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    DECEMBER 11-17, 2006


      News from December 17, 2006

    • Canadian Tire Series Teams Waiting for 2007 Information: It has been more than three months since the Sept. 12 announcement that racing giant NASCAR had joined with retailing behemoth Canadian Tire to start a series that would launch [Canada's] stock car racing teams into the big time. But several of those teams are now telling the Sun that they are struggling to put together a financial plan with prospective sponsors because of a lack of information on how the new NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will work, where the races will be held or even how many races there will be in its inaugural season. To be fair NASCAR's international director Robbie Weiss told the Sun that some of the former CASCAR teams may have had unrealistic expectations for the new series. "Certainly Nov. 1, and I don't know where that date came from, would be very ambitious for us," Weiss said. "For us getting involved in the first year there is a lot of work to be done."(Ottawa Sun)(12-17-2006)


      News from December 16, 2006

    • Staying out of Wrecks Helps Chase Chances: It's Motor Sports 101 that avoiding wrecks keeps a car in the race. But NASCAR teams are learning that staying out of crashes also puts a driver in the Chase. USA TODAY database research of the 2006 season found of the drivers with the five lowest crash percentages, four qualified for the Chase for the Nextel Cup. #9-Kasey Kahne and #29-Kevin Harvick tied with a series-low accident rate of 13.9% (five wrecks in 36 races) among drivers to compete in 30 or more races. Series champion #48-Jimmie Johnson tied for third at 16.7%, and Chase runner-up #17-Matt Kenseth (19.4%) was tied for sixth. Rookie #11-Denny Hamlin, who finished third in points, had a 16.7% crash rating that tied with Johnson and #22-Dave Blaney, who missed the Chase. #6-Mark Martin, who wrapped his final full Cup season in the Chase, also finished sixth with a rate of 19.4%. Martin, Johnson and Kenseth are the only three drivers to make all three editions of the Chase and also rank in the top 10 in crash avoidance each season since 2004.(USA Today)(12-16-2006), drivers with the highest crash percentage included #18-J.J. Yeley (47.2%), #01-Joe Nemechek (44.4%), #12-Ryan Newman (41.7%), #42-Casey Mears(41.7%), and #7-Robby Gordon(41.7%).

    • MRN considering moving to Charlotte: Motor Racing Network Inc. is considering moving its offices from Daytona Beach, Fla., to the Charlotte area, and the transition could come as early as next summer, the Charlotte Business Journal reports. MRN Radio, which employs about 40 people, is owned by International Speedway Corp. and broadcasts all of NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series races as well as the majority of Nextel Cup and Busch series events. The story states that the company could move into the NASCAR Hall of Fame complex in the recently approved office tower, though that facility isn't scheduled to be completed until 2010. "We've done an analysis, and we're interested," MRN Radio President David Hyatt said of a potential move to the area, declining to comment further to the Business Journal.(SceneDaily.com)(12-16-2006)

    • JEGS enters contingency program with NASCAR; will sponsor 60 local tracks: Just days after announcing its sponsorship of veteran NASCAR racer #78-Kenny Wallace, JEGS Mail Order has unveiled a comprehensive contingency program for the country's most popular form of auto racing. The Delaware, Ohio-based, high-performance parts company will also sponsor 60 local NASCAR-sanctioned racetracks across the country. Beginning in 2007, NEXTEL Cup teams displaying a JEGS sticker on their cars will be eligible for contingency money depending on where they finish on the 43-car grid. Each race winner will receive contingency as will other drivers finishing in random positions in the final order.(The Auto Channel)(12-16-2006)


      News from December 15, 2006

    • Teresa Earnhardt questioning Earnhardt Jr.'s commitment?: Dale Earnhardt Inc. team owner Teresa Earnhardt appears to be questioning stepson #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s commitment to racing in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. The story in Thursday's edition [subscription only] says Earnhardt Jr.'s contract with the team founded by his father expires after the 2007 season, but Teresa Earnhardt expressed uncertainty about his future. "Right now the ball's in his court to decided on whether he wants to be a NASCAR driver or whether he wants to be a public personality." Earnhardt Jr. "was not available for comment" on the statement, the story said.(SceneDaily.com)(12-15-2006)

