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Report: Eury, Jr to be replaced as crew chief in Earnhardt, Jr’s No 88
From sportsillustrated.cnn.com: ‘This week, I had a reliable source tell me Tony Eury Jr. won’t be the crew chief of the No. 88 as of Dover this weekend. Whether that actually happens or not remains to be seen, but the two weeks in Charlotte made it obvious both driver and team need a change.’
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Hendrick considering changes on # 88 crew
NASCAR tells NAACP tha there is nothing that they can do to help
Janet Evanovich Plans Graphic Novel
By George Gene Gustines
Janet Evanovich, the best-selling author behind the series of books about the bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, is entering the world of comic books.
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Hendrick Addresses Rumors Regarding the No. 88
On Tuesday, in between meetings at the NASCAR R&D Center, Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick took some time to respond to rumors that have been running wild about the potential fate of Tony Eury, Jr., crew chief for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Our own Tom Bowles reported on Sports Illustrated Monday morning that Eury would be replaced in time for this weekend’s 400-mile race at Dover.
Recently, Hendrick has scoffed at the idea of splitting up Earnhardt and Eury, who are cousins. However, the recent performance of the No. 88, especially in relation to the other three Hendrick cars, which have all won this season and are in the top 12 in points, may have changed Hendrick’s tune.
The Coca-Cola 600 was essentially rock-bottom for the No. 88 team. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. dealt with a National Guard Chevrolet that was completely unraceable at times on his way to a 40th place finish, two laps down. From the drop of the green, the No. 88 team completely missed the setup.
“Could it change?” Hendrick posed to reporters outside the R&D Center in regards to the Earnhardt Jr.-Eury Jr. partnership. “We’re talking about things. We’re going to make decisions as the days go by, but we haven’t made any decisions as it stands now.”
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. currently sits in 19th in points, 203 points behind teammate Mark Martin, who currently holds the 12th and final Chase spot. Earnhardt, Jr. is 497 behind teammate and points leader Jeff Gordon.
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Childers Named Best Crew Chief
Rodney Childers, crew chief for the No. 00 Aaron’s Toyota driven by David Reutimann, has been named the WYPALL Wipers Crew Chief of the Race following Monday’s rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. With rain clouds threatening throughout the already one-day delayed race, Childers made the strategic and race-winning call to keep his driver, who was running outside the top-10 at the time, out of the pits on lap 223 during the event’s final caution for rain. “Obviously their crew chief made an awesome call,” said Reutimann’s team owner Michael Waltrip. Reutimann also added, “It certainly wasn’t the prettiest win but (Rodney) Childers told me stay out and he made a great call.”
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NEXT RACE: Dover Race Info/Rundown Page
Dover Entry List
# Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Dover:
No teams jumped into the top 35, #34-Raines loses points, Gordon increases his lead over 36th
34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1017, +181
35) #34-Rainesi/Earnhart Ganassi: 882, 46 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 836, 46 points out of 35th
37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 756, -126
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(5-25-2009)
Robby penalized for rear axle: NASCAR has issued penalties to the #7 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as a result of rules violations committed at Lowe’s Motor Speedway earlier this week. The #7 car, driven and owned by Robby Gordon, was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4I (any determination by NASCAR Officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-10.6H (rear axle housing exceeded the maximum specified toe of plus or minus one degree) of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book. The violation was found during post-race inspection on May 25. As a result, Gordon has been penalized with the loss of 50 championship owner and 50 championship driver points. Crew chief Kirk Almquist has been fined $50,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.(NASCAR PR)(5-27-2009)
Coca-Cola 600 TV Ratings: The Coca-Cola 600 was victimized by a rainout on Sunday and multiple rain-delays on Monday that ultimately forced the race to be called after just 227 of the scheduled 400 laps. There were three segments with green flag racing on Monday and the three averaged a 3.3/8 in the metered markets. Comparisons to earlier years are of course invalidated by the rain delays, but for the record last year’s Coke 600 drew a 4.4/9 when run as scheduled on Sunday night (-25%). This year’s Coca-Cola 600 will not be included in FOX’s season average, which therefore remains a 4.6/10, down -13% compared to last year’s 5.3/11. FOX’s rating held up remarkably well during the four Coca-Cola 600 rain delays on Sunday and Monday. The four rain-impacted segments averaged a 2.9/7 over more than five hours of non-race programming. Overall, the non-race segments rated just -12% lower than the race segments (2.9/7 vs. 3.3/8). For season TV Ratings, see my 2009 TV Ratings page.(5-27-2009)
Racing Resources Says …Sprint Cup Series Stats
* David Reutimann won the rain-shortened Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway after a strategic move that resulted in his first series victory. Reutimann was 14th when the rain came, but elected not to pit and took over the lead before the final red flag for rain was displayed. Reutimann posted his first career victory in his 75th series start. He started 21st. Reutimann completed 227 of the 400 laps. The last time the 600 was shortened by rain was in 2003 when Jimmie Johnson won with 276 of 400 laps completed. Reutimann became the eighth different winner in 12 races this season, joining Kyle Busch (3), Mark Martin (2) and Matt Kenseth (2), and Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch with one each. Reutimann led once, for the final five laps, all under caution.
