The Stock Car Gazette e-zine for Wed., 8/19/09
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This sedentary lifestyle of unemployment is getting to me…. staying up later and getting up later every day, it seems.
We have quite a lineup for the rest of the week each evening. The Camping World Truck Series race is tonight at 8:30 on SPEED, Friday night is the Nationwide Series race at 7:30 on ESPN2, and then the Big Show (with apologies to Paul Wight) with the Sprint Cup series is at 6:30 on Saturday night at on ESPN. (all times eastern). IT’S BRISTOL, BABY!
Stock Car Gazette Columnists Speak Out!
TV Times – Junior says COT needs a tuneup. What do you think?
by Lou Modestino
Dale Earnhardt Jr. said that NASCAR’s “Car of Tomorrow” needs a tune-up. Earnhardt, who was in Atlanta to promote the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day weekend, said the car, which is now the exclusive vehicle on the Sprint Cup circuit, is safer than the previous car, but it’s not providing the close, competitive racing that fans have come to expect. Read more: motorsportsnews.net/archives/4001
For more from Lou, visit motorsportsnews.net/archives/category/tv-times
Mark Martin Making 1000th Career Start At Bristol
by Mike Irwin
Mark Martin’s NASCAR career began quietly at North Wilkesboro 28 years ago with a 27th-place finish in his first Sprint Cup start. More: motorsportsnews.net/archives/4003
(photo by Icon Media)
N A S C A R * S P R I N T * C U P * S E R I E S
Flag-to-flag coverage of the Sharpie 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, Aug. 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on ESPN. The race will also be broadcast on the Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 24th points-paying races on the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series calendar will be televised live on ESPN2 Friday, Aug. 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m. EDT and will also broadcast live on PRN and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
Courtesy of www.Frontstretch.com
Race To The Chase (Top 12)
by Tom Bowles
Tony Stewart didn’t do much at Michigan Sunday … but he did enough. With a nondescript 17th-place run at the track, the 112 points earned officially clinched the first Chase for the Championship bid for 2009. His fifth bid in sixth years (and first as a driver/owner), Stewart will now work to collect as many bonus points as possible over the final three races of the “regular season.” At the moment, his three wins give him 30 extra points and would leave him tied for the second seed in the playoffs behind Mark Martin’s 40.
Jimmie Johnson’s fuel mileage failure allowed Jeff Gordon to pass by his teammate for second in the standings. Gordon now remains a daunting 284 points behind Stewart with Johnson 303 back of the top spot. But while a regular season points title appears out of reach, both men should easily clinch Chase bids following the race at Bristol, as both remain more than 390 points ahead of 13th-place point man Brian Vickers.
Carl Edwards’ fourth-place finish moved him up two spots to fourth in the standings, while Denny Hamlin’s top 10 run kept him a steady fifth. Kurt Busch, on the other hand, caused the only serious wreck of the day when he got into the back of David Ragan during one of the race’s double-file restarts. That caused him to drop to sixth in the standings, leading a group of eight drivers separated by just 178 points for the final seven spots in the Chase.
But while the gap between them may have tightened up, the position swapping in the second half of the Chase field was few and far between after Michigan. Juan Pablo Montoya stayed put in seventh, recovering from a midrace tire issue to post a respectable 19th place run. Kasey Kahne remains in eighth, forming a similar charge all the way to 11th after an engine change left him starting from the rear of the field. Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle also held serve with 15th and 20th place finishes, respectively, to round out the top 10 in points.
