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  • Morgan Shepherd plans to attempt Daytona NXS race: This year marks the 50th anniversary of Morgan Shepherd running his first race at Hickory Motor Speedway in 1967. He's run 976 races in NASCAR's top 3 levels with wins in the Cup and Xfinity Series. Shepherd is already the oldest driver to start a race in a Cup level, the oldest driver to lead an Xfinity race at age 74, and the oldest driver to start a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Shepherd plans to take his black and gold Camaro race in the Power Shares 300 at Daytona on Saturday, February 25, and that won't be the end of the line. "If we get in Daytona and everything's okay, we'll continue right on and do the west coast swing," Shepherd added.(WBTV)(2-11-2017)

  • Kevin Magnussen intersted in running a NASCAR race sometime: Ask Kevin Magnussen about NASCAR, and he just smiles. Gene Haas' latest Formula One recruit is well aware of his boss' championship stock car teams. The 24-year-old Dane, who replaced Esteban Gutierez as Haas F1's second driver, was Stateside this week to see Haas' holdings up close. On Wednesday, Magnussen flew to Haas Automation headquarters in Oxnard, California where he sat behind the wheel of a Monster Energy Cup car on display but "unfortunately" couldn't take it for a spin. "It's extremely cool," Magnussen said of the stock car. "But it's not easy to get in. It's nice because I grew up in motorsport, and you think you know everything, and then you come over here and you see those cars and it's very different." Magnussen then flew to North Carolina to tour Haas F1 Team's U.S.-base and Stewart-Haas Racing next door. "It's very old-school racing but then extremely high-technology as well," Magnussen said of the NASCAR operation. "There's just as much science behind those cars as our cars, but still it's very different." It didn't take long for Magnussen to express his interest in driving a stock car in the future. But before he could even think about following his father Jan's footsteps from F1 to NASCAR, Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner put on the brakes. "At the moment, let's focus on what we're doing," Steiner said. "You have to do it right, or you don't do it. These things need to be done right. They cannot just be winged with this level of people. "Everybody needs to get prepared for the season, then we'll see how we fall into it. We may consider it again. But at the moment, we just have to get as ready as possible for Australia and do a good job there." Steiner isn't saying never. Romain Grosjean was excited about the possibility of racing a stock car when he signed on last year. But Steiner admits Haas F1 teams have to show progress before the organization can even contemplate swapping drivers.(Motorsport)(1-30-2017)

  • Bourdais interested in NASCAR road race: Heading into [the] Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, Sebastien Bourdais is prepared to drive Ford's famous GT supercar in the twice around the clock event with co-drivers Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller. But after the checkered flag falls, he's open to taking a spin in a stock car on one of NASCAR's road courses, he confided to Kickin' the Tires on Friday. He had his chance once before, with an opportunity appearing after runs in the now-defunct IROC (International Race of Champions) Series, but he took a pass rather than jump the open-wheel ship. Instead, Bourdais followed his dreams into Formula 1, and although the 37-year-old former CHAMP Car sensation didn't have the championship success he'd hoped for, he knew if he hadn't done so he'd always question himself. When asked if he would consider driving in a one-off event, such as Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the Xfinity Series or one of the two road courses in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, he said anything is possible if team owners wanted to approach him with an offer. "I guess on road courses, that's probably not out of the equation," he said. "Yeah, I'm Mr. Touch Anything He Can Get His Hands On, so I would be definitely interested in trying that if the right opportunity comes along." However, for anyone who might think that Bourdais was out glad-handing team owners in a chance to convince them they should put him behind the wheel, that's not the case. Yes, he is interested but now that his desire is known, he is content with sitting back and seeing if someone is interested in him.(Kickin the Tires)(1-29-2017)

  • Montoya wins Race of Champions: Juan Pablo Montoya took his wife's advice and it paid off. Montoya had passed on previous invitations to participate in the annual Race of Champions, but when his wife, Connie Freydell-Montoya, suggested he take part in this year's event, he agreed. "It's unbelievable. Today I am actually regretting that I haven't done this before," Montoya said. Montoya was crowned Champion of Champions after prevailing against some of the best drivers in the world in a head-to-head format in the 28th annual event, which was held on U.S. soil for the first time at Marlins Park. Montoya won his final seven races, including both in the final against Tom Kristensen, who has five second-place finishes to his credit in 15 appearances. Kurt and Kyle Busch, Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Sebastian Vettel, David Coulthard, Travis Pastrana, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Jenson Button, Felipe Massa and Pascal Wehrlein were among the 16 drivers who participated in the event, which consisted of four groups of four, with the top two moving on to the quarterfinals. Sunday's action includes drivers teaming up, including NASCAR's Busch brothers, for the Nations Cup and an America vs. The World finale.(Associated Press)(1-22-2017)

  • What happened to...Rick Mast? Rick Mast was one of the more popular drivers to longtime NASCAR fans throughout the 1990's and early 2000's. Mast, from the tiny town of Rockbridge Baths, Virginia, was known for his loyalty and dedication. He enjoyed a solid career in NASCAR's top two national series before an illness cut his driving career short in 2002. Mast was driving for fellow Virginian and car owner Junie Donlavey when he started feeling puny in the spring of 2002. "I started feeling worse and worse and it just got to the point to where I couldn't start feeling better after being in the car," said Mast. "The doctors ran test after test. They finally came back and said that at least the tests were all negative or I would be dead, but they still couldn't figure out what was causing my sickness." Mast visited several more doctors and finally made a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida where doctors made the connection to carbon monoxide poisoning causing Mast's symptoms. Mast would eventually start feeling significantly better, but the damage had already been done to his body.
    "When I got sick (in 2002) it forced me to stay home and I got reacquainted with everyone around my hometown and my family," Mast said. "I missed out on a lot of (son) Ricky's time growing up and maybe got to see two of his baseball games in four years." Mast's priorities changed. Although his oldest son was leaving for college, Mast's young twins, Kaitie and Sarah, were still at an impressionable age. Mast wanted to be present in their lives. "I had the opportunity the next year to do a television broadcast of a race in Nashville and I enjoyed it and I was told by the folks with the network I did a pretty good job and I enjoyed working the race," Mast said. "Ricky turned 20 the next day and I decided to stay home and spend time with my family. I didn't want to miss time with my daughters like I did with Ricky."
    Mast didn't get a chance to leave on his own terms. But the sport was in a state of transition as he departed. "Things were starting to change in the sport and I don't miss a lot of the things like the travel and being away from home, but I do miss the traveling family because we were a tight-knit group," Mast said. "It was more than the drivers, it was the crew members and all the comradery you felt being a part of that group." Once Mast recovered from his symptoms, he was back on the road, except this time it was to support his daughters who played travel sports in school and spending time with his family.(Motorsport)(1-18-2017)

  • Simon Pagenaud interested in NASCAR race: Unlike many drivers from the open-wheel ranks, 2016 IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud says he would like to give NASCAR a try on an oval track rather than a road course. During an appearance on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, he said: "I'm obviously pretty open-minded as a driver. I've raced sports cars, I've raced in IndyCar obviously, I've raced rally cars in Europe and I'm open to any kind of racing. I've raced different-size cars, different engines, different tires and that makes it interesting for a driver to taste all these different things. Everybody asks me if I would like to drive on a road course, but I actually would enjoy it more to try it on an oval." However, the 32-year-old native of France said he didn't know when an opportunity to run a NASCAR race with Team Penske might occur as his priority right now is in IndyCar.(Motorsport)(10-31-2016)

  • Mike Wallace testifies in assault trial UPDATE: Former NASCAR driver Mike Wallace still suffers from black floaters in his right eye and still has problems with depth perception from injuries suffered in an alleged assault June 17 following a Rascal Flatts concert. Wallace testified about his injuries Tuesday during the first day of trial for three men charged with misdemeanors assaulting him, his daughter and son-in-law. The men -- Paul Lucas, 29, Nathan Lucas, 24, and Randolph Mangum, 23 -- pleaded not guilty during the arraignment prior to the start of the trial. The 57-year-old Wallace also suffered a broken tooth that he still needs to have replaced as well as lacerations in his mouth. His daughter in law Lindsey Wallace Van Wingerden suffered a broken wrist and black eye. Under cross examination, the focus was on Wallace's actions that night. He said he had four drinks - two at dinner and two during the concert. He said he wasn't inebriated. He had taken anti-anxiety medication earlier in the day, medication that his prescription indicated he was not supposed to mix with alcohol. In other testimony, the arresting police officer indicated that he was told the men charged in the fight acted in self-defense. The police investigation report includes three additional victims, including people with the last name Lucas and Mangum. The trial will continue Wednesday morning.(
    UPDATE: A mistrial was declared in the trial of three men charged in a alleged assault of former NASCAR driver Mike Wallace, his daughter and son-in-law. Two potential witnesses were in the courtroom for part of the first day of trial Tuesday -- violating the sequestration order in the case -- and North Carolina District Court Judge Ronald Chapman determined their testimony could be influenced by what they saw. No new trial date was set.(

  • Jordan Anderson could run some Cup races in 2017: When Jordan Anderson straps into his Famously Hot Columbia SC #66 Chevy Friday night at the Chicagoland Speedway, it will mark a special anniversary. It was in 2015 at the Joliet, Illinois facility where the Famously Hot colors made their NASCAR debut with Anderson. Since then, that paint scheme has become a familiar one as Anderson, who is running a full-time Camping World Truck Series schedule, has Columbia, SC onboard as his primary sponsor for most of the races. Anderson is currently 19th in the truck series standings entering this weekend which was also find Jordan running in the XFinity Series event at Chicagoland. However, 2017 could be the year when Jordan's career hits another gear as he could make his debut in the Sprint Cup Series. Anderson says he has talked to a couple of teams about running a race or two in NASCAR's top series. A lot has to happen for Jordan to make that jump but the fact that preliminary talks have started is a good sign that Anderson's name is starting to carry more and more weight in all three NASCAR garages.(WLTX)(9-17-2016)

  • What is Marcos Ambrose up to: Former NASCAR driver and race winner Marcos Ambrose, left the sport of auto racing to develop a new tourism venture Thousand Lakes Lodge near Lake Augusta in the Central Highlands (Tasmania, Austrailia). Ambrose says driving a race car and developing a new tourism product may seem worlds apart, however its been surprising to experience the similarities between rising up the ranks of professional sport and developing a new tourism product. In an interview (video) at, Ambrose provides insights into the lessons he has learned as an elite sportsperson and applying them to developing a tourism business in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in the Central Highlands and added that he was extremely excited to be back in Tasmania and involved in the tourism industry.(8-26-2016)

  • Men arrested in beating of Mike Wallace to face additional charges: The three men arrested in the June beating of former driver Mike Wallace and his family face additional misdemeanor charges. Documents filed Friday by prosecutors in North Carolina court show Paul Lucas, who was charged with assault on a female, now faces misdemeanor charges for assault inflicting serious injury (two counts), assault/battery and assault on a female. Nathan Lucas and Randolph Mangum, originally charged with simple assault, now face misdemeanor charges for assault inflicting serious injury and assault/battery. Their next court date is October 25. Wallace suffered a bruised face, lacerations and tooth damage; his adult daughter suffered a fractured wrist and black eye, according to the documents.(

  • IndyCar's Newgarden drops hints of running NASCAR: While visiting Watkins Glen Raceway on Sunday morning, IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden said he would be open to competing in a NASCAR race if the right opportunity came along. Newgarden, 25, a Tennessee native, said he was particularly interested in running a NASCAR short track race at a facility like Iowa Speedway, or maybe even a road course. "I have a huge interest (in driving a NASCAR car)," Newgarden said. "Open wheel was always my interest as a kid. That always has a special place for me. I want to win Indy 500s. But I'd love to see guys cross over more. I know a lot of (stock car) guys who want to run the Indy 500. But in today's day and age it's become less acceptable to cross paths, people don't go into other people's territory. I'd love to see that change. I'd love to do an IndyCar race one weekend and the next weekend run a NASCAR race. That's a big goal." Conversely, Newgarden predicted that a few NASCAR drivers currently working for high-profile teams may compete in next year's Indianapolis 500. Newgarden said he personally knew of several Sprint Cup drivers hoping to run the Indy 500 at some point in the future, and perhaps a smaller number -- he specifically said two or three -- would be good bets to attempt next May's Memorial Day double. He smiled and refused to name names, however.(

  • IndyCar's Newgarden to attend Cup race at Watkins Glen: Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden is planning to attend Sundays Cheez-It 355 at The Glen to promote IndyCars return to Watkins Glen International next month. Watkins Glen, which hosted the IndyCar Series from 2005 to 2010, was added to the series schedule in May after the Grand Prix of Boston was canceled. The IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen is scheduled for Sept. 2-4. It is one of four remaining races this season for the series, which will have one race left after stopping at Watkins Glen. Newgardens schedule will include meeting with the media, visiting hospitality locations and spending time with the #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Jimmie Johnson.(Elmiria Star Gazette)(8-7-2016)

  • David Stremme's wife crowned Mrs. United States for 2016: Ashley Stremme, co-host of Motor Racing Networks Slingin Dirt and the wife of former Sprint Cup driver David Stremme, has been crowned Mrs. United States for 2016. The annual competition, acknowledged to be the premier pageant for married women in America, culminated with Thursdays finals at the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. I am in disbelief, Stremme said. You wonder if youre ever worthy of something like this. Its a testament that dreams can come true. Stremme, who also co-hosts MRNs Winged Nation, began her pageant preparation in April of this year, which led to her being crowned Mrs. North Carolina qualifying her for this weeks event in Las Vegas. This has been an incredible year for us, with David and me starting our new business, Stremme said, and now with my work at MRN. It has all not quite sunk in yet. The Stremmes recently opened a motor sports business that specializes in building chassis for dirt racing, which is one of their passions.(MRN)(8-6-2016)

  • Cancer is a family fight for former race car driver Shawna Robinson: When former race car driver Shawna Robinson completed her final radiation treatment for Stage 3 breast cancer in September 2015, she thought the dreaded disease was in her rearview mirror. After all, she was in remission. A little more than six months later, cancer again would affect her family. Her son, Tanner Clark, was diagnosed with testicular cancer just two days before his 20th birthday. "I was a mess [when Tanner was diagnosed]," the 51-year-old Robinson said. "I didn't know what to think. But then you have to pull yourself together because you have to be strong for him and let him know we'll get through it." Robinson is one of just 16 women to compete at NASCAR's highest level and one of three, along with Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick, to race in the Daytona 500.(see full article at ESPNW)(8-5-2016)

  • Another Truex Rising Through The Ranks: If things go according to plan for Tyler Truex, his cousin Martins victory in the May 29 Coca-Cola 600 wont be the only time a Truex wins this summer at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The younger Truex has proven in only three Bojangles Summer Shootout races hes a legitimate contender in the AAA Carolinas Legend Car Semi-Pro division. Truexs white #69 car with bright neon yellow numbers stands out under the lights because of its bright design, but its also been a staple at the front of the field. The 20-year-old New Jersey native appeared to have his first victory of the season in hand on Tuesday when he gained a 12 car-length lead on his competition with less than 10 laps to go, but his bid to win ended when he encountered throttle issues. That came only a night after Truex was in contention for a win, was involved in an accident and rallied to finish second. Truex flies into Charlotte on Monday, races on Tuesday, flies back home to New Jersey on Wednesday and works at Seawatch on Thursday and Friday. Travel doesnt bother Truex. His uncertain future as a racer is more of a concern. Im just open, trying to find sponsorship to maybe move onto late models down here, or really anything, Truex said. Id like to just go racing more. If we can find the money to keep running this Legend Car, Id like to do that. I love being at the race track. I want to be at the race track as much as I can.(National Speed Sport News)(6-30-2016)

  • Skinner races to win in NASCAR class at Goodwood Festival of Speed: Mike Skinner drove his #5 Cessna Toyota Tundra to Victory Lane in the NASCAR class at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, United Kingdom on Sunday afternoon. The 1995 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion finished third overall in the competition with a 50.44-second effort up the 1.16-mile course. "I'm always honored to compete at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and race up Lord March's famous hill climb course," said Skinner. "We have such wonderful support from our partners like Cessna, Toyota, Caymus Vineyards, as well as our financial partners--SunTrust, Sentinel Real Estate, FocusPoint, Warrington and Florence Capital." The 2016 event was marred with weather, as rain showers threatened the forecast throughout the entire three days. After running fifth and eighth in Friday's two batch runs among the field of 53 cars, all three trucks sat out during their batch run on Saturday morning due to a wet course. On Saturday afternoon, Skinner returned to the track for a qualifying run, which placed him 13th in the heavy rain. By Sunday's finals, Skinner picked up nearly three seconds from his fastest attempt to record the 50.44-second hill climb run, despite the constantly changing track conditions. Hosted by Lord March at the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, United Kingdom, the Goodwood Festival of Speed features every kind of car imaginable from the 1800s through today while also attracting some of the most accomplished drivers in motorsports.(PR)(6-28-2016)

  • Mike Wallace attacked after concert UPDATE3: Three people have been arrested in connection with an assault on former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Mike Wallace and his daughter following a Rascal Flatts concert Friday night in Charlotte, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Wallace posted a note on Facebook about the assault, which he said sent him and his adult daughter, Lindsey Wallace Van Wingerden, to the hospital. The 57-year-old Wallace said he suffered a concussion. A CMPD spokesman confirmed that three men were arrested in the Wallace assault.(
    AND: Kenny [Wallace] said Mike, 57, was kicked repeatedly in the head while unconscious. His daughter tried to jump on top of him to shield Wallace and was kicked in the ribs multiple times. Mike's Facebook page shows a gruesome photo of his bloodied face and two more of his daughter strapped onto a stretcher. Kenny said his brother received 12 stitches inside his mouth for his injuries. He has been released from the hospital.(Fox Sports)(6-19-2016)
    UPDATE: Wallace was on his way to a dentist to have three dislodged teeth repaired on Monday afternoon when he telephoned Daytona Beach News-Journal Motorsports Editor Godwin Kelly and gave his account of the assault and what has happened since the incident. See the Q&A here.
    UPDATE2: An Indian Trail company says it's being unfairly maligned on social media since one of its more than 70 employees was accused of participating in an assault on NASCAR driver Mike Wallace and his daughter Lindsey. Lucas Lawn and Landscaping said in a news release that it's been the subject of online "verbal attacks" since the postings by Mike Wallace and others. Some have called on the company's clients to pull their business. Others urged anyone considering using the company to find another firm. See full article at the Charlotte Observer (6-21-2016)
    UPDATE3: PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte has ended its service contract with a landscaping company whose owner's son was charged in connection with the assault of NASCAR driver Mike Wallace and his daughter. Wallace, his daughter and a third victim were assaulted in the pavilion's parking lot after a Rascal Flatts concert. "We were saddened by the regrettable events that took place on Friday, June 17," PNC Music Pavilion said in a statement. "Upon learning that the offensive actions were taken by patrons who also happened to be employed by Lucas Landscaping, one of our service providers, we took swift and immediate action to terminate services provided by Lucas Landscaping at PNC Music Pavilion."(Charlotte Observer)(6-22-2016)

  • Moffitt looking for another opportunity: NASCAR's Rookie of the Year trophy sits next to the television atop the mantle inside Brett Moffitt's North Carolina home. It's right there in sight each time the 23-year-old Grimes native watches Sprint Cup races and sees stock car racing's biggest stars through his picture screen rather than a windshield. In Moffitt's case, a career that seemed to be gaining speed last summer has stalled since his crowning achievement last fall. He hasn't been behind the wheel of a racecar since his November rookie coronation at Homestead Speedway. "Just watching the races right now kills me," he said. "Hopefully we get back there." Circumstances beyond his control are partially to blame for Moffitt's place on the Sprint Cup sidelines. He signed a contract two years ago with Michael Waltrip Racing after driving an under-funded car to a 22nd-place finish in his debut on NASCAR's top level. The deal was supposed to keep him in an MWR ride through the 2017 season. Then the organization folded last year. "I thought I had a future going," he said. "That was a big shock to me." Admittedly, though, Moffitt is in this position somewhat by his own volition. "There's been offers on the table, it's just not in the equipment we want to be in, so we're waiting for the right opportunity," he said. Agonizing as it is to sit on the couch and watch Cup races each Sunday, Moffitt also sees reason for optimism on the television. He sees young drivers thriving, like Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney, guys he raced alongside and often beat during their developmental years on the K&N circuit. It gives him hope that his career can still take off, too, if he can land the right ride.(Des Moines Register)(6-19-2016)

  • NASCAR race for Grosjean looking less likely this season: Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean concedes his hopes of competing in a NASCAR Sprint Cup event will have to be put on hold until next year. Last month Grosjean declared serious intent of making a guest appearance in the series with the Haas F1 team's sister outfit Stewart-Haas racing. Grosjean recognises, however, his chances of a drive this year are now limited, with the race at Watkins Glen on August 7, during the F1 summer break, his only realistic possibility. But with six grands prix over the next eight weekends before the break begins, Grosjean now feels his best opportunity to prepare properly is to wait until next year. "I'm going to two races - Kansas [October 16] and Homestead [November 20] - as a spectator," said Grosjean. "In terms of racing the only choice we have now is Watkins Glen in the August break, but it's a bit tricky during that. If it's not this year then I will practice over the winter, and next year we will definitely put it on the calendar. Yes, I want to do it, but it doesn't fit very well with the schedule, so its either Watkins Glen or next year. But I want to get in some days of testing. It's pointless being there to be last."(Autosport)(6-10-2016)

  • Marty Snider's son wins ARCA race in debut: Son of NBC NASCAR announcer Marty Snider, 21-year-old Myatt Snider made his ARCA Racing Series race at Toledo Speedway last Sunday. Starting the #22 Cunningham Motorsports Ford with sponsorship from The Original Louisiana Hot Sauce from the third starting position, Snider won the race. Sunday was the first of nine ARCA races Snider will take part in this season. Dalton Sargeant finished second, followed by Kyle Weatherman, Chase Briscoe and Matt Kurzejewski.(NBC Sports)(5-25-2016)

  • Hornish staying busy without racing: During his eight years as an open-wheel racer, from 2000 until he jumped to NASCAR in '08, Sam Hornish, Jr. was a mighty goliath, reaching the podium a staggering 47 times-19 on the very top step-while claiming three series championships. "That was just about a perfect fit for me, as far as car and driver and racing style," Hornish says. "Like a glove." You'd think a guy that good would be trying to line up on the starting grid for the centennial edition of the Indy 500. But Hornish isn't about that life anymore. He hung up his helmet at the end of last season, after an eight-year run in stock cars that fell well short of his open-wheel standard. The setbacks might've been easier to handle if Hornish weren't so insular, anxiety riddled and self-flogging on the job. So in late-November 2015, after finishing 25th at the Cup season finale at Homestead, Hornish unharnessed himself one last time and exhaled. He hasn't peeked in his rearview mirror much since. There's no need. Life after racing has kept Hornish in a spiraling heel-toe dance. When his daughters' school let it slip that they were having problems drafting substitute teachers, Hornish volunteered. "I've gotten to do everything from music to gym to pre-calculus," says the man who views his supervisory services-which have taken him from pre-K classes up through high school. Hornish's only regret, really, is that his wife, Crystal, is the only member of his brood who's witnessed his triumphant moments at the track in the flesh. "The kids were all born after my IndyCar career, and they weren't at the NASCAR races I happened to win either." So he's carting the whole gang along back to Indy for this year's 500 to ride in the parade and revel in many, many other pre-race festivities.(Sports Illustrated)(5-13-2016)

  • Romain Grosjean could run a NASCAR race this summer UPDATE: Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean's debut in NASCAR could happen as early as this summer, after Stewart-Haas Racing revealed it is now working on a plan to get the Frenchman a race entry. "We may give it a go. I think it would be really cool," he said after sitting in a Sprint Cup car on the day he was announced as a Haas F1 driver. "It's definitely on our wish list," Joe Custer, chief operating officer of Haas F1 said. "We just have to make it work - whether it be this year, next year, whenever that is. We're not sure. He's made it clear that he wouldn't want his debut to be on an oval - where he's never done it before. There's so much going on. We have to figure out the testing opportunities and all the things that would make it a success." Either road course race on the Sprint Cup schedule would be ideal for the 30-year-old racer with Sonoma (June 26) and Watkins Glen (August 7) both during off weeks for F1. But while Sonoma falls at the end of the Canada/Baku back-to-back run, the Glen race falls in the middle of the F1's summer break between the German GP (July 31) and the Belgian GP on August 28. "I'm not sure when it would happen, but it's on our list," explained Custer. "We would like to have him test. He would be a rookie. I don't think there are any barriers to any of this. We just have to figure it out and get it on the schedule. Then, five cars or four cars? Or does he work with another team in the garage. All of that. We have to work out the details and have enough time to make it happen."(Motorsport)(5-9-2016)
    UPDATE: Romain Grosjean believes that his best chance of making his NASCAR debut will come at the Sonoma road course race at the end of June. Grosjean expressed an interest in trying out NASCAR after joining Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas' new Formula 1 operation for its debut season in 2016. "When it's going to happen, I don't know. It's 21 races, it's quite a tight schedule already in Formula 1. Of course you don't want to start on an oval, I wouldn't feel very comfortable." Grosjean's best opportunities for a road course appearance come with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma on June 26 and the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen on August 7. However, the race at The Glen would cut into F1's summer break. "That's a problem," Grosjean said. "Sonoma is better I think." Should Grosjean be able to make his debut though, it would not come with Stewart-Haas Racing. NASCAR rules only allow four cars per team and no exceptions for rookie drivers as used to be the case. A possible scenario for Grosjean would be racing with the SHR-supported HScott Motorsports team.(NBC Sports)(5-13-2016)

  • Grosjean wants to run NASCAR road course race: Romain Grosjean says that contesting a one-off road course event in NASCAR is still on his radar but that he would want to do a proper test first. The Frenchman sat in a NASCAR machine at Gene Haass factory last year after signing for the Americans F1 team and said at the time that he would not be against trying one out on a track. And although he has ruled out doing an oval race, he says competing in a road course event is something that he is still up for. When asked whether he still had an interest in contesting a NASCAR race, Grosjean told "Yes! But I'd do it on a road course. Not on an oval, never. Id be scared, and its too much of a specialty. I'm open to doing some testing [of a Sprint Cup car] on a road course to see how it runs before making my decision. This car is vastly different from an F1 car."(Motorsport)(3-28-2016)

  • F1's Kimi Raikkonen to NASCAR in 2017?: If rumors hold any weight, the sun is setting on Kimi Raikkonen's Formula One career, and he may look to land in NASCAR. He started racing again with the Ferrari team in 2014 (after racing with them from 2007 to 2009) and has just three podium finishes in 39 races. For the last year, many have speculated that Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo has his eye on Raikkonen's seat for 2017. In the past, he raced in the World Rally Championship and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series. It's his NASCAR experience -- one race in each the trucks series and Xfinity series in 2011 -- that is fueling the latest rumors. According to Tanja Bauer of Sky Sport News, Raikkonen could end up in a seat with Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017. It's all conjecture at this point. Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup winner Tony Stewart is retiring at the end of the season and giving up his seat to Clint Bowyer. The team also employs drivers Kevin Harvick, Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch. Right now there doesn't seem to be room for Raikkonen [as the team is at the max of four cars/drivers]. So if he were to join SHR, it would mean a current driver would leave. The best scenarios for that would be either Harvick or Patrick taking a hike [but Harvick says he is staying and Patrcik is signed thru 2018].(full post at AutoWeek)(3-24-2016)

  • Legge would consider a NASCAR ride: Katherine Legge has never given up on the idea of driving for a front-line team that's built to win now rather than develop a concept. She is intrigued by NASCAR, where her friend, former Champ Car standout AJ Allmendinger, made the Chase playoffs in 2014. It's a long shot, because NASCAR rides are hard to come by, even for established drivers. But Legge has taken it as far as meeting with some of Allmendinger's contacts at Michigan International Speedway in 2014, and attending the Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen International last year. "Do I think I would be good in a stock car? Absolutely," Legge says. "Because of my DTM experience and just the fact I love ovals. I have most of my success in an open-wheel car on ovals. But it is a different sport. I suppose I haven't been proactive enough in contacting those guys if I want to make the jump just because of my laser focus with DeltaWing."(see full article at

  • Abreu wins second straight Chili Bowl: Rico Abreu celebrated one of the biggest victories of his career a year ago at the prestigious Chili Bowl, shortly before making one of the biggest moves of his career. The 4-foot-4 Abreu, one of the fastest-rising personalities in auto racing, celebrated another major career move by winning his second straight Chili Bowl on Saturday night - passing Bryan Clauson with 10 laps remaining. Abreu's victory came much to the delight of the overflow crowd inside the Tulsa Expo Raceway, where fans chanted his name a year ago and cheered him on during his final laps on Saturday. The 23-year-old Californian and former USAC Midget car champion followed last year's victory by moving on to the K&N East Series, where he finished fifth and won his first career stock car race at Columbus Motor Speedway in July. This time around, Abreu's big career move - a full-time step up to NASCAR's Truck Series - was announced the day before his Chili Bowl victory.
    After leading for much of the race, Clauson - the 2014 winner - finished second for the second straight year. Zach Daum was third. Kyle Larson was fifth, and fellow NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne 13th and Ricky Stenhouse 16th. Nearly 350 drivers began fighting their way through the grueling qualifying races on Tuesday, with 24 remaining for the 55-lap final late on Saturday night.(Associated Press)(1-17-2016)

  • IndyCar Racer Matthew Brabham Interested in NASCAR: So while Matthew Brabham (the grandson of three-time F1 Champion Sir Jack Brabham) remains focused on his upcoming IndyCar Series debut in May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 21-year-old wouldnt entirely dismiss a career in NASCAR if the circumstances ever presented themselves. His flirtation with NASCAR began in June when he tested a Late Model Stock at Hickory Motor Speedway with David Gilliland Racing. At the time, he was only racing part-time and still looking for the funding needed to advance his career into full-fledged Indy cars. Knowing that opportunities in NASCAR were greater than those currently in open wheel, Brabham turned laps in a Late Model just to add the skillset to his resume. By all accounts, he delivered a good showing and enjoyed the experience. Brabham turned laps alongside Todd Gilliland, a fellow third-generation driver who has since gone on to become the youngest winner in both the ARCA Racing Series and K&N Pro Series respectively. Even though theres mutual interest, Brabhams focus remains exactly where it should be with Team Murray/KV Racing and the traditional Month of May with the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 100th Indianapolis 500.(Popular Speed)(12-19-2015)

  • Zimmer completes his first test in NASCAR Late Model in the United States: Yann Zimmer, the Franco-Swiss driver who is trying to become the first NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver to reach NASCAR Sprint Cup, successfully completed a test last week in a Nelson Motorsports-prepared NASCAR late model at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Va. Zimmer, 25, quickly got up to speed and before the test was over he had equalled the time Matt Bowling set of 15.8 seconds (90.7mph) to win the pole position for a 200-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model race at the four-tenths-mile paved oval in August.(Racemax PR)(12-18-2015)

  • Latest on Kevin Swindell: Kevin Swindell wrote a blog entry at to update fans on his status following his wreck at the Knoxville Nationals in August.
    "You could say I'm semi-paralyzed from the waist down. I can voluntarily kick both legs outward to a straight position. I can also lock out my knees enough to stand with a walker. I haven't gotten any movement back in my ankles or feet to this point, but the doctors and therapists say that the upper leg comes back before the lower. Right now I go to therapy for two hours, three days a week. I also just added an extra hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays to try and get as much as I can. I spend 30 minutes or so standing with the help of my therapist. They place electrode pads on each muscle group of my legs. This helps them contract to strengthen them. It also serves as a method to try to activate the nerves, which could encourage them to wake them. I can't say this doesn't suck, because it does. Though with the help of my fianc, family, and a lot of great friends there hasn't been much that I haven't been able to do just three and a half months after breaking my back in two places and going through 16 hours of surgery. I'm really looking forward to heading to PRI in Indianapolis this week. I'm hoping to spend some time meeting with people to discuss how we can prevent what happened to me from happening to others. We've spent a lot of time worrying about our necks in Sprint Cars. It's time to think about our lower back and realize that the driver is truly the only thing there is to give when a car lands flat on the frame the way I did. I had every piece of equipment to the newest standards you can get. From a HANS device connected to the best Arai helmet to a full containment Butlerbuilt seat with an insert under me I had everything. Yet one of the softest flips I've probably ever taken is the only one that's ever hurt me."(One Dirt)(12-10-2015)

  • Lewis Hamilton interested in NASCAR: Lewis Hamilton admits he would love to take part in a NASCAR race "one day" after being an impressed spectator for the series' season finale. Hamilton flew to Miami to support Jeff Gordon last week ahead of the four-time NASCAR champion's final race in the series. The Mercedes driver is known to be an avid fan of America and American culture but has not raced outside of F1 since making his debut in 2007. Hamilton admits he has ambitions to follow in Gordon's footsteps at some point in the future. "It was a really cool event, I hope I get to do one one day," Hamilton said ahead of this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The reigning three-time world champion thinks there is a lot Formula One can learn from NASCAR, especially the access it gives to the fans. "I don't know, I would have to really think about that but there are definitely things they do a lot better than us ... Or for sure that we could learn from them. It was a great show, a great spectacle for the fans, a bit like DTM fans can get close to the garages in the background, to the drivers."(

  • Regan Smith looking for a ride: At 32, Regan Smith feels like he's just entering his prime as a race car driver. He's won at least one NASCAR national series race in each of the last five seasons, including two victories this season in the Xfinity Series. He's been regarded highly enough to substitute in Sprint Cup Series races for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson - as well as in practice and qualifying for Jimmie Johnson. But as this season draws to a close, there's just one problem: Smith doesn't know where he'll drive next year. Smith hasn't hit the open market for three years, when he moved from Furniture Row Racing (Sprint Cup) to JR Motorsports (XFINITY). His goal was always to get back into the Sprint Cup Series, but he was determined to be patient. Now he doesn't have a choice. JRM informed Smith it did not have a seat for him next year (new drivers Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier brought sponsorship with them), forcing Smith to scramble. "The misconception was, 'You have something and that's why you're leaving JRM,'" he said. "No, I got told I didn't have a position there in the coming season. Now I'm paying more attention to the free agency thing, I can say with 100% certainty I've never seen it this difficult to get things done and solidified."(USA Today)(11-12-2015)

  • Ambrose done racing full-time UPDATE: Marcos Ambrose has finally called time on his full-time V8 Supercars comeback, leaving the way clear for Fabian Coulthard and Scott Pye to drive a revitalised DJR-Penske team into 2016 and beyond. Confirmation of the expanded two-car team, and the signing of Coulthard after months of rumours and speculation, comes following a solid performance by Pye and Ambrose in the Bathurst 1000. Ambrose will still race in the final double-driver event of the season at the Gold Coast in just over a week but has yet to decide on his plans for next year, including a potential return to co-driving duties. "I do not intend to drive full-time any more. I elected not to be a part of it," Ambrose confirmed on Tuesday to News Limited. "It's absolutely my choice. There is no sadness. I've had a great run, a great career. I have my own personal reasons. I've got other priorities now."(Herald Sun)(10-14-2015)
    UPDATE: Marcos Ambrose will not return to the wheel of a V8 Supercar next season, Roger Penske has revealed. Having earlier opted out of a full-time drive, Ambrose met with Penske at Pukekohe to formally discuss his future with the team. Penske confirmed to that Ambrose has elected against continuing as a co-driver, but is likely to remain involved as a commercial ambassador. The move appears to spell retirement for the 39-year-old, who in March pulled out of a full-time drive with DJRTP just two events into his long awaited comeback from NASCAR. "I've talked to Marcos and he has made a decision that if he's not the primary driver he doesn't really want to be a co-driver," Penske told "I think from a driving perspective he won't be in a car, but hopefully he will work with us on the commercial side. He'd still come to certain key races to support us. (Speed Cafe)(11-10-2015)

  • Kevin Swindell released from hospital: Statement from Swindell family: Kevin Swindell has been released from Des Moines Mercy Hospital today after an eight-day stay at the hospital following last week's accident at Knoxville Raceway. The doctors and staff at Des Moines Mercy have been generous to us, both in their care for Kevin and their patience and understanding to all of us throughout our time here. We will forever be grateful to them. We cannot begin to thank everyone in the racing community for the support that you've shown to Kevin. The thoughtfulness of all of you is seen and felt and we feel stronger each day because of you. Kevin feels the power of your prayers and they are working. Our motto is: God showed up and showed out! We're also grateful for the donations that have come in and the continued fundraisers that race fans, organizations and tracks have started to help Kevin. We know there is a long road ahead for him and the donations will help ease the burden of the medical expenses we'll have and allow Kevin to focus solely on his health. Bank of America has set up an account for donations to Kevin. If you'd like to make a donation or are getting questions of where someone can donate, the information is below.
    To make a donation to Kevin's Recovery Fund, please make check out to Kevin Swindell and write "Recovery Fund" on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to: Kevin Swindell Recovery Fund, c/o Spire Sports + Entertainment, P.O. Box 638, Cornelius, NC 28031
    If you'd prefer to wire funds, please call Spire Sports + Entertainment at 704-897-2880 for information on how to do so.
    Donations can be made online at Please be sure to type "Kevin Swindell Recovery Fund" in the comment section to ensure your donation goes to Kevin.(Spire Sports + Entertainment)(8-23-2015)

