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    SEPTEMBER 4-10, 2006





      News from September 10, 2006

    • Sprint Cup Series? Not in 2007: There will be no Sprint Cup Series in 2007. As early as June 2005, there were reports that the Nextel Cup Series would go through a name change effective next season. But a Sprint official insisted Sept. 9 that no decision has been made to change the name, and there definitely will be no change for 2007. "When you're talking about the magnitude of a change in terms of a series name change, we take that extremely seriously," said Mary Nell Westbrook, Sprint's sponsorship communications director. "We absolutely want to do our due diligence to do it right. ... We want it to take as long as it takes to do it right." That could mean a name change in 2008. "It is possible for 2008," Westbrook said. "But we haven't decided yet. It's possible it will stay the same too." Nextel and Sprint merged in 2005, in the second year of a 10-year deal Nextel had made to sponsor NASCAR's premier series. The contract allows one name change to the series over the 10 years. (SceneDaily.com)(9-10-2006)

    • 12 Drivers in the Chase Next Year?: UPDATE: On Speed Channel's, NASCAR Live, Bob Dillner reported that NASCAR officials are considering increasing the number of drivers making the chase next year from 10 to 12. He said NASCAR is also looking at a new points system for chase participants.(9-9-2006)
      UPDATE: NASCAR is giving serious consideration to widening the Chase for the championship field and awarding more points to race winners beginning next season. Changes to the final 10 races - which won't happen in 2007, anyway - are unlikely. The sanctioning body is looking at ways to award a "wild card" but hasn't finalized anything. "We're trying to see if there is a way to earn a spot in the Chase without harming the integrity of it," spokesman Ramsey Poston said. "Everyone made a big deal of Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. not making it last year, but it really only legitimized it. The Chase for the championship field currently consists of the top 10 drivers in the standings, plus anyone within 400 points of the leader. In the third year of the Chase, that 400-point mark has yet to come into play, and widening it is under consideration. But NASCAR does not want to ensure a spot in the Chase field to a driver who wins a single race. NASCAR also is leaning toward awarding more points for victories - something the sanctioning body has been under pressure to do, particularly this season.(Associated Press)(9-10-2006)

    • Congrats to Brian France: NASCAR chairman Brian France became a father this week - twice over. His wife, Meghan, gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl, on Tuesday in California.(FoxSports.com/AP)(9-10-2006)

    • Congrats: to David and Megan Smith-Tilley on the arrival of their first child, Southern Ray Smith-Tilley. He was born on Friday 9/8/06 at 6:08pm and weighed 8 lb 14 oz and is 19 1/2" long. David is the rear tire carrier on the #78 Furniture Row racing teams in the Busch and Nextel Cup teams.(9-10-2006)


      News from September 9, 2006

    • Harvick wins at Richmond; Stewart Misses Chase: #29-Kevin Harvick backed up his Busch Series win on Friday night by taking the win in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 on Saturday night. He led on 6 different occasions, for 54 laps. He took the lead for the final time on lap 399, passing #5-Kyle Busch, who dominiated most of the race, leading 248 laps. #9-Kasey Kahne raced his way into the Chase for the Championship with a third place finish. #22-Dave Blaney finshed fourth and #6-Mark Martin fifth. The rest of the top ten were #16-Greg Biffle, #21-Ken Schrader, #17-Matt Kenseth, #31-Jeff Burton, and #10-Scott Riggs. It was a tough night for many of the chase contenders. #20-Tony Stewart battled an ill-handling backup call all night, finishing 18th, and falling out of the top 10 in points by 16 points. He will not be able to defend last year's championship. #11-Denny Hamlin had engine problems but managed a 15th place finish. #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had brake problems and finished 17th. #48-Jimmie Johnson was involved in 2 accidents but stayed on track and finished 23rd. #24-Jeff Gordon finish 31st, two laps down. There were 8 leaders with 16 lead changes and 7 cautions for 48 laps.
      Race Results: on my Richmond Race Results/Awards Page.
      Points Standings: on my Drivers/Owners Points after Richmond page
      Race Rundown: see my Richmond Race Info/Rundown Page for my race rundown, laps lead, top 10, race penalties, race notes, lucky dogs and more.(9-9-2006)

    • Sadler Fan Club Party Raises $30,000: Elliott, Hermie and the Sadler family hosted 1,000 Sadler fans at the Sadler Barn on Thursday evening prior to the race at Richmond International Raceway. Elliott and Hermie were joined by special guests Blake Shelton and Dale Jarrett. The agenda for the evening included bologna burgers, autographs, photo opportunities, viewing of Elliott's famous hunting dogs and a concert by country music artist Blake Shelton. The Sadler Fan Club Barn Party raised over $30,000 for the Elliott and Hermie Sadler Foundation.(Sadler PR)(9-9-2006)

    • Martin says he will NOT drive the #6 in 2007 UPDATE 2 to the #88? UPDATE 3 Denied....MORE: Mark Martin on Friday said that he will not drive the #6 Roush Racing Ford in 2007. "I'm not worried about next year, but I will tell you this: there never has been -- ever -- a consideration for me to drive the 6 car in 2007," Martin said. "Everybody's in this frenzy about what I'm going to do in 2007 -- it's just not important right now," Martin said. "What's here in front of me is what's important to me. I've tried to help these guys and keep the ship on track, and if we don't produce then so be it. I've never once this year thought or considered driving it again in '07. I've driven it 19 years. That's enough for the 6 car and me."(see full report at NASCAR.com)(9-1-2006)
      UPDATE: #6-Mark Martin's farewell tour will be extended yet another year when he drives the #88 Ford next year for Robert Yates Racing. Martin originally said last year would be his final as a full-time driver in the Nextel Cup Series, but he changed his mind to return to his familiar #6 Ford at Roush Racing this season. Now it appears he will keep going, but for a new team. Three different sources close to Ford Racing said Martin will take over for Dale Jarrett at Yates after Jarrett moves into a new Toyota Camry at Michael Waltrip Racing in 2007, Morris News Service has learned. Martin said Friday he won't drive the #6 Ford at Roush next year - a ride he's had since the 1988 season - and most people believed that meant he finally planned to start his planned retirement. Robby Gordon confirmed this week he attempted to buy half of Robert Yates Racing recently, but the deal apparently fell through in the last couple weeks. Sources close to Yates confirmed Sunday that Martin - apparently with support of Jack Roush - also tried to buy Yates during the summer. Negotiations went so far that Yates had an inventory completed to show the exact worth of his racing operation. Robert Yates Racing said they would make an announcement on a new driver in about a week. They've already hinted it would be a veteran racer.(Athens Banner-Herald)(9-5-2006)
      UPDATE 2 - sponsors: hearing McDonald's and Citi-Financial will be the sponsors for Martin and the #88 Ford in 2007, not sure if as co-primaries or some other arrangement.(9-6-2006)
      UPDATE 3: Benny Ertel, who is Mark Martin's business manager, went Internet surfing Wednesday morning and found some interesting "fiction" on various racing Web sites. The stories indicated Martin would be buying into Robert Yates Racing and the veteran would drive the #88 Ford, which will be abandoned by Dale Jarrett at season's end. "Wishful thinking," Ertel said. "I read that online. There's no truth to it. I can't say Robert wouldn't want Mark in his car. They may come at him hard when we get to Richmond. I don't know. I know we haven't talked to Robert Yates; (or) to my knowledge, nobody at Yates Racing."(Daytona Beach News-Journal)(9-7-2006)
      UPDATE 4: Robert Yates Racing co-owner Doug Yates says he hasn't talked with Mark Martin, but he certainly would like to have him in the team's #88 Ford next season. But first he needs to land sponsorship for the team. Yates admitted that courting a driver at this point would be "putting the cart before the horse." He expects to finalize sponsorship plans for the team in the next three to four weeks. Yates was then asked if the #88 would definitely be back next season. "Well, I hope so," he said after a pause. "That's our plan." [Yates] did say, though, that with sponsorship approval he'd be very interested in [Martin]. He also said the team would be interested in Ricky Rudd. Martin says he'd like to compete with a 12-race limited schedule in 2007. Yates said any partial or full-time driver decisions would be made by the future sponsor. Yates added that it makes sense to have a rookie driver with one team and a veteran in the other car.(SceneDaily.com)(9-9-2006)
      UPDATE 5: Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd and Ward Burton are the top choices of Robert Yates Racing to drive the #88 Ford opposite rookie David Gilliland in 2007. "We really want a veteran driver to work with David," Doug Yates, the co-owner of RYR, said.(NASCAR.com)(9-9-2006)