    • Benny Parsons Battling Lung Damage, Breathing Difficuly: Benny Parsons is dealing with a complication stemming from his battle with cancer earlier this year. Parsons missed NASCAR’s postseason activities in New York after having breathing difficulty. His doctors performed a scan of Parson’s entire body and found no cancer. However, the original tumor found in his left lung was large and the radiation used to treat it was so extensive that the lung is now damaged and not functioning properly. Parsons’ right lung is healthy and strong, and doctors believe Parsons’ body will eventually adjust to having just one healthy lung. But until then, the former Winston Cup Series champion driver will need to use oxygen to assist his breathing.(Charlotte Observer)(12-15-2006)

    • Hendrick team testing COT: Hendrick Motorsports has been testing the Chevy Impala SS COT [Car of Tomorrow] most this week at Greenville Pickens Speedway. David Green has been the driver during the test.(12-15-2006)

    • Johnson Fractures Wrist; Will Miss Race of Champions: UPDATE 5: Scott Speed Injured & Out: Hendrick Motorsports driver #48-Jimmie Johnson sustained a fracture to his left wrist Friday, but the injury is not expected to affect his status for NASCAR preseason testing or the Feb. 18 Daytona 500. Johnson has withdrawn from the Dec. 16 Race of Champions Nations Cup at the Stade de France in Paris, but will attend the event to consult with Team USA. Doctors treating Johnson in Charlotte noted the 2006 NEXTEL Cup Series champion could be cleared to drive a race car in four weeks. The injury occurred as Johnson participated in a charity golf outing in Lecanto, Fla.(Hendrick Motorsports PR/ESPN.com)(12-10-2006)
      UPDATE: Formula One driver Scott Speed injured his left wrist Thursday in a testing accident at Jerez, Spain, making him the second American driver in a week to withdraw from the Race of Champions Nations Cup due to injury. Indy Racing League driver Marco Andretti, who was also testing at Jerez, was greatly interested in taking Speed's place, but team conflicts prevented it, Hancock said. As a result, X-Games star Travis Pastrana is forced into unprecedented one-man duty for Team USA. The RoC consists of a pair of races -- one of which pits asphalt specialists against one another; the other dirt specialists. Pastrana will compete in both.(ESPN.com)(12-15-2006), past info about Johnson's injury on the #48 Team Page.(12-15-2006)

    • Biffle talks about Las Vegas testing wreck Part II: #16-Greg Biffle will soon begin rehabbing the right shoulder he dislocated when he had a tire blow at Las Vegas last week when he was doing a Goodyear test with Kyle Busch. "They said it looks good. They did the MRI on it and they saw that it was dislocated off the back. I´ve had front dislocations from wrestling and stuff like that so I´ve had a bad shoulder so this just added to the problem. There are some corrective surgeries that a person can do and I´ve elected not to do any of those in the past, but possibly I may look at doing something at the end of this (2007) season. It´s definitely going to be fine to drive, I probably could drive now if I absolutely had to but certainly I´ll feel better in two or three more weeks. "Thursday was the first night I had my sling off. So, probably in about three or four more days I´ll start some rehabilitating stuff like pulling on rubber bands. There are four muscles that hold your shoulder in the socket and those are all stretched out so the best thing to do is get those strengthened before you start lifting weights or anything else."(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(12-15-2006)

