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News from September 28, 2008
- Sad News - Dick Bahre: Former NASCAR car owner, Richard "Dick" Bahre, 76, passed away on Saturday in Statesville, N.C. Bahre was the brother of New Hampshire Motor Speedway founder, Bob Bahre, and the uncle of former track president, Gary Bahre. Dick helped build the speedway with Bob and Gary in 1989. "Dick Bahre was an integral part of the speedway's history," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "He worked side-by-side with Bob and Gary to build a first class facility for race fans to enjoy. As a car owner, Dick gave many drivers the opportunity to compete in NASCAR's elite divisions. This is a tremendous loss for the Bahre family, the speedway, and the entire motorsports community." Bahre was involved in auto racing for over 50 years starting with the midget racing circuit in the late 1950's and early 1960's with Bob. Dick and Chuck Rider formed Bahari Racing with young Waltrip behind the wheel in the mid-1980's.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday [9/29] at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home, 705 Davie Avenue, in Statesville, N.C. A second receiving for friends will be held at Oxford Hills Funeral Services, 1037 Main Street, Oxford, Maine on Wednesday. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street, Norway, Maine. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman, N.C. 27317; to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, N.C. 28625, or to the American Cancer Society, 6000 Fairview Road, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28210.(9-28-2008)
- Johnson wins at Kansas: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Speedway for his 5th win of the season and the 38th of his career. He held off #99-Carl Edwards, who made a brief pass on the last lap and then slid up into the wall and fell back to second at the finish. #16-Biffle finished third, followed by #24-Gordon, #17-Kenseth, #29-Harvick, #31-Burton, #6-Ragan, #84-Allmendinger, and #19- Sadler. Other chase drivers: #11-Hamlin was 11th, #07-Bowyer 12th, and #88-Earnhardt Jr 13th. #18-Busch fought mechanical problems early and finished 28th, #20-Stewart spun through the grass, breaking the splitter, and later had to pit under green to fix it, finishing 40th. There were 7 cautions for 25 laps and 16 lead changes among 10 leaders.
For race results, awards and more, see my Kansas Race Results Awards Page.(9-28-2008)
- UNOFFICIAL Chase Driver Points Standings [after Kansas race 29 of 36]:
1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5575 [5 wins]
2) #99-Carl Edwards 5565 -10 [6 wins]
3) #16-Greg Biffle 5545 -30 [2 wins]
4) #31-Jeff Burton 5454 -121 [1 win]
5) #29-Kevin Harvick 5439 -136
6) #24-Jeff Gordon 5432 -143
7) #07-Clint Bowyer 5411 -164 [1 win]
8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5385 -190 [1 win]
9) #17-Matt Kenseth 5383 -192
10) #11-Denny Hamlin 5332 -243 [1 win]
11) #20-Tony Stewart 5320 -255
12) #18-Kyle Busch 5264 -311 [8 wins]
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Kansas.(9-28-2008)
- Race Fast Facts - Kansas Speedway
Jimmie Johnson won the Camping World RV 400 presented by Coleman, his 38th victory in 248 races.
This is his fifth victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2008.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Kansas Speedway.
Carl Edwards (second) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Kansas Speedway. It is his 22nd top-10 finish in 2008.
Greg Biffle (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in seven races at Kansas Speedway.
Patrick Carpentier (29th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 10 points over Carl Edwards.
- Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Talladega:
No changes in the top 35 after Kansas
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
32) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 2290 +137
34) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 2271 +118
34) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 2232, +79
35) #7-Gordon/RGM: 2182 29 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
36) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 2153, 29 points out of 35th
37) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 2116 -66
38) #10-Carpentier/GEM: 1958 -224
For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(9-28-2008)
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #07-Bowyer, 12th
Caution 2: #18-Busch, 28th
Caution 3: #10-Carpentier, 29th
Caution 4: #21-Elliott, 25th
Caution 5: #2-Busch, 30th
Caution 6: #83-Vickers, 15th
Caution 7: #12-Newman, 16th
- Racing Resources Says …
* Jimmie Johnson won the Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Speedway. He posted his 38th victory in his 248th race and notched his fifth win of the 2008 season. It also was his third win in the past five races. It was Johnson's 12th win in 43 Chase races, the most wins of all drivers.
* Johnson posted his 13th 1.5-mile win. He's tied with Jeff Gordon for most among all current drivers and second to Dale Earnhardt with 14. Johnson posted his sixth 1.5-mile victory in the 43 Chase races, the most of all drivers.
* Johnson scored his first Kansas victory in his seventh start. He became the seventh different Kansas winner in eight races.
* Hendrick Motorsports posted its third Kansas victory, the most of all teams. HMS posted its 17th win in 43 Chase races, the most of all teams.
* Johnson led 124 of the 267 laps, more than all other drivers. He has led 301 of the 967 laps (31 percent) in the three Chase races this season. Johnson has led the most laps in three of the past five races.
* Johnson won the race from the pole, joining Joe Nemechek (2004) as the only drivers to win at Kansas from the pole. Johnson posted his fifth win from the pole and third of the 2008 season. He leads the Chase by 10 points over Carl Edwards. Johnson took the lead in the points after the Kansas race for the second year in a row.
* Johnson has led at least one lap in 23 of the 28 races this season, the most of all drivers.
* Carl Edwards, who finished second, posted his series-leading 22nd top-10 finish of the season.
* Greg Biffle, who finished third, posted his seventh consecutive top-15 finish.
* Kevin Harvick, who finished sixth, posted his ninth consecutive top-10 finish, the longest streak of his career. It's also the longest top-10 streak by any driver this season.
* Seven of the 12 Chase drivers finished in the top 10, and all finished first through seventh.
* Kyle Busch, who finished 28th, finished outside the top 25 for the third consecutive race.
* Five of the 12 Chase drivers led at least one lap at Kansas.
* AJ Allmendinger, who finished ninth, posted his career-best finish.
* The seven cautions tied the record for the fewest cautions at Kansas, a record that was set in October 2005. The 25 laps of caution tied the record, also set in October 2005, for the fewest caution laps at Kansas.
* Joe Gibbs Racing drivers are now 10th, 11th and 12th in the NSCS point standings. All three drivers are more than 240 points behind the leader.
* Patrick Carpentier, who finished 29th, was the highest rookie of the year contender.
* Three drivers have posted top-5 finishes in all three Chase races (Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle).
* Eleven of the 12 Chase drivers have scored at least one top-10 finish in the first three Chase races. Kyle Busch is the only Chase driver who has not.
