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September 2011 Nationwide Series Archive

 

  • Steven Singer Jewlers sponsoring JD Motorsports: JD Motorsports and the #01 Chevy team of Mike Wallace wants NASCAR fans all over the country to really hate Steven Singer for the rest of the 2011 season. Having just signed on as a primary partner for five of the remaining six races, and as an associate one for the other, Philadelphia area’s Steven Singer Jewelers will adorn the #01 Chevy with Wallace behind the wheel. Beginning with this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway, the award-winning jeweler will ride primary on the team’s hood and quarter panels with the slogan the jeweler made famous – I hate Steven Singer. They will also be the primary partner at Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Phoenix Raceway and Homestead Speedway. For the Texas Motor Speedway race, they will be an associate with G&K Services serving as the primary. (JD Motorsports)(9-30-2011)

  • Kevin Harvick Inc. notifies state of layoffs: Kevin Harvick Inc., which announced this month that it would merge its Nationwide Series operation into Richard Childress Racing and that the majority of its Camping World Truck Series operation had been sold to Eddie Sharp Racing, notified the state of North Carolina that it planned 103 layoffs under the state’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The move was not unexpected. Team co-owner Kevin Harvick said Sept. 9 that he was closing his team’s shop, which employed about 140 people to field two full-time Nationwide teams and three full-time truck teams. North Carolina law requires a 60-day notice to the state and employees if at least 50 employees will be laid off because of the closure or shutdown of a business unit or if a company has layoffs of at least 50 people that impact 33 percent of a workforce at a single site. KHI, which has won two truck series titles, filed its notice with the state Tuesday with the effective date of shutdown as Nov. 25.(Scene Daily)(9-29-2011)
  • Cup schedule complete; Nationwide and Truck still up in the air: UPDATE: If you’re still waiting for NASCAR’s 2012 national touring schedules, well, it looks like the Sprint Cup calender is ready for printing but there are holdups with the Truck and Nationwide calenders. Rockingham Speedway could get a Nationwide date. And the Montreal Nationwide date is still under negotiations. What other holdups are unclear.(MikeMulhern.net)(9-17-2011)
    UPDATE: NASCAR released the Sprint Cup series schedule on Wednesday, September 28. According to Steve O’Donnel at NASCAR, the sanctioning body is planning for a release of the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series schedules by the end of the first week of October.(9-28-2011)
  • RACERSITES on the #31: Justin Allgaier will have a different look on his #31 Chevy this weekend for the OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway. Turner Motorsports web design partner, RACERSITES, will be featured on his Impala with a special JustinAllgaier.com paint scheme to coincide with the launch of the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) competitor’s new website this week.(Turner Motorsports)(9-28-2011)
  • RaceDaySponsor.com signs deal with Means Motorsports: RaceDaySponsor.com announced that Warren Carpentry Services would be the primary sponsor for Means Motorsports and the #52 driven by Kevin Lepage this Saturday in the OneMain Financial 200. Mr. Viens was quoted as saying “I am pleased to introduce a great company like Warren Services to this team and NASCAR, as they have signed a multi-year deal primary sponsorship at the Dover race”. A South Jersey based company serves the tri-state area which includes Pennsylvania and Delaware. Warren Carpentry brings over 25 years of experience in all aspects of the building industry, specializing in custom cabinetry. Warren Woodworking and Carpentry Services customer, Emeritus Senior Living Centers will also be associate sponsor for this years Dover race. (RaceDaySponsor)(9-28-2011)
  • Heinz 57 to sponsor Truex at Dover: Heinz 57 Sauce will sponsor the Joe Gibbs Racing#20 Toyota Camry driven by Ryan Truex for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, October 1. This is Truex’s 4th start in Nationwide Series races for JGR this season. His 13th place finish at Chicago, combined with his 11th at Atlanta and 4th at Richmond, make three consecutive top-15 finishes for him in his first three races. Dover holds special meaning to the Truex family as it is close to their hometown of Mayetta, NJ. It is also the track at which the younger Truex clinched back-to-back K&N Pro Series East Championships in 2010. He is also scheduled to drive at Kansas and Phoenix later this year.(Truex PR)(9-27-2011)
  • Riggs returns to the #23: Scott Riggs will be returning to some very familiar territory this weekend, in two ways. First, he’ll be driving the #23 North Texas Pipe car for R3 Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday afternoon. Second, he’ll be doing so at Dover International Speedway, a track where he has shown great poise in the past. Earlier this year, Riggs drove the #23 of R3 Motorsports to a 13th-place finish at Darlington Raceway. In five previous starts at the one-mile concrete oval of Dover, the Durham, N.C. native has tamed the Monster Mile by finishing on the lead lap each time, with impressive results.(R3 Motorsports)(9-27-2011)
  • Roderick in the #70 at Dover: Randy Hill Racing announced that they have reached an agreement with longtime Nationwide Series team Jay Robinson Racing to field the#70 Abilene Christian University (ACU) Dodge Challenger R/T for rookie Casey Roderick in Saturday afternoon’s OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway. Texas-based Randy Hill Racing is currently in the early stages of building a credible NNS operation which attempted to make its debut earlier this month at Richmond International Raceway. After mounting respectable and competitive times in practice, the team missed the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 after Roderick tagged the wall in his #08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang on his first lap of qualifications. While the RHR team with the assistance of Mooresville, North Carolina-based Spraker Racing Enterprises is working on future races, Hill made a decision to put the Lawrenceville, Georgia native into the hands of JRR to allow his driver to gain additional seat time in the series, even if it means Roderick will make his “Monster Mile” debut on Saturday afternoon.(Jay Robinson Racing)(9-26-2011)

