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    OCTOBER 6-12, 2008

      News from October 12, 2008

    • Race and Commercial Breakdown of the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte:
      Total number of commercials: 120
      Total number of companies or entities advertised: 67
      Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 16
      Start time to record race/commercial periods: 7:35 PM
      End time to record race/commercial periods: 11:31 PM
      Total minutes: 236
      Minutes of race broadcast: 183
      Minutes of commercials: 53
      Number of missed restarts: 0
      Number of ‘mystery cautions’ (debris not shown): 1
      Total race brdcst time 183 Total comm. brdcst time 53
      See more on my 2008 Commercials Page.(10-12-2008) Comment here

    • Chrysler, GM discuss merger, acquisition: UPDATE: General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC have held preliminary talks about a merger or an acquisition of Chrysler by GM, according to published reports. The Wall Street Journal, citing people it described as familiar with the discussions, reported that Cerberus Capital Management, the private equity firm that owns 80.1 percent of Chrysler and 51 percent of GMAC Financial Services, proposed trading Chrysler's automotive operations to GM. The Journal said Cerberus would receive GM's remaining 49 percent stake in GMAC. The New York Times, also citing people familiar with the talks, reported that the automakers were discussing a merger. The Times did not mention GMAC, a traditional auto lender hit hard by the housing market downturn. The talks have stalled because of the recent turmoil in the financial markets, according to the Journal. Its sources said negotiations could resume if markets stabilize because both GM and Cerberus want to quickly divest the assets under discussion.(Associated Press/Yahoo)(10-11-2008)
      UPDATE: General Motors Corp. approached Ford Motor Co. in recent months about a possible merger but Ford called off the talks after the Dearborn, Mich. auto maker concluded it should continue to go it alone, according to a person directly familiar with the talks. GM and Ford already have a joint venture involving six-speed transmissions and have talked about expanding that partnership to include powertrains, according to sources familiar with the discussions.(Wall Street Journal), no idea how these deals will or would effect their NASCAR involvment.(10-12-2008) Comment here

    • Latest Ganassi merger rumor? Petty; GEM to Toyota? Trying to pin down the state of Petty Enterprises, under its new Boston Ventures' management, and the future of the Chip Ganassi operation has been tough enough the last few weeks, but now the speculation of a GM-Chrysler corporate merger has thrown things into a real tizzy. Insiders at both the Petty and Ganassi Dodge camps say there is speculation that the two struggling teams may somehow merge, and that that speculation is fueled by the sense that fellow Dodge owner George Gillett, who has majority interest in Gillett-Evernham-Motorsports, is "99 percent" certain to jump to Toyota. Ray Evernham was Dodge's mainstay in NASCAR racing, making such a move highly unusual. Dodge officials a few weeks ago denied such a change might be coming. One major complication for Dodge teams like Petty's and Ganassi's is that Gillett-Evernham has been a major Dodge engine operation. If Gillett moves to Toyota, then Dodge loses a very big player.(Winston-Salem Journal)(10-12-2008) Comment here

    • Harvick/Edwards confrontation: UPDATE 2: hearing there was a confrontation in the Nationwide Series garages at Lowe's Motor Speedway between Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick over last Sunday's Talladega wreck. Details as they are found will be posted.(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(10-9-2008)
      UPDATE: Witnesses said Edwards approached Harvick in the garage stall housing Harvick's #33 Chevy and engaged in conversation. Following what a witness called a heated discussion, Harvick turned to walk away and Edwards grabbed him by the shoulder and spun him around. According to reports Harvick then shoved Edwards in retaliation, forcing Edwards onto the hood of the #33 Chevy. #33 crew chief Rick Ren pointed to a dent in the hood where he said Edwards landed. Others on site then proceeded to separate the drivers, and witnesses said Edwards was grabbed around the neck in a headlock by Harvick's motor-home driver, Jeff Smith. No punches were thrown, witnesses said. NASCAR did not immediately comment on the issue. Edwards and Harvick were not immediately available to comment. Witnesses claim the verbal exchange Thursday was in reference to a handwritten note Edwards left in a seat on Harvick's airplane following the AMP Energy 500 last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The note facetiously thanked Harvick for disparaging comments he made toward Edwards on ABC following a multi-car wreck on Lap 174 of 188, which was triggered when Edwards tapped teammate Greg Biffle. Harvick was collected in the incident.(ESPN)(10-9-2008)
      UPDATE 2: Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick were warned before Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway not to let the physical confrontation they had on Thursday spill over onto the track. Edwards and Harvick met with NASCAR president Mike Helton, vice president of competition Robin Pemberton and series director John Darby following the drivers' meeting. There will be no fines and neither was placed on probation.( Comment here

    • Inman receives Smokey Yunick Award: Legendary Petty Enterprises crew chief Dale Inman was awarded the Smokey Yunick Award prior to the start of the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The award acknowledges outstanding achievement in the world of motorsports. Inman, the most decorated crew chief in NASCAR history, joined several of his colleagues with this recognition, including Glen and Leonard Wood, Ralph Moody and Bud Moore. While no driver has ever won more than Petty's seven NASCAR Sprint Cup titles, Inman has won eight as a crew chief. All seven of Petty's championships came under Inman's watch, along with 198 of his 200 record-setting wins. He won his eighth and final championship with Terry Labonte in 1984.(MCG Sprots/Petty Enterprises PR)(10-12-2008)

      News from October 11, 2008

    • Burton wins at Charlotte: #31-Jeff Burton won the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season and the 21st of his career. He took no tires on his final pit stop and held off a late run by #9-Kahne to take the win. #2-Busch finished third, followed by #18-Busch, #26-McMurray, #48-Johnson, #16-Biffle, #24-Gordon, #8-Martin, and #6-Ragan. Other chase drivers: #20-Stewart was 11th, #07-Bowyer 12th, #29-Harvick 13th, #11-Hamlin 16th, #99-Edwards had an ignition failure and finished 33rd, #88-Earnhardt, Jr cut a tire and finsihed 36th, #17-Kenseth was involved in an accident just past the midway point of the race for a 41st place finish. There were 10 cautions for 48 laps and 24 lead changes among 16 leaders.
      For race results, awards and more, see my Charlotte Race Results Awards Page.(10-11-2008) Comment here

    • UNOFFICIAL Chase Driver Points Standings [after Charlotte race 31 of 36]:
      1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5878 [5 wins]
      2) #31-Jeff Burton 5809 -69 [2 wins]
      3) #16-Greg Biffle 5792 -86 [2 wins]
      4) #99-Carl Edwards 5710 -168 [6 wins]
      5) #07-Clint Bowyer 5693 -185 [1 win]
      6) #29-Kevin Harvick 5671 -207
      7) #20-Tony Stewart 5650 -228 [1 win]
      8) #24-Jeff Gordon 5633 -245
      9) #18-Kyle Busch 5552 -326 [8 wins]
      10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5524 -354 [1 win]
      11) #17-Matt Kenseth 5518 -360
      12) #11-Denny Hamlin 5498 -380 [1 win]
      Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Charlotte.(10-11-2008)