* The top 10 consisted of four Chevrolets, four Fords, one Toyota and one Dodge.(ESPN)
- Kansas Penalty Report:
Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
1 #31 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 0
2 #07 Passing to the wrong side on a start or restart PT 0
3 #77 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 50
4 #21 Excessive speed - Exiting pits PT 50
5 #84 Rolling a tire(s) beyond the center of pit road. TE 76
6 #41 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 76
7 #7 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 77
8 #8 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 118
9 #20 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 118
10 #18 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 120
11 #2 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 131
12 #22 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 176
13 #7 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 219
14 #7 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 219
15 #77 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 226
16 #55 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 226
17 #12 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 227
18 #55 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 227
PT - Pass through
TE - Tail end of the longest line
SG - Stop and Go
OL - One lap
ND - NASCAR discretion
MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-28-2008)
- Keselowksi standing by for Gordon: #24-Jeff Gordon has been feeling ill all weekend and Hendrick Motorsports will have Brad Keselowski standing by in case Gordon needs to get out of the car. Crew Chief Steve Letarte, interviewed on SPEED Channel's Race Day, said Gordon got a good night's rest and is expected to make it through the entire race.(9-28-2008)
- MWR could add a 4th team, Ambrose? Dow?: UPDATE: While many teams continue to search for sponsorship for the 2009 Sprint Cup season and beyond, one team that seems confident about sponsorship is Michael Waltrip Racing. MWR Executive Vice President Cal Wells said Saturday that he believes the team has enough sponsorship for two cars and three-quarters of another. He said he could envision the team running a fourth car part time in 2009. “I believe we’re in really good shape,” Wells said. “I’m hoping we’re actually going to run a fourth car. I don’t know that we can get it off, but we have so much in the pipeline.” As far as who would be teammates with already signed #55-Michael Waltrip and #44[will be #00 in 2009]-David Reutimann, Wells said the team hopes to re-sign Michael McDowell, who has run most of the season in a third car for MWR. “We’re selling hard around McDowell,” Wells said. “We’ve got a lot of stuff we’re working on. I honestly don’t know. There’s some [more] talent out there.” Wells also dismissed the idea that MWR would merge with another team [Like the Ganassi rumor]. “We’re looking at doing some service providing stuff with some folks that are trying to come in, kind of like the Hall of Fame [Racing] deals [with Joe Gibbs Racing],” Wells said. “We’re not to the point of announcing anything yet, but we’re looking for business. We’re not looking at [merging].”(SceneDaily.com)
AND: hearing that Marcos Ambrose and Little Debbie's could be moving to Michael Waltrip Racing in 2009 and Ambrose would not run in the Cup Series for JTG Racing.
AND II: also hearing that the other primary sponsor for Reutimann in the #00 Toyota in 2009 will be Dow Chemical Company.(9-22-2008)
UPDATE: JTG Daugherty Racing hasn't named a manufacturer for next season when it moves full time to the Sprint Cup Series from the Nationwide Series but the team was working out of a Michael Waltrip Racing hauler on Saturday at Kansas Speedway. JTG Daugherty, which qualified on speed for Sunday's Cup race with driver #47-Marcos Ambrose, had a hauler fire in June that destroyed one of its transporters. The team got some help from Richard Childress Racing when it qualified for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in late July. But could the team working out of a MWR hauler at Kansas be a sign of a potential affiliation and a move to Toyota? JTG Daugherty currently fields Fords. "Obviously we have a really good relationship with Michael Waltrip Racing," Geschickter said. "At this point, we're not ready to announce anything. But we know them better than most in the fact that we were able to go straight over there and borrow some equipment."(SceneDaily.com)(9-28-2008) Comment here
- Biffle could be first to win championship in all 3 series: #16-Greg Biffle thought about it back in 2000 when he won the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks Series championship. What if he could move on to the Busch (now Nationwide) Series and win that championship? And, what if, after winning the 2002 Nationwide title, he could move on to the Sprint Cup Series and win that championship? Biffle, third in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by a scant 10 points going into the Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Speedway, has a chance to become the first driver in history to win the Triple Crown. Biffle, 38, came excruciatingly close to winning his third different NASCAR title in 2005 when he tied for second in the Chase, just 35 points behind champion Tony Stewart.(Kansas City Star)(9-28-2008) Comment here
News from September 27, 2008
- Sad News- Paul Newman: The world at large has lost one of its finest actors ... and the world of motor sports has lost a friend. Paul Newman, whose passion for race cars seemed to equal his love of filmmaking, has passed away. He was 83. See more at ABC News.(9-27-2008)
- Goodyear to test twice at Indy in next two weeks: UPDATE: Goodyear will conduct a NASCAR tire test Sept. 22-23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, continuing its development of a racing tire for the 2009 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. This initial test on the 2.5-mile oval will feature one Sprint Cup Series car equipped with technology to gather data that will be used to construct tires for a major NASCAR Goodyear tire test Oct. 6-8 at IMS that will feature up to 14 cars. The 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled for Sunday, July 26, 2009 at IMS. Tire-wear issues in the first “Car of Tomorrow” race at IMS prompted NASCAR to call six competition cautions at this year’s event. “We’ve set a very aggressive schedule to come up with the right tire recommendation for the 2009 race at IMS,” said Stu Grant, Goodyear’s general manager of global race tires. “This is the first test of two we have scheduled for this fall, and our intention is to return again in the spring.” 2009 tickets: Ticket orders are being accepted for the 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 26, 2009 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, via mail or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.(IMS PR)(9-20-2008)
UPDATE: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week for a two-day test that was designed to begin the evaluation process for its 2009 tire recommendation for the track. The test, held this past Monday and Tuesday with the #45 Petty Enterprises Dodge and driver Kyle Petty, has now established a baseline for tire maker's return visit scheduled for October 6-8. "We had two very successful days of testing at Indy," said Stu Grant, Goodyear's general manager of worldwide racing. "We ran a wide variety of tread compounds in an effort to understand how each interacts with this car on this track. With NASCAR's involvement, we evaluated several different aerodynamic packages to quantify what impact downforce has on tire performance. And with the help of Goodyear's research scientists, we've begun processes to accurately characterize the track surface and monitor how it may change. This first test was meant to lay the ground work for the second test in early October, which will have 17 cars in attendance. The information gathered at the first test will enable us to evaluate, in more detail, those types of combinations that have the greatest potential. The second test will involve many more cars in an effort to more closely simulate the track conditions of a race weekend."(Goodyear PR)(9-27-2008) Comment here
- Carpentier could move to Nationwide Series full time next year: #10-Patrick Carpentier, a former race winner on the defunct Champ Car circuit who came to NASCAR last year, is in a squeeze. With Reed Sorenson moving over to GEM for next season and sponsors in short supply, his chances of remaining with his #10 team appear slim. Although he said the door isn't completely closed on a return to GEM, he may wind up running full time in the Nationwide Series next season. Carpentier has competed in eight Nationwide events this year, with a top finish of second Montreal. "I think I've got something for the full season in Nationwide for next year, and I'm going to run it," he said, adding that the ride isn't with GEM. As for his prospects of staying with the #10? "They're still trying hard, and if it works out, we'll be here next year. That's what I hope, because I like the guys. We made a lot of races this year. It's tough. For guys coming from open-wheel to here, you'd better park your ego at the entrance." (NASCAR.com)(9-27-2008) Comment here
