The Stock Car Gazette e-zine for Thursday, July 16, 2009
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Good morning. There probably will not be a Friday edition of the Gazette, as I will be traveling out of town for some family situations.
Stock Car Gazette Columnists Speak Out!
NASCAR: Mayfield again tests positive for meth
NASCAR said Jeremy Mayfield once again tested positive for methamphetamine and asked the federal judge who lifted the driver’s drug suspension to reinstate the ban.
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Mayfield Fails Second Test
AP is reporting that NASCAR is saying Jeremy Mayfield once again tested positive for methamphetamine and asked the federal judge who lifted the driver’s drug suspension to reinstate the ban. The positive result from a July 6 random test was included in a U.S. District Court filing Wednesday that included an affidavit from Mayfield’s stepmother, who claimed she personally witnessed the driver using methamphetamine at least 30 times over seven years. Mayfield once again denied ever using the illegal drug. “I don’t trust anything NASCAR does, anything (program administrator) Dr. David Black does, never have, never will,” Mayfield told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
UPDATE..Tests Results Vary
Mayfield’s attorney, John Buric, says a urine sample taken less than an hour after NASCAR’s and analyzed by drug-screening laboratory LabCorp showed a negative result for methamphetamines. The sanctioning body is asking for Judge Graham Mullen to rescind the injunction he issued July 1 that forced NASCAR to lift its suspension of Mayfield resulting from what it says was a positive test for methamphetamines May 1. Buric said Mayfield’s sample given to LabCorp is going to be analyzed further in an attempt to match the procedures used by Aegis. Mayfield also had given a sample earlier in the day at LabCorp, but Buric said he does not have those results because the LabCorp sample taken at night was closer to the time that NASCAR took its sample. “Our results came back negative,” Buric said in a phone interview Wednesday night. “We did it so we would have our own private, independent sample. … We are awaiting a second set [of] results from our test, trying to recreate their method. I’m guessing the labs have different methods and different thresholds for the testing, and we didn’t get their tests results until [Wednesday] morning.”(scenedaily.com)
Harvick Wants Out At RCR?
Sports Illusrated is reporting that Kevin Harvick has told Richard Childress he would like to leave after this season, according to multiple sources. Harvick has one year remaining on his contract with RCR, but the Shell/Pennzoil sponsorship deal on the No. 29 ends at the end of this season, and Harvick is trying to move with it to Stewart-Haas. Tony Stewart has said his team is interested in running a third car in Sprint Cup in 2010. Adding Harvick in a package with a strong sponsor would be a masterstroke.
Atlanta Tire Tests: Day Two
Three of NASCAR’s top-five ranked drivers are currently tire testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway to assist the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company prepare the superlative tire for Atlanta’s first Sprint Cup night race, the Pep Boys Auto 500 on Sept. 6. Currently in the second day of a two-day tire test, NASCAR Sprint Cup stars Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray and Tony Stewart will continue testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway until 10 p.m. Of the four, three currently sit in the top-five in NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings – Stewart (first in points with 2884 points), Busch (fourth, 2526) and Hamlin (fifth, 2457). Driver’s reactions to testing have been positive, with many providing comments indicating tires for the Labor Day weekend night race will meet expectations. Additionally, the testing drivers have been posting lap speeds in the low-180 mph range
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Mayfield talks on Sirius Late Shift [this is a long post]: On Wednesday’s “Late Shift” on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, hosts Nate Ryan and and Buddy Baker spoke with NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield. NASCAR filed a motion with a federal appeals court saying Mayfield tested positive for methamphetamine in a second round of drug tests and should have his suspension from the sport reinstated.
Host, Nate Ryan: “Your reaction to [the allegations]?”
Jeremy Mayfield: “Well, first of all I didn’t think they were going to come back and say I was clean you know what I mean? Because that’s just not, doesn’t seem which way they want to work anymore. I had a test done before their test and I had a test done 30, 35 minutes after their test that got different results than what they’re mentioning there. We’ll hear more about that tomorrow, more detail on that. But it’s just part of the deal that’s going on. It’s just a bad deal all the way around for everybody involved and stuff just keeps popping up, one thing after another. It’ll all come out and at the end we’ll all know. And I think a lot of you guys that I’ve known and seen the past for years know for sure without a shadow of doubt there’s nothing wrong here, nothing going on. And they have a hard time admitting when they’re wrong or done something wrong and we all know that, whether we admit it or not, we know that and it’s just part of the battle, part of the things we’re going to have to fight here.”