    • UNOFFICAL Classic Driver Points Standings [after Charlotte race 31 of 36]:
      1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4414 [5 wins]
      2) #18-Kyle Busch 4350 -64 [8 wins]
      3) #99-Carl Edwards 4331 -83 [6 wins]
      4) #31-Jeff Burton 4183 -231 [2 wins]
      6) #16-Greg Biffle 4072 -342 [2 wins]
      5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4002 -412 [1 win]
      7) #29-Kevin Harvick 3954 -460
      8) #20-Tony Stewart 3935 -479 [1 win]
      9) #24-Jeff Gordon 3854 -560
      10) #07-Clint Bowyer 3799 -615 [1 win]
      11) #11-Denny Hamlin 3723 -691 [1 win]
      12) #6-David Ragan 3678 -736
      13) #17-Matt Kenseth 3650 -764
      14) #9-Kasey Kahne 3592 -822 [2 wins]

    • Where did the 12 Chase Drivers finish at Charlotte?
      (the order before Charlotte)
      1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 6th
      2) #99-Carl Edwards, 33rd
      3) #16-Greg Biffle, 7th
      4) #31-Jeff Burton, 1st
      5) #07-Clint Bowyer, 12th
      6) #29-Kevin Harvick, 13th
      7) #20-Tony Stewart, 11th
      8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 8th
      9) #17-Matt Kenseth, 41st
      10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 36th
      11) #18-Kyle Busch, 4th
      12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 16th

    • Lowe's Motor Speedway Race Fast Facts:
      ...Jeff Burton won the Bank of America 500, his 21st victory in 506 starts.
      ...This is his second victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2008.
      ...This is his third victory and 15th top-10 finish in 30 races at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte.
      ...Kasey Kahne (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in ten races at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2008.
      ...Kurt Busch (third) posted his third top-10 finish in 17 races at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte.
      ...Sam Hornish Jr. (22nd) was the highest finishing rookie.
      ...Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 69 points over Jeff Burton.
      (NASCAR Statistics)(10-11-2008)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Martinsville:
      No changes in the top 35, the #84 team fell to 35th, but is still 63 points over #00 team
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      32) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 2489 +165
      33) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 2469 +145
      34) #7-Gordon/RGM: 2402 +78
      35) #84-Speed/Red Bull Racing: 2387 63 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #00-Bliss/Waltrip Racing: 2324, 63 points out of 35th
      37) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 2387 -143
      For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(10-11-2008)

    • Charlotte Penalty Report:
      Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
      1) #77 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 44
      2) #78 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 44
      3) #96 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 64
      4) #5 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 104
      5) #28 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 104
      6) #55 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. TE 106
      7) #10 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 121
      8) #77 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 173
      9) #6 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 178
      10) #01 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 179
      11) #10 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 187
      12) #45 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 196
      13) #42 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 197
      14) #21 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 197
      15) #15 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. TE 200
      16) #88 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 199
      17) #43 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 206
      18) #55 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 206
      19) #10 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 206
      20) #88 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 207
      21) #18 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 257
      22) #20 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 258
      23) #88 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 267
      24) #7 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 266
      25) #15 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 266
      26) #7 Pulling up to pit OL 268
      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)(10-11-2008)

    • Allmendinger still working on ride for 2009: AJ Allmendinger says that while he knows what he’ll be doing for the remainder of 2008, he still doesn’t have anything finalized for next year. Allmendinger is driving the #00 Michael Waltrip Racing car this weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and then will drive the #10 Gillett Evernham Motorsports car for the final five races of the 2008 Sprint Cup season. He has talked with Chip Ganassi Racing about its #41 car opening but he said he hasn’t heard too much the last couple of weeks. "That’s kind of been a little bit quiet, but until the seat is taken, I hope I’m always a candidate," he said. "I’ve got no contracts, no obligations to anybody except for these six races, and that’s kind of the way I’m taking it."(Scene Daily)(10-11-2008) Comment here

    • NASCAR Hall of Fame Chooses First Petty Piece: NASCAR Hall of Fame executive director Winston Kelley announced that the Petty Blue 1967 Plymouth Belvedere from Petty Enterprises is “the first significant artifact” publicly presented by the hall. ‘The King’ Richard Petty drove the Plymouth to more wins than any other car in NASCAR history. During the 1967 season, Petty won 27 races, including a NASCAR-record 10 in a row. The car, however, was actually a 1966 Plymouth Belvedere that was updated through 1967. In all, the dominate machine tallied 36 wins from 1966-67. It will be on loan for two years from the Richard Petty Museum in Randleman, N.C. Kelley acknowledges that picking a Petty artifact as the first significant piece was one of the easiest choices he has made as executive director. More info about the NASCAR Hall of Fame at Sports/Petty Enterprises PR)(10-11-2008) Comment here

    • Latest on Indy's Tire Test: UPDATE: Goodyear Tire and NASCAR officials, along with Sprint Cup Series drivers Kasey Kahne and Mark Martin [tested the #5 Hendrick Chevy], expressed optimism at the progress made in tire testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A total of 14 Sprint Cup Series drivers tested Oct. 6-7 at IMS as Goodyear developed a tire for the 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, scheduled for Sunday, July 26, 2009. The final day of the three-day test, Wednesday, Oct. 8, was canceled due to rain. This was the second Goodyear test at IMS in three weeks and, according to Stu Grant, Goodyear’s general manager of worldwide racing, the effort is paying dividends. “We tested with Kyle Petty a couple weeks ago, saw some very, very encouraging results out of that test,” he said. “Now, of course, we’re here with a lot more cars. We’ve got what we believe to be a good start toward a 2009 race recommendation. Just look at the racetrack, you can see there’s a groove in the racetrack where the cars are going around, just kind of looking normal. We’ve got rubber debris on the outside of the groove, and we’re seeing some significant improvements in wear.” Goodyear also plans to test again with multiple cars in April 2009 at IMS, Grant said. Detailed laboratory analysis after the 2008 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, which was slowed by frequent competition cautions, identified the causes of excessive tire wear during that event, Grant said. The 2008 event was the first for NASCAR’s “Car of Tomorrow” at IMS. “We saw that the additional load and additional slip that the right rear tire saw was considerably more than it was in 2007,” Grant said. “Then we started to do some laboratory analysis to try to figure out, ‘OK, why did we see that kind of wear debris, why did the track not rubber in?’ To make a long story short, what we found out was that the additional load and slip that the right rear tire saw changed the particle size of the wear debris.” Goodyear brought tires to this test that lasted longer and will produce better racing next year at IMS, Sprint Cup stars Mark Martin and Kasey Kahne said.(IMS PR)(10-9-2008)
      UPDATE: "We are extremely pleased that the efforts of all of our engineers and research team has paid off," said Stu Grant, Goodyear's general manager of worldwide racing. "Our test program has been built on the knowledge that the team has gained over the last several months and the results indicate that we will be able to provide an excellent tire for next years race at Indy. We had several tire set-ups that ran full fuel stops and provided good grip and good wear." Another important element to this week's test was measuring the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track surface throughout the test in an effort to quantify how the surface changes during the "rubbering in" process. But while Goodyear has seen many gains, the work is far from over. "Right now we plan to go back to re-test some of our results on a 'green' race track this coming Monday," added Grant. "Then, of course we will return to Indianapolis next spring to determine the tire that we will provide for the race, but we are very pleased with the results of our track testing programs so far this fall." This Monday's session will have the #10 Gillett-Evernham Motorsports team with driver A.J. Allmendinger participating.(Goodyear PR)(10-11-2008)