- Pit Stall Selections have been made for the Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Speedway, #48-Johnson got to choose first, since he will start from the pole, and took stall #1, #8-Martin who starts 2nd took stall #28, the last pit with an opening in front of it before the start finish line. #6-Ragan, who starts 12th, took the final pit stall. See who took what stall on my Kansas Pit Stall selections page.(9-27-2008)
- Happy Hour for the Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #78-Nemechek 161.968 #45-Petty 161.261
See the speeds, laps run and more on my Kansas Practice Speeds page.(9-27-2008)
- Saturday's first practice for the Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Speedway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #47-Ambrose 162.763 & #78-Nemechek 161.866
See the speeds, laps run and more on my Kansas Practice Speeds page.(9-27-2008)
- Stanton Barrett to the IRL? UPDATE: [IRL owner] Greg Beck's team is going full-time in the IndyCar Series in 2009 with NASCAR driver Stanton Barrett. Apparently, Barrett, who will be 36 in December, is going to keep his in-house stock car program going by running the Nationwide Series in the early and latter parts of next year.(Indianapolis Star)(9-26-2008)
UPDATE: Stanton Barrett plans to broaden his horizons next season, adding a full run in the IndyCar Series to his driving duties. Barrett, who competes on a part-time basis for Ski Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series and for his own team (in a partnership with Ski) in the Nationwide Series, is not completely leaving stock cars, though. He says that he plans to participate in NASCAR's Cup season-opening Daytona 500 and its qualifying events and to continue to drive in 10 Nationwide races next season, in addition to running the full IndyCar schedule. He will compete for the Curb/Agajanian/Team 3G team in the IndyCar ranks and for Team 3G in the Nationwide. Barrett did not announce full primary sponsorship, but does have Interush.net, Phytter Phone, Curb Records and Grandstay.net as participating sponsors. He will drive Chevys in NASCAR.(Scene Daily)(9-27-2008) Comment here
- Pettys announce location for Kansas Victory Junction camp: Victory Junction Gang has announced a site selection for its second, medical camping facility for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. The expansion of Victory Junction will be located at 8205 Riverview Road, Kansas City, Kan., and built on 71 acres in Wyandotte County, Kan., pending Unified Government review and approval. Victory Junction Gang is a year-round facility that enriches the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous donors to provide this experience free of charge to children and families. Early 2008, co-founders Kyle and Pattie Petty announced plans to expand to the 'Heartland' and spread the once-in-a-lifetime experience with children in need. Since identifying the region for its second facility, Victory Junction hired Wells Fargo executive Mike Lepore to serve as president of the Midwest camp. Lepore is responsible for the success of the capital campaign and all aspects of the new camp's operations. Thus far, he has garnered more than $4 million in contributions and in-kind donations, including Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart's recent pledge of $1 million. The camp in Kansas is expected to break ground in 2009.(Victory Junction PR)(9-27-2008) Comment here
News from September 26, 2008
- Mike Wallace to drive #33 for RCR at Talladega: Realtree, the home of America's most versatile camo patterns, will sponsor Richard Childress Racing's #33 Realtree Driven to the Outdoors Chevy and driver Mike Wallace in the Oct. 5 Amp Energy 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. RCR and Realtree, based in Columbus, Ga., have a long-standing relationship. Realtree president Bill Jordan and RCR president and CEO Richard Childress have been personal friends for decades and Team Realtree first sponsored the legendary Dale Earnhardt and RCR's #3 GM Goodwrench team in 1997. Team Realtree also sponsors Team Dillon Racing's Ty Dillon, the younger grandson of Childress, in the Fastrak Racing Series Dirt Late Model Touring Division.(RCR PR)(9-26-2008) Comment here
- Kahne not hurt in crash at Texas: Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne was uninjured Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway after a car he was driving for a private corporate event hit the frontstretch wall coming out of Turn 4. The unidentified passenger in the car was also uninjured, according to TMS officials.(Dallas Morning News)(9-26-2008)
- Kansas Tire Notes: Goodyear held a tire test at the Kansas with the #1 Dale Earnhardt Incorporated Chevy (Martin Truex Jr.) and #96 Hall of Fame Racing Toyota (Brad Coleman) on August 26 . . . at that test, Goodyear confirmed a new left-side tire code (D-4132), which incorporates an updated construction that has a strong track record at the intermediate tracks this year, according to Rick Campbell, Goodyear's NASCAR project manager ... the right-side code at Kansas (D-4150), has been run twice by teams in these two series at California this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one-mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kansas . . . air pressure in those inner lines should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire. The estimated pit window is every 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage.(Goodyear PR) see pressures, codes and more on my Kansas Race Info page or see codes for each race on my 2008 Tire Notes page.(9-26-2008)
- Bobby Allison to be honored at Modified race: As part of the season long celebration of 60 years of Modified champions, NASCAR will honor Bobby Allison prior to the running of Sunday's Modified Tour event at Stafford's CarQuest Fall Final. Allison, well known for his exploits in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, was a Modified champion in 1964 and 1965. Allison had 17 victories in 82 starts to win the 1964 Modified title and followed that up with 14 wins in 66 starts in 1965 to beat the legendary Red Farmer by 540 points. Allison, a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers in 1998. He credits the Modifieds with helping set him up for the competition he would face in later years. NASCAR will also recognize the late Fonty Flock, the 1949 Modified champion, at Stafford. Flock was the second Modified champion following Red Byron in 1948.(Hartford Courant)(9-26-2008) Comment here
- RCR has never won a Cup race at Kansas: Surprisingly enough, in 20 starts at Kansas Speedway, RCR has only two top-five and just five top-10 finishes. Clint Bowyer finished second last year while Kevin Harvick went on to finish sixth. In 2006, Burton captured his career-best finish at the 1.5-mile oval by finishing fifth while teammate Bowyer finished ninth. Harvick notched a sixth-place effort in October 2003. All told, RCR's three-car team has a 22.6 starting average and a 17.6 average finish at the metropolitan Kansas City race course. The only other tracks on the current schedule where RCR hasn't earned Cup Series wins are Auto Club Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.(RCR PR)(9-26-2008)
- Sad News - Mike Hollander: vice president of AARWBA [American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association], Michael F. Hollander, passed away September 24, when he succumbed to mesothelioma at the age of 61. Hollander was a racing enthusiast well known in every media center as the journalist who brought motorsports news online in 1979. His Racing Information Services and Motor Sports Forum evolved into a pioneer website providing real-time information from events all over the world. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Dr. Sandra Horwitz, Optometrist, and their daughter, Sharon. A memorial service is scheduled for 1pm. Friday, Sept. 26, at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 W. Centinella Ave., Los Angeles, 90045 (right off the 405 just south of the Marina Freeway).(motorpressguild.org)(9-26-2008)
- Montoya on pole at Kansas: UPDATE: Time Disallowed: #42-Juan Montoya won the Coor's Light Pole for the Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Speedway with a speed of 172.150mph for his first pole of this NASCAR career. #48-Johnson will start 2nd followed by #8-Martin, #17-Kenseth, #19-Sadler, #1-Truex, Jr., #15-Menard, #21-Elliott, #9-Kahne, and #83-Vickers. #88-Earnhardt Jr. will start 12th, #18-Busch 28th, #99-Edwards 35th, and #20-Stewart 42nd.
