Chris Myers with analyst Jeff Hammond, and returning to cover pit road are reporters Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Jeanne Zelasko. In all, FOX Sports airs 14 NASCAR Nextel Cup races [FX will broadcast Richmond in May and Dover in June as well as the Nextel All-Star Challenge in May]. (FoxSports), see my 2006 Nextel Cup Scheule Page for the times, more info and links.(12-14-2005)

    • #4 team gets a guaranteed spot first five races: have been asked and have been telling folks the wrong thing, since the #77 team will not field a car/team in 2006, what happens to the 34th spot the team occupies in 2005 Owners Points? A team in the top 35 in the previous season's Owners Points are guaranteed to make the first five races, after the 5th race, 2006 Owners Points take over. I had assumed [not a good thing] that the spot would go unfilled and one of the teams outside the top-35 would get an extra shot of making the race per speed [except for the Daytona 500 with it's unique qualifying format, however, saw this on NASCAR.com from Marty Smith and it has been verified by NASCAR:
      By dissolving its #77 team, it seems Penske Racing indirectly sent owner #4-Larry McClure a priceless early Christmas present - a guaranteed starting position in the 2006 Daytona 500. During the first five races of a new season, NASCAR reverts to the previous season's final championship owner points to determine which teams will benefit from the top-35 rule. To receive a guaranteed starting assignment at Daytona, California, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Bristol, a team must be among the 35 highest-ranked teams present from the previous season's owner points standings, must have entered the event prior to the entrance deadline and must make an attempt to qualify for the event. Therefore, by virtue of the #77's absence, McClure's 36th-ranked team inherits the final guaranteed starting position for the first five races of the 2006 season. Remember, though, if Penske does opt to enter the #77 in the race, McClure is out. And, considering that making the Daytona 500 field guarantees a quarter-million dollar payday (roughly), that very well may happen. Had Penske not shut down the #77 operation, which held the 34th position in '05 owner points, McClure would have entered '06 faced with having to qualify for each of the first five events on speed.(NASCAR.com). Next question would be: who will be the driver?(12-14-2005)

    • Kvapil to PPI? UPDATE: Travis Kvapil recently received his release from #77 Penske Racing, but he is not expected to be out of work for long. Kvapil, 29, is the latest candidate for the #32 PPI Motorsports ride. Bobby Hamilton Jr. has not been re-signed.(Sporting News), Ricky Craven has also been rumored to be going back to the #32, but that seems like a slim chance.(12-12-2005)
      UPDATE: been told that Hamilton Jr. is signed thru 2006 with PPI Motorsports and has not been released from his contract.(12-13-2005)
      UPDATE 2: Bobby Hamilton, Jr. will return to the #32 Tide Chevrolet in 2006. He is still under contract to Cal Wells, who can't find an upgrade in talent on the current NEXTEL Cup unemployment line and will most likely stay with the second generation driver.(RacingOne)(12-14-2005)

    • Daytona Testing dates and teams: The 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will kick off with a pair of much anticipated test sessions at historic Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the prestigious season-opening 48th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 19. Testing will be held in two-session, Jan. 9-11 and Jan. 16-18. For the driver/team lists, The Fan Fest events infor, see my Testing page.(12-14-2005)

    • Stewart to drive midget car race: Tony Stewart will drive in a pair of U.S. Auto Club indoor midget car races at Fort Wayne, IN, where he won a 60-lap feature a year ago under an assumed name in an old junker he bought during a poker game the night before. It wasn't until Stewart pulled into Victory Lane and took off his helmet that the race announcer and fans recognized him -- and became extremely excited. "It was just a kind of a joke," USAC spokesman Dick Jordan said Tuesday. "They didn't do any advance publicity on him, because he wasn't sure he was going to run. ... This time he's allowing the promoter to advertise the fact he's coming." The Dec. 29-30 "Rumble in Fort Wayne" will be USAC's final races of the year. Stewart has won 52 USAC features and in 1995 swept all three series championships -- Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown. He also has won at least one USAC race each year since 1991 except 1999, when he was the NASCAR Cup rookie of the year.(ESPN.com/AP)(12-14-2005)