    • Hermie Sadler Making Move to Broadcast Booth: Hermie [Sadler] is slowly making the transition from driver to broadcaster. He's done a handful of Busch and Truck series races this season on FX and the Speed Channel. Next year, he'll be full-time with the Speed Channel. He won't drive any more Busch races this season and plans to try to qualify for four more Nextel Cup races. Sadler doesn't want to rule out driving beyond this year. He's also realistic. Since winning the Busch rookie award, his driving career hasn't panned out. "My heart and my love is in driving and racing," Sadler said. "I've done it for a long time, trying to stay involved and keep my name out there and make something good happen. We've had our moments. I haven't decided if I'm going to do a limited Cup schedule next year. I have to think long and hard about how feasible it is going to be to do it as an independent. I've had a good time, we've had a good run . . . I just don't have the patience and the drive to keep doing it under these conditions. I love to race, but I don't love riding around finishing 35th each week," Sadler said. "I have enough going on to keep me busy".(Richmond Times-Dispatch)(9-9-2006)

    • Reutimann to Meet with Burger King; Announcement Next Week?David Reutimann will meet in Miami with officials from Burger King on Tuesday in what he hopes is the final step for moving into the Nextel Cup Series for Michael Waltrip Racing next season. Reutimann already has met with officials from Domino's Pizza, which will split sponsorship on Waltrip's new Toyota team in 2007. An announcement could come by the end of next week. Reutimann said the tentative plan is for him to drive a full Busch and Cup Series schedule.(NASCAR.com)(9-9-2006)

    • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Richmond [26 of 36 races]:
      #17-Matt Kenseth 3785
      #48-Jimmie Johnson 3728 -57
      #29-Kevin Harvick 3481 -304
      #5-Kyle Busch 3424 --361
      #11-Denny Hamlin 3348 -437
      #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3338 --447
      #6-Mark Martin 3336 -449
      #31-Jeff Burton 3322 -463
      #24-Jeff Gordon 3321 -464
      #9-Kasey Kahne 3319 -466
      out of 10th and the chase
      #20-Tony Stewart 3303 -16 out of 10th
      For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(9-9-2006) (9-9-2006)

    • Unofficial Driver CHASE Points Heading into the Chase:
      #17-Matt Kenseth 5050
      #48-Jimmie Johnson -5
      #29-Kevin Harvick -10
      #5-Kyle Busch -15
      #11-Denny Hamlin -20
      #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. -25
      #6-Mark Martin -30
      #31-Jeff Burton -35
      #24-Jeff Gordon -40
      #9- Kasey Kahne -45

    • Rumblings - Richmond: Kevin Harvick passed Kyle Busch on lap 399 tonight at Richmond International Raceway and captured the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 for his third win of the season....but the story was who rounds out the "Chase". Harvick's win marks the third week in a row a driver has swept the weekend....you're on your own next week cause the Busch boyz are off! This was the 8th career win for Harvick (he's tied for 56th on the all-time win list with Kyle Petty) and the 80th for Richard Childress. It was worth $234,136 from the almost $5M in posted awards.
      The odd-man out of the "Chase" is (gasp) defending Champion Tony Stewart! (He missed by 16 markers). In the short history since the format change, Tony's the first Champion not to have the opportunity to repeat. You could make a case that Tony's chances dropped dramatically about five minutes into practice yesterday when he wrecked his primary car....but that's the nature of the beast nowadays. Oh, and Harvick makes up 294 points in an instant. Ain't paper points wonderful?
      Dave Blaney (4th....but you'd never have known it from the TV coverage, huh?) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Darlington in March of 2003! Blaney's Top-5 finish gives us 27 drivers at that number this season....last year's was 30. The Top-10 finish gives us 35 drivers at that level this season....last year we had 43 of 'em. Ken Schrader (7th....ditto from Blaney) had his best finish since he was 6th at Bristol in April of 2004! Casey Mears (11th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Daytona in July.
      STREAKIN....Kyle Busch has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races. Matt Kenseth has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
      This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a lonely Tony Stewart (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Martin Truex Jr (-33), followed by Jeff Gordon (-28), Carl Edwards (-26), and Scott Wimmer (-23). Tony is now tied with Casey Mears and Clint Bowyer with three Ops for the "Shaft" lead.
      Sterling Marlin continues to lead over Kyle Petty for that 35th and final exempt spot in the Owner Points. The margin is 14 heading into next week, and you know we're heading to a track where Kyle would rather be anywhere else but there.(StockCarFans)(9-9-2006)

