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TV Times – Logano Won, But Is He Still Too Green for Cup Racing?
by: Lou Modestino
Even though Cup newcomer Middletown, CT driver Joey Logano won the rain shortened Lenox Tool 301 Sprint Cup race at NHMS in Loudon, NH, it still may not silent his critics that he’s “too green” to be racing in the top tier NASCAR series. It’s because he hasn’t won a race that has gone the full distance so far.
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Flag-to-flag coverage of the Coke Zero 400 from Daytona International Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, July 4 beginning at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The race will be televised live on TNT and broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 18th points-paying race on the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule will be telecast live on SPEED Friday, July 3 beginning at 4 p.m. EDT.
Martin Truex, Jr moves to MWR for 2010, Bass Pro too?
Michael Waltrip Racing has set a July 7 news conference to talk about the future of the MWR organization, Vice President and General Manager Ty Norris said last week. As widely speculated for quite awhile, Martin Truex, Jr will move to Michael Waltrip Racing starting in 2010, many of ours and other sources have [...]
Second laboratory supports Mayfield test result
Testing performed by an independent laboratory supported the results that left Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield indefinitely suspended for failing NASCAR’s substance abuse policy, court documents said. Results of the test and the name of the individual tested were blacked out, but a NASCAR spokesman confirmed they were identical.
NASCAR claims Mayfield tested positive for a [...]
10 interesting facts behind Richard Petty’s historic 200th victory at Daytona
Richard Petty, who notched his first victory as a car owner since 1999 last weekend in Sonoma, Calif., will be celebrating a huge milestone moment in his career during the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola on July 2-4 at Daytona International Speedway — his 200th and final NASCAR win as a driver.
Earnhardt’s No 3 GM Goodwrench Chevy to be driven at Goodwood
The Richard Childress Racing No 3 GM Goodwrench Chevy that seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt earned his 76th and final victory in will participate in this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in England on July 3-5, 2009.
Taylor Earnhardt, 20, Earnhardt’s youngest child, will drive the car in demonstration runs during the three-day [...]
Stewart may expand to 3 cars in 2010, Keselowski?
Not yet halfway through his first season as a NASCAR team owner, Tony Stewart already is thinking about expanding. Stewart-Haas Racing is enjoying a banner season, with Stewart leading the Sprint Cup standings and teammate Ryan Newman sitting seventh. That success has Stewart entertaining the idea of adding a third car next season.
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Allison and Waltrip announced as NASCAR HOF nominees
Former drivers Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip are two of the 25 nominees for the first NASCAR Hall of Fame induction class. NASCAR released the two names Tuesday ahead of the announcement of all nominees Thursday night.
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Garage chatter: The real stories after Loudon
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Jack Roush has not made a decision regarding the fifth car at Roush Fenway Racing. According to a NASCAR mandate, RFR has until the end of this season to …
Logano, 19, Becomes the Youngest Winner in the Cup Series
New York Times – United States
Kurt Busch, who won a rain-shortened event here last June, finished third. He was followed by David Reutimann and Tony Stewart, the series leader by 69 …
How the west will win NASCAR: inside Furniture Row Racing
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Furniture Row Racing, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is the only NASCAR team based west of the Mississippi. Although the team is running just a half …
Tony George out, again
Here’s a new NASCAR moneymaker
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TNT Sunday Ratings Up
TNT’s telecast Sunday of the Sprint Cup Series’ Lenox Industrial Tools 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway earned a 4.1 cable rating and 5.555 million viewers from 1:59-5:45pm ET, the Sports Business Journal reported Tuesday. The telecast marks the first Cup Series race this season to see both year-over-year ratings and viewership gains, up 2.5 percent and 1.1 percent from last year’s 4.0 cable rating and 5.495 million viewers. The race also was the ninth most-viewed telecast on all of cable for the week of June 22-28. For four Cup Series races to date, TNT is averaging a 4.0 cable rating and 5.502 million viewers, down 4.8 percent and 3.7 percent from a 4.2 rating and 5.715 million viewers last year.
NASCAR Uses Second Lab For Mayfield Sample
Court documents show that NASCAR has had suspended owner/driver Jeremy Mayfield’s urine sample tested at a second lab in addition to the one that allegedly found initial evidence of an illegal substance. According to documents filed in Mayfield’s lawsuit seeking to have his suspension lifted, NASCAR sent Mayfield’s urine sample to MedTox Laboratories, which completed an analysis Thursday morning of two specimens. The results of the analysis, as well as the name of the person whose urine was tested, are blacked out or not listed, but it would be highly unlikely that NASCAR would submit a test result to the court that didn’t back up its previous assertion that Mayfield had an illegal drug in his system when tested May 1.
