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MAY 26-JUNE 1, 2008
News from June 1, 2008
- Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame Online Voting Begins: On Saturday, Oct. 4, two new names will be added to the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame - which two drivers will receive this honor however, is something the fans have to decide. Online voting for the 2008 Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame is currently underway. The Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame located in the Davey Allison Memorial Park in downtown Talladega is both a focal point saluting NASCAR's greatest names and a tribute to one of racing's brightest stars - the late Davey Allison. Developed in 1994, the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame has inducted one active driver and up to two inactive drivers since 1995 based on the fans' vote chosen from a ballot of nominees selected by strict guidelines. Fans may vote for their driver of choice through July 15 by visiting www.talladegawalk.com. Voting is limited to one vote per day. Active driver nominees for 2008 include: Michael Waltrip, Jeff Burton, Morgan Shepherd, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Robby Gordon, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Bobby Labonte, Jeremy Mayfield, Joe Nemechek, Ryan Newman, Elliott Sadler, Ken Schrader and Carl Edwards. Inactive driver nominees for 2008 include: Jim Paschal, Bill Rexford, Jack Smith, Rex White and Speedy Thompson. The first inductees - "Alabama Gang" drivers Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Red Farmer and Neil Bonnett - were inducted by decree of the board. In the park, Davey Allison is remembered with a large marble monument, while drivers inducted into the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame have bronze plaques placed around the park, accessible by walkways that form the shape of Talladega Superspeedway.(6-1-2008)
- Kyle Busch wins at Dover: #18-Kyle Busch won the Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway for his 4th win of 2008 and 8th of his career. #99-Edwards finished 2nd, followed by #16-Biffle, #17-Kenseth, #24-Gordon, #1-Truex Jr., #48-Johnson, #31-Burton, #22-Blaney and #26-McMurray. There was one big wreck, early in the race which knocked six curretn Chase drivers out of the race or way back in the running order. A few involved included #88-Earnhardt Jr who finished 35th, #29-Harvick 38th, #20-Stewart 41st and #11-Hamlin 43rd. There were only 5 cautions for 26 yellow flag laps and 9 drivers lead a lap for 15 lead changes.
For races results, awrds and more, see my Dover Race Results Awards Page.(6-1-2008)
- UNOFFICAL Drivers Points Standings [after Dover race 13 of 36]:
1) #18-Kyle Busch 2050 [4 wins]
2) #31-Jeff Burton 1908 -142 [1 win]
3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1779 -271
4) #99-Carl Edwards 1713 -337 [would be 3rd without 100 pt penalty][3 wins]
5) #16-Greg Biffle 1658 -392
6) #24-Jeff Gordon 1646 -404
7) #48-Jimmie Johnson 1644 -406 [1 win]
8) #07-Clint Bowyer 1633 -417 [1 win]
9) #11-Denny Hamlin 1630 -420 [1 win]
10) #29-Kevin Harvick 1566 -484
11) #20-Tony Stewart 1551 -499
12) #9-Kasey Kahne 1524 -526 [1 win]
other chase contenders
13) #6-David Ragan 1516 -534 [8 pts out of the chase]
14) #12-Ryan Newman 1495 -555 [1 win]
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Dover page.(6-1-2008)
- Charitable contributions at Dover: Three days of NASCAR action at the Monster Mile did more than satisfy the need for speed for thousands of fans that visited Dover
International Speedway over the course of the weekend. It also proved to be a great benefit for one very worthy cause - to the tune of $76,907.50 - with all funds being raised to support the work and create awareness for Autism Speaks, the nation's leading autism advocacy organization. Dover International Speedway and a variety of partners have brought the organization's message of autism awareness to millions of NASCAR fans nationwide. From its inclusion in the entitlement of the "Best Buy 400 benefiting Students Clubs for Autism Speaks," to money raised directly from event ticket sales, the organization collected funds from many charitable donors, through several special ways. Grammy-nominated band Emerson Drive performed a benefit concert on Saturday night at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. The concert was underwritten by Heluva Good!, sponsor of the May 31, 2008 "Heluva Good! 200" NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Monster Mile, and all proceeds benefited Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of Delaware. Long-time autism awareness advocates Joe and Shelly Galli pledged $15,625 through an online auction to win the exclusive opportunity to say "Gentleman start your engines" prior to the start of the "Best Buy 400 benefiting Students Clubs for Autism Speaks." 9-year-old Camille Galli gave the command to start the June 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the family enjoyed VIP opportunities at the Speedway throughout the entire race weekend. See more at DoverSpeedway.com.(DIS PR)(6-1-2008)
- Robby has tough luck in Baja, heads to Dover: #7-Robby Gordon Off-Road was off to a good start in the 40th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500, when a hub on the Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Hummer broke, and the team was forced to end the race early. This was the same part that the team had trouble with during the Central Europe Rally.