  • Kevin Swindell progressing from sprint car wreck: Sprint car driver Kevin Swindell is making progress in his recovery from injuries sustained last week during a wreck at the Knoxville Nationals, according to his family. The Swindell family released a statement Monday afternoon that said the 26-year-old, son of legendary sprint car driver Sammy Swindell, underwent surgery earlier in the day "to address one of two fractures he suffered in his back." The family reported he underwent another surgery Friday. "Both surgeries have been successful and the doctors are heartened by his progress," the family wrote in the statement. "The doctors are also running tests on and monitoring a spinal cord injury that Kevin received during the accident. We realize there is a long battle ahead, but Kevin has remained positive throughout the process and is prepared to fight to regain his health. We're all hopeful for a Friday discharge and the next steps to recovery. We would like to especially thank the doctors, nurses and the staff at Des Moines Mercy Hospital for their outstanding work and the care they have provided for Kevin. Additionally, we want to let the sprint car community and all of the fans who have reached out to the three of us know that we are grateful for your ongoing support, prayers and donations. We remain optimistic about Kevin's progress and will provide updates as they become available." Swindell was airlifted to Des Moines Thursday night after his car flipped during a wreck at the start of his heat race. The Germantown, Tenn., native is a four-time winner of the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals. Swindell has also made 30 starts on NASCAR's Xfinity Series and raced once in the Sprint Cup Series in 2013.(Des Moines Register)(8-19-2015)

  • F1 Champ Lewis Hamilton "but I'd like to do a NASCAR race": Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has admitted his first love was not cars but motorbikes. And the Mercedes ace revealed when he got the first go-kart at the age of eight that began his incredible journey to race car stardom he really wanted to be on two wheels not four. The 30-year-old is set to become one of the greatest car racers of all time and the last round of the world championship in Hungary extended his lead over title rival Nico Rosberg to 21 points. When I was a kid I wanted to race motorbikes, said Hamilton. When my dad bought me my first go-kart I actually wanted a motorbike. Im not disappointed how things have turned out but bikes were my first love I suppose. Id also love to test a MotoGP bike just to see what its like. Naturally Id know the lines but Id love to know if I could even do it. Hamilton has become a true global sports star jetting almost weekly between London, his home in Monaco and Los Angeles. And it is in America where his other racing ambitions lie with the countrys premier saloon car series immortalised by Tom Cruises move Days of Thunder. Id really like to do a NASCAR race one day, added Hamilton.(The Mirror)(8-4-2015)

  • Skinner Breaks His Own Record at Goodwood Festival of Speed: Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Skinner was back to his winning ways on Sunday as he broke his own record time for the NASCAR class of competition at the iconic Goodwood Festival of Speed. After damaging his primary truck on Saturday afternoon, Skinner entered the final round of competition driving the 10th Toyota Tundra racecar ever built. He paced the race against the clock for the NASCAR division to beat the record time he set in 2014 by more than half-a-second and was identified as the "Driver Of The Day" at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, making for a storybook ending for the American NASCAR driver on his birthday.(PR)(6-30-2015)

  • Ambrose back racing in Australia: former NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose is once again back racing in his native Australia. After struggling to adapt to both V8 Supercars competition and the cars themselves, Ambrose took a leave of absence in mid-March from both the series and driving the #17 DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon co-owned by IndyCar and NASCAR team owner Roger Penske just a few months after returning home. Ambrose won the Supercars championship in 2003 and 2004 before coming to NASCAR in 2006. Now, the V8 Supercars Commission is welcoming Ambrose back by allowing him (and other non-regular drivers) two extra 30-minute practice sessions at upcoming endurance events at Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway (July 31-August 2)and Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprint (August 21-23), according to Australias version of Those races are essentially warm-up events for V8 Supercars prestigious Enduro Cup, which is a three-race series for the championship (think mini-Chase for the Sprint Cup): the Sandown 500 in September, and the Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 in October. This past Friday, Ambrose climbed back into a V8 Supercar for the first time and was allowed to complete just 10 laps of practice (mandated by V8 Supercars rules) at Hidden Valley raceway in Darwin, Australia.(NBC Sports)(6-27-2015)

  • Piquet Jr signs multi-year Formula E deal: Ahead of the finale showdown in London later this month, championship leader Nelson Piquet Jr. announced that he has signed a multi-year deal with NEXTEV TCR to compete in the FIA Formula E Championship. Piquet, a double Formula E race winner who is currently leading the championship, joined NEXTEV TCR ahead of the inaugural Formula E season. It saw his return to single-seater racing after five years away competing in NASCAR and rallycross in the USA. In just nine races he has impressed, scoring outright race victories at Long Beach in California and Moscow in Russia, as well as podiums in Uruguay, Buenos Aires and the legendary Monte Carlo. With two races remaining he is leading the championship with a 17 point margin. From 2010 Piquet Jr. began to pursue a career in the USA in NASCAR. He became the first Brazilian to win a top tier NASCAR race by visiting Victory Lane at Road America in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012 and further took victories in the NASCAR Truck Series. In 2014 he took a full-time ride in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, impressing with four podiums in his first season and, last autumn was announced as a driver for NEXTEV TCR in the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship.(Nelson Piquet Jr. Facebook)(6-17-2015)

  • Brandon McReynolds Wins K&N Race at Iowa: Brandon McReynolds earned his first NASCAR victory in the Casey's General Store 150, the first of two annual combination races between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West. He joins a list that includes defending NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott, Cole Custer and Brandon Jones as drivers who have won their first NASCAR race in the K&N Pro Series on their way up to the national series at Iowa. McReynolds, driving the #16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing, became the second West driver in 12 races to win the combination race at Iowa. He led twice for 22 laps, including the final eight. It was the 34th career series start for the Mooresville, North Carolina, driver. McReynolds, the son of NASCAR on FOX announcer Larry McReynolds, is an alum of the NASCAR Next program.(Popular Speed)(5-17-2015)

  • Todd Gilliland to make ARCA Debut at Toledo: Todd Gilliland, the son of current NASCAR Sprint Cup driver #38-David Gilliland, will make his ARCA Racing Series racing debut with Venturini Motorsports (VMS) at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 17th during the Menards 200 presented by Federated Auto Care. Todd Gilliland will make his ARCA debut behind the wheel of his #55 Core Power-Hostetler Almonds Toyota. Veteran Crew Chief, Jeff McClure, will be atop the pit box for VMS at Toledo. Gilliland, who will celebrate his 15th birthday just two days before his first ARCA start, will also become age eligible to compete the same day under ARCA's minimum age requirement. In doing so Gilliland will become the youngest driver in series history to start a race. In preparation for Toledo, Gilliland tested at Motor Mile Speedway (Radford, Va.) last week alongside VMS teammate and ARCA series veteran Frank Kimmel. After years of success in the quarter midgets ranks Gilliland has transitioned to Late Models and Super Late Model racing under the David Gilliland Racing (DGR) driver development banner. Earlier this year, Gilliland won his first Late Model race at Southern National Motorsports Park in the CARS Late Model Series.(VMS)(5-16-2015)

  • Third-generation Wallace to make ARCA debut: Matt Wallace, part of the third generation in the family of famous Wallace racers, is scheduled to make his ARCA Racing Series debut Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17 at Toledo Speedway. Wallace is the son of NASCAR/ARCA veteran driver Mike Wallace and nephew of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Rusty Wallace. Kimmel Racing will field the car. "We want to get approved to potentially run some races in the NASCAR Xfinity the event an opportunity should develop for us," Wallace said. "My dad is friends with Bill Kimmel. They got together and discussed what it'd take to run a few ARCA races and sprung a deal at the last minute to make our ARCA debut at Toledo. I've been to Toledo one time, when my sister Chrissy (Wallace) made her ARCA debut out there. I know it's a really famous short track, and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm very excited to go there with Kimmel Racing; it's quite an honor for me. This is part of a stepping stone process for me that will hopefully help me get to that next level. But, first things first. We need to go to Toledo, run respectable, turn some heads so we can do more. I really appreciate Kimmel Racing and the expertise they bring." His father Mike Wallace made 21 ARCA starts over the years before moving into the NASCAR ranks. Wallace won six ARCA races over a three-year span - at Daytona, Talladega, Atlanta, and three times at Pocono. Speaking of futures, Wallace is certainly planning for his. "Right now I'm attending Rowan-Cabarrus Community College; it's about a half-mile from the shop. I'm studying business administration. I'll be a sophomore. I've got a lot on my plate, but I've got to have a back-up plan if the racing thing doesn't turn out." (ARCA)(5-14-2015)

  • Tyler Andrew Walker sentenced to jail: A 5th District Court Judge sentenced a former NASCAR driver Monday to 90 days in jail, a $1,665 fine and 36 months of probation in a high-speed car chase case from January 2013. Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker, 35, appeared before 5th District Court for sentencing on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges including third-degree felony failure to stop at the command of a police officer, third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance, a class B misdemeanor count of driving under the influence, a class B misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia and a class C misdemeanor possession of an open container of alcohol in a vehicle which he pleaded guilty to in December 2014. Walker's charges stem from his arrest in St. George following a car chase through Nevada, Arizona and Utah on Jan. 30, 2013, that reached speeds of 150 mph. Judge Eric A. Ludlow sentenced Walker to zero to five years in the Utah State Prison on two third-degree felony counts. Ludlow also sentenced Walker to two terms of 180 days on two class B misdemeanor counts and a term of 90 days for both a third-degree felony and class C misdemeanor at a state jail. All but 90 days of the jail time was suspended. Ludlow also ordered Walker to serve 36 months of supervised probation. Upon his release, Walker will undergo a substance abuse evaluation and report to Adult Probation and Parole. "Tyler's in a better spot than he was two years ago," Walker's attorney Trevor D. Terry said. "He was living a pretty lavish lifestyle at the time. That is not the case anymore, and I think it's for his benefit." Terry said Walker now drives "an old, beat-up Prius" and works for his family's company. Both of Walker's parents appeared in court to support him. Walker addressed the court to apologize for his poor judgment. "The last two weeks have given me a lot of alone time to write out a lot of goals for me without distractions," Walker said. "It has given me a clarity on my life and where I'd like for it to go. I can succeed, and I'm going to work my butt off to do everything that you ask of me. I will never be late or show any disrespect again, and I apologize for that as well." Walker has been held in Purgatory Correctional Facility since being arrested on a no-bail warrant after showing up late to his previously scheduled sentencing hearing on March 16. While in custody, a court-ordered drug test detected amphetamine salts and marijuana, both of which he has a prescription for in California, Terry said. Walker's issues with substance abuse led to his suspension from NASCAR in 2007 after allegedly failing a drug test. He is still facing legal fallout from the high-speed chase in Arizona and was scheduled to appear in a Mohave County court last week to address an alleged probation violation, which has been rescheduled due to his incarceration.(The Spectrum)(4-2-2015)

  • Third-generation Allison to begin his stock car career: Robbie Allison will get his first experience in full-body stock cars in 2015, and hell be leaning heavily on the advice of his racing coach and grandfather 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Allison. The 23-year-old third-generation driver is the son of the late NASCAR star Davey Allison, who was killed in a helicopter crash in 1993. As a child, Robbie began racing in the typical junior divisions where tomorrows racing stars cut their teeth. But following a serious crash, his mother put her foot down. I grew up racing Bandoleros, karts half-scale Cup cars mini Cup cars basically, Robbie told the Times-News Saturday. I had a really horrible accident, relatively speaking for a Bandolero car. It freaked my mom out a little bit, so she basically told me you dont race until you go to college. While attending college, he started getting back into racing, driving in the three-quarter scale Allison Legacy Series founded by his great-uncle Donnie Allison and grandfather Bobby. Robbie graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with degrees in journalism and marketing, and now hes ready to graduate to racing full-size cars as well. He joined dozens of racers Saturday at the annual Kingsport Speedway car show at the Kingsport Town Center. In 2015, Robbie will compete as a rookie in the Street Stock division at both Kingsport Speedway, which races Friday nights, and Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Va., which races Saturday nights. Its always better to learn in quality equipment, and Robbie will be starting out in two proven winners a couple of Camaros owned by local racers Tony Vance and Duke Bare. The deal came about with the help of Lorin Ranier, who is the son of Davey Allisons first Cup car owner, Harry Ranier. Robbies goals for 2015 are to compete in every Street Stock event at both Kingsport and Lonesome Pine, acquire experience, and hopefully put himself in a position to take over a Late Model ride in the near future.(see full story at the Kingsport Times News)(3-5-2015)

  • Jeff Burton's son wins race: Harrison Burton, the 14-year-old son of veteran Sprint Cup winner Jeff Burton, scored his first NASCAR Super Late Model victory, leading the final 10 circuits of the 35-lap feature race on the opening night of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway. "It means the world to me," Harrison told reporters. "I'm just so glad to race clean and have fun with it. We've been kind of hunting our way in. We've been third, second, third and fourth. We've been all up in there. It's about time we got one. Hopefully, more are coming our way." Jeff Burton, a 21-time winner in NASCAR's premier series who also is an analyst for NBC Sports, celebrated with his son in victory lane. He fields his son's team from a shop based in Concord, NC.(NBC)(2-14-2015)

  • Bobby Hamilton Jr. returns to racing: Bobby Hamilton Jr. has signed to drive for Nitroforce Industries Titan 1000 Dodge for the entire 2015 ARCA Racing Series season. Hamilton Jr., 37, who has run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup (last race in 2005) and Busch (now XFINITY) Series in the past, was slated to drive for Carter 2 Motorsports before negotiations fell apart early in the 2014 ARCA Racing Series season. "I have worked together with (Hamilton Jr.) in the 1990s, and he is so much fun to work with," said team owner Roger Carter. "We also believe he will be a great mentor to our younger drivers this season. He is a total asset to our team and the direction we are headed this season." Hamilton has made a total of eight career starts in the ARCA Racing Series during the 1998 and 1999 seasons.(Tennessean), Hamilton Jr. ran a Truck Series race at Nashville in 2011 finishing 22nd.(1-27-2015)

  • Tyler Walker makes court appearance: Professional race driver Tyler Walker pleaded guilty Tuesday in 5th District Court to two felony charges and three misdemeanors stemming from a high-speed law enforcement pursuit that began in Southern Nevada and continued for 60 miles past the Utah state line. Walker, whose full name is Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker, appeared in court wearing a black suit and a neatly trimmed haircut, something he was eager to showcase as a dramatic change from the dreadlocks, untucked shirt and long-sleeved flannel overshirt he wore at the time of his arrest. "It's a big difference, and I feel a lot better, and I'm in a lot better place," Walker said. "I just want to thank everybody who helped me out ... and also apologize to ... everybody who was on the road. And just let everybody know I'm doing everything I can to ... be healthy so this never happens again." Walker, 35, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., was arrested Jan. 30, 2013, after a Nevada Highway Patrol officer clocked the race car driver at 150 mph and Walker fled from pursuing officers instead of stopping. He reportedly drove around tire-puncturing strips as he was northbound into the mouth of the Virgin River Gorge and drove over tire-puncturing strips at the Utah state line. Walker pleaded guilty to two third-degree felonies and three misdemeanors under terms of the agreement with prosecutors. The felonies - failure to stop for an officer and possession or use of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) - each carry the possibility of up to five years in prison. The misdemeanors include impaired driving and possession of drug paraphernalia, which each could result to up to six months in jail, and open container of alcohol in vehicle, which carries a potential sentence of 90 days in jail. Judge Eric Ludlow scheduled sentencing for Feb. 23. Walker's attorney, Trevor Terry, said Walker has undergone extensive counseling and drug therapy since his arrest, and Walker said he has been working with a neurologist because of the lingering effects of brain injury that he has experienced.(The Spectrum)(12-24-2014)

  • Ambrose totally focused on V8 Supercars, not thinking of NASCAR: The man who will make his shock V8 comeback today and attempt to spoil Jamie Whincups championship party declared; I havent thought about NASCAR once. Ahead of the mouth-watering battle between two Australian racing giants, beginning on Friday at the Sydney 500, Marcos Ambrose brushed aside talk that he had come home to retire in a V8 following a 10-year stint that saw him conquer America by vowing to make DJR/Team Penske a championship force. Less than two weeks after landing in Australia following his final NASCAR race, Ambrose said he had been living and breathing V8 Supercars and did not miss his former category which happens to be the second biggest in the world a bit. I have to be honest, Ambrose said. It was great to do, a great to be part of, but I have been back in Australia now for two-and-a-half weeks and I havent thought about NASCAR once. I am really in the moment now and I have come back and experienced the new generation V8 Supercar for the first time and I am thrilled with it so far. It is a nice handling car and does everything really well. It has incredible stopping power and the tyres are pretty good. The car itself is pretty faultless. My experience (in America) was great but I am looking to the future and to this weekend. That is where we are going to kick start this DJR/Team Penske alliance and hopefully start the process of building it up into a championship team.(The Daily Telegraph)(12-5-2014)

  • Former stock car driver faces meth charges: A former NASCAR driver is facing several drug-related charges after officers reportedly found meth-making materials in the outdoor garbage can of his Goose Creek home. Robert Powell, 49, is charged with possession of meth, and manufacturing of meth. According to a police report, investigators collected a garbage can by the house, which was set by the curb for pick-up. Investigators informed the Drug Enforcement Agency, which noted it found many meth-making materials in the can, including empty containers of drain cleaner, batteries and cold medicine. Agents say many syringes were found, including one that tested positive for meth. Powell and another resident, Elma Buchanan, were both arrested and charged. Powell competed in many NASCAR-sanctioned races in the 1980's (and 1990's including 15 Nationwide races)(

  • Arrest warrant issued for Tyler Walker: Tuesday, 5th District Judge Eric Ludlow issued an arrest warrant for former NASCAR driver Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker after Walker failed to mail in his plea agreement or appear in court in lieu of the agreement. Walker was originally arrested after leading police on a high speed chase in January 2013. Defense attorney Trevor Terry told Ludlow that Walker had mailed in his plea agreement but accidentally mailed in the wrong agreement. Terry said he was expecting the correct plea agreement to arrive Tuesday afternoon, but Ludlow's patience was short. This is the 13th time a resolution to this case has been stalled, and Walker has failed to mail in his plea multiple times. This led to a quick decision by Ludlow to issue a warrant for Walker's arrest. "The court has been more than patient. The court has been more than fair," Ludlow said. "I'm issuing a $25,000 cash-only warrant. I said that if (the plea agreement) was not here today, this morning, right now, that he would have to be here. I won't accept an agreement anymore."(St. George News)(12-3-2014)

  • Several NASCAR drivers running Snowball Derby: The NASCAR season may have ended but that hasn't stopped several of the biggest names in the industry from racing deep into the off-season as drivers from all three national touring divisions have filed entries for the Snowball Derby Super Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla [on Sunday, December 5]. And for the first time in event history, the Snowball Derby will also be available for Pay-Per-View viewing as part of Speed51's online streaming service - 51 TV. While entries continue to pour in for the Dec. 7 race, a healthy contingent of drivers, including NASCAR Nationwide Series champion and Super Late Model supporter Chase Elliott, have declared their intentions to enter the event. Elliott is without a doubt the headliner of the event but a variable directory of talented drivers have filed their RSVPs, including former winners Steven Wallace (2004) Johanna Long (2010) and defending winner Erik Jones and his stout Kyle Busch Motorsports #51 Toyota Camry. Other entries familiar to NASCAR fans are John Hunter Nemechek, Corey LaJoie, Spencer Gallagher and Grant Enfinger.(Popular Speed)(11-30-2014)

  • Tyler Walker gets 13th postponement for plea: At a hearing Tuesday, 5th District Judge Eric Ludlow postponed taking a plea on behalf of Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker for the 13th time as he did not appear in person and his defense attorney said his paperwork had not yet been received. Tyler was arrested after leading law enforcement on a high speed chase in January 2013. "This will be the 13th time he's missed this," Walker's defense attorney Douglas Terry said. Ludlow gave Walker until Dec. 2 to deliver his plea-by-mail. "He has until the 2nd, then he has to appear in person and we'll go from there," Ludlow said. Charges against Walker stem from the January 2013 incident in which he is accused of fleeing from officers and drug possession. At the time, the Nevada Highway Patrol was alerted to be on the lookout for a reckless driver on northbound Interstate 15. Once located, a pursuit began and one Nevada trooper clocked the car, a BMW, traveling at 140 mph. The BMW passed into Arizona and then into Utah where the tires were spiked at Utah mile post 2 and all four tires were blown. The car then pulled over at mile post 6 and, once stopped, Walker attempted to flee on foot but was quickly subdued by an Arizona Highway Patrol trooper. His girlfriend at the time, Raelle McDonald who was traveling with him, was taken into custody without incident. According to a UHP statement, a subsequent search of the BMW produced alleged methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol.(St. George News)(11-21-2014)

  • Dave Blaney believes he's done racing in NASCAR: Dave Blaney is content to take that next step in his racing career. And no, that doesn't mean retirement. It's back to dirt. Blaney returned to his roots a few years ago when he mixed in a few Sprint Car races with his NASCAR schedule. But it was only a handful of shows, and fans never knew when, where or if he was going to show up. This season, Blaney only competed in seven NASCAR events. That allowed the former World of Outlaws champion to run in the neighborhood of 25 shows east of the Mississippi. It looks like that commitment is going to increase in 2015. Blaney appears to be done with NASCAR and could increase his Sprint Car schedule to 50 or 60 shows depending on sponsorship and finances. "I don't plan on running any NASCAR at the moment," said Blaney, who is competing in this weekend's World of Outlaws World Finals in Charlotte. "I'm not in any position to get any kind of ride that is going to be competitive, but I will go to a lot of races to watch [my son] Ryan. So by no means will [sprint cars] be full time, but it could be a lot more than this year." Continued Blaney, "I could even see a 60-race schedule if things line up perfect. I could also see 15 as well, but we will see." Before Blaney embarked on a full-time NASCAR career in 2000, he was one of the best in the Sprint Car game. The competition mattered little. Blaney won 70 races with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and a tour championship in 1995.(Patriot-News)(11-8-2014)

  • Raikkonen interested in return to NASCAR: F1 driver, Kimi Raikkonen loved his two-race stint in NASCAR so much, he'd like to try it again someday. Raikkonen raced in two NASCAR events at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2011. He finished 27th in a Nationwide Series race and 15th in a Camping World Truck Series race for Kyle Busch Motorsports. "I hope one day (to come back)," he said Thursday in Austin, where he and his Ferrari team are preparing for Sunday's United States Grand Prix. "Obviously I didn't know how it is, so when I came to U.S. to do that, I was very pleasantly surprised by how nice and how fun it was. It's not easy, like any popular sport, but I really enjoyed the time. Hopefully I can do more of those and hopefully in the future -- some Sprint Cup. We'll see what happens." Of course, Raikkonen still has some years left in F1. Any NASCAR racing would only come after his F1 career was complete. This time, though, Raikkonen said he'd "like to have a good proper run at it."(USA Today)(10-31-2014)

  • Plea deal for Tyler Walker in chase: A former NASCAR driver accused of leading police on a 150-mph chase through parts of Nevada, Arizona and Utah last year is expected to take a plea deal Tuesday. Utah Highway Patrol troopers arrested 35-year-old Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker in January 2013 near St. George to end a chase that began in Nevada and crossed into Arizona before reaching Utah. They reported finding methamphetamine, marijuana and vodka in the car. Walker has pleaded not guilty to the DUI and drug charges filed in Utah. A hearing has been set for Tuesday morning in St. George to discuss a plea deal on the table. Walker competed in 28 NASCAR races before the association suspended him in 2007 for violating its drug policy.(Associated Press)(10-28-2014)

  • Regan Smith re-signs with JR Motorsports, but still eying Cup career: Though Regan Smith re-upped for a season of Saturdays, he still wants to be a Sunday driver. In the midst of a championship battle against teammate Chase Elliott, the driver of the #7 JR Motorsports Chevy recently agreed to another one-year deal with the Nationwide Series powerhouse owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kelley Earnhardt Miller and Rick Hendrick. Smiths longer-term goal is to return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, where he last raced full-time in 2012 before losing his ride in the #78 Furniture Row Chevy to Kurt Busch. Thats one reason why Smith signed a one-year deal with JR Motorsports. I definitely want to get back to Cup, said Smith, who trails Elliott by 26 points with five races left in the Nationwide Series schedule. I dont think Ive ever denied that or said that I dont. Thats the goal. I want to prove that I belong there and get to race on Sundays and get to run the longer races again. Though there are several seats in the Cup series that have yet to be filled for next year, Smith wanted to get his 2015 plans squared away before the 11th hour. Naturally, there are some openingson paper, it would appearon that (Sprint Cup) side, said Smith, who notched his only Cup victory in the 2011 Southern 500 at Darlington. I think a lot of thing would still have to play out on the Cup side, and a lot of things look like theyre still taking place over there, and some quality race teams that are still trying to figure out what theyre going to be doing. But at the time, I just felt like it was time to go ahead and start trying to solidify some things for next year and know, generally speaking, where Im going to be.(NASCAR Wire Service)(10-4-2014)

  • Wally Dallenbach returning to Trans-Am racing: Tommy Kendall. Tommy Archer. And now Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Trans-Am is partying like it's the 1980s or 1990s, with some of its iconic stars coming back in the series in 2015. Dallenbach Jr. is the latest to return, and will do so in a Chevy Camaro for the series' finale November 15 in Daytona. He'll race in the TA2 class. The Camaro is the same brand he raced when he won his second straight series championship in 1986, his third year of competition. "I've enjoyed my time in television but for now that phase of my life is over, and I'm excited to get back behind the wheel and resume my racing career," Dallenbach said in a series release. "I'm genuinely excited and looking forward to returning to the Trans Am Series at Daytona, and I'm hoping to be racing with them full time come 2015. This is a program I've been working on putting together over the past year or so," he added. "Unfortunately, up until now, my broadcast schedule has prevented me from being able to make a commitment to racing, but now the timing and opportunity is right."(NBC Sports)(9-23-2014)

  • Tyler Walker nearing plea deal: A former NASCAR driver who authorities say evaded police during a 150-mph chase through parts of Nevada, Arizona and Utah last year is nearing a resolution of his case. The Spectrum of St. George reports attorneys for 35-year-old Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker expect a plea deal to be finalized next month on Utah charges. Walker has pleaded not guilty to drug and evading police charges. Court documents show Walker, of Hermosa Beach, California, has reached a plea deal on Arizona charges. Utah Highway Patrol troopers arrested Walker in January 2013 near St. George to end a chase that began in Nevada and crossed into Arizona before reaching Utah. They reported finding methamphetamine, marijuana and vodka in the car. NASCAR suspended Walker in 2007 for violating its substance abuse policy.(Associated Press/

  • Scott Speed finds a home in Global Rallycross: Scott Speed has been around the world doing what he loves: Racing. Sao Paulo. Hong Kong. Montreal. Monaco. Those are the perks that come with being the first American to land a Formula 1 ride since Michael Andretti in 1993. But after two years [2006-2007] of F1 racing, Speed came back home to America. And after a short stint in NASCAR [2008-2013, 163 total races], Speed has found a home in Global RallyCross, a dirt-track series that includes jumps and hairpin turns in 600-horsepower compact cars. His next race is on Friday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, just 30 minutes from his Mount Holly home. Speed struggled in NASCAR he has one top-five and four top-10s in 118 [Cup] career starts and was released from his contract by Red Bull in 2010, leaving him without a team for most of the 2011 season. After bouncing around between teams and a short attempt at IndyCar racing, Speed finally found a home in Global RallyCross. In his first race, at X Games Brazil, he shocked the field by taking the lead on the final lap to win. Global RallyCross appealed to Speed because of how much better technology the GRC cars have than the archaic NASCAR cars. It probably also didnt hurt how quickly GRC caught on with him. Just five months after his win in Brazil, Speed won another race in Charlotte, allowing him to finish fifth in the overall standings on the year. This season, after signing with Volkswagen Andretti RallyCross, hes second in the season standings, with wins in Barbados and at X Games Austin. Now with a year under his belt in GRC and his second hometown race coming up, Speed feels confident with his future in racing. For the rest of my life no matter what ever happens, making it to Formula 1 will be the most successful thing Ive ever had happen, Speed said. I think after going over there and experiencing it and doing it all, I had an opportunity to stay, but honestly the idea of coming back to the States to try something new was quite exciting as well.(full article at the Charlotte Observer)(7-24-2014)

  • NASCAR driver Brian Rose accused of scamming investors: A former NASCAR driver is at the center of a $15 million fraud investigation and is accused of creating a fake coal mining company to get money from investors. Federal agents launched a massive investigation into Brian Rose after an alleged victim from Charlotte came forward. The Secret Service said the accused tried to cover every detail to convince investors it was the real deal. In the indictment, federal prosecutors named Rose as the ringleader of this elaborate coal-mining scheme. The defendants would call investors saying New Century Coal was looking to mine low sulfur and low ash coal in Kentucky and Tennessee, according to the documents. They promised a quarterly return of 6 percent until operations began. After that, investors would receive 100 percent or more during the first year of mining. The indictment stated the nine defendants were very careful to cover their tracks. Two of them legally changed their names and attached those names to New Century Coal. The defendants also created ghost companies to ease investors' suspicions. Prosecutors said the defendants also spent part of the $15 million on "lavish gambling trips to Las Vegas" and buying and training thoroughbred horses. All nine defendants are now charged with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. The Secret Service already seized a number of race cars, race horses and property from Rose and the other defendants. Channel 9 learned Rose's father was sentenced to four years in prison for bilking $15 million out of investors for fraudulent oil and gas companies. The Secret Service said they are currently investigating another company called Earth Energy Exploration that was run by Rose and his family.(WSOC), Rose ran 41 Camping World Truck Series races between 2001 & 2010. He attempted the October 2002 Sprint Cup race at Martinsville, but did not qualify.(6-28-2014)

  • Michael Schumacher out of coma: Nearly six months after sustaining serious head injuries in a skiing accident, seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher left a French hospital on Monday and was transferred to neighboring Switzerland to continue his recovery. Schumacher "is not in a coma anymore," his manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a brief statement announcing that the German driver had left the Grenoble University Hospital, where he had been treated since his accident Dec. 29. Kehm gave no further details of his condition or medical outlook, saying only that he would "continue his long phase of rehabilitation." Schumacher left the Grenoble hospital Monday morning, said hospital spokeswoman Brigitte Polikar, who declined to give any details on his condition. He was transferred to the Lausanne University Hospital, near the Schumacher family's Swiss home. Hospital spokesman Darcy Christen confirmed the 45-year-old German was admitted but stressed that the facility wants "to ensure that he and his family fully enjoy privacy and medical confidentiality."(ESPN Wire)(6-14-2014)

  • Sam Hornish Jr. taking measured approach to return to NASCAR Cup series: As much as Sam Hornish Jr. longs for another shot at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he vows that hes not going to jump at the first opportunity that comes along. Ill be looking at a shot for a good Cup ride until I hang up my drivers gloves, but I feel like at this point in time I continue to -- the best way I can put it without sounding too spoiled -- enjoy my time with my wife and my family, and if Im going to be away from them, I want to be able to hopefully have an opportunity to win a race, Hornish said after finishing second in Saturdays Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway. And so far in the three races that Ive been scheduled to do this year, weve got a win and a second and a fifth. My overall goal is to be in something full-time that I can compete for wins in whether thats on the Nationwide side or the Cup side. Thats where I want to be, so Im probably a little choosy at this point in my career, but I also know what my objectives are to go out there. I dont necessarily need to have 'driver' beside my name, I just want to have the opportunity when I do go out there and drive to win races.(AutoWeek)(6-16-2014)

  • Hermie Sadler joins wrestling board: Global Force Wrestling welcomes former NASCAR driver and current Fox Sports NASCAR analyst Hermie Sadler to its Board of Directors. Sadler, who turns 45 later this week, is a lifelong wrestling fan who also has promoted live wrestling events. A 1991 graduate of the University of North Carolina, he was the 1993 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year. Sadler has a diverse portfolio away from the race track, including restaurants, finance companies and franchises. Jeff Jarrett, the CEO of GFW and a 12-time world champion, and his wife, Karen, have continued their travels around the world laying the groundwork for Global Force Wrestling. "Hermie and I have been friends for more than 20 years," Jarrett said. "Yes, he has been a great driver for years, but I have always admired him for his business acumen. He also fits with GFW because he understands the importance of fan interaction as clearly all of NASCAR does."(Global Force Wrestling/Newsday)(4-23-2014)

  • Manager: Schumacher has 'moments of consciousness: Michael Schumacher is now showing "moments of consciousness and awakening," more than three months after suffering serious head injuries in a skiing accident, the retired Formula One star's manager said Friday. Schumacher, 45, fell while skiing in France on Dec. 29 and hit the right side of his head on a rock, cracking his helmet. Doctors operated to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded. Schumacher's condition stabilized after he was placed in a drug-induced coma. In late January, doctors at a hospital in the French city of Grenoble began the process of withdrawing sedatives to try to wake him up. "Michael is making progress on his way," Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement Friday. "He shows moments of consciousness and awakening." Schumacher earned acclaim for his uncommon and sometimes ruthless driving talent, which took him to a record 91 race wins. He retired from Formula One in 2012 after winning an unmatched seven world titles. The accident happened on a family vacation in the Alps as Schumacher was skiing with his 14-year-old son.(Associated Press)(4-5-2014)

  • Shawna Robinson diagnosed with breast cancer: Former NASCAR driver Shawna Robinson, the first woman to win a pole in what is now the Nationwide Series, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Robinson, who now works in interior design and is creator and owner of Happy Chair which restores old chairs, announced on her Facebook page this week that she would begin five to six months of chemotherapy and then require surgery. Here is her entire post:
    "I'm getting ready to start a new journey that was unexpected but I am prepared to take it on as I would any challenge ..with direction and strength. I have breast cancerwhen they tell you you have cancer you don't hear the rest you just see talking and you seem to be there but your not hearing the words. But it is real, start Chemo next week for 5-6 months then surgery.there is such progress in cancer treatment..still scared but prepared for battle. Thankful for the family and friends.I'm blessed to have.ready to go wide open and get this thing!!!"(Charlotte Observer)(3-27-2014)

  • Carter 2 Motorsports ends relationship with Bobby Hamilton, Jr. UPDATE: Carter 2 Motorsports announced today that the relationship between the ARCA Racing Series team and driver Bobby Hamilton, Jr. has been terminated, effective immediately. Hamilton, Jr., acting on behalf of Precision MotorSports Limited, had signed a contract to drive for the team in February 2014, but was unable to uphold the financial terms of the agreement. Hamilton, Jr. along with his sponsor, St. Louis based Cherokee Charcoal, were equal partners in Precision MotorSports Limited. Carter 2 Motorsports has been in negotiations with representatives of Cherokee Charcoal this week in hopes of modifying the original agreement. Those negotiations were terminated and Trussville, Ala. native Dustin Knowles has been named to drive the number 40 Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge Charger at the March 22nd "ARCA Mobile 200" at Mobile International Speedway (Ala.).(Carter 2 Motorsports)(3-20-2014)
    UPDATE: Statement from Bobby Hamilton, Jr.: "I hate the way things have transpired with C2M and really don't know where things went wrong. The only agreement I made with them was to drive a car for them which would be sponsored by someone I have been working with for a few years now trying to put some thing together. I heard about the Carters deal and after talking to the owner of the company that I had been working with he felt it was something that fit his budget and would like to move forward with it, with the understanding he was just going to be a sponsor. Carter agreed to let him have the whole car so that he could sell more associate sponsors to help with the cost, I did agree to help him try and sale associate sponsors and had some associates lined up but, when they found out about Mr. Carter being in jail, they backed out, so I don't know if maybe his plan was depending on the associates to really pay the bill and when that fell thru it maybe put the main sponsor in a bind. Everything was fine until time the payment was due and then all of a sudden somehow it got turned around that the sponsor thought I was the one that was going to pay for everything and just put his company on the car. I have never once agreed to pay anything to anyone for them to let me drive their car, plus I would be paying my own way, paying for all of my equipment, license, ect. and then put someone else's company on the car and the race team to keep all of the winnings, no one would agree to that. As bad as I want to get back in a car I'm not going to pay someone else, if I'm going to foot the bill for everything I would just start my own team."(Bobby Hamilton Jr.)(3-22-2014)