The Go-or-go homers [non top 35 in owners pts] to make the race: #21-Elliott, #10-Carpentier, #47-Ambrose, #45-Petty, #77-Hornish, Jr., #70-Raines, #96-Logano, and #78-Nemechek. Missing the race are #00-McDowell and #08-Sauter.
UPDATE: Montoya's time has been disallowed due to the fact that the car's rear shock exceeded the maximum pressure allowed. He will start 42nd.(9-26-2008)
See starting lineup, qualifying results/order, pole progression and more on my Kansas Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(9-26-2008)
- Where do the 12 Chase Drivers start at Kansas:
1) #99-Carl Edwards 34th
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 1st
3) #16-Greg Biffle 18th
4) #31-Jeff Burton 37th
5) #29-Kevin Harvick 36th
6) #07-Clint Bowyer 24th
7) #20-Tony Stewart 41st
8) #24-Jeff Gordon 13th
9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 11th
10) #17-Matt Kenseth 3rd
11) #11-Denny Hamlin 30th
12) #18-Kyle Busch 27th.(9-26-2008)
- Kansas Qualifying Fast Facts
Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Camping World RV 400 presented by Coleman with a lap of 31.394 seconds, 172.007 mph.
This is his 18th pole in 248 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his fifth pole and 22nd top-10 start in 2008.
This is his third pole in seven races at Kansas Speedway.
Mark Martin (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2008 and his second in eight races at Kansas Speedway.
Matt Kenseth (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Kansas Speedway. It is his 10th in 29 races this season.
Patrick Carpentier (20th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
The time of Juan Pablo Montoya was disallowed following post-qualifying inspection.
- Friday practice for the Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Speedway is over, the fastest:
#1-Truex, Jr. 172.221
slowest: #00-McDowell 168.020 & #08-Sauter 162.750
incident: late in the session #48-Johnson ran over a hammer that had fallen on the track, no word on any damage
See the speeds, laps run and more on my Kansas Practice Speeds page.(9-26-2008)
- Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Kansas Speedway:
if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
#21-Bill Elliott [has past champ prov to use], 12th
#47-Marcos Ambrose, 24th
#10-Patrick Carpentier, 34th
#77-Sam Hornish Jr., 35th
#70-Tony Raines, 38th
#96-Joey Logano, 39th
#45-Kyle Petty, 40th
#78-Joe Nemechek, 42nd
if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
#00-Michael McDowell, 44th
#08-Johnny Sauter, 45th
- Qualifying Order for the Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Speedway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #83-Vickers, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #29-Harvick. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #00-McDowell, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #70-Raines. See the full qualifying order on my Kansas Qualifying Page.(9-26-2008)
News from September 25, 2008
- iQ Drive sponsoring #70 for 2 races: HAAS CNC Racing announced that iQ Drive will sponsor the #70 Chevy in two Sprint Cup Series races. The brand will make its debut at Talladega Superspeedway and conclude the 2008 campaign at Texas Motor Speedway. Developed by NORDYNE Inc., iQ Drive is the most energy efficient domestic air-conditioning product. No other air conditioner rivals its efficiency, product size, quiet performance and humidity control in one complete system. NORDYNE offers iQ Drive technology in both the Maytag and Frigidaire heating and cooling product lines, both available through Coburn Supply Company.(Haas CNC Racing PR), see images of the scheme on my #70 Team schemes page.(9-25-2008) Comment here
- Dover TV Ratings down 6%: ABC’s telecast of the Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway this past Sunday earned a final national rating of 3.3, down 6% from the 3.5 for last year’s race which also aired on ABC. The telecast averaged 5,347,549 viewers, down 3% from last year’s 5,511,479 average. ABC is averaging a 3.54 rating for the two races it has televised this year (New Hampshire and Dover). The average is 5% higher than the average for the same two races last year. ESPN2’s telecast of the Nationwide Series event at Dover this past Saturday earned a 1.1 household coverage rating, down from the 1.4 earned for the same event last year. The race drew an average viewership of 1,501,263, down from 1,638,055 for the 2007 race. For the season, ESPN2 is averaging 1.6 for 18 races, an increase of 10% over last year’s average of 1.45 for 23 races.(ESPN), for the TV Ratings per race this season, season chart and more, see my 2008 TV Ratings page.(9-25-2008) Comment here
- Almirola still looking for 2009 sponsor: Aric Almirola is encouraged by how the hunt for a 2009 sponsor on the #8 Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevy is going. Almirola, who is sharing the ride with Mark Martin this season, will become the solo driver of the car next season when Martin leaves for Hendrick Motorsports. But the U.S. Army announced earlier this season that it wouldn’t return as a primary sponsor, making Almirola’s group one in a sea of teams searching for sponsorship for next season. “We’ve got quite a few things in the works actually,” the 24-year-old Almirola said before Wednesday’s Sprint Cup test at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.(SceneDaily.com)(9-25-2008) Comment here
- Special Helmet for Ragan at Kansas: In honor of his charity of choice, Shriners Hospitals for Children, #6-David Ragan is going to wear a specially designed helmet this weekend in Kansas. The helmet portrays the children the Shriners have been able to assist at their 22 hospitals with high-quality medical care at no charge. Ragan will wear the helmet for the Sprint Cup race this Sunday in Kansas, and then again in the 2008 season finale for the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Toledo Speedway on Oct. 12. In that race, he will also drive a race car with a special Shriners Hospitals for Children paint scheme. Ragan will autograph the helmet which will be auctioned off to benefit the Shriners Hospitals following the Oct. 12 race.(Roush Fenway Racing PR)(9-25-2008) Comment here