    • Urban Youth Racing School looking for stolen rig and cars: The Urban Youth Racing School celebrated the holidays with a festive bash Thursday night. But the forunder of the Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization - which introduces inner-city children to career opportunities in motor sports - was feeling anything but joyous when he returned to the office Monday morning. When Anthony Martin arrived at the school's modest facility, on a hardscrabble stretch of North Front Street in the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge, he noticed that the trailer used to transport the school's five mini race cars was missing. "I couldn't believe it," Martin said. "We had a 30-forot trailer parked in a lot across the street from the school. We even had a special lock on it that would prevent someone from hitching it to a vehicle. There was some graffiti on it and our kids were excited about cleaning it up and painting it, but somebody stole it. And nobody in the area saw or heard anything." Martin, who has seen nearly 1,000 children graduate from the racing school and its "Build A Dream Program" that he forunded in 1998, asked that anyone with information about the trailer contact him at 215-923-2532.(Philadelphia Inquirer)(12-14-2005)

    • Shepherd wins Spirit Award: #89-Morgan Shepherd has been named the forurth quarter recipient of the National Motorsports Press Association/Pocono Spirit Award. Shepherd, who made his first Cup start in 1970, has forur career victories in 511 Cup starts, and has competed for the past several seasons with much less financial backing than most Cup teams. But it is his efforts off the race track that have earned the 64-year-old Shepherd recognition among the membership of the NMPA. The Morgan Shepherd Charitable Fund, now in its 19th season, began as a program to assist the needy and handicapped living in the Virginia mountains. Each year Shepherd headlines a trip throughout that region that includes stops to assist more than 300 people. That trip often includes several prominent NASCAR figures taking part along with Shepherd. "We're carrying friends, presents and hope for these people," Shepherd said. "Besides a donation, hopefully a large donation, to the PARC Workshop (a non-profit organization that teaches job skills to the handicapped), we are delighted to have a chance to meet with old and new friends, and to show the love of Christ to these forlks." Other forurth-quarter nominees for the award included the Women's Auxiliary of Motorsports and Nextel Cup driver Kasey Kahne. The NMPA/Pocono Spirit Award recognizes character and achievement in the face of adversity as well as sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports. Each quarter during the year the NMPA names a winner of the Spirit Award. And in January, the NMPA and Pocono International Raceway honor the forur winners and select a national winner at the annual NMPA convention. Michael and Buffy Waltrip won the 2005 first-quarter award, Jeff Gordon was named the second-quarter winner and the NASCAR community as a whole was named the third-quarter recipient.(ThatsRacin)(12-14-2005)

    • Stewart visits GM Plant: Tony Stewart, the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup champion, visited the GM Arlington Assembly Plant this afternoon to help build a 2007 Chevy Tahoe. Stewart visited the Texas plant to perform several jobs in the general assembly process and meet with GM employees that work on the various lines. Plans are in development for the final Tahoe that Stewart drives off the line be used at several promotional events and eventually be auctioned off for charity. Stewart's visit to the plant today helped kick off Arlington production of the 2007 Chevy Tahoe. The new Tahoe will be available in dealer showrooms beginning in January.(GM Racing PR)(12-14-2005)


      News from December 13, 2005

    • New Head and Neck Restraint Device: Safety Solutions, Inc. a Mooresville, NC Corporation has released a new Head and Neck restraint system for the Racing Industry. The developer of the Hutchens device, and the only strap Head and Neck Safety System used in Nascar has developed a new series of Safety Solutions for all Racers. Mr. Trevor Ashline President of Safety Solutions, Inc. comments, “We have added new top performing devices for this upcoming racing season. With the competitive nature of racing, drivers cannot afford to risk injury. With over two hundred-sled tests, we learned what it really takes to keep a driver safe in a single or Multiple Impact Crash from all angle of impact. There is a lot to be learned from the Crashes in racing accidents; so we applied the Data along with Hundreds of sled test data to develop this new device. The Hutchens Device II Pro was the next natural step from the Original Hutchens Device. We were able to apply what we had learned from thousands of races and developed a comfortable device that will protect the driver without standing in the way of the Racers ability to Race.All of our Head and Neck Safety Devices are SFI 38.1 rated and tested at 70 G’s.” The Hutchens Device II Pro is a patented Carbon Fiber Head and Shoulder restraint system designed to keep the driver safe in frontal and multiple impact crashes. “On the racetrack anything can happen when drivers are this competitive," says Ashline”. For more information on these and other Safety solutions designed for all ages you can call 1 (800) 731-4404 or go to www.HutchensDevice.com.(Yahoo News)(12-13-2005)

