The Stock Car Gazette e-zine for Thursday, 7/2/09
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Mayfield back to Sprint Cup Series racing (for now)
Sneak Preview of NASCAR(r) Drivers Starring in New Coke Zero TV Ads – Spots Debut This Weekend
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Huff: Meth mess could put brakes on Mayfield’s NASCAR career
Jeremy Mayfield has for years been trying to be a major league stock car driver. He’s come close in the past, but, now with the allegations of drug use he may forever be known more for what was in his urine than his skills behind the wheel.
Tony Stewart and Office Depot Invite Fans to Be Part of the Team with New ‘Show Us Your 14’ Online Photo Contest
NASCAR® Star Tony Stewart Will Select His Favorite Fan Photos; Winners Receive Prize Package from HP
BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The proof is in the pictures! That’s why Office Depot® and two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ champion Tony Stewart are asking fans to send in their pictures to the new Office Depot “Show Us Your 14” online photo contest. Office Depot (NYSE:ODP) is the Official Office Products Partner of NASCAR® and co-primary sponsor of Stewart and the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet Impala SS.
Now through August 31, fans can go to OfficeDepotRacing.com and upload photos demonstrating their support for Stewart and the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice team. Creative, fun and unusual images of fans sporting number 14 haircuts, showing a number 14 tattoo or painting their house with a number 14 logo are all sure to catch the attention of the judge, none other than Tony Stewart.
One Grand Prize winner will receive a special Hewlett-Packard prize package, including some of the coolest computers and accessories from HP. The Grand Prize package includes an HP TouchSmart Desktop Computer, HP Mini Notebook computer, HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One Printer, HP printer/photo ink packs and HP Premium Plus Photo Paper. Plus, everyone who enters the “Show Us Your 14” online photo contest will be able to enjoy great savings by receiving an Office Depot coupon for 14 percent off their next qualifying purchase.
“It’s great to have so many loyal fans supporting me and the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice team every weekend,” said Stewart, who has taken on the role of driver/team owner with Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009. “NASCAR® fans are the most passionate fans in all of sports, and I can’t wait to see all the creative ways people incorporate the number 14 into their lives. I think I’m going to see some very imaginative stuff!”
In addition to the Grand Prize winner, a first prize and second prize winner will receive a terrific HP prize package including a selection of notebook computers, All-in-One printers, photo ink and a host of other HP products.
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No purchase is necessary to enter the Office Depot “Show Us Your 14” photo contest. The contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States/DC and Canada (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority. See official rules at OfficeDepotRacing.com for details.
Courtesy of Google Alerts
NASCAR confirms Mayfield tested positive for meth
The Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — NASCAR has confirmed suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield tested positive for methamphetamines. The confirmation from NASCAR spokesman …
NASCAR’s Homeschooled Star
The New American – USA
This past weekend, Joey Logano became the first home scholar to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup series race. Who said that homeschoolers, numbering around two …
(editor’s note: the Irwin family has home-schooled for many years)
Meth mess could put brakes on Jeremy Mayfield’s NASCAR career
New York Daily News – New York,NY,USA
He’s come close in the past, but, now with the allegations of drug use – and a NASCAR official saying Wednesday his drug test turned up methamphetamines …
Courtesy of Insider Racing News
Bill Weber Out At TNT
The Daily Planet Blogspot is reporting that Bill Weber is gone from the NASCAR on TNT coverage for the final two Sprint Cup Series events on the network. TNT confirmed this with The Daly Planet on Wednesday morning. Weber was scheduled to call the Wide-Open coverage for the network from Daytona on Saturday night. The summer race in Daytona is TNT’s showcase event for the network’s six race TV package. Ralph Sheheen will handle the play-by-play duties for Daytona and Chicago with Kyle Petty and Wally Dallenbach alongside. TV ratings for the Sprint Cup Series race from Loudon, NH were up slightly and that may have played a role in this decision. Weber was involved in a late night incident last Friday night at the TNT hotel in Manchester, NH. It spilled-over into Weber being sent home by TNT executives on Saturday and now his release from the TV package. TNT has been tight-lipped about the issue and gave no indication whether or not Weber would continue with the network in 2010.