Robby Gordon was dissapointed in the results of the race, but will use it as a learning experience. He is headed out to Dover, Delaware for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Best Buy 400. "We were excited going into this race about the practice we would be getting with our Hummer for the 2009 Dakar Rally," Gordon stated. "So I think we really did gain some valuable information that we plan on using for that race. I am dissapointed that I was not able to add another win to our resume, but I look forward to heading to Dover and tackling the Monster Mile."(RobbyGordon.com), Matt Crafton practiced and qualified the car for Gordon [qualified 41st, Gordon will fall to the rear before the start of the race.(6-1-2008) Comment here
- Haas CNC still deciding whether to appeal penalties: Haas CNC Racing [#66 and #70 Chevy's] has not yet decided whether it will appeal the penalties for illegal wing mounting locations found May 24 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, team competition director Matt Borland said Sunday morning. NASCAR penalized the drivers and teams 150 points and suspended the two crew chiefs as well as the car chiefs for six races. In the past, NASCAR has docked 100 points and only suspended crew chiefs. NASCAR also has confiscated and kept the cars. The team has another six days to decide whether to appeal. “It’s their decision to make and we’ll deal with what we’ve got to deal with,” Borland said at Dover International Speedway. “I don’t know [about an appeal] right now."(SceneDaily), see the news on the penalties on my Penalties page.(6-1-2008) Comment here
- Truex expects to re-sign with DEI: #1-Martin Truex Jr. doesn't want to talk much about his contract, which is up after this season. But the Stafford Township, N.J., native says he wants to sign a long-term deal with Dale Earnhardt Inc. "We're just working on some stuff," he said Saturday of the negotiations. On April 28, ESPN.com reported that DEI had picked up Truex's option for the 2009 season. However, there have since been other reports stating that deal was not yet complete and that Truex remains a possible free agent. DEI president of global operations Max Siegel has said signing Truex long-term is a priority. Truex declined to talk in detail about his contract status but said it has been difficult dealing with the issue on top of the pressure of being one of the Sprint Cup series' top drivers - last year, he qualified for the 12-driver Chase for the Championship for the first time, and this year he became DEI's top driver when Dale Earnhardt Jr. left as a free agent for Hendrick Motorsports. "It's a pain," Truex said. "It's a big pain. That's why I try not to talk about it. We'll see what happens. We'll get it done, and when it's done, everybody will know."(Atlantic City Press)(6-1-2008) Comment here
- Latest with Sorenson: There has been speculation that #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, unhappy with Chip Ganassi for making yet another crew chief change, could leave at the end of the season, possibly to replace Tony Stewart at Joe Gibbs Racing if Stewart decides to move on. Though unlikely, if Montoya were to leave Ganassi, it might be the only way Reed Sorenson gets to stay in the #41 Target Dodge. But if Montoya does stay put, which would appear the more likely scenario, Sorenson could be on his way out. The 22-year-old Sorenson has been with CGR for five years, starting first as a developmental driver, then as a Busch Series competitor and subsequently a quick ascension to a full-time Cup ride at the age of 20. He finished 24th in the standings in his rookie campaign two years ago, improved to 22nd last season, but has had a horrible start to his junior season currently in 30th position, with just one top-five finish in the first 12 events (a fifth-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500). The last four races came under new crew chief Donnie Wingo, who switched roles/teams with Jimmy Elledge (Montoya's former crew chief) just before Sorenson's last-place finish at Talladega on April 27. Sorenson's in the final year of his three-year contract with CGR. While he's trying to remain optimistic that he'll be retained, two things seem to be working against him. Sorenson acknowledges with a shrug he's heard rumors that Dan Wheldon, who drives for Ganassi in the Indy Racing League, is interested in jumping to NASCAR to join fellow former open-wheelers Montoya and Dario Franchitti. It's highly unlikely Ganassi would expand his Cup program to four teams, meaning one driver currently in his stable would have to go. More than likely that would be Sorenson, who would find himself in the same position as former teammate David Stremme, who was bounced to the curb last year in favor of Franchitti. Sorenson's overall performance this season does not put him in a very strong bargaining position. While a longtime Ganassi favorite, Sorenson is expendable, particularly if a guy like Wheldon decides to make the switch. "I'm kind of making sure I concentrate on (this year) before I get too carried away with next year yet," he said. "I figure if I can run good here for a little while, then (whether he'll stay with CGR) will take care of itself."(Yahoo Sports)(6-1-2008) Comment here
- Allison honored at Dover: There aren’t many accolades a driver can have at Dover International Speedway that Bobby Allison doesn’t already have. He’s the all-time leader in laps led at the track. He’s tied with Richard Petty for most wins at Dover with seven. One of the grandstands on the frontstretch is named for him. So, given all that, it’s fitting that Allison was the first driver to be honored on Dover’s newest monument. The Monster Monument at Victory Plaza presented by AAA, to be exact, which was erected this month, now displays Bobby Allison’s name among its ring of honor that’s reserved for drivers who have had immense career success. The plaque was unveiled as part of a ceremony on Saturday afternoon.(Dover Intl Speedway)(6-1-2008)
- Competition Yellow at lap 30: NASCAR will throw a competition caution after 30 laps [unless there is a caution before lap 30] of the Best Buy 400 today at Dover International Speedway. Teams cannot refuel prior to the competition caution. The caution will allow teams to check tire wear because there is not as much rubber on the track after Saturday's rain. A typical fuel run at Dover would be between 70 and 80 laps.(SceneDaily)
UPDATE: with an 11 car wreck on lap 18, taking out #19-Sadler, #11-Hamlin, #20-Stewart and doing serious damage to #88-Earnhardt Jr., #29-Harvick among others, there will probably not be any competition yellow.(6-1-2008)
News from May 31, 2008
- Franchitti to return to Cup racing at Pocono: #40-Dario Franchitti is making his return here [Dover], but it's not in the Sprint Cup race. Franchitti, who suffered a broken ankle in a Talladega Nationwide Series race, is returning in today's race [Nationwide at Dover] here, the Heluva Good 200. Franchitti's Cup return will be next week at Pocono. Since the Nationwide race is half the distance of Sunday's Best Buy 400, he said it's "a smart decision." He said the injury has been more frustrating than painful. "It was painful for about two days and that was it," he said. "Then it was just a pain in the butt.".(NASCAR This Week), Jeremy Mayfield qualifed the #40 Dodge 10th at Dover.(5-31-2008) Comment here