  • Monsam named crew chief for Koch: John Monsam has been named as the new crew chief for Blake Koch and the Daystar.com #81 for the remainder of the season. The team is right on the edge of having some great runs and everyone is hoping that Monsam can be the guy to help achieve them. Monsam actually crew chiefed his first race with Blake 2 weeks ago at Richmond in the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan 250. An early accident after contact with Aric Almirola ended their chances of a strong finish but the team worked hard to get the back on track for the finish. Last week in Chicago, Blake and the Daystar.com Dodge were fast before some late race mis-haps on pit road cost them a top-20. Born in Connecticut, John Monsam graduated from Westfield State University and moved to North Carolina in 1985. His first year as a crew chief was 1994 in which he won 2 races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Ricky Craven behind the wheel. Since then, John has crew chiefed for DEI, Roush Racing, Wood Brothers, Kevin Harvick Inc. and many more. Over his 17 year career as a crew chief, John has 7 wins in the NASCAR Truck Series and 2 wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Most recently John has worked with Kenny Schrader Racing and driver Tom Hessert III in the ARCA Racing Series, finishing 3rd in the standings last season with 1 win.(MacDonald Motorsports)(9-222-2011)
  • Chicago TV Ratings: ESPN2’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 17, earned a 1.1 household coverage rating, averaging 1,453,000 viewers. The race was in a new place on the schedule this year. In past years, Chicagoland Speedway’s combined NASCAR Sprint Cup-NASCAR Nationwide Series weekend had been held in July.(ESPN)(9-20-2011)