Johnson’s Team Captures Tissot Pit Crew Award in New Hampshire
Jimmie Johnson’s crew grabbed the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award in Sunday’s (June 28) NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was the second Tissot victory of the season for the No. 48 crew, which also won at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in March. The win lifted Johnson’s crew to sole possession of third place in the Tissot standings. The crews for Jeff Gordon and Greg Biffle lead the weekly competition with three wins each. The No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet Impala SS spent the least amount of time on pit road – 136.490 seconds — during the New Hampshire rain-shortened event. The pit crew effort helped Johnson to a top-10 finish (ninth).
DirecTV Hotpass Lineup
NASCAR HOTPASS™ on DIRECTV is free to all DIRECTV customers. Four dedicated driver channels offering viewers multiple camera angles, real-time statistics and audio of the network broadcast augmented by live communication between the drivers and their pit crews are available for all 36 point-paying races during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The NASCAR HOTPASS lineup for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway is as follows:
# DIRECTV Channel 795: Tony Stewart and the No. 14 Burger King Chevrolet team of Stewart-Haas Racing
# DIRECTV Channel 796: Kyle Busch and the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota team of Joe Gibbs Racing
# DIRECTV Channel 797: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 National Guard “Serving America” / AMP Energy Chevrolet team of Hendrick Racing
# DIRECTV Channel 798: Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Subway Ford team of Roush Fenway Racing
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Chase Notes going into Daytona: #99-Carl Edwards is in fifth place in the Sprint Cup standings, but is far from safe. From Edwards (+109) on down to 12th place #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (+1), eight members of the Top 12 in all are within the one race margin of dropping out of the standings. In fact, 14th place #00-David Reutimann could rise all the way to fifth if things fell his way at Daytona Saturday night. This is the most spots up for grabs at the 17-race mark in the six-year history of The Race to the Chase. #31-Jeff Burton’s fall from the Top 12 has been sudden and brutal. His 31st at New Hampshire dropped him another spot Sunday. He’s now lost eight spots in five races and is now 108 points out in 16th place. #33-Clint Bowyer lost more ground with a 20th and it is probably safe to count #29-Kevin Harvick out of making his fourth straight Chase as he is now 451 points out in 27th place. #2-Kurt Busch’s solid third at Loudon moved him to 206 points ahead of 13th place and gives him some breathing room. See more on my Chase Stats after New Hampshire and 2009 Chase News/Rules page.(6-30-2009)
Castroneves wins 2nd Qtr DOTY Award: Indy 500 winner, Helio Castroneves, won a hotly-contested vote for the second quarter Driver of the Year 2009. The Brazilian, who won his third Indy 500 – from the pole – this May, narrowly edged NASCAR’s Tony Stewart who is now a co-owner driver, 119-116. It was the closest margin of victory since Stewart lost the overall award in a tie-breaker in 2002. In the voting Castroveneves took eight first-place votes and was on every ballot. Stewart was second only three points behind Castroneves. He also garnered eight first-place votes. Mark Martin was third in the voting with 42 points. Kyle Busch also received one first-place ballot. A total of 19 drivers scored points in the first quarter voting. Castroneves will receive a trophy and a Tissot wristwatch to be presented at a later date.(DOTY)(7-1-2009)
R&L returns to sponsor Kenseth: The #17 Ford of Matt Kenseth will carry the green and gold colors of R+L carriers this weekend at Daytona. The scheme will highlight R+L Global Services. It will be the second of four races this season with R+L Carriers as the primary on the #17 Ford. Kenseth has carried the R+L Carriers paint scheme 11 times since 2006. In his 11 previous starts in the #17 R+L Carriers Ford, Kenseth has achieved 11 top-12, nine top-10, and four top-five finishes. Kenseth will not be racing the same car that he won with in the Daytona 500. That car (RK-631), which was actually Kenseth’s third car that weekend, was left behind and can be seen at the Daytona Experience up until next season. The team will bring a brand new chassis (RK-658) to the race this weekend.(RFR). See the scheme on my #17 Team Scheme page.(7-1-2009)
Special scheme for Dale Jr. at Daytona: To honor the National Guard and celebrate Independence Day, the #88 Chevy of Dale Earnhardt Jr. will run a special hand-painted camouflage ACU (Army Combat Uniform) scheme this weekend. The Hendrick Motorsports body shop needed two days and 14 coats of DuPont paint to finish the job. Earnhardt will unveil the paint scheme to National Guard soldiers and fans at Daytona’s Bandshell on Wednesday. The Nationnal Guard “Serving America”/AMP Energy Chevy is a special paint scheme to honor National Guard soldiers who dedicate a portion of their time to serving their nation, state and local communities. Since first muster in 1636, National Guard soldiers have brought glory and honor upon themselves and the Guard through quiet and selfless service. Approximately 363,000 soldiers strong, the Army National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and celebrated its 372nd birthday in December 2008.