  • Bobby Hamilton Jr. running ARCA: Carter 2 Motorsports announced that NASCAR veteran Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be joining the team on a full-time basis for the 2014 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. He will make his first start for the team at Mobile International Speedway's "Mobile ARCA 200" on March 22nd . Hamilton Jr. will drive the #40 Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge Charger. The 36 year-old native of Nashville, Tenn., returns to ARCA after racing at all three levels of NASCAR competition. During his career, Hamilton Jr. has competed in 64 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, 253 Nationwide Series events and 37 Camping World Truck Series events. He has captured 5 victories in Nationwide Series competition.(Carter 2 Motorsports)(2-28-2014)

  • Congrats to Sam Hornish: Congrats to Sam Hornish Jr and his wife Crystal on the birth of their third child, Samuel III.(2-8-2014)

  • Justin Allison to carry on family legacy in ARCA's 51st race at Daytona: The legacy of the Allison name is well documented in the annals of stock car racing. It started with brothers' Bobby and Donnie Allison - part of the infamous Alabama Gang - who barnstormed across the south racing stock cars, eventually landing in NASCAR where they became household names. Eventually, the torch got handed down to the second generation of Allison's. Brothers' Davey and Clifford were well on their way up the NASCAR charts before their lives were cut short in tragic accidents. Onto the third generation of Allison's where Justin Allison, the grandson of NASCAR legend and International Motorsports Hall of Fame driver Donnie Allison, is now trying to scratch his name into the big-league stock car history books. Allison has just one ARCA Racing Series start in last year's Kansas Speedway finale where he finished 11th driving the #88 Ford for Team BCR, which also fields cars for ARCA winner Grant Enfinger, who just happens to be from Alabama. Justin's grandfather Donnie had some great runs at Daytona over the years, winning the Firecracker 400 in 1970. His best finish in the Daytona 500 was third in 1969. He also finished fourth in the 500 in 1979. Donnie won 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup races over his career, including the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1970. Donnie also finished fourth in the Indianapolis 500 in 1970. Allison plans to run in at least 10 ARCA Racing Series events in 2014. Howard Bixman, longtime ARCA car owner and Team BCR manager, will serve as Allison's crew chief. Bixman is also a former ARCA driver. The team's #88 Havaco-Multi Services Ford at Daytona will be powered by Roush Yates Engines.(ARCA Racing)(2-8-2014)

  • Michael Schumacher leaving coma: Michael Schumacher's doctors have started trying to wake up the former Formula Champion from the medically induced coma he's been in since a skiing accident last month, his manager said Thursday. The 45-year-old Schumacher suffered serious head injuries when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock in the French resort of Meribel on Dec. 29. The seven-time F1 champion has been in an induced coma in Grenoble University Hospital since then, although his condition stabilized following surgery after initially being described as critical. "Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take a long time," Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement. Schumacher was being kept artificially sedated and his body temperature was lowered to between 34 and 35 degrees Celsius (93.2 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit), to reduce swelling in the brain, reduce its energy consumption and allow it to rest. Kehm said she was only providing an update now on Schumacher's condition to clarify media leaks, and that no further details would be provided.(ESPN)(1-31-2014)

  • Michael Schumacher remains in coma, latest update: FIA president and former Ferrari boss Jean Todt has returned to the Grenoble, France hospital bedside of his friend, seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, who was critically injured in a skiing accident in the French Alps on Dec. 29. Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma for almost a full month, raising doubts he will ever recover from the accident. However, the Blick newspaper in Germany reports that journalists, particularly those in Germany, have been warned about making any speculation of Schumacher's prognosis from his head injury with a letter from lawyers representing the great German's family. In the meantime, Bild am Sonntag newspaper quoted Schumacher spokesperson Sabine Kehm as saying Schumacher's wife Corinna only wants the 45-year-old former Formula One driver's closest friends to be around him. One of the closest of all is 67-year-old Frenchman Todt, who heads F1's governing body.(AutoWeek)(1-29-2014)

  • Mechanical Issues drop Robby Gordon from Dakar Rally: Robby Gordon's 10th attempt at Dakar Rally glory has come to an end in the sand dunes of Chile. Despite earlier issues in the Rally with fuel vapor locking on the SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires HST Gordini, the issue that put Gordon and his team out of the 35th Dakar Rally was a compromised air filtration system. At the start of Thursday's 11th stage, Gordon and navigator Kellon Walch raced only 18 kilometers into the stage when they realized the issue at the engine's air intake and returned to Antofagasta, Chile to make repairs. At that time more than 80 cars had withdrawn from the race and only 65 remained. Being more than 10 hours down to the leaders and facing more than 10 hours of repairs would make Gordon's withdrawal from the Rally justifiable. But in typical Gordon style, he and his team's never-give-up attitude kicked in and they worked until 12 a.m. Friday with hopes of driving the HST Gordini and support trucks through total darkness in the desert in an attempt to make it to the start of the next stage within one hour after the last car left for Friday's 12th stage. Despite their best efforts, and although repairs were made, time did not allow the team to make the 749-kilometer trek through the dunes to El Salvador in a timely fashion.(Speed Energy PR)(1-18-2014)

  • Michael Schumacher stable, remains in induced coma: Michael Schumacher remains in stable condition following a skiing accident that left the Formula One great with severe head injuries and in a coma since Dec. 29, his manager said on Friday. The statement from manager Sabine Kehm does not mention the word "critical" for the first time in describing the condition of the seven-time world champion. Schumacher has been in an induced coma in a Grenoble hospital since the crash in the French Alps. "Michael's family is very happy and confident with the work of the team of doctors treating Michael, and they trust them completely. Michael's condition is still considered as stable," Kehm said in an email.(USA Today)(1-18-2014)

  • Former F1 Champ Schumacher Injured in Skiing Accident UPDATE4: Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is in a "critical" condition in hospital following a head injury suffered in a fall while skiing with his son in the French Alps. Schumacher was skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribel when the accident happened on Sunday morning. Although he was wearing a helmet he suffered a serious head trauma and was flown to hospital in Moutiers by helicopter and was subsequently transferred to a bigger facility in Grenoble. He was reported to be conscious immediately after the accident he had lost consciousness by the time he reached hospital. A statement from Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble said Schumacher had "suffered a severe head trauma with coma on arrival, which required immediate neurosurgical treatment" and that "he remains in a critical condition".(ESPN F1)
    UPDATE: Michael Schumacher's condition is still "critical" and he is being kept in intensive care at a hospital in Grenoble following a skiing accident on Sunday. In an update on Monday morning, surgeons treating Schumacher said he was operated on immediately to relieve pressure on his head after a brain scan on Sunday night. He is being kept in an artificial coma with treatment to limit a cerebral oedema and a second operation is not currently planned. Professor Jean-Francois Payen added: "We are working hour by hour, we cannot say anything more".(ESPN F1)(12-30-2013)
    UPDATE 2: Michael Schumacher has shown a "slight improvement" but is still in a critical condition, according to doctors treating head injuries he sustained in a skiing accident on Sunday. On Tuesday the medical team at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Grenoble said his situation is "better controlled" than it was on Monday, but that he was not out of danger yet and remains in a medically-induced coma in intensive care. Schumacher's condition improved slightly on Monday, presenting an opportunity for doctors to carry out a scan on his brain later in the day. After evaluating the results the doctors were positively surprised and, with the agreement of the family, decided to undertake a second surgical intervention to reduce intercranial pressure. Following the two-hour surgery, which went according to plan, his doctors were able to say his situation has slightly improved since Monday.(ESPN F1)(12-31-2013)
    UPDATE3: Schumacher's condition has remained stable since Tuesday after spending a third night in a coma in hospital. Schumacher remains in a critical condition overall and is still in intensive care at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Grenoble. His manager Sabine Kehm made a brief statement outside the hospital on Wednesday morning, saying there would not be a another press conference with Schumacher's medical team until there is further news to report. "Michael's condition has been carefully supervised all night and has remained stable overnight until now," Kehm said. "This is good news for the moment, and I repeat for the moment, because overall the situation is still critical. He remains in an artificial coma and this is all I can say. I don't want to go into any further speculation about any outcomes or prospects."(ESPN F1)(1-1-2014)
    UPDATE4 Michael Schumacher remains in a critical but stable condition, with his management asking the media not to speculate about his condition. Schumacher spent a sixth night in a coma following his 45th birthday on Friday and his condition has not changed on Saturday. His family remains by his bedside while Ferrari fans held a vigil outside the Grenoble hospital on Friday in support of the seven-time world champion. His manager Sabine Kehm released a statement on Saturday saying no official update is expected before Monday. "Michael's condition remains critical but stable," she said. "We would like to clearly stress that any information regarding Michael's health not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as invalid and pure speculation. The family cares only for Michael's health. Michael's helmet camera was voluntarily given to the investigating authorities by the family. That this should have been done against the wishes of the family is untrue. We ask you to respect the continued privacy of the family. In consultation with the doctor's treating Michael, it is not expected that there will be any press conference before Monday."(ESPN F1)(1-4-2014)

  • Tyler Walker to enter plea: The lawyer for former NASCAR racer Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker said his client will be entering a plea-by-mail in relation to a high speed chase that ended on the interstate near St. George [UT] in January this year. Meanwhile a one-day trial has been scheduled for Walker's co-defendant, Raelle McDonald. Walker, 34, and McDonald, 31, both of Hermosa Beach, Calif., were involved in a high-speed pursuit on Jan. 11 that crossed from Nevada through Arizona and into Utah. They were ultimately stopped by on Interstate 15 at mile post 6 by the Utah and Arizona highway patrols. Walker and McDonald face a series of class-B and class C-misdemeanors related to drug possession and alcohol. They also face two drug-related third-degree felonies each. In addition to these charges, Walker also faces a class-B misdemeanor for driving under the influence, and a third-degree felony for fleeing from police. Walker and McDonald both pleaded "not guilty" to the charges on July. 16. Douglas Terry, the attorney for Walker and McDonald, told Judge Eric Ludlow that Walker would be entering a plea-by-mail. Ludlow scheduled a hearing for the plea on Jan. 7, 2014.(Dixie Press Online)(11-27-2013)

  • Franchitti, fans hurt in Houston UPDATE: Four-time IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti was injured in a multicar accident near the end of Sunday's Grand Prix of Houston. According to IndyCar medical director Dr. Michael Olinger, Franchitti was awake and alert at the scene of the crash. He was transported by ground to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, where it was determined he sustained a concussion, a spinal fracture that will not require surgery, and a fracture to his right ankle. He underwent surgery on the ankle and will remain hospitalized overnight. A considerable amount of debris, including a wheel and tire assembly, flew toward a spectator area near Turn 5 of the 1.7-mile temporary track that winds through Reliant Park. Houston Fire Department spokesman Ruy Lozano said at least 13 people were treated for minor injuries, with two transported to Memorial Hermann. One of those transported was IndyCar timing and scoring worker Kim Tyger, whose injuries were called "very minor" by the sanctioning organization.(See full story at
    UPDATE: Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Dario Franchitti was released from Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center in Houston today. He will be traveling to Indianapolis where he will be reevaluated over the next few days and ultimately await a second surgery to his right ankle, which had previously been stabilized. "I'm overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and I'm thankful to have such a great family and such wonderful friends and fans. Thanks to everyone at the hospital and the track who took such good care of me during my stay in Houston. I look forward to watching Scott, Alex and the Target team next weekend on television, and will be pulling for them as they go for another championship," said Dario Franchitti.(CGR)(10-12-2013)

  • An Allison to make ARCA debut: Justin Allison, grandson of legendary NASCAR driver Donnie Allison and nephew of NASCAR Driver Bobby Allison, is looking to carry on the Allison family legacy. Allison successfully tested at Nashville Superspeedway on Monday to receive approval for his ARCA Series debut at Kansas Speedway on Friday. The primary marketing partner on the #88 Ford Fusion is HaVACo Technologies Inc. while Rush Racing Products, Husky Liners and Rick and Bubbas Smoked Sausage, produced by Polks Meat Products will be on board as associate marketing partners. Rush Racing Products has been Justin's primary sponsor throughout the year on the Pro All-Star Series circuit.(Bobby Allison Racing)(10-4-2013)

  • Bruno Senna looking to test in NASCAR: After stints in Formula One with HRT, Renault and Williams between 2010 and last year, Bruno Senna, the nephew of Grand Prix legend Ayrton Senna switched to sports care at Le Mans with Aston Martin for 2013. The 29-year-old has now told O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper that his options for 2014 are open. "Continuing with Aston Martin is one of the best options I have," said Senna. "But I also want to see if I can test in NASCAR. It was already supposed to happen at the beginning of the year. I am going to have some meetings to see what is the best way forward. I also have options for Indy (cars), stock and NASCAR. What is not lacking is open doors." Senna admitted to having some safety concerns with sports cars, particularly after his teammate Allan Simonsen crashed and died in the recent Le Mans 24 hours.(Autoweek)(7-19-2013)

  • Tyler Walker pleads not guilty in drug, high speed case: A professional racing driver who allegedly led officers on a high-speed highway pursuit and his female passenger entered not guilty pleas on drug and evading police charges Tuesday in 5th District Court. Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker, 33, and Raelle Hann McDonald, 30, who both list the same Hermosa Beach, Calif., address with the court, waived an evidentiary hearing in the case and asked the court to accept the pleas through their attorney, Douglas Terry. Walker and McDonald didn't appear with Terry in court. Terry informed Judge Eric Ludlow that his clients are free on bail and asked the court to set a review hearing in the case. Ludlow scheduled the hearing for Sept. 5 at 10:30 a.m. Walker is charged with three felonies and five misdemeanors and McDonald is charged with two felonies and three misdemeanors stemming from their Jan. 30 arrests on an Interstate 15 ramp at Exit 6. Walker gained fame during the past decade as a driver in the World of Outlaws sprint car series, then as a NASCAR sprint car and truck series driver. After 28 runs with NASCAR, he was suspended from racing for reportedly violating the series' drug policy in 2007, but continued to race in other venues until the month of his arrest. Officers reported that during subsequent investigation they found evidence of marijuana, methamphetamine, hashish and an open bottle of vodka in the vehicle where both occupants might have had access to them, as well as multiple new and used pipes for consuming the drugs.(Spectrum of St. George)(7-18-2013)

  • Benson to join Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame: Johnny Benson Jr. followed his father's lead into the world of stock car racing, and he ended up chasing his own dreams right up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup level. Todd Sweeris got his love for table tennis from his parents, and he went far as well. He twice played in the Olympics. Benson and Sweeris will now follow their folks straight into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame. Hall officials announced its Class of 2013 Thursday, July 11, and it includes a pair of second generation inductees in Benson and Sweeris. Benson and other inductees will be inducted into hall of fame during the organization's annual dinner ceremony at the Gerald R. Ford Museum on Oct. 8. Benson earned championships in the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series (1995) and the Camping World Trucks Series (2008). He also ran eight seasons in NASCAR's top level, the Sprint Cup Series, with his lone victory coming at Rockingham, capturing the Microwave Popcorn 400 in 2002. He launched his career by winning the 1989 Berlin Raceway Late Model championship. His father was inducted into the hall of fame in 2001.(

  • Next Generation Earnhardt & Parsons racing: Meet the newest member of the Earnhardt racing family -- 12-year-old Karsyn Elledge. Karsyn is the daughter of Kelley Earnhardt Miller, who is the daughter of Dale Earnhardt and the GM of the JR Motorsports Nationwide Series team owned by her brother, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Karsyn's father is Jimmy Elledge, a long-time NASCAR crew chief who now is working on his daughter's budding career. Karsyn and her dad held a press conference Saturday morning in the Sonoma Raceway Winner's Circle, unveiling her new, bright pink Mini Outlaw Series car that is sponsored by Nickelodeon. Of course, the car sports the #3 made famous by her grandfather. Karsyn has racing heritage from her paternal grandparents, also. Terry Elledge, Jimmy's dad, built engines that Dale Sr. used to win several of his seven Cup championships. Mom Kelley raced with her little brother when they were kids. Earnhardt Sr. once said he thought Kelley had more of what it takes to be a quality racer than any of his children, but Kelley opted for the business side of things.(Full story at
    AND Stefan Parsons always had racing on his mind. I feel like its in my blood, the 15-year-old Cornelius resident said. I really wanted to do it. Stefans father, Phil, and uncle, Benny, raced in NASCAR. So Stefan grew up around the sport and wanted to be part of the family business. In 2010, Stefan made his racing debut at Charlotte Motor Speedways Summer Shootout. He was hooked. Its a lot of fun, he said. This is where everybody wants to come. Its the best competition in the U.S. Phil Parsons has enjoyed seeing Stefan grow up as a driver. Stefan moved up to drive a Legends car this year after competing in the Bandolero divisions during the past three summers. Hes obviously not been doing this long, but he has a pretty good head on his shoulders, said the 1988 Winston 500 winner at Talladega. Hes smart, he misses a lot of wrecks, but hes aggressive when time comes to be aggressive. Stefan, a rising sophomore at SouthLake Christian Academy, tries to keep a cool head on the track. He said being patient can only make him a better driver. It takes more talent to pass somebody without touching them, he said. Phil doesnt know where Stefan gets that from. Maybe from his uncle Benny, he said. Benny, who passed away in 2007, saw plenty of success during his career, winning the 1975 Daytona 500 and 20 other races. The Professor, the 1973 Winston Cup champion, was named one of NASCARs 50 all-time greatest drivers in 1988.(full story at the Charlotte Observer)(6-26-2013)

  • NHRA racer tests at Bristol: Accustomed to streaking down straightaways at speeds in excess of 300 mph, Top Fuel driver Antron Brown tested his command of left turns Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. In town for the NHRA Ford Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, Brown circled the worlds fastest half mile in a Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure car that was previously run on the NASCAR Nationwide circuit. Brown was enthusiastic following his 20-lap run but expressed uncertainty about piloting 500 circuits around the half-mile. That was so much fun, he said. The car drove great, but it took me a few laps to get the feel for the track and what line to take. This was my second time running laps at Bristol but my first time in a true stock car, and it was an awesome experience. Im definitely not in round track shape though. I dont know how those guys stay focused for 500 laps.(BMS)(6-15-2013)

  • Elliott not officially retired, but not looking to race: Bill Elliott hasn't officially retired but he isn't itching to get back into a racecar these days. The 57-year-old driver, who has 828 career Cup starts but hasn't run full time since 2003, is more focused on the career of 17-year-old son Chase. Bill Elliott, the 1988 Cup champion who has 44 career victories, has competed in just seven races since the start of 2011 and 32 since the end of 2008. His last race was the Cup race in July at Daytona, where he qualified sixth in a Turner Motorsports car but got caught up in a crash to finish 37th. "I've thought about a lot of stuff," Elliott said Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "Right now, I'm just kind of waiting to see where things go. It's kind of a two-fold deal. I still enjoy competing and that would be a neat deal. But unless you got in a caliber of car like I did a year ago, I really have a hard time justifying it after I got in such a good car. Why would I want to run and just kind of hang out? I'm going to look at a few things and decide here pretty soon what I'm going to do," he said.(Sporting News) (5-11-2013)

  • Carl Long's fine still hanging over his head: #11-Denny Hamlin's recent refusal to pay his $25,000 fine has reawakened the plight of Carl Long, a driver who lacks the financial resources to settle his debt with NASCAR. Long's career as a Sprint Cup Series driver essentially ended when his team was penalized for having an illegal engine at the 2009 All-Star race. Long's crew chief was fined $200,000, an amount he was unable to pay. Under NASCAR rules, the fine was reverted to the car owner, which was Long's wife, DeeDee. Unable to drive until the fine is paid, Long was still able to work in the Sprint Cup Series garage because his wife was technically responsible for settling the debt. But last year, Long said NASCAR transferred the fine to his name and he's no longer allowed inside the Cup garage. "Last year at Daytona, they issued me as the driver the fine, and I couldn't pay $200,000, so I was escorted out of the Cup garage," Long said at Bristol Motor Speedway. "NASCAR basically let me know that anybody on the crew roster could be held responsible for the fine, all the way down to the tire guy. Anybody on the crew roster, they can leverage the fine against him, no matter who. Actually, no matter what, if you are signed in on a crew roster, you are hanging by a thread." Long is allowed to work in NASCAR in any other series, and he's currently a jack of all trades for Rick Ware Racing in the Nationwide Series. He's also a part-time Nationwide driver, and has made 37 starts since the All-Star race incident. But he said he's clearing just over $35,000 a year after paying all his expenses, which means he'll likely never be back in a Sprint Cup car because he lacks the means to clear his debt with NASCAR.(Associated Press)(3-17-2013)

  • Former NASCAR driver Tyler Walker arrested after chase, drugs involved UPDATE: Two California residents were taken into custody Wednesday morning after leading Nevada, Arizona and Utah Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed pursuit. The driver, Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker, 33, and passenger, Raelie Hann McDonald, 30, both of Hermosa Beach, were arrested on a variety of drug and alcohol charges. UHP Cpl. Todd Johnson said his department was notified of a pursuit traveling northbound on I-15 in Arizona at approximately 7:30 a.m. The car had failed to stop for Nevada troopers, who were pursuing the vehicle for speeding and felony evading. Troopers searched the car, finding methamphetamines, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol in the vehicle. Walker is a former Nationwide and Truck Series driver suspended for violating NASCAR's drug policy in 2007.(The Spectrum, and Sporting News)(2-1-2013)
    UPDATE: A former NASCAR driver who led police on a high-speed chase through Nevada, Arizona and Utah is scheduled to appear in 5th District Court on Tuesday in St. George for his initial appearance. Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker, 33, failed to stop for police in Nevada for speeding early Wednesday morning. He then led police northbound on I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge and reached speeds estimated at 150 miles per hour, according to a probable cause statement. Two Utah Highway Patrol officers were able to deflate the tires of Walker's 2007 BMW 750 Li sedan after releasing spike strips. The vehicle came to a stop 1.5 miles later. According to the statement, a UHP trooper attempted to approach the vehicle, but Walker allegedly drove off at 80 mph with flat tires. Walker stopped again, and was finally apprehended after trying to flee on foot. Walker was charged with two third-degree felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony charge of failure to stop for police, and misdemeanor charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of paraphernalia, unlawful transportation of alcohol and having an open container in a vehicle. Bail was set at $18,020. Walker and McDonald posted bail Wednesday night.(St. George Daily Spectrum)

  • Earnhardt grandson to run ARCA Trucks: Bobby Dale Earnhardt, grandson of legendary NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt, has announced plans to race full-time in the ARCA Truck Series in 2013. Bobby Dale Earnhardt moved to WV in March 2012 and teamed up with Wilson Motorsports and has created a three year plan to get to NASCAR. Bobby Dale Earnhardt is the son of Kerry Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt's son.(

  • Shane Hmiel returns to a racecar at Rockingham: Ever since Shane Hmiel's accident left him paralyzed while attempting to qualify for a USAC race in Terra Haute, Ind. on Oct. 9, 2010, his road to recovery has been nothing short of miraculous and has served has an inspiration to many. Hmiel now has the opportunity to get back behind the wheel of a racecar with Accessible Racing at Rockingham Speedway on Saturday, January 26, 2013 and is set to overcome another obstacle he was told wouldn't ever be done. Accessible Racing is the brainchild of co-founder and President Brian Hanaford and is built on the mindset of breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for disabled Vets and civilians. The Accessible Racing driving experience provides an exciting and therapeutic experience that helps disabled individuals rediscover their capabilities.(Rockingham Speedway)(1-4-2012)

  • Randy Bethea featured in new documentary: Throughout the 1970s Tennessee racer Randy Bethea was a regular competitor in NASCAR's second tier series now known as the Nationwide Series. He made history in 1973 becoming the first Afircan American NASCAR racer to win a pole in an upper division race when he knocked Darrell Waltrip off the pole in the Late Model Sportman (Nationwide Series) Southern 400 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
    In 1975 he made history again, starting the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and becoming one of only seven African Americans to compete at NASCAR's highest level, now known as the Sprint Cup Series. But, Bethea's dream of NASCAR success was unfulfilled for reasons he attributes to color. That color was green, and like the majority of up-and-coming drivers of that era Bethea didn't have enough green in his wallet to compete at his full potential.
    Although Bethea did experience some racism during his driving career, he is quick to state he was 'Not a Black Racer', he was a racer who happened to be black. Currently employed as a high school automotive instructor in Newport, Tenn., Bethea still remains active in local racing and among the most popular drivers in Tennessee.
    "Just Another Racer: The Randy Bethea Story" tells the story of Bethea's racing life, from sweeping the floors in legendary engine builder Banjo Matthews' shop, to his venture into Formula Super-V racing, which he attributes as the main reason he failed to maintain long term success in NASCAR. The 60 minute documentary was filmed and edited by Kingsport Times-News reporter Jeff Bobo and includes interviews with many of Bethea's NASCAR racing contemporaries including retired racers Paul Lewis, John A. Utsman, active Nationwide Series driver Brad Teague, and engine builder Stanley Allison. "Just Another Racer: The Randy Bethea Story" can be viewed for free on Youtube.(1-1-2013)

  • Jones wins the Snowball Derby: 16-year-old Erik Jones won the 45th annual Snowball Derby, in part by besting NASCAR star Kyle Busch at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. Jones became the second consecutive 16 year old to win America's most prestigious short-track race, a year after Chase Elliott became the event's youngest winner. Jeff Choquette finished 2nd followed by Kyle Busch, Jeff Fultz and Chase Elliott. More info at and

  • Marty Smith article about Shane Hmiel: Admission for Shane Hmiel came by way of a throbbing right hand so painful the weight of a single bed sheet hit like an anvil and reduced him to tears. Even in his sleep. He had been partying hard at a local bar the night before when someone poured a beer down his back. They exchanged glances and half-breathed apologies. Minutes later, the guy did it again, and laughed this time -- and threw a haymaker. Hmiel threw a counter-blow, and it was on. Bouncers gouged Hmiel's eyes and fish-hooked his mouth, tearing his cheek from his gum line as they wrestled him away from the other men. That's all he remembers of the incident. He awoke crying and sped to the ER, certain the hand was broken. Doctors at the hospital X-rayed it, and delivered shocking news: His hand wasn't broken after all. There were teeth lodged in it. A pair, in fact, so deeply gouged into his knuckles they were invisible to the naked eye. And worse yet, infection had set in. If the teeth weren't removed immediately, amputation was a genuine possibility. "That's when I knew I had to get clean," Hmiel says now. "That fight was the stupidest thing you've ever seen. But I'm so thankful it happened. That was the moment that turned my life around." It was July 2007, and Hmiel was a drug addict in complete blind denial. He started smoking marijuana when he was 12, to look older and tougher because "that's what the badasses did."(see full article at ESPN)(11-23-2012)

  • Elliott Sadler close to deal for 2013; part-time Cup with Gibbs? UPDATE: Elliott Sadler said Tuesday that he is "close" to determining where he will be working next season, but said first he must focus on taking care of unfinished business this season. Sadler currently drives the #2 Chevy full-time for Richard Childress Racing in the Nationwide Series, where he is the current points leader by a slim margin. But he already has said he and RCR will be splitting ways at season's end. He also has said that he would like to make a return to NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series as soon as possible, and reiterated that point Tuesday after an appearance at RCR where he helped promote the Bank of America 500 that will be run Oct. 13 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "My goal as a driver is to be back in the Cup Series and make the Chase as a Cup driver. That's my No. 1 goal," Sadler said. Asked if he expected to have that chance in 2013, Sadler hedged and replied, "Uh, I don't know. We're working on some different things. But my No. 1 goal is to have that opportunity, to be a part of the Chase again." Sources have confirmed that one of the teams he has been talking with is Joe Gibbs Racing, which appears willing to offer him a full-time Nationwide ride and a limited Cup schedule for 2013 with the possibility of a full-time Cup ride developing by 2014 if full-time sponsorship can be found for a fourth JGR Cup car. "We're close. We're talking to three teams right now, so we'll see," said Sadler, while declining to offer details on which teams he has been negotiating with. "I'm just kind of late to the party, getting out there and meeting and greeting with everybody."(
    UPDATE: [Team president J.D.] Gibbs confirmed the possibility that JGR could hire Nationwide Series point leader Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers to drive full-time in the Nationwide Series next season. "That's a potential,'' Gibbs said. "I think we have to wait a little while before we can say anything officially.'' Sadler, who has made it clear he will not return to Richard Childress Racing after this season, would drive one car with OneMain Financial as the primary sponsor. He also is expected to drive a part-time Sprint Cup schedule. Vickers would drive the second car with Dollar General as the sponsor. Gibbs said the plan is to field a third car for his Cup drivers and developmental drivers Drew Herring and Darrell Wallace Jr. to share.(

  • Sadler out at RCR? going to JGR in 2013?: UPDATES: Richard Childress, owner of RCR, tells Claire B Lang on the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Pre-Race Show that Elliott Sadler has not re-signed with the company[for 2013], Sadler currently leads the Nationwide Series points.(SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Rumors floating around have Sadler going to Joe Gibbs Racing to run full-time in the Nationwide Series and run a 4th JGR Sprint Cup Series car part-time in 2013.(9-2-2012)
    UPDATE: Appearing Monday night on SPEED's Race Hub, Elliott Sadler confirmed he would not be back with Richard Childress Racing in 2013. He said he had not been offered an opportunity to stay at Childress next season and that he does not yet have a deal with a team for next year.(9-4-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Sources close to the situation said Sadler is in negotiations with Joe Gibbs Racing for a full-time Nationwide and part-time Cup ride, and has one other option with another organization for next season. "Right now, I don't have anything with any team,'' Sadler said after the first practice for Friday night's Nationwide race at Richmond International Raceway. "We are working on some things and we are talking to some different teams, and hopefully some will come together.'' JGR has an opening after Joey Logano announced on Tuesday he would drive the #22 Sprint Cup car at Penske Racing next season. Logano was offered a full-time Nationwide and part-time Cup ride to stay at JGR in 2013. Sadler has made it clear it is his desire to return to Cup in some form.(ESPN)(9-7-2012)

  • Shane Hmiel back at the track: On Friday, Shane Hmiel, 32, the only driver banned for life under NASCAR's substance-abuse policy and paralyzed since a devastating sprint car crash in October 2010, was allowed by NASCAR into the Atlanta Motor Speedway garage and pit road as the guest of Camping World Truck Series team owner Billy Ballew. "Today is one of the biggest days in my life and my career," Hmiel said in an interview with Sporting News on pit road during Friday night's truck race. "For one, I embarrassed the hell out of my family. And for two, I straightened up enough to where NASCAR will let me be back in a great sport like auto racing. Being at the racetrack, watching this truck race is better than winning a race." Hmiel's return to the NASCAR garage was an emotional one as a steady stream of well-wishers visited him as he watched the truck race. It marked the first time many had seen him since his crash Oct. 9, 2010, at The Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, where his USAC Silver Crown car flipped and the top of the carwhich had a roll cage but no roofhit the track's concrete wall. Battling for his life with a bruised spine, a head injury, a broken shoulder and collapsed lungs before suffering pneumonia and other complications, Hmiel has limited use of his arms but has feeling in all his limbs. Said Hmiel, "It's great to see people that you haven't seen in years. It's been seven years since I've been in a NASCAR garage. I'm just very thankful that everybody at NASCAR let me come have a good weekend."(see full story at the Sporting News and see more info about Shane on his Facebook page)(9-2-2012)

  • Jeffrey Earnhardt to make MMA Cage Debut: On Tuesday night, NASCAR driver and grandson of Dale Earnhardt, Jeffrey Earnhardt, will trade in driving gloves for a pair of MMA fight gloves. Earnhardt makes his MMA debut during Speedweek. "I've been using MMA as my training regimen so I'm excited to show the fans that race car drivers are athletes just like in other professional sports. I've been preparing for this fight since December and think I'm ready. My next race is in a few weeks [Daytona, July 6th] so I felt comfortable that now was a good time." The fight is scheduled for Tuesday evening May 22. The Internet card starts at 8:30pm/et and can be viewed live online at, its $15 for the pay per view.(PR)(5-22-2012)

  • Hornish Jr. scheduled to make two Cup starts: Sam Hornish Jr. is scheduled to make two Sprint Cup Series starts for Penske Racing at Kansas in April and Talladega in October. SKF will be the sponsor. See an image of the scheme on the #12 Team Schemes page.(3-30-2012)

  • Lally looking to run some NASCAR road races: 2011 NASCAR Sprint CUp Series rookie of the year talked about possible NASCAR rides this year, in a recent Frontstretch interview: "I have a few nibbles here and there. I would love to find a good Cup team to do Watkins Glen with and a good Nationwide team to do the three road courses with. I think I can bring a lot to teams on the road courses and have a very good shot to run up front. I would love to get more oval races in as well for sure and will work towards that, but my focus right now is trying to get in touch with teams for Montreal, Road America and Watkins Glen."(Frontstretch)(3-15-2012)

  • Boris Said hopes to run in NASCAR road course races: a few tidbits from a one-on-one interview with road racers / sometime NASCAR race, Boris Said by Frontstretch:
    Said: Hopefully, this year, I think I have the road races put together. I'm working on a lot of deals for the road races. I'm sure I'll do that in NASCAR this year. I'll probably only do two in Nationwide, or skip the Cup race [in Sonoma]. I haven't decided yet because Road America and Sonoma are on the same weekend. If I do the Cup race, I've got to commit to that. If I don't do it this year, then I'll go to Road America and do all three races since Grand-Am's there too.(in part from an interview at Frontstretch)(2-14-2012)


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  • Allmendinger running Grand-AM race at Indy: AJ Allmendinger is returning to Indianapolis Motor Speedway but in a Grand-AM car for longtime friend Michael Shank. Allmendinger will race in the Brickyard Grand Prix on July 26 in the #6 Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley. He'll co-drive with Gustavo Yacaman. Allmendinger led laps earlier this year in the Indianapolis 500 and might have had a chance to win the race if his seat belt had not come undone, forcing him to make an unscheduled pit stop. He wound up seventh. Allmendinger has been racing for Shank since 2006, when he was part of the Rolex 24 At Daytona team.(Associated Press)(7-11-2013)

  • Almendinger to drive for Penske in IndyCar: Team Penske announced that AJ Allmendinger will join its IZOD IndyCar Series program in 2013. Allmendinger, who rose up through the ranks of open-wheel racing before transitioning to NASCAR, will compete in at least two IndyCar events for Team Penske this season, including the Indianapolis 500. Allmendinger will drive the #2 IZOD Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet at this year's Indianapolis 500, scheduled for May 26 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 31-year-old Allmendinger will also compete in the April 7 IZOD IndyCar Series race at the Barber Motorsports Park road course in Birmingham, Ala., in the IZOD machine for Team Penske. Today's announcement represents a homecoming for Allmendinger on a couple of different fronts. He will return to his roots as the Los Gatos, Calif., native raced in the Champ Car World Series from 2004-2006 when he earned five wins, two poles and 14 podium finishes over a three-year period. It also means a return to Penske Racing. Allmendinger drove for the organization's Sprint Cup Series team for the first 17 races of the 2012 season before he was suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy. After successfully completing NASCAR's Road to Recovery program, Allmendinger returned to compete in four Cup Series events for another team at the end of the 2012 season. Allmendinger will next drive the No. 2 IZOD Team Penske car at the IZOD IndyCar Series spring training test sessions, March 12-13 at Barber Motorsports Park.(Team Penske)(3-8-2012)

  • Allmendinger to test IndyCar for Penske: AJ Allmendinger's career is coming full circle albeit making left and right turns. Allmendinger, 31, will test an IndyCar for Penske Racing at Sebring International Raceway on Feb. 18 and 19. If the test is successful, Allmendinger will make his open-wheel debut for Penske Racing at Barber Motorsports Park on April 7. If everything goes according to plan and sponsorship can be acquired, Allmendinger will also run at Long Beach in preparation for the Indianapolis 500. "The first test is just to see how things go at Sebring," Allmendinger said late Wednesday by phone. "It's been seven years since I've been in one of those cars and they've changed quite a bit. I know it won't be easy. But I know I'll be in the best possible equipment and I'll have Will Power there one of the fastest guys in the sport to help me get up to speed. I'm really looking forward to it. At least Sebring is a track I know. There are so many great things about getting back in a car for Roger. I can't begin to explain what it means that he believes in me enough to give me another chance. There's no pressure with this test, but I'll put the pressure on myself." Allmendinger has learned to cope with pressure over the past year. After working his way into the ride of a lifetime with Penske Racing's Sprint Cup team, Allmendinger failed a drug test administered at Kentucky Speedway on June 29 and was suspended from competition at Daytona International Speedway on July 7. Upon completing NASCAR's Road to Recovery, Allmendinger was reinstated Sept. 18, but Penske Racing released him from the No. 22 team Aug. 1. Still, Penske never gave up on his driver. Not only did Allmendinger remain on the payroll for the remainder of the year, but Penske also called him on a weekly basis.(Fox Sports)(2-7-2013)