- David Ragan, Ken Schrader enter Toledo's ARCA race: Ken Schrader and David Ragan have entered the ARCA Re/Max Series Hantz Group 200, set for Oct. 12 at Toledo Speedway. The race will determine the 2008 series champion. Schrader has four wins at Toledo (1997, 2004, 2005 and 2006). Nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel and Formula One veteran Scott Speed, who drives the Red Bull Toyota for Eddie Sharp Racing, also are entered. With three events remaining, Speed has a 90-point lead in points over Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(Detroit Free Press)(9-25-2008)
- Chevy in danger of losing manufacturer's championship: After winning five consecutive Sprint Cup Manufacturers’ Championships and 31 overall, Chevy is in danger of being dethroned this year. Thanks in large part to Greg Biffle’s back-to-back victories, Ford has cut into Toyota’s lead in the 2008 Manufacturers’ Championship race. Toyota continues to lead, but only by seven points over Ford – 172-165. Chevy is third with 159 points, while Dodge is fourth with 120 points.(SPEEDtv.com), see the rules, standings, manu wins, history and more on my Manufacturer's Championship stats page.(9-25-2008) Comment here
News from September 24, 2008
- State Water Heaters looking for team: hearing that current #66 Haas CNC Racing sponsor, State Water Heaters, will not return to the team when it becomes Stewart-Hass Racing in 2009. Supposedly State Water Heaters are shopping for a new team to partner up with in 2009 and have talked to many teams, including Yates Racing [#28 & #38 Fords].(9-24-2008) Comment here
- Images: a few images from the Lowe's Motor Speedway test session are posted on the Lowe's Motor Speedway test 2 page.(9-24-2008)
- Lowe's Motor Speedway Testing - Session 2, Day 2:Testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway had concluded and in the final session in the evening, 49 drivers driving 58 cars made runs. The fastest in the Day 2 evening session was #24-Gordon at 187.2335mph, followed by #82-Speed, #11B-Hamlin, #42-Montoya, #19-Sadler, #99-Edwards, #77B-Hornish, #84-Skinner, #41-Mayfield, and #00-McDowell. Some other drivers of interest: #25-Brad Keselowski was 12th, #40-Brian Clauson was 14th, and #02-Logano was 49th. There were no incidents. Speeds are posted on the Lowe's Motor Speedway test 2 page.(9-24-2008)
- Lowe's Motor Speedway Testing - Session 1, Day 2: The second day of testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the first session in the afternoon, 49 drivers driving 60 cars made runs. The fastest in the Day 2 afternoon session was again #16-Greg Biffle at 181.928mph followed by #12-Newman, #31-Burton, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #84-Vickers, #22-Blaney, #28-Kvapil, #18-Busch, #5-Mears, and #78-Nemechek. #82-Scott Speed was 14th, #84-Skinner was 40th, #25-Brad Keselowski was 47th, and #02-Logano was 57th. There were no accidents during the session. Speeds are posted on the Lowe's Motor Speedway test 2 page.(9-24-2008)
- Garmin returns to the #19 at Kansas: Elliott Sadler and the #19 Dodge of Gillett Evernham Motorsports are sporting the blue and white colors of its primary sponsor Garmin this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Garmin, an Olathe, Kansas-based company and global leader in satellite navigation, is hoping to help Sadler find success in Kansas. Garmin also was the primary colors for the #19 at Talladega in April. Sadler is scheduled to visit the Garmin world headquarters in Olathe, Kansas on Thursday, Sept 25.(GEM PR), see images of the scheme on my #19 Team schemes page.(9-24-2008)
- Milestone starts for Sadler and Edwards: A pair of Sprint Cup Series drivers will be making milestone starts this weekend. #19-Elliott Sadler will be making his 350th career NSCS start. Points leader Carl Edwards will be making his 150th career start.(NASCAR PR)(9-24-2008)
- Cope tests at Lowe's; may attempt 2 races: From Derrike Cope's web site: "The next thing on my schedule is to debut our COT car at Lowes Motor Speedway on Tuesday. It will be number #75 Cope/Keller Racing Dodge. We will only test for one day because the transporter will have to leave for Kansas...Provided all goes well there we plan on attempting Charlotte and Martinsville in the Sprint Cup Series."(DerrikeCope.com)(9-24-2008) Comment here
- Mayfield anxious to drive again: Jeremy Mayfield would gladly race Chip Ganassi Racing's #41 Sprint Cup car if asked, but whether that request will come is still to be determined. "Obviously I'd love to get in the car and drive next year for sure," Mayfield said Tuesday night. "It's a great race team with a great sponsor. … We'll see. I'm not going to let the pressure [mount]." Chip Ganassi Racing President Steve Lauletta said he expects Sorenson to finish out the season in the #41 car. "We put Jeremy in the test for today and tomorrow just to kind of get a baseline of a different feel of where we are, knowing that we need to get [our cars] running better," Lauletta said. "That's the only decision that's been made. We'll see how we do the next couple of days and Chip will revisit it and we'll go from there. But right now, Reed is running Kansas and there are no changes other than Jeremy doing this test for us." Mayfield said among his options for next year is possibly starting a truck team or going drag racing. "I feel like I've got something to prove yet," the 39-year-old Mayfield said. "I feel like I've got several years left to race."(SceneDaily.com)(9-24-2008) Comment here
- Driver Development News - Combine & Talent Search: An invited group of free agent development drivers of various ages and development levels are scheduled to test a 2008 ARCA car prepared and run by Eddie Sharp Racing at Caraway Speedway this week. Patrick Donahue will serve as crew chief for all drivers. Each driver will get 20-30 minutes to sort the car
to his or her preference, then do a 40 lap test run.