    • Special helmet for Smith at LMS: Doug Warf, Director of Community Relations and Executive Director of the Kids ‘N Community Foundation for the Carolina Hurricanes, announced that NASCAR driver #01-Regan Smith will wear a special Carolina Hurricanes-themed helmet on Saturday, Oct. 11, during the Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte. Smith is wearing the Hurricanes-themed helmet this weekend to draw attention to the start of the 2008-09 NHL season, and will donate the helmet to the Kids ‘N Community Foundation for a charity auction following the race. The 25-year-old driver of DEI/Principal Financial Group’s #01 Chevy, is in the hunt for Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year honors, and is coming off of a controversial finish in last weekend’s AMP Energy 500 at Talladega. Smith is a self-proclaimed “Caniac,” who moved to Mooresville, NC, in 1995 from his hometown of Cato, NY.(

    • NASCAR Charity/Foundation News: Despite the rainy weather, hundreds of fans showed up and helped collect $100,000 in donations and pledges at The First Official Jail and Bail charity event benefitting the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund Oct. 8 at the Brickhouse Tavern in Davidson, N.C.
      AND Representatives for The NASCAR Foundation presented Victory Junction Gang with a $450,000 check from funds raised through the NASCAR Day 2008 celebration. Mike Helton, NASCAR president and The NASCAR Foundation board member, and Jim Hunter, NASCAR vice president of corporate communications and The NASCAR Foundation board member, made the presentation to camp founder Kyle Petty and Victory Junction camper Collin McCord at the camp in Randleman, N.C., prior to a service project carried out by members of The NASCAR Foundation Volunteer Network.
      AND The Jeff Gordon Foundation and Jeff Gordon, hosted “A Hero’s Journey” on Wednesday. The day-long event raised over $310,000 for the Hendrick Marrow Program. See more on my Racing Charities page.(10-11-2008)

      News from October 10, 2008

    • Chase Stats/Notes: In the four previous Chases, only eventual champ Tony Stewart had a bigger lead (+75) in 2005 than Jimmie Johnson (+72) carries into Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend. Greg Biffle has scored the second most points in the four Chase races, and was second in the spring at LMS. Jeff Burton's fourth at 'Dega gained him 22 points on Johnson and he has a fourth and sixth in his last two trips at Lowe's. After his crash at Talladega, Jeff Gordon is going to need the top three or four to have some trouble and he needs to get hot, like a repeat of his fall win at LMS last year. In 2006 after three races, Johnson was 8th in the Chase, 156 points out and won the Championship, the farthest any driver has been to win after three Chase races. See my Chase Stats page for more.(10-10-2008)

    • Hamlin cleared, but will sit out NNS race: UPDATE: Denny Hamlin will be back behind the wheel of the #11 FedEx Camry this weekend in Charlotte after his heavy-impact crash last weekend at Talladega. Following his release from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) hospital on Monday morning, Hamlin met with NASCAR's consulting physician, Dr. Jerry Petty, this week in North Carolina and was cleared to race in the Sprint Cup race this weekend in Charlotte. Hamlin on Talladega: "It was definitely the hardest hit I have ever taken in a race car. It was good to get home, get some rest and take it easy this week. I am feeling better everyday and look forward to getting back in the car this weekend. I need to thank everyone at Talladega and at UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) Hospital, and also Dr. Petty and the NASCAR medical team for taking care of me. I really appreciate all they did for me and for putting my health above everything else. Thanks to all of the fans for their concern and, of course, thanks to everyone at JGR and #11 team who build really safe cars and that showed last weekend. This sport has made big gains in terms of safety – everything from the cars to the walls and those are big steps in the right direction."(FedEx Racing PR)
      AND Hamlin will skip Friday night's Nationwide Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Hamlin had been scheduled to drive in Friday's Dollar General 300 in Braun Racing's #10 Toyota. The car will now by driven by Dave Blaney, who gave Braun Racing its first win in the series in this race in 2006.(ESPN)(10-8-2008)
      UPDATE: #11-Denny Hamlin said he considered skipping Saturday night's Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway because of last weekend's grinding crash at Talladega Superspeedway. Hamlin lost a tire and slammed into the wall during the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega on Sunday, sending him to University of Alabama-Birmingham hospital for overnight observation. Hamlin opted out of Friday's Nationwide Series race here, even though he has been cleared to race this weekend. But after considering missing Saturday's Cup event, Hamlin decided to race. "The most important thing is long-term health, and that's why we're sitting tomorrow night's race out. If I take a hit there then it's going to be hard for them to clear me on Saturday. I think right now we're good to go." Hamlin said he would not have a relief driver standing by Saturday night.(Scene Comment here

    • Red Rocks Café on the #00 at Charlotte: Michael Waltrip Racing announced that Red Rocks Cafe is partnering with the racing organization to be an associate sponsor on the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota driven by AJ Allmendinger in the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Red Rocks Café is a North Carolina based restaurant with two locations at Southpark in the Charlotte area at Strawberry Hill Shopping Center and Birkdale Village in Huntersville.(MWR PR)(10-10-2008) Comment here

    • Aerosmith Guitarist Brad Whitford at visit LMS: Having written his first song, titled Round and Round, Aerosmith rhythm and lead guitarist Brad Whitford may have been thinking about his other passion in life, auto racing. This weekend Whitford will take to the Lowe's Motor Speedway with #43-Bobby Labonte as a guest for Saturday night's running of the Bank of America 500. It will be Whitford's first trip to the track. Whitford will tour the garage, the Cheerios/Betty Crocker transporter and meet with the crew before the race.(Breaking Limits PR)(10-10-2008) Comment here

    • Juicy Fruit scheme for Montoya at LMS: The #42 Dodge of Juan Pablo Montota will sport the colors of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS). The Juicy Fruit Slim Pack car will be seen once more this season in the Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(CGRFS PR), see images of the scheme on my #42 Team Scheme page.(10-10-2008)

    • Happy Hour practice: for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #48-Johnson 183.007
      #99-Edwards 182.908
      #26-McMurray 182.100
      #42-Montoya 181.494
      #16-Biffle 181.458
      slowest: #96-Schrader 178.548 & #70-Raines 178.324
      incidents: #07-Bowyer slid up into the wall at the beginning of the session. The team has decided to repair the car rather than go to a backup.
      #18-Busch suffered some minor sheetmetal damage when he made minor contact with the wall.
      #77-Hornish hit the wall in turn 2 just past the midway point in the session and will have to go to a backup.
      See the speeds, laps run, ave speeds on my Charlotte Practice Speeds page.(10-10-2008)

    • First Friday practice: for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the fastest:
      #99-Edwards 182.051
      #9-Kahne 181.629
      #19-Sadler 181.513
      #16-Biffle 181.403
      #5-Mears 181.214
      slowest: #45-McCumbee 177.713 & #70-Raines 177.136
      The session was delayed for approx. 10 minutes because of of rain showers.
      See the speeds, laps run, ave speeds on my Charlotte Practice Speeds page.(10-10-2008)

    • Pit Stall Selections have been made for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, #48-Johnson got to choose first since he will start from the pole, and took stall #1, #99-Edwards, who starts 2nd, took stall #15, the last pit with an opening in front of it before the start finish line. #17-Kenseth, who starts 9th, took the final pit stall. See who took what stall on my Charlotte Pit Stall selections page.(10-10-2008)