  • Allmendinger has four race deal with #51 team: AJ Allmendinger has an opportunity to initially run four NASCAR Sprint Cup races for #51 Phoenix Racing as its driver roster starts to take shape. While Regan Smith will kick off the season in the #51 Guy Roofing Chevy at Daytona, Allmendinger has been offered the chance to drive [early season races] at Phoenix, Bristol, Auto Club and Martinsville. TAG Heuer will sponsor Austin Dillon in the car at Las Vegas. Both parties have agreed to keep their options open should an opportunity arise. Right now, they are working on a race-to-race basis.(FoxSports)(1-18-2013)

  • Dillon to run some race for Phoenix Racing? UPDATE: A.J. Allmendinger's 2013 NASCAR plans are less certain. He ran a pair of races for #51 Phoenix Racing late last year after being reinstated by NASCAR, and while team owner James Finch has said Allmendinger will drive for the team again this season, it will apparently not be a full-time effort. Regan Smith is slated to steer the car in the season opener at Daytona, and reliable sources say that third-generation driver Austin Dillon will also run a handful of Sprint Cup Series races for Phoenix Racing.(Godfather Motorsports)(1-11-2013)
    UPDATE: Austin Dillon, the grandson of Richard Childress Racing's owner, will drive a Sprint Cup car with a Hendrick Motorsports engine at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Phoenix Racing owner James Finch said during Friday's Cup test at Daytona International Speedway that Dillon will pilot his #51 Chevy sponsored by TAG Heuer Eyewear at the March 10 race. Finch's cars are powered by HMS engines. Dillon is running a full-time Nationwide Series schedule and about six Cup races for his grandfather, Richard Childress, as he plans to move full-time into Cup in 2014 at RCR. He is at the three-day Daytona test driving RCR's #33 in preparation for his debut in the Daytona 500 next month. Asked how the deal came about, Finch jokingly said, "Richard is too old to mess with. Austin says they don't have no fun." In reality, Finch said, Tag Heuer's existing relationship with Dillon helped put the deal together.(ESPN)(1-11-2013)

  • Finch working on driver lineup for #51 UPDATE 3: Phoenix Racing team owner James Finch is close to settling on his lineup for 2013. Finch said Thursday that Regan Smith will run the Daytona 500 in the #51 Chevy. But with Smith concentrating on his new gig with JR Motorsports, there will be an opportunity for AJ Allmendinger as well. "Regan will go to Daytona for us, but I want to help AJ run some races, too," Finch said. "We're still working on the final schedule, but AJ will probably run Phoenix (International Raceway on March 3) for us." Allmendinger made his comeback with Phoenix Racing in October at Charlotte after completing NASCAR's "Road to Recovery" program for violating the sport's substance-abuse policy. His top result with the team was 24th in that race.(Fox Sports)(12-21-2012)
    UPDATE: James (Finch) telling Newschannel 7 Sports he's committed to run at least 18 Cup races in 2013, starting with the Daytona 500. He says he's secured a sponsor for both Daytona races in February, but won't announce that sponsor until after the first. James says Regan Smith will drive for Phoenix in the Daytona 500. Finch will use Smith for some other Cup races, though he'll have to share Smith, since he will drive the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports. Allmendinger is another driver Finch would like to use on the Cup Series. AJ ran the final four races of 2012 for Phoenix and James says he liked how AJ handled the car. Allmendinger though apparently considering some offers to race Indy cars. As for running the whole cup circuit, Finch says he's hoping for some early success and that more sponsorship will come along, making running a full slate more possible.(News Channel 7, Panama City Beach, FL)(12-28-2012)
    UPDATE 2: As the clock winds down on 2012, Phoenix Racing, based in Spartanburg, is looking ahead to the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and it's going to be a season full of changes. "One of the biggest changes is the change in the Chevy body styles," Hendersonville's Steve Barkdoll, general manager of Phoenix Racing, said. "Sprint Cup is going to the Chevy SS and Nationwide to the Chevy Camaro. For a small team like us, that creates a lot more work, and our guys in the shop are doing an incredible job. They've been working non-stop to get ready for the season, and we've already got a couple of new cars in the shop that look really sharp." Just like last year, Phoenix Racing will be using multiple drivers. "For Daytona, we'll be going with Regan Smith, who also drives for Dale Jr.'s Nationwide team. Since Regan is committed to the Nationwide Series, he won't be able to run a full Cup schedule with us. We'll be looking to other drivers throughout the year, including A.J. Allmendinger again."(Spartanburg Herald Journal)(12-30-2012)
    UPDATE 3: Phoenix Racing will put Regan Smith in its car for the Daytona 500 and plans to have Smith and AJ Allmendinger share driving duties for its Sprint Cup team in 2013. It also hopes to reunite with Kurt Busch for Nationwide Series races. Team general manager Steve Barkdoll said Tuesday that the team plans to field a Cup car for the entire season and a Nationwide car for restrictor-plate events plus other select races. Smith will drive the Cup car at Daytona and possibly in seven to 10 races throughout the season. Barkdoll said he expects Allmendinger's first race to be at Phoenix. The team plans to announce sponsorship for the Cup events at Daytona and Las Vegas as well as the Nationwide race at Daytona soon. Barkdoll said the current plan is to run a full season in Cup but if no sponsorship materializes during the season, the schedule could be cut back. The team will use Hendrick engines all season, Barkdoll said.(Sporting News)(1-8-2013)

  • Allmendinger to run the #51 at Charlotte: AJ Allmendinger will drive the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, replacing Regan Smith, who will drive the #88 AMP/National Guard Chevy for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Earnhardt announced today that he will be sidelined for the next two races after suffering a concussion in a final-lap crash at Talladega Superspeedway.
    I hadnt even planned on going to the track this weekend, said Allmendinger today. I went to the gym this morning, without my phone. When I got back at 9:00, it was blown up with calls and text messages. I got a voice mail from (Phoenix Racing general manager) Steve Barkdoll saying, `Can you get to the track as soon as possible? We kinda need a driver." For Allmendinger, Saturday nights race will mark his first Sprint Cup Series start since being suspended by NASCAR on July 7 after failing a random substance abuse test. This is obviously not the way I wanted this to happen, said Allmendinger. I dont ever want to see anyone get hurt, much less a guy like Dale whos in the running for the championship. I dont have details on what will happen going forward, Im just driving to the track to get fitted into a race car. Im sure its going to be a little hectic today, trying to get comfortable in the car after not driving anything for so long, but Im appreciative for the opportunity. Im happy to have a ride for the weekend, and Im going to do my best to get a good finish Saturday night for James Finch and Phoenix Racing.(Godfather Motorsports)(10-11-2012)

  • Allmendinger visits Talladega: AJ Allmendinger upped his effort to find a new job on Friday by making his first appearance at a NASCAR event since his suspension for failing a drug test. The visit to Talladega Superspeedway is the first since Allmendinger's July 7 suspension. He was reinstated by NASCAR last month and is looking for a job for 2013 after being dropped by Penske Racing three months ago. "I'm looking, but from reading the Internet, there doesn't seem to be a lot of jobs out there," Allmendinger said. "Nobody has told me to get out yet," joked Allmendinger, who stopped in the Penske Racing garage stalls and visited with his former crew. "It's been a lot of fun to be back in the garage. It's been a rough few months, and I'm just really glad to be back here." James Finch, owner of the #51 car at Phoenix Racing, said he'll likely use Regan Smith next week at Charlotte Motor Speedway but isn't opposed to talking with Allmendinger. Kurt Busch is replacing Smith at Furniture Row beginning next week, and Finch has six races to fill this year. "I like AJ, I'd be willing to do something with him, but I don't know what sponsors would have to say about him," Finch said. "It's something I just don't have an answer for right now."(Associated Press/ESPN)(10-5-2012)

  • NASCAR Reinstates Driver AJ Allmendinger: NASCAR has reinstated driver AJ Allmendinger upon his successful completion of NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program. Allmendinger had been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR on July 24 for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy (NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)
    AND Allmendinger's statement: "I want to thank everyone for their support through this entire process," said Allmendinger. "I appreciate that NASCAR created the the Road to Recovery program, and am grateful for the opportunity to return to competition. The Road to Recovery program was really helpful to me in getting my priorities reset away from the race track. And, honestly, that helped find my love of racing again and why I began racing in the first place. I'm looking forward to taking this experience and be better for it moving forward."(, see past news about Allmendingers suspension on the #22 Team News and Links page and NASCAR Drug Policy news page.(9-18-2012)

  • Penske willing to rehire Allmendinger: Roger Penske would consider re-hiring AJ Allmendinger, the suspended NASCAR driver who was at the IndyCar season finale as his guest. Allmendinger failed a NASCAR drug test in July and was released by Penske Racing when his backup "B" sample also tested positive. He's currently participating in NASCAR's "Road to Recovery" program, and Penske said Saturday he felt the driver has been too reclusive during the process. "I told AJ I wanted him to come to a race; I think he had been kind of undercover for quite a bit of the time, and I thought it would be good for him to get out and see people here, talk to some of the team owners," Penske said before the IndyCar finale at Auto Club Speedway. Penske said once Allmendinger's suspension is resolved with NASCAR, he's a viable option for owners in both NASCAR and IndyCar. Allmendinger spent three seasons in Champ Car, and won five races in 2006 before moving to NASCAR. "I think hopefully we'll get some answer from NASCAR as quickly as possible because the Chase has started now, hopefully they'll give him a clean bill of health and he can move on," Penske said. "This is a speed bump in his career, but he's certainly an option for people on the NASCAR side and the Indy side. He did a great job when you think about what he did in Champ Car." Asked if he'd hire Allmendinger again, Penske said: "He could be an option for us, for sure."(Associated Press/ESPN)(9-16-2012)

  • Source disputes Allmendinger's defense: It is highly unlikely that AJ Allmendinger's positive test for amphetamines came from a single pill taken one time as the suspended Sprint Cup driver recently stated, a source close to the situation told It also is highly unlikely that Allmendinger will complete NASCAR's Road to Recovery program necessary for reinstatement by the end of August as the driver stated, according to the source. "That's not going to happen," the source said. The driver said last week that the positive test resulted from prescription Adderal that he was given by the friend of a friend two days before he was randomly tested at Kentucky Speedway on June 29. Adderall is administered medically to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, the source told that Allmendinger's one-pill defense is not consistent with the test results despite the fact Adderall can remain in a person's system up to 72 hours. And while Adderall contains compounds of amphetamines, experts in the field say there are other prescription drugs and illegal drugs that contain the same compounds. NASCAR denied's request to interview Dr. David Black, who heads up the Nashville-based Aegis Sciences Corp. that runs the drug testing program for the sport, regarding Allmendinger's claims. Allmendinger, according to the source, also did not reveal to the medical review officer during standard questioning given before the random test that he took anything given to him by another person that possibly could register a positive test. See more at

  • Allmendinger tested positive for Adderall: AJ Allmendinger tested positive for prescription Adderall, the suspended NASCAR driver told ESPN in an exclusive sit down interview Tuesday. Adderall is typically prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Allmendinger said. He does not have ADHD and therefore had no prescription. He explained that he had been out in Louisville, KY, the Wednesday before the Quaker State 400 race at Kentucky Speedway, and was tired. A friend, Allmendinger said, handed him a pill and stated it was a workout supplement that would give him energy. Allmendinger ingested the pill. Two days later he was randomly-tested at the racetrack, a test he would ultimately fail. He said neither NASCAR nor its drug testing team from Nashville-based Aegis Labs would inform him of the specific substance in question until after the B Sample was tested July 24, only that he had tested positive for amphetamine. It was not until he was informed it was Adderall that he traced it back to that night in Kentucky. He said he does not abuse Adderall, rather that he took it just once. Allmendinger is currently going through NASCAR's Road to Recovery program, which he said he hopes to complete by the end of August. He said his case is being treated more as a stress-coping methodology than a drug rehabilitation (ESPN)(8-7-2012)

  • Shank wants Allmendinger in Grand-Am car: What's next for AJ Allmendinger? During a short telephone interview with on Wednesday, Allmendinger expressed regret as well as gratitude for the outpouring of support from fans, which he acknowledged "helped me get through all of this." He said he has met with the administrator for NASCAR's Road to Recovery program and was given a "road map" to follow throughout the process. Team owner Michael Shank, who campaigns in the NASCAR Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and won the Rolex 24 with Allmendinger behind the wheel at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 29, said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that he would field a car for the driver once he satisfies the sanctioning body's requirements for reinstatement. "He has to go through the Road to Recovery - which we all accept and we all agree with," Shank said. "That process, I'm told, can take anywhere from a month to three months. We'll be testing in Daytona in October and November with the Daytona prototype and some new stuff we have from Ford Racing coming. If that's the case, as soon as NASCAR says it's been satisfied, we'll get him back in."(Fox Sports)(8-3-2012)

  • Allmendinger released by Penske; statements by Allmendinger & Shell: Penske Racing announced today that AJ Allmendinger has been released as driver of the #22 Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Cup Series. Allmendinger was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR last week for a positive drug test. "Penske Racing fully supports NASCAR's substance abuse policy and we are disappointed with AJ's positive drug test results," said Roger Penske. "AJ is a terrific driver, a good person and it is very unfortunate that we have to separate at this time. We have invested greatly in AJ and we were confident in his success with our team. The decision to dismiss him is consistent with how we would treat any other Penske Racing team member under similar circumstances. As AJ begins NASCAR's 'Road to Recovery' program, we wish him the best and look forward to seeing him compete again in NASCAR." Sam Hornish Jr., will drive the #22 Dodge at Pocono this weekend and for the foreseeable future. Penske Racing will evaluate its options for a driver of the #22 car for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.(Penske Racing)(8-1-2012)
    Statement from Allmendinger: "Effective today, I have been released from Penske Racing as driver of the #22 Dodge Charger. I wish to thank Mr. Penske, Penske Racing, their sponsors, and especially all the of the #22 team for the opportunity they provided me and for their support in this difficult time. I also, again, would like to thank all the fans that really have been awesome through this. I apologize for the distraction, embarrassment, and difficulties that my current suspension from NASCAR has provided. As I stated last week, I have begun NASCAR's Road to Recovery program and look forward to using those resources and its completion to compete again in NASCAR in the near future."(Walldinger Racing)(8-1-2012)
    Shell Statement: Shell and Pennzoil fully support NASCAR's substance abuse policy and Penske Racing's decision to release A.J. Allmendinger as driver of the #22 Dodge Charger following his indefinite suspension by NASCAR. We wish A.J. the best as he participates in NASCAR's Road to Recovery program. Shell and Pennzoil will continue to work closely with Penske Racing to determine plans for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.(Shell Pennzoil)(8-1-2012)

  • Penske to meet with Allmendinger this week: Team owner Roger Penske said he will meet with suspended driver AJ Allmendinger this week to discuss how they move forward as an organization. Allmendinger was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday after his second urine sample confirmed the first sample that tested positive for amphetamines earlier this month. The 30-year-old driver has enrolled in NASCAR's Road to Recovery program that typically takes 4-5 months to be eligible for reinstatement, meaning his 2012 season is for all intents and purposes over. Penske said Sunday that he has released Penske Racing employees that have failed the company testing program in the past. He said the difference with Allmendinger is he's an independent contractor who was tested by NASCAR, not the organization, and sponsors are involved. Penske declined to comment on whether there was any possibility Allmendinger would return to the #22 Shell Pennzoil Dodge [Ford next season] in 2013.' "There are so many questions: does he keep the ride or not?'' Penske said before the Brickyard 400. "We don't know when he's going to be back. We have sponsor obligations. There's lots of things happening. At this point, from my perspective, I have a very open mind, but I want to sit down face to face with him to determine what's the best thing for the team, what's the best thing for him. We have a lot invested in him. I want to see him land on his feet. I've got to look at things from the overall standpoint.'' Penske said Sam Hornish Jr., who will be in the car on Sunday at Indianapolis as well as next week at Pocono, likely will remain the driver for most of season moving forward for the sake of continuity with the team and sponsor. Penske said there are a couple of races where Hornish already was scheduled to be in a third Penske Cup car that will factor into plans. He said those races might be used to try out another driver potentially for next season, reminding his phone has rung off the hook from drivers looking for rides. Penske said he has talked to Allmendinger almost every day to "try to keep his spirits up.'(ESPN)(7-30-2012)

  • Amphetamines caused Allmendinger's positive test: Suspended Sprint Cup driver AJ Allmendinger tested positive for amphetamines, his business manager confirmed Wednesday. Tara Ragan, the vice president of Walldinger Racing Inc., said Allmendinger was told when initially suspended by NASCAR on July 7 that amphetamines were found in his drug testing sample taken a week earlier. She said the term was so broad that she opted to refer to it as a stimulant. Brand names of medications that contain or metabolize into amphetamines include Adderall, Dexedrine, Dextrostat, Desoxyn, Didrex, ProCentra and Vyvanse. Amphetamines also are used recreationally as a performance enhancer, often referred to on the street as "speed." When overused, they can be psychologically and physically addictive. "With amphetamines, there are a whole slew of things it can be," Ragan told "When we say we don't know what it is, what we were trying to ascertain is what is it in that grouping? In our head, we don't know. In fact, when the (medical review officer) first called and said he tested positive for amphetamines, the first thing we said was, 'What does that mean?'" Ragan said the hope is Dr. David Black, who runs Aegis Sciences Corporation in Nashville, Tenn., which tested Allmendinger's "A" and "B" urine samples, will help clarify that Thursday when Allmendinger talks to him to be assigned a health care facility for assessment. Meanwhile, Ragan said there are plans to have Allmendinger tested again by an independent laboratory to see whether amphetamines still show up in his system. "We weren't being evasive," Ragan said. "In my head, no, we didn't know what the drug was. Amphetamines was too general for us when trying to figure out what it is."(more at

  • Allmendinger Indefinitely Suspended From NASCAR Competition: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #22 Dodge in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. On July 24, Allmendinger was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (NASCAR's substance abuse policy) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book. As outlined in the rule book, NASCAR next will provide Allmendinger a letter outlining a process for reinstatement. By agreeing to the letter, he will be allowed to participate in the Road to Recovery Program.(NASCAR)
    Penske Racing Statement: "In accordance with NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy, Penske Racing was notified today of AJ Allmendinger's positive B sample test. We respect NASCAR's policy and the process they have taken with this matter. Penske Racing is very disappointed with the result of the B sample test and will evaluate its course of action as it pertains to AJ over the coming week. Sam Hornish Jr., will drive the #22 Dodge Charger this weekend at Indianapolis and next weekend at Pocono."(Penske Racing)
    Walldinger Racing Statement: Aegis Analytical Laboratories in Nashville has delivered the results of the "B" sample test for Penske Racing driver AJ Allmendinger, which confirmed the results of the "A" test. Statement from Tara Ragan, Vice President, Walldinger Racing Inc. "This was not the news we wanted to hear and we will work to get to the source of what may have caused this. To that end, we have secured the services of an independent lab to conduct thorough testing on every product within AJ's home and motor coach to find what might collaborate with his test, which created results that were within nanograms of accepted standards. We are working closely with NASCAR and Penske Racing to identify the next action steps in this process. We continue to be extremely grateful by the breadth and scope of support for AJ from his fans and partners. We would like to again thank NASCAR, Penske Racing and all our sponsor partners for the open communication, and for helping us at every step in this process. We expect to have further updates in the upcoming days."(Walldinger Racing)(7-24-2012)
    Shell / Pennzoil Statement: "Shell and Pennzoil believe that the process and procedures that NASCAR has in place as part of their substance abuse policy are appropriate and serve to ensure that the sport and its participants are held to the highest standards. We share Penske Racing's disappointment with the result of AJ's (Allmendinger) B sample test and will work closely with them to determine plans moving forward. We hope for the best for AJ during this difficult time."(Shell Motorsports)
    Allmendinger Update: Road to Recovery: "While we await further information from testing to determine the cause, we have notified NASCAR that AJ will participate in the Road to Recovery Program starting immediately. As we have stated earlier, we respect NASCAR's drug testing policies. They are first and foremost in place to protect drivers and AJ being among those. We fully support the program, and and as more details become available, we will share them. We would like to personally thank Mr. Helton and John Bobo for helping worked through this in an expeditious manner." -Tara Ragan, Vice President, Walldinger Racing Inc.(7-25-2012)


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  • Andretti's team up for Daytona 24: The worlds of NASCAR, IndyCar, USAC and the Rolex Series will come together next week as part of the No. 36 Yellow Dragon Motorsports Mazda RX-8 driver line-up for the 50th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The father and son team of John and Jarett Andretti highlight the entry and will race together for the first time. Joining them will be Mazda sports car racing veteran Taylor Hacquard, and promising Mazda open-wheel driver Anders Krohn, forming Yellow Dragon's most impressive Rolex 24 driver squad to date. With 12 Indy 500 and 14 Daytona 500 starts to his credit, John Andretti is one of America's most accomplished racers, and as the overall winner of the 1989 Rolex 24 At Daytona, returning to race at the storied endurance event with his son Jarett-and with the support of Window World--was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. "This will be my fourth Rolex 24, and the opportunity to race with Jarett was the deciding factor," he said. "The 50thAnniversary of the race is also a major motivation, and I'm looking forward to working with Window World, the team and other drivers in this historic event with a winning manufacturer like Mazda." After earning a USAC championship in 2011, Jarett Andretti is poised to show the kind of versatility that has become synonymous with his last name. Trading midget racing for the wail of a triple-rotor Mazda RX-8, the teenager will draw from the experience of his father and teammates during his professional road racing debut.(Yellow Dragon Motorsports PR)(1-27-2012)

  • Another Andretti Finds Victory Lane: The month of May for the Andretti racing family got off to a winning start this past weekend, and this time it was third-generation Jarett Andretti carrying the checkered flag for the first time in his young career. Jarett, the son of John Andretti and grandchild of Aldo Andretti won Saturday night's 35-lap Ford Focus Midget feature at the famed Hickory Motor Speedway. The 18-year-old high school senior grew up watching his father race both IndyCar and NASCAR-sanctioned events along with other national series including NHRA, CART and professional sports car racing. Jarett decided in mid-summer of 2010 to get behind the wheel, first starting in a go-kart. He quickly advanced to a Ford Focus Midget and competed in only a handful of events at the end of 2010. This year, Jarett is competing for the Eastern Ford Focus Midget Championship sanctioned by USAC. Saturday night's win came in only the second race of the season. The win compliments his runner-up finish earlier this year at Dillon Motor Speedway. Jarett will join his father and cousin Marco racing in Indianapolis later this month where he plans to compete in more midget races, but first will race his Ford Focus Midget at Ace Speedway located in Altamahaw, N.C. on Friday and back to Hickory Motor Speedway again this Saturday. Andretti also has plans to compete in sports cars, NASCAR modifieds and possibly the NASCAR Pro Series East later this season.(Breaking Limits)(5-12-2011)

  • John Andretti has ride for Indy 500 UPDATE: John Andretti will drive the fifth Andretti Autosport car in the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The others will be for IndyCar regulars Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Mike Conway and Danica Patrick.(Indianapolis Star)(3-11-2011)
    UPDATE: Andretti Autosport announced it will join forces with co-entrant Richard Petty Motorsports and primary sponsor Window World, Inc., to field an entry for IndyCar veteran John Andretti in this year's 100 anniversary edition of the Indianapolis 500. John, who has made 11 prior Indy 500 starts including last year's run for the Petty-Andretti combo, will drive the #43 Window World car with a traditional "Petty Blue" and "Day-Glo Red" color scheme. However, the livery featured on this year's entry was inspired by the 1982 race-winning car of Gordon Johncock and designed to commemorate that historic car. In conjunction with the effort, Window World and ABILITY Magazine have created the "$1,000,000 WIN-WIN" promotion that will provide one, lucky contestant the chance to win $1 million should John win the 2011 Indianapolis 500. 2011 marks the third-straight year Window World has served as John's primary sponsor in the Indianapolis 500. Headquartered in North Wilkesboro, N.C., Window World remains America's largest replacement window company with offices in more than 200 cities nationwide. This will also be the third-consecutive Indy 500 to include participation from Richard Petty, a racing icon and one of the most-recognizable figures in NASCAR history. A 200-time NASCAR race winner and seven-time NASCAR champion, Petty witnessed the Indianapolis 500 in person for the first time in 2007 and participated as a co-owner for the first time in 2009.(RPM)(3-15-2011)

  • Andretti hopes to run Daytona 500 and Indy 500 in 2010: Veteran racer John Andretti says he'd like to compete in both the Daytona and Indianapolis 500s in 2010 -- as he has the past two years -- but he won't return to Front Row Motorsports this season for a similar schedule as last year. "I'm going to be in Daytona, in the Daytona 500, but with what team how all that will play out is still to be determined, though this week should get something finalized," Andretti said Monday. "The focus is to do some other races, but the second major focus after the Daytona 500 is the Indy 500, similar to the same program I did in 2008, kinda free bird." John Andretti, who in 1994 became the first driver to complete a same-day "double" in the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 Cup race at Charlotte, said he hoped to possibly do some additional Cup races in a third Front Row car.
    Travis Kvapil, the 2003 Truck Series champion, last week said on Sirius Speedway that he had a full-time Cup Series ride in 2010 with Front Row. The show's Web site also reported, according to unnamed sources, that Kevin Conway would drive owner Jenkins' second car. Conway has never started a Cup race but has 25 starts in the Nationwide Series and one in the Truck Series. Last month NASCAR announced a new qualifying format for the season-opening Budweiser Shootout event that kicks off Speedweeks at Daytona. Andretti is eligible, as the winner of Daytona's 1997 mid-summer Cup race, and hopes to use it as a bargaining chip.
    Andretti said he hoped to possibly do some additional Cup races for Jenkins in a third Front Row car. "It would have to be, because the other two guys are going to do all the races -- though I don't know all the details because I don't need to know and I don't like to talk out of school," Andretti said. "I'd like to do a variety of races, because that keeps me happy, too. We'll probably do some racing together at Front Row this year because Bob and I have talked about that, and he knows there are certain events I really want to run in. It's not going to be a whole bunch of them because it's not fair to do them cherry-picking through the whole year while someone else has to do all the legwork. It's in the discussion stages and it's got to work for them as well as me, but obviously the door is wide open."(

  • Full time gig for Kvapil UPDATE 2 to Ford: per a Twitter post, supposedly by driver Travis Kvapil: I'm happy to announce my return to a full timeCup ride for 2010!! More details to follow. I can't wait to get back on track!".
    Rumor had Kvapil in one of the Front Row Motorsports [#34, #37] cars in 2010. Kvapil drove a few races in the #37 Dodge/Chevy late in the 2009 season and John Andretti was in the #34 Chevy for 34 of the 36 races.(12-30-2009)
    UPDATE: Travis Kvapil told Sirius NASCAR Radios Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody Wednesday that he will run the full 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule for Front Row Motorsports. Steven Lane will serve as crewchief on the car expected to be the #34 with a new manufacturer to be announced in the near future. The team ran primarily Chevy's [#34 Chevy in every race, #37 a mixed bag] livery a year ago, with Dodges entered in selected events. It will be a full-time, two- car operation next season, said Kvapil, but I cant really say anything more until all the details are finalized. Thats all for the team to announce. Sources tell Sirius Speedway that former NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kevin Conway will fill the seat of the second Front Row Motorsports entry [which was the #37 in 2009, could run the #37, #23 or #70 in 2010], with sponsorship from Extenze Men's Health Supplement.(Sirius Speedway)(12-31-2009)
    UPDATE 2: Front Row Motorsports will run under the Ford Motorsports banner in 2010 with Travis Kvapil driving the #34 with Steven Lane as his crew chief. Kevin Conway will pilot the #37 Ford with a crew chief to be named. Conway, 31, ran 12 races with the Extenze sponsorship in the Nationwide Series last season for three different owners -- Joe Nemechek, Robert Richardson and Dusty Whitney. His best finish was 15th at Kentucky in the #87 Chevy. The short list for Conway's crew chief candidates include Peter Sospenzo, who worked with Tony Raines on the #37 last season, as well as Larry Carter and Derrick Findley.(FoxSports)(1-1-2010)

  • Andretti uncertain of 2010 plans: Veteran barnstormer John Andretti said he is virtually certain to make another attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in May but said the demands of a NASCAR schedule have brought him to a crossroads in his 22-year career. Andretti, the 46-year-old nephew of legend Mario Andretti, competed in 34 Sprint Cup events, finishing 36th in points, in 2009. He placed 19th for Richard Petty Motorsports in his 10th Indy 500. "I'm kind of at a stage in my life where I want to enjoy everything, my family," said Andretti, who has won national series races in stock, sports, open wheel and drag racing cars. "This last year has been pretty taxing on me because I am gone all the time. So I need to really dig deep to see if I want to do it again. I enjoy the team I am with, I like the owner, and that's really what got me to do this [in 2009]. The Indianapolis 500, I would say just go ahead and write that in, but I don't know if I can go on the road and do 34 races. I am not young, but I am compared to Mark Martin, and I enjoy doing it, so it's tough."(CBS Sports)(12-3-2009)

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  • Carpentier to retire: Canadian driver Patrick Carpentier says he will retire after the NASCAR Nationwide Series race next month at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. "It's been a few years that I've thought about it," Carpentier told QMI Agency. "I discussed it with my wife. We talked about my situation on several occasions and I came to the conclusion that I must move on. I remember when I was speed skating. When I decided it was over, it was over." For the 39-year-old from Joliette, it is fitting that he'll end his racing career in his native province. "My first big race was at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, my third race in the Atlantic series," he said. "It is important to finish my career in Montreal." Carpentier already figures he will regret his decision when he's driving in the NAPA 200 in Montreal. "Of course I'll say it did not make sense," Carpentier said. "I know I'll be down for two or three days after the race."(Toronto Sun)(7-7-2011)

  • Carpentier in the #32 at Kansas: - Patrick Carpentier will return to NASCAR this weekend in the #32 FAS Lane Racing Ford at Kansas Speedway. The Canadian driver, who now lives in Las Vegas, confirmed that he will compete in his first Sprint Cup Series race of 2011 on Sunday at the 1.5-mile track. "This will mark the first time in my Sprint Cup career that I will be driving a car that is already qualified for the race," said Carpentier, who will be making his 40th Cup Series start. "There will be a lot less pressure when we practice on Friday, because we will be able to work both on qualifying and race setups."(

  • Stremme leaves #26 team: UPDATE: David Stremme has quit his ride with Latitude 43 Motorsports, alleging that team owner Bill Jenkins has failed to meet his financial obligations and is doing little to help the team improve. We've been trying to put that program together," said Stremme. "We always had to do more with less, but in the last month and a half, ownership hasn't really wanted to make things better. Bill Jenkins has not been willing to make the correct decisions, and it has affected the performance of the team. We've barely been making it to track the last few weeks. At Pocono, we didn't even know if we were going to have tires to race on. "I went to Bill and said `If things aren't going to change, I don't think I want to stay involved.' We discussed a timeline for him to find another driver and agreed that we would look at things again after Bristol. But he immediately started calling around trying to replace me. He apparently wanted to find someone else right now, and that's fine. It's his choice." Jenkins admitted his first-year team has struggled to find sponsorship this season, saying, "We are in a funding fight every day, and we haven't been able to fund the team at the level David expected. We've had some good things happen, and some bad things. We had to pull a sponsor off the car two weeks ago (GTW GPS) after a conflict emerged between their products and Sprint. We were counting on them to help get us over the hump, but those are the bumps in the road that you hit." Last week, former Latitude 43 Motorsports driver Boris Said revealed that he is unhappy with the way he was treated by Jenkins. "There's no real polite way to say this, but Bill Jenkins owes me a bunch of money," he said. Asked if he expects to have any relationship with the team going forward, Said replied, "(Jenkins) hasn't returned my phone calls, so I guess not. It's a bad deal for me." Asked if he is owed money by Latitude 43, Stremme said, "There are obligations to both me and the team that have not been met, and that was a big part of my decision to leave. I don't want to be involved with something like that. I dealt with (Jenkins) with respect, and was straightforward with him at all times. I didn't get that in return."(Sirius Speedway)(8-10-2010)
    UPDATE:Patrick Carpentier will again be driving the #26 Ford of Latitude 43 Motorsports for the Sprint Cup race at Michigan this weekend. Davis Stremme had been the driver until Sunday, according to owner Bill Jenkins and crew chief Frankie Stoddard. Stremme, however, announce Monday on Sirius XM Radio that he left the team. It was during the same show that Jenkins said Carpentier would probably be in his car at Michigan.(Rue Frontenac, translated by Google translate)(8-11-2010)

  • Carpentier not ready to give up on NASCAR: Veteran Canadian racer Patrick Carpentier broke into the Sprint Cup ranks a few years ago and he isnt ready to give up on NASCAR. Carpentier, who competed in six Cup races last year and 33 in his career, said he is discussions with some teams about rides for 2010. After being released by Gillett Evernham Motorsports [#10 Dodge] at the end of 2008, four of those six events last year were for #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing, while he competed on the road courses for [#55] Michael Waltrip Racing. Carpentier said he is still committed to pursuing a NASCAR ride and not committing to any other forms of racing. Last year, the calls began coming in March. Honestly, what Im looking for right now is a team that wants to build, wants to grow and wants to do the full races, Carpentier said. The hardest is the first year. If you go back with a decent car and chief mechanic, it is fun. I am pretty hungry. Its my life. Were starting to look at different businesses, but my primary stuff has always been racing. Ive been racing for all my life pretty much. Thats what I do.(SceneDaily)(1-11-2010)

  • McDowell in the #36; Carpentier out UPDATE: Michael McDowell will drive the #36 Wave Energy Drink Toyota of Tommy Baldwin Racing beginning this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Patrick Carpenitier is no longer driving the #36 because of a business conflict in Canada. McDowell has been driving full-time in NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota during the 2009 season and captured five top-10 finishes.(TBR PR), Carpentier was scheduled to run the #36 at Richmond, New Hampshire, Dover, Kansas and California. Mike Skinner was scheduled to run in the final six races. No word if Skinner or McDowell will run those races.(9-10-2009)
    UPDATE: After being confirmed as the driver of Tommy Baldwin Racing's car #36 for six races, Patrick Carpentier has been pulled out of it after only one of his six scheduled starts. According to the website [via a TBR PR], Carpentier is no longer driving car #36 because of a business conflict in Canada. The possibility of a conflict between Carpentier being a Canadian citizen and the objectives of a new sponsor of the team was mentioned by some sources contacted by
    Carpentier and Baldwin have confirmed's report. "We left on good terms," said Carpentier. "Obviously it's difficult for me to put aside everything that I prepare for my future in Canada just to qualify the car, run some laps and quit due to the lack of funds." Baldwin has similar thoughts. "Times are tough for everyone, but even more for small companies like us," said the owner and crew chief. "It's just normal that Patrick finds it difficult to put his life on hold whenever we need him and that it's simply to qualify the car." Moreover, with budget cuts everywhere in NASCAR, even Baldwin has had, in recent weeks, difficulties in purchasing enough sets of tires needed for practice and qualifying.(translated from French and in part from

  • Four more races for Carpentier: #36-Tommy Baldwin Racing has hired Patrick Carpentier for four additional races this year. Carpentier, who was scheduled to make two more starts for the team at Richmond and Dover, will now race at Atlanta, New Hampshire, Kansas City and California.(Translated from Rue Frontenac)(8-19-2009)

  • Carpentier to Return to the Drivers Seat of the #55: Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) announced that Patrick Carpentier will return to the drivers seat of the #55 NAPA Auto PArts Toyota for driver Michael Waltrip at the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Watkins Glen International. Earlier this season, the Canadian driver produced an 11th-place finish for Waltrip at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. Patrick is being rewarded for perserverence, said Waltrip, who has 22 starts that equate to one top-five, four top-10 and 14 top-20 finishes at the 2.45-mile road course. At Sonoma, he drove for me and started out with a car he wasnt happy with. He worked with my crew chief Bootie (Barker) and my NAPA boys to get an 11th-place finish. We also had a little deal on the side. If he was able to finish solidly at Infineon Raceway and he deemed the experience of working with my team as fun and wanted to do again, then he and I would ask NAPA to allow him to drive again. We all agreed so Patrick will drive the #55 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota for NAPA and me at Watkins Glen. The NAPA Auto Parts team prepared for the upcoming event by testing with Carpentier at Virginia International Raceway on July 22nd.(Michael Waltrip Racing)(8-3-2009)