Earnhardt has 12 wins at Daytona International Speedway. He won the 2004 Daytona 500, the 2001 Pepsi 400, two Budweiser Shootouts (2003 and 2008) and five NASCAR Nationwide Series events. Earnhardt also won his Gatorade Duel qualifying races in 2003, 2004 and 2008. At this year’s AMP Energy 500 at Talladega, thousands of members of JR Nation will see their names on Earnhardt’s #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevy as part of the AMP Energy “Get on the 88″ promotion. More info at www.AMPEnergy.com.(HMS)(7-1-2009)
PVA/Petty scheme for Allmendinger: The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway marks the 25th anniversary of Richard Petty’s 200th victory. The Paralyzed Veterans of America is running a tribute paint scheme on the #44 Dodge of A.J. Allmendinger in honor of the anniversary.(RPM)(7-1-2009)
Kenseth looking to Sweep: #17-Matt Kenseth will be looking to complete a rare sweep of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Daytona International Speedway. He will look to join Fireball Roberts (1962), Cale Yarborough (1968), LeeRoy Yarbrough (1969) and Bobby Allison as the only Daytona 500 champions to also win the Independence Day holiday classic in the same year.(DIS)(7-1-2009)
Stremme buys house, helps those out of work: #12-David Stremme added another title to his name this week. The 32-year-old driver just finalized the purchase of a new home in North Carolina. Stremme hired members of the racing community, who lost their jobs in the economic downturn, to help him move into his new abode. Stremme has completed all but one lap of NASCAR Cup Series competition at Daytona International Speedway. The 32-year-old has completed 99.8% of all the laps he has attempted at the historic speedway.(Penske Racing)(7-1-2009)
Chris Wimmer holds off Kenseth to win All-Star Challenge: Chris Wimmer not only won Tuesday night’s All-Star Challenge, he also earned praise from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Tony Stewart. Wimmer passed Cambridge native and 2003 Cup champion Matt Kenseth with 11 laps left to clinch victory in the 100-lap super late model race in front of approximately 6,000 fans at Madison International Speedway. “I don’t know much about him, but it doesn’t’t take long to figure out how good he is,” Stewart said of Wimmer. “Obviously, you go beat Matt Kenseth like that, it’s a big deal.(Wisconsin State Journal)(7-1-2009)
NASCAR: Truck Series Safe: Despite reports from independent blogger Mike Mulhern, NASCAR Vice President of Communications Jim Hunter says emphatically that there is no validity to a story circulating that the Camping World Truck Series will shut down. “There’s no truth to it whatsoever,” Hunter said. “It’s total B.S. The demise of the truck series is the figment of one person’s imagination. (Mulhern) has a history of fabricating false stories and this is another example of it. We’re very aware that (the Camping World Truck Series) is affected the hardest during this economic recession. We’re currently looking at options. We’ve never given up on a series and we’re not going to start now.” That said, NASCAR is looking at options to reduce costs such as decreasing the schedule, increasing the number of single-day dates and bringing back the half-time pit stops that could eliminate the traveling crews to five or six members. One possible solution that is off the table is the use of crate engines. NASCAR VP of Competition Robin Pemberton said they are not a viable option because “they’re not durable to last much beyond one race” which would raise costs, not lower them. Pemberton feels the sanctioning body has made “good gains with new rules and regulations” and the series “still makes sense.”(FoxSports)(6-30-2009)
Truex to MWR as of Chicago? looks doubtful: Could Martin Truex Jr. be headed to Waltrip’s outfit a little sooner than next season? It seems like a pretty good possibility. One garage source said it’s a likely possibility that Truex will be behind the wheel of Waltrip’s #55 NAPA Toyota Camry for the Lifelock.com 400 on July 11 at Chicagoland Speedway, with Aric Almirola taking over his current seat in the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing #1 Bass Pro Chevy. And while the Truex to MWR rumor has been floating in the pond for some time, another name was tossed into the rumor mill concerning the big Waltrip announcement [July 7th at 12:30pm/et]. Could Richard Petty Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne be heading to a new third Toyota team with MWR? Sounds odd, but its being whispered.[Jayski Note: Kahne is signed with RPM thru 2010](Hartford Courant)
