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  • MORE SPRINT CUP NEWS/RUMORS
    JANUARY 28-FEBRUARY 3, 2008


      News from February 3, 2008

    • Robby: Made switch to be stronger team: #7-Robby Gordon believes he made his team stronger through a technological and marketing partnership with Gillett Evernham Motorsports. Gordon will switch to Dodge immediately and he said Friday afternoon he plans to lean on the three GEM Sprint Cup teams for help. "I look at it as it's a stronger way for my team to survive," said Gordon, who was 26th in [driver] points [and 28th iin owners pts, #96 Hall of Fame Racing was the highest single car team at 25th in 'owners' points'] despite missing a race last year. "Hopefully it's going to make a good partnership going forward. Right now, today, we're probably receiving a few more benefits than they are. We've got a decent group of engineers at our place, but having teammates is going to be important, It's going to be nice to have people that we can walk over and say, 'What are you running for shocks? What are you running for springs?' I haven't had this kind of information the last three years. We've been able to make it and be competitive, but I think this will take us from the 20s, hopefully back to the teens and maybe even [to] an opportunity to make the Chase." Short term, Gordon said he believes his team will be ready with its Dodges when practice for Daytona 500 qualifying begins Feb. 9. "I've never converted a COT before, especially ones that had never been raced," Gordon said. "Our cars were ready. I've got a good group of guys back in the shop, and I'm confident they'll do a wonderful job converting these cars. I think we'll be competitive when we roll out at Daytona."
      But why now? Why a week before the season starts? "These were the guys that were willing to do it with me now," Gordon said. "The season is starting. There is no better time than at the beginning of the season. Right now is the right time. We're getting ready to go racing." Another reason was that Gordon's motorsports operations had spent about $4.5 million for the Dakar Rally, which ended up being canceled. There likely will be a substitute race later this year, but Gordon said that the Dakar situation made him look more urgently about a partnership because "it cleaned some of our slush fund out." Gordon said he had no problems with Ford as a manufacturer. Gordon had moved from Chevy to Ford for the 2007 season. "Ford was great to work with," Gordon said. "I didn't feel there was a suitable team there that was willing to open up their books and share their technology with us. Ford, as a manufacturer, they stood up to everything they said they were going to do."(SceneDaily.com)(2-3-2008) Comment here

    • NASCAR Now Returns Monday for Second Season: NASCAR Now, ESPN’s daily NASCAR news and information program, returns to the air for its second season Monday, Feb. 4, at 6:00pm/et on ESPN2. The program includes highlights, opinion, debate, analysis and the latest news from drivers, crew chiefs and insiders both on and off the track. The program airs for 30 minutes at 6:00pm/et Monday through Friday of the opening week, and the Monday edition will expand to one hour beginning Monday, Feb. 11. The show also has a one-hour edition at 10:am/et on the morning of each NASCAR Sprint Cup race and a Sunday night weekend wrap-up edition. NASCAR Now is hosted by Nicole Manske, Ryan Burr and Allen Bestwick and originates from ESPN’s high definition studios in Bristol, Conn. Contributors include analysts Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Boris Said and Tim Cowlishaw, along with NASCAR insiders Terry Blount, Angelique Chengelis, David Newton and Marty Smith, as well as D.J. Copp, a member of Bobby Labonte’s team. NASCAR Now viewers also benefit from frequent contributions by the NASCAR on ESPN team including Rusty Wallace, Dr. Jerry Punch, Andy Petree, Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake, Dale Jarrett and ESPN Deportes’ NASCAR commentators  Andrés Agulla and Alex Pombo.(ESPN PR) Comment here


      News from February 2, 2008

    • Richard Petty honored at 2008 NC-Motorsports Industry Awards: The North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA) recently presented 10 industry awards and honored Richard Petty with the Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award for having a strong positive impact on the motorsports industry in the state. In addition, The North Carolina Motorsports Foundation awarded $25,000 in scholarship grants distributed equally among five North Carolina schools or training centers that have two-year or four-year education programs with a concentration in motorsports. A variety of deserving students were called to the stage and awarded scholarships that will allow them to pursue a career in the $5.9 billion motorsports industry in the state of North Carolina. Lt. Governor Beverly Perdue welcomed nearly 650 attendees, and Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Motor Racing Network broadcaster, served as master of ceremonies. For the full list of awards and more info, see motorsportsnc.org.(2-2-2008)


