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April 22, 2010

  • #36 TBR Chevy to pay tribute to Tommy Baldwin Sr. at Talladega: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) and Baldwin Automotive have joined together for the Aaron’s 499 this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The partnership will include a custom paint scheme for the #36 Chevy driven by Johnny Sauter. The car pays homage to the paint scheme Tommy Baldwin Sr., team owner Tommy Baldwin’s father, used on his modified coupe in the early 1970’s. "I loved hanging out at the track with my dad when I was a kid and this was one of the first paint schemes I remember him having on his car," Baldwin said. "This was when he first started running the No. 7 car and when I think about him racing in those days, this is what I picture. I’m excited about the way the #36 Baldwin Automotive Chevy looks and I can’t wait to get it out on the track." Baldwin continued, "It was great partnering with Baldwin Automotive for the scheme and I look forward to having a strong run for them in the No. 36. I have a lot of confidence in our superspeedway program and having Johnny behind the wheel for one more week." Sauter will make his second and final start in the #36 Chevy this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, a track at which he has had some success in the past. Sauter has finished in the top-16 in three of this four Sprint Cup Series starts at the track.(Tommy Baldwin Racing), see an image of the car on my #36 Team Schemes page.(4-22-2010)
  • Goodyear completes Indy tire test: A total of 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup teams descended on Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week to perform a tire test for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The two-day test, held Tuesday and Wednesday, saw teams run more than 2,000 laps as they gathered the data that the Goodyear engineers will use to determine the tire recommendation for this year’s Brickyard 400, to be held at the Speedway on July 25. While Goodyear tested several new set-ups, the early opinion is that the tire manufacturer will return in 2010 with the same, or very similar, combination to that run successfully at the Speedway in 2009.
    "We still have to review the results and go over the data in detail before our decision is finalized, but we found our control tire set-up, which was the 2009 race tire, still performs very well and is a very comfortable package," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of race tire sales. "We saw some definite improvements with various elements of the development tires we evaluated during the test, but we didn’t have clear consensus from the drivers on which change would be a sure improvement over the control. It’s important to maintain the proper balance with the overall race package for all the cars in the field."
    "We had nearly perfect weather conditions, with temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s and a lot of sunshine," said Stucker "The track really rubbered in well, and we seemed to pick up right where we left off last year. The change from the wing to the spoiler on the Cup cars didn’t seem to significantly change the way the tires performed on the track." The 14 teams had a busy week leading up to the test. Sunday’s scheduled race was delayed until Monday due to rain in Texas, compacting everyone’s schedule and making it tougher to pull together.
    Participating in the test were #00-David Reutimann, #7-Robby Gordon, #9-Kasey Kahne, #12-Brad Keselowski, #13-Max Papis), #14-Tony Stewart, #17-Matt Kenseth, #18-Kyle Busch, #29-Kevin Harvick, #38-David Gilliland, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #78-Regan Smith and #82-Scott Speed. Johnson, Kenseth, Montoya and Stewart served as the primary test drivers, with the balance of the field on hand to help replicate race conditions and rubber in the track. "We really need to thank the 14 teams that came out to help us with this test," added Stucker. "With last week’s race at Texas being pushed back a day, it was a real scramble for everyone to get to Indy by the time we opened up on Tuesday morning. It goes to show you the hard work and dedication of these teams."