      News from October 9, 2008

    • Army to Newman? UPDATE Official, IMAGES: sources said Army is close to finalizing a deal to be a partial co-sponsor of Ryan Newman's [#39 Chevy] car at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009.(
      UPDATE: Another piece of the Stewart-Haas Racing puzzle will be fit into place Thursday when the race team will unveil the U.S. Army as primary sponsor of Ryan Newman's #39 Chevy for next season [supposedly for 22 races], sources have confirmed to The announcement is scheduled to be made at 1:30pm/et Thursday at Lowe's Motor Speedway, site of this weekend's Sprint Cup event. The Stewart-Haas organization now has both its Chevys sponsored for next season with Office Depot and Old Spice set to back the car of team co-owner [#14] Tony Stewart.(
      UPDATE 2: U.S. Army To Sponsor Newman's Stewart-Haas Ride For 22 Races Next Year Stewart-Haas Racing officials tomorrow are expected to announce a deal for the U.S. Army to "serve as primary sponsor" in 22 races next season for the #39 Sprint Cup…(Sports Business Daily)(10-8-2008)
      UPDATE 3: Two strong teams joined forces as the U.S. Army announced it will sponsor Ryan Newman and his #39 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy for the 2009 Sprint Cup season. The 2009 Sprint Cup season will be the U.S. Army's seventh as a primary NASCAR sponsor. The U.S. Army will be the primary paint scheme for 22 point-paying Sprint Cup races in 2009, along with the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star race May 16 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. For the remaining 14 races, the U.S. Army will serve as an associate sponsor on the #39, which is owned by Stewart.(, see an image of the car on my #39 team schemes page.(10-9-2008) Comment here

    • Talladega TV Ratings Even with 2007: ABC earned a 4.6 national rating for its live telecast of the AMP Energy 500 Sprint Cup race from Talladega Superspeedway, the same rating as was earned by last year’s race telecast, also on ABC. The race averaged 7,439,614 viewers. The race earned ABC’s highest rating so far this season and matched its highest rating from 2007. The network is televising all 10 races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.(ESPN), for the dull season and Ratings chart, see my 2008 TV Ratings page.(10-9-2008) Comment here

    • Goodyear Tire Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same tire codes this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in these two series ran at Charlotte in May . . . Charlotte is the only track at which this left-side tire code (D-4128) will be run in 2008 . . . this right-side code (D-4130) was run with a different left-side at Darlington earlier 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 Charlotte . . . air pressure in those inner lines should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
      Testing update: Goodyear held its second recent tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this past Monday and Tuesday . . . teams that participated were the No. 07, 1, 5, 9, 17, 20, 26, 29, 38, 41, 43 and 84 . . . the test was scheduled to continue on Wednesday, but rain cancelled all on-track activity . . . this was a follow-up to the test held with the No. 45 Petty Enterprises Dodge at IMS on Sept. 22-23 . . . other tire tests upcoming include include a 2008 confirmation test at Homestead (Oct. 14) and one looking ahead to the 2009 season at Las Vegas (Dec. 10-11). For pressures, codes and more see my Charlotte Race Info page.(10-9-2008)

    • Labonte "going pink" at Charlotte: In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Petty Enterprises has partnered with General Mills, primary sponsor of the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge, to promote awareness of breast cancer during the week of the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The efforts support Pink Together, a national campaign dedicated to inspiring hope among those touched by breast cancer. The centerpiece of this week's partnership will be the #43 Cheerios Racing/Pink Together Dodge Charger that will be driven by Bobby Labonte during Saturday night's race. The pink Dodge will carry the names of hundreds of people who shared their stories about breast cancer at, an online community of hope for those impacted by this devastating disease.(Petty Enterprises PR), see an image of the scheme on my #43 Team Schemes page.(10-9-2008)

    • AMP Energy Relaunch scheme for Earnhardt, Jr.: This weekend, the #88 Chevy will change to Dale Earnhardt, Jr's favorite color, orange, to showcase AMP Energy Relaunch for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. AMP Energy Relaunch revives and hydrates with a burst of orange citrus and an intense surge of energy to get up and get moving again.(Hendrick Motorsports PR), see images of the scheme on my #88 Team Schemes page.(10-9-2008)

    • Pink M&M's scheme for Busch at LMS: While M&M’s will be on board as the primary sponsor this weekend in the Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch’s #18 Toyota will feature a pink paint scheme to help raise awareness for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness month.(JGR PR), see image of the scheme on my #18 Team Schemes page.(10-9-2008)

    • Pop Tarts scheme for Mears again: For the fourth time this season and second consecutive week, Pop-Tarts, Kellogg's most popular morning food product, will adorn the hood of the #5 Chevy. Pop-Tarts was also the co-primary sponsor of the #5 Chevy in March at Las Vegas, in August at Bristol and last weekend at Talladega.(HMS PR), see images of the scheme on my #5 Team Schemes page.(10-9-2008)

    • Gordon to run Menard's scheme at Charlotte: Coming off their third top-ten restrictor-plate finish of the 2008 season, Robby Gordon and his #7 Menards team look to carry their superspeedway momentum forward into this weekend’s Bank of America 500.(RGM PR), see images of the Menard's scheme on my #7 Team Schemes page.(10-9-2008)

    • Sad News - T. Taylor Warren: Thomas Taylor Warren, a lifelong NASCAR photographer, died Wednesday. He was 83. Known simply as T. Taylor in the NASCAR community, T. Taylor Warren began photographing racing before NASCAR itself was born. Warren started shooting Sprint and Midget racing at the Milwaukee Fairgrounds in 1947 when he lived in Wisconsin. Over the next 60 years, Warren saw, and shot, it all. From his photo of the three-wide finish of the first Daytona 500 in images from this year’s 50th anniversary Daytona 500 that he shot with a digital camera, Warren rolled with the changes in NASCAR and kept on going. Warren was the first photographer to win the International Motorsports Hall of Fame's Henry T. McLemore Award for achievement in journalism, an honor presented to him in 2006. Funeral arrangements have not been released.(Scene Daily)(10-9-2008)
      SERVICES: A memorial service will be held this Sunday, October 12th at 4:00 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 126 Pearl Street in Darlington, SC. The family also invites you to share in light refreshments in the church fellowship hall following the service. At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA), P.O. Box 500, Darlington, SC 29540. For a personal message to the family, the Warren's address is 325 Bar-M Ranch Road, Florence, SC 29501. Directions to the church from Darlington Raceway: Take Highways 151 & 34 into downtown Darlington, go through three stop lights, the church will be on your left at the third light.(10-9-2008) Comment here

    • Pit Stall Selections have been made for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, #48-Johnson got to choose first since he will start from the pole, and took stall #1, #99-Edwards, who starts 2nd, took stall #15, the last pit with an opening in front of it before the start finish line. #17-Kenseth, who starts 9th, took the final pit stall. See who took what stall on my Charlotte Pit Stall selections page.(10-10-2008)

    • Qualifying cancelled; Johnson on pole at Charlotte: Thursday practice and qualifying for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway was cancelled due to rain, for the 8th time this season. #48-Jimmie Johnson, who leads the points, will start 1st, followed by #99-Edwards, #16-Biffle, #31-Burton, #07-Bowyer, #29-Harvick, #20-Stewart, #24-Gordon, #17-Kenseth, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr. Not make the race were #25-Brad Keselowski, #40-Bryan Clauson, #82-Scott Speed [all three trying to make their series debut], and #75-Derrike Cope. See the starting lineup on my Charlotte Qualifying Page.(10-9-2008)