    • Richmond Race Notes
      • Kevin Harvick won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, scoring his eighth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 204th career start.
      • This is his third victory in 2006. Harvick also won at Phoenix and Watkins Glen.
      • Harvick scored a weekend sweep for the second time 2006. He also swept both races at Phoenix in April. Matt Kenseth swept Bristol in August and Kasey Kahne swept California, one race ago.
      • This is first time in NASCAR history that a weekend sweep has occurred on three consecutive weekends since the NASCAR Busch Series ran it’s first race in 1982. Harry Gant was the first driver to post back-to-back weekend sweeps winning at Richmond and Dover in September of 1991.
      • Harvick moved into 56th on NASCAR’s all-time winners list tied with Kyle Petty.
      • Harvick has scored 10 straight top-15 finishes in the last 15 races.
      • Harvick became the 10th different race winner in the last 11 races at Richmond International Raceway. Only Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted two wins in the 11-race period since this race in 2001.
      • Harvick scored his first victory in 12 races at Richmond and second victory in 34 races on a short track.
      • Harvick won the race from the fifth-place starting position.
      • Harvick scored his fourth straight top-10 finish in 12 races at Richmond International Raceway.
      • Harvick remained third in the point standings, and will start the Chase 10 points behind first-place Matt Kenseth.
      • Kyle Busch led the most laps for the second time in 2006. Busch led the most at Loudon.
      • Race winner Harvick led six times for 54 laps including the final two laps in the 2006 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
      • This is team owner Richard Chidress’ 80th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory. Childress has scored six victories at Richmond. His last victory at Richmond was scored by Dale Earnhardt in the 1991 Pontiac Excitement 400. Earnhardt also was the last driver to win the September race at Richmond and go on to win the Championship, doing so in 1990.
      Notebook Items
      • Kevin Harvick extended a 38-race streak of running at the finish that began at California last September, the longest current streak. Harvick has posted 10 straight top-15 finishes.
      • Kyle Busch (second) scored his 15th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his fourth top-five finish in four races at Richmond International Raceway. Busch climbed from fifth to fourth in the point standings.
      • Kasey Kahne (third) scored his 14th top-10 finish in 2006. It marked his third top-10 finish in six races at Richmond.
      • Dave Blaney (fourth) scored his first top-10 finish first since he finished sixth at Homestead last November. It is his first top-five finish since he finished third at Darlington in March 2003. It is his second top-10 finish in 13 races at Richmond International Raceway.
      • Mark Martin (fifth) scored his 12th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his 23rd top-10 finish in 42 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 10th straight top-15 finish at Richmond.
      • At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 26 races this season.
      • Matt Kenseth (eighth) scored his 16th top-10 finish in 2006.
      • Clint Bowyer (12th) was the highest finishing rookie for the sixth time in 2006.
      • Four rookies finished in the top-15 for the fourth time in 2006.
      • Jimmie Johnson has been ranked among the top 10 for 95 consecutive races. Johnson has been running at the finish in all 26 races in 2006.
      The Chase
      • Matt Kenseth remained first in the point standings and begins the Chase with a five point lead over Jimmie Johnson. Kenseth will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for the third straight year. He is one of just three drivers to do so. Kenseth finished eighth in 2004 and seventh in 2005.
      • Jimmie Johnson remained second in the point standings. Johnson will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for the third straight year. Johnson finished second in 2004 and fifth in 2005.
      • Kevin Harvick remained third in the point standings and will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for first time. He is one of five “first-timers” to compete in The Chase.
      • Kyle Busch climbed from fifth to fourth in the point standings and will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for first time. He is one of five “first-timers” to compete in The Chase.
      • Denny Hamlin climbed from seventh to fifth in the point standings. Hamlin will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for first time. He is the first Raybestos rookie contender to compete in The Chase.
      • Dale Earnhardt Jr. remained sixth in the point standings and will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for the second time in three years. He finished fifth in 2004 and 19th in 2005.
      • Mark Martin climbed from ninth to seventh in the point standings and will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for the third straight year - just three drivers to do so. Martin finished fourth in 2004 and 2005.
      • Jeff Burton climbed from 10th to eighth in the point standings and will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for first time.
      • Jeff Gordon dropped from fourth to ninth in the point standings. He will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for the second time in three years. Gordon finished third in 2004 and 11th in 2005.
      • Kasey Kahne climbed from 11th to 10th in the point standings and will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup for first time.
      • Tony Stewart dropped from eighth to 11th in the point standings, missing The Chase by 16 points.. This is the first year that Stewart will not finish among the top-10 since 1999.
      • Seven drivers in the top-11 changed points positions at Richmond International Raceway.
      Heading to New Hampshire
      • Ryan Newman has won four of the last eight Bud Poles at New Hampshire International Speedway. His four Bud poles at New Hampshire are the most of any driver.
      • There have been four different race winners in the last four races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
      • Jimmie Johnson swept both races at New Hampshire International Speedway in 2003; Kurt Busch swept both races there in 2004. These are the only sweeps in the nine-year period of twice-a-year racing there.
      • Jeff Burton leads all drivers, scoring four victories at New Hampshire International Speedway.
      • Jeff Gordon leads all drivers scoring nine top-five finishes in 23 races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
      • Dale Jarrett leads all drivers scoring 14 top-10 finishes in 23 races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
      • Greg Biffle has posted three straight top-five finishes at New Hampshire International Speedway, the longest current streak.
      • Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with a 6.0 starting average in nine races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
      • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with more than one start with an 8.66 finishing average in nine races at New Hampshire International Speedway. Johnson has posted top-15 finishes in all nine of his races at New Hampshire.(NASCAR Statistiacl Services)(9-9-2006)

    • Richmond Penalty Report
      26 TELL Commitment Line violation L 40
      99 TELL Pitting before pit road is open L 125
      1 TELL Pitting before pit road is open L 125
      1 TELL Excessive speed exiting the pits L 125
      38 MCI Safety Violation (loose sheet metal) L 124
      66 Parked Safety Violation (aggressive driving) L 323
      11 TELL Pitting before pit road is open L 326

      PT - Pass through
      TELL - Tail end of the longest line
      SG - Stop and Go
      OL - One lap
      ND - NASCAR discretion
      (NASCAR Statistiacl Services)(9-9-2006)

    • U.S. Army Veteran to Receive Free Car From Checkers/Rally's at Chevy Rock & Roll 400: Wayne Price, who was left homeless with his 15-year-old son and later rebuilt his life, will receive a free Chevrolet Cobalt from Checkers®/Rally's® during Saturday's Chevy Rock & Roll pre-race ceremonies. The charitable car giveaway program is a part of Checkers/Rally's national community relations efforts as the Official Burger of NASCAR, and was conducted locally in partnership with the National Center for Children & Families (NCCF), a partner agency of the United Way of Central Maryland. In late 2004, Price, a then 48-year-old platoon sergeant in the U.S. Army, was informed that he was going to be deployed to Iraq. Following orders, Price left his job and moved to Andrews Air Force Base, where he was later diagnosed with an illness that precluded him from serving. Because of this, Price could not be placed on active duty, and having already left his job, he found himself under emotional and financial distress, rendering him and his 15-year-old son homeless. Price turned to the National Center for Children & Families (NCCF) for assistance. He entered an 18-month transitional housing program, where he rebuilt his life, dissolved his debt, attended group training sessions and learned how to advocate for himself. Today, Price, who resides in Gaithersburg, Md., has regained control of his future and he and his son are working hard to ensure their success continues.(Checkers/Rallys PR)(9-9-2006)