Host, Buddy Baker: “There was also a report there that your stepmother had suggested that she had watched you use drugs. What in the world is going on there?”
Mayfield: “I’m not even going to call that lady my stepmom. That was a lady who was married to my dad who is very, very angry at me. And that’s all going to come out too. It’s a whole different subject. A lady who pretty much shot and killed my dad and that’ll all, in the next few days you’ll be hearing more about that. It’s just another part of my life that’s going on that I’ve had to get figured out. I had private investigators and everything on my dad’s case when it all happened in ’07. She’s a very evil lady and obviously can be bought and her time’s coming. And it’s definitely somebody that doesn’t like me whatsoever and doesn’t deserve to even have the Mayfield last name. She’s, like I said, very angry and obviously out to do whatever she’s got to do and NASCAR jumps right on the bandwagon. And I guess when you get paid to say something you can say whatever you want to say. But, like I said, that’s a whole different, separate thing that’s going on in my life that you’ll be hearing about more in the next couple of days with a wrongful death situation that she’s involved in and trying everything she can to get back at me. And what do you say? I damn sure won’t call her a stepmom, I tell you that. She never was.”
Ryan: “Going back to what you were saying there about the testing, when NASCAR did its test a week ago, on Monday, you did a test at another facility? Are you saying those test results will show that you didn’t test positive for methamphetamine?”
Mayfield: “Yeah, definitely. And I took it at two different facilities. One was at the Piedmont Urgent Care before their test and another one actually at an emergency room right after their test. And the one I took after their test was, I’m going to say 30, 35 minutes later just to let you know the timeline there. I promise you they’ll show different results than what they show.”
Baker: “What has this done to your life as far as just walking around? A lot of people know you and think highly of you but have you noticed a difference in just daily life since this came about?”
Mayfield: “Oh, definitely, Buddy. It’s something that we’re dealing with on a daily basis. Every day, all day long, this is what we deal with and have been since it happened. But I can tell you this: I’m not going to lay down. I’m going to stand up for what’s right. That’s the way I am and who I am. And they can try and throw every little tactical thing they can throw at me but I can promise you I’m not going down. I want the world to know that. And if I do anything at all hopefully it’ll make their drug policy like it needs to be and it helps another driver or several drivers in the future. At least give them a fair shake and this won’t happen again. And that’s what bothers me more than anything, is how wrong, and the lie that you have to sit here and read every day on the internet and see how wrong this whole situation is. I haven’t said anything for awhile. I’ve been real quiet, letting them do their own deal. Let Ramsey [Poston] run his mouth on a daily basis. And I just can’t take it no more and I need to tell the truth. I need to let everybody know that what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong. And I find it hard for a guy in Brian France’s position to sit here and tell the world how great and how strong their drug policy is and basically, you look at the World Anti-Doping Association – I said this last week in an interview – you go ask anybody in any kind of sporting series in the world what kind of policy we have and it’s the worst out there. And I have a hard time when Brian wants to sit there and tell all the race fans out there how strong and how great their policy is when in fact it’s not. And I just don’t believe in things like that and it’s time to tell it. It’s time for the world to know that kind of stuff.”
Ryan: “Another contention from NASCAR is that you attempted to dilute this drug test and that was the reason for the delay, that you had attempted to dilute it by ingesting large quantities of water. Would you care to respond to that?”
Mayfield: “Yeah, I’d love to respond to it. The day after this happened, day one, we started shooting a documentary on all this, some buddies of mine and friends of mine in the past that I worked with, they’re in the movie business kinda, out in L.A. And we started shooting a documentary of our lives every day since then. And Buddy asked the question: How’d this change your life? We’re going to show on TV, and the world’s going to know how it’s changed our life because they’ve been with us every day, 24/7. And that day there they were with us and watched. They met the NASCAR security and, I guess, the collectors at my front porch. Nobody held them off for 10 minutes. Nobody had done any of that stuff. Nobody was running and hiding. I waited here at my house for an hour and a half and it’s documented on tape, live, waiting for them to get here. And they say, ‘Well, you ran from this, ran from that.’ They give me 18 minutes. My attorney told me – I had a meeting on Monday – I had 18 minutes to get to the lab of their choice, whatever it was, to go take my test. Well, there’s no way I could make it in 18 minutes. And I got mad about it. I was like, ‘There’s no way I can make it there.’ So we went and got our own test right before just to show the world I was not trying to hide anything. So we’ve got all this documented and it’s all going to come out and the truth will be known.”