      News from February 1, 2008

    • California Testing over with #11B-Denny Hamlin being the overall fastest in a Toyota at 182.523mph in the Day 1 morning session, followed by #12A-Ryan Newman in a Dodge [Day1morning], #18-Kyle Busch in a Toyota [Day1morning], #8A-Mark Martin in a Chevy [Day1morning] and #99A-Carl Edwards in a Ford [ Day1evening]. 49 drivers ran laps. All teams who tested were full-time teams except #34-John Andretti [could end up full time with a sponsor and making the top-35 in owners points], #65A-Chad McCumbee ran a 3rd Haas CNC Racing Chevy and could run some races this season. Mark Martin and Aric Almirola shared the #8A-Chevy as they will this season. See the California Test Speeds Best by Driver page to see who ran the best, when they ran the best lap.(2-1-2008)

    • Something up with Robby Gordon? UPDATE teams up with GEM..to Dodge: been hearing a bunch of rumors the last few days about Robby Gordon Motorsports, driver/owner Robby Gordon and the #7 Ford. Everything from he is selling the team, merging the team or/and switching manufacturers. Rumored teams include Yates Racing, Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Hall of Fame Racing. I have been told Gordon tested at California Speedway Thursday, then left and headed back to California and didn't test there Friday, and he is not listed on the California Test Speeds and News page.
      UPDATE: Gillett Evernham Motorsports today announced a technical, manufacturing and marketing services agreement with Robby Gordon Motorsports which will race Dodges in the 2008 Sprint Cup season. Gordon's team will use Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodge engines when practice begins next week at Daytona International Speedway. BAM Racing and Petty Enterprises also use Gillett Evernham Motorsports engines and receive technical assistance. Gillett Evernham Motorsports fields cars for drivers #9-Kasey Kahne, #19-Elliott Sadler and #10-Patrick Carpentier in the Sprint Cup Series as well as a Nationwide Series entry. "I feel this agreement with Gillett Evernham Motorsports helps make the learning curve of the COT little bit easier to navigate," said Gordon whose 28th-place finish in owner points was the best of any single-car team in 2007. "I like what they have going on over there and I think both organizations will benefit. As an owner I want to do what is best for my employees and sponsors." Gordon's move to Dodge comes after one year with Ford. "Ford has been very good to me, and this move is not a reflection on our relationship at all," said Gordon. "Ford was planning on supporting me, and even increasing its engineering support for my program in 2008. However, I felt that I needed to make this move to help put my team in a more stable financial situation in terms of marketing and sponsorship help." Based in Charlotte North Carolina, Robby Gordon Motorsports is home to the No. 7 Dodge. With sponsorship from Jim Beam, Menards, Mapei, and Camping World Robby Gordon will run the entire 2008 Sprint Cup series schedule.(Gillett Evernham Motorsports PR)(2-1-2008) Comment here

    • Claritin to sponsor Edwards for a few races: Schering-Plough, makers of the non-drowsy allergy medication, Claritin, today announced a first-time sponsorship deal with allergy sufferer Carl Edwards for the 2008 Sprint Cup racing season. Edwards, a member of the Roush Fenway Racing team and 2007 Nationwide [then Busch] Series champion, will drive the #99 Claritin Ford Fusion during selected spring races, and Claritin branding will appear on his #99 Office Depot Ford Fusion and firesuit throughout the season. Edwards, who takes Claritin to treat his allergy symptoms, will serve as spokesperson for the Claritin "Clear to Drive" campaign. He will also be featured in the Claritin brand's new advertising campaign. Additionally, a sweepstakes launching later this year will give five lucky NASCAR fans the opportunity to win a trip around the track with Edwards, and one will win a Ford Mustang.(PR Newswire)(2-1-2008) Comment here

    • California Testing over with #11B-Denny Hamlin being the overall fastest in a Toyota at 182.523mph in the Day 1 morning session, followed by #12A-Ryan Newman in a Dodge [Day1morning], #18-Kyle Busch in a Toyota [Day1morning], #8A-Mark Martin in a Chevy [Day1morning] and #99A-Carl Edwards in a Ford [ Day1evening]. 49 drivers ran laps. All teams who tested were full-time teams except #34-John Andretti [could end up full time with a sponsor and making the top-35 in owners points], #65A-Chad McCumbee ran a 3rd Haas CNC Racing Chevy and could run some races this season. Mark Martin and Aric Almirola shared the #8A-Chevy as they will this season. See the California Test Speeds Best by Driver page to see who ran the best, when they ran the best lap.(2-1-2008)

    • California speeds, final session Day 2 PM: in the final test session at California Speedway, only 17 cars stuck around, with 16 running laps. #48A-Johnson was the fastest in the afternoon session with a speed of 179.497mph in a Chevy, followed by #24A-Gordon in a Chevy, #2B-Busch in a Dodge, #5A-Mears in a Chevy and #66B-Riggs in a Chevy. The fastest Toyota was #84A-Allmendinger in 9th. No Ford teams stuck around for the final session. #45B-Petty was the slowest of the 16 cars at 175.653. #43B-Labonte was listed as 17th on the chart but no speed listed.
      See speeds on the California Test Speeds and News page.(2-1-2008) Comment here