    Goodyear will continue with a busy testing schedule in the coming months, having on-track sessions scheduled for Watkins Glen International (June 1-2), Atlanta Motor Speedway (June 15-16) and Bristol Motor Speedway (June 22-23).(Goodyear PR)(4-22-2010)
  • Dale Jr. to run #3 car at Daytona NNS race? If arrangements go as planned, Earnhardt will run the #3 Wrangler Chevrolet for JR Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on July 2. Sources have told FOXSports.com that Earnhardt will revive his father’s famous #3 in a collaborative effort initiated by JR Motorsports with Richard Childress Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc. A formal announcement is expected on April 29. According to team sources, a Hendrick Motorsports engine will power the car. Earnhardt Jr. currently has a personal services contract with Wrangler, continuing a family legacy between the brands. Wrangler first sponsored his father for the final race of his 1980 Cup championship season and the following year with Rod Osterlund for the first 16 races. (4-22-2010)
  • Harvick: Burned Bridges with RCR?: Richard Childress Racing has probably lost its faint chance to keep Kevin Harvick on the heels of Wednesday’s devastating announcement that Shell/Pennzoil is moving to Penske Racing in 2011 to sponsor Kurt Busch in the Sprint Cup Series. RCR already faced a serious, uphill challenge in trying to retain Harvick, who is in the final year of his contract, even if it had managed to hold onto Pennzoil, sponsor of Harvick’s #29 since 2007. Harvick, according to multiple sources reached by SI.com but never confirmed by the driver, wanted out of RCR at the end of last season, but team owner Richard Childress held him to the contract. The duo came out strong out of the gate this season – they led the points after five races and are currently fourth, 141 behind Jimmie Johnson – but the sour feelings between the two haven’t changed. "Kevin has burned all his bridges here," said a source requesting anonymity following the news of Shell’s departure. The source reiterated the chances of Childress and Harvick dissolving their marriage were close to 100%. Harvick is the top free agent driver on the market. His preferred destination is Stewart-Haas Racing, where he’d have Hendrick equipment. Tony Stewart is on the record as wanting to expand to three cars next season, dependent upon sponsorship. With Harvick to sell and the broad range of commercial possibilities available through the team’s partner-like association with Hendrick, Stewart-Haas has far greater ability to find a sponsor for Harvick. Kasey Kahne’s decision to join Rick Hendrick’s organization in 2012 has led to widespread speculation that he’ll be at Stewart-Haas in 2011. Kahne certainly will be in Hendrick equipment next season and it’s the logical place. The other possibility would be for Hendrick to ask Mark Martin to vacate the #5 a year early to go to Stewart-Haas. In either situation, it would require Stewart-Haas to run four cars in 2011. That ‘s not beyond the team’s reach and it’s where Stewart wants to get eventually.(Sports Illustrated), so which team would be better?
    Hendrick: Gordon, Johnson, Earnhardt Jr. & Martin…or Stewart Haas: Stewart, Newman. Kahne & Harvick?(4-22-2010)
  • TUM’s scheme for Montoya at Talladega: This weekend TUMS will serve as the primary sponsor of the #42 Chevy of Juan Pablo Montoya at Talladega Superspeedway. TUMS first became a Target racing partner in 2007 and this will be Montoya’s second time representing the TUMS brand. Montoya drove to the pole position in the 2009 spring event at Talladega Superspeedway posting a speed of 188.171 mph at a time of 50.89 seconds.(EGR). see an image of the scheme on my #42 Team Schemes page.(4-22-2010)
  • Good news for Lynda Petty: Update on the status of Lynda Petty: Lynda went to Duke today [Monday] for another MRI and the Brain Tumor/Cancer is completely gone! The entire Petty Family is very pleased and would like to thank everyone for the many, many prayers and thoughts as she went through a very difficult time! This is GREAT news! Thanks again to everyone!(Petty Family Foundation Facebook page)(4-22-2010)
  • Biffle and Harvick to carry "Call 811" logo at Talladega UPDATE: CGA [Common Ground Alliance] Member 3M will promote the 811 logo on the #16 3M/Greg Biffle race car at the Talladega Superspeedway on 4/25/2010. "3M’s commitment to underground damage prevention will be showcased during National Safe Digging Month at one of America’s premier sporting events," stated Bob Kipp, CGA President, "we encourage all CGA members to tune in and watch the race supporting 3M, Biffle and 811!"(CGA)(2-1-2010)
    UPDATE: This week in Talladega there will be a special 811 logo on the #16 3M Ford Fusion to remind fans to call 811 before they dig to avoid cutting lines such as gas, electric and cable. April is National Safe Digging Month (RFR).