Kyle Petty: Grand Marshal At Daytona
Kyle Petty will serve as Grand Marshal for the 51st annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 4 at Daytona International Speedway. Petty, who is currently serving as an analyst for TNT, will give the command “Gentlemen, start your engines” to the 43-car field and to his father Richard Petty, who will pace the field in a replica 200th-winning No. 43 car. Petty’s father Richard will be honored throughout the weekend during the 25th anniversary celebration of his historic 200th win, which took place July 4, 1984 with President Ronald Reagan in attendance
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NEXT RACE: Daytona Race Info/Rundown Page
The Entry List for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
#09-Brad Keselowski (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38 in owners pts/17 attempts)
#13-Max Papis (43/8)
#36-Patrick Carpentier (42/17)
#37-Tony Raines (50/10)
#64-Mike Wallace (49/11)
#66-Dave Blaney (41/17)
#71-David Gilliland (37/17)
#78-Regan Smith (40/9)
#82-Scott Speed (36/17)
#87-Joe Nemechek (39/17)
In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #’s 09,82,71,87,66,36,64,37
missing the race would be : #’s 78,13
See the full entry list at my Jayski’s Daytona Entry List.(6-29-2009)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Daytona:
No changes, but the spread between 35th and 36th is up to 155 points
34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1366, +273
35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1248, 155 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1093, 155 points out of 35th
37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 1009, -239
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.(6-28-2009)
IMPOUND: the Cole Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway is the second IMPOUND race of 2009, there will be THREE [not five] impound races in 2009, both Talladega races [April & Oct] and Daytona in July. For more info, see my Impounding Info page.
Mayfield not at Daytona as garage opens: Car owners #64-Larry Gunselman and #36-Tommy Baldwin say they will not put Jeremy Mayfield in their cars this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Gunselman says his sponsor, Fred’s, does not want Mayfield in the car. Baldwin says Mayfield has too much baggage to drive his car. Mayfield’s indefinite suspension for a failed drug test was lifted by a federal judge on Wednesday, allowing him to race this weekend. His team was not at the track when the garage opened Thursday, which NASCAR initially said was the deadline for the #41 to enter the race. NASCAR now says Mayfield has until 3 p.m. to bring Mayfield Motorsports to the track.(Associated Press)(7-2-2009)
Mayfield’s attorney speaks: Wednesday on “Sirius Speedway” on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, host Dave Moody spoke with Bill Diehl, the attorney for driver Jeremy Mayfield.
Host, Dave Moody: “In your view, what was the key to this decision going your way?”
Bill Diehl: “Probably NASCAR’s over the top confidence about how right they were and how wrong Jeremy was. You know, they were wrong about it from the get-go and we stayed with our position throughout the argument and throughout the time that we’ve been suspended and we just carried the day as far as the judge is concerned that Jeremy had been treated wrong and to right the wrong meant giving him back his position in NASCAR and suspending the suspension.”
Moody: “How soon will he be back? Will we see Mayfield Motorsports at Daytona trying to qualify this weekend and, if so, will Jeremy be the driver?”
Diehl: “I think that’s probably problematic to be perfectly honest. I think it’s real difficult for him to get ready starting tonight and then race Saturday. He normally would have three days with a Sunday race and instead he only has two with a Saturday night race and I think it will be quite difficult. He hasn’t made up his mind as far as a final decision is concerned but I think it realistic to expect that he’d be returning next week rather than this week.”
Moody: “There have been conflicting reports since the ruling was announced earlier this afternoon about whether or not NASCAR would appeal this decision. What’s your expectation? Do you have any at this point?”
Diehl: “I really don’t. You know, they would do well to put this behind them, put this whole issue behind them, and go forward. It’s what I hope. But, again, they’re proud people and they don’t lose very often and they’ve lost something that they may decide to try to carry on the case even longer and fight harder and that might be their position. I can’t tell you today, for certain, that there’ll be any contact. The judge himself urged the parties to try to talk to each other. We’re certainly willing. We’ve never been haughty about this. We’ve never been over the top and I don’t think we’ve been pushy. We’ve said, ‘We have rights. We think they ought to be vindicated. We think you ought to listen.’ So far they’ve been real hard to deal with. Maybe their position will change. I can’t predict that.”