* Reutimann scored his first victory in five races at Lowe’s. His previous best Lowe’s finish was 10th in this race one year ago. He is the sixth first-time winner of the 600, joining Gordon, David Pearson, Bobby Labonte, Kenseth and Casey Mears.
* This is the first victory for Michael Waltrip Racing. It is the third team to score its first victory in the Coca-Cola 600, joining Paul McDuffie Racing (Joe Lee Johnson, 1960) and Rahmoc (Neil Bonnett, 1983).
* Reutimann climbed from 15th to 13th in points, just six points behind 12th-place Mark Martin. Reutimann has ranked among the top 15 all season.
* This is the first series victory for Toyota at Lowe’s. This is the first time that the #00 has won a NASCAR race. The previous best finish by the #00 was third by Junior Johnson at Martinsville in April 1964.
* The last postponed series race came at Richmond on Sept. 7, 2008, when the Saturday night race was moved to Sunday.
* This was the second rain-shortened race in 2009. They ran 152 of 200 laps at Daytona.
* This was the eighth Coca-Cola 600 run on May 25 — three have been rain-shortened, 1968 (won by Buddy Baker), 1997 (Jeff Gordon) and 2003 (Jimmie Johnson).
* This was just the 23rd time in 101 races at Lowe’s the race was won from a starting position outside the top 10.
* Kyle Busch led the most laps (173). He has led over 2,000 laps in NASCAR competition this season.
* Ryan Newman (finished second) scored his sixth top-10 finish in 2009, all in the last eight races. Newman has scored top-5 finishes in the last four races. He climbed from eighth to seventh in the points standings, his highest points ranking of the season. Newman was 15th before the caution and one of three drivers who elected to stay out, thus advancing his position.
* Robby Gordon (third) scored his best finish of the season. It was his best finish since he finished second at Watkins Glen in August 2005. Gordon was 24th before the caution and one of three drivers who elected to stay out, thus advancing his position.
* Carl Edwards (fourth) posted his seventh top-10 finish in nine races at Lowe’s. Edwards scored just his second top-5 finish of the season. He had five top-5 finishes after 12 races one year ago. He climbed from 12th to 11th in points.
* Brian Vickers (fifth) tied his best finish of the season set at Atlanta. He climbed from 17th to 16th in points.
* Joey Logano (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie of the three rookies in the race. Logano celebrated his 19th birthday Sunday. This is the fourth time this season that a rookie has scored a top-10 finish. Logano matched his career-best finish of ninth for the third time this season, all in the last four races.
* Jimmie Johnson (13th) has led in 10 of the 12 races this season including the Coca-Cola 600, more than any other driver. Johnson remained fourth in points.
* Jeff Burton (25th) ended a nine-race streak of top-15 finishes since Las Vegas.
* Clint Bowyer (36th) has finished 18th or worse in his last six races. He has dropped from second to 17th in the points during that six-race period.