- Andretti sticking with Indy Cars for next two weeks: John Andretti, who replaced rookie Jay Howard at Roth Racing for the Indianapolis 500, will keep the job for at least two more weeks. Andretti, 45, will make his first IndyCar Series start in a race other than the 500 in Sunday's A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile. He'll also be in the No. 24 car next week at Texas Motor Speedway.(Indianapolis Star), Andretti had been attempting top make the Cup races with #34 Front Row Motorsports the first ten Cup races of the season [making the races at Daytona, California and Texas]. Jeff Green attempted to make the races at Darlington and Charlotte but failed to qualify, Tony Raines made the race at Dover and since he tested at Pocono for the team this past week, Raines could run the car there, but is scheduled to be back in the #08 Dodge for EM Motorsports for Michigan in June. No word if Andretti will return to the #34 after the Texas Indy Car race.(5-31-2008) Comment here
- Happy Hour practice for the Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway is over after being delayed practice, the teams got about 10-15 minutes of practice, then the rain came back, the fastest when the rains came:
#1-Truex Jr. 149.638
Slowest: #00-McDowell 144.133 & #7-Crafton 144.922
no speed for: #21-Elliott
For the speeds and average speeds, laps run and more, see my Dover Practice Speeds Page.(5-31-2008)
- Allison to receive honor at Dover: Bobby Allison, who is tied with Richard Petty for most victories at Dover with seven, will be honored today at 12:30 p.m. at the new Monster Monument at Victory Plaza behind the fourth-turn suites at the racetrack. Allison's feat will be commemorated with a plaque at the base of the new 46-foot-tall Monster Monument. There’s a FREE autograph session with Allison following it, so it’s a great opportunity to see this NASCAR legend in person this weekend.(5-31-2008)
- Sadler running special scheme at Dover: Best Buy will not only be the primary sponsor on their Dodge this weekend at Dover International Speedway, but is the title sponsor for this weekend's Best Buy 400 benefitting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks at the one-mile, concrete oval. In addition to a special Autism Speaks paint scheme on the team's #19 Charger, driver Elliott Sadler will also sign the car's hood and GEM has agreed to donate it for auction. The auction will begin with the dropping of the green flag at www.sadlerfoundation.org and continue until June 19.(GEM PR), see an image of the hood and a layout image on my #19 Team Schemes page.(5-31-2008) Comment here
News from May 30, 2008
- Sub crew chiefs named for #66 & #70: Haas CNC Racing has submitted to NASCAR its interim crew chiefs for this weekend after its crew chiefs and car chiefs were suspended Wednesday. The team has 10 days to appeal the penalty, but crew chiefs Robert “Bootie” Barker and Dave Skog and car chiefs Derick Jennings and Thomas Harris will begin their suspensions this weekend with the Best Buy 400. Team competition director Matt Borland will replace Barker as crew chief of the #66 of Scott Riggs, while Steve Genenbacher, who started the year as truck chief of Haas CNC Racing affiliate MRD Motorsports and driver Chad McCumbee in the Craftsman Truck Series, will replace Skog as crew chief of the #70, which will be driven by Jason Leffler this weekend. The team personnel were suspended for six weeks for violating rules with the wing mounting locations.(SceneDaily)(5-30-2008) Comment here
- Bill Elliott To Be Inducted Into Atlanta Sports Hall Of Fame: Bill Elliott is scheduled to be inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame this weekend. The Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame is an organization dedicated to honoring Atlanta’s sports heroes. Prior inductees include Hank Aaron, Evander Holyfield, Phil Niekro and Dominique Wilkins. This year’s list of inductees include Steve Bartkowski (Atlanta Falcons all-time passing leader), Claude Humphrey (Atlanta Falcons six time pro bowler), Edwin Moses (four-time Olympic and world gold medalist), John Schuerholz (General Manager Atlanta Braves from 1990 to 2007), Louise Suggs (LPGA founder and winner of 58 LPGA tournaments), and Bill Elliott, NASCAR Legend. The induction ceremony will be held on Saturday night beginning at 5:30pm/et. This recognition alone demonstrates the kind of career and the kind of person Elliott is. However, in addition to meeting his induction obligations, Elliott is also driving the #21 Air Force Ford at Dover this weekend. Elliott will arrive at Dover on Friday and practice and qualify the car. He will fly back to Atlanta on Saturday immediately following the Sprint Cup Series final practice. After the induction ceremony Elliott will return to Dover to compete in the Best Buy 400 Benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. Co-owner Eddie Wood noted, “Bill is a true champion and a true family friend. It’s no wonder he has been inducted to multiple halls of fame and voted NASCAR’s most popular driver 16 times. We are blessed to have a person like Bill working with us.”(Wood Brothers Racing)(5-30-2008) Comment here
- Chase Notes after Charlotte: You have to go all the way to fifth place #07-Clint Bowyer to find the first driver with more than a one race cushion on falling out of the Top 12. #48-Jimmie Johnson had the biggest fall of the group at LMS, dropping 83 points on 13th place and sliding three spots back to 9th after the Coca- Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. #9-Kasey Kahne’s big win in the Coca-Cola 600 allowed him to knock #6-David Ragan out of the Top 12 and claim the “ bubble” spot. Only Ragan and #12-Ryan Newman remain within one race of the Top 12 after the Coca-Cola 600. #`1-Martin Truex lost 127 points on 12th, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya lost 127 and #83-Brian Vickers’ failed wheel cost him 146 points on 12th. After Dover, we are halfway in The Race to The Chase. See the full Chase Stats on my Charlotte Chase Stats Page.(5-30-2008)
- Biffle wins pole at Dover: #16-Greg Biffle won the Coors Light Pole for the Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 155.219mph [about 1.5mph faster then 2nd] for his 2nd pole of 2008 and 6th of his career, #2-Busch starts 2nd, followed by #18-Busch, #48-Johnson, #26-McMurray, #83-Vickers, #24-Gordon, #84-Allmendinger, #19-Sadler and #40-Mayfield. The go-or-go homers who made the race: #84-Allmendinger, #40-Mayfield [see, he can still drive!], #77-Hornish Jr., #21-Elliott [no champ prov needed], #06-Yeley, #78-Nemechek, #10-Carpentier and #34-Raines [first Cup start of 2008]. Missing the race: #70-Leffler and #45-McCumbee
For qualifying results. order, pole progression, starting lineup and more, see my Dover Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(5-30-2008)
- Dover Qualifying Fast Facts:
.. Greg Biffle won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks with a lap of 23.193 seconds, 155.219 mph.
.. This is his sixth pole in 199 career Sprint Cup races.
.. This is his second pole and fourth top-10 start in 2008.
.. This is Biffle’s first pole and sixth top-10 start in 12 races at Dover International Speedway.
.. Kurt Busch (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2008 and his 11th in 16 Dover races.
.. Kyle Busch (third) posted his 10th top-10 start of the season and his second in seven races at Dover.
.. Jimmie Johnson (fourth) joined Kyle Busch as the only drivers with 10 top-10 starts in 2008.