AND The national talent search for the driver development program conducted by Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle launched Tuesday. Supporting sponsors, K&N Filters, Lucas Oil & Sunoco Racing Fuels will be awarding six spots in the 2008 Shoot-Out to young, talented drivers from various forms of youth motorsports. The career development program consists of 12 veteran driver coaches, over 20 classroom topics and eight organizations fielding 24 race teams, all dedicated to develop drivers in the RSWC program. See full driver lists, links, info and more on my Driver Development page.(9-24-2008)
- Allmendinger out of #84...to the #41? UPDATE 6: Could AJ Allmendinger be just days away from completing a deal to drive the #41 Target-sponsored car for Chip Ganassi? And did Allmendinger drive his final race in the #84 Toyota? (Yahoo Sports), hearing Allmendinger could well be out of the #84 ride after Dover with Mike Skinner running the car at Kansas and Scott Speed running some races in the car the rest of the season.(9-22-2008)
UPDATE: A.J. Allmendinger got the word Wednesday that he will not be back at Red Bull Racing's NASCAR [#84] team next year. He'll be replaced, no doubt, by Scott Speed.(Toronto Star)(9-22-2008)
UPDATE 2: Mike Skinner reportedly will test A.J. Allmendinger's #84 Toyota Camry in this week's two-day open test at Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte, N.C. Officially, Allmendinger is still in the car for this weekend's Kansas City race, but that's very tenuous and likely to change. Skinner drove Allmendinger's car five times last spring as Team Red Bull called on his years of stock car experience to evaluate the #84. If Skinner replaces Allmendinger this weekend--or at Talladega or Charlotte next month--it will open the door for former Formula One driver Scott Speed to run in Sprint Cup. (He can run up to six races this fall and remain eligible for a 2009 Rookie of the Year effort with Team Red Bull). The shuffling is contingent on Team Red Bull working with Ganassi-Sabates Racing to get Allmendinger into the #41 Dodge currently driven by Reed Sorenson. Team Red Bull expects to confirm this weekend's driver lineup later on Monday or Tuesday.(Autoweek)(9-22-2008)
UPDATE 3: Red Bull Racing Team and driver AJ Allmendinger have agreed to part ways for the 2009 Sprint Cup Series season. Allmendinger is in his second Sprint Cup Series season driving the #84 Red Bull Toyota, which currently sits 34th in owners' points. "AJ is a talented driver and we really enjoyed working with him," said RBRT Vice President and General Manager Jay Frye. "He's come a long way in just two years and we wish him nothing but the best." In an effort to continue the development of the #84 team, Red Bull athlete Mike Skinner will drive the #84 Red Bull Toyota during this week's Lowe's Motor Speedway open test. Skinner has been called upon by RBRT on multiple occasions since the team's 2006 NSCS entrance, including a five-race stint in the #84 earlier in the 2008 season, as well as mentor duties for both Allmendinger and Red Bull development driver Scott Speed. Skinner will round off a three-car test for Red Bull Racing Team alongside Red Bull development driver Scott Speed in the #82, and Brian Vickers in the #83. Red Bull Racing Team will make an announcement regarding the 2009 driver lineup at a later date.(Red Bull Racing PR)(9-23-2008)
UPDATE 4: been told that Allmendinger will be in the #84 at Kansas.(9-23-2008)
UPDATE 5: Red Bull officials had hoped to keep Allmendinger at least through next season, but were unwilling to commit beyond that. Sources said Allmendinger has at least one offer of a three-year deal.(ESPN.com)(9-24-2008)
UPDATE 6: On Tuesday, Red Bull Racing vice president and general manager Jay Frye said the team would soon be parting ways with driver A.J. Allmendinger -- no later than at the end of the 2008 season. Sources confirmed Wednesday, however, that as long as testing continued to go well for Speed in the #82 Red Bull car at Lowe's, he likely will replace Allmendinger in the #84 Red Bull entry for at least several races down the home stretch of this Cup season. Allmendinger will drive the #84 at Kansas this Sunday, but nothing has yet been finalized for who will drive the car beyond that.(NASCAR.com)(9-24-2008) Comment here
- Sad News - Ron Meade: Ron Meade, an original staff member of New Hampshire Motor Speedway and a long-time motorsports publicist, passed away on Saturday in Concord, N.H. after a brief illness. Ron most recently served as the Director of Special Projects at the speedway. He was also very actively involved in the promotion of travel and tourism throughout New Hampshire. Affectionately known as "Uncle Ron" to friends and colleagues, he had always supported the Lakes Region Association Scholarship fund for high school students continuing their education in travel and tourism. Recently the Association established the Ron Meade "On the Track to Tourism" Annual Scholarship to honor his enormous contributions to the region and the state. Gifts and donations in remembrance of Ron can be sent to: The Lakes Region Hospitality Scholarship Fund, Ron Meade "On the Track to Tourism", Annual Scholarship, PO Box 430, New Hampton, NH 03256.(9-24-2008)
News from September 23, 2008
- Chase Notes: Even though a despondent #18-Kyle Busch was throwing in the towel after his second straight bottom 10 finish in the Chase at Dover, he should arrive at Kansas with a better perspective, especially if he studies #48-Jimmie Johnson's pathway to the championship in 2006. True, Rowdy is dead last and 210 points out of the lead with eight races to go, but Johnson was still in 7th place and 146 points out at the halfway point after getting a second at Lowe's. There is time, but Kansas would be a good place to start the comeback.
#16-Greg Biffle made a late pass for the lead for the second straight week, and now stands just 10 points out of first place in The Chase and is the defending champ at Kansas. He could become the first driver ever to win all three of NASCAR's major series. #20-Tony Stewart won at Kansas in 2006 when he was on the outside looking in at The Chase, and a win this week could be springboard for Stewart to get into serious contention. See more Chase stats on my Chase Stats after Dover page.(9-23-2008)
- Kansas Rookie Notes: #00-Michael McDowell was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the September 21 Camping World RV 400 at Dover. McDowell scored a 29th-place finish and claimed top rookie honors for the sixth time this season, including twice in the last three races. #01-Regan Smith leads #77-Sam Hornish Jr. by three points (187-184) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the September 28 Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Speedway. Smith has led the Raybestos Rookie standings for 11 consecutive races dating back to Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie in seven previous Sprint Cup races at Kansas is second-place by Ryan Newman in 2002. Newman is the only Raybestos Rookie to score a top-five finish at Kansas. Jason Leffler is the only Raybestos Rookie to win a pole in seven races at Kansas Speedway. Leffler took the top starting spot in the 2001 Camping World RV 400. At least one Raybestos Rookie has finished in the top 10 in five of the seven races at Kansas, but only once have two or more freshman drivers finished inside the top-10: Ryan Newman (second) and Jimmie Johnson (10th) in 2002.(Camp & Assoc/Raybestos), see the full report, rookie history and current standings on my 2008 Rookies Page.(9-23-2008)