(Sirius NASCAR Radio PR)(7-2-2009)
Different look for Harvick at Daytona: Instead of the usual yellow and red Shell-Pennzoil colors, Kevin Harvick’s #29 RCR Chevy will carry a special silver design in this weekend’s Coke Zero 400 to promote Pennzoil Platinum. Pennzoil Platinum is full synthetic engine oil with superior Active Cleansing Agents that continuously attacks potential and stubborn deposits to help keep the engine clean. Pennzoil Platinum is designed to provide the ultimate cleansing under the most severe driving style or conditions to maximize engine responsiveness.(RCR)(7-2-2009)
McMurray to sport saw blades look: #26-Jamie McMurray will pilot the #26 Irwin Marathon Ford at Daytona in the Coke Zero 500. This is a special paint scheme promoting Irwin’s Marathon saw blades.(RFR)(7-2-2009)
New Hampshire TV Ratings Up UPDATE: 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% and 1.1% 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% and 3.7% from a 4.2 rating and 5.715 million viewers last year.(NASCAR.com)(6-29-2009)
UPDATE: TNT’s ratings for its coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Racing from Loudon marked the first increase during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, receiving a 3.5 US Household rating, up 3% over the same race last year (3.4). Also, households had a 3% increase (4,003,000 vs. 3,873,000) over last year.(TNT)(7-2-2009)
“Kids Stop” rig at race tracks: Motorsports Authentics is letting kids take the green flag at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race tracks with the launch of its newest trackside merchandise rig, “The Kids Stop.” Making its official debut at Daytona International Speedway, “The Kids Stop” is dedicated entirely to NASCAR-related merchandise for youth. The rig will carry a wide variety of items featuring some of NASCAR’s most popular drivers so even the smallest racing fan can show his colors. The rig will join Motorsports Authentics’ trailers at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events throughout the remainder of the 2009 season.(Motorsports Authentics PR)(7-2-2009)
Gander Mountain sponsoring Front Row Motorsports cars at Daytona Gander Mountain will be the primary sponsor of both Front Row Motorsports’ (FRM) #37 Sprint Cup entry and FRM’s #34 Nationwide entry at the legendary Daytona International Speedway during the 4th of July holiday race weekend. The sponsorship highlights Gander Mountain’s new online firearms department and free standard shipping program. Both race cars will be piloted by Tony Raines, currently 13th in driver point standings in the Nationwide Series. Raines has routinely qualified for races this season behind the wheel of the #37 Dodge for FRM. Gander Mountain, with 116 stores in 23 states, is the nation’s largest retail network of stores for hunting, fishing, boating, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle apparel, products and services. FRM team owner Bob Jenkins welcomes Gander Mountain as a sponsor and said, “Gander Mountain is sure to have success with its launch of online firearms sales and free shipping program.” He continued, “We intend to run strong and help spread the word at Daytona over this holiday weekend.”(Front Row Motorsports PR)(7-2-2009)
NASCAR to Announce Inaugural Nominees For Hall Of Fame UPDATE: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s inaugural class will take a significant step towards realization Thursday night when the first 25 nominees will be revealed. The announcement will take place during an hour-long special on SPEED at 8:00pm/et that will be hosted by long-time NASCAR broadcaster Ken Squier. The Hall of Fame Voting Panel, which includes a fan-vote element, will then choose the first class of inductees – five NASCAR greats who will be honored next May at the new NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. The elite 25 names were determined by a 21-person Nominating Committee that consists of officials from both NASCAR and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, plus owners/operators of major speedways and historic short tracks. The list represents many who helped build the sport, including drivers, owners and promoters.(NASCAR)(6-29-2009)
UPDATE: NASCAR Says, a blog of NASCAR.com, blogs this week that will provide some “sneak peeks” at the inaugural list of nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The first two sneak peaked are lengendary drivers Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip.(NASCAR Says)(6-30-2009)
UPDATE 2: two more nominee’s Glen Wood and Richard Childress. Both were drivers originally, who switched their concentration to team ownership. Both ended up having some of NASCAR’s biggest stars drive their cars. On Thursday the entire 25-person list will be known.(NASCAR Says)(7-1-2009
Courtesy of Race Fans Stockcar Newsletter
NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek races through thick, thin
By Stephen Cole Smith SENTINEL STAFF WRITER July 2, 2009
Veteran NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek would not disagree that it has been a tough year.
