FastCar Newsdesk for 25th Sprint All-Star Race

Before the All-Star race festivities this weekend, veteran driver Bill Elliott set his sights on Talladega Superspeedway to break his own speed record at the track. Elliott came to the legendary Alabama track with Hajek Motorsports and a Ford Mustang FR500C powered with E85. That same car had clocked a 252 mph speed at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

On Wednesday, Elliott attempted to run a lap around the track that would best his 1987 NASCAR speed record of 212.809 mph set in his famous No. 9 Thunderbird. After waiting much of the day for rain to subside, Elliott took to the track to shake the car down. The practice laps were short-lived as the right-front tire of Elliott’s car blew, sending the machine into the wall. The group is unsure if they will attempt the record again, but has not ruled out the possibility.

In other return to The Fountain of Youth news…

81 year-old Herschel McGriff apparently has not closed the door on his racing career yet. The longtime, part-time Cup Series driver is going to attempt a couple of Camping World West Series races this season. McGriff ran his first Cup race at age 22 in 1950 and never ran more than a few races in a season until 1954, when he ran about two thirds of the Cup schedule and won four races. McGriff did not run another Cup race until 1971, but ran no more than handful of races each season until 1993, when he ran his last Cup race at age 65.

Yeley to sub for drug-suspended Mayfield in No. 41

J.J. Yeley’s NASCAR career is heading in the right direction again, due to the controversial drug suspension of driver-owner Jeremy Mayfield in the No. 41 Toyota. Yeley, 32, has not raced in the Cup Series since being fired as driver of the No. 96 Toyota at Hall of Fame Racing last summer. Yeley also ran one Truck Series race this season and finished 16th.

NASCAR announced Mayfield’s suspension last Saturday before the start of the Southern 500, after Mayfield’s A and B samples of drug tests randomly taken in Richmond tested positive for a NASCAR-banned substance. Mayfield claims the positive test is due simply to mixture of allergy medications, but an official with the drug lab used by NASCAR says that is unlikely. Mayfield’s wife Shana assumes the ownership role of the team during Mayfield’s indefinite suspension.

RCR switching Nationwide personnel, too

Richard Childress has never been shy to swap a crew, as evidenced in his total flip-flopping of the No. 29 and No. 07 Cup teams. This week, RCR officials announced that Dan Deeringhoff will move from the No. 29 Holiday Inn pit box to the No. 21 team that Childress’ son Austin Dillon drives for. Replacing Deeringhoff will be Doug Randolph, who headed the No. 15 Chevy for DEI that Paul Menard drove in the Cup Series last season.

Sorenson seeing better fortunes that Ragan of late

Reed Sorenson has not been spectacular in the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Dodge this season, but he has made racing lemonade out of lemons in the past few Cup races. Sorenson’s 19th place finish was his fourth-straight top 20 finish. He sits 23rd in points.

Ragan, meanwhile, is having a rough year after a breakthrough year last season. Ragan mixed it up on the track several times in Darlington Saturday night, before finally finding the wall hard in the No. 6. His 38th place finish moved him six spots down in the points to 32nd. Ragan has only one top 15 finish since the Daytona 500.

Elliott wins first Late Model race

Following in his father’s footsteps, 13 year-old Chase Elliott added another distinction to his young racing career Saturday night at Lanier Speedway in Braselton, Georgia. Having raced in only a handful of Late Model races, Elliott followed Bill Elliott Driver Development teammate Casey Roderick around for much of the race, before completing the perfect pass late in the event. Elliott’s win in the No. 9 Aaron’s Ford came in the first leg of the Georgia Asphalt Series’ Super Six races, where many drivers enter the race in hopes of winning big money.

Listen to The Allan Vigil Ford Lincoln Mercury 120 with Captain Herb Emory on News/Talk 750 WSB in Atlanta and online at this Saturday, from 2-4 p.m.