    AND: Two top race teams and the Governor of Alabama are among those supporting "Call 811" and National Safe Digging Month surrounding the upcoming April 25 race in Talladega. Kevin Harvick of Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will run the "Call 811" logo on the deck lid and rocker panels of the #29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevy at Talladega Superspeedway. The logo will also run on the hood, deck lid and TV panel of the #16 3M Ford Fusion. The addition of the logo is part of a larger effort to educate fans and encourage them to make a quick and easy call to 811 to help protect people from unintentionally hitting underground pipelines, infrastructure and utility lines, which can put the community and environment at risk. In addition to RCR and 3M backing the cause, Alabama Governor Bob Riley has proclaimed April as National Safe Digging month in the state of Alabama and is urging all excavators and homeowners to call 811 before doing ANY digging. In an effort to promote public safety, Shell, 3M, and RCR, in conjunction with the Common Ground Advisory and its members, are encouraging homeowners and contractors to call 811 before they dig to prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. Every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees or shrubs.(PR) see images of the #16 scheme on my #16 Team Schemes page.(2-1-2010)
  • Race #300 for Johnson: #48-Jimmie Johnson is scheduled to make his 300th-career start when he takes the green flag on Sunday in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega SuperSpeedway. His first career start was Oct. 7, 2001 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    * In 299 Cup starts, Johnson has won 50 races, 16.72% of those in which he’s competed.
    * He has brought home top-five finishes in 40.8% of the races and top-10 results in 62.2%.
    * Johnson passed the 10,000 career-laps led mark in last week’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. He has now led 10,036 laps, 11.59% of his total 86,573 laps.
    * He has also finished on the lead lap in 233 of the 299 races – 77.9% of the time.
    ON MAKING HIS 300TH CAREER START AT TALLADEGA THIS WEEKEND: "I can’t believe it’ll be my 300th start this weekend. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was climbing in a Cup car for the first time. It’s been a pretty amazing ride so far and I still can’t believe I get to drive racecars for a living. It’s pretty cool. I’m also very proud of my team and what we’ve done together and also what I’ve accomplished as a driver. We’ve had a lot of pretty cool stuff happen to us in 300 starts. I’m looking forward to what’s ahead for this team. I know we have a lot of racing left in us."(Lowe’s Racing)(4-22-2010)
  • Special scheme for Stewart at Talladega: #14-Tony Stewart’s Old Spice/Office Depot Chevy will carry the colors of Old Spice’s Fresh Collection at Talladega – specifically, its Matterhorn scent, which according to the scent experts at Procter & Gamble, smells like ice, wind and freedom and carries a graphic of a Matterhorn-esque mountain range rising halfway up the sides of Stewart’s red Chevy.(Tony Stewart site), see an image of the scheme on my #14 Team Schemes page.(4-22-2010)
  • Talladega Tire Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Talladega this weekend . . . this is the same tire set-up that teams in these two series ran at Talladega last season . . . this is the only track at which either of these two tire codes will be run in 2010 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire. The Estimated Pit Window is every 35-37 laps, based on fuel mileage.(Goodyear), for tire codes, pressures, number of tires supplied, see my Talladega Race Info page – Goodyear section.(4-22-2010)
  • Keselowski to the #2; Budweiser to RCR?: Kurt Busch has signed a multiyear extension with Penske Racing that includes moving from the #2 car with Miller Lite as his primary sponsor into the #22 with Shell/Pennzoil as the sponsor, team officials said on Wednesday. Brad Keselowski will move from Penske’s #12 car into the #2, with Miller Lite, which has been with the organization for 20 years, remaining the sponsor for the #2. Keselowski currently is sponsored by Verizon, but because of NASCAR’s exclusivity deal with Cup series sponsor Sprint, Verizon’s brand logo is not allowed on the car. "Brad is one of the hottest young drivers in NASCAR and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the Miller Lite Racing family," said Andy England, chief marketing officer at MillerCoors. "Rarely in this sport are you presented with the opportunity to build a relationship with a top-tier driver at the start of his career."
    The addition of Shell/Pennzoil means that Mobil 1, a competing motor oil that sponsors Penske’s #77-Sam Hornish Jr., will not return in 2011. But Jonathon Gibson, the vice president of Penske Racing, said Penske is committed to remaining a three-car operation with Hornish in the third car. "We’ll be prepared to announce a new sponsorship deal for that car in the next few weeks or months," Gibson said. "We’re very excited. For us to have the opportunity to bring in a great brand like Shell and extend our relationship with Miller puts us in a place where we can build for the future."