    • Associate sponsor named for Front Row: Front Row Motorsports (FRM) announced it has acquired sponsorship from Waverly Property Group for the 2008 Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events at Daytona International Speedway. Waverly Property Group, Daytona's #1 independent real-estate company, with a focus on waterfront properties, will serve as an associate sponsor on FRM's # 34 [John Andretti] and #37 [Eric McClure] Sprint Cup entries and the #24 [McClure] Nationwide Series entry during February and July events at DIS, including the prestigious Daytona 500 festivities. The 2008 season will mark Waverly Property Group's debut as a sponsor in NASCAR. For more information on WPG, please visit www.daytonabeachluxuryrentals.com.(Team McClure- Hefty Brand Racing PR)(2-1-2008) Comment here

    • Andretti gets a ride...for now: Some late moves at #49 BAM Racing, for whom John Andretti did well to get into six of the 10 Chase races last season, and 10 of the last 14 overall, put the Indiana veteran on the sidelines. But Andretti was at Las Vegas and California with two former Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolets -- one new and one previously raced -- carrying Front Row Motorsports' #34. Andretti said the team was using engines from Joe Gibbs Racing's former Chevrolet inventory before JGR switched to Toyota. Andretti said at least some early season rides were in the offing. "I didn't have many laps on the new Las Vegas, so I figured it was an opportunity to work on the new car, and stay up to date, and hopefully we can do some good," Andretti said. "Hopefully we can get it going and make the races. Who knows? You never know what's going to happen in Cup, but Bob [Jenkins, team owner] went and bought a lot of Gibbs engines and some cars from DEI. I like working with Bob, I did some stuff with he and John Carter last year so we're going to try to come out and do some good."(NASCAR.com)(2-1-2008) Comment here

    • Jon Wood appears in Air Force driving safety video: The Sprint Cup Series driver of the Air Force-sponsored #21 Ford recently appeared in a public service announcement video on driving safety. In the 1.5 minute production, Jon Wood emphasizes the use of seat belts, observing speed limits, and not driving after drinking. Mr. Wood, the third-generation member of the Wood Brothers Racing family, progressed through the ranks of karts and late-model stock cars to the Craftsman Truck Series, where he won races for Roush Racing. He moved to the Busch Series for the current family conglomerate, Wood Brothers/JTG Racing, and in 2007 made his long-anticipated Nextel Cup debut in the #21 Wood Brothers Ford.(Air Force Link)(2-1-2008) Comment here

    • TMS replaces billboards referencing Earnhardts: Four identical Texas Motor Speedway billboards referring to the strained relationship between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his stepmother, Teresa, will be replaced within the next two weeks. The flap is over ads featuring a picture of the driver and the wording "Reason #88: Step-Mom." TMS president Eddie Gossage said Thursday night that the billboards, part of a series of similar ads to promote the Sprint Cup weekend at the track in April, will be changed after a request from Kelley Earnhardt Elledge, the driver's sister and business manager. "The first thing I told her when I answered the phone was if you guys are uncomfortable with it, all you have to do is say the word," Gossage said. "We had a very pleasant talk." #88 is a reference to Earnhardt's new car number with Hendrick Motorsports, the team he went to after last season when he decided to leave Dale Earnhardt Inc., his late father's company that is run by Teresa Earnhardt. He left DEI after months of contentious negotiations with his stepmother. Earnhardt will still be displayed on the billboards, but the wording will change to "Reason #88: New Car Smell." Gossage said Elledge thought the new slogan "was cool, and Dale Jr. loved it."
      There are billboards with catchy slogans featuring the car numbers of three other drivers. One features a wide-eyed, grinning Tony Stewart with "Reason #20: Road Rage!" Then there is one for Jeff Gordon with "Reason #24: 81 Cup Wins. Zip At Texas!", and one for two-time defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, "Reason #48: Twice As Good As 24!" After getting the call from Elledge, Gossage decided to make sure Stewart was all right with the #20 ad. "I e-mailed Tony, 'What do you think?' He thought they were hilarious," Gossage said. Gossage said he didn't follow up with Gordon and Johnson, Earnhardt's new teammates with Hendrick, because the TMS president considers those slogans "benign" despite one small glitch. Johnson's slogan "Twice As Good As 24!" was supposed to end with a question mark, not an exclamation point.
      Elledge told Gossage that she and her brother still have friends and family at DEI and want to see the company succeed, but that they were "excited about Hendrick Motorsports" and saw no reason to point to past issues. "We were trying to be edgy," Gossage said. "If this went over the line, in their opinion, we don't want to." There are 15 billboards, three featuring Johnson and four for each of the other drivers, displayed on Interstates and busy highways throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Gossage said there will be similar-themed broadcast and print ads in the coming weeks.(ESPN.com/AP)(2-1-2008) Comment here