.. AJ Allmendinger (eighth) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
.. Sam Hornish Jr. (16th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
- Richard Petty Driving Experience on the #45 car: Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE) will be the primary sponsor on the Petty Enterprises #45 Dodge for the Best Buy 400 Sprint Cup race this weekend in Dover and again in Daytona for the Coke Zero 400 on July 5th. Chad McCumbee will pilot the RPDE race car at the Monster Mile
this weekend in place of Kyle Petty, who has the weekend off for his daughters wedding. "I have to thank everyone at Petty Enterprises for allowing me to drive the #45 Richard Petty Driving Experience Dodge this weekend," said McCumbee, who has two starts under his belt at Dover. Richard Petty Driving Experience will operate more than 1,200
track days at 25 locations nationwide in 2008. For more information, call 1-800-BE-PETTY or visit www.1800bepetty.com.(MCG/Petty Racing PR)(5-30-2008) Comment here
- Dover Tire Fast Facts: Teams in all three NASCAR series -- Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck -- will run the same tire codes at Dover this weekend . . . compared to the tire codes run at Dover in 2007, there have been slight changes to the left-side construction to improve performance and to the right-side compound to improve treadwear . . . in addition to Dover, major NASCAR teams are scheduled to run this exact combination of left- and right-side tires at Michigan and Kentucky this season . . . this left-side code (D-4134) will also be run with a different right-side code at Texas and Chicagoland . . . unique among NASCAR's one-mile ovals, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Dover . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire. The estimated Pit Window: Every 75-80 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).(Goodyear PR), see more about Goodyear Tire notes, codes, pressures on my Dover Info Page or 2008 Tire Notes page.(5-30-2008) Comment here
News from May 29, 2008
- Biffle expected to re-sign with Roush Fenway soon: Roush Fenway president Geoff Smith said Thursday that he believes #16-Greg Biffle will be re-signed in the next two weeks, assuming contract details get hammered out to the agreement of both sides. Smith said Thursday that Biffle's agent submitted a detailed contract on Tuesday after a several-month wait, and he feels confident a deal will be reached. "It's officially back in our hands, and we're working on a contract," Smith said. "I'm optimistic we're going to be able to get it done. If he works as hard on the contract as we are, we're looking at two weeks." If that's the case, an announcement could come during the race at Michigan International Speedway [6-15-2008], which is considered in the backyard of Roush Industries in Livonia, Mich. Biffle reiterated Thursday what he's been saying for weeks -- yes, he has talked to other team teams, and, yes, he would like to finish his career with Roush Fenway. He said he did not have the time until last week to work diligently with his agent on the contract.
"I've always said my heart has been with staying at Roush Fenway," Biffle said. "I wanted to take the first quarter of the season to see how the team has worked and base a small portion of my decision on that. I'm happy with the way our 16 team has performed. We've had issues, but every team has had issues. I've talked to a lot of other people and discussed their approach and their long-term goals, but I haven't negotiated with anybody else. I'm flattered by all the offers and by all the people interested, but ... this is truly where I want to be."(ESPN.com)(5-29-2008) Comment here
- DuPont extends with Hendrick & Gordon: DuPont, Hendrick Motorsports and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevy, announced that the current longest-running sponsor/driver/team combination in the Sprint Cup Series will continue through the 2010 racing season. At that point, the sponsorship will have been in existence for 18 years.
The contract extension was announced by Gordon and David G. Bills, DuPont chief marketing and sales officer, on DuPont NASCAR Day, an employee appreciation event held annually at the company's headquarters in Wilmignton, DE. "DuPont has a long tradition of excellence in the automotive world and we're proud to be a part of it," Gordon said. "The fact that we're now in our 16th year together speaks volumes about the success of this partnership." DuPont launched its NASCAR involvement in 1992, when it decided to sponsor Gordon, then a rookie 21-year-old driver from California, who had just been hired by Rick Hendrick, founder and CEO of Hendrick Motorsports. Gordon, now 36, is a four-time Cup Series champion. A long roster of DuPont brands and company messages appear with varying frequency on the #24 DuPont Chevrolet. The list includes the DuPont Oval logo, DuPont Tyvek Home Wrap, Pioneer Hi-Bred Seed, DuPont Automotive Finishes, DuPont Corian solid surfaces, DuPont Kevlar high strength material and many others.(PR Newswire)(5-29-2008) Comment here
- GEM signs Sadler to extension: Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced today it has signed a multi-year contract extension with driver Elliott Sadler. "Elliott is a well respected driver who has the skills, both on and off the track, to succeed in NASCAR," said CEO Tom Reddin. "In addition to being a great Sprint Cup driver, Elliott has a wonderful
personality that attracts fans and sponsors who love working with him. We have enjoyed working with Elliott over the last year and a half and look forward to continuing our relationship." Sadler, 33, joined Gillett Evernham Racing in 2006 and is glad to have a future with the team. "This is the place where I want to race," the Emporia, Va. native said.
"I think what we are building here is special and something other drivers and crew members envy." Sadler drives the #19 Dodge sponsored by Best Buy, Stanley Tools, McDonald's and Siemens. He owns three career victories.(GEM PR), the length of the extension was not announced but supposedly it is for 2-years thru 2010.(5-29-2008) Comment here
- Montoya gives Ganassi an earful; JGR looking at Montoya? #42-Juan Pablo Montoya requested a face-to-face meeting with his boss and got it the day before the Indianapolis 500, when owner Chip Ganassi flew to North Carolina to talk with his emotional driver. The early morning meeting Saturday let Montoya express his frustrations over the
race team's direction, including the firing of crew chief Jimmy Elledge, a move Montoya vehemently opposed. "I told him everything I was thinking and how it was," said Montoya, who finished 30th. "The hope of the meeting is that everything that has happened turns into results. I need to run better. That's what will calm me down." Meanwhile, there is speculation that Joe Gibbs Racing may make a run at Montoya to fill the seat Tony Stewart is expected to leave at the end of the season.(Chicago Tribune)(5-29-2008) Comment here
- Kyle Petty Honored as Father of the Year: Kyle Petty is being honored by the National Father's Day Council and the American Diabetes Association as a Father of
the Year. The Greater Greensboro Area Father's Day Council will present Petty with the award on June 6 at their annual Father of the year Awards Dinner. Petty, 47, is among several recipients being recognized for their ability to balance their personal lives to serve as a role model for their children while also making a positive difference in their community.