Ryan: “What can you tell us about your NASCAR career at this point? Do you have any designs on even racing in NASCAR right now or is it more just about trying to prove your point here and not really worrying about continuing your career?”
Mayfield: “I’m not worried about continuing my career because, you know, we all know what happens when you buck the system and you go back and try to race again. It’s not going to work out for me for whatever reason that we all know. My deal now is I can’t afford to sit there and pay employees and pay people to work on race cars when we don’t have the money to do that. And we’re putting all of our resources, everything we got now, into fighting this to the end. And that’s what we intend to do and [are] going to do. And I just can’t keep people on the payroll for no reason, you know?”
Ryan: “What’s the next step from here? Where do you expect this case to go and does this mean we aren’t going to see you at the racetrack again anytime soon?”
Mayfield: “I doubt you will. The case, like I said, I’m fighting it to the end, whatever I’ve got to do. It’s just like if somebody accuses you. They say, ‘Hey, man, you’re going to jail.’ For what reason they don’t tell you. They send you to jail and you’ve got to explain later how you’re going to get out, this, that and the other. You’re not going to do that. You’re not going to take the fall for somebody else. You’re going to stand up and be a man about it and fight for what’s right and that’s what I gotta do.”
Baker: “Like you said, right or wrong, we’ll know the truth here pretty soon.”
Mayfield: “Right, that’s the whole deal right there. And, like I said, we’ve had a camera crew with us 24/7 that’s going to be [unintelligible] every bit of this and we’ll all see it. And one other thing as I sit here and think about this: You know, Brian France out there talking about effective drug policy, it’s kind of like Al Capone talking about effective law enforcement. And that’s the way I feel about it. The pot shouldn’t be calling the kettle black, you know what I’m saying? And I think the world needs to hear that, too.”
Ryan: “NASCAR has said they have not tested the B sample yet from what they collected from you. Was your test observed, the one you conducted at an independent laboratory? Was that observed by someone and was there a B sample for that?”
Mayfield: “Yes, there is a B sample and, yes, it was at a professional lab. When you go take these drug tests and everybody that’s had one – and by the way I’m getting them, I’ve been getting them since this happened about every three or four days I go get a drug test. I’ll say in the next couple weeks I’ll probably have up to 15 or 16 different tests that show clean and the only two that show positive are the ones that come from [Dr.] David Black down at his lab. And the B sample, their deal with the B sample was we told them what lab to send it to, send our B sample, since that belongs to me supposedly, send it to a credible lab. We told them what lab to send it to. They didn’t want to send it to that lab. They wanted to send it to the lab they wanted to send it to. Well, if it’s my sample why can’t it be my choice? There again, policy-wise, that’s the way it is in all sports. You send it – the B sample belongs to the donor – you send it to the lab you want it sent it to. And [for] some reason they’re not doing that. They can sit there and say what they want to and make up all the excuses they want to. That’s the truth. They did not want to send it to the lab we wanted it sent to.”
Ryan: “Do you feel as if you’ve been targeted here? Do you feel as if NASCAR is singling you out and, if so, what would be the motive for that?”
Mayfield: “I feel like I was definitely targeted and definitely was going to be, they thought, a good example for their drug policy. I’d go away for thirty days or whatever and come back, got my own team, and drive again. But nobody, like I said, nobody in their right mind would do that and that’s when you got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything, you know? And the deal with me, they got me and I was a good example for their policy. Remember policy, that Brian talks about all the time? If they got me then none of their stars would ever have to go down for a positive drug test, which Brian said the other day they have all the time, positive drug tests. There again, if it’s a zero policy, zero tolerance on their policy, then how do you have a bunch of positive drug tests? Why was mine the only one positive that was going to have to be used for an example?”
(SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio)(7-16-2009)
Mayfield defends himself; suing stepmother: Jeremy Mayfield didn’t spare his stepmother or NASCAR in defending himself against Wednesday’s report that he has again tested positive for methamphetamines. NASCAR filed court papers on Wednesday saying that his most recent drug test came back positive and including an affidavit from Mayfield’s stepmother Lisa who claims to have seen the racer using drugs on numerous occasions. Mayfield said he does not trust NASCAR testing and saved his strongest words for his stepmother. “She’s basically a [bleep],” he told ESPN.com‘s David Newton. “She shot and killed my dad.” Mayfield’s father Terry died in 2007 at age 56, and Mayfield told ESPN.com that his stepmother will be served with a wrongful death suit on Thursday. “She knows what we’ve got on her,” Mayfield said. “For her to come out and do this is pretty ballsy. Everybody that’s ever know me knows I never, ever have been around her for more than 10 hours of my life. She’s a gold digger. I knew that from Day 1.” Although he said he has no proof, Mayfield claimed that NASCAR paid Lisa Mayfield for her affidavit. “It wouldn’t take much money. She tried to get money from me,” Mayfield said. “I have a very short fuse when it comes to her.” Mayfield said he has been tested for drugs every two to five days by an independent lab and never tested positive. He said it was no coincidence that the tests by NASCAR’s lab resulted in his suspension and now another positive test. In blasting NASCAR, he went straight for the top, chairman Brian France.(more at ESPN.com)
NASCAR: Mayfield again tests positive for meth: NASCAR says Jeremy Mayfield has again tested positive for methamphetamine and wants the federal judge who lifted the driver’s drug suspension to reinstate the ban. The positive result from a July 6 random test was included in a U.S. District Court filing Wednesday. The filing includes an affidavit from Mayfield’s stepmother, who claims she personally witnessed the driver using methamphetamine at least 30 times over seven years. NASCAR says in its filings that the “A” sample had levels of methamphetamine consistent with habitual users who consume high doses. The filing also claims Mayfield and his attorneys have failed to select a qualified laboratory to test the backup “B” sample.(Associated Press)
AND The general manager of Jeremy Mayfield’s race team says he has left the organization because he doesn’t believe Mayfield Motorsports will return to the race track. Bobby Wooten says he was the last remaining employee. The team was started this season, and Mayfield said in court documents he had to lay off 10 employees since NASCAR suspended him in May for failing a random drug test. A federal judge has lifted that suspension, but Mayfield did not bring the #41 Toyota to the track in the two races since he was reinstated. Wooten says he does not believe Mayfield has any interest in resurrecting the team.(Associated Press)(7-15-2009)
Harvick wants out at RCR? UPDATE RCR Statement Kevin Harvick has told Richard Childress he would like to leave after this season, according to multiple sources. Harvick has one year remaining on his contract with RCR, but the Shell/Pennzoil sponsorship deal on the #29 Chvey ends at the end of this season, and Harvick is trying to move with it to Stewart-Haas. Tony Stewart has said his team is interested in running a third car in Sprint Cup in 2010. Childress is in a tough spot. He could hold Harvick to the contract and try to re-sign Shell/Pennzoil, but in a performance-based business, the Stewart-Haas option, undoubtedly, is more appealing to the gas and oil company. If Shell/Penzoil decides to leave, Childress has to find $15 million to $20 million in sponsorship to replace it — a very difficult prospect in this economy. Harvick would also bring additional Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series capability to the organization, joining the JR Motorsports operation owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rick Hendrick. Kevin Harvick Inc. competes in both series.(Sports Illustrated)(7-14-2009)
UPDATE: The following is a statement from Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing, regarding recent reports about RCR team sponsor Shell-Pennzoil and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet Impala SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: “Richard Childress Racing has a multi-year contract with Shell-Pennzoil that includes the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Shell-Pennzoil remains a great partner for RCR and Kevin Harvick as well as our sport overall. RCR also has a multi-year contract with Kevin Harvick that includes the 2010 season. That said, Shell will be the sponsor and Kevin will be the driver of RCR’s No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet Impala SS in 2010.”(RCR site)
UPDATE 2:Richard Childress Racing driver Kevin Harvick would like to be released from the final year of his contract that expires in 2010, a source close to the situation said on Wednesday. “He’s making that evident,” the source said. The SI.com report said Shell’s contract expires after this season, but multiple sources told ESPN.com the deal runs through 2010. Sources added that it is unlikely RCR owner Richard Childress would let both the driver and sponsor go, particularly in today’s economic climate. A spokesman for Harvick had no comment when contacted by ESPN.com.(ESPN)(7-15-2009)
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NASCAR Says Stepmother Saw Mayfield Use Meth
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
NASCAR on Wednesday filed documents asking that the U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte, vacate the recent ruling by Judge Graham C. Mullen which had lifted the suspension of driver/owner Jeremy Mayfield for violating the organization’s substance abuse policy.