AND The company line at Michael Waltrip Racing is that despite the expected announcement on July 7 [at 12:30pm/et] that Martin Truex Jr. will join the fold (hearing in the #56 Toyota), he will not drive the car until next season. And Waltrip will likely continue to run a limited 10 to 12 race schedule in the #55 car in 2010. But the consensus in the garage is that Truex could be in a MWR car as early as the Chicagoland Cup race in two weeks. A press release from NAPA announcing Waltrip’s brother Darrell (also a NASCAR on FOX analyst) as an honorary pit crew member for this weekend Coke Zero 400 has only fueled the speculation that it will be Michael’s last race. For now, MWR Vice President and GM Ty Norris and COO Cal Wells’ say that the teams will remain status quo for 2009. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing president Steve Lauletta says he expects to have Aric Almirola back in the #8 Chevy by mid-August if sponsorship can be secured. Lauletta echoed MWR’s sentiments that Truex will not be departing from the #1 Chevy before season’s end.(FoxSports)(6-30-2009)
DIS To Honor Five Medal of Honor Recipients: Daytona International Speedway will pay tribute to five Medal of Honor recipients during the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, reinstituting a program that was first started by Bill France Sr. back in the 1970s. The Medal of Honor recipients, all from the Vietnam War, to be honored are:
* Walter Marm, a retired U.S Army Colonel from Washington, Penn.
* Kenneth Stumpf, a retired U.S Army Sergeant Major from Neenah, Wis.
* John McGinty, a retired U.S Marine Captain from Boston, Mass.
* Charles Hagemeister, a retired U.S Army Lieutenant Colonel from Lincoln, Neb.
* Gary Littrell, a retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major from Henderson, Ky.
All five Medal of Honor recipients will be honored during a special luncheon at noon on Friday at the Bill France Room inside Daytona 500 Experience and will attend driver’s meetings and participate in pre-race ceremonies for both the Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It’s bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States. Tickets for the luncheon in which Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey will serve as Master of Ceremonies are $40 and can be purchased by calling Daytona 500 Experience Group Sales at (386) 681-6470.
Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday night, July 4 are available at daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(7-1-2009)
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Woody: Freebie Leaves Kahne Missing The Point – www.racintoday.com/archives/7069
Minter: Forget Level, Playing Field Has Been Plowed Up – www.racintoday.com/archives/7061
Waltrip, Allision To Be On Ballot – www.racintoday.com/archives/7086
Changes At Top At Indy – www.racintoday.com/archives/7072
Minter: No Shortage of Worth Candidates For Hall of Fame – www.racintoday.com/archives/7132
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NASCAR superstar Jimmie Johnson’s other life – www.thatsracin.com/140/story/13125.html
George replaced as head of Indy speedway – www.thatsracin.com/140/story/13131.html
Penalties revised for crew chief who used racial slur – www.thatsracin.com/140/story/13129.html
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Meet the Driver … On behalf of Coca-Cola, Clint Bowyer will participate in a Q&A session at the Sprint FANZONE at DIS on Saturday, July 4 at 5:00 p.m.
Meet the Driver… Jeff Burton will sign autographs at the Caterpillar souvenir trailer located in the DIS display area outside Turn 4 on Friday, July 3 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Autographs will be available on a limited basis due to time constraints.
Casey Mears Live … Casey Mears is signing autographs at the Jack Daniel’s souvenir trailer located in the DIS display area outside Turn 4 on Saturday, July 4 at 4:30 p.m. (ET) Autographs will be available on a limited basis due to time constraints.
Meet the No. 29 Crew … The over-the-wall pit crew for the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil team will sign autographs at the Chevrolet display located in the midway at DIS on Saturday, July 4, at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
With Kasey Kahne’s victory at Infineon in a Richard Petty Motorsports Dodge —a Petty has visited a NASCAR victory lane in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s.
Watch Sorenson fly an Air Force jet fighter at www.airforce.com/interactive/racing/
A. J. Allmendinger will sign autographs at his merchandise hauler at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Daytona.
Elliott Sadler has officially become a member of the Twitter community. Follow Elliott’s updates by visiting www.twitter.com/Elliott_Sadler.