"This award means so much to me because being a dad means so much to me," said Petty. "NASCAR drivers are on the road a lot, I'm traveling for so many months out of the year. So I really have to get the most out of my time at home. It makes me really appreciate spending time with my kids because my time with them is so valuable." Petty has a daughter, Montgomery Lee [who is getting married this weekend, Kyle will skip the race at Dover], and a son, Austin. His oldest son, Adam, was killed in an on-track accident in 2000. In Adam's honor, Petty and his wife Pattie started the Victory Junction Gang Camp in 2004. The camp offers children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses the opportunity to have a life-changing camping experience that takes place in a safe and medically sound environment. "I think this award is special because it focuses on fathers that are good dads but who also help their community," said Petty. "Being a good dad isn't just about how you are with your kids, it's about teaching your kids how to be good people. I hope that my passion for the camp will help my kids understand the importance of helping others." Held at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro on June 6, the Father of the year Awards dinner is designed to celebrate Father's Day while also benefiting the American Diabetes Association. The National Father's Day Council, which has raised more than $20 million to search for a cure for diabetes, is a group of volunteers who annually honor individuals whose achievements and values enhance the meaning and stature of fatherhood.(MCG Sports/Petty Racing PR)(5-29-2008) Comment here
- #34 team gets sponsor for Dover UPDATE: The #34 Front Row Motorsports Chevy driver [either John Andretti or Jeff Green] takes the track with associate sponsorship from doorstopnation.com. Dealing with, among innumerable other things, entertainment, sports and Americana. The Doorstop Nation was founded in 2005 by Joe Laracuente and it has gained a loyal and growing following. See more at Doorstopnation.com.(Doorstop Nation PR)(5-29-2008)
UPDATE: being told that Tony Raines, who tested the #34 at Pocono on Tues/Wed, will drive the car at Dover and that the #08 Dodge that was entered by EM Motorsports has been withdrawn.(5-29-2008) Comment here
- Dover Rookie Notes: #77-Sam Hornish Jr. was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the May 25 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Hornish Jr. scored a
13th-place finish, his best in 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts and claimed Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the fourth time in 12 races this season. #01-Regan Smith leads Hornish Jr. by one point (117-116) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the June 1 Best Buy 400 at Dover International Speedway. At least one Raybestos Rookie has finished in the top-five in four of the past six spring races at Dover. Only two Raybestos Rookies have won the spring race at Dover: Jimmie Johnson (2002) and Davey Allison (1987). The best start by a Raybestos Rookie in the spring race at Dover is second by Morgan Shepherd in 1981.(Camp & Assoc), see the full report, rookie history, standings and more on my 2008 Rookies page.(5-29-2008)
- Indy 500 TV Ratings: After registering a preliminary 5.1 overnight rating, Sunday's 92nd running of The Indianapolis 500 finished with a final rating of 4.5. The Coca-Cola 500 had an overnight rating of 4.4, but improved to a 4.7 final number when the smaller markets were added to the larger market/overnight number. The NASCAR race was run in prime time Sunday.(Indianapolis Star)(5-29-2008)
- Burton still has completed all laps: #31-Jeff Burton is the lone driver who has completed every lap, 4,064, of competition this season. Burton also has completed 80.7% of the total laps (3,281 of 4,064) running in the top 15 and leads all drivers with the most runs on the lead lap (4,017 of 4,064).(RCR PR)(5-29-2008)
News from May 28, 2008
- Haas CNC cars impounded UPDATE penalites announced: The primary cars of #66-Scott Riggs and #70-Johnny Sauter of Haas CNC Racing were impounded by NASCAR when it was discovered the rear wing mounts were illegal prior to Saturday's Sprint Cup practice. Both teams will be allowed to use backup cars and start in the back of the field in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. Both teams also face further punishment by NASCAR. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was docked 100 championship points and crew chief Tony Eury Jr. fined $100,000 and suspended for six races last season for toying with the rear wing. Riggs had qualified 13th and Sauter last. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said the violation was discovered after it was brought to the governing body's attention there might be a problem with the location of the upper wing mounting points. Inspections are not a normal part of the pre-practice routine on Saturday. "The garage I would say is a fairly self-policing area,'' Tharp said. "We follow up on information we get."(ESPN.com)(5-24-2008)
UPDATE Penalties announced: NASCAR has issued penalties, fines and suspensions to the #66 and #70 teams in the Sprint Cup Series. The #66 car driven by Scott Riggs and the #70 car driven by Johnny Sauter were found to be in violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20-3.1.3A (wing mounting locations were not as specified by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule book). The infractions were discovered May 24 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. As a result, Riggs and #66 car owner Joe Custer have been penalized 150 championship driver and 150 championship owner points, respectively, as have Sauter and #70 car owner Margaret Haas. Both the crew chiefs and the car chiefs for the two cars – Bootie Barker and Derick Jennings for the #66 and Dave Skog and Thomas Harris for the #70 – have been suspended from the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, suspended from NASCAR until July 9 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Additionally, Barker and Skog have each been fined $100,000 apiece. The penalty also includes NASCAR’s confiscation of team 66 Serial Number HMS 12 06 415 race car and team 70 Serial Number HMS 04 08 507 race car.(NASCAR PR)(5-28-2008)
OWNERS POINTS: For the REVISED owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page, #70 Haas CNC Racing is now 43rd in owners points, 346 points behind 35th in owners points and would miss the race at Dover if qualifying is cancelled. The #66 Haas CNC racing team drops from 26th in owners pts to 34th, only 5 points above the team in 36th. Comment here