    Kevin Harvick, in the last year of his contract with Richard Childress Racing, is without a sponsor. Harvick is negotiating with RCR to find a new sponsor and stay with the company, according to a source. Harvick has been with RCR since he succeeded the late Dale Earnhardt in 2001. A source said discussions between RCR and Budweiser, in its last season with Richard Petty Motorsports’ #9-Kasey Kahne, have taken place. Kahne signed last week a deal with Hendrick Motorsports to replace Mark Martin in 2012 and drive a car to be determined by team owner Rick Hendrick in 2011.(ESPN.com)(4-21-2010)
    MORE: The tradition of great drivers in Penske Racing’s #2 Miller Lite Dodge will continue as Brad Keselowski takes the wheel of the Blue Deuce beginning in 2011. The 26-year-old Keselowski is currently in his first full year on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the #12 Penske Dodge. "Brad is one of the hottest young drivers in NASCAR and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the Miller Lite Racing family," said Andy England, chief marketing officer at MillerCoors. "Rarely in this sport are you presented with the opportunity to build a relationship with a top-tier driver at the start of his career. We look forward to ‘tasting greatness’ with Brad and Penske Racing in the years ahead."
    "We’re extremely proud of our long-standing partnership with MillerCoors and are excited to extend this successful relationship," said Roger Penske. "Brad is a tremendous talent with a bright future and I look forward to watching him continue the great tradition of the Blue Deuce." For Keselowski, a third-generation driver, the move to the Miller Lite Dodge is a milestone moment. "To follow champions like Rusty Wallace and Kurt Busch in the legendary Blue Deuce is a dream come true," Keselowski said. "The Miller Lite Racing team is accustomed to winning on and off the track, and I can’t wait to do my part to build on that tradition."
    "Kurt is a champion, a great driver and has been an enthusiastic ambassador for Miller Lite over the past four years," England said. "We want to thank him for that, and we look forward to chasing the 2010 Sprint Cup championship with Kurt and the whole team at Penske Racing."(Tom Roberts PR)(4-22-2010)
  • Parts confiscated from #13 and #47 teams UPDATE 2 Penalties announced: NASCAR confiscated the lower radiator pans from Max Papis’ #13 Toyota and Marcos Ambrose’s #47 Toyota during post-qualifying Sprint Cup Series inspection. The pans are considered "unapproved ballast weight mounting" according to Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby and is in violation of NASCAR Rule 20-2.3 (added car weight). Darby said the violation could carry a penalty. The piece confiscated on the #13 Toyota was 45.2-pounds, while the #47 Toyota’s pan weighed 25.7 pounds. One crew chief who was observing the steel pieces in the NASCAR hauler after they were confiscated said the pans "should weigh a couple of pounds at best" and be composed of one-eighth inch aluminum. Frank Kerr, crew chief of the #47 Toyota said it was the same radiator pan the team has used all season. "We asked the inspectors when we first put it on the car at California if it was ‘OK’ and they said it was ‘on the edge, but OK.’ There hasn’t been any question about the piece until now."(FoxSports)(4-17-2010)
    UPDATE: The long steel pieces also were installed in an unapproved mounting location, according to the tags on the parts which were on display in the NASCAR hauler. "We’ll know a lot more how NASCAR views these pans [next week]," said Michael Waltrip Racing Executive Vice President Cal Wells, whose organization builds the cars for Ambrose and Papis. "We’ll have to wait and see. NASCAR likes to have parts submitted if you have got something new or different. I believe there was some confusion on what should or shouldn’t be submitted. … In this particular case what we designed was a modular piece that holds a radiator, the pan up front and the duct work and a host of different things. There’s no intent to do anything [around the rules]. We’ll see what they decide to do."(SceneDaily)(4-19-2010)
    UPDATE: NASCAR has issued penalties to the #13, #47, #00 and #56 teams that compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as a result of rule violations committed at Texas Motor Speedway last week. Robert "Bootie" Barker, crew chief of the #13 team, and Frank Kerr, crew chief of the #47 team, have each been fined $75,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 for violating Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 20-2.3A (unapproved added weight); 20-7 (all engine cooling system components must be approved by NASCAR prior to being used in competition); and 20-7.3A (radiator mount; failure to submit components) of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rule book.