EDUCATION FOR ELI: With the effort and support of the entire NASCAR community, a college fund has been set up for Eli Ross, the 2-year-old grandson of late motorsports journalist David Poole, who passed away on April 28. Anyone interested in contributing to the “Education for Eli” fund can do so by sending donations to the following address:
Eli Samuel Ross
Bank of Stanly
Attn: Misty Nordan
P.O. Box 539
Oakboro, NC 28129
(Please make checks payable to “Eli Ross Account” at Bank of Stanly.)
For more information, please call the Bank of Stanly at 704.485.3435.
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The Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola will be televised live on ESPN on Friday, July 3 beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT. MRN and Sirius XM Satellite Radio will begin their live coverage at 7:15 p.m. EDT. Qualifying for the 17th event of the 2009 NNS season will air on the same day beginning at 4 p.m. EDT on ESPN2. MRN and Sirius XM Satellite Radio will also broadcast live updates of time trials.
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RC Cola on the #0 at Daytona: Mike Wallace announced that R C Cola will be the primary sponsor for the #0 entry of J-D Motorsports July 3rd at the Daytona International Speedway. R C Cola will make a dramatic return to racing by showing-off the new RC logo at the Daytona Nationwide Series race.(JD Motorsports PR), see an image of the car on the #0 Paint Schemes page.(7-1-2009) www.jayski.com/schemes/2009/nationwide/0nationwide.htm
JDRF on the #23: Robert Richardson and the #23 Mahindra Tractors Chevy team will have some extra colors on their R3 Motorsports entry this weekend. Through a gentleman by the name of James Lupo, the Stock Car Gourmet, the team is carrying the familiar sneakers of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. As a special guest of Lupo and the team, Nicholas Holland, 11, will be serving as an honorary team member for Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series event. Mahindra Tractors supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and freed up a spot on the #23 Mahindra Tractors Chevy in support of the cause.(R3 Motorsports PR)(7-1-2009)
Venom on the #01 at Daytona: Venom Energy Drink will be the primary sponsor for the #01 entry of J-D Motorsports.(JD Motorsports PR), see an image of the car on the #01 Paint Schemes page.(7-1-2009) www.jayski.com/schemes/2009/nationwide/01nationwide.htm
Xxxtreme Motorsport to debut at Daytona: Newly formed Xxxtreme Motorsport will make its debut this weekend at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Cavi Clothing/Macy’s will be the primary sponsor on two cars in the race for Xxxtreme Motorsport – the #07 driven by rookie Chase Austin and the #58 with veteran driver Mike Harmon. This is also the first race in the Nationwide Series at Daytona International Speedway for Austin. In his first-ever attempt at on the 2.5-mile tri-oval earlier this year in the Camping World Truck Series race, Austin finished an impressive 13th. Cavi Clothing/Macy’s looks forward to their first foray into NASCAR by bringing home solid finishes under the lights this Friday night.(XXXtreme Motorsport PR)(6-30-2009)
Penalty revised for Crew Chief, Bryan Berry: NASCAR announced Tuesday that it has revised the penalty for Bryan Berry, crew chief of the #62 Chevy in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Berry had been indefinitely suspended earlier this month for a rule violation (Section 12-1: actions detrimental to stock car racing; involved in an altercation with another team) he committed at the event held at Nashville Superspeedway on June 6. Berry’s suspension will be lifted effective July 7, while his NASCAR probation will continue until Dec. 31. Berry must also perform community service as directed by NASCAR.(NASCAR PR)
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Robert Richardson and the No. 23 Mahindra Tractors Chevrolet team will have some extra colors on their R3 Motorsports entry this weekend. Through a gentleman by the name of James Lupo, the Stock Car Gourmet, the team is carrying the familiar sneakers of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. As a special guest of Lupo and the team, Nicholas Holland, 11, will be serving as an honorary team member for Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series event.
Gateway International Raceway is pleased to announce it will once again host a track walk on its 1.25-mile oval Saturday, July 18, prior to the running of the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250. This special event for GIR ticketholders kicks off at 2:15 p.m. At that time, race fans will get the opportunity to walk on the same track their favorite drivers will race on later that evening.
An added bonus is the participation of St. Louis native and NASCAR star Kenny Wallace. “I’m very excited that Gateway asked me to participate with this event,” said Wallace, who also co-hosts “NASCAR RaceDay” on SPEED. “St. Louis is my hometown and whatever I can do to help out my hometown and organizations like the American Red Cross and BackStoppers, I’ll do it.”This year’s track walk is to benefit the American Red Cross (RedCrossSTL.org) and BackStoppers (Backstoppers.org). Fans will be allowed to participate in the track walk after making a $10 donation with all proceeds going to the aforementioned organizations.