- Mayfield to drive #40 at Dover: Dario Franchitti, full-time driver of the #40 CGRFS Dodge, will sit out this weekend’s Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, but will return to the action in the #40 Fastenal Dodge on Saturday in the Nationwide Series race. Jeremy Mayfield will be the substitute driver of the #40 Target Dodge this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Mayfield has 25 starts at the Monster Mile, where he still holds the track qualifying record (161.522 mph, 22.288 seconds) which he earned in June 2004. In addition to that pole position he holds two more, one coming in September 2000 and then again in September 2004. Franchitti and the #40 CGRFS Cup team tested at Pocono Raceway this week along with the majority of the NSCS teams. It marked Franchitti’s first time back in the #40 NSCS car since he was injured in the NNS race at Talladega Superspeedway in late April.(CGRFS PR)(5-28-2008) Comment here
- Robby to run Baja & Dover, Crafton to sub: #7-Robby Gordon once again prepares for double duty action - he will race more than 850 miles this weekend while running both the Baja 500 and the Best Buy 400 at Dover. Widely regarded as one of the best off-road racers of all time, Gordon's weekend will begin in Ensenada, Mexico for the 40th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 on Saturday while Truck Series regular Matt Crafton practices and qualifies the #7 Jim Beam Dodge in Dover. Immediately following the conclusion of the Baja 500, Gordon will make his way cross country to Dover to start the Best Buy 400 on Sunday. Thursday will mark a day in history, when Gordon is honored at the 5th annual Monster Energy Baja Legacy party and inducted into the Carreras Cantina Hall of Fame.(RGM PR)(5-28-2008) Comment here
- Race and Commercial Breakdown of the Coca-Cola 600
Total number of commercials: 163
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 80
Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 48
Total number of companies or entities advertised in brief promos or crawlers: 44
Start time to record race/commercial periods: 5:30 PM
End time to record race/commercial periods: 10:16 PM
Total minutes: 286
Minutes of race broadcast: 210
Minutes of commercials: 76
Number of missed restarts: 0
Number of 'mystery cautions': 1
See full report at CawsnJaws.com.(5-28-2008) Comment here
- Hendrick streak intact: Hendrick Motorsports' streak of top-10 finishes improved to 77 Sprint Cup races after Sunday's event at Lowe's Motor Speedway when #24-Jeff Gordon took fourth and #88-Dale Earnhardt nabbed fifth. The last time a Hendrick driver wasn't in the top 10 was April 9, 2006. Finishing 11th, #48-Jimmy Johnson was Hendrick's top performer that day at Texas Motor Speedway.(HMS PR)(5-28-2008) Comment here
- DIRECTV back on the the #07 at Dover: This weekend, Clint Bowyer's #07 Chevy will feature a blue and white DIRECTV paint scheme. Jack Daniel's, Bowyer's traditional primary sponsor, will be featured on the car's deck lid and lower-rear quarter panels.(RCR PR), see images of the scheme on my #07 Team Schemes page. DIRECTV is also scheduled to be featured on the car at Watkins Glen in August.(5-28-2008)
- 300th straight for Dale Jr.: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be making his 300th straight start in the Cup Series this weekend at Dover. He made his Cup debut when he finished sixth on May 30, 1999 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Earnhardt, who was racing for his second straight Nationwide title, competed in five Cup races during the 1999 season. He drove in the last race of the 1999 season and hasn't missed a points-paying event since. Earnhardt has competed in 303 total Sprint Cup events.(HMS PR), #24-Gordon has the longest active consecutive start streak at 521 races and the all-time leader is Ricky Rudd at 788. See the streak list on my Misc Stats page.(5-28-2008) Comment here
- Victory Junction KC Looks to Get a $1 Million Kick-Start: With groundbreaking set for late September on the long-awaited second edition of the Victory Junction Gang Camp on the outskirts of Kansas City, the fourth edition of the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream has set a goal of generating $1 million to benefit the project. Next week's renewal of the dirt late model all-star race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg - featuring the likes of Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and many others - will have a significant charitable impact, as the funds generated by the live HBO Pay-Per-View broadcast of the popular event will benefit the construction of Victory Junction Gang Camp - Kansas City for chronically ill children, as well as the Tony Stewart Foundation. The original Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C., founded in 2004 by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie as a tribute to their late son, Adam, has become an overwhelming success. Last year nearly 20,000 fans at Eldora watched Carl Edwards hold off strong charges from Kyle Busch and Gordon to take his first win at the half-mile clay oval. Those unable to secure a ticket to last year's event watched live on HBO Pay-Per-View, with the initiative raising $800,000 for the Victory Junction Gang Camp, Tony Stewart Foundation and other charities. See full PR at True Speed Communication.com.(5-28-2008)
- Francis named the Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Race in Charlotte: Kenny Francis, crew chief of the #9 GEM Dodge driven by Kasey Kahne, has been named the
Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Race following Sunday’s Coca Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Francis and the #9 team made it back-to-back victories in Charlotte, winning both Sunday’s Coca Cola 600 and the All Star race on May 17th. Starting second, the team boasted of a strong Dodge prepared by Francis and proved its strength by running in the top-10 all evening during the season’s longest race. “The pit calls by Kenny were awesome.” Said Kahne, “He put the car where it needed to be all night.” Representatives from Wypall Wipers, together with FOX/SPEED television analyst Jeff Hammond, and three of NASCAR’s top crew chiefs who represent Wypall, including Todd Berrier of Richard Childress Racing’s #29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevy team, Bob Osborne of Roush Fenway Racing’s #99 Office Depot Ford team, and Francis make up the panel of judges. In addition to the $1,000 check, the winning crew chief will receive signage to announce the win on their pit box the following week. The crew chief with the most weekly top wins will be honored as the Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Year and will be presented a $20,000 check at the season finale in Homestead, Fla. The Wypall Wipers Crew Chief Challenge will continue throughout the remainder of the 2008 season and spotlight the men behind the machines. For more information, log onto www.Wypall.com.(PR)(5-28-2008) Comment here
- Logano on ESPN Networks Wednesday: Only a few days before his much-anticipated debut in the Nationwide Series, driver Joey Logano will appear on multiple ESPN platforms Wednesday as he visits the ESPN campus in Bristol, Conn. ESPN2 has live coverage of Saturday's race from Dover, Del., starting at 2:30pm/et. Logano, who will drive a Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in Saturday's event at Dover International Speedway, won the NASCAR East championship last year at the age of 17 and has had to wait until he turned 18 before he could race in one of NASCAR's top three series. His birthday was this past weekend.