He would disagree, though — loud and long — that it’s time for the 45-year-old Lakeland native to hang up his helmet. “I think I’m driving, and qualifying, as well as ever,” Nemechek said. “And given our resources, we’ve brought some fast cars to the track this year. We just need a partner to help us get back up to that next level.” www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orl-sportsnascar-nemechek-02070209jul02,0,6813565.story
Q & A with Dale Earnhardt Jr.: ‘I’m optimistic, but I’m also worried’
By Tania Ganguli SENTINEL STAFF WRITER July 2, 2009
If it hadn’t rained in February, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is still convinced he would have won the Daytona 500. He took a break from a National Guard appearance in Daytona Beach on Wednesday to speak with the Sentinel about that, life after his former crew chief/cousin Tony Eury Jr., and sitting in 19th place, likely to miss the Chase, what he wants out of the second half of 2009. www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orl-sportsnascar-dale-earnhardt-jr.02070209jul02,0,3042269.story
Member of NASCAR’s France family displays racing talent
Young member of racing royalty displays talent Topics
BITHLO – The 47-year-old mother sits in the pit-side grandstands at Orlando Speed World, watching her 17-year-old son race. She wears blue jeans and a pullover blouse, and her eyes never leave the black No. 96 Chevrolet Silverado Pro Truck. The faster her son drives, the faster she works her chewing gum.
Four NASCAR teams to participate in annual Festival of Speed in England
Four NASCAR teams will participate in the annual Festival of Speed this weekend at Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, England, as Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Red Bull Racing and Rusty Wallace Racing will all be represented. Taylor Earnhardt, the 20-year-old daughter of the late seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, will drive the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing chassis that her father drove to his last career win in October 2000. tinyurl.com/murles
Scraping by, Tommy Baldwin considers his race team as a life investment
Tommy Baldwin has made it through half of his first NASCAR Sprint Cup season as a car owner, so has it been worth it? tinyurl.com/mocml9
Courtesy of Racin’ Today
Woody: Mayfield Wins, But What, Exactly? – www.racintoday.com/archives/7168
Minter: No Shortage of Worthy Candidates For Hall of Fame – www.racintoday.com/archives/7132
Childress, Wood On Hall’s Short List – www.racintoday.com/archives/7153
Ingram: Racing Potentates Are Going, Going, Gone – www.racintoday.com/archives/7157
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Courtesy of That’s Racin’
Judge doubts drug test, lets Mayfield race again – www.thatsracin.com/140/story/13148.html
Weber will not return to TNT broadcasts – www.thatsracin.com/140/story/13154.html
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Kyle Petty and Doug Rice to Appear on July 2nd Edition of Race 2 Win Radio
TAYLORS, SC (July 2, 2009) – TNT NASCAR analyst Kyle Petty, auto racing icon, champion philanthropist and one of the sport’s most popular personalities, will be the featured guest on the July 2nd edition of Race 2 Win Radio. The show will air live at 1:00 pm ET at www.blogtalkradio.com/race2win.
Petty will serve as Grand Marshal for the 51st annual Coke Zero 400 on Saturday, July 4th at Daytona International Speedway. Petty will give the command, “Gentlemen, start your engines” to the 43-car field and to his father Richard Petty, who will pace the field in a replica 200th-winning No. 43 car.
Doug Rice, President and General Manager of Performance Racing Network and co-anchor of all of the PRN race broadcasts, will also be a special guest on Thursday’s episode. Rice can also be heard on PRN’s Fast Talk show each Monday night with a star-studded lineup of NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers.
Mike Calinoff, spotter for Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 DEWALT Ford, will check in with his “Keys to Winning” segment for Daytona. Calinoff will also discuss the efforts of the No. 17 team at both Sonoma and New Hampshire.
Award-winning journalist Kenny Bruce, assistant managing editor of NASCAR Scene, is back to take his turn on the “Writer’s Block,” a weekly segment he shares with Rick Minter, senior writer for RacinToday.com, in which two of the top writers in the sport discuss the top stories in and around NASCAR.
Race 2 Win Radio features NASCAR veteran Jeff Holtzclaw as host with Heather Meyer of the Stock Car Gazette and professional racecar driver Blake Feese serving as co-hosts. The show airs live every Thursday afternoon from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET at www.blogtalkradio.com/race2win. If you miss the live show, you can listen to, or download, any episode on-demand or on-the-go.
Listeners are always welcome to join in on the show. If you would like to comment on any topic or if you have a question for any of our guests or hosts, you can contact us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime or by calling (646) 200-4485 during the live broadcast.
Fans also have the opportunity to chat with Heather Meyer in the show’s chat room during the broadcast and submit questions or suggest topics with this feature. Users must sign up for an account at www.blogtalkradio.com before they can chat.
Race 2 Win Radio – NASCAR Radio at the Speed of Sound
CNBC’s “Inside Track: Refueling the Business of NASCAR” Will Premiere On Thursday, July 9th at 9PM, 10PM and 1AM.