    • California Speedway testing Day 2 AM Speeds: 50 cars ran laps on Friday at California Speedway with #99A-Edwards fastest in a Ford at 180.945mph, followed by #41B-Sorenson in a Dodge, #12B-Newman in a Dodge, #07B-Bowyer in aChevy and #31A-Burton in a Chevy. The fastest Toyota was #55A-Waltrip in 12th.
      See speeds on the California Test Speeds and News page.(2-1-2008) Comment here


      News from January 31, 2008

    • Childress named to N.C. Sports Hall of Fame: Richard Childress, the owner of Richard Childress Racing in Welcome, NC will be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in May. Childress is one of eight honorees in the Class of 2008. The NASCAR team owner won six Winston Cup [Now Sprint Cup] championships with Dale Earnhardt Sr. behind the wheel, the Busch Series [now Nationwide Series] Grand National championship in 2001 and 2006 with Kevin Harvick and the Truck Series title in 1995 with Mike Skinner. His team became the first in NASCAR history to win the championship in all three national series. His teams have also won two Daytona 500s. Childress was inducted into the Davidson County Sports Hall of Fame in October. He also owns Childress Vineyards in Lexington, NC. The eight inductees will be enshrined at the 45th annual induction ceremony in Raleigh on May 15. They will be introduced at an afternoon news conference at the N.C. Museum of History. Formal induction will come during an evening banquet at the North Raleigh Hilton. Banquet ticket information is available from the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame in Raleigh at (919) 845-3455 or at the Hall’s Web site, www.ncshof.com. The museum is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon until 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the museum is free.(Lexington Dispatch)(1-31-2008) Comment here

    • Hershey to Honor Dale Earnhardt with Collector Edition Bars: The Hershey Company is offering racing fans a taste of history with the debut of four Collector Edition bars this month featuring iconic images of racing legend Dale Earnhardt. The bars coincide with this year’s 50th Anniversary of the Daytona 500 and the 10th Anniversary of Earnhardt’s historic 1998 Daytona 500 victory. The promotion invites fans to show their respect for the racing legend by visiting www.hersheys.com/dale. The Hershey/Dale Earnhardt Web site gives fans the opportunity to make a donation to the Dale Earnhardt Foundation and also allows visitors to post their name, message and picture online for other fans to view. These individual pictures will become the pieces of a large fan photo mosaic designed to look like Earnhardt, which will be displayed throughout the year. Hershey will notify fans of the exact location of their image within the mosaic. The final mosaic, along with a check representing the funds earned from the promotion, will be unveiled and presented to The Dale Earnhardt Foundation on “Dale Earnhardt Day,”April 29, 2008, at Dale Earnhardt, Inc., in Mooresville, NC. More info on the Dale Earnhardt Tribute page.(Hershey PR)(1-31-2008) Comment here

    • Super Bowl Commercials featuring some NASCAR drivers: The pulse of American pop culture is racing right through Super Bowl Sunday and it's hitching a ride on the back of Pepsi's unprecedented slate of Super Bowl advertising that features a lineup of brands, images and stars as diverse as Pepsi's portfolio of drinks. Promising a one-of-a-kind lineup for a one-of-a-kind day, Pepsi's Super Sunday lineup includes: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. getting a charge out of AMP Energy drink as he gets over the hump and harness the energy, focus and control he needs to compete in a camel race.(PepsiCo)
      #99-Carl Edwards will appear on advertising's largest stage this Sunday, February 3 - Super Bowl Sunday in a 60 second Under Amour spot, the brand's first-ever Super Bowl Commercial. The commercial, showcasing several professional athletes will mark the first time audiences will see Under Armour's new performance trainers. "I am really looking forward seeing the commercial. I'm going to the Super Bowl and I hope that they show the commercials at the game," said Carl Edwards. "The scale of the production was huge and I'm looking forward to seeing the end product."(Roush Racing PR)(1-31-2008) Comment here

    • California Testing - Day 1, night: a much lighter car count of 42 ran laps under the lights at California Speedway testing with #99A-Edwards running the quickest lap in a Ford of 181.228mph, followed by the Ford of #17A-Kenseth, the Toyota of #55A-Waltrip, #16B-Biffle in a Ford and #26B-McMurray in a Ford. The fastest Chevy was #1A-Truex, Jr. at 7th and the fastest Dodge was #9A-Kahne in 12th. Testing contines Friday with a morning and afternoon session. The test involves five sessions over the course of two days and teams are only allowed to test in four of those.
      See speeds on the California Test Speeds and News page.(1-31-2008) Comment here