* Forty-two of the 43 cars were running at the finish, the most in any race at Lowe’s.(ESPN)(5-27-2009)
New Colors for Bowyer at Dover: Clint Bowyer’s #33 Chevy will sport new colors this weekend at Dover International Speedway when the white, blue and maroon paint scheme of The Hartford adorns the #33 for the first of three races in which the Hartford, Conn. corporation will be featured as the primary sponsor. The Hartford is inviting fans to take part in Clint Bowyer’s birthday celebration. Fans can log on to www.TheHartfordRacing.com until Saturday, June 30 at 11:59pm/et and grant Bowyer birthday well wishes. The personalized card will then be given to Bowyer at a special presentation Sunday morning prior to the race.(RCR), see an image of the scheme on my #33 Team Schemes page.(5-27-2009)
NASCAR opens floor to drivers, owners: NASCAR officials spent more than four hours in two meetings Tuesday discussing with drivers, owners and team management everything from the sport’s drug testing policy, to how to improve the new car, to the economy. It was a big change from the days when the governing body made decisions and solved problems by talking to one or two drivers in the back of a hauler at the track. All of those involved described the meetings as positive and expected more to follow in the future. “Hopefully, this is the beginning of a new form of communication,” NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said. Chairman Brian France said open lines of communication are needed because “things are more complex.”
“One-one-one meetings and trying to cover all the issues of the day either at a shop or at the track, that becomes hard to do,” he said. “There are too many complicated issues. It was consistent with where we need to be. And we have a lot of smart people in the industry. We had Roger Penske here. We had a good communication line in the first place. We just want to build on that.” Hunter said a lot of good ideas were broached, some that would have to be considered short term. He did not elaborate, but among those under consideration are double-file restarts with all of the leaders up front.
One of the biggest complaints coming in was the new car that many drivers and crew chiefs believe has hurt competition. Series director John Darby consistently has said no changes are planned — that changes would create more problems. France said the governing body is more open to changes after Tuesday’s conversations. “We think the car is putting on a good show,” France said, “but clearly if there’s some adjustments without changing the financial [structure], we want to be open to that. We heard some ideas that we’re going to consider. They heard some reasoning why our thinking was staying put on the new car. It was a good exchange.”
The drug policy that has been scrutinized since Jeremy Mayfield was suspended on May 9 was clarified. Drivers “scared” that a prescription drug could cost them their career left assured that was not the case. “I’m very comfortable now,” Mark Martin said. “I’m also very comfortable with the way they’re handling the list.” NASCAR does not provide its drivers with a full list of substances they are tested for, arguing that leaving it open ended gives them more room to catch offenders. “I feel much better now than I did before the meeting,” Martin said. France said he was quite certain everybody has a clearer understanding of the policy. “We covered that very carefully,” he said. “There were some questions still remaining. Hopefully, we cleared that up.”(see full article at ESPN.com)(5-26-2009)
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Woody: Here’s Hoping The Big Meeting Was A Big Success
By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
I’ve seen it happen in every organization of which I’ve been a part: the U.S. Army, a major metropolitan newspaper, a football team. Now I suspect it’s happened in NASCAR: When all else fails, when the general/boss/coach is at wit’s end and has absolutely no idea what to do next, he [...]