The big moves on the bubble come from those ranked 11th through 15th heading to Bristol. Matt Kenseth ran top 5 for most of the 200-lap race, but a fade to 14th over the final 100 miles had him jump just one spot from 12th to 11th in the standings. That left the Chase bubble to 50-year-old Mark Martin, who watched a near-certain top 10 wiggle out of his grasp when the No. 5 car ran out of fuel on the final lap of the race. Dropping all the way to 31st at the finish, Martin now stands just 12 points ahead of Michigan winner Brian Vickers in 13th. Clint Bowyer in 14th also gained significantly, moving to within 46 points of the top 12 with his eighth-place run. That dropped Kyle Busch to the edges of playoff contention, now 70 points outside the top 12 in 15th after failing to build on his Watkins Glen momentum following a late-race drop to 23rd in the final results. For the first time this season, Busch does not control his own destiny and must rely on others’ bad luck to make his second straight playoff appearance behind the wheel of Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18.
Tracking The Top 35
by Tom Bowles
Once again, there was limited movement in and around the top 35 Sunday, as the focus continues to be on the yearlong battle between the No. 34 and No. 82 teams for the 35th and final “locked in” spot. On this day, John Andretti’s No. 34 was consistently outclassed by rookie Scott Speed’s No. 82 until those all-important final laps, where fuel mileage and not overall speed played the crucial role. And unlike his teammate Brian Vickers, Speed’s gas tank sputtered heading to the checkered flag, putting Andretti back in front as he ran 28th compared to Speed’s drop to 34th in the final rundown.
Those finishes expanded the deficit between 35th and 36th to 160 points with just 13 races left in the season. After another start-and-park effort, TRG Motorsports in 37th stands 368 behind and has all but lost their chance to squeak back in.
Top News Stories
by Tom Bowles
Jeremy Mayfield Saga Continues; Stepmother Arrested For Trespassing On Property
Just when you thought the Jeremy Mayfield saga couldn’t get any more bizarre … it has. According to court documents, Mayfield’s stepmother Lisa was arrested Sunday and charged with four misdemeanor counts of simple assault — as well as one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespassing.
That trespassing apparently occurred at 8:30 PM Saturday night, when Ms. Mayfield walked onto her stepson’s property. According to reports, she then went on to assault a total of four of Jeremy Mayfield’s employees before walking to the front door and beating on it while cursing repeatedly.
No information was given as to whether Jeremy himself became directly involved in the incident. However, in an information form retrieved by SceneDaily.com, he stated the following:
“She has been told several times to stay away from our home. [I] also have two no trespassing signs at the entrance of my driveway because of her. She hit my employee and made racial remarks to him and his family. [She] also threatened me, my wife and threatened to kill all of us.”
Mayfield’s stepmother is currently listed as NASCAR’s star witness in their case against the driver concerning two positive drug tests for methamphetamines, the first of which occurred May 9th and led to his indefinite suspension from the sport. In a sworn affidavit for that trial, she claims Mayfield has a history of meth use and has seen the driver use the drug on several occasions. However, Lisa Mayfield also has a civil lawsuit pending against her stepson concerning public comments he made regarding his stepfather’s death. When questioned by reporters about his stepmother’s accusations, Jeremy Mayfield repeatedly implicated his stepmother as being involved in the death of his father, Terry, back in September of 2007. That death had been ruled a suicide by Rowan County officials in North Carolina, who measured a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 in Terry Mayfield at the time of his death.
There’s no word yet on when Lisa Mayfield will appear in court on the charges. Jeremy Mayfield’s trial over his NASCAR suspension is not set to begin until the Fall of 2010.
48 Cars Set To Attempt Cup Race At Bristol
After a few weeks filled with weak entry lists, the Cup Series has a slight increase in total participants for Bristol. A total of 48 cars will go for 43 spots in the Saturday night 500-lapper in Thunder Valley, with a number of fully-funded part-time teams showing up to qualify. Here’s a quick look at the 13 cars fighting for the final eight spots in the lineup:
4 – Scott Wimmer, Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet
08 – Terry Labonte, E & M Motorsports Toyota
09 – Aric Almirola, Phoenix Racing Dodge*
13 – Max Papis, Germain Racing Toyota
36 – Mike Skinner, Tommy Baldwin Racing Toyota*
37 – Tony Raines, Front Row Motorsports Dodge*
51 – Dexter Bean, Livewire Dodge
64 – Mike Wallace, Gunselman Motorsports Toyota*
66 – Dave Blaney, PRISM Motorsports Toyota*
71 – David Gilliland, TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet
78 – Regan Smith, Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
82 – Scott Speed, Team Red Bull Toyota
87 – Joe Nemechek, NEMCO Motorsports Toyota*
Vickers Finally Signs Contract Extension with Red Bull
After Sunday’s breakthrough victory at Michigan International Speedway, one would expect that neither Brian Vickers nor owner Dietrich Mateschitz would need any more time deciding whether to extend his contract with Team Red Bull’s third-year squad.