    • California Testing - Day 1, afternoon: in the 2nd of 3 testing sessions on Thursday at California Speedway, 67 cars ran laps with #24A-Jeff Gordon the fastest in a Chevy at 180.505mph, followed by #99A-Edwards in a Ford, #00B-Reutimann in a Toyota, #8A-Martin in a Chevy and #11B-Hamlin in a Toyota. The fastest Dodge was #9A-Kahne in 9th. The slowest car was #10A-Carpentier at 170.547 then #66A-Riggs. The test involves five sessions over the course of two days and teams are only allowed to test in four of those.
      See speeds on the California Test Speeds and News page.(1-31-2008) Comment here

    • California Testing - Day 1, morning: on the first day of testing at California Speeway, 54 cars ran laps, with a double dose of #11A &B at the top, Denny Hamlin took the top two spots in the morning session on Day 1, with the #11B Toyota at 182.523mph, followed by the #11A Toyota at 181.800. Then #12A-Newman was next in a Dodge, followed by #18-Busch, #8A-Martin and #24A-Gordon was the 5th fastest driver and 8th fastest car. The fastest Ford was #99A-Edwards in 10th. John Andretti tested the #34 Chevy again for Front Row Motorsports as he in in Las Vegas. #40A-Franchitti had the slowest car at 173.435. The track qualifying record is 188.425mph, set by Kyle Busch in Feb 2005.
      Where are #88-Earnhardt Jr., #45-Petty, #43-Labonte on the speed list? they skipped.....The test involves five sessions over the course of two days and teams are only allowed to test in four of those.(SceneDaily.com)
      See speeds on the California Test Speeds and News page.(1-31-2008) Comment here


      News from January 30, 2008

    • Sponsor for Gilliland? It appears that Yates Racing has signed its first sponsor. Freecreditreport.com is expected to sponsor #38-David Gilliland for the first six races of the season.(FoxSports)(1-30-2008) Comment here

    • Dale Jr. upset over DEI's removal of his memorabilia UPDATE: A mix-up over memorabilia has created hurt feelings with #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., while his former team claims it's all a misunderstanding. Earnhardt said Monday he's upset that all signs of his stint at Dale Earnhardt Inc. had allegedly been removed from the shop. First told of the absence of his memorabilia last week, he originally said he didn't care. But at the first day of testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Earnhardt said time to think about it had made him mad. He said the team members that were part of his Daytona 500 victory and two Busch Series championships should be recognized at the shop. "It sort of hurt my feelings that it's sort of a hack at even the guys that are still there and have worked on that car," Earnhardt said. "To not see the accolades or any sort of appreciation for the work that they did, and they're still there." The absence of Earnhardt-related items was noticed by media who attended a luncheon at DEI last Wednesday. The driver left his late father's company at the end of last season, and he'll drive for Hendrick Motorsports this year. But Max Siegel, president of DEI, said Monday that the team has Earnhardt memorabilia on display and "about nine of his old cars" had been moved off the showroom floor to make room for the luncheon. "There seems to be some confusion over memorabilia and merchandise," Siegel said. "We no longer have a relationship with Dale Jr. or Budweiser, so we have no license, agreement or business reason to sell any of that merchandise in our gift shop. But as far as memorabilia, more than half of the showroom floor is dedicated to Dale Jr.'s history here."(Associated Press/ESPN.com)(1-29-2008)
      UPDATE: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. said his feelings about the removal of show cars and memorabilia at Dale Earnhardt Inc. were mischaracterized, and he has no ill will toward his late father's company. Max Siegel, president of DEI's global operations, said Wednesday that the cars and memorabilia were returned to the showroom after the media luncheon on Jan 23. "There is no anger or ill-feeling towards DEI, period," Earnhardt wrote Wednesday on his Web site. "Nearly half the cars that were moved out of the showroom to accommodate the media tour consist of cars I've won races and championships with, and any fan of mine who wants a glimpse of my past can still and always will find it at DEI. I know that DEI is proud of its past. Max Siegel has been nothing but honest, direct, and supportive. We both sincerely wish success for each other. We both want to move forward diligently with our individual futures in this sport. To continue to have to answer about the past makes it difficult for either one to achieve that. We're both solidly entrenched in new chapters of our lives, and it's a great feeling."(AP/ESPN.com)(1-30-2008) Comment here