  • Carpentier in the #55 for road course? UPDATE: hearing that Patrick Carpentier will drive the #55 NAPA Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing at the two road courses: Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen.(6-7-2009)
    UPDATE: Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) announced that Patrick Carpentier will drive the #55 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry in the upcoming Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. There are so many great road course racers competing in Sonoma this year, and as the owner and driver of the #55 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, I am in a unique position, said Waltrip who has two top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in his NASCAR Sprint Cup road racing career. If I see where I can improve my cars performance then thats exactly what I am going to do. I am a good road racer, but Patrick is a great road racer. I love being an owner and I want to get another win for NAPA. It will feel just as good if I get the victory for NAPA or watching from the pit box with Patrick driving the car. I appreciate NAPA allowing me to make these kind of personnel moves when I feel it is best for the team.
    Carpentier, who has 27 Sprint Cup Series and 12 Nationwide Series starts to his credit is also driving for MWR and sponsor NAPA in the upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series event, the NAPA Auto Parts 200, at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on Aug. 30. Hell be behind the wheel of the #99 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota with veteran crew chief Jerry Baxter calling the shots.
    I couldnt believe it when I was approached with this opportunity. I am honored, said Carpentier. For me to work with a guy like Michael Waltrip, who is a legend in NASCAR, is an amazing opportunity. I really like driving these cars on the road courses. We will work hard and get some good things going at Infineon Raceway. Its my goal to get a good finish and plenty of points for the NAPA Auto Parts team.(MWR)(6-9-2009)

  • Riggs-Baldwin parting ways after Coke 600 UPDATE: Scott Riggs is parting ways with #36-Tommy Baldwin Racing following the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowes Motor Speedway, the driver said Sunday. Riggs has qualified for eight of the first 12 races with a top finish of 25th in the Daytona 500. Riggs ran only 54 laps at Richmond and 101 laps at Darlington before his day ended because of mechanical issues. Riggs said Sunday he wasnt optimistic that the #36 Toyota team could continue to compete for the full length of future events without significant sponsorship and that, combined with the teams performance, made it time for him to leave. He will start the Coca-Cola 600 in the 43rd spot. Im a competitor and Im a racer, Riggs said. It kills my soul to know that we go to the race track and were not going to be competitive. Even if the car is competitive, were not going to be there around at the end to be competitive. I knew when we first started this deal it was going to be a possibility, I knew it was going to be hard and a struggle to get sponsorship and get it off the ground. I just know we needed something to change. Riggs said he and Baldwin talked about the situation this past weekend and the decision was made for him to leave.(SceneDaily)(5-25-2009)
    UPDATE: on Monday's NASCAR Raceday, it was mentioned Mike Skinner will driver at Dover and races that do not conflict with the Truck Series races, Patrick Carpentier will run the five races that Skinner cannot and Brian Simo will run in the road courses.(5-25-2009)

  • What's up with Patrick Carpentier? It's not exactly resurrecting a stagnant racing career, but Patrick Carpentier will be back behind the wheel for NASCAR's Nationwide Series NAPA Auto Parts 2000 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in August. The 37-year-old LaSalle native will drive the #99 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing Aug. 29-30 in what might be his only race action this year. Carpentier has been relocating from Las Vegas to a new home north of Montreal. He's also involved in the business of building and selling homes and has returned to Quebec, with his wife Anick and the couple's two children, to pursue studies to become a licensed contractor. "We've been buying and selling houses in the U.S., but to build houses and commercial properties here I need a license, so that's why I've gone back to school," he said. "People buy sports cars and things like that, but me I buy tools. I love tools (to build with). It's another passion besides racing and it's what I want to do after racing."(Montreal Gazette)(4-16-2009)

    Terry Cook

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  • Cook leaves #46 team UPDATE Yeley in: per his Facebook page, Terry Cook announced - "Terry Cook, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender, is no longer with Whitney Motorsports effective immediately. Terry, who has been serving as Team Manager/ Driver, was uncomfortable with the direction that the team was heading towards and opted to leave the team." No word who will drive the #46 Dodge at Darlington. Nothing mentioned [when this was posted] on or but confirms it on Whitney Motorsports Facebook page and now confirms at J.J. Yeley will drive the car at Darlington.(5-3-2010)


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  • Like Father, Like Son: Chase Elliott Takes His First Laps Around Daytona: Bill Elliott has a big place in the history of racing at Daytona International Speedway. He is a two-time Daytona 500 champion and the record holder for the fastest lap around DIS in a stock car with a speed of 210.364 mph. On Friday, the next chapter in the Elliott legacy at the World Center of Racing began as Elliotts son Chase took his first laps around the storied 2.5-mile tri-oval as part of the three-day ARCA test session. It was really exciting for me, Elliott said of his first laps driving the #9 Chevrolet around Daytona. I told Dad this when we were flying down here, its weird coming down here and not to come watch him (drive). Its kind of a weird feeling for him and I both. Bill Elliott is in attendance for the test and Chase plans to pick his brain when it comes to drafting. The 18-year-old Elliott of Dawsonville, Ga., is one of the rising stars in stock car racing. He is a developmental driver for Hendrick Motorsports and has been competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, ARCA and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. ARCA testing continues through Sunday and is open free to the public with access to the Oldfield Grandstand through the lobby of the Daytona International Speedway Tours and Ticket Building. Tickets for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting

  • No more Cup races for Bill Elliott? Although it's been a quarter of a century, Bill Elliott remembers his first short track win at Bristol Motor Speedway like it was yesterday. In a recent interview, Elliott talked about that win, racing at BMS and his son Chase's career, among other topics. Following is a transcript in part about his plans to race in 2013:
    Q) You competed some last year. Will that continue?
    Bill Elliott: I ran twice last year and that was enough for me. Now about all I do is try to keep up with Chase and our Late Model program. We've helped Ben Kennedy some, T.J. Reed and Mason Massey and between those three and what Chase has going on, I haven't had time to do anything else. It was fun to run that car at Daytona last year for Turner. That was the best car I've been in in I don't know when. But, the way I look at it, if I keep doing that then I'm taking away from somebody else getting in a car so it's kind of a doubled-edge sword.(BMS)(1-29-2013)

  • Bill Elliott to run for NEMCO Motorsports in Daytona 500: NEMCO Motorsports announced that Bill Elliott, past Sprint Cup Champion and Daytona 500 winner, will pilot the #97 Toyota for the Daytona 500 to be held at the Daytona International Speedway. This synergy will bring Front Row Joe, Joe Nemechek and Million Dollar Bill, Bill Elliott together as a powerful pair to kickoff the 2012 NASCAR season. "I am really excited to be racing with NEMCO Motorsports and Joe Nemechek, who has been a friend and respected competitor through the years," said Bill Elliott. "This will be a great way to start off the 2012 NASCAR season in Daytona."
    "This is a great and fun moment in racing for us at NEMCO Motorsports," said Joe Nemechek. "We believe the talent and skill of Bill will steer the 97 car to a great showing for us and I am excited to be racing right along with him, this time on the same team."(NEMCO Motorsports)(2-15-2013)

  • Bill Elliott & Walmart team up for Daytona in July UPDATE: Walmart announced Thursday that they will expand their merchandise program in 2012, the 50th anniversary of the retail giant. While the merchandise partnership isn't new, Walmart will take to the track for the first time with a Chevy built by Turner Motorsports and driven by Bill Elliott. However the effort, as of now, is for only one race; the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July. The company wanted to get on the track this year with the #50 Chevy and Elliott to help celebrate the 50th birthday of the company in July and just wants to 'have a lot of fun with it', said Rand Waddoups, senior director Entertainment Properties and Brands for Walmart. The company has no shop has hired no personnel and has no plans beyond the single race. 'But we have six months yet', Waddoups added.(NASCAR Examiner), see images of the car on my #50 Team Schemes page.(1-26-2012)
    UPDATE: Walmart announced it is expanding its Race Time 2012 program to give fans more accessibility to discounted race tickets, driver appearances and fan events at stores, a greater selection of authentic NASCAR merchandise and a special sponsorship of Bill Elliott at the Coke Zero 400. Walmarts Race Time program, launched last year as the largest retail promotion in NASCAR history, gives fans authentic merchandise and fan events at Walmart stores in every NASCAR Sprint Cup series race market. This year, Walmart has more than tripled the number of companies offering displays of authentic merchandise, doubled the number of fan events at stores and increased the race markets where the $99 Walmart Family Track Pack will be offered. For more about Walmarts Race Time 2012 program and the races the $99 Walmart Family Track Pack will be available at Communications Group)(1-30-2012)

  • Elliott's Atlanta streak to end: Since he starting in the series now known as Sprint Cup back in 1976, Bill Elliott has never gone a whole year without racing at his home track, Atlanta Motor Speedway. But that streak is expected to end this week. Other than accompanying his son, Chase, to an appearance on behalf of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series that his son races in, Elliott wont participate in the AdvoCare 500 weekend. Elliott, 55, has run 62 races at Atlanta, winning five times, snagging five poles and leading 1,017 laps. Elliott has made only five starts this year, four of them for Phoenix Racing, which released him after four starts. He said he still thinks hes capable of performing at a high level in the right equipment, but the only offers hes getting are from teams that want to hire him because as a past series champion, he can get a starting spot even if his qualifying speed isnt fast enough. I dont want to get into that, he said, adding that the money to be made is substantial. Its pretty tempting. He acknowledges that unless he signs on with an underfunded team or a start-and-park outfit, his driving career might have ended, but hes not ready to call himself retired.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(9-3-2011)

  • Bill Elliott Uncertain about plans: Bill Elliott isnt sure when hell be driving again. He started the season with Phoenix Racing and had planned to run 17 races with the team throughout 2011. But since his release from Phoenix last month, hes only qualified and started the Talladega race for #46 Whitney Motorsports. Elliott used a past champions provisional to get the team in the race, then turned the driving duties over to J.J. Yeley during the event. Im taking it one day at a time, Elliott said. I dont know [what Ill do]. Im just kind of on the sidelines going fishing, you know what I mean? Aint much been happening. If you look at where the economy and stuff is, thats pretty much status quo.(SceneDaily)(4-20-2011)

  • Cassill to drive the #09 at Auto Club: Landon Cassill will return to the driver's seat of the team's Sprint Cup car, the #09 Chevy, beginning this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Team owner James Finch said he appreciates the contributions of Bill Elliott, who drove the #09 car in the first four Sprint Cup races of 2011 and helped the team achieve its goal of locking in a spot among the top 35 in car owner points, which assures starting positions for upcoming races. With one race remaining before the switch to this year's points, Phoenix is 26th in the standings, with a comfortable margin over the 36th-place team. "I am very thankful for what Bill has done for my team and sponsors to date, and we look forward to him running races later on this season," Finch said. In the meantime, Elliott plans to focus on working with his 15-year-old son Chase, who recently signed a driver agreement with Sprint Cup team owner Rick Hendrick.(Phoenix PR/Bill Elliott site), no word who will drive the #60 Toyota that Cassill was listed to drive at Auto Club.(3-22-2011)

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  • Front Row cars in Top-35 UPDATE2 Alliance w/Yates Racing: Front Row Motorsports General Manager Jerry Freeze told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody Tuesday that negotiations are underway to give all three of the team's Fords guaranteed start status for the first five races of 2010. "We've been working on this for several weeks," he said. "There are still some details to be ironed out, but we have a really close relationship with (Yates Racing owner) Doug Yates and Ford. This is something we've been working on with them, and I hope to have things buttoned up and ready to announce in a couple of days." Freeze said driver Robert Richardson, III, will attempt to qualify FRR's new #38 Ford for the Daytona 500 as part of a three-race sponsorship with Mahindra Tractors that includes both Daytona races and the spring race at Talladaga. David Gilliland will run a majority of the schedule for the team with sponsorship from Taco Bell, and Freeze said "a couple of races" have been left open for a possible limited return by the team's 2009 #34 driver, John Andretti.(Sirius Speedway)(1-19-2010)
    UPDATE: Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that talks are underway between Yates Racing and Front Row Motorsports to enable a transfer of owner's points that would lock all three Front Row Motorsports Fords into the first five races of the 2010 season. Reliable sources say Front Row Motorsports will assume the owner's points accrued last season by Yates' #96 and #98 Fords, which finished 31st and 33rd respectively in the final 2009 owner's standings. Talks are reportedly in their preliminary stages, but are progressing rapidly with an eye toward completing the deal by midweek. It is expected that in order for the dagreement to pass muster with NASCAR, Yates Racing owner Doug Yates will have to assume a minority ownership stake in Front Row Motorsports. Front Row's #34 car is already a guaranteed starter in the first five races after finishing 35th in owner's points a year ago.(Sirius Speedway)
    Front Row Motorsports Announces Partnership with Doug Yates UPDATE: Solidifying an ownership alliance with Doug Yates and Yates Racing, Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins announces a name change to the organization. With the addition of Yates, the team will now officially be titled Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing. Doug Yates will be the listed owner of the #37 and #38 Ford Fusions, with Bob Jenkins remaining the listed owner of the #34 Ford Fusion. The team will remain headquartered in Statesville, N.C. The alliance secures all three entries into the top 35 in owner points heading into the opening weekend of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. It also reunites Yates with his former drivers David Gilliland and Travis Kvapil. "There has been a lot of movement this past off-season inside the sport," said Yates. "The opportunity came up with Bob (Jenkins) and to continue in the ownership role. I didn't have to think long about making this decision. Bob is really putting together a strong team this season and has done so over the past few seasons. He's been smart and making all the right moves as an owner. He's capitalized on the changes in the sports landscape and has built a solid team with great factory support and drivers. That's what excited me about making this move. I had already learned a lot about Bob and the Front Row team over the past two months with their involvement with Ford Racing and leasing engines from Roush/Yates Engines. They are a fast-improving team and this move allows me to carry on the Yates Racing legacy created by my father over 20 years ago."
    "There has been so much that has happened for us in the past two months," said Jenkins. "But, having Doug come on board is a big piece of our puzzle coming together heading into this season. He brings such a family tradition of winning and a lot of confidence to everyone here. His relationships with Ford Racing, Roush/Yates Engines, David and Travis immediately make us a stronger team."(Front Row Motorsports/Breaking Limits), the #98 RPM Ford team of Paul Menard would use the #44 Owners Points from 2009, which ranked 24th. See the way it looks right now on my 2010 Owners Points Stadings for 1st Five races page to see how things are shaking out.(2-1-2010)

  • Full time gig for Kvapil: per a Twitter post, supposedly by driver Travis Kvapil: I'm happy to announce my return to a full timeCup ride for 2010!! More details to follow. I can't wait to get back on track!".
    Rumor had Kvapil in one of the Front Row Motorsports [#34, #37] cars in 2010. Kvapil drove a few races in the #37 Dodge/Chevy late in the 2009 season and John Andretti was in the #34 Chevy for 34 of the 36 races.(12-30-2009)

  • Kvapil talking to Front Row, but still looking: Travis Kvapil could drive for Front Row next year when that organization plans to expand to two full-time teams. Nothing yet, Kvapil said. I talked to the guys here at Front Row, and it sounds like theyre definitely interested in putting something together, but really we havent had any negotiation. We havent done anything to put any sort of agreement together. Ive been talking to a lot of teams. Theres not a lot of opportunities out there. These guys, I really like the direction theyre going. Theyve got some things in the works to make them a better team manufacturer-wise, technical-wise.(SceneDaily)(11-25-2009)

  • Kvapil to Front Row ride in 2010: Travis Kvapil, who failed to qualify the #37 Front Row Motorsports Dodge at Charlotte and started and parked at Martinsville the following week, is expected to run the #37 car [Chevy? Dodge?] full-time in 2010.(FoxSports)(11-7-2009)

  • Kvapil back in a Cup car in 2010?: Travis Kvapil fully expects to race in Sprint Cup next season after a year of unemployment. Kvapil has been in serious discussion with several respectable teams, he said, as well a few lesser ones and some in the Camping World Truck Series as an alternative. Sidelined when Yates couldn't find sponsorship, Kvapil expected to land a fill-in ride during the "silly season," but the traditional round of mid-season firings didn't happen. "There's a handful of guys that don't deserve to have rides if I don't have one - I know I can outrun them - and the demands of sponsors put a lot of pressure on the teams," Kvapil said. "It seems like teams were afraid to make a change and have it look to the sponsors like they're shaking things up."(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(9-11-2009)

  • Kvapil has a truck ride for Nashville: Travis Kvapil, the 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, will pilot the #51 Miccosukee Resort Billy Ballew Motorsports truck at Nashville Superspeedway Saturday, August 1, 2009. Kvapil won the 2007 Truck Series race in his last start at the 1.33-mile superspeedway just outside Nashville, Tennessee. The current Yates Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver [#28 Ford which suspended operations early in the season] has five previous Camping World Truck Series starts at Nashville Superspeedway, posting one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes. Nashville Superspeedway presents the winner of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race with a Gibson guitar hand painted artist Sam Bass.(Billy Ballew Motorsports)(7-29-2009)

  • Kvapil hoping for ride soon: Travis Kvapil, sidelined since Bristol, says his Sprint Cup career is still in a holding pattern. This is definitely where I want to be, Kvapil said after flying into Talladega Superspeedway to serve as a relief driver for Sam Hornish Jr. I feel like I can get it done at this level. Four of Kvapils 110 career Cup starts came earlier this season in the Yates Racing #28 Ford. But a lack of sponsorship eventually led the organization to shut the team down. Yates Racing continues to field Fords for drivers #96-Bobby Labonte, in a Hall of Fame entry, and #98-Paul Menard. The 28 deal, if we can get sponsors and get that [team] back on the track, obviously thats first and foremost what wed like to have happen, Kvapil, 33, said. If not, maybe another opportunity will come up. I felt like what we did last year we ran well, ended up 23rd in points with very limited funding [should be worth something]. Currently, he said, theres not much movement in relation to driver changes at the Cup level. Contact with interested parties has been virtually non-existent. But its still early. If people are going to make [driver] changes, it will be probably another month or so before they do, he said. As it turned out, Kvapil wasn't needed at Talladega Hornish wound up staying in the car for the duration and eventually finished 34th. I hate to wish bad luck on anybody, but Im ready to go," Kvapil said. "Im starting to get the [racing] itch real bad.(SceneDaily)(4-29-2009) Comment here

  • Kvapil open to other opportunies; hopes to return to #28: While his first goal would be to see Yates Racing revive the #28 car, Travis Kvapil said he didn't think the Yates Racing team would keep him from other opportunities. "Obviously I want to be racing," Kvapil said. "I don't like sitting on the couch. I don't like not being there, not competing. It's really hard to watch it on Sunday just knowing that I feel like I should be out there. It has just not worked out. I want to race, and if there were other opportunities that came up, we'd have to look at them as they come and cross that bridge when it comes. The Yates group told me if something did come up, they wouldn't necessarily hold me back from competing, we'd just have to work it out." Kvapil said he wouldn't rule anything out, but would like to find something at the Cup level where he feels as if he still has a lot to prove. He isn't too concerned about sitting out as far as his abilities deteriorating while he is out of the seat. If Yates Racing does find sponsorship, Kvapil said the team wouldn't need much time to get ready to get to the track. "In a matter of two or three days we could probably be ready to go to the race track," Kvapil said. "They took my handful of race cars and pushed them over in the corner and the hauler is all ready to go. They didn't scavenge any parts or pieces from the 28 bunch to go to any other team. The 28 is ready to go. we'd have to hire a few people back right away, but a number of people we had on the 28 came from within the company already, so they're there."(Scene Daily)(4-10-2009) Comment here

  • Bristol could be last race for #28 UPDATE - done: Sources at Yates Racing confirmed that Sundays Food City 500 will be the last race in the foreseeable future for the #28 Ford driven by Travis Kvapil. Last year, the team was able to piecemeal enough sponsorship together to last the entire season for the #28, but despite some support from Golden Corral for the first five races of 2009, it wasnt enough to keep the car going beyond this week.(SPEEDtv)(3-21-2009)
    UPDATE: Yates Racing will suspend operations of the #28 Ford of Travis Kvapil due to lack of sponsorship following Sunday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The team entered the race 40th in points. A decision on how many employees will be laid off has not been made. Geoff Smith, the president of Roush Fenway Racing that partners with Yates, said most of the #28 team members will be dispersed to other parts of the organization. "It's difficult to be in a situation when you have to deal with the consequences of the economy," Smith said. "We're in a situation where there's no extra cash to support running an unsponsored car for any period of time. If the economy picks up later in the season maybe we'll be able to pick up something for that team." The team suffered a major setback when Kvapil failed to make the third race at Las Vegas. That was compounded a week later when a blown engine left him 42nd at Atlanta. Smith wasn't optimistic sponsorship for Kvapil will come this season. He's having enough trouble with selling sponsorship for some of his other programs, such as Aflac on Carl Edwards' car, that have asked for relief. Roush has sponsors for all of its drivers through at least 2010 except Matt Kenseth, whose deal with DeWalt expires after this year. Smith said he's working with DeWalt to find a partner for next season. "There's a lot of pressure internally and externally for sponsors to decrease participation and find a partner or pull back altogether," Smith said. "There just aren't enough sponsors on our side of the garage to go around right now."( Comment here


  • Marlin done racing: Sterling Marlin, retired after 30 years as a driver in NASCAR's Cup Series, is involved in the sport in a new role: team owner. Well, sort of. Marlin is listed as co-owner of a new team, BD Racing, which plans to compete in the Sunoco National Tour this season, but Marlin said his role is mostly as an "advisor.'' BD Racing is named for Bryan Dant, an acquaintance of Marlin's from Nashville's Fairgrounds Speedway. The team is fielded out of Performance Motorsports shop in Richmond, Mich. Brian Oritz, a 21-year-old kart champion from Puerto Rico, will drive for the team. The first of the 10-race schedule starts March 27 at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida. As for his own driving plans, Marlin who had run a limited Cup schedule the last few years has a Late Model car that he may race some at the Fairgrounds. A promoter hopes to run a final few races on the old track that's scheduled to close this summer. Marlin said he may also take an occasional trip to Montgomery. As for Sterling's Sprint Cup career: "It's over," Marlin said. "I won't be racing any more." Marlin said he hasn't attended any races this year, not even to Daytona as a spectator. "I don't think I'd enjoy just standing around watching," he said. "I might go down to Talladega when they run there I haven't decided for sure." The budding racing career of his daughter Sutherlin has been put on hold while she undergoes treatment for an eye problem. Son Steadman has no ride prospect on the immediate horizon.(Racin' Today)(3-18-2010)

  • Sterling Marlin....retiring? denied: Sterling Marlin plans to enter Sunday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway [Marlin is not on the entry list, but the #70 Chevy driver is listed as TBA-to be announced, so maybe.....] then, after over 30 years of life in the fast lane, will "probably" hang up his helmet. "Will I miss it? Yeah, in some ways," said Marlin, 52, who raced his way out of the Carter's Creek tobacco fields and into international fame with back-to-back Daytona 500 victories in '94 and '95. "But in some ways I'll kinda be glad when it's over. The sport has changed. It's not much fun any more."(Racin' Today)(11-17-2009)
    UPDATE: been told that Marlin says he is not retiring but would think about retiring in the off-season because it just wasn't fun anymore. Marlin has no plans to drive at Homestead. Marlin can be heard on a scheduled radio interview, Thurssday, Nov 19th on Race 2 Win Radio around 1:20pm/et.(11-19-2009)


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  • Raines has been running full time for Front Row Motorsports / Larry Gunselman for the #37 Team News and Links page.

  • Full time gig for Kvapil UPDATE 2 to Ford: per a Twitter post, supposedly by driver Travis Kvapil: I'm happy to announce my return to a full timeCup ride for 2010!! More details to follow. I can't wait to get back on track!".
    Rumor had Kvapil in one of the Front Row Motorsports [#34, #37] cars in 2010. Kvapil drove a few races in the #37 Dodge/Chevy late in the 2009 season and John Andretti was in the #34 Chevy for 34 of the 36 races.(12-30-2009)
    UPDATE: Travis Kvapil told Sirius NASCAR Radios Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody Wednesday that he will run the full 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule for Front Row Motorsports. Steven Lane will serve as crewchief on the car expected to be the #34 with a new manufacturer to be announced in the near future. The team ran primarily Chevy's [#34 Chevy in every race, #37 a mixed bag] livery a year ago, with Dodges entered in selected events. It will be a full-time, two- car operation next season, said Kvapil, but I cant really say anything more until all the details are finalized. Thats all for the team to announce. Sources tell Sirius Speedway that former NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kevin Conway will fill the seat of the second Front Row Motorsports entry [which was the #37 in 2009, could run the #37, #23 or #70 in 2010], with sponsorship from Extenze Men's Health Supplement.(Sirius Speedway)(12-31-2009)
    UPDATE 2: Front Row Motorsports will run under the Ford Motorsports banner in 2010 with Travis Kvapil driving the #34 with Steven Lane as his crew chief. Kevin Conway will pilot the #37 Ford with a crew chief to be named. Conway, 31, ran 12 races with the Extenze sponsorship in the Nationwide Series last season for three different owners -- Joe Nemechek, Robert Richardson and Dusty Whitney. His best finish was 15th at Kentucky in the #87 Chevy. The short list for Conway's crew chief candidates include Peter Sospenzo, who worked with Tony Raines on the #37 last season, as well as Larry Carter and Derrick Findley.(FoxSports)(1-1-2010)

  • Long John Silver's on the #34 & #37; Free Tacos Tuesday: Front Row Motorsports and Long John Silver's will be looking to hook your attention this weekend during the 400 Sprint Cup Series event at the Chicagoland Speedway. Long John Silver's has partnered with Front Row Motorsports to help promote Baja Fish Taco Day on the hood of both the #37 entry driven by Tony Raines and the #34 entry driven by John Andretti. Race fans will be reminded each time they see the Front Row Motorsports entries on the track that Long John Silver's will celebrate Baja Fish Taco Day on Tuesday, July 14, when fans can enjoy a free Baja Fish Taco at participating restaurant locations across the country from Open to 2:30 p.m.(Front Row Motorsports PR), see an image of the #37 car on the #37 Paint Schemes page.(7-9-2009)

  • Gander Mountain sponsoring Front Row Motorsports cars at Daytona Gander Mountain will be the primary sponsor of both Front Row Motorsports' (FRM) #37 Sprint Cup entry and FRM's #34 Nationwide entry at the legendary Daytona International Speedway during the 4th of July holiday race weekend. The sponsorship highlights Gander Mountain's new online firearms department and free standard shipping program. Both race cars will be piloted by Tony Raines, currently 13th in driver point standings in the Nationwide Series. Raines has routinely qualified for races this season behind the wheel of the #37 Dodge for FRM. Gander Mountain, with 116 stores in 23 states, is the nation's largest retail network of stores for hunting, fishing, boating, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle apparel, products and services. FRM team owner Bob Jenkins welcomes Gander Mountain as a sponsor and said, "Gander Mountain is sure to have success with its launch of online firearms sales and free shipping program." He continued, "We intend to run strong and help spread the word at Daytona over this holiday weekend."(Front Row Motorsports PR)(7-2-2009)

  • Raines expects to replace Andretti in #34 during Indy 500 conflicts: Tony Raines said Saturday that he would be surprised if he is not in the #34 NASCAR Sprint Cup car for Front Row Motorsports next week at Darlington Raceway while John Andretti attempts to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. Team owner Bob Jenkins has said that Raines would likely fill that seat for the events at Darlington and Lowes Motor Speedway while Andretti is in Indianapolis. Raines competes for the team in the Nationwide Series and has run in select Cup races for the team this year.(Scene Daily)(5-4-2009)

  • Raines in the #70 for two races: during SPEED's TV coverage of Sprint Cup practice at Pocono Raceway, it was mentioned that Tony Raines, who is running the #70 Haas CNC Racing Chevy at Pocono, will also run the car at Michigan in two weeks. Max Papis will be in the car next week at Watkins Glen. Unless #66-Scott Riggs, currently in the top-35 of owners points and guaranteed a spot at Pocono, slips out of the top-35. At Infineon Raceway, Riggs and Papis swapped teams, trying to get the #66 back in the top-35 of owners points.(8-1-2008)

  • Raines Looking, maybe other NASCAR series: Hall of Fame Racing driver Tony Raines, who will not drive the #96 next season as J.J. Yeley takes over, said he knows the chances of earning a Cup ride in 2008 are slim. He hopes to drive in one of NASCAR's other series. "I'm disappointed, but I understand the decision," said Raines, who ran into Jeff Green on the eighth lap of Saturday's race and finished 35th. "When you don't have the results that are expected, changes are made. It's tough, but that's what happens."(Dallas Morning News)(9-10-2007)


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  • 2nd Whitney Motorsports car at Darlington: Scott Riggs is entered in the #81 Whitney Motorsports Chevy in the Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Hearing the team will run as many races as possible to help support the #46 Whitney Motorsports team that J.J. Yeley drives for.(5-2-2011)

  • New driver named for #90 Keyed-up Motorsports ride: Keyed-Up Motorsports team owner Raymond Key announced that Scott Riggs will drive the #90 Keyed-Up Motorsports Chevy at Phoenix and Texas. We are thrilled to have Scott in our car, Key said today. Riggs, the current driver for the #09 RAB Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will make his 2010 Sprint Cup debut at Phoenix in the #90 Keyed-Up Motorsports Chevy. The team started the season with Casey Mears behind the wheel, but Mears contract was for the first six races only, and he opted to be a back up driver for Denny Hamlin in the #11 FedEx Toyota while Hamlin recovers from ACL surgery. Casey is a great guy and did a good job for us, Key said. Both parties fulfilled the 6-race deal and parted on good terms, we have even discussed the possibility of having Casey back later this year. The team has qualified for only one (1) of the first six (6) races this season. Key added, We had competitive speeds this year in qualifying attempts but the Top 35 rule has kept us from racing. We now look to Scott for his input on how we can succeed in getting into the top 35 in points with him behind the wheel.(Keyed-Up Motorsports)(3-30-2010)

  • What is up with Scott Riggs: Scott Riggs has had a lot of free time lately, 6 months to be exact. So when the former Nascar Sprint Cup series driver got a call from his former late model team, the Bahama, NC native jumped at the opportunity to go out and play. The recent free agent is looking for his second career Myrtle Beach 400 race victory, and recently spent Monday November 16th Testing at Myrtle Beach. He spent the day getting reacquainted with the track regarded as one of the toughest short tracks in the country. The track has a lot less grip than it did 10 years ago, Riggs stated after spending some time out on the track before making some changes to the car. But he said the lack of grip and the challenging nature is what gives Myrtle Beach its character, and thats what makes it so gratifying when you run well. So on Saturday November 21st and Sunday November 22nd the crafty veteran will make his return to Myrtle Beach Speedway driving the Romeo Guest Construction #2 Ford Fusion.(Myrtle Beach Speedway)(11-19-2009)

  • Riggs-Baldwin parting ways after Coke 600 UPDATE: Scott Riggs is parting ways with #36-Tommy Baldwin Racing following the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowes Motor Speedway, the driver said Sunday. Riggs has qualified for eight of the first 12 races with a top finish of 25th in the Daytona 500. Riggs ran only 54 laps at Richmond and 101 laps at Darlington before his day ended because of mechanical issues. Riggs said Sunday he wasnt optimistic that the #36 Toyota team could continue to compete for the full length of future events without significant sponsorship and that, combined with the teams performance, made it time for him to leave. He will start the Coca-Cola 600 in the 43rd spot. Im a competitor and Im a racer, Riggs said. It kills my soul to know that we go to the race track and were not going to be competitive. Even if the car is competitive, were not going to be there around at the end to be competitive. I knew when we first started this deal it was going to be a possibility, I knew it was going to be hard and a struggle to get sponsorship and get it off the ground. I just know we needed something to change. Riggs said he and Baldwin talked about the situation this past weekend and the decision was made for him to leave.(SceneDaily)(5-25-2009)
    UPDATE: on Monday's NASCAR Raceday, it was mentioned Mike Skinner will driver at Dover and races that do not conflict with the Truck Series races, Patrick Carpentier will run the five races that Skinner cannot and Brian Simo will run in the road courses.(5-25-2009)


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  • Raikkonen returns to F1: Kimi Raikkonen is returning to Formula One. The 2007 World Champion made the announcement official Tuesday confirming the speculation that had been around for weeks. Raikkonen will race for Renault which will change its name to the Lotus F1 Team in 2012. Raikkonen left F1 in 2009 to pursue a career in the World Rallying Championship. He also made a brief appearance in NASCAR in America racing in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series one time each [this past May at Charlotte].(Formula One Examiner )(11-29-2011)

  • Raikkonen headed back to F1? UPDATE: Red Bull is planning to pair Sebastian Vettel with his friend Kimi Raikkonen in 2012. That is the sensational claim of the high-circulation German newspaper Bild-Zeitung, less than two days after Mark Webber ignored team orders at the end of the British Grand Prix. Finn Raikkonen, 31, left Formula One at the end of 2009, and Red Bull team boss Christian Horner was quoted on Monday as saying, "I believe he has put F1 behind him." Bild said the plan to replace Australian Webber with 2007 World Champion Raikkonen is "top secret" but divulged the information of a source "at the highest level." German Vettel remains friends with Raikkonen, the pair often meeting in Switzerland to play badminton. Asked recently who his ideal teammate is, the reigning World Champion replied: "Kimi." The former Ferrari and McLaren race winner had talks with Red Bull last year and has now "apparently changed his mind" about wanting to stay in rallying and NASCAR.(SPEED)(7-13-2011)
    UPDATE: Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, along with a team representative, is denying that Kimi Raikkonen will return to Formula One in a Red Bull machine replacing Mark Webber next season. Webbers contract with Red Bull is set to expire at the end of this season. But team owner Dietrich Mateschitz told German media that Webbers seat is secure. "There is still no doubt about Mark's contract extension, he said. He feels comfortable with us and within the team is very popular. He can not get a better car, and we can not get a better driver from the market. As for the rumor that the incident will mean that Webber will lose his seat to Raikkonen, Horner dismissed it. "I think his head is in a different place than Formula One at the moment, Horner said of Raikkonen. So far I've seen no signs that he wants to come back."(F1 Examiner)(7-13-2011)

  • Raikkonen plans after Charlotte unknown UPDATE: Kimi Raikkonen was vague Thursday about his NASCAR plans, indicating little more than he'd like to do a Sprint Cup race, maybe on the road course on Sonoma. The former Formula One world champion will run the Nationwide Series race Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and revealed nothing more about his schedule. The most telling update came from Kyle Busch, who said he has nothing else planned with Raikkonen after this weekend. That's a change from when their deal was announced: Busch said Raikkonen would run three to five races for Kyle Busch Motorsports. What's changed? Money. "The contract states that we're supposed to receive so much, and we have not. We've only received enough for these two races," Busch said. "It's either up to Kimi or up to the financial people that run Kimi's business side of things and decide that they need to find the sponsorship funds in order to carry the experience for him further." Raikkonen said he heads back to Europe on Saturday after the race. "I have other things to do," he said. "After that, I don't know when I will be back. I have rally in Greece and some other rallies."(Associated Press)(5-27-2011)
    UPDATE: Kimi Raikkonen says there was a misunderstanding with Kyle Busch on the financial arrangement concerning Raikkonen's venture into NASCAR. Busch said Thursday that Kyle Busch Motorsports was "supposed to receive so much, and we have not" in the deal to run in three to five Truck Series races. Raikkonen said Saturday he has paid in full for driving Busch's truck last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway and for driving a Nationwide Series car for Busch and Joe Nemechek Saturday at CMS. He said further payment will depend on whether he drives another Truck Series race for Busch. "I mean, it's a situation we paid," Raikkonen said after qualifying 22nd for Saturday's race. "Who knows if we want to do more." Todd Hirschfeld, who manages Raikkonen's racing efforts in the United States, said Raikkonen's situation changed when he added the Nationwide race to the schedule. "It was taken out of context. Kimi doesn't know what he wants to do, but everything so far has been paid for."(ESPN)
    AND Kimi Raikkonen has paid for the races he has run for Kyle Busch Motorsports and does not owe the team money, KBM General Manager Rick Ren said Saturday.(SceneDaily)(5-29-2011)

  • Raikkonen tests Cup car at VIR; and wrecks: Kimi Raikkonen spent Tuesday testing a Sprint Cup car for Robby Gordon Motorsports at Virginia International Raceway. "I called Robby because Kimi wanted to test a Cup car," said Todd Hirschfeld, who is managing Raikkonen's racing effort in the United States. "It worked out because Robby had another obligation. So Kimi is taking care of the car today, and Robby will show up tomorrow. And it's up to Kimi whether he stays tomorrow, heads back to Finland or stays to run the Nationwide race Saturday at Charlotte". Raikkonen has reportedly committed to running Saturday's Nationwide event, but Hirschfeld says otherwise. "I've seen the story where he's committed to run the Nationwide race at Charlotte, but he has not told me personally whether he'll do it or not," Hirschfeld said. "There's a car and team ready to go, but Kimi himself has not yet committed. He's taking this whole experience day by day. I was told before I started working with him, but this is the truth -- Kimi does what Kimi wants to do."(ESPN)
    AND Kimi Raikkonen tested at Virginia International Raceway, the 3.27-mile road course in Danville, on Tuesday. And, according to multiple sources at the track, it took only a half-dozen laps for the former Formula One champ to rip the nose off the front end of the #7 Dodge he was testing for Robby Gordon Motorsports.(FoxSports)(5-25-2011)