  • Leffler could be looking for a new ride next year: UPDATE: Jason Leffler is looking for a ride for the 2012 season as he has no sponsorship to remain at Turner Motorsports. Leffler said recently that he would like to stay with the team but sponsor Great Clips will not be returning to the Nationwide Series team. “I think Great Clips is going to do something different [than me] next year,” Leffler said. “They’re going to stay with Turner, and I know I’m going to work hard to stay at Turner and find another sponsor. “I enjoy it here, but at the same time I’m looking for a ride. I’ve had a great relationship with them – I can’t complain, they’ve supported me for six years. In racing, that’s an eternity.”(Scene Daily)(9-19-2011)
    UPDATE: Am told that Great Clips is returning to the #38 Turner Motorsports team next year.(9-20-2011)
  • Viva/Stott plan limited Nationwide schedule in 2012: Viva Motorsports owner Jimmy Dick and Corrie Stott Racing announce plans for the 2012 racing season. Jamie Dick with Viva Auto Group’s support are planning ten to twelve races in the Nationwide series. After running this season in 5 Truck races and 3 Nationwide races, the Viva/CSR team is in the building stages of 5 cars to field top shelf equipment for the 2012 campaign. Collins Engine Works with Hendrick Motorsports support will again build the horse power for the Chevy Impala.The team would also have an opportunity for a funded driver to participate in other Nationwide races or a sponsor to receive a great deal to be part of the Viva/CSR team.(Corrie Stott Racing PR)(9-19-2011)
  • Iowa Speedway releases 2012 schedule: Iowa Speedway officials on Saturday night unveiled a 2012 schedule that features an extra race weekend and a second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. The Camping World Truck Series, which attracted an announced crowd of 24,408 in July for the Coca-Cola 200 at Iowa Speedway, will stage a race on July 14, 2012 and circle back around to Newton for another race on Sept. 15. Race fans could also have two opportunities to watch Danica Patrick next year in her first full-time season on the NASCAR Nationwide circuit. Patrick announced last month that she planned to leave IndyCar in 2012 to race a full Nationwide schedule and part-time on the Sprint Cup series. For the second consecutive year, Iowa Speedway will stage two Nationwide races. The Nationwide series and NASCAR K&N East/West Challenge will race in Newton on May 19-20 and again on Aug. 3-4.(Des Moines Register)(9-17-2011)
  • Cup schedule complete; Nationwide and Truck still up in the air: If you’re still waiting for NASCAR’s 2012 national touring schedules, well, it looks like the Sprint Cup calender is ready for printing but there are holdups with the Truck and Nationwide calenders. Rockingham Speedway could get a Nationwide date. And the Montreal Nationwide date is still under negotiations. What other holdups are unclear.(MikeMulhern.net)(9-17-2011)

  • Pastrana expects to make debut at Phoenix in March: Still walking on crutches and still at least three months from getting back in a race car, Travis Pastrana says he hopes to make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut next March at Phoenix. The action sports star was scheduled to make his series debut in July in Indianapolis, but shattered his right ankle while trying to perform a maneuver in X Games competition two days before his scheduled Nationwide effort as part of major marketing “Pastranathon” effort by ESPN. Doctors put eight screws, a plate, five pins and wire in his right ankle during surgery following his injury. Asked about his progress Friday at Chicagoland Speedway, Pastrana said he still needs additional surgery and hopes to be able to get in a car near the end of December. If he heals by the end of December, Pastrana will have time to test a Nationwide car, but Pastrana will not have enough NASCAR experience to compete at Daytona. He has no restrictor-plate experience but has run some K&N Pro Series races, including one at Phoenix. So the co-owner of Pastrana Waltrip Racing expects to make his debut in the second race of the season on the 1-mile oval.(Scene Daily)(9-16-2011)
  • Poynt to sponsor Hill: Poynt Corporation, a global leader in mobile local search and advertising, and Rick Ware Racing announced the Company’s flagship application, Poynt will be the official sponsor of RWR in theNationwide Series. Rookie points leader Timmy Hill will champion the Ford #15 entry for Poynt Corp. and RWR. Poynt Corp. will continue its sponsorship with RWR until the end of 2011 in the NASCAR Nationwide series. Poynt is a convenient and timesaving GPS-enabled mobile application that connects consumers to local businesses, events, restaurants, movie theatres, gas prices and weather information at the moment they are looking to buy or acquire products or services.(Rick Ware Racing)(9-16-2011)
  • U.S. Xpress to sponsor Bliss: TriStar Motorsports announced a one-race partnership with U.S. Xpress, the nation’s third largest privately-owned truckload carrier. Operating more than 8,000 tractors and 22,000 trailers, U.S. Xpress will serve as the primary sponsor of the #19 Chevy in the Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 17, 2011 with NASCAR veteran Mike Bliss behind the wheel. This partnership will mark the company’s first NASCAR primary sponsorship endeavor. (TMI)(9-16-2011)

  • Scott to remain at JGR: Asked on Twitter about his status for next year, Brian Scott responded that he will return to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2012.(9-14-2011)
  • Richmond TV Ratings: ESPN2’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond on Friday night earned a 1.2 rating, the same as last year’s race, and averaged 1,661,000 viewers.(ESPN)(9-13-2011)
  • Wimmer driving for MacDonald Motorsports at Chicago: Scott Wimmer will make his inaugural start with the MacDonald Motorsports racing team in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., and will be seeking his first career top-10 finish at the 1.5-mile track. Wimmer has competed in 19 of 27 races this season, most recently participated in the Food City 250 on Aug. 26 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Johnson City, Tenn. This weekend, he will drive the #81 K-LOVE Dodge in what will be his 225th series start.(MacDonald Motorsports)(-2011)