    • Dan Stillman named Wypall Crew Chief of the Race in Talladega: Dan Stillman, crew chief of the #01 DEI/Principal Financial Group Chevy driven by Regan Smith, was named the Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Race for Sunday's strong performance in the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. After qualifying in the fourth position, Smith and the Stillman-led team went on to display a remarkable performance throughout the entire 500-mile race. Running in the top-10 for the latter part of the race, Smith was in second place on the final lap when he attempted to pass race leader Tony Stewart. Stewart moved up the track to block the #01, but Smith forced his way to the inside, beating Stewart to the checkered flag. NASCAR officials ruled that Smith had passed Stewart by going below the yellow line. They penalized Smith and the #01 team, crediting them with an 18th place finish. The 2008 Wypall Wipers Crew Chief Challenge is a season-long contest that will determine the best crew chiefs in the Sprint Cup garage. Following each race, a panel will vote to determine which crew chief demonstrated the most outstanding strategy and leadership during the race. It isn’t necessarily the crew chief that goes to Victory Lane, but the crew chief that makes the biggest difference for his team. 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 Kenny Francis of Gillett Evernham Motorsports’ #9 Budweiser Dodge team, 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. 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

    • Keselowski to attempt first Cup race: Brad Keselowski will attempt to put his #25 Chevy in the Bank of America 500 field during Thursday evening's Sprint Cup Series qualifying session at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Should he be successful, Keselowski will make his first-ever Sprint Cup Series start Saturday night. Car owner Rick Hendrick will enter Keselowski and the #25 team in two Sprint Cup races this season -- Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway and the Nov. 2 Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will mark the return of the #25 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy, which most recently was fielded in the 2007 Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway with driver Casey Mears. Hendrick Motorsports ran the #25 Chevy full time from 1986-2007, winning 17 races with drivers Tim Richmond (nine victories), Ken Schrader (four), Jerry Nadeau (one), Joe Nemechek (one), Brian Vickers (one) and Mears (one). Veteran crew chief Lance McGrew will call the shots for Keselowski and the #25 team at Lowe's Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. McGrew, who has been successful working with young drivers like Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch, is a former Sprint Cup Series race winner and Nationwide Series champion. The #25 Chevrolet team participated in the Sept. 23-24 Sprint Cup open test at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Keselowski posted the 12th-best lap time of the two-day session at 29.250 seconds and 184.615 mph. Keselowski has logged hundreds of laps in the new Chevrolet Impala SS by testing with Hendrick Motorsports' research and development team. The experience also has allowed Keselowski to develop a strong relationship with McGrew, who helps guide Hendrick's R&D efforts.(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(10-9-2008)

      News from October 8, 2008

    • Career start #250 for Johnson, special scheme: #48-Jimmie Johnson will make his 250th Cup Series start when he takes the green flag for Saturday’s Sprint Cup race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. To commemorate the event, Johnson will be debuting the 2009 #48 Lowe’s Impala SS paint scheme, which will carry a special decal honoring Johnson’s 250th start on the decklid during Saturday night’s event. “I can’t believe this weekend is my 250th start,” said Johnson. “I've been very lucky in my career that I've had one sponsor, Lowe's, since I started racing in the Sprint Cup Series. It somehow seems fitting that we'll be able to celebrate the occasion together at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.” Starting in the Sprint Cup Series with Hendrick Motorsports in 2001, Johnson has collected 38 wins, 98 top-five and 152 top-10 finishes heading into this weekend’s race. Lowe’s has been the primary sponsor on Johnson’s Chevy since he entered the series.(Lowe's Racing) see an image of the car on my #48 Team Schemes page.(10-8-2008) Comment here

    • Elliott back in the #21 at LMS: Bill Elliott, will be back behind the wheel of the Wood Brothers Racing #21 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500 on October 11th. Elliott has 57 starts at the 1.5 mile quad-oval and two career wins in 1984 and 1987. He also holds four pole awards, 11 top-5 and 22 top-10 finishes at the track. Elliott will also be behind the wheel of the historic #21 for the rest of the season as the team looks to build on the progress it has made during the second half of the season.(Wood Brothers Racing PR), Marco Ambrose was scheduled to run the #21 at Texas and Phoenix, guess those plans changed when JTG Daughtey Racing signed with MWR for 2009.(10-8-2008) Comment here

    • #19 Stanley Dodge Painted Pink for the Bank of America 500: Elliott Sadler and the #19 Stanley Dodge are changing their look with a passionate pink paint scheme for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race on Oct. 11 in Charlotte. The pink paint scheme is in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Sadler, who races each week with a pink ribbon decal above the driver’s side door on the #19 Dodge, is excited for the opportunity to lend support to breast cancer awareness. “Last year my mother, Bell, was diagnosed with breast cancer, so this is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart,” said Sadler. “We are fortunate that she was able to fight and is now on the road to recovery, but I’m excited to get involved with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help support breast cancer awareness and raise money for research to find a cure.” Stanley is making a $100,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of the initiative. Following the race weekend, all of Sadler’s uniform items are going up for auction with proceeds set to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “Stanley Tools is proud to be supporting breast cancer awareness and Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” said Rebecca Durham, Motorsports & Sponsorships Manager of Stanley Tools. “Elliott has told us how important breast cancer awareness is to him and his family, and Stanley Tools is equally as passionate about the cause. This is a big weekend for Elliott, Stanley Tools and Susan G. Komen for the Cure and we are thrilled to be lending our support.” The pink Stanley logo that appears on the #19 Dodge and on Sadler’s firesuit marks the first time in the company’s 165 year history that its logo will change to a color other than Stanley Yellow.(GEM PR), see images of the scheme on my #19 Team Schemes page.(10-8-2008) Comment here

    • Charlotte Rookie Notes/Facts: #01-Regan Smith ]almost won the race] was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the October 5 AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Smith scored an 18th-place finish and took Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the ninth time in 2008. Smith leads #77-Sam Hornish Jr. by four points (190-186) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the October 11 Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Smith has led the Raybestos Rookie standings for 13 consecutive races dating back to Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Only two Raybestos Rookies have scored top-five finishes in the fall race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway since 1975: Ron Bouchard (fifth in 1981) and Jeff Gordon (fifth in 1993). Since 1975, only two Raybestos Rookies have won pole positions for the fall race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (1993) and Ward Burton (1994). Kasey Kahne holds the record for most laps led by a Raybestos Rookie in the Bank of America 500 (since 1975). Kahne led the 2004 race four times for 207 of the 334 laps. The most Raybestos Rookies to lead a lap in the fall race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway are two in 1979 and again in 1994. 1994, John Andretti led twice for 30 laps and Ward Burton led once for one lap. In 1979, Dale Earnhardt led three times for 55 laps while Harry Gant held the top spot once covering seven laps.(Camp & Assoc/Raybestos), with Carpentier's released from the #10 GEM ride and McDowell not in the #00 car, only #01-Smith and #77-Hornish are racing each week for the award. See the rookie standings, history, past roty's, more notes on the race at my 2008 Rookies Page.(10-8-2008)

    • Congrats - Casey Mears: Casey Mears and Trisha Grablander welcomed their baby yesterday, Oct. 7th. Samantha Mae Mears weighed 8lbs. 7oz. and is 20 3/4 inches long. Sam is named after her Great-Grandmother Mae "Skip" Mears. Mom, Dad, and baby are doing fantastic!(10-8-2008) Comment here