Even so, both sides got together quicker and more efficiently than anyone might have believed.
After a couple of months in a holding pattern, Vickers finally signed his name to a multi-year contract extension on Tuesday. The extension will see Vickers continue behind the wheel of the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota for the Red Bull Racing Team, with Crew Chief Ryan Pemberton at his side.
“I’m thrilled,” Vickers said in a press release. “This has been a long time coming, and there is nowhere else I would rather be. I am looking forward to building on what we have started the last couple of years. It is an interesting experience being with a team from the ground up — going through the growing pains, then successes, together. I am so proud to have been able to bring this team their first win.”
The first year that Vickers drove the No. 83 (2007), the team finished 38th in owner points as Vickers failed to qualify for 13 races. Now, the team (and Vickers) is 13th in points, just 12 outside of the Chase, the culmination of an amazing turnaround for the team over the past two years.
Courtesy of Dale Terry’s George Stock Car Racing newsletter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NASCAR star Kyle Busch and 13-year-old Chase Elliott, son of NASCAR Legend Bill Elliott, top a very strong list of competitors entered for this Sunday’s Budweiser All American 150 at the historic Fairgrounds Speedway at Nashville. Busch is coming off a very disappointing 23rd place finish in last Friday’s CRA Super Series event at Toledo Speedway. Sunday’s event will be his fourth CRA series event this season, and he won the July 27th CRA Redbud 300 at Anderson Speedway.
Other Georgians entered:
17 Chris Gabehart Kennesaw, GA Reaid Motorsports/Port City Racecars/MEP/ARP Bodies Chevrolet
29 Allen Karnes Sharpsburg, GA Allen Karnes Inc. Chevrolet
39 Ryan Sieg Tucker, GA S & W Services/Bo Phillips Company Toyota
38 Cars Entered As Of August 17 At 1pm
The CRA show scheduled for Sept. 11-12 at the track has been cancelled. www.fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com www.craracing.net
The World of Outlaws Topless Showdown is Wed. October 14 at The Dirt Track in Charlotte. Get your reserved seats today by calling 1800-455-FANS or www.lowesmotorspeedway.com
Courtesy of Insider Racing News
Michigan Ratings Up
ESPN officials say the network’s broadcasts of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series races at Michigan International Speedway both earned ratings increases over 2008. The Carfax 400 Cup race earned a final national household coverage rating of 4.1, up from the 3.9 rating for last year’s race that also aired live on ESPN. The Carfax 250 Nationwide Series race telecast on ESPN2 earned a 1.4 rating, up from the 1.3 of 2008.
Logano’s Team Best On Pit Road
Joey Logano’s No. 20 crew claimed the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. It was the first Tissot win of the season for the Joe Gibbs Racing crew and the 15th different team to capture the pit road weekly competition. Logano’s No. 20 Toyota Camry spent the least amount of time on pit road – 204.366 seconds — during the 200-lap, 400-mile race. The effort lifted the rookie driver to a seventh place finish and his fifth top-10 of the season.