  • Dillon will drive #3 in 2012: The return of Nationwide Series teams to Richard Childress Racing also signifies the return of the venerable #3 Chevy to competition full time in 2012. The merger between Kevin Harvick Inc. and RCR will enable KHI’s existing teams  the #2 car with Elliott Sadler and the #33 with a cast of current Sprint Car drivers  to compete in the NNS along with Childress’ grandson Austin Dillon. Dillon, 21, drives the #3 Silverado in the Camping World Truck Series. He is fourth in the point standings. Dillon competed in four Nationwide non-companion events for KHI this season. He scored one top-five, three top-10s and completed every lap. His average finish is 8.5. Dillon’s brother Ty will take over the driving duties in the #3 truck next season. The 19-year-old leads the ARCA Series points and has won seven of the first 16 events.(Fox Sports)(9-12-2011)
  • Logano in the #18 at Chicago: While most people are used to seeing Joey Logano behind the wheel of the #20 Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, this weekend things will look a little different. Logano will pilot the #18 Sport Clips Toyota, normally run by Kyle Busch, this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in an effort to help the #18 team win its third-straight Nationwide Series Owner’s Championship and fourth-straight for Joe Gibbs Racing as an organization.(JGR)(9-12-2011)
  • Chrissy Wallace wins ASA Track Championship: Chrissy Wallace did something no other female Late Model driver has ever done in ASA competition over the weekend. She clinched the ASA Late Model championship at her home track of Lebanon I-44 Speedway on Saturday night. In turn, that also put her back in the lead for the West Region track championship, which consists of hundreds of drivers from multiple tracks. Now, the 23-year old daughter of NASCAR driver Mike Wallace has another fete left to accomplish this year – the ASA Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil National Championship. But, she’s going to have to wait until October to find out the results for the West Region and National championship as other ASA Member track have seasons that are still in progress.(Packman Public Relations)(9-12-2011)
  • Acredale on the #49: Acredale Vending (a long time associate sponsor for Jay Robinson Racing) has stepped up it’s sponsorship for the next few races. Business owner Scott Abshire is proud of the relationship with JRR and Drivers Derrike Cope, Dennis setzer and Mark Green.(Acredale PR)(9-12-2011)
  • Menard returns to the #33: The Nationwide Series returns to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend with Paul Menard returning to the driver’s seat of the #33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Impala. Menard will make his fifth start this season with the Kevin Harvick Inc. team. In four previous starts, the Eau Claire, Wis., native finished inside the top six with a best finish of second at Richmond International Raceway in April. Menard also qualified the KHI Chevrolet inside the top 10 for each race, including starting on the pole at Michigan International Speedway in June.(KHI)(9-12-2011)
  • Keselowski to remain in the #47: While Brian Keselowski has been seldom seen on the Cup circuit over the course of the summer, the other Cinderella story of this year’s Daytona 500 has returned to the seat, running a start-and-park entry for Key Motorsports in the Nationwide Series [#47]. A number of folks from the K-Automotive operation are taking part in running the car, including the gasman from the #92 Cup team and father Bob, who is atop the box as crew chief. The ride has given some stability to Brian, who “has the ride as long as he wants it.”(Frontstretch)(9-9-2011)
  • Russell Assumes Control of Team Rensi: Ronnie Russell, President of Team Rensi Motorsports has become the majority owner of the team effective September 1, 2011. TRM’s previous majority shareholder and founder, Ed Rensi has been devoting his time to his new and rapidly growing business, Tom & Eddies, a Chicago area based restaurant company. “Ronnie has done an outstanding job with our company for the last 10 years and it’s time for me to move on to my new ventures and let Ronnie take the company to the next level” states Rensi. “Ronnie will continue to have my complete support when he needs it; however I am confident he can do everything he needs to do without me.” Russell who has worked with Ed since the company’s birth is thankful for the opportunity and business acumen passed down by Rensi. He is excited to be at the helm of his own team. Gary Weisbaum, minority shareholder in the team will continue to assist Russell and the team in helping sponsors develop unique activation programs to insure a significant return on their motorsports investment. (Diamond 3 / Team Rensi PR)(9-9-2011)
  • Atlanta TV Ratings: ESPN2’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta on Saturday night, Sept. 3, earned a 1.4 national household coverage rating, averaging 1,857,000 viewers. The rating was the same for the 2010 race.(ESPN)(9-9-2011)