    • Clauson hopes to make Cup debut at LMS:Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced it has partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment America and its long-time sponsor Target to have MotorStorm Pacific Rift on Bryan Clauson’s #40 Dodge in his Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) debut at Lowe’s Motor Speedway (LMS) on October 11. Clauson, a 19-year-old from Noblesville, Ind., has been competing in the Nationwide Series (NNS) throughout this 2008 season, driving the #40 Fastenal Dodge. He made his career-first Nationwide start in September 2007 at Richmond, and has tallied 23 NNS starts since. To-date, the teen racer has collected one pole, one top-five and two top-10 finishes. Clauson scored his first career stock car victory in the ARCA Series at Gateway in his fifth career ARCA start. MotorStorm Pacific Rift, which will be released Tuesday October 28, takes you to a solitary tropical paradise in the Pacific Ocean, ready for a whole new take on no-holds-barred racing action through thick swamps, dense jungle, towering peaks and steaming volcanoes. Not just pretty backdrops to the action, these environments take center stage in challenging players with everything in Mother Nature’s arsenal. Thick mud, tangled undergrowth, swift flowing rivers, choking volcanic clouds and searing lava pools all test the drivers to their limits and beyond.(CGRFS PR), this will be the first race for the #40 CGRFS team since it suspended operations after the 17th race of the season. The team is not in the Top-35 in owners points and must qualify on speed to make the race at LMS.(10-8-2008) Comment here

      News from October 7, 2008

    • Harvick "Driven to the Outdoors" at LMS: In cooperation with RCR sponsors Realtree, Chevrolet, Shell Oil Company and Motorsports Authentics, Kevin Harvick’s #29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevy will feature a camouflaged-based Shell-Pennzoil paint scheme at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, as part of the first ever Chevy Driven to the Outdoors program. In addition to a full line of NASCAR camouflage merchandise and memorabilia, the Chevy Driven to the Outdoors program will feature a unique sweepstakes that will ultimately reward one fan with a 2009 Chevy Silverado LTZ. Fans interested in learning more about the Chevy Driven to the Outdoors program and the rules associated with the sweepstakes can visit PR)(10-7-2008)

    • Penske testing at Kentucky UPDATE: Penske Racing is testing with three teams at Kentucky Speedway on Tuesday, October 7. Scheduled to test are #2-Kurt Busch, #77-Sam Hornish, and the R&D team with David Stremme. Fans can view testing from the designated area outside the Kentucky Speedway Fan Center in Turn 3 for free. Tests usually begin at 9:00am and end at 5:00pm. Times will vary based on team goals.(Kentucky Speedway PR)
      UPDATE: Penske Racing’s new-look Sprint Cup Series line-up of Kurt Busch, Sam Hornish, Jr., and David Stremme rolled through its 2009 punch list during today’s test session at Kentucky Speedway. Items on the agenda included a trial run of next season’s test rules as well as a shake down of the new Dodge race engine. “We have four or five different projects we’re working on. We didn’t feel like we tested that well at Lowe’s Motor Speedway last week, so we had to make some changes in our plans. We were going to go to the Indianapolis tire test, but instead we came here and decided to blend this test into the procedures for what’s going to happen next year. We didn’t know how many cars we were going to be able to get ready in time (for today), but next year you can have as many drivers as you want test. We just have to change seats and seat belts (in the cars.) We’re working on that to see how quick we can make that happen as well as comparing Sam’s car to my car. We’re also spending more time on the engines,” Busch said. “The more testing we can get (with the engine) the better. In race conditions it ran cool as far as water temperature, but the oil temperature was up around 250 degrees, so that was a little warm for normal circumstances. Maybe the engine has a bigger water cavity, we just need to get more miles on it to balance that out as well as measure its durability. It’s just like everything else; it takes time. If it were lightning in a bottle we’d have poured it in a long time ago,” the nine-year veteran said. Today’s extended track time also helped Busch and Hornish, Jr., learn more about their new teammate. “David’s been doing a great job for us testing our Car of Tomorrow (C.O.T.) here, at Nashville and even some short tracks, but he didn’t know what the set-ups were in the car. Now he’s seeing the set-ups, the numbers on what things are and it gives him a better feel - especially for the way that I drive and the way Sam is driving. David will be able to balance us both and check us both out. We have to have the best drivers surrounded by the best crew to get ahead of the curve. Right now, we’re just trying to get caught up to it,” Busch said.(Kentucky Speedway PR)(10-7-2008)

    • NC Auto Racing HOF announces Walk of Fame: Mooresville, North Carolina, also known as "Race City, USA", will unveil a new Walk of Fame attraction in May 2009 designed to honor inductees of the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame. The walkway will be located on the sidewalks of Historic Downtown Mooresville in front of the Charles Mack Citizen Center. Ron Johnson, Director of the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau, has played key role in the project, not only by bringing the funding to the table but injecting his vision for a one of a kind attraction. Said Ron Johnson, "This project marks the end of a five-year dream that NASCAR Technical Institute's John Dodson and I have shared. We wanted to build something that would bring together the rich heritage of the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame and the downtown Mooresville area." The attraction will feature markers for each of the Hall of Fame's inductees. The 2008 induction ceremony, being held on October 8, will honor the late Benny Parsons. During this year's ceremony, an unveiling of the Walk of Fame markers, featuring Richard Petty's 1997 induction into the Hall of Fame, will take place. Don Miller, founder of the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame and Chairman of the Board said, "I can't tell you how excited I am about this project. Racing was born in the Carolinas. This walkway solidifies our rich history and preserves our heritage in this great sport that has meant so much to all of us." North Carolina manufacturer David Allen Company has been contracted to build the markers, which will be installed by early May. More info on the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame at PR)(10-7-2008)

    • Carpentier blamed by crew chief UPDATE released: After the Gillett Motorsports #10 Dodge failed to qualify on speed at Talladega Superspeedway, crew chief [or as GEM calls them, Team Director] Mike Shiplett decided to put good judgement aside and lash out at team driver Patrick Carpentier in the Tow Truck in a Box team trailer while the doors were open, allowing anyone in the paddock to witness the skirmish. This gesture was not appreciated by the canadian driver. "I think it's a complete lack of respect," said Carpentier. "I never was shy to take the blame when I thought it was my fault, but here, everybody knows that it's like driving in a straight line. The driver just has to keep the steering wheel straight. He should have taken a time out and calmed down before he spoke. " Shiplett accused Carpentier of going too low down on the last straight, which he claimed made the front of the car rub against the ground. "It's bulls**t," said Carpentier. "I've looked at the timing data and we were already three-tenths below the time we needed to qualify when I went below the line. I went low because i felt we had to try everything. I gave it all I had, but now he blames me? This is totally unacceptable. It's not as if my teammates were on the first row! They both ran slower than me! " #9-Kasey Kahne (41st) and #19-Elliott Sadler (43rd) posted times that were slower than the Carpentier (39th). It is their positions in the top 35 point standings that allowed them to be in the starting lineup of AMP 500. Sadler was using the new generation of the Dodge / GEM chassis. Kahne was also using the new chassis until when he damaged his primary car during practice. For Carpentier and the #10 Tow Truck in a Box Dodge, the only option given by GEM was to use an old generation Dodge Charger chassis. What most enraged Carpentier, is that Shiplett decided to scold him at Talladega, a track where the driver can do nothing to improve his fate if his car is not up to speed. "Even though I know his criticism didn't make any sense, what is worst is that he seems to have forgotten pretty quickly races like Dover or in Atlanta where I've qualified a car that he himself didn't think was fast enough to earn a place on the starting grid. I realize now that some people have a really short memory span in NASCAR, "said Carpentier". Shiplett was not available for comment after the non-qualification of his car.( taken from a french article at
      UPDATE: Patrick Carpentier has been released from Gillett Evernham Motorsports, sources confirmed Tuesday. Carpentier, a Sprint Cup rookie and former open-wheel racer in Champ Car and the IndyCar Series, was the driver of the #10 Dodge for GEM. He could not be reached for comment. On his Web site,, Carpentier wrote he got into an argument and skirmish Saturday with team director Mike Shiplett, who blamed him for failing to qualifying at Talladega. Dominique Fugere, motorsports writer for Le Journal de Montreal, reported Shiplett later apologized to Carpentier after the argument at Talladega. Carpentier already was a lame-duck at GEM, which announced earlier that Reed Sorenson [not Scott Riggs] would drive for the team in 2009. GEM officials have not said who will drive the car this weekend for the Sprint Cup race at Lowes Motor Speedway.(ESPN)
      UPDATE 2: Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced today that Mike Wallace will drive the #10 Dodge at Charlotte this weekend and A.J. Allmendinger will take over driving duties at Martinsville on Oct. 19 and for the remainder of the 2008 Sprint Cup season. Wallace and Allmendinger replace Patrick Carpentier who drove the #10 in 24 races this season. Allmendinger, 26, is committed to driving the #00 this weekend at Charlotte. “I’m excited about this news,” said the California native. “GEM has great equipment and I’m confident we can take these final five races and get the #10 up in points. I know we have a lot of work to do, but we are going to give it our best shot. I’m looking forward to spending some time with Crew Chief Mike Shiplett and the guys starting at Martinsville.” Reed Sorenson will assume the driving duties of the #10 at the beginning of the 2009 season.(GEM PR)(10-7-2008) Comment here