    • France admits he was drinking night of accident: NASCAR CEO Brian France admitted to officers he had been drinking the night a woman followed him to his condominium after she observed him driving erratically on U.S. 1. But because police never interviewed France until he was inside his residence, they could not arrest him for DUI, an internal affairs investigation released Thursday shows. Regardless, Police Chief Mike Chitwood said that once his officers knew who was involved in the incident, they went the extra mile to make sure they followed the law and gave France no special treatment. The investigation also shows that when a sergeant who was called to the scene learned the driver of the car was France, he in turn called a lieutenant. The sergeant then relayed to one of the officers: "We're just here to do our job, OK, we do what we always do under these circumstances." The chief said officers were somewhat rattled when they learned the incident involved France. France crashed his Lexus sedan into a tree just outside his condominium on Marina Point Drive around 9 p.m., a police report states. When several officers responded to the scene at 9:51 p.m., the man had already gone upstairs to his apartment, Chitwood said. Roughly 20 minutes later, the officers knocked on France's door. France came downstairs with them, dressed in fresh clothes. ''I think that when everyone found out this was Brian France, they knew they had better dot their I's and cross their T's," Chitwood said Thursday. Nonetheless, a police report prepared on the call witness Shirley Hill made to 911 as she followed France south on U.S.1, east on Orange Avenue then onto Beach Street on Nov. 6, does not mention that France had admitted to having "a few (alcoholic beverages) over at the Chart House" earlier that night. That detail was not included in the paperwork, Chitwood said, because the officer was investigating a crash, not a DUI. ''That information of course came out in detail in the internal affairs investigation," the chief said. "I believe everything Ms. Hill told us and you can draw your own conclusions from that. The bottom line is, he (France) was out of his car, he was inside his apartment and he could have had the alcohol there and hours before. But since we didn't stop him in his car, we can't touch him." The matter , however, led to two policy changes within the Daytona Beach Police Department: Whenever there is a DUI incident, the highest-ranking supervisor on the shift will be called to the scene and take control of the investigation; and no officer will report off-duty until all of his or her reports are complete.(more at the Daytona Beach News Journal), past info on the NASCAR Personnel News page)(12-15-2006)

    • Mark Martin Offers Tips to 4 Young Drivers: Ginn Racing brought three cars, five drivers and various crew members to Lakeland, FL on Monday to test their short-track programs. But more important for the four young drivers in the Ginn Racing stable, it was a time for learning. Regan Smith [who will share the #01 with Martin in 2007], Kraig Kinser, Jesus Hernandez and Ricky Carmichael [who are Ginn Development drivers expected to drive in the truck series] each took their share of laps around the speedway - a 3/4-mile paved oval with 14-degree banking, the same as Richmond. When each one of them came in from their practice runs, veteran driver #01-Mark Martin, who drove the #6 AAA Ford this past Nextel Cup season, knelt by their windows to discuss their laps.(The Ledger)(12-15-2006)

    • Testing at Memphis: NASCAR insiders know that there is no such thing as an “off season.” Just ask #2-Kurt Busch, #12-Ryan Newman and #99-Carl Edwards, whose teams and cars are testing this month at Memphis Motorsports Park. Kurt Busch tested in Memphis in August in advance of the stretch run to the Chase for the Cup, and was back for a two-day test this week with Penske Racing South teammate Ryan Newman and the team’s #2 and #12 Cars of Tomorrow. Carl Edwards / R.E. Technologies Racing – a Memphis-based USAC team – tested at their “home” track on Dec. 8, in advance of the Dec. 13 PRA Big Car Championship 100 at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Fla. While Edwards’ schedule conflicted with the test, he was represented by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as well as Edwards’ brother, Kenny, who made his first official foray onto a paved oval.(Memphis Motorsports Park PR)(12-15-2006)


      News from December 14, 2006

    • Ward signs with Morgan-McClure; has a sponsor: UPDATE Official Announcement: per the Morgan-McClure Motorsports website [see images of the car there], Ward Burton has signed to driver the #4 Morgan McClure Motorsports Chevy in 2007 to be sponsored by State Water Heaters.(MMM Site)(12-13-2006)
      UPDATE: State Water Heaters and Morgan-McClure Motorsports announced a deal to sponsor the #4 Chevy. The announcement was made complete with the signing today also of Ward Burton as driver for the #4 State Water Heaters Chevy for the Nextel Cup 2007 season.(Morgan-McClure PR)(12-14-2006), also see images of the car on my Paint Schemes Page.