Ryan Pemberton Named Best Crew Chief
Ryan Pemberton, crew chief for the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota driven by Brian Vickers, has been named the WYPALL Wipers Crew Chief of the Race following Sunday’s Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway. A caution on Lap 149 of the 200-lap event gave the field a chance to pit, with some teams choosing to try and stretch their fuel to the finish. Pemberton brought his driver down pit road for the final time and opted for just two tires and fuel – giving him much needed track position and a shot at the win. Pemberton told his driver that in order to win the race, he would have to conserve fuel. “Brian did exactly what he needed to do,” Pemberton said after the race. “I pretty much put the pressure on him there on that run. I won’t say it will happen every time, but that was cool to put that pressure on him and it paid off.”
White House Visit Rescheduled
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson will be honored at the White House on Wednesday, August 19. The South Lawn event will include 2008 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers and several past champions and special guests. Joining Johnson for the celebration will be members of the 2008 Chase field: Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart. (Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth cannot attend due to schedule conflicts).
Courtesy of Jayski
Jimmie Johnson To Be Honored By President Obama UPDATE, ESPN2 to cover: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson will be honored at the White House on Wednesday, August 19. The South Lawn event will include 2008 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers and several past champions and special guests. “NASCAR is once again honored to have its drivers recognized by the President of the United States,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “NASCAR is rooted deep in America’s fabric and represents the best of sports and side-by-side competition.” Joining Johnson for the celebration will be members of the 2008 Chase field: Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart. (Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth cannot attend due to schedule conflicts). Past champions and special guests in attendance will be: Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte, Juan Pablo Montoya, Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip. This will be the ninth time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has been honored at the White House since 2000. NASCAR’s first official visit to the White House was in 1978 during the Carter administration.(NASCAR)(8-17-2009)
On ESPN2 NASCAR Now, ESPN2′s daily NASCAR news and information program, will originate from the White House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday as President Barack Obama honors three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and other NASCAR stars of past and present. The one-hour program airs at 4:30pm/et on Wednesday, Aug. 19, and will mark the first time in ESPN’s 30-year history that a regularly-scheduled ESPN program will originate and air in its entirety from the White House. ESPN analysts Dale Jarrett and Rusty Wallace, both former NASCAR Sprint Cup champions, will be among the drivers participating in afternoon ceremonies that will include a tour of the White House and photo opportunities. In addition to other former champions, the group of drivers also will include many of the 12 who qualified for the 2008 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Nicole Manske will host NASCAR Now from the White House, with analysis by Brad Daugherty. Jarrett, Wallace and NASCAR Now lead reporter Marty Smith also will participate in the telecast.(ESPN)(8-18-2009)
UPDATE: President Barack Obama will be interviewed live during ESPN2′s NASCAR Now program originating from the White House in Washington, D.C., today. The one-hour program airs at 4:30 p.m. ET. The President is honoring three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson as well as other current NASCAR drivers and some past champions of the sport in a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. NASCAR Now, ESPN2′s daily NASCAR news and information program, will cover the festivities live, marking the first time in ESPN’s 30-year history that a regularly-scheduled ESPN program will originate and air in its entirety from the White House. Following the ceremony, the President will join NASCAR Now host Nicole Manske and ESPN NASCAR analyst Brad Daugherty for a live interview.(ESPN)(8-19-2009)
Crew Chief change at the #19 UPDATE 2: Sirius NASCAR Radio’s Sirius Speedway is reporting Tuesday that Kevin Buskirk is out as crew chief of Elliott Sadler’s #19 Dodge at Richard Petty Motorsports, and will be replaced on an interim basis by Wally Rogers.(8-18-2009)