      News from September 8, 2006

    • Jon Wood's Cup Plans on Hold: Very few things have gone according to plan for Jon Wood this year. The Stuart VA native went into this season expecting to be competitive in the Busch Series, run seven Nextel Cup races and prepare to go full time into a Cup car for next year. The intended car was the #21 Wood Brothers Ford owned by his family and currently being driven by Ken Schrader. That's still the eventual plan, but the situation has changed. Wood hasn't seen the results he was hoping for in the Busch Series. It's unlikely now that Wood will make his Nextel Cup debut this season. Both he and his father, Eddie, say it's more likely that Wood will run a partial schedule. Jon Wood says he knows what he'd like to see happen. "For example, say Schrader and I split the 21 car," he said. "He did the races, say, I wasn't comfortable with, or did the races one particular sponsor wanted, then I did the others. That's kind of a way of not having to be thrown to the wolves and learn so fast. That would be my ideal scenario." Eddie Wood said nothing is set in stone but that he still has every intention of getting Jon into a Cup car for next year. Jon said he will drive a full Busch schedule next year.(Richmond Times-Dispatch)(9-8-2008)

    • Australian Racer Peter Brock Dies in Rally Accident: Peter Brock, one of Australia's most successful and well-known race car drivers, died Friday in an accident during a rally in Western Australia state. The 61-year-old Brock died when his car crashed into a tree about 25 miles north of Perth during the Targa West rally, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp. The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport said his co-driver was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition.(ESPN/AP)(9-8-2006)

    • SpeedFreaks Joins Forces With ESPN2: The Radio and Television Motorsports Show, SpeedFreaks announced that ESPN2 will be the new home for their extremely successful television show. Kenny Sargent and The Pit Crew will kick things off with an hour special this Sunday [9/10] afternoon at 3:00pm/et [replay Monday at 2:30am/et] with some of the biggest Freakin' names in motorsports. "ESPN is very excited to add SpeedFreaks to the ESPN2 Family," says Frantz R. Cayo, Director of Motorsports Programming. "Their unique take on the world of motorsports and their reputation with the racing community will be a very nice complement to our overall motorsports strategy. We look forward to introducing Kenny Sargent, Lugg Nuttz, Crash Gladys, and Statt Mann Caruthers to all of our fans." This SpeedFreaks Sunday special was shot from the Mopar Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway and the Mopar Big Block Party in Golden, Colorado. Featured throughout the 60 minutes is NASCAR’s Kasey Kahne, Drifting’s Sam Hubinette, MotoGP’s Colin Edwards & Nicky Hayden, Injured Motocrosser Ernesto Fonseca and a slew from the NHRA paddock. Oh yeah, kicking off the show is none other than Formula One’s defending Champion, Fernando Alonso. And, beginning February 2007, SpeedFreaks will hit the track full throttle on ESPN2 every Friday evening as part of the new motorsports weekend programming. More info about SpeedFreaks at SpeedFreaks.TV.(9-8-2006)

    • Strange's Florist Associate Sponsor on the #74: Strange's Florist, a traditional full service family owned florist serving the Richmond area since the 1930's has joined McGlynn Racing as an associate sponsor of the #74 driven by Derrike Cope. StrangesFlorist.com will be displayed on the car for the first time at the upcoming Chevy Rock & Roll 400.(McGlynn PR)(9-8-2008)

    • Fan Designs Kahne's scheme for Richmond: Race fans had a chance to leave a lasting impression on Kasey Kahne and the whole #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge team in a national contest put on by Dodge Motorsports. Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s Brandon Reinders’ did just that. He came up with the winning paint scheme design that will run on Kasey Kahne’s #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. The scheme, which incorporates the classic Dodge red and traditional Dodge logos, integrates a bold white flame job with fluorescent-yellow highlighting. It was an original design by Reinders, who was basing his design off of a paint scheme that Kahne ran last season. As the grand prize winner, Reinders will receive a three day, two night trip for two to Richmond, Va. this weekend; tickets for two to the Nextel Cup series race on Saturday night and a 2006 Dodge Charger SXT. Reinders and other entrants visited www.designachargerracecar.com to register for the contest and develop a design for Kahne’s Dodge Charger using the online design tools. The winning entry was selected based on: originality (50%), creativity (25%) and Dodge themed (25%). Contest entries were accepted through July 16th. The winning entry was selected shortly thereafter. In addition to the grand prize, there were a number of instant winners that received prizes just for registering in the contest.(Evernham Motorsports/Clear!Blue PR)(9-8-2006)

    • O.A.R. Scheme for Vickers at Richmond: Hendrick Motorsports' #25 GMAC Chevy will have a different look for this weekend's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Richmond. As part of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, Brian Vickers' #25 will feature the colors of his favorite band, O.A.R.(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(9-8-2006)


      News from September 7, 2006

    • Wimmer has nothing locked down for 2007 UPDATE 2: Scott Wimmer barely knows week by week whether he's going to drive in the Nextel Cup Series, much less what 2007 has in store for him. Wimmer and the #4 Morgan-McClure Motorsports team must qualify on speed for each race, and that hasn't always been easy. Though he started last in Saturday night's race, Wimmer has failed to qualify for five of 23 races this year, and that doesn't create a lot of job security. "I really don't have anything locked down for next year," he said. "As a driver you always worry about when everybody else has a ride locked up and you're kind of without anything. Team owner Larry McClure also isn't sure about next year, especially because the team doesn't have a sponsor yet.(Augusta Chronicle)(8-28-2006)
      UPDATE: In light of recent rumors regarding the status of his operation, Larry McClure, President and Team Manager of Morgan-McClure Motorsports, Inc. announced Monday that his familiar #4 team will compete full time in the Nextel Cup Series in 2007. "We currently have an agreement in place for our #4 car for next season and an announcement is forthcoming," said McClure. "Additionally, we are in negotiations with a prospective partner for a long-awaited second team. We have a viable team here with the necessary components for success, including our driver Scott Wimmer, and it is our intention to have Scott in one of our cars next year. The 2007 season will mark our 25th year in NASCAR's top series and we're excited about what's in store for Morgan-McClure Motorsports."(Morgan-McClure Motorsports PR)(8-29-2006)
      UPDATE 2: Hearing that despite reports that Scott Wimmer is going to sign or is signed with the #4 Morgan McClure Motorsports team for 2007 season, Wimmer is NOT currently signed with anyone, but is in negotiations with a couple teams and an announcement could come soon.(9-7-2006)

    • STP back on the #43 at RIR: #43-Bobby Labonte will head to Richmond sporting the famous STP colors this weekend. It is the second time this season that Labonte has raced the scheme. Labonte also went ‘retro' earlier this season at the Talladega Superspeedway. STP will donate $43 to the Victory Junction Gang Camp for the total laps completed of both the Talladega race and Saturday night's event.(Petty Racing PR), see images of the scheme on the #43 Team Schemes page.(9-7-2006)