    • NASCAR Now Returns Monday for Second Season: NASCAR Now, ESPN’s daily NASCAR news and information program, returns to the air for its second season Monday, Feb. 4, at 6:00pm/et on ESPN2. The program includes highlights, opinion, debate, analysis and the latest news from drivers, crew chiefs and insiders both on and off the track. The program airs for 30 minutes at 6:00pm/et Monday through Friday of the opening week, and the Monday edition will expand to one hour beginning Monday, Feb. 11. The show also has a one-hour edition at 10:am/et on the morning of each NASCAR Sprint Cup race and a Sunday night weekend wrap-up edition. NASCAR Now is hosted by Nicole Manske, Ryan Burr and Allen Bestwick and originates from ESPN’s high definition studios in Bristol, Conn. Contributors include analysts Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Boris Said and Tim Cowlishaw, along with NASCAR insiders Terry Blount, Angelique Chengelis, David Newton and Marty Smith, as well as D.J. Copp, a member of Bobby Labonte’s team. NASCAR Now viewers also benefit from frequent contributions by the NASCAR on ESPN team including Rusty Wallace, Dr. Jerry Punch, Andy Petree, Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake, Dale Jarrett and ESPN Deportes’ NASCAR commentators  Andrés Agulla and Alex Pombo.(ESPN PR)(1-30-2008) Comment here

    • Carpentier not moving to NC: #10-Patrick Carpentier will keep his home in Las Vegas instead of moving to the Charlotte, N.C., area like many drivers. "This year, I'm not moving," he said. "We love Vegas. Been here since '99. My daughter, my son were born here. They've got a lot of friends here. There's direct flights from basically everywhere in the States back to Vegas, so for this year we're going to stay."(ESPN.com)(1-30-2008) Comment here

    • Robby Gordon wins Laughlin Leap: Sprint Cup team owner/driver #7-Robby Gordon nearly set an event-record in winning Thursday’s SCORE Laughlin Leap competition, a prelude to this weekend’s season-opening 14th Annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in Laughlin, Nev. Gordon won the large truck division by sending his powerful #77 Chevy CK1500 SCORE Trophy-Truck off the six-foot dirt jump for a distance of 152 feet, 2 inches. A total of 17 of the 29 SCORE Trophy-Trucks entered in last weekend’s race competed in the optional SCORE Laughlin Leap. Gordon came close to the event record of 160’ 6” set in 2004 by Mark Post and nearly topped in 2006 when Carl Renezeder won with a leap of 159’ and Marty Coyne jumped his SCORE Trophy-Truck 157’ in 2005.(RobbyGordon.com)(1-30-2008) Comment here

    • Coronado High school students gain on-the-job training through racing: Thanks to a new program, students at Coronado High School in Las Vegas are learning what it's like to operate a real-life NASCAR race team. During the 2008 school year, the students will apply the skills they are learning in technical career classes to develop Team Coronado Racing with the goal of operating a Super Late Model race team at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's 3/8-mile asphalt oval, the Bullring. See the full PR at LVMS.com.(1-30-2008) Comment here

    • Some Changes at SPEED; INC changes: In 2008, SPEED will use a wide variety of hosts for The SPEED Report, the network's signature Sunday motor sports news program, headlined by veterans Bob Varsha, Krista Voda and Leigh Diffey. The new format will begin Feb. 17 at 7pm/et, following the 50th running of the Daytona 500. In addition, the long-running Monday night Inside Nextel Cup will undergo a format change for 2008, as veteran NASCAR personality Steve Byrnes takes over hosting duties on the newly named This Week in NASCAR, set to premiere Feb. 18 at 8:00pm/et. This Week in NASCAR will move away from a Sprint Cup race re-cap and analysis show, moving into a "handoff" position between events, reviewing topical items from previous races in all three NASCAR national touring series, while also looking forward to upcoming events. Familiar faces, including Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle and Ken Schrader will remain as regular Monday night panelists, with NASCAR crew chiefs, including two-time champ Chad Knaus also joining the show.(SPEED PR)(1-30-2008) Comment here

    • Some Las Vegas Day 2 testing notes: Trading places took on new meaning for Gillett Evernham Motorsports teammates #10-Patrick Carpentier and #9-Kasey Kahne Tuesday morning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Each driver hopped in the other’s seat for a few laps – a crucial learning exercise for Carpentier, a 2008 Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate. “It's been wonderful,” he said of Kahne’s willingness to help. “They've been working with me, helping quite a bit. We'll see how it goes this afternoon, but it really helps me in the way I describe the car,” Carpentier said of Kahne’s driving comparison. “If his car is really different, I'll say, ‘Maybe that's what I need to have and get used to. I have to get a bit better car.’ He's pretty nice to just say, ‘Stop this test.’ Get in the car, says what he thinks about it. It's always helpful.” The Sprint Cup field – were completing their second day of testing at Las Vegas, part of NASCAR Preseason Thunder, NASCAR’s annual preseason test sessions.(NASCAR PR)
      MORE Turn 3 doubled as Calamity Corner today. #55-Michael Waltrip, #20-Tony Stewart and #31-Jeff Burton left their marks on the Turn 3 fence but no injuries were sustained. The NASCAR Nationwide Series (formerly Busch Series) will test at LVMS Wednesday and Thursday.(LVMS PR)
      AND: The afternoon session was shortened by about 10 minutes when #24-Jeff Gordon's car dropped oil on the track as darkness was closing in on the speedway. In other on-track incidents, #31-Jeff Burton wrecked his Chevrolet in the morning session, while #20-Tony Stewart scraped the wall in the afternoon and #55-Michael Waltrip spun his car.(ESPN.com)(1-30-2008)