Dixie Land Sweepstakes … Dixie Stampede, an associate sponsor on RCR’s No. 29 Nationwide Series Chevrolet, has teamed up with Holiday Inn to give away a fun-filled weekend for one lucky fan and their guest, centered around Bristol Motor Speedway’s August events. The winner and their guest will receive a free two-night stay at the Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Holiday Inn on August 19th and 20th, two tickets to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction and two tickets to Dollywood. They will also receive RV accommodations (provided by Tennessee RV Sales & Service) at Bristol Motor Speedway for August 21st and 22nd, two pit passes and race tickets to the Nationwide Series Food City 250 on Friday, August 21st and two race tickets to the Sprint Cup Series Sharpie 500 on Saturday, August 22nd. For more details or to enter to win, please visit www.dixiestampede.com or submit your entry by mail to Dixie Stampede, Attn: Sweepstakes, P.O. Box 58, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., 37868. All entries must by received by July 31, 2009 in order to qualify.
COME SAY HI – Driver Scott Wimmer will be participating in this weekend’s Daytona International Speedway autograph session. The session will take place on Friday, July 3rd from 5:30-6:30 PM ET at the Sprint FANZONE in the DIS infield.
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Germain Racing sponsor Ventrilo adds two more races in 2009: Ventrilo, a product of Flagship Industries and the premier group voice communications program used in internet-based tournaments and multiplayer games, announced today that it has expanded its primary sponsorship of the #30 Ventrilo Tundra to include O’Reilly Raceway Park as well as the previously scheduled Bristol Motor Speedway and Gateway International Raceway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. In addition, Ventrilo will be the primary sponsor this weekend at Daytona International Speedway for Germain Racing’s #15 Ventrilo Toyota Camry driven by Iowa-native Michael Annett.(Germain Racing PR)(6-30-2009)
The future of series in doubt? UPDATE 2: NASCAR VP says series strong; looking at cost-cutting options: Promoter Bruton Smith and NASCAR president Mike Helton are reported to be meeting Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway over the uncertain future of NASCAR’s Truck series, with increasing speculation that the tour – 25 races this season, on 16 Sprint Cup tour tracks and seven other tracks – will be severely cut next season. Indeed even the survival of the Truck series, which was created in 1995 by the late Bill France Jr. as a budget-priced ‘proving ground’ for new car owners, new sponsors and new drivers, has been questioned. General Motors, Ford and Dodge have all withdrawn financial support of the Truck tour and the Nationwide tour, leaving only Toyota officially involved. Toyota officials have reportedly decided to drop their financial support too, though Toyota racing boss Lee White insists no decision has been made. One suggestion to help save the Truck series has been for the four NASCAR car makers to work together to design an inexpensive ‘spec’ Truck engine, to cut costs. Another suggestion has been a ‘common’ engine for all three NASCAR touring series.(mikemulhern.net)(6-27-2009)
UPDATE: During an interview on SPEEDtv’s NCTWS setup program, NASCAR VP Steve O’Donnell said the state of the series is “really strong.” O’Donnell stated that NASCAR officials met with team owners earlier this year to help out the racing with some rule changes, they have been working with the teams, and that the series puts on the “best racing”. When asked about double-file restarts, O’Donnell said that the series has two weeks off following Memphis, and that NASCAR will continue to look at it. [Also heard that O'Donnell addressed the state of the series during the Drivers Meeting in Memphis, assuring teams that NASCAR is full speed ahead for 2010. He also said that NASCAR is excited by new owners and drivers and the new tracks coming on line next year.](6-27-2009)
UPDATE 2: Despite reports from independent blogger Mike Mulhern, NASCAR Vice President of Communications Jim Hunter says emphatically that there is no validity to a story circulating that the Camping World Truck Series will shut down. “There’s no truth to it whatsoever,” Hunter said. “It’s total B.S. The demise of the truck series is the figment of one person’s imagination. (Mulhern) has a history of fabricating false stories and this is another example of it. We’re very aware that (the Camping World Truck Series) is affected the hardest during this economic recession. We’re currently looking at options. We’ve never given up on a series and we’re not going to start now.” NASCAR is looking at options to reduce costs such as decreasing the schedule, increasing the number of single-day dates and bringing back the half-time pit stops that could eliminate the traveling crews to five or six members. One possible solution that is off the table is the use of crate engines. NASCAR VP of Competition Robin Pemberton said they are not a viable option because “they’re not durable to last much beyond one race” which would raise costs, not lower them. Pemberton feels the sanctioning body has made “good gains with new rules and regulations” and the series “still makes sense.”(FoxSports.com)(6-30-2009)