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NASCAR: Mayfield tested positive Meth again
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NEXT RACE: Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250, 9:00 pm/et, Saturday, July 18, 2009 at Gateway International Raceway
Entry List: There 49 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday night’s Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway. Some notes:
The #07 driver is TBA;
Chad Blount will be in the #10;
Reed Sorenson will make his debut for the year in the #32 Braun Toyota;
The #52 is TBA;
Joe Ruttman is listed in the #71;
Jeff Green will be in the #85 for Wayne Day;
Chase Miller is in the MSRP #91;
The complete list is posted on the Gateway race page.(7-13-2009)
RWI considering manufacturer change: Rusty Wallace Racing announced that it is exploring all of its options for the 2010 season when it comes to which manufacturer it will run with in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The organization, which switched from Dodge to Chevy after the 2007 season, has seen its contract with General Motors be among those rejected by the new General Motors that emerged from U.S. Bankruptcy Court earlier this week.(SceneDaily)(7-15-2009)
Sellers adds race to schedule: #77-Cardinal Motorsports announced today that primary sponsor SFP is adding the famed Watkins Glen road course to the team’s schedule in the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series. The addition of Watkins Glen brings the total to 11 races for the new team and its driver, Peyton Sellers.(Cardinal Motorsports PR)(7-15-2009)
First 2009 start for Sorenson: Reed Sorenson makes first NASCAR Nationwide Series start of the 2009 season at Gateway International Raceway in the #32 Dollar General Toyota.(Braun Racing PR)(7-15-2009)
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While NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers take a much-needed weekend off, the SPEED™ on-air personalities who regularly cover them will pick up right where they left off in an on-track rivalry of their own. SPEED’s Bob Dillner’s BDI Racing team and Kenny and Steven Wallace will compete this weekend in the Oxford 250 Late Model race at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine. Dillner will field two cars, driven by Michael Pope, 19, and Joey Pole, 20, while Wallace competes in a Ricky Rolfe-owned entry. “Kenny Wallace really is a racer,” Dillner said. “He is so into his short-track racing and hasn’t forgotten about where he came from and I admire that. We’re both racers, which means we want to beat each other, but we’re buddies, as well. If we are lucky enough to be battling for the win on the last lap, I’ll tell my boys, ‘Don’t be shy about putting the bumper to him just because he’s Kenny Wallace.’ Heck, it would make a good story for SPEED and an even better one for my team.” Wallace, NASCAR RaceDay analyst, and nephew Steven Wallace will fly directly from St. Louis following Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Gateway International Raceway to Maine and hit the 1/3-mile historic speedway first thing Sunday morning for the Oxford 250. (PTP) (07-16-09)
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NEXT RACE INFO
Built Ford Tough 225 – Kentucky Speedway, Saturday, July 18, 2009, 7:00pm Eastern
SPEED/TV: Prerace – 6:30pm; Race – 7:00pm
Preliminary Entry List: There are 39 trucks listed on the Preliminary Entry List for the Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Kentucky Race Page.(7-13-2009)
#02-Dillon Oliver, driver, Protencia Energy Drink/Piranha H20 CSR Chevy
#07-Chad McCumbee, driver, tiwi Chevy
#39-Ryan Sieg, driver, TBA Chevy
#41-Ryan Mathews, driver, Mike Berg Trucking Dodge
#63-Ben Stancill, driver, Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool Ford
#87-Chris Jones, driver, Copy Wizard Chevy
#93-Shane Sieg, driver, TBA Chevy(7-13-2009)
#36-Jack Smith named as driver, Mittler Bros. Machine Ford
#65-Jamie Mosley names as driver, Lumbermans Millwork & Supply Chevy(7-15-2009)
News & Notes – Kentucky Speedway: NASCAR’s prerace News & Notes for the Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway are posted on the Kentucky Race Page.(7-13-2009)