UPDATE: This weekend Elliott Sadler visits the Tennessee half-mile with a new face on his pitbox. Wally Rogers, the team’s car chief, will serve as the interim crew chief for the Richard Petty Motorsports entry. Rogers, a multi-time winner as a crew chief in the Nationwide series, replaces Kevin Buskirk who will be reassigned to other duties within the Petty team.(RPM)(8-18-2009)
UPDATE 2: Elliott Sadler was on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio Tuesday with host Dave Moody and talked about the change:
Elliott Sadler: “Wally Rogers, who had been my car chief all season long, his and my communication has been very good and he makes a lot of decisions that we make during the race weekend and we decided to put him on the pit box and be the crew chief this weekend and I think it’s going to work out good for us. We just saw the #43 and #44 makes some changes over at RPM and I think everybody is looking for that special chemistry that you can have between driver and crew chief to make your cars run better each and every week. We have 13 races left to go in this season and we’re looking for that spark to try to make our team just a little bit better and something to build on for next year.”(Sirius Radio)(8-19-2009)
Keselowski meets with Penske? UPDATE: other options?: Monday, an anonymous tipster spotted driver Brad Kesolowski meeting with Roger Penske [at thier Mooresville shop?]. The ‘tipsters’ report: “was doing business at Penske this morning and saw Brad Kesolowski go into the building with a man who appeared to be his agent, the car was still there three hours later when i left.(jalopnik.com)(8-18-2009)
UPDATE: Brad Keselowski says there’s a scenario that could keep him affiliated with Hendrick Motorsports in 2010 that nobody knows of. Turns out Phoenix Racing isn’t his only option with HMS ties. Here are some possibilities:
Richard Petty Motorsports: Most of the speculation has RPM leaving Dodge for Toyota, but multiple sources said RPM has had discussions with HMS and Richard Childress Racing should they switch to General Motors. An HMS official, however, assured us that talks with RPM haven’t gotten serious.
Furniture Row Racing: Furniture Row Racing could expand to two teams — #78-Regan Smith will be in one car — with Keselowski. But it’s a huge risk for Keselowski to join a team that can’t run a full schedule this season.(ESPN Insider)(8-19-2009)
GM selling Saab: General Motors signed an agreement Tuesday to sell its Saab division to Koenigsegg Group AB, a consortium led by the small Swedish builder of million-dollar Koenigsegg supercars. The sale will conclude by the end of the year, when the group takes over 100 percent of the Saab company, which has been a perennial money loser for GM. The Detroit automaker purchased the Swedish company about two decades ago. Saab is one of the brands that GM is shedding as it emerges from bankruptcy. Deals are pending to sell Saturn to the Penske group and Hummer to a Chinese machinery company. Pontiac will be discontinued next year.(SPEEDtv:)(8-19-2009)
Four more races for Carpentier: #36-Tommy Baldwin Racing has hired Patrick Carpentier for four additional races this year. Carpentier, who was scheduled to make two more starts for the team at Richmond and Dover, will now race at Atlanta, New Hampshire, Kansas City and California.(Translated from Rue Frontenac)(8-19-2009)
Bowyer in different colors at Bristol: Clint Bowyer’s #33 Richard Childress Racing Chevy will replace its traditional yellow and red colors of Cheerios this weekend in Bristol for a black and red Hamburger Helper paint scheme.(RCR)(8-19-2009)
Newman to run four races at Bristol: #39-Ryan Newman will be attempting the Bristol “grand slam,” adding the Friday night NASCAR Nationwide Series race and both halves of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series/NASCAR Whelen Modified Series doubleheader on Wednesday night to his schedule. It will be the first time that a driver will be competing in all three national series races plus a touring series event in the same week. Newman will kick off his week Wednesday evening driving a modified for a team owned by Kevin “Bono” Manion, crew chief of the #1 Bass Pro Shops-Tracker Boats Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Newman will be making his third appearance in a modified, all three for Manion. He finished 20th at New Hampshire in 2008 and 34th there earlier this season. Newman will be joined in the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified combination race by Kasey Kahne. Kahne finished 31st in this year’s New Hampshire Whelen Modified race. AND Three drivers will attempt to run three of the four races: Kyle Busch and Max Papis will run the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series races and Kasey Kahne will run the modified, Nationwide and Sprint Cup races.(8-19-2009)
Courtesy of Racin’ Today
Busch An Intense Driver, Pleasant Dinner Guest
By Bill Fleischman | Senior Correspondent
Prior to a recent dinner with Kyle Busch and other mid-Atlantic-area auto racing writers, I wondered what kind of mood Busch would be in. After a few probing questions, would he blurt “Bleep you guys, I’m outta here”?