    • NASCAR making progress with tires at Indy: Goodyear and NASCAR officials say tire wear has improved significantly during this week's testing at Indianapolis. NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said on Tuesday that cars in the tests were running at least 20 laps on Goodyear's new tires, built using a compound similar to that used during the second race in Dover, Del., this year. Pemberton also did not appear overly concerned about tire problems during Sunday's race in Talladega, Ala. Several drivers had blowouts during the race, which Pemberton attributed primarily to punctures.(Associated Press)
      Teams: been told the teams testing [13-14 teams] are: #1-Truex Jr./DEI, #5-Mark Martin, #9-Kahne, #17-Kenseth, #20-Joe Gibbs Racing, #26-McMurray, #33-RCR, #41-Ganassi, #43-Labonte, #44-Reutimann/MWR, #84-Red Bull Racing; un-number white Ford and un-number gray HMS Chevy.
      AND for more info on Goodyear's tire tests, see my Goodyear Tire page.(10-7-2008) Comment here

    • Talldega overnight TV Ratings: ABC’s broadcast of Sunday’s Amp Energy 500 Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway earned a 4.0 overnight rating from Nielsen Media Research, Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Daily reports. The rating is 4.8% lower than the 4.2 the Cup race earned overnight on ABC in 2007.(SceneDaily)(10-7-2008) Comment here

    • Almirola about 2009 sponsorship: ARIC ALMIROLA, #8 U.S. ARMY IMPALA SS, ON SPONSORSHIPS FOR ‘09? "I have told a lot of people this weekend, I don't get paid to speculate, I get paid to drive race cars. I am just going out there doing the best job I can every weekend. I am not giving any extra effort now, because if I were, that would be shame on me, because I wasn't doing my job earlier in the season. I am doing everything I was doing earlier in the season, I am doing the same things. It is business as usual. It is up to Max (Siegel) and John (Story) to take care of all that stuff. A part of me worries about it, but a part of me, I can't worry about it, that isn't my job."(GM Racing PR)(10-7-2008)

    • Race and Commercial Breakdown of the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega:
      Total number of commercials: 123
      Total number of companies or entities advertised: 71
      Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 25
      Start time to record race/commercial periods: 2:01 PM
      End time to record race/commercial periods: 6:28 PM
      Total minutes: 267
      Minutes of race broadcast: 212
      Minutes of commercials: 55
      Number of missed restarts: 0 but they were very close on two occasions
      Number of ‘mystery cautions’: 1
      Number of times Jerry should not have said ‘We will now race commercial-free to the green’: 1
      Total race brdcst time 212 Total comm. brdcst time 55
      See more on my 2008 Commercials Page.(10-7-2008) Comment here

      News from October 6, 2008

    • A.J. back at Charlotte? UPDATE to MWR: A.J. Allmendinger was interviewed on ESPN2's NASCAR Now and he said he has been in meetings with teams at Talladega Superspeedway and hopes to have his 2009 plans set soon and hopes to be in a ride as soon as the Bank of American at Lowe's Motor Speedway next weekend.(10-5-2008)
      UPDATE: Michael Waltrip Racing announced that AJ Allmendinger will attempt to qualify the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for the Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 Saturday night. “I look forward to it and I think this is a great opportunity,” Allmendinger said. “Over the past couple of months the organization has really picked up with how everyone has been running. Hopefully, I can go out there and do a good job and get the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota team back inside the top 35.” This past weekend Kenny Wallace recorded the team’s best finish of the season by crossing the finish line in 12th-place at Talladega Superspeedway. Now, it is Allmendinger's turn to strap into the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota for the first time on Thursday for Sprint Cup Series practice and then qualifying. Allmendinger knows the team is only 39 points shy of 35th-place in the owner points. The coveted position is currently occupied by #7-Robby Gordon, who finished eighth on Sunday. Michael Waltrip Racing’s decided to make a driver change with the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota after the team failed to qualify with Michael McDowell for the Sprint Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway. The objective remains the same and that is to qualify on time and return the Michael Waltrip Racing team to the top 35 before the checkered flag waves at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(full PR at MWR)(10-6-2008) Comment here

    • Entry List is posted for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, 47 cars are entered including #25-Brad Keselowski, #40-Bryan Clauson, #75-Derrike Cope, #82-Scott Speed and #45-Chad McCumbee. Mark Martin is back in the #8, Bill Elliott back in the #21, A.J. Allmendinger will run the #00 MWR Toyota and Mike Wallace is in the #10 since Carpentier was released. See the entry list on Jayski's Charlotte Entry List page.(10-6/7-2008)

    • Entry List for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
      Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
      #00-A.J. Allmendinger (30/36)
      #10-Mike Wallace (30/39)
      #21-Bill Elliott [past champ] (30/42)
      #25-Brad Keselowski (0/0)
      #40-Bryan Clauson (17/44)
      #45-Chad McCumbee (30/40)
      #70-Tony Raines (30/43)
      #75-Derrike Cope (0/0)
      #77-Sam Hornish Jr. (30/37)
      #78-Joe Nemechek (30/41)
      #82-Scott Speed (0/0)
      #96-Ken Schrader (30/38)
      In the event qualifying is cancelled:
      the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 77,21,00,96,10,45,78,70
      missing the race would be [4]: #'s 40,25,75,82
      See the full entry list at my Jayski's Charlotte Entry List.(10-6/7-2008)