NASCAR Spanks Robby Gordon – www.racintoday.com/archives/4893
NASCAR Newscast: Dover Preview – www.racintoday.com/archives/4873
Participants Say NASCAR Meeting Was Needed, Good – www.racintoday.com/archives/4842
Courtesy of Race Fans Stockcar Newsletter
Reutimann’s bet on rain pays off
CONCORD, N.C. — David Reutimann stared at the gray sky and silently prayed for one more heavy rain. A gamble had put the journeyman driver in position for his first Sprint Cup Series victory, and so long as the clouds lingered over Lowe’s Motor Speedway, it would come in the crown jewel Coca-Cola 600. Reutimann didn’t like his chances. sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=4204944
Nice guy Reutimann finally finishes first By Ed Hinton ESPN.com
CONCORD, N.C. — David Reutimann and his car owner, Michael Waltrip, might have been the only two people who weren’t miserable leaving Lowe’s Motor Speedway Monday evening. Reutimann’s first Cup win was the most serendipitous at this level since Dave Marcis stayed out under caution in the rain at Richmond, Va., in 1982. sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=hinton_ed&id=4205066
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R Gordon docked 50 points for failed inspection
NASCAR has penalized Robby Gordon 50 points for failing a postrace inspection at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Courtesy of www.Valvoline.com
Jeff Gordon underwent a procedure called a facet block injection in an attempt to alleviate his recurring back pain
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
NASCAR suspended driver Carl Long for 12 Cup races and fined crew chief Charles Swing $200,000, the largest penalty in the sport’s history, for using an engine that was too big at Charlotte. Thursday night, Ryan Newman won the pole for the 600 with a 188.475 mph lap. After a Sunday rain-out, Newman led the first three laps Monday before Kyle Busch went by. There was a yellow for a passing rain shower on lap seven. Kevin Harvick had a right-front tire go flat and pitted to fix fender damage. Rain caused a red flag after 73 laps. When racing resumed, NASCAR brought the cars to a stop at 3 p.m. for a Memorial Day moment of silence. During a lap-177 rain stoppage, Tony Stewart had a discussion with David Reutimann about aggressive driving. When leader Kyle Busch pitted on lap 222, Reutimann’s Toyota stayed out, and rain forced another red flag five laps later. After a long delay, the race was called official, after only 340 of the scheduled 600 miles. Newman finished second, followed by Robby Gordon, Carl Edwards and Brian Vickers. Busch was sixth. Reutimann averaged 120.899 mph with six yellows for 40 laps. Jeff Gordon (14th) is 44 points ahead of Stewart (19th).
Yes, He REALLY Said That
Tony Stewart, on his relationship with Cup team owner Gene Haas before they became partners. “If I would have tripped over Gene, I wouldn’t have known it. I had never met Gene before, had never spoke to him before, and probably saw him at a racetrack and just didn’t realize that it was him.”
I.N. Sider discusses Richard Petty’s first official Indy 500 involvement in the new Behind [Closed] Garage Doors column, now posted at Valvoline.com.
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Sign Your Name … The Hartford is inviting fans to take part in Clint Bowyer’s birthday celebration. Fans can log on to www.TheHartfordRacing.com until Saturday, June 30 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and grant Bowyer birthday well wishes. The personalized card will then be given to Bowyer at a special presentation Sunday morning prior to the race.
Celebrity Billiards … On Friday, May 29, Casey Mears, along with Clint Bowyer, and fellow Sprint Cup drivers Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman and Brad Keselowski will participate in a celebrity 9-ball tournament in the Rollins Center at the Dover Downs Casino. ESPN pit road reporters Jamie Little and Shannon Spake will also be part of the evening’s card. SPEED Channel’s Hermie Sadler and Wendy Venturini will also be on hand in addition to 1982 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker and Brian Gurry from CN8’s American Builder. The winner will receive $10,000 to contribute to his or her charity of choice. Mears supports the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and is the defending champion of the event. For tickets and more information visit www.doverdowns.com.
Casey Mears Live … Mears will take part in the Motor Racing Network’s Fan Forum race morning at 10 a.m. The event will be held at the SPEED Stage, located outside the front straightaway across from the monster statue and will be hosted by MRN’s Mike Bagley.
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NEXT RACE: Helluva Good! 200, 2:30 pm/et, Saturday, May 30, 2009 at Dover Raceway
Entry List: UPDATE: There are 48 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday’s Helluva Good! 200 at Dover. Some notes:
David Green is listed as the driver of the #04 Chevy and will be eligible for a past champion’s provisional;
Ryan Newman will be in the #5 for JR Motorsports;
Patrick Carpentier is listed in the #07, but another driver is expected in the car;
Kelly Bires is listed in the Braun Racing #10;
Jeffrey Earnhardt will attempt his series debut in the #31;
DJ Kennington will be back in the #81 for MacDonald Motorsports.
The #42 team is shown on the list, but noted as already withdrawn.(5-25-2009)
UPDATE: Bobby Hamilton, Jr is now listed as the driver of the #81 McDonald Motorsports Dodge and the sponsor is AA Auto Warranty;
AND: The #36 Marc Davis team has withdrawn and Marc will be in the #10 Braun Racing Toyota in place of Kelly Bires.(5-26-2009)
The complete list is posted on the Dover race page.