    • Bliss sues Haas Racing: Mike Bliss is hoping to claim $1.15 million in salary, and possibly more in damages, in a dispute with Haas CNC Racing scheduled for trial Oct. 2 in North Carolina Superior Court in Charlotte, according to a story in NASCAR Scene. In his complaint, Bliss said he thought in August 2005 he was going to continue to drive the Haas CNC Racing Nextel Cup car in 2006, so he didn't pursue a possible opportunity to drive for another team. Team general manager Joe Custer told him in October that he wouldn't be back for the next year. Bliss has filed suit and wants his salary for 2006 ($500,000) and 2007 ($650,000) and more in damages. In its court filings, the team claims that it invoked a clause in the contract that allowed Bliss to be terminated at the end of any season without the team having to pay the remainder of the deal. In court documents, Custer said he never "unequivocally told Bliss he was Haas' driver for 2006." The contract is part of the court file. The original three-year deal had Bliss getting paid $400,000 base in 2005 plus 40 percent of race purse and 30 percent of souvenir royalties. According to documents in the court file, Bliss had been approached by Hall of Fame Racing [#96 Chevy] during 2005 but did not pursue the deal because he believed he did not have to fear for his job. Bliss has driven mostly for [#16] Xpress Motorsports in the Craftsman Truck Series this year. One part of Bliss' complaint already has been decided. A claim against Haas for breach of contract accompanied by a fraudulent act was dismissed by the court in August. Custer declined comment Sept. 23.(SceneDaily.com)(9-29-2006)
      UPDATE: Mike Bliss has settled his breach-of-contract lawsuit with Haas CNC Racing, Bliss' attorney confirmed Thursday. The case was scheduled to go to trial this week in North Carolina Superior Court in Charlotte. "We amicably resolved the case," Bliss attorney Robert Muckenfuss said. The terms of the settlement are confidential.(SceneDaily.com)(12-14-2006)

    • DEI Hires Seileg: Dale Earnhardt, Inc. announced the appointment of Max Siegel as President of Global Operations. In what will be an unprecedented move for the motor sports industry, the Zomba Label Group/Sony/BMG executive will oversee marketing, promotion, sales, sponsorship and distribution for all Dale Earnhardt, Inc. properties including the company's top-rated motorsports teams, airlines, licensing and auto dealership, as well as the Dale Earnhardt Foundation. Siegel brings over 15 years of deal brokering and project management experience to the company established by Dale and Teresa Earnhardt in 1980.(DEI PR)(12-14-2006)

    • Borland: Staying at Penske South wasn't an option: UPDATE: Crew chief Matt Borland and driver #44-Dale Jarrett discovered they had something in common after Tuesday's initial get-to-know-you meeting at Michael Waltrip Racing. Both left the four-hour session feeling they had something to prove after a 2006 season in which the struggles of their former teams led to their partnership. Borland didn't sound at all like somebody ready to give up on his job as crew chief for #12-Ryan Newman to join a new organization. He stopped short of saying he was the scapegoat for what was Newman's worst season since he ran his first full Nextel Cup schedule in 2002. "I didn't really decide I needed a change," said Borland, who was named Jarrett's crew chief Friday. "Let's just say it was a mutual ... umm ... it was the best thing for all parties concerned." Borland was replaced for the final two races by Mike Nelson, who has since been named Newman's crew chief for '07. At the time Penske officials said Borland asked for a leave of absence to spend more time with his family. Newman said he hoped Borland would stay on in another capacity such as director of team competition. "It wasn't necessarily an option," he said.(ESPN.com)(12-13-2006)
      UPDATE: #12-Ryan Newman may have struggled through the 2006 Nextel Cup campaign, but he doesn't fault his friend and now former crew chief Matt Borland, who's landed a new job with Michael Waltrip Racing and #44-Dale Jarrett. Newman is clearly unhappy his car owner Roger Penske apparently forced Borland to leave. "It´s difficult for me. When you´ve got a guy that´s your crew chief and your best man and they don´t offer him a position that he´s fully capable of ...it´s not the way I thought things were run." "It´s kind of a difficult situation to explain on the radio, but I´ll definitely miss Matt and I know that he still wants to be a part of the team in a round about way but he was kind of run off." As for what Newman has to say about his new crew chief Michael Nelson, who used to be the team engineer for the Alltel Dodge.."I think Mike will do a good job, but we´ve got parts and pieces we´ve got to build to make the race cars faster. Changing people isn´t the final answer on making the race car go faster."(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(12-14-2006)