    • Wally's World and TNT Chase Special: during TNT's Bank of America Countdown to Green pre-race show [7:00pm/et Sept 9th] for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond, TNT's Wally Dallenbach takes Barenaked Ladies lead singer Ed Robertson around the track during the Wally's World segment. Immediately following the race, TNT will air a special Chase for the Nextel Cup Championship Preview Show with TNT announcers reviewing the field for the Chase to the Nextel Cup Championship and providing analysis and commentary on the drivers that made the Chase and those that did not.(TNT PR)(9-7-2006)

    • Nicorette scheme for Sorenson at RIR: Reed Sorenson will be sporting a different look this weekend at Richmond, driving the #41 Nicorette Dodge. The special Nicorette paint scheme is another part of the only smoking cessation sponsorship in NASCAR history featuring the brands Nicorette nicotine gum, NicoDerm CQ nicotine patches and Commit nicotine lozenges. This unique NASCAR sponsorship also features the first-of-its-kind "QUIT Crew" program that provides quit smoking counseling and information to the NASCAR community. Over 170 NASCAR team members, officials and media, including several employees from the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates organization, have enrolled in the program. Free quit smoking counseling is also available to race fans at the Winner's Circle Exhibit located in the fan walk area at 30 NASCAR races including Richmond this weekend. For more information on Nicorette and its NASCAR programs, go to quit2winracing.com. The Target scheme will return next weekend in New Hampshire.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR), see an image of the scheme on the #41 Team Schemes page.(9-7-2006)

    • Richmond Rookie Notes: #07-Clint Bowyer was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the September 3 Sony HD 500 at California Speedway. Bowyer placed third, his best finish in 26 career Nextel Cup Series starts and took Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the fifth time this season. He racked up his third top-five and seventh top-10 finish of the season. #11-Denny Hamlin finished sixth, his seventh consecutive top-10 finish and 13th of the 2006 season. In 31 career Nextel Cup Series starts, Hamlin has logged 16 top-10 finishes. Hamlin leads Bowyer by 47 points (250-203) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the September 9 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond. Hamlin is seventh in the Nextel Cup Series championship standings. He trails sixth-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. by one point and is 31 ahead of eighth-place Tony Stewart. Hamlin will clinch a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup by finishing 16th or better at Richmond, regardless of where 11th-place Kasey Kahne finishes (lap leader points are not included). The only Raybestos Rookie to win the September race at Richmond is Tony Stewart, who captured the 1999 Chevy Rock and Roll 400. Stewart scored his first Nextel Cup Series win by 1.115 seconds over Bobby Labonte.(Raybestos PR), see standings, history and more on the 2006 Rookies page.(9-7-2006)

    • Changes at the very top for Ford: In a surprising move, Ford Motor Company chairman Bill Ford Jr. has stepped down as the company's chief executive, tapping former Boeing executive Alan Mulally to replace him. The move comes shortly after Ford Jr. - great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford - outlined to the company's employees a three-point plan to solve FoMoCo's problems. Ford has lost $1.44 billion in the first half of 2006, and recently announced it has put its Aston Martin brand of high-end sports cars for sale. Ford Jr. will stay involved with the company as executive chairman. Mulally, 61, headed Boeing's commercial airplane unit and was one of the top candidates to become that company's CEO last year.(Speed Channel)(9-7-2006)

    • Ganassi Racing Hires new VP of Business Development: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc., announced the hiring of Chris Weiller as Vice President of Business Development. Weiller will be based out of the team's Concord, N.C. race shop and will be responsible for creating and implementing new business and marketing opportunities for the team and its drivers across NASCAR, the Indy Racing League and the Grand Am series. Weiller joins Chip Ganassi Racing from the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats where he served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(9-7-2006)

    • NASCAR sued for racial discrimination UPDATE: A former African-American crewman who once worked on NASCAR's Winston Cup circuit sued the governing body of the U.S. stock car series on Tuesday for race discrimination and breach of contract. David Scott, who worked as a motorcoach driver to one of the racing teams, claimed NASCAR executives deceived him and did not fulfill promises of a job following a well-publicized 1999 racial incident involving white motorcoach drivers, according to the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court that seeks unspecified damages. Scott was harassed by at least two white motorcoach drivers from different racing teams, including being called "n-word" and an incident where he was confronted by the pair with one wearing a white pillow case over his head imitating a Ku Klux Klansman, according to the complaint. When the incident was reported in the media, the complaint said, top NASCAR executives flew Scott back home to North Carolina promising him a future job, but while negotiations continued over the next five years, a job never materialized. Scott seeks back pay and compensatory damages for loss of employment benefits and mental suffering. NASCAR was not immediately available for comment.(Reuters)(8-9-2006)
      UPDATE: NASCAR has denied allegations of racial discrimination and breach of contract in its court filing Tuesday in response to a lawsuit filed by former race team motorcoach driver David Scott. The allegations stem from a highly publicized 1999 incident at New Hampshire International Speedway in which Scott, who is black, was greeted by a pair of motorcoach drivers, one of whom was wearing a white pillow case over his head as if he were a member of the Ku Klux Klan. The sanctioning body indefinitely suspended the two drivers involved in the incident. In his complaint, Scott said he was promised a job with NASCAR in response to the incident. The offer never materialized, with NASCAR only recommending jobs with NASCAR sponsors, Scott alleges. In its response to the complaint filed in federal court in New York, NASCAR denies the allegations and says Scott "was given several work opportunities which were declined" and "was not qualified" for the racing official job he wanted. NASCAR also claims that all of its actions "were undertaken in good faith, for good cause and legitimate business reasons unrelated to [his] race." NASCAR has denied allegations of racial discrimination and breach of contract in its court filing Tuesday in response to a lawsuit filed by former race team motorcoach driver David Scott.(SceneDaily.com)(9-7-2006)


      News from September 6, 2006

    • Hyder returns to #49 BAM Racing, other crew changes: BAM Racing announced the return of David Hyder as crew chief of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge driven by Kevin Lepage. Hyder, a High Point, N.C. native, joined BAM Racing in October of 2004 as crew chief for Ken Schrader leading the team throughout the 2005 season. In 2006, Hyder joined Schrader at Wood Brothers Racing but now returns to build upon an impressive record with BAM Racing. In a total of 43 races with BAM Racing, Hyder captured three top-10, six top-15 and 11 top-20 finishes. In addition, he secured one top-10, five top-15 and seven top-20 starts during his tenure with the team. "I welcome the opportunity to effect change as a crew chief," said Hyder. "I have respect for this team and I enjoy working with this organization. We have a history of success together and I feel very fortunate to have the chance to build upon that record. The team that is being assembled is the right group to build a strong foundation for the 2007 season." With the #49 team currently outside of the top-35 in the owner points standings, Hyder returns with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Under his direction, the #49 team finished 33rd in the owner points standings in 2004 and 31st in 2005. Joining Hyder in the transition is Dean Johnson who originally joined BAM Racing alongside Hyder in 2004 as shock specialist. Johnson will now serve as chassis specialist. The team is pleased to bring back together this proven successful combination. Also, Louis Duncan, racing aerodynamics pioneer and former director of the RAD program - a research consortium for then team owners Richard Childress, Andy Petree and Dale Earnhardt - of the late 1990s, is lending his expertise to BAM Racing by way of Arrington Engines.(BAM Racing PR)(9-6-2006)