I’m happy to report that the evening with Busch was very pleasant. He [...] www.racintoday.com/archives/9050
Woody: Mechanical Malpractice In The Sprint Cup Garages? – www.racintoday.com/archives/9031
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Courtesy of That’s Racin’
Lots of shots from the Michigan weekend
Better look fast, because the Bristol race weekend arrives early, with a pair of races scheduled for Wednesday night at the Tennessee track.
Courtesy of www.Valvoline.com
Donny Schatz passed Joey Saldana on lap 35 of 40 to win Sunday night’s $150,000 49th Knoxville Nationals, delayed one night due to rain…
Brian Vickers claimed his sixth pole of the season in Friday qualifying at Michigan, with a 187.242 mph lap. An engine change sent Kasey Kahne to the rear of the field for the start. Mark Martin took the lead on the first lap Sunday. Rain brought out a yellow, then red flag, after seven laps. The restart came on lap 12. With Jimmie Johnson leading, a yellow on lap 53 produced pit stops, with Matt Kenseth coming out first by taking just two new tires. Johnson, then Martin, and then Johnson again, went back to the front. A debris yellow gave Tony Stewart a chance to go to the front by taking only two new tires. David Ragan and Kurt Busch wrecked. Later, Ragan spun again. On lap 142, Juan Pablo Montoya got a flat tire when Kahne got loose and hit him. Fuel mileage became an issue and Dale Earnhardt Jr. pitted with 42 laps remaining while Johnson, Vickers, Gordon and Martin were trying to complete 51 laps. Earnhardt led briefly for the first time since Talladega. David Stremme spun. Johnson went back to the lead with 35 laps left. Earnhardt, with no fuel worries, passed cars and closed on the leaders. Johnson slowed suddenly and pitted with two laps left. He stalled and finished 33d. Martin ran dry on the last lap, finished 31st, and dropped to 12th in points. Vickers averaged 131.531 mph with seven yellows for 36 of the 200 laps. Vickers is now 13th in points, just 12 behind Martin.
Yes, He REALLY Said That
Tony Stewart, on what changes he’d like on the 2010 Sprint Cup schedule. “I’d like to see Eldora added to the schedule but other than that I’m pretty happy with it.”
P R E S S * R E L E A S E S
Meet the Driver … Jeff Burton will sign autographs at the Walmart store, located at 220 Century Blvd. in Bristol, Tenn., on Thursday, August 20 from 7-8 p.m. Two hundred tickets will be given out to fans beginning at 5 p.m. that day.
Come See Casey … Mears will be signing autographs at Macado’s, located at 714 State St. in Bristol, Tenn., on Thursday, August 20. He will then be at the Jack Daniel’s Experience, located in the Earhart Campground near Turn 2 of BMS, at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, August 22. From there, he will head to the Jack Daniel’s merchandise, located in the track’s midway, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. to sign autographs and greet fans. A limited number of tickets are available at the trailer prior to his appearance and are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.
State Street … Kevin Harvick will appear on behalf of his RCR sponsor, Reese’s, to meet fans and sign autographs at Food City Family Race Night on State Street in Bristol, Tenn., Thursday, August 20, from 6-8 p.m. EDT. To receive an autograph, fans will each need to pick up one of 400 wristbands that will be distributed on a first come-first served basis at the autograph line location, beginning at 1 p.m. EDT that day. The No. 29 Reese’s show car will also be on hand from 1-9 p.m. EDT. Harvick’s RCR teammates, Bowyer and Mears, will sign autographs at the event on behalf of General Mills and Jack Daniel’s at their respective displays. For more information, visit www.FoodCity.com.