    • Earnhardt's Driver Suit stolen from TMS: UPDATE: The Fort Worth [Texas] Police Department is investigating the theft of a vintage racing suit once worn by Dale Earnhardt Sr., according to a department news release. Earnhardt’s racing suit, along with a helmet, racing gloves and a pair of racing shoes turned up missing from a locked storage closet earlier this month at the Texas Motor Speedway, the release read. The racing suit was part of a promotional display that was taken down on Nov. 5, according to the release, and the items were then boxed up and placed in storage. A week later, staffers discovered that the items, which are valued at up to $100,000, were missing, the release read. The suit was housed at the TMS because it was donated to its president, Eddie Gossage. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible.(nbc5i.com)(11-23-2006)
      UPDATE: A vintage racing suit worn by NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, Sr. that was stolen last month from the Texas Motor Speedway has been recovered, police said Thursday. Investigators believed the theft was an inside job, and that suspicion was confirmed when an attorney representing a TMS employee contacted Fort Worth police to negotiate the return of the suit, helmet and a book to TMS president Eddie Gossage, Fort Worth police Lt. Dean Sullivan said.(Dallas Morning News)(12-14-2006)

    • Kernan at Sirius: UPDATE: hearing former ESPN RPM2Nite host, John Kernan, will host a show on Sirius Satelitte Radio called Driver's Seat, co-hosted by former Cup criver Buddy Baker along with other drivers. Will run M-F 11:00am to 3:00pm/et.(12-11-2006)
      UPDATE: SIRIUS Satellite Radio announced that it will debut The Driver's Seat, an exclusive daily talk show hosted by veteran broadcaster John Kernan and a roster of current and former NASCAR drivers, on January 1. The Driver's Seat will air every weekday (11am-3pm ET) only on SIRIUS Radio. The Driver's Seat will feature Kernan and a different driver taking calls from listeners, interviewing special guests and discussing the latest news from the world of NASCAR. Featured co-hosts will include legendary Hall of Famer Buddy Baker; 1995 NASCAR Busch Series champion Johnny Benson; two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie; two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday; former Busch and Cup Series Rookie of the Year Ricky Craven; former Cup and Busch Series driver Phil Parsons, who is now the color commentator for Speed Channel's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race broadcasts; and John Andretti, one of the sport's most versatile drivers who has made his mark racing USAC Midgets, Indy cars, NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and NASCAR stock cars. The Driver's Seat, produced in conjunction with Performance Racing Network (PRN), will air exclusively on SIRIUS.(Sirius PR)(12-14-2006)

    • Biffle talks about Las Vegas testing wreck: #16-Greg Biffle is among the walking wounded these days after seperating his shoulder last week at a Las Vegas, crashing during a Goodyear tire test. Biffle doesn't remember anything. "I don´t know what happened. The guys heard the tire blow in the pits, in the garage. Boom!, they heard it. Then four seconds later they heard it hit the fence and I went all the way around the corner unconscious before I woke up. I woke up on the backstretch...I crashed in turn one you know so it was big. We don´t know what happened to the tire, they´ re obviously looking at it. Did it cut, did we run over something on the racetrack, did the tire fail? You just don´t know. Problem is with issues like that when they blow out and hit the fence and they catch on fire there´s nothing left to inspect. The right rear tire looks fine and all the left side tires look good, so we don´t know. You can´t blame the tire until you really analyze what might have happened."(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(12-14-2006)

    • Testing at Nashville: been told #55-Michael Waltrip, #00-David Reutimann and #31-Jeff Burton were testing on Wednesday, Dec 13th at Nashville Superspeedway AND also....Darrell Waltrip was helping brother Michael by testing a Toyota Camry.(12-14-2006)