- Mayfield in the #41 for Lowe's Test: UPDATE: Jeremy Mayfield will test the #41 Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge today and tomorrow at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, but Reed Sorenson is still slated to race this weekend at Kansas Speedway, a Ganassi spokesman confirmed. Sorenson is leaving the team at the end of the season to go to Gillett Evernham Motorsports. There will be three Ganassi cars at the test, with Juan Pablo Montoya, Bryan Clauson and Mayfield.(SceneDaily.com)(9-23-2008)
UPDATE: Reed Sorenson said he expects to drive the #41 Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge for the rest of the season despite being replaced by Jeremy Mayfield for the Sprint Cup Series test Tuesday and Wednesday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Sorenson wasn’t happy about being pulled for the test but understood the team’s decision since he is leaving for Gillett Evernham Motorsports next season. Sorenson said he did not ask if he could test for GEM this weekend because he is still under contract with Ganassi.(SceneDaily.com)(9-23-2008) Comment here
- Charlotte City Council approves more money for NASCAR Hall: The Charlotte City Council agreed Monday to increase the NASCAR Hall of Fame budget by $32 million to boost exhibits and pay for unexpected building costs. The 9-2 decision came after council members chastised city staff and other hall planners for not telling them sooner about the price hike. Council members complained of early, “lowball” estimates of the exhibit costs. They asked how the extra money would help attendance. And they said they felt trapped. The vote brings the project's total cost to $195 million – all of it paid for by a mix of hospitality taxes and money from land sales. Most of the project's funding comes from a hotel room tax that can not be used for anything else. (Charlotte Observer)(9-23-2008) Comment here
- Lowe's Racing for Relief Update - Dover Results: #48-Jimmie Johnson’s efforts on the track this weekend raised $19,200 to benefit the American Red Cross as part of Lowe’s Racing for Relief program. The $19,200 represents Lowe’s pledge of $48 per lap completed. Johnson finished fifth and completed 400 laps during Sunday's Camping World RV 400 at Dover International Speedway. Funds raised will help to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of Hurricane Ike and other 2008 hurricanes. Anyone interested in making a donation to the American Red Cross may visit participating Lowe’s stores, donate online at www.redcross.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).(Lowe's Racing PR)(9-23-2008)
- Lowe's Motor Speedway Testing - Session 2, Day 1: The first day of testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the second session in the evening, 51 drivers driving 61 cars made runs. The fastest in the Day 1 evening session was #16-Biffle at 185.605mph, followed by #82-Speed. #99-Edwards, #40-Brian Clauson, and #19-Sadler. The rest of the top 10: #20-Stewart, #18-Busch, #8-Martin, #12-Newman, and #78-Nemechek. Some other drivers of interest: #84-Skinner was 13th, #33-Stephen Leicht was 15th, #25-Brad Keselowski was 48th, and #02-Logano was 55th. There were no incidents. Testing concludes on Wednesday. Speeds are posted on the Lowe's Motor Speedway test 2 page.(9-23-2008)
- Lowe's Motor Speedway Testing - Session 1, Day 1: The first day of testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the first session in the afternoon, 51 drivers driving 66 cars made runs. The fastest in the Day 1 afternoon session was #88B-Earnhardt Jr at 182.642mph, followed by #16-Biffle, #8-Martin, #18B-Busch, and #6-Ragan. Some other drivers of interest: #84-Skinner was 18th, #82-Scott Speed was 26th, #25-Brad Keselowski was 39th, and #02-Logano was 44th. There were no incidents during the session. Speeds are posted on the Lowe's Motor Speedway test 2 page.(9-23-2008)
- Congrats: #22 Bill Davis Racing Hauler Driver and Gas Man Tim Clancy and his wife Kristie have welcomed a new addition to the family. Clancy temporarily gave up driving duties to fly home from Dover following the race for the birth of daughter Kayleigh Elizabeth Monday morning. Kayleigh is the second child for the couple, joining big brother Wyatt.(BDR PR)(9-23-2008)
- Racing Resources Says …
* Greg Biffle won the Camping World RV 400 at Dover International Speedway. It was the 14th career victory in his 214th race. Biffle posted his second straight victory of the 2008 season and became the first Chase driver to sweep the first two races of the Chase (since 2004).
* Matt Kenseth (second) posted his best finish in 2008.
* Carl Edwards (third) posted his series-leading 21st top-10 finish.
* The last Roush 1-2-3 finish occurred when Roush drivers finished 1-2-3-4 at Homestead in November 2005 (Biffle, Martin, Kenseth and Edwards), when all four were in the 2005 Chase.
* Roush Racing has won five of the last 10 races at Dover.
* Biffle posted his second victory at Dover in his 13th start. He also won at Dover in June 2005. He became the first repeat race winner in the last 10 races at Dover.
* In all five years of the Chase, the first two races of the playoff (at New Hampshire and Dover) have been won by a Chase driver.
* Biffle won the race from the fifth-place starting position. He led 29 of the 400 laps raced, including the final nine laps.
* Kenseth led 136 laps in Sunday's race, the most of the day.
* Roush Fenway Racing scored its eighth victory at Dover, ranking second all-time behind Hendrick Motorsports, which has 10.
* Jeff Gordon (seventh) has gone 33 races without a victory, his longest streak between wins.
* Michael McDowell, who finished 29th, was the highest-finishing Rookie of the Year contender.
* This is the eighth win for Ford in 2008. Toyota has nine wins, Chevrolet has seven and Dodge has four.
* The top 10 consisted of six Chevrolets, three Fords and one Toyota. The highest-finishing Dodge was Ryan Newman in 13th.
* The top-three finishers were all Chase drivers. Eight of the top 10 were Chasers.
* Kyle Busch finished 43rd and left Dover dropping from eighth to 12th in the standings, 210 points behind points leader Edwards. It marked the second time in the five years of the Chase that a Chase driver has finished 43rd. Jeff Burton finished 43rd at Talladega in 2007.
* Since 2004, the points leader after Dover has never gone on to win a championship during the Chase.
* Seven Chase drivers each earned lap-leader bonus points at Dover: Gordon, Kenseth, Johnson, Edwards, Harvick, Bowyer and Biffle. Chase driver Kenseth led the most laps, gaining 10 bonus points.
* Eight of the 12 Chase drivers changed positions after Dover.
* Clint Bowyer (eighth) made his 100th consecutive NSCS start at Dover.