    • California Testing: Southern California area motorsports fans can get their first look at NASCAR's Cars of Tomorrow at a two-day testing session for Sprint Cup Series cars Thursday and Friday [Jan 31-Feb 1] at California Speedway. The session will put the car on the Fontana 2-mile oval for the first time. The Auto Club 500 is Feb. 24 at California Speedway, a week after the Cup season opens with the Daytona 500. The sessions will be open to the public, with free grandstand seating. There will be access to the infield rooftops to fans who buy Auto Club 500 tickets by Thursday, or for a $5 donation to the NASCAR Foundation for those who haven't bought tickets. Season-ticket holders who have renewed their seats for 2008 will have a question-and-answer session with #7-Robby Gordon after Friday's testing is complete. Testing will open Thursday, with sessions 9 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. There are two sessions scheduled for Friday: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5.(Press-Enterprise)(1-30-2008)

    • Grand Marshals named for Daytona Community Motorsports Parade: Alli Owens, a Daytona Beach native, is proud to announce that she will serve as the Co-Grand Marshal for the Inaugural Community Motorsports Parade. The event, which marks the start of Daytona Speedweeks festivities, is being held on February 2, 2008 in conjunction with the Community Motorsports Festival. NASCAR driver Mike Skinner is the other Co-Grand Marshal. Owens is entering her rookie season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Driving the #12 ElectrifyingCareers.com Chevy, the 19-year-old is making her first start on the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway. The parade, which is scheduled to begin at 10:00am/et, starts at Lincoln and Mary McLeod Blvd. runs to Beach St. to Magnolia Ave. to City Island.(PR)(1-30-2008)


      News from January 29, 2008

    • Hornish doubtful to run Indy 500 in 2008: #77-Sam Hornish Jr. said Monday it's doubtful he'll be able to race in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca Cola 600 on May 25. In making the switch from open-wheel to stock car racing, his focus, he said, must remain on NASCAR and the Coca Cola 600. "If it was up to me, I would," said Hornish, the 2006 Indy 500 champion. "It really depends how things are going over here. I think Roger (Penske) and I have talked about it a couple of times. There's obviously nothing set. I think if we're to a point where we feel confident with how we're doing over here, (if) it's not going to hurt us, that we would try it," he continued. "But I would say it's still way more not going to happen than could happen. So we'll just see how the first couple months of this season play out. Hopefully, if I don't get to race there this year, maybe next year."(Yahoo! Sports)(1-29-2008)

    • LENOX and Jeff Burton Team Up: LENOX announced the kick-off of the LENOX Extra Mile Heroes Program. #31-Jeff Burton and LENOX are conducting a search for users and suppliers of industrial tools who go the extra mile. The winner of the LENOX Extra Mile Heroes Program could receive up to $1 million to split with their charity of choice. In recognition of the LENOX Extra Mile Heroes, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) Sprint Cup race has added a lap; making it the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. For the first time in NASCAR history, the length of the Sprint Cup race will be 301 laps to honor the efforts of these heroes. For more information and to vote, see the Jayski's Racing Charities Page, see an image of the car on the #31 Team Schemes page.(1-29-2008)

    • Las Vegas Speeds Day 2 PM: 74 cars tested in the afternoon session on Day 2 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with #42A-Montoya being the fastest at 186.761mph [faster then the track record of 184.856mph ste last March] followed by #84A-Allmendinger in a Toyota, #5B-Mears in a Chevy, #9B-Kahne in a Dodge and #41A-Sorenson in a Dodge. The fastest Ford was #99A-Edwards in 8th. Slowest cars were #42B-Montoya at 178.743mph [ironically #42A was fastest] and #21B-Wood at 178.737mph.
      See speeds on the Las Vegas Test Speeds and News page.(1-29-2008)