    • Below yellow line at Daytona/Talladega OK on last lap? NO UPDATE 3: This was posted back in Feb 2007 about the Truck Series race at Daytona. The 'rule' was metnioned at the end of ABC's broadcast, but NASCAR ruled otherwise.
      Drivers throughout the Craftsman Truck Series garage were still talking about last week's [Feb 2007] three-wide finish at Daytona International Speedway. While they admitted the finish was good for television, most wondered why NASCAR allowed Johnny Benson to drive below the yellow line - Daytona's out of bounds line - to jump from third to second in the final 200 yards. Benson wasn't penalized because "if you can see the checkered flag on the last lap, anything goes," according to NASCAR spokesman Owen Kearns.(Augusta Chronicle)(2-24-2007/10-5-2008), no word on the exact ruling, problem with the ruling? take it up with NASCAR, contact info on my Racing FAQ/Contact NASCAR page.
      from NASCAR: Post-Race Comments from NASCAR Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter Talladega Superspeedway, Oct. 5, "You cannot improve your position anytime you go below the yellow line. In our judgment, he (Regan Smith) improved his position and the penalty for that is a pass thru, so he was moved back to the tail end of the longest line or 18th position. At the driver's meeting, we clearly state that you cannot improve your position by going below the yellow line. We do not feel he was forced below the yellow line. Anytime you get into a situation like this, there are going to be two different opinions. We respect Regan's view, but we made the call, we think it's the right call and the finish is final. NASCAR has to maintain some kind of control – and that's the reason we say, you cannot advance your position by going below the yellow line. If he had not improved his position, he probably would have been awarded 2nd place."(NASCAR)(10-5-2008)
      UPDATE: Smith and even Johnson, the two-time defending champion, said after the race they thought that the rules were not as tight coming to the finish line. A NASCAR spokesman stated publicly after a controversial truck race finish at Daytona in February 2007 that such was the case. Hunter, speaking for NASCAR on Sunday, said that was not true. "From what the officials tell me, it was pretty black and white,'' Hunter said of the decision. "You can't advance your position. It doesn't matter how you get there. It's a no-no.''(Roanoke Times)
      UPDATE 2: Talladega Drivers Meeting: THIS IS YOUR WARNING DRIVERS: Race Director -David Hoots told the drivers and crew chief’s today “This is your warning. If you race below the yellow line and in the judgement of NASCAR you advance your position, you will be black flagged. If, in NASAR’s judgement you force someone below the yellow line in an effort to stop him from passing you , you may be black flagged” Hoots added: “Aggressive driving zones..first off don’t place yourself in position of opening up in our judgement of what’s aggressive. It’s considered all the way around the race track with much emphasis and observation placed on the turns and in the tri-oval. If you think that you are getting ready to go over being aggressive back off and let’s get to the end of the race." Hoots also warned the group about speeding. “I would remind you all we had numerous speeding penalties yesterday at the entrance and exits and yellow line to yellow line,” he said. NO Questions: When asked by Hoots if there were any questions - the room of drivers and crew chiefs was silent.(Dialed in/Claire B. Lang)
      UPDATE 3: NASCAR Rule Clarification Regarding Passing At Daytona International Speedway And Talladega Superspeedway: At yesterday's Drivers Meeting, NASCAR reiterated the rule about passing under the yellow line and provided the same information to all drivers and crew chiefs in a hand out, as we've done in past Daytona and Talladega races. The verbatim language is: "This is your warning: race above the yellow line. If, in NASCAR'S judgment, you go below the yellow line to improve your position, you will be black-flagged. If in NASCAR's judgment you force someone below the yellow line (in an effort to stop him from passing you), you may be black-flagged."
      "During the last lap of yesterday's race at Talladega Superspeedway the driver of the #01 violated NASCAR policy by driving under the yellow line to improve his position," said NASCAR President Mike Helton. "In NASCAR's opinion he was not forced below the yellow line. NASCAR correctly took immediate action to enforce the policy by penalizing the #01 and scoring the #20 as the race winner."
      Helton continued, "Since the end of the race there has been some confusion as to what is allowable during the last lap at Daytona and Talladega. To be clear, as we go forward, there will be no passing under the yellow line at any time during NASCAR races at Daytona or Talladega, period. This includes any passing below the yellow line near the start/finish line on the final lap," said Helton.(NASCAR PR)(10-6-2008) Comment here

    • Hamlin taken to hospital after hard wreck; overnight stay Released: #11-Denny Hamlin was held Sunday night at a Birmingham hospital Sunday for further evaluation after a tire failure led to a hard crash at Talladega Superspeedway. Hamlin was alert and awake when he was transported to the UAB Medical Center, but was complaining of a headache and possibly had a concussion. He was also favoring his right foot after a slow exit from his crumpled car. "The tire went down and it was quite a shot," Joe Gibbs Racing president J.D. Gibbs said. "He's got a little headache, so they're just going to watch him. It was a scary deal, but it's at least nice that he's alert and with it." Hamlin, one of 12 drivers racing for the Sprint Cup title, was leading midway through the race when his right front tire failed and his Toyota shot into the outside wall. He said nothing over his in-car radio after the hit and took several moments to get out of the car. Crew chief Mike Ford said he was unsure what happened to the tire, and did not have a chance to speak to Hamlin. "But it happened so fast, I doubt he even knows," Ford said. Hamlin's tire failure was the fourth one in the race and fifth of the weekend. Earlier, Brian Vickers' tire exploded as he was racing for the lead and it triggered an eight-car accident. Ford said on the run before Hamlin's tire failure, the right rear tire had several cuts in it when the crew removed it during a pit stop. Hamlin attributed the cuts to debris on the race track, so Ford said it was unclear if the later failure was caused by Hamlin running over something or a deficiency in the Goodyear product.(Associated Press)(10-5-2008)
      UPDATE: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing was released this morning from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital after spending the night for observation. Following his lap 99-incident in yesterday's Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway, Hamlin was taken to the track's infield care center then transported by ambulance to Birmingham. He was kept overnight at UAB and released this morning to return home to North Carolina. Hamlin had just lead his ninth lap of the race when he lost his right-front tire in turn two, slid up the track and made heavy contact with the SAFER barrier.(Joe Gibbs Racing PR)(10-6-2008) Comment here

    • Sprint Cup Series Record 28 Different Leaders At Talladega: There were 28 different leaders in Sunday’s AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, an all-time Sprint Cup Series record. The previous record of 26 was snapped on Lap 142 when Joe Nemechek crossed the start/finish line in first. Michael Waltrip later extended the record to 28, leading lap 165. The old record of 26 different leaders was originally set July 27, 1986, at Talladega. It was tied on April 22, 2001, again at Talladega. Sunday’s race also placed in the top five in terms of lead changes. There were 64 total lead changes, which is tied for fifth-most in NASCAR history.(NASCAR)(10-6-2008)

    • Petty to run Phoenix, after that ? #45-Kyle Petty will race for Petty Enterprises in November at Phoenix International Raceway, but will he return to the team in 2009? Petty Enterprises Executive Vice President Robbie Loomis said the future is still to be determined and if Petty could find more races somewhere else, he could drive for another team next year. Petty has talked in the past about possibly doing a part-time schedule next year, either with the Pettys or somewhere else. He already has committed to be in the telecast booth for TNT during its six events. Some of Petty’s sponsorship are tied to him as a driver. “We’ve got to look at Petty Enterprises and where we’re going with the future, but at the same time Kyle Petty has to look at Kyle Petty himself and I’m sure if the opportunity comes up and somebody’s got a good situation for him to run a full schedule, I would think Kyle probably would want to do it barring he still gets to do his TV races,” Loomis said Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Chad McCumbee will run the remainder of the races starting with next week at Lowe’s Motor Speedway with the exception of Phoenix, Loomis said. Loomis said he really likes McCumbee, who will be evaluated for the rest of the season to determine if he will be signed for 2009.(SceneDaily)(10-6-2008) Comment here

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