CNBC’s “Inside Track: Refueling the Business of NASCAR” hosted by Emmy-Nominated CNBC Sports Business Reporter, Darren Rovell, examines a sport that was once seemingly unstoppable. Infamous for its ties to southern bootleggers and famous for filling some of the largest venues in the world – 200,000 fans at some speedways – a decade of growth made it the fastest growing sport in America.
But the rise of the 90s has given way to a new century recession. An imploding car business and shrinking sponsorship budgets are threatening the corporate dollars that are the sport’s very lifeblood. NASCAR is now feeling the pressure of the economic implosion as the companies whose names are decaled on the cars are reconsidering their investments. Owned and controlled by the France family, NASCAR is looking at ways to weather the storm.
“Inside Track: Refueling the Business of NASCAR” takes you inside the garage of driver turned owner Tony Stewart and a never before seen look at how NASCAR sponsors are looking for business…from each other. CNBC’s Rovell goes one-on-one with NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France as well as NASCAR’s biggest fan. CNBC takes viewers under the hood for a look at the people behind the iconic American companies that have stuck with this sport, which was born more than five
Bill Weber out at TNT – RTR called it correctly
It was reported Monday night on RaceTalkRadio.com that Bill Weber would remain out of the booth for this weekend’s event at Daytona and during the Sprint Cup Series event at Chicagoland. TNT replied to our news report with a denial. This denial was posted across the Internet.
However, TNT announced today that Weber would be replaced and he would not return to the booth for TNT’s final two races before handing the series coverage to ESPN and ABC.
“Bill Weber will not be part of TNT’s NASCAR coverage of the Cup Series for the network’s last two races. Ralph Sheheen will handle play-by-play duties for The Coke Zero 400 in Daytona and the LifeLock.com 400 from Chicagoland. Sheheen will be calling the races alongside analysts Kyle Petty and Wally Dallenbach in the booth,” according to a press release from TNT.
RaceTalkRadio.com makes every effort possible to ensure we’re reporting accurately. Our site visitors and listeners have come to trust RTR over our three year history and we have not made it a habit of reporting false information.
Over the weekend, TNT released news that Weber would not be attending the New Hampshire race due to personal reasons. RTR reported on Monday that over the New Hamphsire race weekend, Weber was allegedly involved in an altercation at his hotel that resulted in his suspension from TNT. All of the specifics of the alleged altercation were not detailed in our reporting because we felt it was not necessary to release the information. But at the end of the day the story was correct.
Check out Lori Munro’s latest Bill Weber cartoon on RaceTalkRadio.com.
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NEXT RACE: Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola, 8:00 pm/et, Friday, July 3, 2009 at Daytona International Speedway
Entry List: UPDATE: There are 48 entries for Friday night’s Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona. Some notes:
Jeff Green is back in the #05;
Chase Austin is listed as the driver of the #07;
Kasey Kahne will be in the #10 Braun entry for Richard Petty Motorsports;
Kerry Earnhardt returns to the #31;
The #42 team puts David Gilliland back behind the wheel;
A #58 team owned by Johnathan Cohen is listed with a driver TBA;
Partick Sheltra will be in the #81;
John Bornemann returns to the series in the #83;(6-29-2009)
UPDATE: Kevin Lepage will not be in the #52 for Jimmy Means.(6-30-2009)
UPDATE 2: Mike Harmon will be in the #58 and his #84 is likely to be withdrawn.(6-30-2009)
UPDATE 3: Donnie Neuenberger will be in the #52 and the #84 and #41 of Stanton Barrett have been withdrawn.(6-30-2009)
The complete list is posted on the Daytona race page.(6-29-2009)
Sport Clips on the #20: Sport Clips will adorn the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) Nationwide Series Toyota this weekend for the second and final time as the primary sponsor this season.(JGR PR)(7-2-2009)
Four more races for Bayne: NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Trevor Bayne has had four races added to his schedule with Michael Waltrip Racing, a spokesperson said Wednesday. Bayne was originally scheduled to compete in eight Nationwide races with the #99 Toyota team, and the 18-year-old has already completed three of those. The races added are Chicago on July 10, Michigan on Aug. 15, Atlanta on Sept. 5 and Texas on Nov. 7. Bayne’s remaining schedule also includes Gateway on July 18, Iowa on Aug. 1, Bristol on Aug. 21 and Phoenix on Nov. 14.(Scene Daily)(7-1-2009)