    • Edwards Comments on Johnson's Accident: For those who have criticized #48-Jimmie Johnson for fooling around and falling off a golf cart, #99-Carl Edwards says let's get real. "To be honest with you I´m a little disgusted with the media and some of their reactions to that. It´s pretty amazing. I tried to get Jimmie to go motorcycle riding with me about three weeks into the Chase and he´s like, Carl, I´m focused on winning this championship, I´m not taking any risks. I thought that said a lot about Jimmie´s focus and his ability to sacrifice. To me, if the dude wants to go ride around on golf carts...on top of them or underneath of them or skiing on a rope behind them, I mean he´s the champion, he won this thing, it´s his off season so he can do whatever he wants. I think it´s cool to think Jimmie Johnson was on top of a golf cart goofing around. I mean, you name a person in that garage area that hasn´t goofed around on a golf cart and I´ll give you a hundred dollars."(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(12-14-2006)

    • Stamps.com Introduces NASCAR Licensed Postage: Stamps.com announced the launch of NASCAR licensed PhotoStamps featuring postage with unique designs of three legendary NASCAR drivers: #24-Jeff Gordon, #3-Dale Earnhardt and #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. A total of nine designs are currently available, three designs for each NASCAR driver. Individuals who order NASCAR PhotoStamps by January 10, 2007 will also receive a unique collectible first-release insignia on their sheet to mark the first-ever release of PhotoStamps featuring NASCAR drivers. To order NASCAR PhotoStamps, customers can visit www.photostamps.com, choose their NASCAR driver and then select their preferred design. Each specially designed sheet includes a NASCAR insignia, the selected image and signature of the NASCAR driver, and 20 PhotoStamps. NASCAR PhotoStamps are valid postage and can be used just like ordinary postage to mail envelopes, postcards or flats.(Yahoo! Finance)(12-14-2006)


      News from December 13, 2006

    • Brewer, Smith, Chengelis, Blount, Newton Join ESPN: Championship-winning crew chief Tim Brewer and award-winning journalists Marty Smith, Angelique Chengelis, Terry Blount and David Newton have joined the experienced team of hosts, analysts and reporters for NASCAR’s return to the ESPN’s multimedia platforms in 2007. Aligning their expertise with that of previously announced hosts, analysts and pit reporters -- Brent Musburger, Rusty Wallace, Jerry Punch, Andy Petree, Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Dale Jarrett, Brad Daugherty, Shannon Spake and ESPN Deportes’ NASCAR commentators Andrés Agulla and Alex Pombo -- Brewer, Smith, Chengelis, Blount and Newton add more than 75 years of combined experience to the already-accomplished team. Brewer, a two-time NASCAR Cup Series championship-winning crew chief for Cale Yarborough in 1978 and Darrell Waltrip in 1981, will join Daugherty and Spake as an analyst on NASCAR Now, the network’s first-ever daily program solely dedicated to NASCAR. Additionally, he also will work from the pit studio on NASCAR Countdown, which will immediately precede all Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series races televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. Smith, a former writer for NASCAR.com, and Chengelis, longtime motorsports writer for the Detroit News, join ESPN as NASCAR Insiders, reporting on the latest news and information behind-the-scenes and breaking stories on teams, drivers, owners and crew chiefs. Blount and Newton recently began serving the leading online sports destination, ESPN.com, as part of the one-two punch on the NASCAR beat. ESPN.com will continue to collaborate with the popular Jayski’s Silly Season Site that features news, rumors and commentary on the happenings in NASCAR.(ESPN PR)(12-13-2006). See the complete release on my Media page.