Nationwide Series on ABC from Dover: The NASCAR Nationwide Series makes its first appearance of the 2009 season at Dover (Del.) International Speedway this weekend, and ABC will have a live, high definition telecast from the 1-mile track on Saturday, May 31, at 2 p.m. ET as the series races for 200 miles on the track known as the “Monster Mile.” ESPN2 is the home of the NASCAR Nationwide Series all season, with selected races on ESPN and ABC. The race re-airs Sunday, May 31, at 11 a.m. on ESPN Classic. Dr. Jerry Punch will be the lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN on ABC’s coverage from Dover, joined in the booth for analysis by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Dave Burns, Jamie Little and Shannon Spake will report from the pits, with Tim Brewer in the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage. Allen Bestwick will host the pre-race NASCAR Countdown program with analysis by Jarrett and Brad Daugherty in the ESPN pit studio.(ESPN PR)(5-25-2009)
Marc Davis joins Braun Racing for 6 races: Braun Racing announced that 18-year-old, Marc Davis, will pilot its #10 Toyota for six upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series races including this Saturday’s Heluva Good! 200 at Dover International Speedway. The #10 will carry sponsorship from WHUR-FM Radio (96.3) and The Word Network. Plans call for Davis to drive the #10 Toyota in six Nationwide Series races, including events at: Dover, Nashville, Kentucky, Milwaukee, Gateway and ORP.(Braun Racing PR)(5-27-2009)
Kevin Conway in the #87 for 5 races: Kevin Conway is headed back to the track. His never give up drive to compete, combined with a great talent and a marketing degree have served him well, yet again. Kevin will pilot the #87 NEMCO Motorsports Toyota beginning with the “Heluva Good! 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 30th. Conway says, “as it stands, we are going to do Dover, Nashville, Kentucky, Gateway International Raceway and ORP for NEMCO Motorsports with primary sponsor Extenze and associate sponsor Alteril.(Catchfence.com)(5-27-2009)
Bobby Hamilton, Jr in the #81 at Dover: Macdonald Motorsports announced that Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be behind the wheel of the #81 AA Auto Warranty Dodge at the “Monster Mile” this weekend. Hamilton, who will be making his first start of the 2009 season, looks forward to helping MacDonald Motorsports get back to the Top 20 in owners points. AA Auto Warranty.com is an online broker for vehicle service contracts, based in Newark, Delaware.(MacDonald Motorsports PR)(5-27-2009)
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John E. Martel Jr. was heading home from Philadelphia Raceway on April 16th, 2009 when the quiet drive home soon turned into a heroic effort to save a man’s life. Martel Jr. found a man lying in the middle of the road with both of his legs severed. Michael Kogan had stopped earlier to help a woman alongside of the road change a flat tire. This act of kindness soon turned into disaster as an oncoming car hit Kogan and the women. The woman died instantly and Kogan was left in the middle of the road to die. If it weren’t for Martel Jr. and his quick reaction time, Kogan may not have survived the horrific accident. The Incredible Hero will be honored this weekend at Dover. Read more (CJMRacing) (05-27-09)
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NEXT RACE INFO
AAA Insurance 200 – Dover Int’l Speedway, Friday, May 29, 2009, 5:00pm Eastern
SPEED/TV: Race 8:00pm/et [Tape Delay]
Preliminary Entry List: There are 40 trucks listed as on the Preliminary Entry List for the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover Int’l Speedway. Complete list is posted on the Dover Race Page.(5-25-2009) www.jayski.com/cts/next/2009/7dover2009.htm#entry
#00-Tim Bainey Jr., Aaron’s Chevy debut
#4-J R Fitzpatrick, first time in KHI Chevy
#7-David Gilliland returns in TRG Motorsports Chevy
#9-Max Papis, GEICO Toyota for Germain Racing
#31-Scott Wimmer, Wolfpack Rentals Chevy, 2nd series start, 1st in 2009
#75-Ryan Hackett, switching to #75 at Dover
#76-Brandon Whitt, second team for Ray Hackett Racing.(5-26-2009)
Truck Series News & Notes – Dover Int’l Speedway: NASCAR’s prerace News & Notes for the Camping World Truck Series are posted on the Dover Race Page.(5-26-2009) www.jayski.com/cts/next/2009/7dover2009.htm#notes
Australian Gold to sponsor Crafton for next two races: Rolling into Dover International Speedway for Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race, Matt Crafton is going for the gold; Australian Gold. For the next two weekends, Crafton’s signature neon-yellow Menards Chevy Silverado will give way to a brand new gold paint scheme with sponsor Australian Gold and their complete line of SPF sunscreen and tanning products. Crafton comes into Dover as one of the hottest drivers on the circuit with top-10 finishes in five of six races this season, including a third-place run at Charlotte.(Thorsport Racing PR)(5-27-2009)