  • Raikkonen to make Nationwide debut; Cup at Infienon? UPDATE 2: Kimi Raikkonen, who makes his NASCAR debut tonight in the Camping World Truck Series, spoke to the media Friday for the first time, indicating that he would like to run in Cup later this year and also hinting that if things go well tonight, he might drive a Nationwide car next weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Raikkonen, the 2007 Formula One champion, is driving for Kyle Busch's team tonight. Raikkonen made it through both practice sessions Friday morning without any major incidents (he did scrape the wall). He ranked 30th quickest among 36 drivers in the first practice session and was 30th among 37 drivers in the final truck practice session. Raikkonen, who is slipping his NASCAR events in between rally races he's scheduled to do, said he wanted to come to NASCAR because "I want to try different things. I was interested to see how it is. I don't have any plans for next year in anything I do. If I completely suck, there's no reason to come back. Hopefully, it goes better than today.'' As for his NASCAR schedule this year, Raikkonen said: "I'm looking at this weekend and hopefully next weekend I'm here. Then after that, there's no real plans yet. Hopefully, I can get to run some Cup races that would be nice. There's not awful lot of planning. I'll try to do the best now and see what happens.''(Virginian Pilot)(5-20-2011)
    UPDATE: The pieces to the Kimi Raikkonen Nationwide Series puzzle are coming together. has learned that the car is being assembled by Kyle Busch Motorsports but the owner points will come from Joe Nemechek's #87 entry, registered under NEMCO Motorsports, which is currently 19th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings. The crew will come from NEMCO with additional support from KBM employees. NEMCO will provide transporter, equipment and back up car for the race. Raikkonen finished 15th in his NASCAR Camping World Truck debut. The 2007 Formula One champion was approved to compete in next Saturday's Nationwide Series race prior to Friday night's event.(FoxSports)(5-21-2011)
    UPDATE 2: Kimi Raikkonen will make his Nationwide Series debut Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a car fielded by Joe Nemechek and Kyle Busch. Raikkonen's name was on the official entry list released Monday in the #87 under the ownership of NEMCO Motorsports run by Nemechek, who formed an alliance with Busch to make the deal work. Nemechek, who also fields Toyotas, agreed to let Raikkonen drive his car that is guaranteed a spot in the field ranked 19th in owner's points. There is also speculation Raikkonen will make his Sprint Cup debut next month at the road course [Infineon Raceway] in Sonoma, CA.(ESPN)(5-24-2011)

  • Raikkonen interested in running Cup races: UPDATE: Kimi Raikkonen is testing well in NASCAR. So good, in fact, that he is already matching lap times with Kyle Busch, the owner of the truck the Formula One world champion will race. Raikkonen did more testing Thursday in Rockingham, N.C., after two days earlier this week at Gresham Motorsports Park in Georgia attended by Busch. All this comes less than a week after Raikkonen signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports to make his NASCAR debut next month in a Trucks Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "The test went really well at Gresham. Kimi is a race car driver, so he does know how to drive race cars and drive them well," Busch said Thursday. "I got to see it firsthand, and then got to get in the truck myself and run some laps just to kind of see where I compared to where he was at on tires and stuff, and we ran identical lap times. So he's right there, he knows what he's doing." Busch said Raikkonen has also expressed interest in running Sprint Cup and Nationwide races, but Busch said will be re-evaluated after the first race in the truck. "As far as the Nationwide and Cup stuff goes, we haven't had any discussions on that," Busch said. "He has asked after the truck debut in Charlotte, which is what our first focus is, kind of evaluating and seeing where he's at and how he feels and what he wants to do."(Associated Press/
    UPDATE: With former Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen preparing for his Camping World Truck Series debut with Kyle Busch Motorsports, it would seem the natural progression to Nationwide and Sprint Cup would be with Joe Gibbs Racing, the team that fields cars for Busch in those series. But JGR President J.D. Gibbs said it would be hard for his organization to run a fourth car in either series and it would be more likely that JGR could provide equipment for Busch, and allow him to field the team himself through his KBM effort.(Scene Daily)(4-9-2011)

  • Kimi Raikkonen, Left Turns Equal Right Move At GMP: Reporters and photographers were the first to open the gates at Gresham Motorsports Park this morning as they awaited the arrival of Kimi Raikkonen, former F1 Champion. Raikkonen arrived in America this past weekend to make his first test run at GMP today. He has signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports to run a limited schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series and will make his NCWTS debut at Charlotte on May 20, 2011.
    The 2007 Formula One Champion is a native of Finland and currently drives in the World Rally Car Series since leaving Formula One in 2009. Raikkonen will be a familiar face to some of the NASCAR drivers including Juan Pablo Montoya and Nelson Piquet Jr., who were both former F1 drivers. Gresham Motorsports Park is proud to have Raikkonen choose this track for his first-ever NASCAR test, said Gresham Motorsports Parks General Manager, Dan Elliott. We know that Kimi will be successful no matter where he competes. Raikkonen plans to run a two-day closed test at GMP in preparation for his NCWTS debut at Charlotte Motor Speedways Education Lottery 200 on May 20, 2011.(Gresham Motorsports Park)(4-4-2011)

  • Kimi Raikkonen to run Truck races for Kyle Busch: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced that they have signed former Formula 1 champion Kimi Raikkonen to drive a limited schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during the 2011 season. Raikkonen is scheduled to make his NASCAR debut as a teammate to owner Kyle Busch in the N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20.
    Raikkonen comes to NASCAR with a resume that includes the 2007 Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship. Over his nine year career in Formula 1, the Finnish driver registered 18 wins and 62 podium finishes. The 31-year old is currently competing for a World Rally Car Championship for his own team, ICE 1 Racing.
    "We are honored that Kimi Raikkonen, a former Formula 1 World Drivers' Champion and proven winner, has chosen to start his career in NASCAR with Kyle Busch Motorsports," said Busch. "Adding one of the most talented drivers in the world is a continuation of building a team of proven winners and champions at KBM. I look forward to assisting in Kimi's transition to NASCAR as both an owner and teammate."
    "I am really excited to have the opportunity to start my venture into NASCAR with Kyle Busch Motorsports," said Raikkonen. "Kyle is one of the best in NASCAR, and being able to draw on his knowledge will be a valuable asset as I make my transition to a new form of racing. He has put together an experienced team that builds fast race trucks. I look forward to being a part of a team that has proven to be a winner on and off the race track."
    "We are extremely excited to have Kimi Raikkonen begin his transition to NASCAR behind the wheel of Kyle Busch Motorsports' Toyota Tundra's," said KBM General Manager Rick Ren. "As NASCAR looks to expand their fan base and generate further interest in certain demographics, having a former Formula 1 Champion with worldwide appeal is a huge deal not just for KBM but for the sport as a whole." Details of sponsorship and a schedule of races that Raikkonen will compete in will be released at a later date.(KBM)(4-2-2011)

  • Raikkonen to NASCAR? UPDATE 3: after years of rumors, there is a report that 2007 Formula One champ, Kimi Raikkonen, will drive some NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this summer. Raikkonen has been out of F1 for a while and driving in the World Rally Championship. According to a newspaper in his native Finland, Raikkonen will drive some time this summer in NASCAR's Truck Series and eventually move to Nationwide and Sprint Cup. Raikkonen supposedly will drive for a new team called ICE1 that will have Foster Gillett as a partner. Gillett, of course, is the son of sports magnate George Gillett and until last year was running Richard Petty Motorsports.
    From Turun Sanomat: The world champion of Formula One and current rally star Kimi Raikkonen expands his field of experiences: The 31-year-old Finn is going to race in the most popular North American race series NASCAR. The NASCAR debut for Raikkonen will be before the becoming summer. Kimi is going to carry on with WRC Rally, too. He has agreed to do eight more rallies this year. There will bea brand new team to race in NASCAR level: ICE1 Racing. Raikkonen joins forces with Foster Gillett. He will be the major partner of the Finnish team. Among others Foster's family was the former majority owners of the Montreal Canadiens NHL franchise and the former co-owners of Liverpool football club. Last year Foster Gillett was operating with Richard Petty Motorsport in NASCAR. Now he is about to break new ground with Raikkonen and ICE1 Racing.
    "I'm really looking forward to get there to familiarize to the world of NASCAR. I have been following it for a long time. I know, it's a very tough and open top racing series. I just love the American spirit of racing. It feels just great to get involved with that. Obviously, it will be very challenging and great fun for me", Raikkonen told the Turun Sanomat. The negotations for the car for ICE1 Racing team are just about to be finished. Raikkonen will race both in ovals and normal track circuits.(Turun Sanomat)(3-29-2011)
    UPDATE - Evernham: Ray Evernham, a former partner of Foster Gillett at Richard Petty Motorsports was a little bit astounded when he learned of the rumor of Kimi Raikkonen coming to NASCAR with a new team owned by Foster Gillett. "I really don't know why Kimi would partner with people who continually fail with sports franchises," Evernham told "I don't know how they could leave with so many unpaid bills and return to the sport," Evernham added. Evernham says he was not paid over $19USD million and brought a lawsuit against his former partner earlier this year in a state court in North Carolina.(
    UPDATE 2: Former Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen has received approval from NASCAR to compete in the Camping World truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20th. Raikkonen is slated to make his debut in the truck series later this summer with a team that includes former Richard Petty Motorsports principal Foster Gillette as a partner. Gillett's father George was the owner of RPM before financial issues forced them to sell the remaining assets of the team to an investor group led by Richard Petty (CBS Sports)(3-31-2011)
    UPDATE 3: Raikkonen is set to have his maiden stock car test next week, driving for Kyle Busch's Truck Series team. Raikkonen is set to drive a Toyota Tundra for Busch, who has fielded the #18 Truck entry since 2010. Team officials confirmed contact with Raikkonen and also a test being set for Monday at Gresham Motorsports Park, a half-mile track in Jefferson, GA, where the former Ferrari and McLaren racer will get his first taste of an oval.(Autosport)(4-1-2011)

  • Raikkonen: I could race in NASCAR...but: 2007 F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen reveals that his options are entirely open as to what the future might hold. Kimi Raikkonen has joked that he could race in the North American NASCAR series in 2010 should he so desire as he remained adamant that he still has 'no plans' beyond the end of the current F1 season. The 2007 world champion is being dropped by Ferrari for whom he has driven since that title-winning campaign at the end of the year in favour of Fernando Alonso, the man Raikkonen beat by just a single point two years ago. However, Raikkonen insists he has yet to make any decisions regarding next season, when it has similarly been suggested that he might further indulge his nascent forays into rallying by way of a more full-time switch, or even follow in the wheel tracks of fellow former grand prix stars Jacques Villeneuve and Juan-Pablo Montoya by heading across the Pond to NASCAR, a mooted destination for 'Singapore-gate' protagonist Nelsinho Piquet too. "I have no plans," Raikkonen is quoted as having said by The Associated Press, almost two years to the day to when he claimed his first and thus far only F1 title at Interlagos. "I do what I want with my life. I could race there (in NASCAR) if I wanted but I'm not one of the biggest fans of NASCAR."(


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  • Ekstrom & Sorenson to share #83 ride: Red Bull Racing plans to have Mattias Ekstrom and Reed Sorenson share the #83 Toyota the rest of the year but decisions about 2011 as far as crew chief for Kasey Kahne and what happens with #82-Scott Speed remain looming for the organization. Red Bull Vice President Jay Frye said Friday that there has been no determination on Scott Speed for next season or whether the organization could expand to three teams. Red Bull already has Kahne scheduled to drive one of its cars. Brian Vickers has been sidelined because of blood clots since May He must remain clear of blood clots, which he said the doctors have told him have been eliminated because of the heart surgery, to return. That would seem to leave Speed, who drives the #82 Toyota, out of a ride. He has a contract with the team that currently does not allow him to seek another ride. [Having three teams] is still possible, Frye said Friday at Richmond International Raceway. A lot of this dictates [on] Brian. Right now, everything looks great, which is great, but he is only halfway through the process so were keeping our different options open. The doctors have said everything looks good, but we dont know until the process is done. Were optimistic about it. As far as Kahnes team for next year, Frye said he has not finalized who will crew chief the car for Kahne.
    This week, Frye will be looking forward to seeing Ekstrom compete for the first time on an oval after he made his debut at Infineon Raceway in June with a 21st. He could see more races later this year. Reed Sorenson, who has been driving the #83 for most of the summer, will drive the races that Ekstrom does not. Were going to see how he does this weekend first, Frye said. There is a possibility that some things can happen with him between now and the end of the year to do another race. Reed has been doing a great job. Mattias, weve been working on this before Sonoma [in June]. Ekstrom said he has three more races left this year driving for Audi in the DTM touring series in Germany. The Swede has a contract to drive the Audi again next year.(in part from SceneDaily)(9-11-2010)

  • Sorenson to stay in #83: Reed Sorenson is expected to remain in the #83 Toyota for Red Bull Racing at Indianapolis and Pocono, the next two Sprint Cup races. Saturday night was originally the last of a three-race deal he had with the team with regular driver Brian Vickers out this season because of blood clots.(Roanoke Times)(7-11-2010)

  • Sorenson in the #83 car for 3 races: Reed Sorenson is scheduled to drive three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for Red Bull Racing, but the organization may make more driver changes with its #83 team as the season progresses. Sorenson will take over the driving duties when the series travels to New Hampshire next week, as will be in the car for races at Daytona and Chicago. I would venture to say the next three is certainly possible, because you have a natural break with the off weekend [after Chicago], Red Bull Racing General Manager Jay Frye said Friday at Infineon Raceway. We understand its not fair to throw somebody in the car for a week, necessarily; we try to do a little program with them. Swedish driver Mattias Ekstrom, a former DTM champion in Germany, is competing for the team in this weekends Toyota Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway.(SceneDaily)96-19-2010)

  • Sorenson gets part-time Nationwide ride: Braun Racing announced the 2010 driver line-up for the #32 Dollar General Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Brian Vickers and Reed Sorenson will share time at the helm of the #32 Dollar General Toyota. Crew chief Trent Owens will return for his sixth year at Braun Racing to lead the Dollar General team. Vickers, 26, returns to Braun Racing for his fourth consecutive season. Sorenson joined Braun Racing in 2009, driving the #32 Dollar General entry at Gateway. His stellar performance earned his return to the seat at Phoenix International Raceway, in addition to three starts in the #10 Braun Racing Camry.(Braun Racing PR), Vickers will run at least 10 races and Sorenson will run 23, with two races (Montreal and Road America) to be determined.(1-7-2009)


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  • Speed to drive 3 races in the #37: Max Q Motorsports has signed Scott Speed to drive the #37 Ford. The team will start running Speed this weekend in Indianapolis, at the 18th annual Brickyard 400. The 28-year-old former Formula One driver Scott Speed, who drove for Red Bull Racing in the Sprint Cup Series the last two years, will make his first start since 2010. Speed has 76 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, with one top-five and three top-10s, eight top-10s in 13 starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and one win, four top-fives and nine top-10s in 16 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The team will be running Speed in a Ford Fusion with the FR9 Roush Yates engines. The duo plans to run at the next three races - Indy, Pocono and Watkins Glen with hopes of continuing the rest of the 2011 season pending sponsorship.(Speed PR)(7-25-2011)

  • Speed gets lien against Red Bull: Former Red Bull Racing driver Scott Speed has obtained an order of attachment against the team, placing a lien on its real property in North Carolina until Speed's lawsuit against the team is resolved. The order, covering the Red Bull shop in Mooresville, N.C., and the property on which it sits, was served Tuesday. The property was purchased for approximately $3.3 million. Such orders can be issued only in very limited circumstances in North Carolina. After Red Bull fired Speed, he sued the organization in December, claiming breach of contract and seeking damages of at least $6.5 million. In March, an N.C. judge denied Red Bull's request to dismiss the suit. A discovery motion in Speed's case is scheduled to be heard on July 11 in Iredell County Superior Court in Statesville, N.C. William Bray, Speed's attorney in the case, said his client sought the order because of Red Bull's recent announcement that it was looking to end its ownership role in NASCAR at the end of the 2011 season. Red Bull can contest the order, but as of Friday had not done so. Through a spokesperson, the team declined to comment.(Charlotte Observer)(7-2-2011)

  • Speed to attempt Indy 500, Vegas: Dragon Racing will field NASCAR and Formula One veteran Scott Speed in the Indianapolis 500 and also in the Izod IndyCar Series finale at Las Vegas. Speed would be eligible to compete for a $5 million bonus posted by IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard for any driver for another series who wins the race. As a teammate to Ho Pin Tung, Speed would be sponsored by Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka, American Racing Wheels and Vizio in his attempt to make the Indy 500 for Dragon. If he makes the field of the centennial running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, it would mark the IndyCar debut for Speed. Dragon Racing owner Jay Penske, son of 15-time-winning Indianapolis 500 car owner Roger Penske, recently returned to IndyCar at the Long Beach Grand Prix with Paul Tracy after a sponsorship shortage forced his team to close during the offseason. Speed will test at Chicagoland Speedway on May 9th and begin practicing at Indy on May 14.(USA Today)(5-6-2011)

  • NC Judge denies Red Bull request to toss Speed's lawsuit: A North Carolina judge has allowed Scott Speed to proceed with his $6.5 million lawsuit against Red Bull Racing as she denied the race teams request to make a judgment based solely on what each side has presented in court without any investigation into Speeds claims. Judge Sharon Barretts ruling came after a 35-minute hearing Monday in North Carolina Superior Court. She denied Red Bulls argument that it could release Speed for not meeting the performance clause in his contract that states if he didnt finish 15th in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series standings he could be fired. Speed filed the lawsuit Dec. 10 after he was fired by the team following his second season in Cup. In the lawsuit, Speed claimed that Red Bull did not fund the team as necessary to compete at the Cup level nor did it put forth the required technological resources for him to have a competitive car.(SceneDaily)(3-22-2011)

  • Scott Speed upset over lawsuit: Scott Speed is shocked and ill he was put in the position of having to file a $6.5 million lawsuit against Red Bull Racing, the organization that gave him his shot in motorsports. The suit was filed in Statesville, N.C., last Friday, about two weeks after Speed received a termination letter from the Sprint Cup organization and about seven months after Speed says the team agreed to a three-year extension through 2013. "They can't say 'We'll give you three more years' and then at the end of the season say 'Just kidding,'" Speed said Wednesday. "They think they have a way of getting out of my contract. I think they're crazy." Red Bull Racing officials said prior to Speed's release there was a provision in the contract that allowed for dismissal if the driver wasn't in the top 16 in points. Speed, who finished 30th in points, said that isn't "100% the truth" and that proof will come out later in the process. In addition, Speed claims in the lawsuit that Red Bull Racing did not provide sufficient funding for him to compete at a level necessary to be in the top 16. He cited layoffs before the season and other financial cutbacks that had the team below par in aerodynamics and other technical aspects. Red Bull officials declined to comment on any aspect of the suit. Speed was released to make room for Kasey Kahne, who will drive the #4 for Red Bull Racing for one season before moving into the #5 at Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. Brian Vickers, who missed most of this past season after being diagnosed with blood clots, will drive the second Red Bull [#83] car. While shocked he was released after Red Bull invested seven years in him between Formula One and NASCAR, Speed was most upset that the organization would not give him permission to talk to other teams when it was obvious he wouldn't return to the Cup car. Speed said he repeatedly asked for permission to look around "and they wouldn't let me do it." With the release coming so late and no quality Cup rides available Speed said he is relegated to looking for a quality Nationwide or Truck Series ride in 2011, even if on a limited basis.(in part from ESPN)(12-16-2010)

  • Speed suing Red Bull: UPDATES: According to a tweet by Scott Speed, "today should be the day my lawyer files this lawsuit against Red Bull...Had to tell my loyal twitter followers before they saw it online". In a later post he made clear that he is looking for a ride for next season, "Sure not easy to find something when u start looking in December but we workin on it! Ill keep ya posted. sure we will find something".(12-8-2010)
    UPDATE: The former Formula One driver finished 30th in the standings in his second year in Sprint Cup and said he was notified by fax Nov. 24 that he would not be retained for 2011 by the team operated by the Austrian-based energy drink company. "I'm obviously stupid disappointed that I didn't even get a phone call, not a conversation, not anything from anyone from Austria," Speed said Wednesday in a phone interview. "They all showed up at Miami. None of them spoke a word to me. I got a fax." Speed has said he had a contract for 2011 declined to discuss details, saying he has spoken to a lawyer about his options. "I can't describe how upset I am just over the morality of it," Speed said. "I don't understand how you can treat people like this. Whatever. I know that's not how I treat people." Speed would not comment on the terms of his Red Bull contract because of advice from his attorney. "They thought it was OK to kick me to the curb and not try to do absolutely anything for me," Speed said. "They didn't want to pay me anything. They didn't want to help me get into any other kind of ride. Nothing. They were, 'OK, we're done with you. Thank you for seven-and-a-half years.' Speed wants to continue racing stock cars and would consider a competitive Nationwide or truck team.(Scene Daily)(12-8-2010)
    UPDATE 2: NASCAR driver Scott Speed filed a $6.5 million breach-of-contract lawsuit Friday afternoon against Red Bull Racing, the team that released Speed following the 2010 season. In the lawsuit, filed in North Carolina Superior Court in Statesville, N.C., Speed claims that Red Bull did not fund the team as necessary to compete at the Cup level. According to the lawsuit, Speed signed a three-year deal in September 2007 for a salary of $300,000 in 2008, $500,000 in 2009 and $1 million in 2010. He would receive 50 percent of prize money for each top-10 finish, 45 percent for finishes 11th-20th and 40 percent of prize money for finishes of 21st or worse. In June 2008, the deal was amended to include 2011 at a salary of $1.5 million and options for 2012-2013 at raises of $500,000 annually. In January 2010, the deal was revised to cut Speed's pay from $1 million to $500,000 for 2010, according to the complaint. In May 2010, Red Bull picked up Speed's option through 2013, according to the complaint, but then fired him Nov. 23. The $6.5 million figure represents the salary Speed would have received from 2011-2013, in addition to the $500,000 reduction for 2010. Speed said Wednesday that the filing of the lawsuit was in hopes of being able to pay bills due next year, given that the chances of now getting a ride for 2011 are slim. Red Bull Racing officials indicated Wednesday that they would not comment on Speed's release or any pending litigation.(Scene Daily)(12-11-2010)

  • Scott Speed is officially out at Red Bull Racing: According to Speed's Twitter account, he got the official termination letter last Tuesday. "Not [a] huge surprise," Speed wrote. Speed became expendable when Red Bull Racing signed Kasey Kahne to drive its second Sprint Cup car for the 2011 season before moving to Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. His only hope to remain with the company was if Brian Vickers, who missed most of last season after being diagnosed with blood clots, was unable to return. General manager Jay Frye said before the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway that no complications were expected when Vickers went off blood thinners.(
    AND Red Bull Racing officials confirmed Wednesday the team's contract with Scott Speed has been terminated, effectively ending a seven-year association with the brand. Earlier in the afternoon, Speed revealed on his Twitter account that he had received a termination letter as of Nov. 24. "We have exercised our rights to end the relationship at the end of 2010," according to a statement from the team. "We wish Scott the best of luck in his career." But with Brian Vickers scheduled to return to the team following successful heart surgery -- and Kasey Kahne signed to a one-year deal before heading to Hendrick Motorsports in 2012 -- Speed found himself as the odd man out. It "will for sure be weird being a free agent," Speed wrote.(

  • Scott Speed still has no idea of 2011 plans: #82-Scott Speed's future remains a mystery at Red Bull after Sunday's race. Kasey Kahne joins the team and provided Brian Vickers has no issues after going off blood thinners, that puts him in the other Red Bull car and Red Bull has said that it will have only two cars next year. So what about Speed? "I haven't honestly been told very much,'' Speed said. "I'm under contract with Red Bull, so we'll see what happens with that. I'm not planning anything. There's nothing to plan. I plan to run in a Red Bull car in Daytona and if it's not that, then I have absolutely no idea what it even could be.'' Asked if he'd mind running in the Nationwide Series, Speed said: "There's no question that I think I'm ready for what we're doing in Cup. I proved that at the beginning of this year. When good cars have been underneath us, we've been fast. It's certainlny took the first full year. The first full year I think we went in a little bit too early but as of this year I felt where I've developed as a driver and where I'm at at the moment is a really good level.''(Virginian Pilot)(11-20-2010)


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  • Nationwide deal for Stremme?: Speaking to the "Inside Alabama Racing" radio program broadcast on Mobile, AL's WSNP Sports Radio 105.5 FM [Wednesday night], David Stremme said he is really close to signing a sponsor for 2011 that would be a full time Nationwide ride.(11-12-2010)

  • Stremme leaves #26 team: UPDATE: David Stremme has quit his ride with Latitude 43 Motorsports, alleging that team owner Bill Jenkins has failed to meet his financial obligations and is doing little to help the team improve. We've been trying to put that program together," said Stremme. "We always had to do more with less, but in the last month and a half, ownership hasn't really wanted to make things better. Bill Jenkins has not been willing to make the correct decisions, and it has affected the performance of the team. We've barely been making it to track the last few weeks. At Pocono, we didn't even know if we were going to have tires to race on. "I went to Bill and said `If things aren't going to change, I don't think I want to stay involved.' We discussed a timeline for him to find another driver and agreed that we would look at things again after Bristol. But he immediately started calling around trying to replace me. He apparently wanted to find someone else right now, and that's fine. It's his choice." Jenkins admitted his first-year team has struggled to find sponsorship this season, saying, "We are in a funding fight every day, and we haven't been able to fund the team at the level David expected. We've had some good things happen, and some bad things. We had to pull a sponsor off the car two weeks ago (GTW GPS) after a conflict emerged between their products and Sprint. We were counting on them to help get us over the hump, but those are the bumps in the road that you hit." Last week, former Latitude 43 Motorsports driver Boris Said revealed that he is unhappy with the way he was treated by Jenkins. "There's no real polite way to say this, but Bill Jenkins owes me a bunch of money," he said. Asked if he expects to have any relationship with the team going forward, Said replied, "(Jenkins) hasn't returned my phone calls, so I guess not. It's a bad deal for me." Asked if he is owed money by Latitude 43, Stremme said, "There are obligations to both me and the team that have not been met, and that was a big part of my decision to leave. I don't want to be involved with something like that. I dealt with (Jenkins) with respect, and was straightforward with him at all times. I didn't get that in return."(Sirius Speedway)(8-10-2010)
    UPDATE:Patrick Carpentier will again be driving the #26 Ford of Latitude 43 Motorsports for the Sprint Cup race at Michigan this weekend. Davis Stremme had been the driver until Sunday, according to owner Bill Jenkins and crew chief Frankie Stoddard. Stremme, however, announce Monday on Sirius XM Radio that he left the team. It was during the same show that Jenkins said Carpentier would probably be in his car at Michigan.(Rue Frontenac, translated by Google translate)(8-11-2010)

  • Stremme back in the #26 at Martinsville: David Stremme, who was out of the Sprint Cup Series since last fall before stepping-into Latitude 43 Motorsports' #26 Ford at Bristol, will get another shot this weekend at Martinsville. Stremme, who scored the new team's best finish in its five-race history, 24th at Bristol; was named Wednesday to replace entered-driver Boris Said in the car tuned by crew chief Frank Stoddard. Stoddard said Stremme did a good job for the team in Bristol, despite the team falling from a locked-in spot in the top 35 in owners' points, which means Stremme is a go-or-go-home qualifier on Friday at Martinsville.(

  • Stremme in the #26 at Bristol? UPDATE: NASCAR's entry list for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway lists David Stremme in the #26 for Latitude 43 Motorsports. Boris Said had driven the first four races, but has never made a start at Bristol.(3-15-2010)
    UPDATE: Vermont-based Latitude 43 Motorsports will see its first-ever driver change as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. David Stremme, a veteran of 108 NSCS starts, will take over for Boris Said at the controls of the #26 Ford for Latitude 43 at the Food City 500. The Food City 500 is the fifth race of the season, and Jenkins sits 37th in owner points, just 24 points out of 35th place; after Bristol, all cars outside the top-35 will have to qualify on speed during time trials without the benefit of a provisional. South Bend, Ind., native Stremme, an accomplished short track racer, has been tabbed to drive the car at the treacherous Bristol half-mile. The change, says Jenkins, was Said's idea. "Boris came to me last week and said he thought we needed a different driver for Bristol," Jenkins told Vermont Motorsports Magazine. "Boris is as big a part of this team as anyone, and I can't thank him enough for his willingness to help the whole program. We need to put all of our chips on the table at Bristol, and we need to come out of there strong and inside the top-35. Boris thought putting Stremme in the car was the right move, and I stand behind his decision." Stremme has been idle in NASCAR's three national series since being released from Penske Racing's #12 NSCS Dodge last November. Said has a best finish of 25th in the season-opening Daytona 500. In 39 career Sprint Cup starts, Said has only raced once at a track shorter than 1.5 miles in length, at Loudon, N.H., in 2007.(Vermont Motorsports Magazine)(3-16-2010)

  • Stremme looking to firm up 2010 plans: NASCAR driver David Stremme said Friday hes still working to firm up his 2010 plans. Were still talking to quite a bit of people, said Stremme, who lost his Sprint Cup ride with Penske Racing in late October. His immediate focus is trying to win Sundays 42nd annual Snowball Derby. Stremmes biggest Late Model victory came a year ago when he won the Winchester 400. This is a big race, Stremme said. I won the Winchester 400 last year. I definitely want to win this one. Its a big short track race. You just got to look at the names on the trophy and that tells what it is. This is a pretty stout field. Its probably the toughest field Ive seen in a long time.(Racin' Today), keep up with the Snowball Derby at 51sports.(12-6-2009)

  • Latest on Stremme's possible 2010 plans: Stremme has got lots of people who are talking to us about him, said David Stremmes agent, Jeff Dickerson. Whats really cool about David is it seems like people go out of their way to help him. So thats encouraging, because I dont feel like David is going to be left with nothing. Were obviously late in the game. The next few weeks are important for him. Weve got to see if peoples goodwill generates an actual offer somewhere. Stremme, who drove most of 2009 for Penske Racing, wrecked during qualifying Friday, which could have hurt his chances to get in the Phoenix Racing car full time.(SceneDaily)(11-26-2009)

  • Keselowski in the #12 at Texas? UPDATE: Brad Keselowski will begin driving a Penske Racing Dodge in the Sprint Cup series starting this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Keselowski will take over for David Stremme in the #12 Dodge, multiple sources have told, who finished eighth in Sunday's Amp Energy 500 and is currently third in Nationwide Series points, was announced as Roger Penske's latest addition on Sept. 1.(FoxSports)(11-2-2009)
    UPDATE: Brad Keselowski will compete for Penske Racing in the final three NASCAR Cup Series races of the 2009 season. Keselowski will drive the #12 Penske Dodge in the upcoming races at Texas (Nov. 8), Phoenix (Nov. 15) and Homestead (Nov. 22). Over the final three Cup Series events of 2009, Keselowski will step in for David Stremme and work with the Penske Dodge team in the car that will become his full-time ride next season. "Penske Racing wants to give Brad an opportunity to work with the team and get to know the race car as we prepare for the 2010 season," said Roger Penske. "These three races will provide a good base for both Brad and the team as we head into next year. Penske Racing also thanks David Stremme for his contributions to the team this year. We wish David the very best moving forward."(Penske Racing PR)(11-2-2009)

  • Where may some of the drivers looking end up in 2010? Those drivers looking for rides in 2010 #07-Casey Mears, #96/71-Bobby Labonte, #43-Reed Sorenson and #12-David Stremme qualified sixth, eighth, ninth and 11th, respectively at Martinsville. How their futures pan out could depend on the status of Jamie McMurray, who remains the top candidate for the #1 Earnhardt Ganassi ride. Mears could stay put in the #07 if sponsorship can be found. Labonte is a strong candidate for one of the two TRG [#71 team] Racing rides. Sorenson is the favorite for the vacancy at Braun Racing [Nationwide Series ride] and Stremme's name has been mentioned for the #34 Front Row Motorsports car[currently a Chevy] (where he would be reunited with crew chief Steven 'Bones' Lane) or in a Nationwide car with Rusty Wallace Inc.(FoxSports)(10-24-2009)

  • No solid plans for Stremme: David Stremme [who is out of the Penske #12 at the end of the year to make way for Brad Keselowski] on his future: "I think there are a couple of things. When you look at the teams that are going away and don't have sponsors, I think there is going to be so much change for our sport with the teams. We are talking to some people. I don't have nothing solid. I can't even say, "Hey, I feel good about stuff.' Our sport is going through a lot of changes and the thing is if I've got to run Nationwide, Truck, whatever it is, I'm willing to do it. Last year, I had a lot of fun driving for Rusty (Wallace) in the Nationwide. It was a blast and I'd do it again."(Virginian Pilot)(10-10-2009)

  • Menard & Stremme to reach milestones: #98-Paul Menard and #12-David Stremme are scheduled to make their 100th career Sprint Cup starts this weekend when they race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, becoming the 177th and 178th drivers to reach the century mark in Sprint Cup Series history.(Team PR's.NASCAR)(9-2-2009)

  • Keselowski officially signs with Penske for 2010: Penske Racing announced that Brad Keselowski will compete for the team full-time, beginning with the 2010 NASCAR season. Keselowski, a 25-year-old native of Rochester Hills, Mich., will drive the #12 Penske Dodge in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season. He will also run a full-season schedule in the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series, where he will compete for a championship with the team. "We are very excited to welcome Brad to the Penske Racing family," said Roger Penske. "Brad has shown terrific success on track the past several years and has quickly established himself as one of the top young stars in racing. He comes from an impressive family background in motorsports. He is a proven winner and a welcome addition to our team."
    A third-generation driver, Keselowski has won at every level in which he has competed. He is currently ranked third in the Nationwide Series standings with three wins to his credit in 2009, including a dramatic victory in August at his home track at Michigan International Speedway. Keselowski also scored his first Cup Series win earlier this year at Talladega Superspeedway and he has produced three top-10 finishes in just eight Cup Series starts this season.
    "Penske Racing is one of the top teams in all of motorsports and I am honored to join Roger Penske's organization and compete for wins with his Cup and Nationwide Series teams," said Keselowski. "This is a great opportunity for me to continue competing in the Nationwide Series and to run my first full season in the Cup Series with a strong and experienced team."(Penske Racing), no word on Stremme's plans for 2010.(9-1-2009)


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  • Vickers expects to be in a Cup ride this season: Brian Vickers, who will miss the Daytona 500 for the first time since 2007, vows he will be back in a Sprint Cup car in 2012. In a video posted on Facebook before Saturday's Budweiser Shootout, the former Red Bull Racing driver explained why he doesn't have a ride for the Daytona 500 and what his plans are for the future. "I'm right now sitting at home, but that's OK," Vickers said in the video. "I've got some great ideas that I'm very excited about. We're working with and talking to several of the sponsors in exploring a lot of options. I'm not going to fill you all in yet, but some options I'm pretty excited about. The point of the story is, I plan on being in a race car in 2012, hopefully in a car that I can win with and contend for championships with. I will keep you up to date. There will be more updates to follow, hopefully soon, as to what those plans are." Vickers did not return messages from He began his remarks by thanking everyone from fans to media for their support over the past few years. The 2003 Nationwide Series champion explained that he explored many options for this season, but none that "were the right fit."
    "It has to be a two-way street and it has to be a fit for them as well as for me, where I feel I can be happy," Vickers said. "But most importantly, (to) compete at a level to win races and contend for championships. Unfortunately, I was not able to find that fit that made sense for me." Vickers said he expects to be at Daytona International Speedway at some point this weekend.(ESPN)(2-21-2012)