    Car owners Robert Germain (#13) and Tad Geschickter (#47) have each been penalized with the loss of 50 championship owner points for violating Sections 12-1 and 20-2.3A. Drivers Max Papis (#13) and Marcos Ambrose (#47) have each been penalized with the loss of 50 championship driver points for violating Sections 12-1 and 20-2.3A.
    Rodney Childers, crew chief of the #00 team, and Pat Tryson, crew chief of the #56 team, have each been fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31 for violating Sections 12-1; 20-7; and 20-7.3A. All of these violations occurred during post-qualifying inspection on April 16.(NASCAR)(4-21-2010)
    MWR Statement: Executive Vice President of Michael Waltrip Racing Cal Wells: "NASCAR indicated we were running a part, a radiator pan, which had not been officially submitted for approval. We accept NASCAR’s ruling and will not appeal because we cannot debate whether the part was submitted, only whether or not the part needed submission. This gives us a clear line of sight on how parts need to be submitted for approval. We will work diligently with NASCAR in the future on all new parts to ensure this does not happen to MWR again."(MWR)(4-21-2010)
    UPDATE – JTG Daughtery Racing statement on penalty: Co-owner of JTG Daugherty Racing Tad Geschickter issued the following statement in reference to his #47 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team being penalized for rule infractions committed at Texas Motor Speedway: "While the penalty feels excessive for an apparent misunderstanding on submitting a part, we also understand NASCAR has to police the sport and rule strictly to keep a level playing field among the teams. We will work diligently to ensure that there are no misunderstandings in the future. We are focusing our energy on turning our season around and winning races with driver Marcos Ambrose."(JTG Daugherty Racing)(4-22-2010)
  • Traffic Improvements for Talladega Race Weekend: Talladega Superspeedway will enact several procedural changes during the Aaron’s Dream Weekend that should help speed ingress and egress from the track. Most noticeable, is the installation of a new "express lane" that has been created to speed the exit of Allison Grandstand customers.
    Changes by day:
    Saturday
    · North parking lots 2N & 3N (located directly across from the main entrance to Talladega Superspeedway) will remain closed on Saturday only. Race fans should make plans to park in lots nearest the track, lots 1E – 4E and 1W – 9W.
    · West parking lots 10W & 11W (located off New Jackson Trace) will remain closed on Saturday only. If entering the facility from New Jackson Trace, lot 9W will be open for race fans.
    · Allison Grandstand customers will now have a new "express lane" that leads them to Speedway Blvd without having to wait on cross-traffic exiting the Gate V9 Infield Crossover.
    Sunday
    · North Park Free Camping lots will be held for two hours while traffic exits the Free Day Parking lots.
    · Reserved Family Camping lots will be held for two hours while traffic exits the Free Day Parking lots.
    · Allison Grandstand customers will again be able to use the new "express lane" that leads them to Speedway Blvd without having to wait on cross-traffic exiting the Gate V9 Infield Crossover.
    REMINDER: Talladega Superspeedway has enough FREE day parking within easy walking distance of the track for all race fans. Free tram services are also provided throughout the facility. For more information on tickets to Talladega Superspeedway, please visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS)(4-22-2010)
  • Talladega Race Dignitaries:< Talladega Superspeedway announced that Miss America 2010, Caressa Cameron, will perform the national anthem prior the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 25. Additionally, Nashville Recording Artist Brittini Black will perform the national anthem prior the Aaron’s 312 on April 24. Other Aaron’s Dream Weekend dignitaries:
    Invocation Jeff Sauls, a member of Alabama Raceway Ministries and the Talladega Superspeedway Emergency Services Chaplain, will lead the invocation prior to the ARCA Racing Series 250 on Friday, April 23. Dr. Bart Owen, a member of Alabama Raceway Ministries and the Talladega Superspeedway Security Services Chaplain, will lead the invocation prior to the Aaron’s 312. Reverend Mark Stokes, a member of Alabama Raceway Ministries and Pastor of Camellia Baptist Church in Prattville, will lead the invocation prior to the Aaron’s 499.