Crawford visiting Ford plant on the way to Kentucky: Rick Crawford, driver of the #14-Circle Bar/International Truck & Engine Ford, is scheduled to visit Ford’s Sharonville Transmission Plant on Thursday afternoon. Located just north of Cincinnati, the Ford Motor Co. factory in Sharonville, Ohio, produces the five-speed transmission used in its F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks. “We’re looking forward to going to Kentucky this weekend for the Built Ford Tough 225 and we’re going out early this week to visit one of Ford’s manufacturing plants, so we’re doing a lot to help promote Ford and the race sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers” said Crawford.(Circle Bar Racing PR)(7-15-2009)
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Dirt Specialist Josh Richards Teams with Venturini Motorsports for Speedway Debut at KY
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Drive for Diversity Grad Hernandez Entered at KY
Veteran Smith Turns 200 at Kentucky
Veteran Kimmel Confident Going to Kentucky; Approaching Major Milestone Markers
Win-Tron Leads Hoosier Superspeedway Challenge to Kentucky; Chaffee Leads Cometic Crew Chief Title
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This rocky start was a just an omen of what lay ahead for last year’s NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year. But White was not the only one to …
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White Looks For Breakout Performance At Home
Just about a year ago, Jason White was wondering if he could achieve his goal of running a full NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule while being based on the western side of Canada with about 80 percent of the races being held in the eastern portion of the expansive country.
In the nick of time, White (No. 21 A&W/Zimmer-Wheaton GMC Chevrolet) hooked up with another up-and-comer from the west looking to make inroads in the east—A&W and their Cruisin’ The Dub campaign.
The two British Columbia-based outfits teamed up and each accomplished goals. For A&W, it was an avenue to reach the large brand-sensitive NASCAR fan base. For White, it was an opportunity to continue his quest to become the first NASCAR Canadian Tire Series rookie of the year which he did.
A year later, the duo remains together and White has an even bigger goal in mind—to put his A&W Chevy in Victory Lane in the A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300 at SunValley Speedway in Vernon, B.C., this Saturday.
“It’s a big, big weekend for us,” said White. “Both the CEO and CFO of A&W are coming over from Vancouver for the race. We’ve got some ride-alongs scheduled for them, some new hero cards with coupons and we’re trying to cook up some Facebook and Twitter promotions.”
In light of all the marketing initiatives, White vows to remain focused for the race at a track that is special to him.
“I love that track. It is a very special place just like anyone’s home track,” he said. “I’ve got 25 to 30 feature wins there and it’s such a great place to race.”
To make it an even more extraordinary event, Marty White, Jason’s father, who was the 1976 NASCAR Northwest Modified champion, is serving as the race’s grand marshal.
“I got my love of racing from my father, so it’s pretty cool that he gets to be involved in this great event along with the team.”
It stands to reason that once this Saturday’s race is in the books, White and his team can sit back and enjoy the final two races of the western swing—Rexall Speedway in Edmonton and Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon—but White says it’s not that simple.
“Everyone thinks these western races are a snap for us, but actually they are a little harder. Western Canada is pretty spread out,” White said. “Since the car stays back east for those races, it’s just not a matter of jumping on an airplane. We have to jump the hurdles that everyone else has to on this trip. It doesn’t matter. It’s all fun.”
The Race: A&W Cruisin’ the Dub 300
The Place: SunValley Speedway, Vernon, B.C.
The Date: Saturday, July 18
The Time: 8:00 p.m. PT
TV Schedule: TSN, Aug. 2, Noon ET
Track Layout: half-mile tri-oval
Race Purse: $87,323 CAD
2008 Winner: Don Thomson Jr.
2008 Pole: Don Thomson Jr.
Schedule: Practice 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Qualifying 5 p.m.