  • Red Bull Owners Points changing hands? UPDATE 2: Been told that Thomas Ueberall [Red Bull's race director] is now listed as the owner of the #83 and now #93 [was #4] team owner points. Sinica Motorsports attempted to run Homestead running the #93, but their website now shows no car number and facebook and twitter pages no longer work. Ueberall may be listed as the owner when the new owners take place, due to the points. Supposedly part owners of TRG Motorsports are rumored to be buying the assets from Red Bull Racing.(2-3-2012)
    UPDATE: Sinica Motorsports will be running a partial Sprint Cup schedule this year with a new car number to be released soon. The team will continue to run Chevys.(Sinica Motorsports)(2-6-2012)
    UPDATE2: Landon Cassill is going racing at Daytona International Speedway with a new, yet-unnamed race team, at the wheel for a #83 Toyota purchased from the former Red Bull Racing team. In an exclusive interview with Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio's Sirius/XM Speedway with Dave Moody, Cassill said the team is preparing two cars for a full schedule of Sprint Cup Series racing, beginning with the Daytona 500. "We're going to announce a sponsor in the near future," said Cassill. "At this point, I can tell you that Doug Richert will be the crew chief, with (former Roush Fenway Racing executive) Harry McMullin serving as General Manager.
    Multiple sources say Virginia resident and former TRG Motorsports minority partner Ron Devine is a leading player in the new ownership group. The team will reportedly be owned and sponsored by Devine and a group of his fellow Burger King franchisees. Cassill declined to speak specifically about the new owners, but confirmed they were involved with TRG Motorsports majority owner Kevin Buckler a year ago. "They broke away from TRG at the end of last year," said Cassill. "They want to go racing the right way and do it efficiently. They know what their goals are. They're going to be announcing the team name and our sponsorship information very soon. All I can say at this point is that they are investors. It'll be a company owned team from the sponsorship side of things." The team will operate out of the former Randy Moss Motorsports building in Statesville, NC, and will run with, with horsepower supplied by Triad Racing Technology.
    "The guys are really hustling to get ready for Daytona," said Cassill, "and this will be my first time going into a season knowing there's a full-time ride with my name on door. I'm going to be locked into the Daytona 500 for the first time in my life, and that's an emotional deal for me." He confirmed that the team will field two cars in every race this season, beginning at Daytona. "They're working on signing the second driver right now, and there are some pretty good guys out there that still need a ride."
    "This has been a tough deal to keep quiet," laughed Cassill. "They've had to make a lot of decisions before the story gets out and things begin to spin out of control. They've been working hard, 12-14 hours a day, seven days a week thrashing on things. Fortunately, Red Bull built really nice race cars that gave us a chance to pull things together quickly. A lot more is set in place than we can talk about yet, but the work is getting done. Cassill said he understands the team is behind the eight-ball at this point, and will need time to reach its full potential. "I think you'll see us shine 10-12 weeks into the season, once we get our feet underneath us," he said. "We need to establish a baseline on setups and find out what our cars and teams are capable of."(Sirius Speedway)
    AND the AP's Jenna Fryer @JennaFryer is hearing Travis Kvapil could be second driver of the 2nd car [which was #4 with Kahne in 2011, but have heard it'll be #93](2-9-2012)
    a couple UPDATES: Speculation is that former Red Bull driver Brian Vickers will be named Cassill's teammate in a second entry.(MRN)
    AND II While Harry McMullen will act as general manager of the two-car operation, Cassill could not confirm nor deny that the team will be called BK Racing, a name that stems from Burger King franchisees that are expected to be associated with the deal. Sources said Ron Devine, of Virginia, and Wayne Press, of Florida, two former TRG partners, will be part of the new ownership group. Travis Kvapil has been mentioned as the driver for the team's #93 Toyota. Kvapil could not be reached for comment.(FoxSports)(2-10-2012)

  • Red Bull Racing closes Thursday: Red Bull Racing's five-year run as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team will come to an end [Thursday], when the last of approximately 150 employees will be laid off and the competition shop shut down, presumably for good. After 284 Sprint Cup starts, over 106,000 competitive laps and two victories, the team informed its remaining employees this week that Thursday will be the final day of operation. A memo was distributed by the team's Human Resources Manager outlining severance procedures and establishing a schedule for exit interviews. After a brief team meeting . the team will raffle off sheet metal, mementos and photos that have hung at the Red Bull shop and distribute cases of Red Bull to departing employees. "We know it will be a difficult day for everyone," said the memo, "as a large number of employees will be exiting the facility."(Sirius Speedway)(12-8-2011)

  • Vickers says he has options for 2012: Brian Vickers won a race and qualified for NASCAR's Chase For The Sprint Cup during his five-year tenure with Red Bull Racing. Now that the two-car organization's run in the Cup Series appears to be over, however, Vickers finds himself looking for work. "I'm working on several options right now in the Cup Series that I'm very excited about, but until they're done they're not done," Vickers said Sunday after finishing 17th in the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead. "I'm looking forward to hopefully continuing a strong career here in the Cup Series. I love this racing and I love what I do, especially with everything I went through last year. It taught me just how much I really do love it."(Scene Daily)(11-25-2011)

  • NASCAR didn't see Kenseth-Vickers wreck as retaliation: NASCAR officials didn't see Sunday's incident at Phoenix International Raceway between Brian Vickers and Matt Kenseth as retaliation. Kenseth disagreed. "Had we felt it was more than a racing incident we would have reacted,'' Sprint Cup Series director John Darby said afterwards. Kenseth called NASCAR out for not responding to Vickers wrecking him the way the governing body responded to Kyle Busch deliberately running Ron Hornaday Jr. into the wall during the Truck Series race last week at Texas Motor Speedway. "Obviously, it is retaliation for retaliation, I guess,'' said Kenseth, whose championship hopes basically ended three weeks ago when he and Vickers got into several on track exchanges at Martinsville Speedway. "I was out of brakes and I was up on everybody and I saw him coming and I lifted at least 10 car lengths before where I normally would lift, and he drove in there at 165 miles per hour and cleaned us out.'' Kenseth reminded NASCAR that Vickers vowed payback after Martinsville. "If NASCAR is going to start parking people for being mad 25 seconds after you wreck and wrecking somebody, then you would park somebody for that,'' he said. "It was so premeditated. It just surprises me that [NASCAR] didn't do anything. I am disappointed, but I expected it.'' Vickers told reporters that he didn't intentionally run over Kenseth, and that he was surprised when Kenseth lifted. "If he wants to doubt us, that's fine," Vickers said. "He wrecked me at Martinsville, he got wrecked here, but it actually wasn't (payback). I'm not saying I wasn't going to pay him back, but I'm just saying that wasn't it."(ESPN)(11-14-2011)

  • Vickers would return to Red Bull but keeping options open: #83-Brian Vickers hasn't ruled out a return to Red Bull Racing if investors can be found to keep the two-car Sprint Cup organization running beyond this season. "I'm going to keep all my options open," Vickers said Friday at Infineon Raceway. "I built a home here for five years. I'm really happy here. There's a lot of great people at Red Bull Racing. I was one of the first employees and I've watched it grow from the beginning and would like to think I contributed to that process. Yeah, there's a huge part of me that wants to stay. There are so many other dominoes that have to fall first," he said. Vickers is optimistic investors can be found, adding he knows "there are a couple of them out there" that general manager Jay Frye and Red Bull executives in Austria are talking to. He would not elaborate on who those investors might be.(


    Scott Wimmer
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  • Scott Wimmer to purchase speedway: NASCAR driver and Wausau native Scott Wimmer along with Wausau area land developed Ron Wimmer announced their purchase of State Park Speedway. The Speedway, located in the Town of Rib Mountain, just outside of Wausau, WI was put up for sale at the end of the 2009 race season. State Park Speedway has always been special to me, says Scott Wimmer, Its where I got my start in racing, so to be able to keep SPS as a racetrack and support the racing community that supported me is pretty exciting. More info at

  • Morgan-McClure hopes to return to the track: #4 MMM Chevrolet returned to the track for the first time since 2007 Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway, and team co-owner Tim Morgan is hopeful that the Sharpie 500 can spark a revival. Im talking to one particular company that says theyre going to get into racing next year, and hopefully this race will serve as notice that were still out here, Morgan said. Except for a sponsor, Morgan said the MMM team has all the essentials to resume action on a regular basis. Weve got the cars and engines, Morgan said. In fact, weve got six of the COTs [Car of Tomorrow], and I think weve got 18-20 race-ready engines. Weve got everything it takes except the money. Several former members of the MMM team are now working other jobs, but there were some familiar faces in the #4 pits Saturday. The old gang included Steve Gray, Robert Larkins, Robbie Holt and Todd Cooper. The regular pit crew for the #24 Hefty Ford driven by Eric McClure in the Nationwide Series assisted MMM driver Scott Wimmer Saturday. Abingdon-based Alpha Natural Resources, the third-largest coal producer in the United States, sponsored the #4 car at BMS. Wimmer finished 29th(Bristol Herald Courier)(8-24-2009)

  • Morgan-McClure and Wimmer to run Bristol: Morgan-McClure Motorsports and Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., a leading U.S. coal producer, will join forces with driver Scott Wimmer for this years Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The one-race sponsorship announcement marks the beginning of a new chapter for both Abingdon, Va.-based organizations. Attempting to qualify the #4 entry for the Aug. 22 night race at the Worlds Fastest Half-Mile signals a possible rebirth for MMM, which has been on an approximate two-year hiatus from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Meanwhile, it caps off a monumental week for Alpha, one in which the company completed a merger with Foundation Coal Holdings to become the nations third-largest coal producer. MMM, founded in 1983, is a three-time winner of the season-opening Daytona 500 and boasts a successful history that includes 14 wins, 63 top-fives, 146 top-10s and 13 poles. Our team, much like Alphas owners, was born in coal country; and the first few years we were funded by dealerships that make their income by serving coal miners, says Tim Morgan, MMMs co-owner and president. We couldnt be prouder to represent a progressive company like Alpha a recognized leader in producing coal to meet the nations energy needs, with an outstanding reputation for being good stewards of the environment while taking care of their customers and employees. With the Foundation Coal merger, Alpha now operates more than 60 coal mines and 14 preparation plants, maintains one of the most expansive geographic footprints in the industry, and controls reserves of more than 2.3 billion tons of coal.
    Wimmer, who has experience in all of NASCARs top three divisions the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series has collected 30 top-fives, 73 top-10s and one pole in his career. The 33-year-old Wausau, Wisc., native is currently 16th in the Nationwide Series point standings. For more info about Alpha Natural Resources see Motorsports)(8-6-2009)

  • Wimmer shares his trip to Iraq: Scott Wimmer was given the opportunity of a lifetime this past December. He and three other racers [Geoff Bodine, Arie Luyendyk Jr. Drag racer Hillary Will.] spent 12 days in Iraq visiting different bases and talking with troops. Wimmer says, "It's something that I was looking to do for a long time. I really wanted to go overseas and see what the men and women of America were doing over there to help Iraq." Scott Wimmer says this trip to Iraq is something he'll never forget. He not only brought home hundreds of pictures to share, but also these short home videos. Some of their top experiences include getting to drive Bradley Tanks, Abrams and Humvees.(

  • Wimmer may have Daytona 500 ride: Scott Wimmer, a part-time racer for Richard Childress this year, won a [Nationwide] race and finished in the top ten eight times. He's a six-time winner in the Nationwide Series. However, he was cut loose by RCR Racing after the season. He spoke with some owners this week and would love to drive both Sprint Cup and Nationwide next year. Scott Wimmer: "I talked to a team about running Daytona 500 so hopefully I can make a start down there again and run a Nationwide Car. I might be running both series so it might be a real busy year next year."(

  • Bodine, Wimmer to tour military bases: Geoff Bodine, Hillary Will, Scott Wimmer, and Arie Luyendyk will tour United States Military bases as part of the Racing Heroes 2008 goodwill military tour. The tour, which begins on December 9th and concludes on December 20th, will include visits to U.S. Military Bases in Iraq and Kuwait. The Racing Heroes 2008 goodwill tour is geared toward military personnel stationed overseas. The program focuses on raising spirits and providing inspiration to servicemen and women serving abroad. David Chavez, president of Pro Sports MVP says, "The UFC fighters' and models' visit will have a tremendous impact on the troops. We are certain that the Racing Heroes 2008 tour will be very entertaining and a welcome and needed break from the routine". The participants will attend autograph/photograph sessions, lead clinics and demonstrations, hold meet and greets, and visit hospital patients and staff.(Pro Sports MVP PR)(11-13-2008)

  • Wimmer looking for Sprint Cup ride: In addition to preparing for this week's Nationalwide Series race, at Texas, Scott Wimmer is also in the process of tracking down a ride for next season. Richard Childress Racing announced Aug. 28 that Wimmer would not be back next season, making him a free agent. "I've had some good talks with several car owners," he said. "I feel real confident something will turn up. With the economy the way it is, it's a crazy time in the sport, definitely for the drivers." He is concentrating his efforts on landing a Sprint Cup ride, but he knows the Nationwide Series will be an option if he can't make the jump. "Fortunately, there are some teams that will have openings. There are some teams that will be making changes," he said. "I've got my name on their lists."(Wausau Daily Herald)(10-28-2008)

  • Wimmer out at RCR after 2008:#29-Scott Wimmer, who combined with Jeff Burton to give Richard Childress Racing the 2007 Nationwide Series owners' title, isn't part of the team's plans for '09, he said Thursday. Despite his status as a part-timer, the 32-year-old from Wausau [Wisconsin] has won as many races as the rest of the Chidress drivers so far this season - one - but his chances presumably were hurt by his inability to take a checkered flag last year in a car with which Burton won five times. Wimmer was a candidate for Childress' fourth Sprint Cup team but wasn't the choice of sponsors.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(8-22-2008)

    J.J. Yeley

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  • Cook leaves #46 team UPDATE 2 Yeley In: per his Facebook page, Terry Cook announced - "Terry Cook, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender, is no longer with Whitney Motorsports effective immediately. Terry, who has been serving as Team Manager/ Driver, was uncomfortable with the direction that the team was heading towards and opted to leave the team." No word who will drive the #46 Dodge at Darlington.(5-3-2010)
    UPDATE: per the Whitney Motorsports Facebook page, J.J. Yeley will drive the #46 Dodge at Darlington. This will be Yeley's first attempt in a Sprint Cup race since the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, when he tried to qualify Mayfield's #41 Toyota but failed to make the race.(5-3-2010)
    UPDATE: Whitney Motorsports announced yesterday that JJ Yeley will be in their Whitney Motorsports Dodge #46 Nascar Sprint Cup car at Darlington Raceway this weekend in the Showtime Southern 500. Yeley will be in the #46 for two races, Darlington and possibly Charlotte. If things go well more races could be added. JJ is excited to get back on track and give it all he's got to get the #46 a great finish.(JJ Yeley site)(5-4-2010)

  • J.J. Yeley - Ready to Race Again: For J.J. Yeley, being forced to sit idle and watch races as opposed to driving in them has been one of the toughest things hes had to endure since he first began racing 16 years ago. Everything changed the night of Aug. 22 for the Phoenix native when the Sprint Bandit car he was driving at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., quickly turned Yeley into a passenger on a wild, hair-raising ride. The race had just restarted for the third time when the 2003 USAC Triple Crown champion, who was running third at the time, took off into turn one. As he went into the corner, his car caught the track, flipped and barrel-rolled at least eight times. Although Yeley thought he had nothing more than a sore neck following the crash, he soon learned that he had fractured three vertebrae. Since that night, Yeley has worn a neck collar and undergone neck surgery, where doctors fused two vertebrae with screws and a metal plate. And now, just a month after the outpatient surgery, the 33-year-old is working out daily to rebuild the muscles in his neck and shoulders. So far, his healing process has been speedy, above average according to the specialists and doctors Yeley has spoken with in the last two months. With one more test to pass, he hopes to be cleared by doctors in December, which he says is just in time for the 2010 racing season. With that in mind, Yeley, who has 95 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts and 118 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts, has been working the phones, talking to prospective teams and sponsors about a return to the sport that he loves. Being a spectator has refueled Yeleys passion, and he is ready to race again.

    What happened in that Aug. 22 accident at Lakeside Speedway?
    For the most part it was a typical Sprint Car type of accident. At the start of the race, the racetrack had a lot of grip, so it was real tacky. It was actually the third restart from cars that had already flipped. I just went in the corner by myself, caught a rut, the car bicycled and started flipping off the left side of the cage. It did a good amount of barrel rolls, probably close to eight or 10. It hit two or three times really hard and Im thinking the next to last hit was the one that jarred me in a way that was kind of like a major whiplash that would have stretched my neck and fractured the vertebrae. It wasnt necessarily a break as much as it had taken two of the vertebrate in my neck and perched them on top of each other.

    What kind of rehab have you had to undergo?
    Thats the beauty of the surgery that I ended up having. I couldve went the natural healing route, which wouldve put me in a neck collar for a good three to four months, and at the end of that time the vertebrae wouldve fused themselves. I chose to go ahead and do the surgery with Dr. (Dom) Coric (a neurosurgeon with Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates in Charlotte) in North Carolina who is one of the best neck surgeons in the United States. It was an outpatient procedure. I went in at 7 a.m. and was home by 1 oclock in the afternoon. They went through the front of my neck, so I will always have a little tiny scar in the front to show my little battle wound. Its the first time Ive ever been injured in a racecar. For me, I guess I should consider myself lucky that Ive made it right at 16 years racing professionally without any kind of major injury. The major thing for me is just basically taking it easy, letting the fusion heal 100 percent for where they inserted the screws and the plates. I do some laser treatments. I do some small things that help speed up the process of the fusion with the bone. Its been more than a month now since my surgery, so I can start to get back to a regular exercise program just to kind of make up for the muscle Ive lost from not doing much for the last two months.

    You said that youre at a point where you can start exercising and working out to get re-conditioned to get back into a racecar. How long will you have to be in rehab? How long will it be before every day, normal things are easy for you?
    Theyve been very easy for me, and I know from talking to some of the different doctors and people who have been in related situations to what Ive been in that a lot of people are surprised of how far along I already am with my recovery. Im back to doing all the things Ive always been able to do. With regard to lifting weights, Im just taking it easy. I dont want to push myself too far, too fast. But as far as everyday stuff, Im able to do regular yard work. Ive played golf a couple of times and I play just as bad now as I did before I hurt myself ,so I guess Im back to as normal as possible. For the most part, I feel fine. I have a little more aches and pains than I did before. Racing as long as I have and just racing in general takes a toll on a body, regardless. I do have some lower back pain that I get all the time, so its just one added pain that I didnt have before. For the most part, it almost seemed more like a dream of having this happen to me, and the next has been a reality. Im just thankful for all the people who have helped out. I guess I never really thought about it or took it seriously the fact that another quarter-inch or an eighth-inch of movement in my neck, I couldve been paralyzed or I couldve been killed, according to the doctors. For me, I had a little bit of a sore neck when I got out of the racecar. Then at the hospital, everybody was in a panic because they thought that it was more severe than I ever wouldve thought.

    Do you still see Dr. Coric on a routine basis? Do you have weekly appointments or physical therapists? Where do you stand with the doctors at this point in your recovery process?
    At this point, Ive had a follow-up with Dr. Coric. Theyve taken X-rays. They are very happy with the alignment and the way everything looks. Right now, I think I have one hurdle left that I have to get over. They want to do another X-ray in December, and at that time, at the rate Ive been going, they see no problems to clear me to go back to racing. Obviously, that gives me plenty of time to get ready for the 2010 racing season. For the most part, Ive got 80 to 85 percent of my original range of motion in my head and neck. Im able to turn my head fine. Im just a little slow from looking up. I think thats probably my most challenging maneuver is to try to look up at the sky. I just dont have quite the movement I did before. I also understand that by fusing two vertebrae, Im going to lose a little bit of motion anyway. From the people and specialists Ive seen, they are already very surprised at how far and advanced I am in getting back to normal.

    When do you think you will be cleared to get back into a racecar?
    I think a lot of that is up to me and how hard I really want to push the envelope. I know that Ive had a couple of calls and a couple of opportunities to maybe fill-in some rides at the end of the season. I also know that this injury I have it is very, very serious and pushing it too soon, too fast could either slow down my healing process or obviously put me back into danger. For me, Ive definitely written off the 2009 season. They want to do another X-ray in December. If they see no problems with it, then Ill be clear. The doctors tell me that by doing the fusion with the screws and the plates that those vertebrae are actually stronger in that portion of the neck than they wouldve been naturally. Obviously, its going to make it a little bit weaker above and below in the natural area, and thats why I have to focus on getting the strength back in my neck and my shoulders to help support everything. For the most part, the area is stronger now than it was before the accident.

    You said youve written off the 2009 season. Is your plan to be able to run the Chili Bowl in January?
    It is my plan. Ive been spending a lot more time on the phone, talking with different sponsors and scouting out different opportunities. Getting back into NASCAR, it does look like there are some pretty good possibilities for getting back into a Nationwide ride next season. I have some meetings in the next couple of weeks that could secure the sponsorship and make that all happen. As far as looking forward to the Chili Bowl and some of the bigger races that guys always get a chance to go do, I would probably be healed by then. We will just kind of play it by ear and see how things go as far as the big plans for next year.

    Has this accident refueled your passion and desire to get back into NASCAR?
    It makes the passion for me even stronger. I had some opportunities coming up that I basically had to abort because of the injury. Its different when youre forced not to be able to do something versus not having the opportunity or the chances or passing up on different rides. Being told that you have to sit idle, that you cant do something, I guess makes you want it even more. Its easy to take for granted just the simple things in life when youre not allowed to do them. For so long I was told not to lift anything over five pounds. I couldnt do certain things and different activities. It really makes you think about the things you love and the things you want to do. The beauty of it is, Ive obviously gotten to spend a lot of time with my family and my daughter. In between Kristen (wife) and Faith (daughter), theyve made this whole process a lot easier on me. But its time for me to get back into a racecar and prove myself and get back to doing what I always loved, and thats trying to win races and go out and do a good job."
    I was out at the racetrack at Charlotte on Friday for a good portion of the day. For the first month before I had the surgery, I was in a collar. Even though I felt fine and there was no real serious injury, just the visual aspect of walking around in a collar, people just form an opinion immediately. I wanted to make sure that I got out to the racetrack, especially at Charlotte, and walk around and talk to some old friends and some prospective teams and let people know that rumor mills run wild in racing and we all know that. I know a lot of people thought I was in a halo, that my neck was broken that it was a lot more serious injury than it actually was.
    I think its something thats important for everyone to know. As serious as the injury was, it wasnt a broken neck it and it wasnt as severe as it couldve been. Whenever I am cleared, I will be 100 percent ready to go racing. Ive been doing this for so long, Im lucky Ive made it this long before Ive had any kind of real injury. I just want to educate the people and the fans, let them know that Im fine and ready to get back to it. Im just trying to put some of those rumors to rest. Let people know that Im healthy and hopefully will be ready to go here pretty soon.

    Will you have an announcement soon about your plans for 2010?
    Thats been the major hurdle. Obviously, the economy has hurt every form of racing there is. Were getting closer and closer to getting something 100 percent signed. Hopefully, in the next two to three weeks, things will go like they are looking and well be able to make an announcement and let everyone know whats going on with J.J. Yeley and the future for 2010.(True Speed Communication)(11-11-2009)

  • Yeley injured in Saturday night race: Former NASCAR driver J.J. Yeley reportedly suffered three broken vertebrae during a crash at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. on Saturday night. Yeley was competing in a race in the Sprint Bandits Series at the half-mile dirt Lakeside track when he was involved in a wreck early in the feature event. Yeleys car flipped in Turn 1, said Lakeside owner Marc Olson. The flip did not look severe but Yeley complained about neck pain. Yeley was transported to a local hospital late Saturday night. From there, he was transported back to North Carolina.(Racin'Today)(8-25-2009)

  • Yeley to sub for Mayfield, No? Yes? UPDATE 3: J.J. Yeley will drive the #41 Toyota for Mayfield Motorsports starting this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Yeley replaces Jeremy Mayfield, who was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR on Saturday after violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy [see story below]. "We believe in J.J.'s talent," said crew chief Tony Furr. "He's available for every race. So we won't be changing drivers. J.J. has something to prove just like we all do. We want someone that's hungry just like us. Everybody on this team has at one time or another worked for a larger organization. We're all racers who are all hungry, who all want to make the most of second chances and J.J. sort of fits that mold." The team is expected to name an owner of record shortly.(FoxSports - link gone)
    UPDATE: Who will replace the suspended Jeremy Mayfield? That's the question on everybody's mind after Tony Furr, crew chief of the #41 Jeremy Mayfield Motorsports entry, rescinded earlier comments to that J.J. Yeley was tabbed for the position. Speaking on behalf of the team, Shana Mayfield said no decision has been made but Yeley is on the short list. Mayfield was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR on Saturday after violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. The team is expected to name an owner of record shortly, as Mayfield is not allowed to be owner of record during his suspension.(FoxSports)(5-11-2009)
    UPDATE 2: also hearing that Todd Bodine and Mike Wallace are other candidates to drive the #41 Toyota.(5-11-2009)
    UPDATE 3: Mayfield Motorsports will field a #41 Toyota for J.J. Yeley in this weekend's Sprint Showdown, the 40-lap qualifying race for the Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, with Shana Mayfield the owner of record following last weekend's indefinite suspension of her husband, owner/driver Jeremy Mayfield, for a violation of NASCAR's substance abuse policy. The Mayfields plan to file her owner's paperwork with NASCAR Competition on Tuesday morning, followed by the driver change. Crew chief Tony Furr and team manager Bobby Wooten along with their crew members compiled a "short list" of candidates Monday morning and when the Mayfields arrived, they met with the team and then, Yeley, before making their final decision. The new owner said Yeley also would drive the car in the following weekend's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's -- where Yeley finished a career-best second in 2007 -- and for what she and her husband hope will be a brief interlude as they resolve Jeremy Mayfield's positive drug test. "We didn't want to be switching drivers every week," Shana Mayfield said. "The thing about J.J. that we really liked is he lives close to the shop and he came over [Monday] while we were there. He told the guys it wasn't about money -- he just wanted to race, he wanted another chance like Jeremy did when he started the team." Shana Mayfield said her team is intact since Mayfield got the news of a positive result for "a drug of concern" in a random test given on Friday of the Richmond race weekend, followed by his "B sample," on Mayfield's request, also testing positive. Mayfield issued a statement this past Saturday at Darlington saying he believed the positive result came from a combination of a prescription drug and an over-the-counter allergy medication.(

  • Yeley hopes to get back in Cup ride soon: J.J. Yeley would welcome the opportunity to return to Sprint Cup this season. He tried to get into MWR's #00 Toyota for Martinsville, but the team hired Mike Bliss. "He had a little sponsorship and he won," Yeley said. Yeley has spoken with Chip Ganassi about the #41 [Target Dodge] being vacated by Sorenson at the end of the season. It's the only fully funded car left in the Cup garage. "Chip hasn't said no," Yeley said. "My name is still on the list. It would be a great opportunity." A.J. Allmendinger's name has been linked to that seat, too. Other seats with established teams are available, but they need funding and a driver with some of it will have an edge. Yeley is working with a marketing company to bring something to the table if he doesn't land the job at Ganassi. "I've had lots of discussions with a lot of teams," Yeley said. "If you can bring a little bit of money, they can bring the rest. It puts you at the front of the line. I want to race at the highest level, I'd love to do Cup. If I can't, then I'll look at Nationwide and [Craftsman] Trucks."(Sports Illustrated)(10-15-2008)

  • Yeley to sit Watkins Glen out? UPDATE 5 Yeley released, Coleman in rest of year: hearing that P.J. Jones will drive the #96 DLP Hall of Fame Racing Toyota at Watkins Glen in place or regular driver J.J. Yeley. Yeley failed to qualify for the last road course race at Infineon Raceway in June. Jones recently tested the #96 at Road Atlanta.(8-5-2008)
    UPDATE: Jones has replaced Yeley on the Watkins Glen Entry List.(8-5-2008)
    UPDATE 2: P.J. Jones will drive the #96 DLP HDTV Toyota in Sunday's Centurion Boats at The Glen Sprint Cup Series race at the Watkins Glen International road course. Jones, who has seven Sprint Cup starts at The Glen with two top-10 finishes, takes over for Hall of Fame Racing's regular driver J.J. Yeley. "We appreciate P.J. helping out the team this weekend at Watkins Glen," said Tom Garfinkel, co-owner of Hall of Fame Racing. "P.J. is an experienced road racer and we look forward to having a great run with him in the DLP Toyota."(Hall of Fame Racing PR)(8-5-2008)
    UPDATE 3: hearing that Yeley may not return to the #96 ride after Watkins Glen, no word if Jones takes over or if Tony Raines would come back or if the team has Brad Coleman take over.(8-6-2008)
    UDPATE 4: hearing that Brad Coleman will drive the #96 starting at Michigan and for the rest of the year.(8-5-2008)
    UPDATE 5: Hall of Fame Racing officials announced that Nationwide Series driver Brad Coleman, who has been under contract as a test driver for Hall of Fame Racing since November 2007, will make his Sprint Cup Series debut by piloting the #96 DLP HDTV Toyota in the Aug. 17 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Coleman will replace J.J. Yeley who has been released by the team.(Hall of Fame Racing PR)(8-6-2008)



  • Max Papis forms Whelen Euro team: Max Papis Racing to announced its presence in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, fielding the #99 racecar for the 2014 season. Team Principal and Italian native Max Papis, who has the most NASCAR starts for a European driver, and his wife/car owner, Tatiana Fittipaldi Papis, have a personal connection with the NASCAR family. "Being a NASCAR team owner is a very important step in my professional career," said Papis. "I am excited to create a working platform that will act as a bridge between racing in the United States and Europe, creating opportunities for drivers and technicians to experience the best of the two worlds combined." Kevin Gilardoni will drive the No. 99 racecar in the Elite division. The 21-year old Italian driver has competed in the Eurocup Megane Trophy and Formula Renault 2.0 series, showing great talent and potential with multiple wins, pole positions, and podium finishes in the past three seasons. The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will begin its third season under the NASCAR banner with the season opener April 12-13 at Valencia in Spain. The six race-weekend schedule also includes stops at England's Brands Hatch, Germany's Nrburgring and the championship weekend at France's famed LeMans. In addition, the series competes on the first purpose-built oval for stock cars in Europe, Tours Speedway in France.(Max Papis Racing)(1-17-2014)

  • Bruno Senna considering NASCAR? Bruno Senna is considering NASCAR as a back-up option should his F1 journey end for now. That is the claim of the Italiaracing website, in the wake of the Brazilian's loss of his Renault/Lotus race seat. It is rumored Senna, 28, could return to the team's reserve role for 2012, but Italiaracing said NASCAR is another option, where his countryman Nelson Piquet Jr headed after his own F1 career foundered in 2009. Senna's fabled uncle Ayrton was F1's last fatality in 1994, when Bruno was 10.(SPEED)(12-22-2011)

  • Papis brings NASCAR to Monza Rally Show: This past weekend, Max Papis Racing gave Italian fans and racing enthusiasts a little taste of NASCAR at the historic track of Monza in Italy during the Monza Rally Show. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2-seater car, provided by Joe Gibbs Racing and driven by Italian, Max Papis, quite simply, "stole the show." The Monza Rally Show included 9 special stages, in which racing celebrities such as Sebastien Loeb, Valentino Rossi, Dindo Capello, amongst others, competed in the historic event which attracts tens of thousands of fans. Max Papis was the "opening act" during each special stage, showing off his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car and thrilling the crowd with the almost 800-horsepower Toyota Camry.(Max Papis Racing)(12-2-2011)

  • Kerry Earnhardt doesn't expect to race anymore: Kerry Earnhardt hasn't competed in a NASCAR race since July 2009, and the 41-year-old driver wants to do what he loves. That means he wants to spend his time outdoors, but not necessarily at the race track. The oldest son of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. still hopes to have a connection to racing but hopes it's through drivers appearing on the outdoors television show he's working on or at the track when son Jeffrey is racing. But with 106 starts in NASCAR's three national series - seven in Cup, 72 in Nationwide and 27 in trucks - Earnhardt doesn't expect to have another one. "I do get bored a little bit," Earnhardt said. "I still have the thought [to race] but I just don't have the desire to drive. You can attribute it back to a lot of opportunities that I had that weren't successful, they weren't competitive opportunities.(Scene Daily)(11-27-2011)

  • Carmichael uninjured in crash on Phoenix area road: Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series driver, Ricky Carmichael, was collected in an accident on a Phoenix-area road Friday night. He and his wife were uninjured. Carmichael said he was driving on a two-lane road when a vehicle crossed the center line and hit the car in front of Carmichael's car. "Wheels fell off and hit our car, the thing was flying in the air like a torpedo,'' Carmichael said after qualifying for Saturday's Nationwide race at Phoenix International Raceway. "Something I don't want to really experience again. Luckily, everyone was OK. How they were, I have no clue. I was driving and had my wife and a friend of mine in the back. It's not fun when you see a truck coming into your lane the other way.''(Virginian Pilot - see images of the cars there)(11-12-2011)

  • Motorcross star Stewart signs with Gibbs; NASCAR races planned: James "Bubba" Stewart has signed a multi-year contract to race with the motocross division of Joe Gibbs Racing, JGRMX. Additionally, JGRMX has extended its relationship with Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. racing exclusively Yamaha motorcycles through 2014. Stewart, who began racing at the age of four, is one of the most decorated riders in motocross history. "I am excited about joining the Gibbs racing family," said Stewart. "My goal in Supercross is to pass Jeremy McGrath's record of 72 Supercross wins. I am more than half way there and look forward to realizing that dream during my time with JGR. I have also had an interest in car racing and we are going to explore my potential in that sport through the NASCAR side of the operation."(JGR)
    AND: In signing a multiyear deal with JGRMX, Stewart, 25, is expected to race full time on a bike for at least the next three seasons, but he will begin dabbling immediately in stock cars. A test in a Late Model car is scheduled in a few weeks, and he hopes to squeeze in races in the K&N and Nationwide Series (feeder circuits to Sprint Cup, NASCAR's premier series) as early as next season. Stewart's eventual transition from motorcycle racing to NASCAR might give a jolt of attention to a sport that actively craves a more diverse driver lineup. A charismatic black man in a mostly white sport, Stewart has starred in a reality TV show and has been among the few transcendent riders in Supercross.(USA Today)(10-26-2011)

  • Hmiel's team wins: On the one-year anniversary of Shane Hmiel's wreck in Terra Haute, Ind that left him paralyzed, Levi Jones of Olney, Ill., wheeled Hmiel's #56 3 Wide Life Midget to victory Saturday night in the Gold Crown Midget Nationals at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL giving Shane his first win as a team owner with RW56. It was Jones' second start for Hmiel and the first time Shane has been back to Victory Lane since the accident that almost claimed his life a year ago.(3 Wide Life)(10-11-2011)

  • Jeffrey Earnhardt to run in Grand Am Series: The Earnhardt family has accomplished nearly every goal set in racing. Jeffrey Earnhardt will now set his goal on a family firstwinning the championship in the NASCAR owned Grand Am Series. Jeffrey Earnhardt has signed a deal to place him in a full season of Grand Am Racing in 2012 in the Rolex GT Class with Rick Ware Racing. Earnhardt made his series debut at the 2011 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona with RWR in a GT3 Porsche and finished 11th in class and 25th overall. "I have never experienced any type of racing like that before. It was definitely a rush and look forward to competing in the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2012 with RWR again," stated Jeffrey Earnhardt. Earnhardt will be displaying the #15 for the 2012 season, a number his late grandfather, Dale Earnhardt, competed with 30 years ago in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Earnhardt will also make his Indianapolis Motor Speedway debut as the Grand Am Series heads to the "Brickyard" for the inaugural event during the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend. Earnhardt and Rick Ware Racing will be making announcements for the car manufacturer, sponsors and co-drivers in the upcoming weeks.(Rick Ware Racing)(9-1-2011)

  • Pastrana Nationwide debut delayed until 2012: Pastrana Waltrip Racing announced that Travis Pastrana will not make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut until the 2012 season due to injuries suffered during the 17th annual X Games last week. The 11-time X Games gold medalist broke his right ankle and foot while attempting a Rodeo 720 with a back flip during the Best Trick competition in Los Angeles, forcing him to miss his scheduled NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis last Saturday. The injuries required surgery, which was completed by Dr. Tom Dennis at Riva Road Surgical Center in Annapolis, Md., Wednesday evening. Dr. Dennis said the operation was a success and that Pastrana should make a full recovery following a strict healing process which will require Pastrana to be immobilized in traction for at least one month and unable to apply weight on his right leg for another month. To give my ankle and foot time to heal properly we have decided to wait until 2012 to make my NASCAR debut, Pastrana said. I probably could have been ready for the final couple of races in 2011, but it just makes more sense to start fresh in 2012. We are already starting to talk about testing and what I need to do to prepare for next season. My sincere apologies go out to my NASCAR team, fans and sponsors for this delay. Thanks for all of the support. This will be a fun ride eventually. Pastrana made his NASCAR debut on January 29 when he finished sixth in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway. Pastrana was scheduled to run a total of seven Nationwide Series races this season with his debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. on July 30.(Pastrana Waltrip Racing PR)(8-6-2011)