    Grand Marshal Thomas Green, Todd Schroeder and Andrew Coughlan of the Wounded Warrior Project will serve as Grand Marshal’s for the Aaron’s 312. Mal Moore, Director of Athletics for the University of Alabama, will serve as Grand Marshal for the Aaron’s 499.
    Honorary Starter
    Gerard Claseman, winner of the Aaron’s Weekend of Your Dreams sweepstakes, will serve as honorary starter for the Aaron’s 312.
    The winner of the Aaron’s PT Rodeo, a competition for select Aaron’s employees, will serve as honorary starter for the Aaron’s 499.
    For more information on tickets to Talladega Superspeedway, please visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS)(4-22-2010)
  • Dale Jr. to run #3 car at Daytona NNS race? If arrangements go as planned, Earnhardt will run the #3 Wrangler Chevrolet for JR Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on July 2. Sources have told FOXSports.com that Earnhardt will revive his father’s famous #3 in a collaborative effort initiated by JR Motorsports with Richard Childress Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc. A formal announcement is expected on April 29. According to team sources, a Hendrick Motorsports engine will power the car. Earnhardt Jr. currently has a personal services contract with Wrangler, continuing a family legacy between the brands. Wrangler first sponsored his father for the final race of his 1980 Cup championship season and the following year with Rod Osterlund for the first 16 races. (4-22-2010)
  • Wimmer driving 3 races for Baker Curb: Baker Curb Racing announced that Scott Wimmer will drive the team’s #27 Red Man Moist Snuff Ford in Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. Wimmer will also pilot the No. 27 for Baker Curb Racing in the upcoming stand alone events at Nashville Superspeedway and Kentucky Speedway.(Baker Curb PR)(4-22-2010)
  • Chrissy Wallace making debut with J-D Motorsports: Chrissy Wallace will drive the #0 entry out of the J-D Motorsports family stable at the Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. This will mark the second time Chrissy and her dad, Mike Wallace, will compete together in Nationwide Series cars. "This one is about families," said Chrissy. "Dad and I are so thrilled to team up with the Johnny Davis family. Kertus Davis, Johnny’s son, has really stepped-up and worked tirelessly on my car, and he will be with me this weekend to help everything go well for us." The 2010 Chevys will be painted in the familiar Davis colors, but with reversed red and white themes.(J-D Motorsports PR)(4-22-2010)
  • Bad Boy Buggies sponsoring Key Motorsports at Talladega: Jeff Green will be hunting big game this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, which carries the moniker of NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track. In his sights will be 48 other entries for the Saturday Aaron’s 312 competition. At Daytona in February Green finished 27th in his only previous start this year. The Owensboro, KY native earned the NASCAR Nationwide series Championship in 2000, placed 2nd in the preceding and following years, but has not competed full-time in the series since moving up to the Cup-level in 2002. Bad Boy Buggies returns as the primary sponsor this weekend for the #40 Chevy. An avid hunter, Green is an owner and user of Bad Boy Buggies products during his personal time.(Key Motorsports PR), see a graphic of the car on the #40 Nationwide team paint scheme page.(4-22-2010)
  • March of Dimes logo on the #6: This weekend is the March of Dimes national March for Babies weekend. The CitiFinancial #6 Ford will carry the March of Dimes logo on the deck lid to bring awareness to this important cause. Over the coming weeks, hundreds of CitiFinancial employees and CitiFinancial customers from across the country will be walking and raising money to ensure that all babies will one day be born healthy. CitiFinancial customers will be recognized for their March of Dimes support by a $50,000 donation from CitiFinancial to the March of Dimes.(CitiFinancial PR)(4-22-2010)
  • Texas TV Ratings: ESPN2’s live telecast of the rain-delayed NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Monday, April 19, earned a final national household coverage rating of 0.7, averaging 737,237 viewers. The race, originally scheduled to be run on Saturday, April 17, was rained out for two days before finally running on Monday. Rain-delay coverage on ESPN2 from 3:30 – 6 p.m. on Saturday earned a 0.6 rating. Last year’s Texas race was run and telecast as scheduled on ESPN2 and earned a 1.4 rating with an average of 1,862,866 viewers.(ESPN PR)(4-22-2010)