    • RoadLoans back on the #49 car: BAM Racing announced that RoadLoans.com will return to the #49 Dodge for two NASCAR Nextel Cup events this season. The #49 RoadLoans Dodge Charger will hit the track this weekend at Richmond International Raceway with veteran driver Kevin Lepage and at Texas Motor Speedway in November. Also adorning the hood of the BAM Racing Dodge with RoadLoans this weekend is CarMax, one of its strategic partners. With its headquarters in Richmond, Va., CarMax is the nation's largest retailer of used cars. For more information, visit www.roadloans.com.(BAM Racing PR-pdf)(9-6-2006)

    • Gilliland to run #25 Busch car in 2007? hearing that David Gilliland, driver of the #38 M&M's Ford of Robert Yates Racing, will drive either a part or full-time 2007 Busch Series schedule in the #25 Team Rensi Ford. The team recently announced that current driver Aston Lewis would not return in 2007 and it supposedly the team is looking for a sponsor. The team is currently sponsored by the US Marines.(9-6-2006)

    • Mayfield could run #15 Truck at Atlanta: on Speed Channel's Inside Nextel Cup Monday, Jeremy Mayfield was interviewed and said he was talking to the #15 Billy Ballew Racing Truck Series team about possibly running a truck at Atlanta for the team in October. Mayfield said he also expects to test for Bill Davis Racing and Toyota for the rest of the season.(Speed Channel's Inside Nextel Cup)(9-6-2006)

    • Bowyer's Team Captures Pit Crew Win in California: Clint Bowyer's #07 pit crew earned the Checkers / Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win at California Speedway, helping boost the Richard Childress Racing driver to a third-place finish in Sunday night's Nextel Cup race. This is the third pit crew challenge win of the season for the #07 team, which is now tied with Tony Stewart's team for second-place in the season-long standings. Bowyer's crew also took the honors at Phoenix International Raceway in April and Watkin's Glen International in August. The crews of Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch are tied for the lead with four victories each. The #07 over-the-wall crew consists of: Carey Wimbish (jackman), Dail Long (front-tire carrier), Shane Westerberg (front-tire changer), Dustin Stanley (rear-tire carrier), Jake Lind (rear-tire changer), Ron Liddell (gasman), Clint Almquist (catch can) and Troy Welty (windshield). The pit stop coordinator is Corinne Mauldin. Bowyer's Jack Daniels Chevrolet spent 332.959 seconds on pit road. The crew will be awarded the weekly $10,500 prize and an additional $105,000 will be presented to the pit crew with the most wins at the completion of the 36-race schedule. The Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge is in its second season of rewarding pit crews, the unsung heroes in the Nextel Cup Series. The competition awards $10,500 per week to the top pit crew. In addition, the pit crew with the most wins will be awarded a $105,000 bonus at the completion of the 36-race schedule. Checkers/Rally's is the Official Burger and Drive-Thru Restaurant of NASCAR, more info at checkers.com.(DMF Communications PR)(9-6-2006)

    • Special Scheme for #22 at RIR: Dave Daney's #22 car will sport a new paint scheme for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond. The paint scheme highlights Cat Engines with ACERT Technology. Cat engines with ACERT Technology open a new era in diesel engine design. Using highly advanced combustion technology to optimize performance, these revolutionary engines meet today's most stringent emissions reduction standards. And they're poised to take on tomorrow's challenges. ACERT combines proven systems with innovative new technologies to precisely shape the combustion process. It maintains engine performance, efficiency and durability while dramatically reducing emissions. Looking ahead, ACERT is the only diesel emissions reduction technology currently available with a clear path to Tier 4/Stage IIIb compliance. Only Cat engines have ACERT Technology.(BDR PR), see a image of the scheme on the #22 Team Schemes page.(9-6-2006)

    • #66 Chevy will promote new interactive AOL Gold Rush Game at Richmond: This weekend at Richmond, the #66 Best Buy Racing Chevy that Jeff Green drives will carry logos promoting Gold Rush, a groundbreaking interactive reality game from Mark Burnett and AOL.com - where players literally can turn their entertainment and pop culture knowledge into gold. Gold Rush launches online at www.aol.com/goldrush Wednesday, Sept. 13. Best Buy, primary sponsor of driver Jeff Green and the #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevy, is a sponsor of the game, and the Best Buy brand will be integrated throughout game clues and challenges. Chevrolet, Coca-Cola Zero, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Washington Mutual are also Gold Rush sponsors. The hood of the yellow and blue #66 entry will be emblazoned with the game's logo, a bar of gold, surrounded by Best Buy's signature yellow price tags and the tagline, "Yellow leads to gold." The game's website address, AOL.com/Goldrush, will be displayed on the car's quarter panels, along with the Best Buy logo. For a complete list of rules and eligibility requirements, visit www.aol.com/goldrush.(GMR PR)(9-6-2006)

    • Jarrett to race #88 UPS Freight Car at Richmond: Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team will race its first special paint scheme of the 2006 Nextel Cup Series season on behalf of sponsor UPS, who will be rolling out the #88 UPS Freight Ford Fusion for Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 event in Richmond. In an effort to expand its service portfolio by offering a variety of less-than-truckload (LTL) and truckload services (TL) for customers in North America, UPS acquired Overnite Transportation Company in 2005, which immediately positioned UPS as a top LTL carrier in the United States. "This is probably one of the best examples of UPS utilizing this sponsorship to promote the different businesses in which they're involved," said Dale Jarrett, driver of the UPS Ford. "They have always done the best job of using this race program to create brand awareness." To celebrate the occasion, Jarrett will make an appearance at the UPS Freight headquarters on Wednesday, September 6th. Jarrett will assist UPS Freight employees in kicking off this year's United Way campaign.(UPS PR), see a image of the scheme on the #88 Team Schemes page.(9-6-2006)

    • Barenaked Ladies featured on the #29 at RIR: GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick's #29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet will sport a special paint scheme with the music group Barenaked Ladies at Richmond International Raceway for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 and the seventh #29 Goodwrench Expertise Challenge race Founded in 1988 by singer-guitarists Steven Page and Ed Robertson, the Toronto-based Barenaked Ladies includes Tyler Stewart, Jim Creegan and Kevin Hearn. The band has sold more than 14 million records worldwide, with hits such as "One Week," "Pinch Me" and "Brian Wilson." Along the way, they have developed a dedicated following and a reputation as one of North America's best-loved live acts [one of Jayski's fave].(RCR PR), see images of the scheme on the #29 Team Schemes page.(9-6-2006)