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The Food City 250 will be televised live on Friday, August 21 beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN2. PRN and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio will begin their live race coverage at 7:15 p.m. EDT. Qualifying for the 24th event of the 2009 NNS season will air live the same day beginning at 4 p.m. EDT on SPEED. PRN and Sirius XM Satellite Radio will also broadcast live updates of time trials.
Courtesy of Jayski
Tagliani driving for MacDonald at Montreal: Stock-Car Montréal, the organizing body of the NAPA Auto Parts 200 Presented by Dodge, announced that Quebec driver Alex Tagliani will run in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race scheduled August 29-30 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Parc Jean-Drapeau. The veteran racer from Lachenaie, Quebec is entered in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 Presented by Dodge to drive the #81 Dodge owned by Canadian Randy MacDonald. The Quebec Dodge Dealer Association is sponsoring Tagliani for the Montreal race.(Stock Car Montreal PR)(8-18-2009)
Rice takes over as crew chief for Howard: In what is a mutual agreement by both parties, Brian Ross will step down as crew chief for #70-ML Motorsports. Ross, who drove for the Indiana-based team in the in ARCA RE/MAX Series team in 1999 and 2000, stepped in as crew chief in March of 2008. Chris Rice, who had previously been the crew chief for #28-Kenny Wallace’s NASCAR Nationwide Series team, will join the ML Motorsports team and work with 24-year-old driver Shelby Howard. Howard and Rice are certainly not strangers to each other when it comes to racing. The two met in 2004, as Howard was driving for Bill Davis Racing and Rice was the crew chief for Howard’s teammate.(ML Motorsports PR)(8-18-2009)
Michigan TV ratings up: The CARFAX 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race saw a ratings increase for the second consecutive year, earning a 1.4 final national household coverage rating for the telecast that aired on ESPN2 on Saturday, Aug. 15. The telecast averaged 1,642,343 viewers. The Nationwide Series race telecast from Michigan earned a 1.3 rating on ESPN2 in 2008 and a 1.2 in 2007, the first year of ESPN’s current contract with NASCAR to televise the full Nationwide Series.(ESPN PR)(8-18-2009)
Scott in the #11 at Bristol: Bristol marks the first confirmed race for Brian Scott behind the wheel of the #11 CJM Racing entry this season. RIDEMARKERZ will return as the primary sponsor of the #11.(CJM Racing PR)(8-18-2009)
McDowell Returns to #26: Michael McDowell will drive the # 26 at Bristol with Brian Keselowski as crew chief. At Montreal, McDowell will drive the # 96 Dodge with Bob Keselowski as crew chief and Brian Keselowski will make his road course debut in the # 26 Dodge with a TBD crew chief. The future driver lineup will be determined following Montreal.(K-Automotive PR)(8-18-2009)
More testing at Carolina Motorsports Park: Alex Tagliani and Jacques Villenueve are both testing Nationawide cars today at Carolina Motorsports Park. Jacques Villenueve is again in the #32-Braun Racing Doller General Toyota and Alex Tagliani is in the #81 MacDonald Motorsports Dodge.(8-18-2009)
Courtesy of The Hot Lap
excerpt from Ryan Newman press conference-
Q. You certainly have a lot of racing on tap at a very short track. It would make me dizzy. Obviously you haven’t done this before, but how do you prepare for four races at such a short track with all those Gs pulling on your body constantly? RYAN NEWMAN: I just go do it. I mean, it kind of goes back to having good preparation with the racecars obviously, you know, having the car set up right and feeling right. It’s 1100 laps of racing, but there’s obviously probably another maybe thousand laps I guess maybe in practice session. It’s quite a few laps. But it’s at Bristol. It’s a half mile. Yeah, it’s physical. But staying hydrated, eating right, those are the biggest things. I don’t think pure muscle stamina or anything like that is going to be the biggest issue. I think it’s just going to be managing the heat and the hydration, just being ready and having fast racecars. Read the entire interview (NASCAR)
Charlotte, NC (August 18, 2009) – The number one source for hourly employment, SnagAJob.com, and market research recruitment website, BigSpot.com will partner as sponsors on Brad Coleman’s No. 20 NASCAR Nationwide Series car for the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend.