  • RCR & KHI merge Nationwide programs: UPDATE: Richard Childress Racing and Kevin Harvick Incorporated have reached agreement on a collaborative effort that will have KHI’s current NASCAR Nationwide Series program merge with RCR beginning in 2012. The decision is the coming together of the best of the two organizations. KHI will continue to be involved on the business and competition sides with RCR and KHI co-owner Kevin Harvick will still be very active in the Nationwide Series program. The #2 and #33 teams will continue with drivers Elliott Sadler (#2 Chevy) and a combination of RCR’s Sprint Cup Series drivers in the #33 Chevy. The merger will benefit KHI’s current sponsors with increased resources and business-to-business opportunities.(RCR)(9-7-2011)
    UPDATE: Kevin Harvick talked to the media Friday morning at Richmond:
    COULD YOU CLARIFY WHAT IS KHI AFTER THIS SEASON? YOU’VE GOT CHASSIS-BUILDING STUFF. WHAT’S GOING TO BE IN THAT SHOP?
    “As we’ve gone through the months, that’s a lot of the things that you haven’t seen. The customer stuff has basically been shut off for several months as the process has kind of been starting to be put in place. The manufacturing side has been shut down for a month now; so there have been a lot of things that have started to progress and take part as we’ve led up into these moments of today. Kevin Harvick Inc. will basically become…… the #2 and the #33 cars, we’ll still have an interest in the decisions and the things that happen at RCR. It’s just going to operate under that particular roof. And really, that’s not a lot different than the way Richard (Childress) and I have done things the last couple of years anyway. We talk constantly and it brings a lot of people together to put in situations that should be better for Cup, Truck, and Nationwide. But Kevin Harvick Inc. will actually just become Kevin Harvick Inc. for myself like it used to be back in the day. We’ll handle all my personal stuff, and other businesses and things that function out of there, fan club, fan material, website stuff, that we’ll operate in the office side. But the racing portion of Kevin Harvick, Inc., the only part that will still exist, we’ll operate out of RCR. But there won’t be anything racing-wise operating out of our shop.”(Chevy PR)(9-9-2011)
  • MAXelence sponsoring Cope remainder of season: MAXelence will continue their partnership with Jay Robinson Racing and the #28 Car for the remaining 8 races in the NASCAR Nationwide 2011 Race Season. Derrike Cope will be behind the wheel for The Virginia 529 College Savings 250.(Jay Robinson Racing)(9-9-2011)

  • Hyder suing KHI: Former Kevin Harvick Inc. crew chief David Hyder is suing the team for breach of his contract, which included $300,000 in annual salary and consulting fees through 2012, according to the lawsuit. Hyder, fired last week by the organization, filed the lawsuit Sept. 1 in North Carolina Superior Court in Asheboro, N.C. According to the lawsuit, Hyder’s annual base salary was $150,000 and his DHR Inc. was being paid $12,500 a month in consulting fees as part of an agreement that included the 2011 and 2012 seasons. It did not specify the consulting work Hyder was involved with, but Hyder is known for his knowledge in chassis development. Hyder alleges that KHI did not have cause to fire him, according to the terms of his contract. The lawsuit did not describe the reason for the firing, and Hyder’s attorney, Richard Farley, declined to elaborate.(SceneDaily)(9-8-2011)
  • T & T Performance named sponsor for the #52: Means Motorsports announced that Frederick Maryland based business T & T Performance will be primary sponsor of their Chevy entry for Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250. In addition to being a full service Hi-Tech garage for upgrades and repairs, it offers online shopping of discount performance auto parts & accessories. Metro Ministries effort of OperationHolidayHope.org, a program that has helped inner city children for 28 years at Christmas time, will remain on as associate sponsor for the race.(Means Motorsports PR)(9-8-2011)
  • AdvoCare partners with JR Motorsports: JR Motorsports welcomes AdvoCare as primary sponsor of the organization’s flagship #88 Chevy with driver Aric Almirola. AdvoCare, a premier health and wellness company offering world-class energy, weight-loss, nutrition, and sports performance products, will also see action with the #88 team at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 14. They will continue to serve as an associate sponsor with for the entirety of the 2011 season.(JR Motorsports)(9-7-2011)
  • Randy Hill Racing to compete at Richmond, other races: After pairing with Go Green Racing for its inaugural Nationwide Series debut at Watkins Glen last month, Randy Hill Racing and rookie Casey Roderick are set to venture out on their own in Friday’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. With RIR set to be the first of several races for Roderick under the #08 Randy Hill Racing banner for the remainder of the 2011 season, the team looks to set a positive presence not only in the garage but on the racetrack as well.(Randy Hill Racing)(9-7-2011)
  • Giles leaves #23 team: Am told that Walter Giles resigned as crew chief on the #23-R3 Motorsports team, effective immediately, and is pursuing other opportunities.(9-6-2011)