* Martin Truex Jr. (20th) made his 100th consecutive NSCS start at Dover.(ESPN.com)(9-23-2008)
News from September 22, 2008
- Brad Keselowski to make Cup debut at LMS: Hendrick Motorsports will enter 24-year-old Brad Keselowski in two Sprint Cup Series events in 2008, marking the successful young driver's first foray into NASCAR's top division. Keselowski will attempt to qualify a fifth Hendrick Motorsports entry -- the #25 GoDaddy.com Chevy -- for the Oct. 11 Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway and the Nov. 2 Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Veteran crew chief Lance McGrew will direct the effort. "We've gotten a glimpse of what Brad is capable of in the Nationwide Series, and that's just scratching the surface," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "He has a load of talent and potential, and we're excited to give him an opportunity at the next level." A Rochester Hills, Mich., native, Keselowski sits third in the Nationwide Series championship standings with two victories, one pole position, 10 top-five finishes and 16 top-10s in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevy. The team, which is co-owned by Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr., has posted wins this season at Nashville, Tenn., and Bristol, Tenn. Keselowski, who already has tested the new Chevrolet Impala SS for Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, will drive the #25 GoDaddy.com Chevy this week during the two-day Sprint Cup Series open test at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord. The two-race effort with Keselowski and the #25 Chevy will mark GoDaddy.com's first primary sponsorship of a Sprint Cup Series team. The world's largest registrar of domain names, GoDaddy.com joined JR Motorsports this season as a primary sponsor in the Nationwide Series. "Our move into the Sprint Cup Series has all the right ingredients," said Bob Parsons, CEO and founder of GoDaddy.com. "Hendrick Motorsports is a top-notch team, and Brad Keselowski is an exciting young driver. We're excited to be a part of Brad's Sprint Cup debut, and I can't wait to watch the #25 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet in action."(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(9-22-2008) Comment here
- Robby and DEI? #7-Robby Gordon now seems to be looking at a new partnership elsewhere in the Sprint Cup garage. And the word-on-the-street is that Gordon may now be headed back to General Motors and Chevrolet in a still murky deal with Dale Earnhardt Inc. that would make him a teammate with DEI’s #1-Martin Truex Jr. and the others at that company. Gordon had no comment on the report, and neither did anyone at DEI. But sources close to the situation said it did indeed look like a deal was in the works, and said something might be announced as soon as Monday. Where Gordon stands in the Dodge camp is unclear, because Dodge executives have been unavailable for any comment. And just what Gordon’s legal status is at the moment, after Friday’s surprise announcement that Gillett-Evernham would be dropping its lawsuit against Gordon over what Gillett-Evernham said was breach of contract, is also unclear. Just how any possible Gordon-DEI merger might work is not clear. Truex is the team’s anchor. Mark Martin is leaving DEI and moving to Rick Hendrick’s team at the end of the season, and rookie #8-Aric Almirola is to take Martin’s spot full-time next year. #01-Ragan Smith, meanwhile, is also a promising rookie but currently without new sponsorship. And then there’s #15-Paul Menard, a long-time DEI driver who is renegotiating his contract; Menard is also under consideration for a Ford ride with the Doug Yates. That means DEI has four drivers at the table right now, and unless one of them were to leave there would be no room for Gordon. The Menard angle is the most curious – because Gordon is a long-time friend with Menard’s father John, who has helped sponsor Gordon over many years and who has his name on the side of Gordon’s hauler here. Gordon has been trying to put together a two-car operation with Paul and John for some time, but nothing has ever come of it.(in part from the Winston Salem Journal)(9-22-2008) Comment here
- MWR could add a 4th team, Ambrose? Dow?: While many teams continue to search for sponsorship for the 2009 Sprint Cup season and beyond, one team that seems confident about sponsorship is Michael Waltrip Racing. MWR Executive Vice President Cal Wells said Saturday that he believes the team has enough sponsorship for two cars and three-quarters of another. He said he could envision the team running a fourth car part time in 2009. “I believe we’re in really good shape,” Wells said. “I’m hoping we’re actually going to run a fourth car. I don’t know that we can get it off, but we have so much in the pipeline.” As far as who would be teammates with already signed #55-Michael Waltrip and #44[will be #00 in 2009]-David Reutimann, Wells said the team hopes to re-sign Michael McDowell, who has run most of the season in a third car for MWR. “We’re selling hard around McDowell,” Wells said. “We’ve got a lot of stuff we’re working on. I honestly don’t know. There’s some [more] talent out there.” Wells also dismissed the idea that MWR would merge with another team [Like the Ganassi rumor]. “We’re looking at doing some service providing stuff with some folks that are trying to come in, kind of like the Hall of Fame [Racing] deals [with Joe Gibbs Racing],” Wells said. “We’re not to the point of announcing anything yet, but we’re looking for business. We’re not looking at [merging].”(SceneDaily.com)
AND: hearing that Marcos Ambrose and Little Debbie's could be moving to Michael Waltrip Racing in 2009 and Ambrose would not run in the Cup Series for JTG Racing.
AND II: also hearing that the other primary sponsor for Reutimann in the #00 Toyota in 2009 will be Dow Chemical Company.(9-22-2008) Comment here
- "The King" honored at Dover: Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc., presented Richard Petty with a mini version of the new plaque that is featured on the base of the Monster Monument during Sunday's prerace ceremonies. McGlynn still thinks back in amazement of the days when the NASCAR driver known simply as "The King" drove to seven career victories at the track.
"Back in the day, we just had that little press box up on top of that old grandstand there, like a high school football press box," McGlynn said. "The thing I remember most about Richard in the early days ... I used to work up in that press box, and Richard, after whooping up on everybody for 500 miles and the temperatures inside the car and the physical endurance, he'd climb all the way up those 36 rows and put up with an hour of the media, and then he'd go out and sit in the stands and sign autographs until the last person went home. You mention all the records that Richard owns here ... I think he also owns the record for most autographs signed."(Delaware News Journal)(9-22-2008)
- Terry Labonte back in #45 at Dega? Terry Labonte could return to Petty Enterprises' #45 car at Talladega, Petty's executive vice president of race operations Robbie Loomis said Sunday. Loomis said the team was "looking hard at putting Terry" in a car at Talladega, in part because of the unusual impound rules at restrictor-plate tracks. "It's hard to put yourself in the situation to go race if you're a guy who has to qualify in because you do so many funny things," Loomis said. "You see guys go behind the wall and change their oil and do all that stuff. We don't want to get in that situation – if we go down there, we want to race." Another reason, Loomis said, is that Labonte gave the team its best finish of the season at the July Daytona race [16th]. Loomis said Kyle Petty will again drive the car next week at Kansas and Chad McCumbee – who will test this week at Charlotte – will drive the Lowe's Motor Speedway race. McCumbee is expected to drive in four or five more races with the team this season, Loomis said, and Petty is on the schedule for Phoenix.(SceneDaily)(9-22-2008) Comment here
- Race and Commercial Breakdown of the Camping World RV 400 at Dover:
Total number of commercials: 119
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 63
Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 14
Start time to record race/commercial periods: 2:01 PM
End time to record race/commercial periods: 5:47 PM
Total minutes: 226
Minutes of race broadcast: 175
Minutes of commercials: 51
Number of missed restarts: 1
Number of ‘mystery cautions’: 1
Total race brdcst time 175 Total comm. brdcst time 51
See more on my 2008 Commercials page.(9-22-2008) Comment here