  • Update on Shane Hmiel - Starts team: Former NASCAR driver Shane Hmiel doesn't know if he will walk again. He doesn't know exactly how he will be involved in racing again. He doesn't even know why he's alive. There's one thing Shane Hmiel believes, though: He's lucky, despite an Oct. 9 accident in a Silver Crown car that damaged his brain and spinal cord. He might not know for another four or five years how much he will need the wheelchair he currently has to use, but the 31-year-old Hmiel has an incredibly upbeat attitude about his life. See full article at SceneDaily and a video from a NASCAR Race Hub episode at SPEED.(7-30-2011)
    UPDATE: Shane Hmiel announced RW56, Inc as his newest endeavor in the world of motorsports. The ambitious project comes just months after suffering extensive injuries in a racing accident last October that left him confined to a wheelchair. Hmiel is embracing his new title as team owner, adding to his already extensive and impressive racing resume. With support coming from Steve Pruett, founder of the motorsports television program 3 Wide Life, and USAC team owners Rotondo Weirich of RW Motorsports, Hmiel will use the team and television show to build on the momentum he created before the accident in hopes of finding the next American open wheel star. In preparation for a full 2012 schedule, Hmiel and RW56 Inc, will field the No. 56 / 3 Wide Life dirt midget in the 7 remaining USAC National Dirt Midget races of 2011 beginning in Sun Prairie, Wisc. August 21. Five-time National USAC driver champion Levi Jones has been tapped to drive for those remaining races. See full post at 3widelife.(8-3-2011)

  • Travis Pastrana to make NASCAR National Series Debut UPDATE injured in Xgames: After back-flipping his way through the ESPN X Games, Travis Pastrana will catch a red-eye flight to Indianapolis to make his first ever start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway. The long awaited arrival of the action sports star is finally here. Pastrana has 16 X Games gold medals in addition to multiple titles in supercross, motocross and rally cars. He'll make his series debut for Pastrana-Waltrip Racing #99 Boost Mobile Toyota. Pastrana got a taste of NASCAR racing, having run a combination of five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West races this year including his best finish of sixth in his NASCAR debut in January at the Toyota All-Star Showdown. His other NASCAR K&N Pro Series races were Phoenix (25th), Richmond (33rd), Iowa (22nd) and Loudon (22nd).(NASCAR)(7-27-2011)
    UPDATE: Action sports star Travis Pastrana crashed on back-to-back "TP Roll" attempts Thursday night in X Games 17 Moto X Best Trick, ending the Pastranathon during its first event. Pastrana, who was taken off on a stretcher and transported to a hospital for X-rays, broke his right foot and ankle, according to medical officials working with ESPN. He was discharged from the hospital Thursday night. The injury will require surgery at a later date, Pastrana's planned NASCAR debut on Saturday will be put on hold. He is also out of the X Games. "I am sorry this happened and will be back in action as soon as I can. I look forward to Pastranathon 2012 at X Games 18," Pastrana told ESPN following his release from the hospital. Going into the X Games, Pastrana had planned to compete in Best Trick and Freestyle on Thursday and Friday, fly to Indianapolis to make his NASCAR Nationwide debut Saturday, then return to Los Angeles to compete in RallyCross on Sunday. X Games 17 will be the first X event since 2002 that Pastrana has been out of medal contention. Pastrana crashed while attempting the corked 720 that had made him a gold medal favorite in Best Trick. Riders usually get one shot each round at throwing tricks, but Pastrana tried the 720 twice after under-rotating the first time. His second attempt ended in identical fashion and he immediately grabbed his lower leg as medical staff rushed to his side on the landing ramp.(ESPN)(7-29-2011)
    UPDATE 2: Pastrana Waltrip Racing announced Friday it will withdraw the #99 Boost Mobile Toyota from Saturday's race at Lucas Oil Raceway where action sports star Travis Pastrana planned to make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut. Pastrana broke his right foot and ankle after back-to-back crashes during the Moto X Best Trick competition at the X Games in Los Angeles Thursday. "Like fans everywhere we were so excited about Travis' debut Saturday night," said team owner Michael Waltrip. "We have a long term vision with Travis which includes lots of NASCAR. We can't wait to get him healed and in our race cars. We talked to our sponsor Boost Mobile and agreed to withdraw from Indy and delay our debut. We've waited a long time for someone like Travis Pastrana. I guess we'll just have to wait a little bit longer." Pastrana had planned to compete in Best Trick and Freestyle on Thursday and Friday, fly to Indianapolis to make his NASCAR Nationwide debut Saturday, then return to Los Angeles to compete in RallyCross on Sunday.(Pastrana Waltrip Racing)(7-29-2011)

  • Bill Lester wins Grand-Am event: former NASCAR dirver Bill Lester became the first black driver to win a Grand-Am Road Racing event, teaming with Jordan Taylor to top the Rolex Series' GT class Saturday in the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway. "We're ecstatic," Lester said. "Everything came together for us. We knew at the beginning of the season that this team had a lot of potential." The breakthrough victory in the Autohaus Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro came in the hometown of auto racing pioneer Wendell Scott, the only black driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. "I'm sure that the Scott family would be happy about what I was able to accomplish," Lester said. "I actually spent some time at the Scott residence in Danville and saw Wendell's old garage and sat in one of his race cars. It was quite an honor for me."(Associated Press/ESPN)(5-15-2011)

  • Bowles wins Toyota Showdown: Jason Bowles won the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown on Saturday night, beating Canadian D.J. Kennington by 0.501 seconds on the half-mile track. Bowles, the 2009 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion from Ontario, Calif., took the lead on the final restart in the 225-lap race that was slowed by 11 cautions. Kennington, the 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion, gave Toyota a sweep of the top two spots in his first start at Irwindale. Jonathon Gomez was third, followed by Luis Martinez Jr., Johnny Borneman, action sports star Travis Pastrana, Derek Thorn, Travis Motley, Moses Smith and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Steve Wallace.(Associated Press/ESPN)(1-30-2011)

  • Kevin Swindell wins Chili Bowl: It took 25 years for a back-to-back winner to happen at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Presented by General Tire, and it was only fitting that it was a Swindell to do it on the events Silver Anniversary. [part time Nationwide Series driver] Kevin Swindell added a Silver Driller to his trophy case that will likely sit beside the Golden Driller he won in 2010, as he held off a late charge from his father and five-time Chili Bowl champ, Sammy, on the final lap to take the victory in the 50-lap main event. Sammy Swindell notched his third straight podium finish at the QuikTrip Center, while hard-charging New Zealander Michael Pickens overcame an early incident to charge his way back into the third spot. Native Oklahoman Jonathan Beason finished fourth after starting Saturday night in the B Main, and Bryan Clauson, who led the races first 12 laps, finished fifth.(Chili Bowl site)(1-17-2011)

  • No Daytona 500 or Nationwide races for Hornish UPDATE: Sam Hornish Jr. will not be in anything Penske-owned in Daytona. He is basically done. Penske Racing downsized not only Hornish's NASCAR Sprint Cup organization, but also its Nationwide Series crew. [Penske] cannibalized the #77 crew of Hornish and what was left of the #12 Nationwide crew to make up the best for one with Brad Keselowksi's organization, whatever they were lacking in Nationwide, but also to beef up what is now the #2 car for Keselowski for the Cup season. (Fox Sports)
    BUT Brad Keselowski said on his twitter that Hornish would be his Nationwide Series teammate in 2011, driving the #12.(1-15-2011)
    UPDATE: Sam Hornish Jr. will compete in at least 10 NASCAR Nationwide races this season, beginning with the DRIVEFORCOPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway, team owner Roger Penske confirmed by email on Saturday. Chad Walters will serve as Hornish's crew chief. Penske's acknowledgment confirms a report earlier this week by FOXSports.coms Jeff Hammond, who said Hornish would not return to Sprint Cup competition in a Penske car this season. Penske also verified that the #77 car's [owners points, was 30th in 2010] points will be used by Stephen Wallace, who is attempting to make his Cup debut at Daytona. Wallace, 23, currently drives the #66 Toyota for his father at Rusty Wallace Racing [in the Nationwide Series].(FoxSports), so Wallace is guaranteed making the Daytona 500.(1-15-2011)

  • Milka Duno to run ARCA race at Daytona: Sheltra Motorsports, the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Champion, has signed Milka Duno to run the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway. Duno, a driver in the IndyCar Series, will begin her foray with Sheltra Motorsports piloting the #63 Dodge Charger at the newly-repaved Daytona International Speedway for three days of ARCA Racing Series testing January 11-13. Champion crew chief, Jon Wolfe, will work with Duno throughout the test session to get her comfortable, fast and ready for the ARCA Racing Series season opener at DIS on February 12th. Im very excited and grateful for this opportunity to test with the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Championship winning team, said Duno. Patrick, Jon and Brandon head a very skilled and dedicated organization and having met with them and visited their facility it is easy to see why they are the 2010 champions! Additional information about Milka Dunos 2011 season will also become available in the next several weeks.(Sheltra Motorsports)(1-10-2011)

  • J.C. France back on track: The Grand-Am Road Racing community welcomed J.C. France back with open arms on the first day of testing for the upcoming Rolex 24 At Daytona. France, out of pro racing for more than a year after charges of drug possession and street racing in 2009 that were later dismissed, is one of five drivers assigned to the #9 Action Express Porsche Riley Daytona Prototype owned by Bob Johnson. France, grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., was suspended from Grand-Am competition only days before the 2009 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 45-year-old driver was arrested by Daytona Beach police that October on a variety of charges ranging from street racing, DUI and possession of crack cocaine. The case was dismissed based on a technicality introduced by France's defense team. Daytona Beach police witnessed France run a red light in Holly Hill, a different municipality. Between his arrest and dismissal of the case, France underwent rehabilitation and drug testing required by Grand-Am, which is owned by NASCAR. Once cleared of charges, he was immediately reinstated by Grand-Am.(Daytona Beach News-Journal)(1-9-2011)

  • Another Aussie looking to make a future in NASCAR: Andrew Hagen is helping dig tunnels under the tropical city of Brisbane, not far from where he grew up in Australia. A few weeks ago, he was living in White Lake, pursuing a dream of making it as a NASCAR driver. Hagen, 24, isn't giving up. He returned Down Under in November to see his family and make some seed money. He will be back in Michigan in the New Year to resume his racing career, competing in the Must See Racing Extreme Sprint Series, one of the fastest short-track oval series in the country. In the past Hagen drove in the Super Late Model Series at tracks like Toledo Speedway and Auto City Speedway in a car owned by Penske Racing's Brad Keselowski. Hagen said he would like to run the series again, doubling it up with his dirt and pavement sprint-car program. "It's going to get busy on the track," said Hagen, a regular in the Michigan International Speedway media room since arriving in the U.S. a couple years ago. "Every time you get behind the wheel of a racecar is valuable. You learn something different." Right now, Hagen is working 20-hour shifts under Brisbane. He drives a truck hauling dirt out of the tunnels. "It's not glamorous but the pay is great," Hagen said. "Driving a truck underground at night is a little crazy but it all helps." Hagen drove a couple of sprint-car races late in the 2010 season, one at Berlin Raceway near Grand Rapids and the other at Anderson Speedway in Indiana. He will drive next year for Don and Suellen Wilshe, owners of Wilshe Motorsports Bio-Based USA team.(Detroit Free Press)(1-1-2011)

  • Former Cup owner charged with fraud: Jeffrey Stec, owner of a Sprint Cup team that competed in 2005 and 2006, was charged Monday with commercial loan fraud and a money laundering conspiracy. Stec was owner of Peak Performance Motorsports, which competed in 37 Cup events, mostly with Hermie Sadler and Kevin Lepage as the drivers. The charges were filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Charlotte. The owner of Peak Performance Training and Fitness Management Group, Stec allegedly engaged in a commercial loan fraud scheme to fund the purchase of a $915,000 luxury beach condo. According to the charges filed, Stec got loans of $4.39 million in 2007 and 2008 to buy property and construct three new health clubs by claiming he was owner of Fitness Management Group, which he wasn't at the time. The money was not used to build the health clubs, according to the charges, and Stec did not have sufficient liquid assets at the time to obtain the loans partly because of the "substantial funds" he had spent on the race team.(Scene Daily)(7-13-2011)

  • Pastrana to Make NASCAR Debut in Toyota All-Star Showdown: Motocross and rally racer-turned-budding NASCAR competitor Travis Pastrana announced Tuesday that he would be making his NASCAR debut on January 28th and 29th in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, CA. Pastrana will compete for the first time with his newly-formed Pastrana-Waltrip Racing team in a K&N Pro Series East car. Pastrana completed a test in a NKNPSE car at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) on Monday and Tuesday (Speed51)(12-15-2010)

  • Johanna Long wins Snowball Derby: Debris littered the half-mile oval one final time Sunday at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. This time, though, no crew was about to clean it up. Pensacola teenager Johanna Long shed tears of joy after hoisting the Tom Dawson trophy to celebrate an historic victory in the 43rd annual Snowball Derby. Long became the youngest, and just the second [the first was Tammy Jo Kirk], woman to win the Derby in one of the wildest finishes short-track racings most prestigious event has seen. She joins Eddie Mercer (2005), Dickie Davis (1971,73) and Wayne Niedecken Sr. (68) as hometown heroes to find Victory Lane at the Derby. Long, led 23 laps Sunday, including the final 13. Donnie Wilson finished 2nd followed by Scott Hantz, Landon Cassill and Dennis Schoenfeld. David Stremme finished 13th, Chase Elliott 17th, Ross Kenseth 19th, David Ragan 27th out of 37 cars. More info at

  • Bobby Hamliton Jr. pulls gun: Race car driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. is in the middle of a controversy involving a gun. Members of a race crew said Hamilton pulled a gun on them Saturday night at the Highland Rim Speedway in Greenbrier, TN. Anthony Walker had entered a super stock car in the race. Walker and Scott Thompson, a member of his crew, said they got into a heated argument with Hamilton, who runs the track, about whether their car was the proper weight. They said Hamilton disqualified them from the race, and Walker and Thompson wanted a refund of their entry fee. That's when Thompson says Hamilton pulled a gun out of his back pocket. "He cocked it back and started waving it around. Saying, I'll pop it, I'll pop it. I'll pop it, Thompson said. "I've never had a gun pointed at me, and I definitely didn't like it," Thompson said.
    Hamilton's story is different. He said he was going to his truck to refund the crew's entry fee, when the members of the crew followed him. "I was almost surrounded," Hamilton said. He said he felt threatened when he saw the men reach into their pockets. Hamilton said he saw that the men had pocket knives. Thompson said no one had knives or guns. Hamilton said he was well within his legal rights. "I kept watching their hands, watching their gestures, they kept getting more frustrated, about the time their hands go in their pockets, about the time they were coming out, they charged, and that's when I said, not today, not today," Hamilton said. Hamilton said he lifted his shirt to show the men the gun in his pocket. That contradicts the statement he gave police. It quotes Hamilton as saying that he took the weapon out of his pocket. Walker said Hamilton had no right to point a gun at the crew. "In no way could he have felt threatened from me, because I never once told him I wanted to hit him. I never acted like I was going to hit him. I never did anything of that fashion," Walker said. Hamilton said hes married, with a young child, and he wasnt going to risk his life that night. "I'm going to protect my business. And I'm going to protect my life," Hamilton said. Millersville Police Chief Ronnie Williams said Hamilton does have a carry permit and that no charges were filed because it's a he-said, she-said situation. The chief said either side can go to before a commissioner and swear out a warrant for a private prosecution.(

  • IRL driver - Tony Kanaan on possible NASCAR trucks future:
    Q) What is the status of your discussion with Kyle Busch of racing for his NASCAR truck series team?
    Tony Kannan: Right now it's just talk. I'm going to go watch the race in Homestead. But obviously, I'm still trying to get something in IndyCar. That's where I have been all my life. I've been in talks with a lot of teams, but financially it's a very difficult situation for everybody. A lot of teams don't even have the budget for a full car, forget about paying me. So I've got to explore all my options. Me and Kyle know each other because we shared the same sponsor (Mars) and did a lot of the same functions. He has his own truck team and doesn't do all the races, so he called me up and I said, "Why not? Let's talk." People are making a big deal like I am going there already. Well, I've got to listen to anybody. Right now I don't have a deal. If I did I would have said 'no'. It's still baby steps. Right now I don't think he even has the sponsorship to run it, as well. You need to put all the ideas together. When did he call, because originally 2005 IndyCar series champion Dan Wheldon had been linked to that supposed opening? Two weeks ago. He's probably talking to other people as well, not just me. He's looking for a driver to do seven or eight races that he's not going to do.
    Q) So there's been no formal offer?
    Tony Kannan: No, not even talk of doing a test or anything. It was a friendly phone call. "Come over. Come watch it. Maybe then we'll sit down." And it wouldn't be a full-time job unless he can find a sponsor to put trucks out there and it would be financially worth it for him to run a full season. I can't say that right now.(Jamestown)(11-13-2010)

  • Wheldon to NASCAR rumor returns: from the Indianapolis Star 'Ask the Expert' column:
    Q) As a huge fan of Dan Wheldon, I have been extremely concerned as to his future plans. Have you heard any directions as to his future plans?
    Curt Cavin Answer: "Im told he has explored an opportunity in NASCARs Camping World Truck Series with Kyle Buschs team and I have said for weeks that his options in IndyCar are limited at best. Im sure he feels otherwise about his ability to remain in IndyCar."(Indianapolis Star)(11-11-2010)

  • Travis Pastrana heading to NASCAR? many reports out there that Travis Pastrana will leave Subaru Rally Team USA and head to NASCAR, supposedly siging with Michael Waltrip Racing / Diamond Waltrip Racing, supposedly running either the NASCAR K&N Racing Series or Nationwide Series in 2011. Supposedly Pastrana posted an image on his Twitter [but has since removed it] and an announcement could come as soon as Thursday. A few sites reporting this 'news' include: CBS Sports, NASCAR Examiner, [with an image of the car], SpeedFreaks and AutoWeekRacing.(11-10-2010)

  • Villeneuve will focus on finding NASCAR ride: Jacques Villeneuve has put an end to his quest to return to Formula One. The 1997 series champion said on Thursday that he will not pursue any more F1 opportunities after his partnership with Italian-based Durango failed to earn a spot on the grid for the 2011 season. Instead he's decided to turn his attention to his budding NASCAR career. "All the other stuff we're doing took to the back burner, like NASCAR. I think it's time to just focus on one thing." Villeneuve has driven intermittently for Braun Racing in NASCAR at both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series levels the past four seasons. He's yet to win a top-level stock car race, but has three top 10 finishes in the Nationwide Series. He came close to earning a podium at the Bucyrus 200 this season when he was running second with two laps to go until a mechanical failure dropped him to 25th. "Last week I was in Australia doing a V8 race and that was interesting, but right now my focus is on NASCAR."(National Post)(10-30-2010)

  • McReynolds to make NNS debut: Brandon McReynolds will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) debut this Saturday at Gateway International Raceway with Team 42 Racing. The 19-year-old driver will make his entrance in the NASCAR ranks piloting the #42 Dodge in the 5 Hour Energy 250. "I am excited for this opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series," McReynolds said. "I grew up in the NASCAR garages, so it is thrilling to be able to compete this weekend at Gateway. I'm honored to have opportunity to compete against the best in the sport. I have to thank Eddie Smith and everyone at Team 42 Racing for their support. It means everything to me to have the shot to compete in the Nationwide Series. " McReynolds is the son of Larry McReynolds, two-time Daytona 500 winning crew chief with Davey Allison and Dale Earnhardt, and current NASCAR TV analyst on SPEED, Fox Sports and TNT. The young driver spent his childhood at the track with his father and continues to make a name for himself in the racing industry. This season, McReynolds competed in the UARA Series and clenched two wins, both at the historic Rockingham Speedway. Also in the 2010 season, McReynolds competed in select events in the ARCA Racing Series.(activ8 communications)(10-19-2010)

  • Latest on Shane Hmiel's condition: Shane Hmiel, banned for life from NASCAR in 2006 after failing three drug tests, was critically injured Saturday night during qualifying for the U.S. Auto Racing Club's Silver Crown race at Terre Haute Action Track. USAC said the 30-year-old Hmiel, from Pleasant Garden, N.C., was airlifted to Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital, where he was in critical condition with head injuries. The Tribune-Star of Terre Haute reported that Hmiel's #17 Silver Crown car slammed into the outside wall between the third and fourth turns and rolled over several times, damaging the protective roll cage. "We are very concerned about Shane and offer our resources and our support to his family during this time of healing," USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller said. Hmiel's father, Steve, is director of competition for NASCAR's Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. The Sumar Classic went on as scheduled, with Levi Jones winning the race.(ESPN/AP)(10-10-2010)
    UPDATE: USAC issued a new release on Shane Hmiel's condition on Sunday. It stated that he remains in critical but stable condition at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. It states that Hmiel suffered fractures of the neck and back and is in the hospital's intensive care unit awaiting surgery expected sometime in the next 24 hours. According to the release: Steve Hmiel says his son has a "long road to recovery'' and is quick to thank all the fans and friends who offered their concerns and prayers in the hours following the accident. Also in the release: USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller said: "We are optimistic for Shane's recovery. We will monitor Shane's hospitalization adn will provide updates on his progress.''(Virginian Pilot)(10-10-2010)
    Latest Update: from Hmiel's Road to Recovery Facebook page: had a little bumpy road nothing to be too alarmed about first surgery got postponed due to irregular heartbeat nothing uncommon then we had some build up of yuck in lungs they they removed breathing much smoother and easier has slight fever not uncommon resting.(10-16-2010)

  • NHRA Driver Considering a NASCAR try: Antron Brown admitted he'd be interested in NASCAR during lunch last week at the Charlotte Motor Speedway's Speedway Club, in town to promote this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at the zMax Dragway [in Concord]. Brown is the only racer to ever make a successful jump from Pro Stock Bikes to Top Fuel. He's led the point standings in both divisions, winning 16 races on the bike and, so far, eight in the dragster. He's also ridden shotgun with the USAF Thunderbirds, set sprinting records at New Jersey's Mercer College, ran a 100-meter dash fast enough to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials, hangs out with NFL players and, as the folks at zMax Dragway have documented, he can do just about anything in four seconds.
    When Randy Moss became a Truck series team owner in mid-2008, he started chatting up Brown about the possibility of testing one of his team's Toyota Tundras. "Randy's serious about it. But we just haven't been able to get the schedules synced up. We chatted about it over the winter, but once the season gets going I'm all over the place, and now Randy's a little busy too, you know?"
    "I think anyone would like to give oval racing a shot. I follow NASCAR and I also love to go over to Indianapolis to the see the Indy Cars. But I'm still a young guy and I have things I need to accomplish over here first." Brown is a sponsor's dream. He's a smart, good-looking racer who makes a memorable point nearly every time he opens his mouth, a la Jeff Burton. His stick-and-ball sports background, along with his skin color (which he has to be coaxed into talking about) crosses into demographics that racing has long struggled to reach. And no one works harder along the autograph ropes of Nitro Alley, citing the examples set by his childhood hero, Don "Big Daddy" Garlits, who once went out of his way to spend time with young Antron. The general consensus among motorsport marketers is that Brown could become a media superstar if given the right stage. Some believe that stage exists only in NASCAR. Brown is not one of those people. "I love where I am. I grew up at the dragstrip with my father and my uncle (who still compete in the NHRA's Division 1 Top Sportsman class). I like where the NHRA is right now. And I like where they are headed."(ESPN)(9-17-2010)

  • Wimmer's house burns down: The family known in Wausau for its racing roots suffers the loss of its home in Rib Mountain. Ron and Joan Wimmer's home on Hummingbird Road was destroyed by fire. The Rib Mountain deputy fire chief says the fire likely started in the garage a little after 4pm. Tuesday at the Wimmer's home. It destroyed a car inside, and quickly spread to the rest of the house, damaging another car parked outside. "The garage appears to be a total loss. The house, we're going to try and get in and get some personal affects," said Matt Savage, the Rib Mountain Deputy Fire Chief. Three people were inside. And escaped safely. One was treated for smoke inhalation, and released. Two dogs were also rescued. The source of the fire is still being speculated. The house sits on ten acres, and has several nearby buildings. Firefighters contained the fire to the house and close trees. Savage said the concern of the fire spreading beyond the house was minimal but was an issue. Ron and his son, Scott, own State Park Speedway. This Thursday marks the annual Larry Detjens race at State Park Speedway. Scott races in NASCAR'S Nationwide series. His brother, Chris, competes on the ASA circuit.(

  • Another Motorcycler heads to NASCAR: Brian Deegan, the pioneering innovator of Freestyle Motocross and the most decorated Freestyle Motocross rider in X Games history, is going to bring his brand of over-the-edge racing to the world of NASCAR stock car racing. In doing so, Brian brings an entirely new audience to NASCAR -- millions of young, insanely loyal Deegan fans who idolize this hard-driving iconic figure. Deegan announced at Charlotte Motor Speedway that he will be joining the NTS Motorsports driver development program with the objective of moving through the ranks of NASCAR to Sprint Cup as quickly as possible. Deegan will become part of a two-car program that NTS fields, along with current driver Brennan Newberry.(PR at ESPN)
    AND Deegan will begin his NASCAR career in June at Irwindale Speedway in the Super Late Model race. He will remain in late models with a goal of moving up to the Camping World West Series by the Phoenix race in November. After that, the timetables are off and it comes down to comfort level.(

  • Larry Mac's & Elliott's sons win at the Rock: Brandon McReynolds, son of championship crew chief and TV commentator Larry McReynolds, dominated the UARA STARS 75 Saturday morning at Rockingham Speeday. "It was fun" quipped McReynolds after the race. "We got to move around a lot. We were sliding around - it was just how it played out." Asked about running close with runner-up Paddy Rodenbeck, McReynolds added: "he gave me all the room in the world. I'd be about the stupidest 18-year-old in the world if I didn't talk to Larry McReynolds," joked Brandon after a question about how often he talks with his father. Racing returns to the one-mile Rockingham Speedway on October 9, 2010 with the running of the ARCA American 200.(Rockingham Speedway)(5-15-2010)
    AND Chase Elliott, son of #21-Bill Elliott, dominated the Sunoco National Tour race Friday afternoon at "The Rock" en route to a victory in his first start at the track. In fact, it was his first start at a track over a half-mile in length. "Pacing myself was the big thing," Chase Elliott said. "This is a very long race for these kind of cars. The biggest thing was to have a set of tires at the end. Everyone who put a hand on this car did a great job getting ready to come race here." Chase Elliott led all 100 laps of the event. "He ran well today," said Bill Elliott, outside of victory lane. "He has a good understanding of what it takes to go fast here."(Rockingham Speedway)(5-15-2010)

  • Who's Your Daddy settle's lawsuite with Greg Sacks: Who's Your Daddy, Inc. has entered into a Settlement Agreement with Sacks Motor Sports Inc. and [former NASCAR Driver] Greg Sacks, to mitigate $1.8 million in debt. In total over the last 90 days the Company's management has compromised over $3,296,000 in debt prior to liquidating 2,044,428 of common stock provided by two former officers. The Company will immediately begin the process of changing its corporate name to FITT Energy, Inc. and will apply for a new trading symbol to properly reflect its innovative marketing direction. See Full article at

  • Rahal to look for NASCAR ride: IndyCar driver Graham Rahal said the chances of participating in the IndyCar season opener next month in Sao Paulo, Brazil are "zero," leading him to meet next week with NASCAR officials to see if there's something available for him in stock car racing. "Every minute going by and by seems to cause more of a concern," Rahal said Tuesday from his home outside Columbus, Ohio. "I should be there" [testing IndyCar at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama]. Rahal, 21, son of 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, joined the free agent market late in the offseason after parting with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing when McDonald's withdrew its sponsorship to focus on the Olympics.(Indianapolis Star)(2-26-2010)
    UPDATE: Graham Rahal figures by the time the IZOD IndyCar Series begins March 14 in Brazil, he will have essentially earned an advanced degree in marketing and promotion. What the 21-year-old really wants, however, is a job behind the wheel of a race car -- preferably a car without fenders. "I know there have been a lot of NASCAR rumors, but right now my focus is 100 percent on being in the IndyCar Series,'' Rahal told FanHouse this weekend. "I'm not just an IndyCar driver, but very much a fan of the sport and to make a big switch like that takes time to consider. As of this second, everything I have going is for IndyCar.'' So instead of joining Danica Patrick in the stock car ranks -- even as a part-time gig -- Rahal has been visiting America's corporate boardrooms hoping to attract financial backing for the 2010 IndyCar season. The timing, however, couldn't be worse.(Motorsports FanHouse)(3-3-2010)

  • Driver from India hopes to run NASCAR: Starbeast Motorsports wants to be a startup team plucking talent from around-the-world to tap into the interest of the international market. In doing so theyve entered a technical alliance with JTG-Daughtery [#47 Toyota], which is, itself, aligned with Michael Waltrip Racing [#00, #55, #56 Toyota's]. Last weekend at the ARCA test at Daytona International Speedway, Starbeast imported two stars of its own from Asia. Narain Karthikeyan from India and Darryl OYoung from Hong Kong. Narain Karthikeyan, a veteran of Formula One, the 24 Hours of LeMans (which feels to him like a single seater) and A1GP, had a blast adapting to the closed cockpit cars on Daytona International Speedways high banks. The first shock was climbing in through the window to get seated. The weird thing, it was difficult getting into the car -- literally. Putting your legs inside the car and twisting your body. A couple of times I had my helmet on and it got battered and scratched. When we come here its a daunting task you have to start from scratch, said Narain. The only thing in common (to his experience) is the high speeds. You need to get a good feel of the car, honestly I think after three for laps I was okay and I got the hang of it. Its quite bumpy and the car moves around a lot. He said adding the most important aspect is leeping it flat and hang on to it. He added theres no downforce and its comparatively slow, to the cars hes driven. Hes hoping to get a shot at a NASCAR-type ride saying its one of the options for next year if these guys can put it together. Id love to have a go at it.(

  • Duno to test ARCA car for Braun Racing: [Indy car driver] Milka Duno will make her stock car debut during the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards open test at Daytona International Speedway December 18, 19 and 20, 2009. Milka will participate in the test behind the wheel of Braun Racing's #90 Toyota. While no stranger to the Daytona Beach, FL-based track, this will be Milka's first opportunity to go around the 2.5-mile tri-oval in a metal-skinned stock car. Her #90 Camry will have less downforce than either the IndyCar Series cars she's driven the past three seasons, or the Rolex Series Daytona Prototypes that she competed in for the three seasons before that. With a second-place finish in 2007, Milka holds the record for the highest finish ever by a female driver in the 45-year history of the 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway. Starting with her four-win season in the American Le Mans Series in 2001 and continuing through her thee-win Rolex Series years, Milka has been offered opportunities to compete in stock cars and in the NASCAR Series virtually every season since.(Braun Racing PR)(12-12-2009)

  • F1 Drivers check out NASCAR at Homestead: Sebastian Vettel believes Formula 1 can learn something from NASCAR after making a visit to the Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead. The world championship runner up made his first visit to a NASCAR race courtesy of Red Bull, and got to spend some time with the team's drivers and learn about the series and its appeal in America. Vettel said F1 should take note of the spectacle NASCAR provides for its fans. "Here in NASCAR you have more than 100.000 people coming to see the races, it's always a big show," said Vettel. "So I think there's a lot of things we can learn because sometimes that's what people complain about, that Formula 1 is not exciting enough. Obviously the cars are very different, so it depends on what you like, but still if you're interested in motorsports, I think you can be very passionate about Formula 1, but I think for the show there are things we can learn. "It's always a huge crowd, always packed and I think this is something we can learn in Europe, to make it more interesting for that many people." The German admits to being curious about driving a stock car on an oval, and would like to have the chance to test one day, while stressing that his focus is on F1 for the forseeable future. "To have a try probably yes [I would like to], and to see how it is on the oval," said Vettel. "Speaking to Juan and other drivers, obviously the cars are much heavier, lazier, there's a lot more movement, whereas a Formula 1 car is very sharp and reactive and everything happens very fast - you have to catch the car quickly. Here you're sliding and making a lot of movements with the steering wheel. To have a try in a test would be nice." As well as Vettel, former McLaren driver Heikki Kovalainen also visited Homestead this weekend as a guest of Penske Racing.(Autosport)(11-23-2009)

  • James Hylton injured in ARCA race: ARCA RE/MAX Series driver James Hylton, who was transported to a local hospital following an on-track incident on lap 147 in Sunday's American 200, has been treated and released as of Sunday evening. Hylton's family indicated that the veteran driver was diagnosed with an ankle injury.(ARCA Racing)(10-12-2009)

  • Franchitti wins IRL title: Dario Franchitti's return to IndyCar racing couldn't have gone better. He's the IRL champion once again. Franchitti successfully emerged from one of the closest points races in series history Saturday, winning the season-ending Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the first caution-free IRL race ever. The 2007 champion - who skipped 2008 to explore NASCAR [running the #40 for Chip Ganassi until the merger with DEI when the team closed] - held off Target Chip Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon and Penske Racing's Ryan Briscoe.(Associated Press)(10-10-2009)

  • Another F1 Driver looking to move to NASCAR: Nelson Piquet Jr., who became the source of a recent scandal known as crash-gate, will be testing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with an eye towards a future in NASCARs Sprint Cup Series with in two years. Piquet Jr., will get behind the wheel of a Toyota Tundra for Red Horse Racing on October 12th [at Rockingham, NC]. He is expected in the teams Mooresville, NC shop Monday for a seat fitting. The Renault F1 team fired the 23-year-old Brazilian earlier this season for underperformance. Shortly after details emerged that Piquet had been ordered to cause a crash in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix that allowed his teammate Fernando Alonso to win. After an investigation and hearing, Formula Ones governing body, the FIA, held a hearing and banned Renault F1s team boss Flavio Briatore for life and the teams technical engineer Pat Symonds for five years. They also placed the team on a suspended ban for two years. Piquet Jr., was given immunity from sanctions in exchange for his testimony and many in Formula One now consider the son of two time Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet to be damaged goods.(SPEEDtv)(10-4-2009)

  • Cobb hopes to race Sprint Cup: Jennifer Jo Cobb will be attempting her 4th NASCAR Nationwide Series start as well as her 8th ARCA Re/Max Series start at her hometown track, the Kansas Speedway, this week. Cobbs ultimate goal is to be the first woman competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in over 8 years. For now, she will focus on the next step to that lofty goal in this weeks Kansas Lottery 150 scheduled for Thursday, October 1 and the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday, October 3. Capitol Federal Savings will serve as the primary sponsor on Cobbs #79 Dodge,for team owner Derrike Cope, Inc. with Rick Markle Racing. Cobb will have two teammates, owner/driver, Derrike Cope and the inaugural Kansas Speedway race pole sitter, Kevin Lepage. Cobb works as one of the instructors for the Richard Petty Driving Experience and has logged thousands of laps at Kansas Speedway. Cobb has developed Driver Boutique; her own clothing line for female motorsports fans and a new clothing line for male race fans.(Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing)(10-1-2009)

  • F1 driver to test for Waltrip?: Former F1 driver, Miko Salo, supposedly will test for Michael Waltrip Racing in one of the team's Toyota Camry Sprint Cup cars at an undisclosed venue at some point in November. The 42-year-old former grand prix driver has been racing in sportscars since the end of his Formula 1 career in 2002 and won the GT2 class of the American Le Mans Series in 2007. He has had a seat fitting with Michael Waltrip Racing. "It will be great to get to test a NASCAR at last," Salo told this week's AUTOSPORT magazine. "After two years of trying, I finally met the person who could make it happen. Racing sportscars in the US has definitely helped. My hope next year is that I can do some races in Nationwide, maybe even a full season - but I understand that I may have to raise some money to make it happen."(Autosport)(10-2-2009)

  • NHL star retires; wants NASCAR career now: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Patrice Brisebois retired Thursday, ending his 18-year NHL career with plans to drive on NASCAR's Canadian series. The 38-year-old Brisebois spent 16 seasons with the Canadiens, retiring in third place on the franchise list for games by a defenseman (896), fourth for goals by a defenseman (87) and fifth in points by a defenseman (371). On March 14, he became the 11th player to play 1,000 games for the Canadiens. Brisebois said he's seeking sponsors to fund the next phase of his career, as a driver in NASCAR's Canadian Tire Series. "It's a great team sport, like hockey," Brisebois said of auto racing. "Your mechanic is kind of like your coach, and there's a game plan, race strategy, so it's a bit like a hockey team. I'm going to try and go as far as I can in auto racing. I'd love to be able to move on to the Nationwide or Sprint series, but it's going to be very tough. Another dream of mine would be to do the 24 hours of Le Mans."(Associated Press/

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