The Milwaukee Mile’s financial mess has NASCAR’s attention. In documents obtained by the Journal Sentinel, NASCAR states that Wisconsin Motorsports, the race promoter at the Mile, owes it $1,878,228 for the two races NASCAR sanctioned earlier this month. The documents include an agreement that Napier signed in which he states that he is unable to pay in full the fees due NASCAR for sanctioning the races. As part of the agreement Napier signed, all of the revenue generated by the two races was sent directly to NASCAR. The documents include a letter written by a NASCAR lawyer to all Milwaukee Mile vendors, concessionaires, program sellers, and food and beverage sellers telling them the money they owe to Wisconsin Motorsports was instead coming to NASCAR. Napier signed the agreement on June 18, just a day before the truck race was scheduled to take place. On June 19, however, heavy rains postponed the truck race a day. Both the truck race and the Nationwide Series race were contested on June 20.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(6-30-2009)
Hornaday steady; Braun, Starr make significant gains in points race: What many call the toughest stretch of racing on the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule has ended. In Wimbledon terms, Ron Hornaday Jr. (#33 Longhorn Chevrolet) held serve. Hornaday, the leader by 84 points entering five consecutive weekends of racing in late May, remains in the #1 position. He leads Matt Crafton (#88 Menards Chevrolet) by 76 points. The points leader, however, isn’t the only one to watch when racing resumes July 18 at Kentucky Speedway. The Dover-to-Memphis swing significantly shook up top-10 rankings. Three competitors – Colin Braun (#6 Con-way Freight Ford), Tayler Malsam (#81 One-Eighty Toyota) and David Starr (#24 Zachry/Harris Trucking Toyota) – moved into the elite grouping. Braun, on the strength of his victory at Michigan International Speedway, made the biggest gain from 19th to 10th. After finishing 22nd at Dover, the 20-year-old Roush Fenway driver reeled off four straight top-10 finishes. Starr, a 12-year veteran of the series, is enjoying his best season since 2006. Driving for Virginian James Harris, the Houston native scored top-10 finishes in four of his five most recent starts, including thirds at Memphis and Dover. He was 13th after the Lowe’s race and stands fifth in current standings, just 231 points behind leader Hornaday.(NASCAR PR)
A R C A (Automobile Racing Club of America)
Courtesy of ARCA
Rookie Joey Coulter Still on a Roll; Quickest in Iowa Speedway Open Testing Tuesday…….
NEWTON IA (6-30-09) – Miami Springs, Florida rookie Joey Coulter, in a Chevrolet, shot to the top of the speed charts in the final moments of ARCA RE/MAX Series open testing Tuesday at Iowa Speedway.
The 19-year-old driver circled the .875-mile short track in 23.138 seconds, an average speed of 136.140 mph. The one-lap track record was set by Steve Wallace in 2006 at 137.357 mph.
[Read More] – www.arcaracing.com/news.cfm?contentid=8240
Venturini Motorsports Debuts 17-Year-Old Johanna Long in Iowa Speedway Open Testing…..
NEWTON IA (6-30-09) – Pensacola, Florida driver Johanna Long, in a Venturini Motorsports-prepared Chevrolet, made her first laps in an ARCA RE/MAX Series car Tuesday in the open test at Iowa Speedway.
Long’s best lap so far around the .875-mile short track is 23.828 seconds, an average speed of 132.197 mph. That’s currently 6th fastest among 15 drivers testing today in preparation for the Prairie Meadows 200 Saturday, July 11.
[Read More] – www.arcaracing.com/news.cfm?contentid=8233
Bowsher boosts French driver toward NASCAR
Springfield News Sun – Springfield,OH,USA
Disdier and Bowsher Motorsports are in the middle of a 10-race partnership, running in the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX series. “He’s very driven,” said Bowsher, …
U S A R (United Speed Alliance Racing)
Courtesy of USAR
USARacing and Fox Sports Net (FSN) Develops Timeslot for 2009
Concord, N.C. (June 25, 2009) – (FSN) has developed a ten (10) week series of 30-minute television program highlighting the greatest racing in America. The USARacing Pro Cup Series (formally the Hooters Pro Cup Series) is scheduled to begin on Sunday morning, July 5, 2009 at 11:00AM, and run for ten (10) consecutive weeks. This schedule will allow fans the knowledge that the series will be aired on consecutive weeks for the regular season and again for the four-race championship run.