    • Carpentier finishes 6th in 1st stock car race: Former Champ Car and IRL driver Patrick Carpentier is another open-wheel driver who is taking his act to the stock car circuits. Sunday at Cayuga International Speedway he got his first taste of the big sedans and came away both impressed with the racing and impressive on the track. Carpentier, driving the #88 Ford of Dave Jacombs Racing, started way back in 21st on the grid for the CASCAR Super Series Hot Head Henry 200 and battled veterans of Canada's top stock car racing series to finish sixth. The 33-year-old native of Joliette, Que., came away with a new appreciation for the CASCAR drivers. "The drivers in the series knew that I was new at this and they were really great with me," he said. "They gave me pointers, advice and all kinds of information relating to race lines and how to handle traffic."(Toronto Sun), Carpentier is actively talking to Busch Series team about a ride in 2007.(9-6-2006)


      News from September 5, 2006

    • Fireball to be honored in Augusta: Streets surrounding the former Augusta International Raceway will be named for former champions Glenn "Fireball" Roberts and Dave MacDonald at the third annual "Celebrating Georgia's Racing Heritage" on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. For information, go to augustavintagenationals.com. The track held one Cup Series [then Grand National] on November 17, 1963 with Fireball Roberts winning the race, followed by Dave McDonald, Billy Wade, Joe Weatherly and Ned Jarrett.(9-5-2006)

    • Labbe Named Interim Crew Chief For MB2's #14 Chevy: MB2 Motorsports announced that Richard "Slugger" Labbe has taken over the crew chief duties on an interim basis for the #14 Chevy driven by Sterling Marlin. Labbe replaces Scott Eggelston, who has mutually parted ways with MB2. Labbe's first Nextel Cup race with the #14 entry will be this weekend at the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 in Richmond. MB2 hired Labbe two weeks ago when the veteran crew chief became available to the organization. His specific role with MB2 will be announced at a later date.(MB2 Motorsports PR), Labbe is Marlin's 3rd crew chief of the season after Eggelston and Doug Randolph.(9-5-2006)

    • Allmendinger tests truck at RIR? UPDATE 2 two truck races in 2006: hearing that Champ Car driver A.J. Allmendinger tested a Toyota Truck this week at Richmond International Speedway, while confirmed a Toyota Truck was testing this week, no team was mentioned but hear it was for Bill Davis Racing which could field Allmendinger in a Truck Series race sometime this season.(9-1-2006)
      UPDATE: A.J. Allmendinger, presently the only American competing in the Champ Car World Series, had a Craftsman Truck Series test with Bill Davis Racing at Richmond this week, it was confirmed Friday. He reportedly did quite well. Allmendinger has won four Champ Car races for Forsythe Racing this season, but his options are apparently open for next year. When Allmendinger was let go by RuSport Racing in June prior to the Portland race, he put out feelers in several directions, then Forsythe hired him and he won three straight races, beginning with Portland.The opportunity to test with Bill Davis Racing was one of those options and it is possible Allmendinger might do some Truck or Busch races next season, in addition to continuing in Champ Car, a spokesperson for Allmendinger said Friday.(Ford Racing)(9-2-2006)
      UPDATE 2: Bill Davis Racing (BDR) announced that A.J. Allmendinger will be joining the team’s Craftsman Truck Series line-up for two races. Allmendinger, who is currently fighting for the championship on the Champ Car World Series circuit, will drive the #24 Toyota Tundra for BDR at New Hampshire International Speedway (Sept. 16) and Talladega Superspeedway (Oct. 7). “When I had the opportunity a few months ago to explore my career options, I really wanted to try my hand at something in the stock car arena,” said the 24 year-old Allmendinger. “We began making phone calls and this opportunity with Bill Davis Racing really came about from that. I’m grateful to Bill Davis and the entire BDR team for giving me the chance to take on a new challenge. I also want to thank my Champ Car team owner Gerry Forsythe and the Forsythe/Indeck team for supporting me as I try something new.”
      “A.J. Allmendinger was interested in exploring his options and abilities in NASCAR and Bill Davis Racing has always had an interest in looking at new talent. We look forward to working with A.J. for a couple of races and I’m confident his open-wheel success will carry over into his NASCAR endeavors,” added team owner Bill Davis. In preparation for his upcoming races, Allmendinger completed a brief testing session with the BDR NASCAR Craftsman Truck crew on Aug. 29 at Richmond International Raceway.(Bill Davis Racing PR)(9-5-2006)

    • Commercial breakdown for the Sony HD 500 race: from cawsnjaws.com:
      Total number of commercials: 151
      Total number of companies or entities advertised: 81
      Start time to record race/commercial periods: 7:54pm/et
      End time to record race/commercial periods: 11:58pm/et
      Total minutes: 244
      Minutes of race broadcast: 171
      Minutes of commercials: 73
      (see full article at CawsnJaws.com), so that is about 12 minutes of commercials in 30minutes, regular TV shows do about 10 minutes of commercials. NOTE: no complaints to Jayski: send them to NBC, see my media contact page for ways to contact NBC for praise or complaints.(9-5-2006)

    • Benny's son wins at Myrtle Beach: Kevin Parsons [Benny's son] won the Carolina Labor Day 400 Myrtle Beach Mitsubishi Truck race by driving an entirely different line around the racetrack than anyone else. Parsons made his way through the pack by running a lane or better higher through the corners than anyone else. Once he made it to lead by passing Robert Powell others started to mimic his driving style and indeed started picking up speed. Powell once several car lengths back in 2nd place tried the high line and was able to close the gap on Parsons but was unable to make the pass with only a handful of laps left. By the time lap 48 rolled around of the 50 lap race nearly every driver on the track was attempting to run the "high line" that Parsons had discovered. One of the first drivers to adapt Parson's style was Bryan Blackwell who passed both Jimmy Herrington and Strom Altman at the same time on the high side.(Myrtle Beach Speedway), Kevin called Benny from victory lane.(9-5-2006)

    • Hermie Sadler teams with Hometown sponsors at RIR: Virginia native Hermie Sadler will be carrying colors of a Virginia based company as #00 MBA Motorsports teams up with Richmond Electric Supply, Co., based in Richmond, for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 this weekend at RIR. Sadler and Richmond Electric President Darryl Harman, Sr. met a couple weeks ago at a Charity golf outing in Richmond, and by the end of the day, had made a deal for the race at Richmond. "We hit it off right away", said Sadler of his relationship with Harman. "He is a big race fan, and represents what I like in a person and company. RESCO is a family owned local business much like our race team. It will be fun for us to team up at RIR and try and beat the odds." MBA Motorsports will also carry associate sponsorship from The Haven Inn, a NASCAR themed restaurant located in Norfolk, Virginia. Dave Willis, who owns The Haven Inn with his wife Lynne, was a crew member for a Dodge Weekly Racing Series team for over 10 years. Also this weekend at RIR, Sadler, the 1993 Busch Series Rookie of the Year, will attempt to make his first Busch Series start of the season in the #28 Chevy owned by Jay Robinson. For more information go to www.sadlerfanclub.com.(PR)(9-5-2006)