Logano appears on ESPN First Take on ESPN2 at 11:30am/et, and then conducts a one-hour live chat on ESPN.com at 1:30pm/et. He is interviewed on ESPNEWS during the 3pm/et hour. NASCAR Now, ESPN2's daily NASCAR news and information program, airs at 6:30pm/et and will include an interview with Loga#The program re-airs at 12:30am/et Thursday. Logano closes his day with a live interview on ESPN Radio at 6:30pm/et.(ESPN PR)(5-28-2008)
- Pocono Test Speeds - Day 2 PM session: The testing at Pocono Raceway is over after three sessions. #2B-Busch (Dodge) was the fastest of the session and the fatsest overall for the three sessions with a speed of 169.456mph, followed by #8-Martin (Chevy), #10-Carpentier (Dodge), #84-Allmendinger (Toyota) and #96-Yeley (Toyota). The fastest Ford was #28-Kvapil at 13th. Slowest of the 63 cars were #87-David Green at 160.468 and #10B-Carpentier at 161.470. #55-Michael Waltrip hit the wall in the tunnel turn late in the session and his car suffered severe right-side damage.
For speeds and images of #20-Stewarts special test car, see my 2008 Pocono Test Page.(5-28-2008) Comment here
- Pocono Test Speeds - Day 2: 69 cars took to the track in AM testing Wednesday at Pocono Raceway. #88-Earnhardt Jr. was the fastest at 167.302mph followed by
#28-Kvapil, #99B-Edwards, #1-Truex Jr. and #38-Gilliland. The fastest Dodge was #9-Kahne at 9th and the fastest Toyota was #84-Allmendinger at 7th. Slowest cars were #87-David Green at 159.444mph and #21-Wood at 159.795. No incidents were reported.
For speeds and images of #20-Stewarts special test car, see my 2008 Pocono Test Page.(5-28-2008) Comment here
News from May 27, 2008
- New crew chief for the #01 team UPDATE: Doug Richert, crew chief for Regan Smith, has left Dale Earnhardt Inc. and will be replaced on the #01 team by Kevin Buskirk this weekend, a team spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Richert joined DEI this season after leaving Red Bull Racing in 2007. Smith is 33rd in the Sprint Cup points standings, lowest among the four DEI drivers. Buskirk, who has been leading DEI’s testing program, will be the crew chief in this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, and a full-time replacement will be named later.(SceneDaily)(5-21-2008)
UPDATE: Today [Tues, May 27] on "SIRIUS Speedway" on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, host Dave Moody spoke with Regan Smith, driver of the #01 Chevy at Dale Earnhardt Inc. Smith indicated that his new crew chief would be Dan Stillman. Stillman would replace Doug Richert, who left the team after the May 17 All-Star Race.
Host, Dave Moody: "I don't want to get slid here on the breaking news. They're not going to announce in, like, four hours who your new crew chief is, are they?"
Regan Smith: "You know what, I'm not positive on that. I don't think so but maybe."
Moody: "Do you know who it is?"
Smith: "Possibly. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to say anything yet but if I were to tell you Dan Stillman you didn't hear it from me. I'm excited about Dan coming over and got a chance to talk to him last week some and really think highly of him. And, you know, he's been at DEI before so he knows the company, knows a lot of people who work here and [I'm] looking forward to working with him this weekend."
"SIRIUS Speedway" airs weekdays (3:00 - 7:00pm/et) exclusively on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio channel 128.(5-27-2008) Comment here
- Coke 600 TV Ratings up: NASCAR on Fox averaged a solid 4.7/10 (7.6 million viewers) on Sunday for the Coke 600 from Charlotte. That's up +4% over last year's 4.5/10, and marks the first ratings gain for the race in three years. Sunday's race opened up at a 3.6/9 at 5:51pm, and grew steadily for the night peaking at a 6.1/11 averaging
nearly 9.9 million viewers (10-10:22pm). For the season-to-date, Sprint Cup Racing on Fox is averaging a 5.9/12 (9.7 million viewers), up +5% over last year's 5.6/13 for the same 12 races. Across key male demos, the results for the 2008 season were mixed, as Fox was down -7% on M18-34 (2.7 vs. 2.9), flat among M18-49 (4.5), up +6% among NASCAR's
core demo of M25-54 (5.6 vs. 5.3), and up +4% on average audience (9.655 million viewers vs. 9.319 mill).(Fox PR), for the 2008 TV Ratings and Chart, see my 2008 TV Ratings page.(5-27-2008) Comment here
- Red Bull Racing F1 driver to visit Dover: Red Bull Racing’s David Coulthard will be heading out early to North America prior to the Canadian Grand Prix to pay a visit to Red Bull’s NASCAR team. The weekend before the F1 race in Montreal sees the NASCAR boys racing at Dover in Delaware, on a track known as the Monster Mile. David will be a guest of the NASCAR Red Bull Racing Team, which is now in its second year of competition, racing Toyota Camrys, driven by #83-Brian Vickers and #84-AJ Allmendinger. “I’m interested in all sorts of racing, but hardly ever get a chance to see anything other than Formula 1. So when Red Bull came up with the idea of shooting a promo film around their NASCAR operation on the week before the Canadian GP, it seemed like a great opportunity to go and see why this form of racing is so popular in the States.” Coulthard arrives in time for race day, Sunday 1st June, when he will get a chance to sit in the race car as well as sitting in on the team’s pre-race engineering briefing, before watching the “Best Buy 400”. Coulthard is just there to visit the team and do a film and has no plans to move to NASCAR in the future.(Red Bull Racing PR)(5-27-2008) Comment here
- Tracy testing a Truck at Chicago: Open-wheeler Paul Tracy, who made his NASCAR debut in NASCAR's #2 [now Nationwide, then Busch Series] series in 2006, will return to the oval-track for a one-day test at Chicagoland Speedway on Wednesday, May 28th. While this will be Tracy's first experience in a truck. Tracy was the 2003 Champ Car World Series Champion, as Tracy has raced open-wheel cars, Grand-Am cars, NASCAR, and off-road trucks, all in the last two years.(Player Mgmt. PR)(5-27-2008) Comment here