    • Las Vegas Speeds Day 2 AM: 75 cars took laps today in Day 2 of testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the fastest in the AM session was #99B-Edwards in a Ford at 184.256mph [almost as fast as the track record of #9-Kahne set in 2007....184.856mph], followed by #00B-Reutimann in a Toyota, #18-Busch in a Toyota, #17B-Kenseth in a ford and #20A-Stewart in a Toyota. The fastest Dodge was #12B-Newman in 7th and the fastest Chevy was #24A-Gordon in 8th. #31A-Burton smacked the wall and did right side damage to the car. There will be one more session in the afternoon, then the teams travel to the California Speedway near Los Angeles for testing on Thursday and Friday.
      See speeds on the Las Vegas Test Speeds and News page.(1-29-2008)

    • IBEW Sponsor Teen Driver's Run at NASCAR History: The National Labor Management Cooperation Committee, a joint entity of the National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), announced that it has signed on as sole sponsor of 19-year-old racing phenom Alli Owens, powering her quest to become the first woman to successfully climb the ladder in stock car auto racing. The sponsorship will run through the 2008 racing season featuring Alli in the ARCA Remax Series.(PR Newswire)(1-29-2008)


      News from January 28, 2008

    • Company signs deal to market NASCAR Members Club: Dynamic Response Group, Inc. (DRGP) announced it has signed an exclusive three year deal to market The Official NASCAR Members Club to NASCAR fans residing in the US. Effective immediately, the deal comes on the heels of a successful marketing test, for which Dynamic Response Group created a scalable model to market both "The Club" itself and a bundled merchandise package marketed as a VIP membership.(tradingmarkets.com) and more info at dynamicresponsegroup.com.(1-28-2008) Comment here

    • Who did the cameras focus on in 2007? cawsnjaws.com started to keep records of how many commercials there are during Cup races and how much time they take of every broadcast was in response to many fans’ unhappiness with those numbers. Soon after I started posting the numbers and even have them archived on their own page, Commericals 2007. Also kept track of how much camera time different drivers receive during races. Some results:
      Car No. / Driver / Focus Total (top 5/bottom 5) full time drivers:
      (24) Jeff Gordon – 928
      (48) Jimmie Johnson – 906
      (8) Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 763
      (20) Tony Stewart – 604
      (17) Matt Kenseth – 579
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      (44) Dale Jarrett – 54
      (36) Jeremy Mayfield – 42
      (84) A.J. Allmendinger – 36
      (00) David Reutimann – 33
      (4) Ward Burton– 32
      Crew Chiefs:
      (48) Chad Knaus – 57
      (24) Steve Letarte – 44
      (20) Greg Zipadelli – 23
      (8) Tony Eury Jr. – 12
      (5) Alan Gustafson – 9
      See full report at cawsnjaws.com.(1-28-2008) Comment here

    • Las Vegas Speeds Day 1 PM: 74 cars tested in the afternoon session on Day 1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with #18-Kyle Busch being the fastest of the day at 183.580mph [getting closer to the track record of #9-Kahne set in 2007 at 184.856mph]. #20B-Tony Stewart was 2nd [and 3rd in thr #20A], then #99A-Edwards [with his #99B 5th]. #29B-Harvick and #88B-Earnhardt Jr. The fastest Dodge was #12B-Ryan Newman who was 16th fastest. Slowest cars were #77A-Hornish Jr. and #26A-McMurray. #65A-McCumbee was in a Chevy, a possilbe 3rd Haas CNC Racing car? Jon Wood tested the #21A Ford. Some Incidents during a very windy day at Las Vegas included: #01-Smith spun off turn two in the early session and spun around and smacked the nose into the inside wall. #77-Hornish scraped the wall hard. #40-Franchitti spun and the rear of the car was heavly damaged. #27-Villeneuve spun around but failed to hit anything. #6-Ragan spun off turn 2, the car was pretty much destroyed. #8-Martin hit a cement piling avoiding a tow truck in the garage area, doing damage to the front end of the car. See speeds on the Las Vegas Test Speeds and News page.(1-28-2008) Comment here

    • Las Vegas Speeds Day 1 AM: on opening day of testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 67 cars took to the track. The fastest was #11A-Hamlin in a Toyota at 178.265mph, followed by #07B-Bowyer in a Chevy, #17B-Kenseth in a Ford, #24A-Gordon in a Chevy and #18B-Busch in a Toyota. The fastest Dodge was 19A-Sadler who was 9th. Michael McDowell tested a 4th MWR Toyota [#32] and Chad McCumbee tested one of the #70 Haas CNC Racing Chevy's, with Jeremy Mayfield testing another #70 Chevy. NOTE: the track record is held by #9-Kahne who ran 184.856mph to get the pole in 2007.
      See speeds on the Las Vegas Test Speeds and News page.(1-28-2008) Comment here



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