  • ThorSport drivers visit Ronald McDonald House: ThorSport Racing drivers Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter will make an appearance at the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City on Friday April 30. The NASCAR Foundation is partnering with Sprint and Turner Construction to build a playground in honor of Tom Murphy, the Sprint vice president who passed away in an accident one year ago. ThorSport Racing is assisting with the build by donating over two tons of FunSand colored play sand. Crafton and Sauter will tour the Ronald McDonald House and the playground site then meet with the children and their families. Fun Sand colored play sand can be used both indoors and outdoors, and thanks to the Dust Lock Formula additive provides a clean, dustless play environment. It can be molded into shapes without water and its brilliant blue or purple color will not run or stain. Its lifelike textural experience is ideal for childhood development and it is also perfect for non-traditional uses such as in reptile enclosures.(ThorSport Racing PR).(4-22-2010)
  • Karl Chevrolet to join KHI in Iowa: Kevin Harvick Inc. announced today that Karl Chevrolet, the third largest Chevrolet dealership in the United States, has joined forces with four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday to sponsor the #33 Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway on July 11th. Carl Moyer, Dealer Principle of Karl Chevrolet, is thrilled to have his dealership align with Hornaday and KHI. The Truck Series will return to Iowa Speedway on July 11th for the second time in the series’ 15-year history.(Kevin Harvick Inc.)(4-22-2010)
  • Make Motorsports adds Kansas to schedule: MAKE Motorsports continues its grassroots campaign as the newest team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series by entering the race at Kansas Speedway in the May 1st O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 race with young driver GR Smith & the #50 MAKE Motorsports Dodge Ram. NC-based railroad repair company Twin Oaks Services South also joins the MAKE Motorsports NCWTS family for the rest of 2010 as Associate Sponsor. MAKE Motorsports plans to run a select number of 2010 races in Camping World Truck Series in the #50 Dodge – to include Nashville, Charlotte, Talladega, Kentucky & Darlington; it is their hope to then run an entire 2011 season for their rookie year. Kansas was added to the schedule in late April. Driver GR Smith will pilot the #50 MAKE Motorsports Dodge Ram for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 race, as well as the other planned races with MAKE Motorsports entries. (Make Motorsports PR)(4-22-2010)
  • Dillon tests at Wilkesboro: One week before Austin Dillon’s 20th birthday, Richard Childress’ grandson tested his NASCAR Camping World Series truck at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Wednesday, however, was Austin Dillon’s day at the historical 0.625-mile track. The test session provided seat time for the young driver, as well as an opportunity for him to develop better communication with his first-year crew chief and team. Wednesday, however, was Austin Dillon’s day at the historical 0.625-mile track. The test session provided seat time for the young driver, as well as an opportunity for him to develop better communication with his first-year crew chief and team.(historicws.com)(4-22-2010)
  • Benson racing Kansas & Dover: UPDATE 2 returning to the #15 for Ballew: Johnny Benson.com Message Board says Benson will be racing at Kansas and Dover…more news to come.(JohnnyBenson.com)(4-17-2010)
    UPDATE: Johnny Benson is returning behind the wheel of the #15 Toyota Tundra for two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) events, Billy Ballew Motorsports (BBM) announced today. The Grand Rapids, Wis., native will compete in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on May 2 and the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 14. Benson has one prior start with BBM, which netted a fifth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway last March. Benson has three top-five finishes in five previous NCWTS starts at Kansas. At Dover International Speedway, Benson has accrued one top-five in five NCWTS starts. He has one win at Dover in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition, which came in September 1994.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(4-19-2010)
    UPDATE 2: Cartersville, Georgia based Red Top Auto Auction will continue to show their Collector Car Auction logo on the hood of Johnny Benson’s #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra for the next two races.(Examiner.com)(4-22-2010)


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