NASCAR issues penalties following recent events at LMS: In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Andrew Crnkovic, crew member of the #07 team, has been suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for violating Section 7-5 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the 2009 rule book. The date of the rules infraction was May 21.(NASCAR PR)(5-27-2009)
Copart to sponsor Milwaukee Mile event: The Milwaukee Mile is pleased to announce Copart, an online vehicle remarketing company that sells more than 1 million cars per year, has been named entitlement sponsor of the speedway’s Friday night, June 19 Copart 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event. The Copart 200, as the event will be called, is an extension of Copart’s involvement in NASCAR, specifically with the Truck Series teams of Germain Racing with driver Todd Bodine and Kevin Harvick Inc. with driver Ron Hornaday for a set amount of races this season. This is the first time Copart will be a NASCAR event entitlement sponsor.(Milwaukee Mile PR)(5-27-2009)
Rookie leader, Malsam makes first trip to Dover: Friday’s race at Dover International Speedway will be Tayler Malsam’s first race at the track known as The Monster Mile. After his eighth-place finish at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Malsam expanded his lead in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year point standings. The Seattle, Washington native currently holds a five point lead over James Buescher. Through the first six races of the 2009 NCWTS season, Malsam and his #81 One Eighty Toyota have accumulated two top-10 finishes and has recorded five top-15 finishes. (Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(5-27-2009)
TRG Motorsports truck operation suspended? Hearing the #7 TRG team has suspended operations and crew chief Butch Hylton has parted ways with the team.(5-26-2009)
Win-Tron Racing enters Dover with Wimmer: Win-Tron Racing is set to make their Camping World Series debut this weekend in the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover Int’l Speedway. Scott Wimmer has been named as driver of the #31-Wolfpack Rentals Chevy at Dover; Michael Chaffee is crew chief. The team plans to run 3-5 races during the remainder of the 2009 season.(Win-Tron Racing PR)(5-26-2009)
Fontaine to be sponsored by FRAXA at Dover UPDATE more sponsorship: Chris Fontaine Inc. is proud to be sponsored by FRAXA for the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway on Friday, May 29th. We at Chris Fontaine Inc. are excited to help support awareness of Fragile X Syndrome and will be racing the #84 truck with FRAXA logos. Fragile X is the most common, inherited cause of mental impairment and the most common known cause of autism. Chris Fontaine Inc. will use the race truck and crew to help promote greater public awareness for the disease within the NASCAR racing community by partnering with FRAXA during the running of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Dover International Speedway.(Chris Fontaine Inc. PR)(5-20-2009)
UPDATE: Chris Fontaine has announced that the team has sponsorship with BDH Constructions Services and FRAXA Organization to help support the awareness of Fragile X Syndrome among NASCAR fans. BDH Constructions Services, LLC is a construction company based in Winter Haven, FL that does jobs in the state of Florida.(Chris Fontaine Inc. PR)(5-26-2009)
Double-duty for Papis at Dover: A busy weekend awaits Papis in Dover. He will be competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the #9 GEICO Toyota Tundra and then attempt to qualify his #13 GEICO Toyota Camry for the seventh of twenty scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for the Germain Racing team.(PMI/Germain Racing PR)(5-26-2009)
Whitt to drive Hackett Racing’s second entry at Dover: Ray Hackett Racing has announced that they will be bring two trucks to Dover for this weekend’s AAA Insurance 200. Ryan Hackett will be driving the #75 truck and Brandon Whitt will be in the #76 Ford.( Hackett Racing PR)(5-26-2009)
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2009 Season Has Competition Roaring To Dover
05-26-2009 | TruckSeries.com Report
This weekend the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Dover International Speedway, the seventh stop this season on the 25-race schedule. The 2009 season has lived up to the bill of competition.