    • Lucky Dog Pass Stats: so far in 2006, after 25 races, three drivers have made all the races and not used a Lucky Dog/Lap Back pass: #20-Stewart, #25-Vickers and #31-Burton. #5-Kyle Busch and #40-David Stremme [23 races run] are the leaders with 8 lucky dog passes used. In 2006, two drivers have benefitted from the Lucky Dog pass and won the race: #2-Kurt Busch at Bristol and #9-Kasey Kahne at Michigan. #26-McMurray [2nd at Dover], #8-Earnhardt Jr. [3rd at Atlanta], #99-Edwards [3rd at Charllotte] and #16-Biffle [4th at Richmond] are the drivers this year to get a top five after using the pass. Since the Lucky Dog Pass came to be at Dover in September 2003, six drivers have won seven races after getting the pass. For more, who got the passes for each race and totals along with some tidbits, see my Lucky Dog page.(9-5-2006)

    • Consecutive Races Finished on Lead Lap:[modern era?] - if #48-Jimmie Johnson finishes on the lead lap at Richmond Saturday, Sept 9th, he will tie Jeff Gordon for the most races run in a row finishing on the lead lap with 21 [assuming this is the modern era 1972-current record], the best streaks [bold is current]:
      1) Jeff Gordon, 21 races, from June 14, 1998 thru Feb 14, 1999
      2) Jimmie Johnson, 20, April 2, 2006 thru Current Race
      3) Rusty Wallace, 17, May 29, 2005 thru Sept 25, 2005
      4) Jamie McMurray, 16, August 8, 2004 thru Nov 21, 2004
      Denny Hamlin, 16, May 6, 2006 thru Current Race
      5) Rusty Wallace, 15, June 20, 1993 thru Oct 24, 1993
      Jeff Gordon, 15, June 11, 1995 thru Oct 1, 1995
      Dale Jarrett, 15, April 30, 2000 thru Sept 03, 2000
      Matt Kenseth 15, May 5, 2006 thru Current Race
      6) Dale Jarrett, 14, May 24, 1998 thru Sept 6, 1998
      Bobby Labonte, 14, Sept 11, 1999 thru March 12, 2000
      Kevin Harvick, 14, July 20, 2003 thru Oct 19, 2003
      Mark Martin, 14, Sept 5, 2004 thru Feb 27, 2005
      Jimme Johnson, 14, Oct 16, 2004 thru April 23, 2005
      (NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-5-2006)


      News from September 4, 2006

    • Testing at Homestead set: The final of six testing dates have been set, with testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway being held Monday, October 16 thru Wednesday, October 18, 2006. Team usually are allowed to choose any two fo the three dates to test, not all three. Testing is free and open to the public, from 9am until 5pm/et, from the Speedway’s Club Level Seats.(Homestead-Miami Speedway site), although the site says "both days", unless it is just Mon and Wed for some reason, but testing is usually a three day deal.(9-4-2006)

    • Dodge from Charger to Challenger in 2007? UPDATE no: The Dodge Charger has been a disappointment on the track, although that is probably more a reflection of problems within the various Dodge teams and the company's racing hierarchy than any significant technical issues. Several teams balked at running the Charger earlier this year, preferring to run the older Intrepid, even though Dodge wasn't selling that brand any more. Now it appears likely that in 2007 Dodge's NASCAR teams could be marketed under the Challenger logo, rather than the Charger brand. NASCAR has approved a new Dodge nose for next season. But the Challenger isn't expected in dealer showrooms until 2008, so Dodge would have to speed up its introduction.(Winston Salem Journal)(9-3-2006)
      UPDATE - No: The new Dodge nose recently approved by NASCAR for 2007 will be based on the current production model Charger and not the new Challenger being introduced in 2008, according to NASCAR officials. Dodge team owners sought the change for the nose after they felt that was the area of the Charger that was causing the models to be less competitive than Chevrolet or Ford.(Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)(9-4-2006)

    • 'Earl' drives a pace lap: Jason Lee, star of the NBC sitcom "My Name Is Earl" [and a Jayski Fave show] was the honorary pace car driver, driving ahead of Todd [they mean Brett] Bodine on the track. Sunday's race [at California Speedway] was the first for him. "Indy, I like a lot, and Formula One," said Lee. "I've seen some races up in Canada. I get to drive the pace car, that's pretty exciting. That's the kind of stuff you think about when you're a kid." Ethan Suplee, who plays Lee's brother Randy on the show, was also in attendance. "Randy, can you believe we're actually here? We're at NASCAR," Lee said in character. "What are the odds on Ricky Bobby winning this race?" Suplee replied, also in character, a reference to Will Ferrell's movie "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."(Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)(9-4-2006)

    • Changes to the past champion provisional could be coming: NASCAR is looking at possibly altering the past champion's provisional for next year. There is no limit in the Nextel Cup Series for a past champion's provisional. In the Busch Series, a past champion can use it only once every eight races. "It maybe won't be the same amount of races, but it would be something similar put in place," NASCAR Vice President of Racing Operations Steve O'Donnell said Sept. 2. He said NASCAR is still going through its rulebook and discussing any revisions for 2007 As far as a rumor that the top 35 locked-in owners might be decreased to top-30, O'Donnell said, "Nothing is finalized for next year. I think it's fair to say I feel pretty confident we'll be at top 35."(SceneDaily.com)(9-4-2006)

    • Memorial Day Weekend/Labor Day Weekend Doubles..rare: #9-Kasey Kahne's win at California marks just the 4th time in the modern era that the winner of the Memorial Day weekend Cup race went on to win the Labor Day weekend Cup race in the same season. The others were David Pearson in 1976, Jeff Gordon in 1997, and again Jeff Gordon in 1998. Those 3 instances occurred when the Labor Day weekend race was held at Darlington Raceway, while the Memorial Day race has always been held at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte during the modern era. Also it should be noted both times when Gordon accomplished this feat, he went on to win the Cup championship.(9-4-2006)

    • 4th RCR team in 2007? UPDATE: Richard Childress is considering a fourth car, probably with Holiday Inn as a sponsor.(Ford Racing)(8-28-2006)
      UPDATE: Car owner Richard Childress' long-rumored fourth Cup team may be closer to fruition, according to sources. The big question is who the driver might be. As hot as Childress' stuff is right now, potential drivers should be clogging the phone lines to his Welcome shop. Jeff Burton, one of Childress's drivers, was less than enthusiastic last year when a fourth team was proposed, for fear it would take away from the three other teams, which at that time weren't very spiffy. Now, however, Childress' three men - Burton, Kevin Harvick and rookie Clint Bowyer - are all hot, and Bowyer has been a distinct plus for the operation.(Winston Salem Journal)(9-4-2006)



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