  • JR Motorsports set for 2012: With Danica Patrick and GoDaddy.com on board with JR Motorsports’ #7 Chevy full-time next season, proud team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. is happy for the Indy Car immigrant. He also is happy that, for the first time in a long time, the driver and sponsorship lineup for his two-car team will not be full of questions. “We’re looking good on sponsorship for Aric [Almirola, driver of the #88 NNS Chevy] and Danica. So next year, we should look more consistent,” Earnhardt Jr. said at a National Guard appearance Friday. While Almirola has been the sole proprietor of the #88 JR Motorsports driver’s seat, the #7 has had a carousel of driver in between Patrick’s Nationwide Series races. Josh Wise has run 13 races and Ron Fellows, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, and even Earnhardt Jr. himself have also run in the car.(WSB Radio)(9-3-2011)
  • Jeremy Clements to promote Haiti Cheri at Atlanta: Jeremy Clements has generously given Haiti Cheri a prominent decal on his #51 car for this week’s Great Clips 300 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Clements will be bringing awareness to Haiti Cheri Life Ministries, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which has been working in Haiti since the year 2001. The organization emphasizes programs in the areas of medical, development, education, and ministry. Even though the needs in Haiti are profound, the organization believes its programs have achieved significant impact to restore dignity and self-sufficiency to the people of Haiti.(Haiti Cheri PR)(9-2-2011)

  • Fitzgerald leaves Go Canada Racing: J.R. Fitzpatrick has severed his connection with Toronto financier Steve Meehan’s GO Canada Racing Team. Fitzpatrick notified the motorsport media Thursday evening that he will no longer drive for the #67 Nationwide car and will concentrate in the meantime on the Canadian Tire Series. But he vows to be back in a Nationwide Series car before the season is over. “I want to thank all the guys at the shop in Nashville for all their hard work,” said Fitzpatrick, who finished fifth in the Nationwide race at Montreal two weeks ago, which was his third Top Ten finish in the Nationwide Series this season. “I think I played a large role in helping GO Canada develop their program. Thanks to Steve Mehan for bringing me in at the beginning to do that.” Fitzpatrick added that he wants all his fans to be assured “that I will be making some really cool announcements about the continued development of my NASCAR career.”(Toronto Sun)(9-2-2011)
  • Parrott working with MAKE: Brad Parrott will be the crew chief for #50-MAKE Motorsports and driver T.J. Bell this weekend at Atlanta.(Breaking Limits(9-2-2011)
  • American Red Cross on the #52: The American Red Cross will be the honorary primary sponsor of the #52 in Atlanta at the September 3rd NASCAR Nationwide race. After Hurricane Irene swept across the east coast, leaving countless people without power and homes, the Red Cross immediately launched its effort to help those affected by Irene and her aftermath. The #52 of Jimmy Means Racing and driver Kevin Lepage have teamed up with the Red Cross to help out in this time of need. You can donate by visiting www.redcross.org or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to the Red Cross disaster operations (MSG & Data Rates May Apply). Co-sponsor in Atlanta will be provided by www.AUTOECU.com and we would like to give a special thanks to www.racedaysponsor.com for bringing these groups together for this cause. (Means Motorsports)(9-1-2011)
  • Crew member reinstated: NASCAR has reinstated crew member Troy Hartman upon his successful completion of NASCAR’s Road to Recovery Program following his July 5, 2011 suspension for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.(9-1-2011) Hartman was working for Rusty Wallace Racing at the time of his suspension.(9-1-2011)