One Source Solutions added as associate sponsor for Shepherd: One Source Solutions will join Faith Motorsports as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series season beginning with this weekend’s Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway. One Source Solutions is one of the strongest credit card processing resellers in the southeast, offering retailers competitive pricing, 24/7 customer service in several languages and a wide variety of products to choose from.(Faith Motorsports PR)(7-1-2009)
Newman and Wimmer Swap races in #5: JR Motorsports announced a race swap for two upcoming NASCAR Nationwide events pertaining to its #5 Fastenal team and drivers Scott Wimmer and Ryan Newman. Newman, previously scheduled to compete in the Kansas event on Oct. 3, will give up driving duties that weekend to participate in the Aug. 21 race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Wimmer will now drive the Kansas event.(JR Motorsports PR)(7-1-2009)
2 race sponsorship for Kertus Davis: Noland Company, Charlotte Division and www.NuToneHVAC.com have come on board at Daytona and Bristol . “We are very excited to partner with the #04 J-D Motorsports and Kertus Davis says Jim Cosgrove Noland Representative. This is a great venue to showcase to dealers and consumers new Heating and Air Products from NuToneHVAC.” This initial program is for the Daytona July 3rd race and the Bristol August 21st race, both perfect settings to advertise new air conditioning products in two of the “Hottest” races of the season.(JD Motorsports)(7-1-2009)
Courtesy of The Hot Lap
One of the pleasant surprises on the NASCAR Nationwide Series is the performance of Knoxville’s Trevor Bayne driving for Michael Waltrip Racing. In three starts, Bayne has two top-15 finishes and an outside front-row start. Not bad for a driver who had not raced on a track bigger than one mile until four weeks ago. Bayne looked to be the future for Dale Earnhardt Inc. when he signed to be a developmental driver and raced in the Camping World East series last year. When DEI merged with Chip Ganassi’s operation, DEI’s developmental and Nationwide teams folded. That left Bayne without a ride heading into 2009.Read more (knoxnews.com) (07-02-09)
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Skinner among participants in England’s Goodwood Festival of Speed: Mike Skinner along with Rusty Wallace, Landon Cassill & Tayler Earnhardt, is scheduled to participate in this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex England on July 3-5, 2009. Held since 1993, the Festival celebrates historic cars from all forms of racing. The three-day event, hosted by the Earl of March at his family’s estate, features a 1.16-mile hill-climbing competition for all classes and types of race cars and motorcycles, plus a 2.5-kilometer course for historic rally cars. Mike Skinner will drive a former NASCAR Sprint Cup chassis fielded by Team Red Bull, for whom he’s driven on a part-time basis while competing full time for another NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title.(NASCAR PR) [More information on the Festival is posted on the Jayski Appearance Page.](7-1-2009)
Courtesy of TruckSeries.Com
Hornaday Steady; Braun, Starr Make Significant Gains
06-29-2009 | TruckSeries.com Report
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. (No. 33 Longhorn Chevrolet) held serve. Hornaday, the leader by 84 points entering five consecutive weekends of racing in late May, remains in the No. 1 position. He leads Matt Crafton (No. 88 Menards Chevrolet) by 76 points
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Carter, Clement Reunite for Iowa Speedway
NEWTON IA (7-1-09) – Nine-time ARCA RE/MAX Series car owner champion Larry Clement and veteran driver Matt Carter will be reuniting for the running of the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway July 11.
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Insider Racing News
Did Crew Chief Bryan Berry Get Off Easy?
by Doug Demmons
Firecracker of a 400 Before the Race, (Jeremy Mayfield Beats City Hall But Will He Show Up?) Fantasy Insight- Daytona 2 by Dennis Michelsen
The Nascar Insiders
Do Strategy Wins Mean Less To You?
So unless you live under a rock (which I’m guessing you don’t, because you are reading this blog post), you know that Joey Logano picked up his first Cup Series win last Sunday at New Hampshire.
I Was Just Wonderin’…: Ping Pong, Technicalities, and Earnhardt’s #3 Car Rides Again!
By Carol Einarsson | 07/02/2009
I wonder if followers of Juan Pablo Montoya’s twitter wish they’d paid more attention in Spanish class. And I also wonder if I’m the only one that copies and pastes his tweets into an online translator to see what he said.
Mayfield Mayhem Stumps “NASCAR Now”
T V * L I S T I N G S
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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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