    • Jeff Gordon and Wife Expecting Baby: Ingrid Vandebosch, wife of four-time Cup Series champion #24-Jeff Gordon, is pregnant. "We're obviously very excited," said Gordon, who announced his engagement at Infineon Raceway in June and married Vandebosch on November 7. "Christmas came early for us this year. "This is a very special gift for us – one that we're both looking forward to. The due date is early July, and Ingrid and I can't wait to be parents. "We've known for a little while, but we couldn't wait any longer to share the good news with our friends and fans."(JeffGordon.com)(12-13-2006)

    • Buckshot back racing in 2007: DMT Motorsports announced that former NASCAR Cup and Busch driver, Roy "Buckshot" Jones of Gwinnett County, Georgia, will be driving the #01 Southern Division Chevy for Bowen Family Homes in the 2007 Hooters Pro Cup. Buckshot last drove the number #44 Georgia-Pacific Dodge for Petty Enterprises in the Nextel Cup Series [actually his last NASCAR race was a Busch Series race in 2004 at Kentucky in the #1 Dodge for Phoenix Racing, last Cup race was at Talladega in Oct 2003 in Michael Waltrip's #00 Chevy].(Flammer Relations PR/USAR site)(12-13-2006)

    • David Poole and Marty Snider to Host Sirius Radio Show: NASCAR beat reporter and columnist David Poole and veteran broadcaster Marty Snider will host a daily talk show, SIRIUS NASCAR Radio's The Morning Drive, exclusively on SIRIUS. Starting January 1, The Morning Drive will air every weekday morning from 7:00-11:00 AM ET exclusively on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio / channel 128, the new 24/7 year-round radio channel dedicated to NASCAR. Snider and Poole will delve into NASCAR's latest news and rumors, interview prominent guests, and take calls from listeners.(Sirius PR)(12-13-2006)

    • Chevy to Sponsor Tony Stewart Racing in USAC and WoO: #20-Tony Stewart and officials from GM Racing and Chevy announced that Chevy will power and sponsor Tony Stewart Racing's entries in the United States Auto Club and the World of Outlaws Sprint Series for three years beginning in 2007. Chevrolet will serve as the primary sponsor and engine supplier for all of TSR's USAC teams, with Bass Pro Shops carrying on as an associate sponsor. For the #20 Winged Sprint car in the World of Outlaws, Chevrolet will also provide engines while serving as an associate sponsor. Bass Pro Shops will maintain its role as the team's primary sponsor.(GM Racing PR)(12-13-2006)

    • DEI testing COT: UPDATE: The #1 Bass Pro Shop and #8 Budweiser Chevys are in South Georgia [South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, GA] testing their Cars of Tomorrow. They will be testing the new cars on Monday and Tuesday [Dec 11th and 12th] as they prepare for the vehicle´s debut. The first time the COTs will be activated in Nextel Cup Series competition will be at Bristol Motor Speedway in April.(DEI Site), been told Kerry Earnhardt and Martin Truex Jr. are the drivers testing the COT's.(12-12-2006)
      UPDATE: Both cars were shaken down by Kerry Earnhardt.(12-13-2006)


      News from December 12, 2006

    • Neighbors not happy with RCR engine noise, RCR working on problem: Until a few months ago, racing the engines at the Richard Childress Racing [#'s 07,29,31,33 in Nextel Cup] garage in Welcome, NC was never a problem, according to residents. Then, the team cleared 10 acres of forest between its buildings and nearby neighborhoods for its expansion. Those trees served as a muffler for the noise. Now that they're gone, people say the noise is unbearable. Some neighbors said the noise rattles their windows. Monday night, the Davidson County Commissioners granted RCR a zoning request that green lights the expansion. While the neighbors were disappointed with the decision, RCR spokesman Bill Patterson said the racing team will plant cypress trees along the back property line to create a buffer. Patterson also said the team has spent $500,000 on reducing noise and will do more. Neighbors said they'd like to see a sound reduction wall.(wxii12.com)(12-12-2006)

    • Hall of Fame tower OK'd: Charlotte, NC City council members approved a set of agreements Monday night that will give the green light to construction of the 19-story office tower planned for the NASCAR Hall of Fame site. The tower will sit at the corner of Stonewall and Caldwell streets in uptown Charlotte. The building and rented space is expected to generate $1.2 million of local property taxes. The hall of fame is expected to open in 2009.(News 14 Carolina)(12-12-2006), see more info and news about the NASCAR Hall of Fame on my Hall of Fame News page.(12-12-2006)