Track Contact: Bob Newcombe, (250) 542-9090, firstname.lastname@example.org
NASCAR Contact: Shon Sbarra.(704) 309-5493, email@example.com
Rk Driver Points
1 Andrew Ranger 657
2 DJ Kennington 640
3 Ron Beauchamp Jr. 632
4 Scott Steckly 628
5 Kerry Micks 605
6 Dave Whitlock 597
7 Anthony Simone 577
8 Jason Hathaway 534
9 Mark Dilley 512
10 Kent Nuhn 508
11 Jason White 496
12 Don Thomson Jr. 491
Nuhn Races For Love Of The Game
For many across the United States and Canada, short-track racing is about enjoying the camaraderie and thrill of competition. It’s simply about having fun.
Kent Nuhn (No. 18 The Fuel Genie Chevrolet) and his team enjoy their time at the track. Do they want to run well and win the race? Sure, but there’s more to it than that.
Nuhn has participated in every NASCAR Canadian Tide Series presented by Mobil 1 race there has ever been and the Williamsford, Ontario-based driver has made continual improvement along the way, despite not being one of the big-budget teams.
“We enjoy our time at the track. It’s a time to be together as a team,” said Nuhn. “We don’t have the (resources) that some of the other teams have, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t be successful or meet the challenges of getting better each time out.”
This season, Nuhn and The Fuel Genie team are running better than ever and currently hold the 10th spot in the points standings.
One of the primary reasons for the improved performance, cited by Nuhn’s crew chief and father, Hugh, is the cost effectiveness of the engine and its ability to compete with the custom-built motors in the field.
Racing has always been about gathering, competing hard and gathering again. And that’s how it will continue to be for the Nuhns.
SunValley News & Notes
The Race: This event is the fifth of 13 races on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule. It is the third trip to the track for the series since its inception in 2007.
The Procedure: The starting field is 20 cars, including provisionals. The first 17 cars will be determined from two-lap time trials. The remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 300 laps (150 miles).
The Track: The SunValley Speedway half-mile banked tri-oval is 55 feet wide on the front and back straights, and 60 feet wide in the turns. Banking in Turns 1 and 2 is 11 degrees, while Turns 3 and 4 are banked at 14 degrees. The facility has seating for 7,500 spectators which includes corporate hospitality facilities and VIP suites. The track’s first event took place on August 12, 2000.
The Records: The one-lap qualifying record for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at the track is 18.299 seconds (98.366 mph), set by Don Thomson Jr. on July 14, 2007. The 300-lap race record is also held by Thomson at 2 hours, 21 minutes, 19 seconds, which was set in last year’s race on July 19 for an average speed of 63.687 mph.
Longest Race: The 150-mile race at SunValley Speedway is the longest race, in terms of distance, on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule. The series also runs 300-lap races at Barrie (Ont.) Speedway and Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S.
Last Time In B.C.: In last season’s A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300, Thomson started on the pole and collected the win by leading a race-high 136 laps. Scott Steckly finished second followed by John Gaunt, who logged his first series podium finish.
Fitzpatrick Motorsports Dominance: Both Thomson and JR Fitzpatrick have fared well at SunValley Speedway since the NASCAR era began. Fitzpatrick beat Steckly to the finish line in 2007 by a scant .029 seconds, while Thomson took the checkers last year. Thomson, meanwhile, earned the pole position in both seasons.
NCATS Notebook: Tide 250 Wrap-Up
He’s At It Again: It took four races, but defending series champion Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Tow Truck in a Box Dodge) found his way to Victory Lane for the first time in 2009. In the process, he extended his own series record for wins by a driver to six. He has now won a race in each of the series’ three seasons, joining Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Walmart/Tide Ford) as the only two drivers to accomplish this feat.
Back On Top: With his fourth-place finish in the Tide 250, Ranger took over the top spot in the driver standings. It’s the first time since winning the 2007 championship that he has sat atop the leader board. DJ Kennington (No. 17 Castrol/Mahindra Tractor Dodge) moved into second place while Ron Beauchamp Jr. (No. 60 Mopar/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge) slipped from first to third.
Good As New: After a serious accident on June 14 at Mosport, Joey Hanssen (No. 40 Prime Champ Dodge) has been given a clean bill of health and feels fine. For a few days after the accident, the 18-year-old rookie driver out of Holland experienced some lingering side effects, but some minor therapy quickly rectified those problems. In the Tide 250, he posted his first series career top-10 by finishing 10th.
Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Award: As a reward for his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series victory at Autodrome St. Eustache, Steckly collects $1,500 from Mobil 1 for his effort.