- Passing At Lowe’s Motor Speedway: Most In Three Years: There was a total of 2,850 green flag passes during the 2008 Coca-Cola 600, up almost 900 passes from last year's 600. During last season's Coca-Cola 600, there was 1,985 green flag passes, 865 less than this season. That's an increase of 44%. Additionally, there were 30 Green Flag Passes for the Lead – a Loop Data statistic accounting for lead changes all around the track. During last season's 600, there were 27 Green Flag Passes for the Lead.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-27-2008)
News from May 26, 2008
- NASCAR testing at Pocono Tues/Wed: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing will be held at Pocono Raceway on Tuesday and Wednesday. The test, which is open to the public, is now scheduled to be run on Tuesday from 12:30 to 7pm/et and Wednesday from 9am to 5pm/et. Grandstand gates will be open to spectators one hour prior to the start time of the test each day. Fans who are not current ticket holders for either of Pocono Raceway’s 2008 Sprint Cup Series or ARCA Series events will be able to purchase test tickets for $5 each by calling the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929), online at poconoraceway.com or tickets can be purchased at the Pocono Raceway Gate 8 Ticket Booth each day of the testing. 2008 Pocono NASCAR ticket holders will be eligible to receive up to four (free tickets to the test session. A mail-in coupon for the test and additional information was sent to all ticket holders who purchase their NASCAR race tickets prior to May 9. Tickets for the Pocono 500 weekend, June 6-8, and the Pennsylvania 500 weekend, August 1-3, are still available. For more test day information or to order race tickets, call the Raceway ticket office toll-free at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or online at www.poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Record)(5-26-2008)
- Soldiers Salute Wheeler Goodbye: Devoted military supporter, president and general manager of Lowe’s Motor Speedway Humpy Wheeler was presented with an
honorary flag on Saturday at the Nationwide Series Carquest 300. Two of Americas finest, Ssg. (Staff Sergeants) Julian W. Bridges and Sgt. (Sergeant) Michael Jennings in association with Fitz Motorsports met with Mr. Wheeler to personally thank him for all of his dedication toward the military each race weekend. Wheeler's Memorial pre-race festivities have been known to include flyovers of Apache, Blackhawk and Kiowa Warrior helicopters in addition to parachuting demonstrations, landing directly on the speedway’s infield. Ssg. Bridges and Sgt. Jennings presented Wheeler with a flag that flew over Camp Alamo, Afghanistan right outside of Kabul. The flag was presented in a shadow
box that read, "Flown over the face of the enemy over the American Compound. On behalf of the officers, NCOS and soldiers of the 218th BCT tag during "Operation Enduring Freedom" on the 25th of December, 2007." Wheeler, humbled by the award, asked the two men if he could take the flag home with him to add to his personal collection. He also awarded the two men and employees of Fitz Motorsports with contingency coins to show his gratitude. Wheeler also received SOS (Show of Support) bracelets from Ssg. Bridges and Sgt. Jennings to pass out to friends and employees. Sgt. Jennings made the bracelets in Iraq in 2005 to bring awareness and show pride to the troops and their families after the passing of his best friend Sgt. Shawn Hill.(PR)(5-26-2008)
- Bootie says brackets have been the same all year: Crew chief Bootie Barker said he's been running all season the same wing mount setup on Scott Riggs' #66 Chevy that was confiscated on Saturday after NASCAR officials decided it was illegal. He reminded that the car passed two inspections on Thursday and wasn't impounded until somebody in the garage fingered Riggs' team and Haas CNC racing teammate #70-Johnny Sauter. "I'm not going to make any excuses," Barker said before Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. "The car is my responsibility. But if you knew the whole story it would be like, 'Hmph.' I do myself more harm than good if I say anymore." Series director John Darby said NASCAR began looking into the allegations on Thursday night. "All I know is the mounts were not in the same place as they were Thursday morning when they went through inspection," Darby said. Darby said both teams are likely to face a punishment similar to what Dale Earnhardt Jr's team did last season after problems were discovered with the wing mount at Darlington. Earnhardt was docked 100 championship points and crew chief Tony Eury Jr. fined $100,000 and suspended for six races. Barker believes he knows who turned the team in. "I wish I could tell you some stuff," he said. "It would probably work against me until I know everything. The person I think that did it, and what we really did, it's pretty ... I've never done it. I'll put it that way."(ESPN.com)(5-26-2008) Comment here
- Pocono Test Speeds - Day 1: 64 cars took laps on the first day of testing at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. The fastest was #38-Gilliland (Ford) at 164.408mph. Followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr. (Chevy), #18-Busch (Toyota), #1-Truex Jr. (Chevy), and #48B-Johnson (Chevy). #12-Newman was the fastest Dodge at 18th. Also testing were #47-Marcos Ambrose, Jason Leffler in the #70 Chevy, Brad Coleman tested a second car of Hall of Fame Racing, the #97 Toyota; Jon Wood is testing the #21 and David Green tested the #87 Chevy [Furniture Row?]. Last June's pole speed was 170.062mph by Newman and the track qualifying record is held by Kasey Kahne, set in June 2004 at 172.533mph. The test was ended a few hours early at 4:30pm/et due to rain. For speeds and images of #20-Stewarts special test car, see my 2008 Pocono Test Page.(5-27-2008) Comment here
- Pocono Test Notes - Day 1: There will only be one session, 12:30 to 7:00pm/et at Pocono Raceway. Dario Franchitti is back behind the wheel of his #40 Chip Ganassi Racing Cup entry for the first time since he broke an ankle in the April 26 Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Terry Labonte is testing the #45 Petty Enterprises Dodge that he’ll drive in the Cup race at Pocono later this year. Tony Raines is also at the test, driving the #34 Front Row Motorsports entry of John Andretti, who is entered in this weekend’s race at Dover with the team.(SceneDaily)(5-27-2008)