    • BB&T Becomes Offical Bank of RCR; Will Sponsor Bowyer in Busch: BB&T Corporation and Richard Childress Racing have reached a two-year agreement for the full-service financial institution to sponsor RCR’s #2 Chevy and driver Clint Bowyer in the Busch Series and become the Official Bank of Richard Childress Racing. Bowyer is scheduled to compete in 17 races each in the 2007 and 2008 NASCAR Busch Series seasons.(RCR PR)(12-12-2006)

    • Edwards Involved with New Record Label: #99-Carl Edwards has a new passion, a record label called Back 40 Records. "I'd come home and my little brother and my buddies would give me these CDs that people were making and they'd have to go to Kansas City or St. Louis to record stuff," he said. "It cost too much for them to do on a regular basis. And we all were just sitting there at the house and we thought, why don't we just take this room of the house and make it a recording studio? And it's turned into a lot of fun." The label name comes from Edwards' days in Columbia when he and his friends would race junk cars. "We'd have all these cars together and go race them out in this field that my buddy called his Back 40 because it was his back 40 acres," he said. Edwards' personal musical tastes range from Johnny Cash to Jewel to Metallica to Jay-Z. The first CD, "That One CD," will be released in a few weeks. It is a compilation of songs by six different artists with musical styles including hip hop, R&B and acoustic rock. More info is available at www.back40records.com.(York Dispatch)(12-12-2006)

    • Drivers to Test at Kentucky: According to the Kentuky Speedway site, some Nextel Cup and Busch series teams will be testing there this week, including #4-Ward Burton for Morgan-McClure Motorsports [looks like he will be back in that ride in 2007?] on Tuesday Dec 12th; Busch Series driver #70-Justin Diercks on Weds Dec 13th; #26-Jamie McMurray on Thurs Dec 14; and #19-Elliott Sadler and #10-Scott Riggs on Friday Dec 15th. Also scheduled to test next week: on Monday [12/18] #9-Kasey Kahne and #10-Scott Riggs; on Wednesday [12/20] #22-Dave Blaney and #72-Brandon Whitt [will also test Thurs 12/21]. Fans can watch from the Turn 3 Fan Center at no charge. Schedule subject to change daily. Test times vary.(Kentuckyspeedway.com)(12-12-2006)


      News from December 11, 2006

    • Dish Network Sponsoring Roush - 5 Cup races for Biffle, Mark Martin to Drive 2 Busch Races: Roush Racing announced today that Dish Network has signed on as a primary sponsor in the Busch Series and the Nextel Cup Series, with additional status as an associate sponsor on all Roush entries. Dish Network will have a team representative in all 35 Busch Races in 2007, alternating between four Roush Busch teams. Greg Biffle will drive the #16 DISH Network Ford in five Nextel Cup races in 2007, the first of which will be at Pocono in June. When Dish Network is not featured as a primary sponsor, they will appear on each NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series entry as an associate sponsor. Mark Martin will kick off the season for Dish Network in the February Daytona Busch race. Martin will be behind the wheel of the Dish Network Ford twice in 2007, the second of which will be the spring Texas race. The remaining "Dish All-Stars" will split time behind the wheel throughout the season. (American Digital Networks)(12-11-2006)
      NOTE: David Ragan will drive the #6 for Roush in Cup. Martin will drive the #01 in 20 Cup races for Ginn. Martin said he could run for as many as four different teams next season in the Cup, Busch and Truck Series.

    • NASCAR Artist announces site revamp: Garry Hill Automotive Fine Art, Inc at www.garryhill.com. is pleased to introduce a new redesigned web site. For the better part of three decades, motorsports artist Garry Hill has captured racing's great heritage and tradition with his limited edition fine art prints. Many are personally autographed (Handsigned) by racing's greatest drivers and personalities. Check it out at www.garryhill.com.(12-11-2006)

    • Congrats: to Roush Racing truck series driver [and former Cup and 2003 Truck Series Champ] Travis Kvapil and wife Jen on the birth of son Caden, born on December 10th at 6:51pm, Caden joins sibblings Carson and Kelsey.(Traviskvapil.com)(12-11-2006)



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