Mopar Quick Three: This program awards the top three finishing Dodges in the race. In the Dickies 200, the victorious Steckly was the highest-finishing Dodge and thus earned a $2,000 bonus. Second-place finisher Kennington was the second-highest finishing Dodge, which earned him $1,000. Picking up $500 for finishing as the third-highest Dodge was John Gaunt (No. 12 Hy-Tech Drilling Dodge). He finished third overall as Dodge dominated the event by having seven of the top-10 cars.
Coca-Cola Move of the Race Award: Improving his position the most over the course of the race was Hanssen. After qualifying and starting 21st on the grid, he was able to finish 10th. As a result, he earned the $1,000 award from Coca-Cola.
MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Race Award: In a new program for 2009, the driver who compiles the most points in a specialized system involving qualifying, race finish and leading laps collects the $1,000 award. Steckly edged out Kennington by a single point to earn the award.
In Case You Missed It: The Tide 250 will premiere on Sunday, July 19 at 3 p.m. ET. The one-hour recap show will also be broadcast on Friday, July 24 at 1 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET, as well as, 3 a.m. ET on Sunday, July 25.
Home Tracks Update: Haworth Dominates At SunValley Speedway
Defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track and British Columbia province champion Dave Haworth, once again, is having success in 2009. In fact, he has been downright dominant.
Haworth, out of Winfield, B.C., has seven wins in 10 outings and has top-five finishes in each of those races.
He posted eight wins in his championship season of a year ago in 17 starts.
Les Hein has had a solid season, as well. He has a win to go along with seven top fives and nine top 10s. Hein is second in the standings, but is 78 points off the torrid pace of Haworth.
In third place is Tim Comeau who, with six top-five and seven top-10 finishes, is 125 points out of first place.
Other than Haworth and Hein, the only other driver with a victory this season is Matt Stephenson, with a pair of wins. Stephenson is currently sixth in the points standings.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series serves as the foundation of NASCAR – grassroots racing across the United States and Canada. Whelen Engineering, a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting, is the series sponsor. More than 10,000 drivers compete at NASCAR-sanctioned short tracks throughout both countries.
The short-track racing program in NASCAR was founded in 1982. Since its inception, the series has been a successful starting point for the careers of many top drivers. NASCAR stars Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Kurt and Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Travis Kvapil, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray and Brian Vickers all began their careers in this series.
Up Next: Edmonton
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 makes the second of its three western Canada stops next weekend in Edmonton to be a part of the Rexall Edmonton Indy event.
Last year, Alex Tagliani outdistanced his then teammate Andrew Ranger for his first series win. In the two years of this event, Ranger has started on the pole twice, but has yet to notch a win.
A large crowd is sure to be on hand to watch the stock cars battle on the 1.973-mile temporary road course set up at Edmonton’s City Centre Airport.
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THURSDAY, JULY 16
5:00 P-5:30 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
FRIDAY, JULY 17
5:00 P-5:30 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
9:00 P-10:00 ESPN 2 NASCAR Nationwide Series PRACTICE, Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250, Gateway International Raceway, Madison, IL, HD, L
SATURDAY, JULY 18
5:00 P-7:00 ESPN 2/ TSN 2 NASCAR Nationwide Series QUALIFYING, Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250, Gateway International Raceway, Madison, IL, HD, L
5:00 P-6:30 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Truck Series QUALIFYING, Built Ford Tough 225, Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, KY, HD, L
6:30 P-7:00 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SETUP, Built Ford Tough 225, Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, KY, HD, L
7:00 P-9:30 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Built Ford Tough 225, Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, KY, HD, L (expect green at 7:18 P)
7:00 P-9:00 ESPN 2 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing QUALIFYING, Northwest Nationals, Seattle, WA, HD, SDD, N
9:00 P-9:30 ESPN 2/ TSN NASCAR Nationwide Series COUNTDOWN, Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250, Gateway International Raceway, Madison, IL, HD, L
9:30 P-12:30 A ESPN 2/ TSN NASCAR Nationwide Series Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250, Gateway International Raceway, Madison, IL, HD, L (expect green at 9:45 P)
SUNDAY, JULY 19
3:00 P-6:00 SPEED Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Porsche 250, Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL, HD, L
7:00 P-8:00 SPEED The SPEED Report, HD, 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/
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