N A S C A R * C A N A D I A N * T I R E * S E R I E S
Beauchamp hits high gear
Windsor Star – Windsor,Ontario,Canada
Beauchamp has been all over the podium in the first three races of the Nascar Canadian Tire auto racing series. All that’s left for the Windsor native is to …
Dicey weather forecast delays JV test – Vroom With a View
The plan was for Jacques Villeneuve to test a Canadian Tire Series car at the Autodrome St. Eustache this week and do interviews to promote the July 11 Tide 250 race at the historic track north of Montreal. …
Raabe getting back on track
Napanee Guide – Napanee,Ontario,Canada
With a national sponsor not materializing to get Raabe motoring for Gibbons Motorsports in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, the top stock car racing series …
C O L U M N S / C O M M E N T A R I E S
Insider Racing News
Ron Hornaday Jr. Is Racking Up The Wins
by Allen Madding
Good Finishus Interuptus, Making the Grade – New Hampshire 1 by Dennis Michelsen
The Nascar Insiders
Rumors, Rumors Everywhere
I’m going to let you in on a NASCAR secret: rumors run rampant in this sport. I know this is hard to believe, so take some time if you need it. From the garage to the media center to the shop floor, rumors sprout up like kudzu in a ditch and their often just as hard to contain.
Insider Racing News
Joey Logano Earned His Victory On Sunday
by Chuck Abrams
The Nascar Insiders
Ask The Insiders Wednesday #30
It’s hard to believe, but this is the 30th edition of ATIW!
Cheers and Jeers: Good and Evil – Joey Wins, Kyle Busch Wrecks the Field
By Carol Einarsson | 06/30/2009
CHEERS to seeing “little” Jimmie Johnson! And that was before he knew not to put the trophy in front of his face. It was nice to see those highlights, and especially with the accompanying race footage that had been called by Ralph Sheheen all those years ago.
Now Confirmed By TNT: Weber Out For Last Two Races
Mayfield And The Media Set To Dance Again
T V * L I S T I N G S
Courtesy of Race Fans Stockcar Newsletter
WEDNESDAY, JULY 1 (CANADA DAY)
5:00 P-5:30 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
THURSDAY, JULY 2
12:00 M-12:30 A ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, R
4:00 P-5:30 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway, HD, L
5:00 P-5:30 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
5:30 P-6:30 ESPN 2 NASCAR Nationwide Series FINAL PRACTICE, Subway Jalapeno 250, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL, HD, L
6:30 P-8:00 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup FINAL PRACTICE, Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway, HD, L
8:00 P-9:00 SPEED NASCAR Hall of Fame: The First Class. the twenty-five candidates for the first five inductions into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, opening in 2010, N
FRIDAY, JULY 3
12:00 M-1:00 A SPEED NASCAR Hall of Fame: The First Class. the twenty-five candidates for the first five inductions into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, opening in 2010, R
8:00 A-9:00 SPEED NASCAR Hall of Fame: The First Class. the twenty-five candidates for the first five inductions into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, opening in 2010, R
1:00 P-4:00 espn 2 NASCAR Nationwide Series QUALIFYING, Subway Jalapeno 250, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL, HD, L
3:00 P-4:00 SPEED NASCAR Live at Daytona International Speedway, HD
4:00 P-7:00 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup QUALIFYING, Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway, HD, L
7:00 P-8:00 SPEED Trackside (NASCAR) at Daytona International Speedway, HD, N
7:00 P-7:30 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
7:30 P-8:00 ESPN NASCAR Nationwide Series COUNTDOWN, Subway Jalapeno 250, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL, HD, L
8:00 P-10:30 ESPN NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL, HD, L (expect green at 8:19 P)
SATURDAY, JULY 4 (INDEPENDENCE DAY – USA)
10:00 A-11:00 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
1:30 P-2:00 SPEED NASCAR in a Hurry at Daytona International Speedway, HD, L
4:30 P-6:30 SPEEDNASCAR Race Day. Preview of today’s Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway, HD, L
6:30 P-7:30 TNT NASCAR on TNT Live!, HD, L
7:30 P-8:00 P TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup COUNTDOWN TO GREEN, Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway, HD, L
8:00 P-11:15 TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway, HD, L (expect green at 8:19 P)
SUNDAY, JULY 5
9:00 P-10:00 SPEED Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, HD, L
10:00 P-11:00 SPEED NASCAR Hall of Fame: The First Class. the twenty-five candidates for the first five inductions into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, opening in 2010, R
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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