    • Do Reliable Predictors Exist for the Outcomes of NASCAR Races? from The Sport Journal: "This research attempts to ascertain whether factors known prior to a NASCAR race can help to predict the order of finish of that race. We provide evidence in the form of correlation analysis of the order of finish with available quantitative and categorical information collected, and a simple test for the effect of teams (regressions for each races are also available from the authors). Data were collected on 14 races from the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup (now Nextel Cup Series) schedule." See the full article, data and research at The Sport Journal, any comments or email to The Sport Journal please.(12-13-2005)

    • Neuenberger plans to attempt 8 Cup races in 2006: Donnie Neuenberger and Austin Cox, Jr. announce the creation of their new company AD Motorsports, Inc. AD Motorsports is based in Salisbury Maryland. Donnie Neuenberger takes his Maryland base operations to join those of Austin Cox to form AD Motorsports. Donnie has managed his 13 year race career from Maryland and will continue to do so in this next chapter of NASCAR racing. In 2000 Neuenberger stepped up to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series working with Rick Ware of Ware Racing of Thomasville, NC. 2006 has Neuenberger and Ware together again in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Cup Series. Ware Racing has been participating in the Nextel Cup level racing over the past two years [#52 car, 4 attempts failed to qualify and in 2004 made a race]. Neuenberger will begin the 2006 schedule participating in the Daytona speed weeks activities including the Twin 150's as part of the Daytona 500 race events. An eight (8) race schedule in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series will include 2 races at Daytona, Dover, Texas and Talladega. Super speedways are where Neuenberger has had his best results while participating in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series and most recently the NASCAR Busch series. Neuenberger has competed in the NASCAR Busch series the past three (3) years. Stepping up into the Nextel Cup series will include three long time sponsors of Neuenberger's. Bay Area Goodyear Tires owned by Craig Arch will continue support. BG Products Maryland distributor owned by Corky Crovato will also continue to support the Nextel Cup team as an associate. Plan B Technologies owned by Donnie Downs and Curtis Eshelman continue associate sponsorship. For more information about Donnie Neuenberger and AD Motorsports visit their website www.ad-motorsports.com[coming soon, just contact infor].(DGNRacing.com)(12-13-2005)


      News from December 12, 2005

    • Dale Jr. has minor surgery: Despite some panicked e-mails claiming otherwise, Dale Earnhardt Jr. does not have any fractures of his right or left arm. He had a minor procedure done to remove calcium build-up in his wrist. It's a chronic condition he's had for several years, and apparently decided to have it taken care of Friday morning. That is why forlks are seeing picturs of Dale Jr. at the Busch Series banquet wearing a cast in a sling on his left arm.(fingerprint inc)(12-12-2005)

    • STAR Motorsports signs Austin: STAR Motorsports [owned by Sean Holley, along with some pro athletes and entertainers, including the Wayans brothers from In Living Color among other TV Shows / Moives], Austin Racing Enterprises, and 16 year old Chase Austin proudly announce the formation STAR-TEAM CHASE race team. STAR Motorsports, with a race shop based in Mooresville, NC, is a dynamic new player on the NASCAR scene. A unique blend of motorsports veterans, sports and entertainment executives, MLB, MLS, NBA and NFL athletes, and stars from the music and film industries, STAR will field competitive teams in NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, Busch Series and Truck Series as wlll as Hooters Pro Cup and ASA Late Models. Sean Holley, President/CEO of STAR Motorsports, describes his excitement over partnering with Chase: "We are building this team to be competitive in the long run. To do that, we need a strong forundation. In addition to veteran drivers, STAR wants to secure young drivers with the potential to win at the highest levels for years to come. After extensive scouting, we were able get our top choice; Chase Austin. Some team info at their website, STAR-motorsports.com. Austin of couese will not run in any of the top-three NASCAR Series until he turns 18 years old, no word on who will drive for any of the NASCAR teams in 2006, no car number mentioned or mention of crew chiefs.(12-12-2005)



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