VIDEO: Dunlap Set For Crash-A-Rama UPDATE
05-22-2009 | TruckSeries.com Report
Dunlap Set For Crash-A-Rama UPDATE DUNLAP OK AFTER CRASH THAT INJURED 11 FANS: If the wrecking, crashing and Monster Trucks weren’t enough, hang onto your seats Ohio – here comes NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pit Reporter Ray Dunlap…
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Long Pond PA’s Chase Mattioli Featured Guest on ‘Inside ARCA’ Tonight at 8:00 PM ET…..
ARCA RE/MAX Series Open Test/Media Day Wednesday, May 27 at MIS; 24 Drivers Entered
BROOKLYN MI (5-26-09) – In preparation for the upcoming Racing For Wildlife 200 at Michigan Int’l Speedway, the ARCA RE/MAX Series is headed to the renowned Brooklyn, Michigan 2-mile oval Wednesday, May 27th for a full day of open testing. The open test, which also doubles as Media Day, will include live timing & scoring at ARCAracing.com. The rain date for the open test is Thursday, May 28th.
U S A R (United Speed Alliance Racing)
Courtesy of USAR
Highlights from Langley 5/23
Aaron’s Returns as Official Corporate Partner of the USARacing Pro Cup Series
C O L U M N S / C O M M E N T A R I E S
Insider Racing News
Mild-Mannered Reutimann On Top This Week
by Ron Felix
Insider Racing News
What a Strange Week in NASCAR
by Chuck Abrams
The Nascar Insiders
Ask The Insiders Wednesday #25
After a monster weekend of weather in Charlotte, all three of NASCAR’s top series now head to the Monster Mile at Dover, DE.
Cheers and Jeers: Reuti-Tooty and Billy Bad Butt Are Singin’ in the Rain!
Breaking News: Robin Miller At SPEED Says Tony George Is Out At IMS (Updated Continually)
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 27
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6:30 P-7:00 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
FRIDAY, MAY 29
10:00 A-11:30 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Truck Series QUALIFYING, AAA Insurance 200, Dover, DE, HD, L
11:30 A-1:00 P SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Autism Speaks 400, Dover, DE, HD, L
1:00 P-2:30 SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series FINAL PRACTICE, Heluva Good! 200, Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE, HD, L
3:00 P-4:30 SPEED/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup QUALIFYING, Autism Speaks 400, Dover, DE, HD, L
6:30 P-7:00 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
8:00 P-8:30 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SETUP, AAA Insurance 200, Dover, DE, HD, L
8:30 P-11:00 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Truck Series AAA Insurance 200, Dover, DE, HD, L
SATURDAY, MAY 30
10:00 A-11:30 SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series QUALIFYING, Heluva Good! 200, Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE, HD, L
11:30 A-12:30 P SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Autism Speaks 400, Dover, DE, HD, L
12:30 P-2:00 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup FINAL PRACTICE, Autism Speaks 400, Dover, DE, HD, L
2:00 P-2:30 ABC/TSN NASCAR Nationwide Series COUNTDOWN, Heluva Good! 200, Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE, HD, L
2:3 0P-5:00 ABC/TSN NASCAR Nationwide Series Heluva Good! 200, Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE, HD, L
SUNDAY, MAY 31
10:00 A-11:00 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
11:30 A-1:30 P SPEED NASCAR Race Day. Preview of today’s Autism Speaks 400, Dover International Speedway, HD, L
1:30 P-2:00 FOX/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup PRE-RACE, Autism Speaks 400, Dover, DE, HD, L
2:00 P-6:00 FOX/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup Autism Speaks 400, Dover, DE, HD, L
7:00 P-8:00 SPEED The SPEED Report, HD, N
8:00 P-9:00 SPEED NASCAR Victory Lane at Autism Speaks 400, Dover International Speedway, HD, SDD, N
9:00 P-10:00 SPEED Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, HD, L
We do not list all the programming offered by SPEED; for complete listings go to their website, www.speedtv.com/schedule/
Always CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS!
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