Andrew Lissak, President & CEO of BigSpot.com’s parent company, Offerwise, said, “We have experienced tremendous early success in our partnership with Brad and wanted to bring on one of our premiere business partners into the initiative with us. SnagAJob.com is the nation’s number one source for hourly employment and a critical partner to our continued growth.”
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C A M P I N G * W O R L D * T R U C K * S E R I E S
Courtesy of Jayski
Race: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at Bristol Motor Speedway
Length: 200 Laps, 106.6 Miles
Track Layout: .533 mile oval
2008 Winner: Kyle Busch
2008 Pole: Scott Speed
TV: SPEED Prerace 8:00pm – Race 8:30pm/et
Announcers: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
Pit Reporters: Ray Dunlap, Adam Alexander
Pre-race Host: Krista Voda
Images added: Added some of the new paint schemes being run at Bristol — #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., Georgia Boot Chevy; #2-Ryan Newman, Pringles Chevy; #15-Aric Almirola, Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota; #09-Nate Monteith, Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota. Check them out on the 2009 NCWTS Paint Scheme Page.(8-19-2009)
Keselowski & BKR to attempt Bristol truck race: This weekend, Brad Keselowski will attempt to make the field in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Bristol Motor Speedway. He will be driving his own Brad Keselowski Racing #29 Chevrolet. The #29 has been raced twice this year at Martinsville Speedway and the Milwaukee Mile by BKR driver Mikey Kile. Keselowski will also be driving the #88 Degree V12 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide race on Friday night.(JR Motorsports PR)(8-18-2009)
Benson planning to visit Bristol race UPDATE still recovering, looking toward 2010: Sources have confirmed that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, current Camping World Truck Series Champion Johnny Benson plans to visit Bristol Motor Speedway when the series takes to the track for the O’Reilly 200 on Wednesday, August 19th. Benson has been at home recuperating from surgery to repair a shoulder separation resulting from a fiery crash during a supermodified race at Berlin Raceway on June 13th.(8-12-2009)
UPDATE: Benson will make his first trip to a race track in more than two months this week when he heads to Bristol, Tenn., for Wednesday’s O’Reilly 200 NASCAR Camping Truck Series race. Benson since [accident at Berlin Speedway] had shoulder surgery and is in physical therapy. Doctors have advised him not to race again until at least November, so he is taking is easy, and he said his recovery is right on schedule. “The physical therapy and everything else is going great,” Benson said. “I’m able to do some stretching exercises, and I’m able to go into the pool and move (my shoulder) around. “Physically, I probably could get back into a race car (before November) and drive, but the problem is if I hit something. That’s what the doctors are worried about. Benson still has to find a team to give him a shot, and he is looking aggressively, primarily in the NASCAR Nationwide and Truck circuits. “If I am going to race again — and I will race again — I want to find something that will give me a chance to win races and run for championships, whether it’s in the Nationwide Series or Trucks,” Benson said. “I know that limits the people I can talk to. “But we have been talking to some people, and I’m excited about it. Hopefully, we can get things moving in the right direction.”(MLive.com)(8-18-2009)
Double-duty for Scott at Bristol: Bristol marks the first confirmed race for Brian Scott behind the wheel of the #11 CJM Racing Nationwide Series entry this season. RIDEMARKERZ will return as the primary sponsor of the #11 at Bristol. Friday night will mark his fifth start behind the wheel of a NASCAR Nationwide Series car and his first NNS start at Bristol Motor Speedway Scott’s first order of business will be the Camping World Truck Series race on Wednesday night driving the #16 Albertsons Toyota. Heading into Bristol, Scott sits fifth in the NCWTS point standings.(CJM Racing PR)(8-18-2009)
Rookie News & Notes – O’Reilly 200:
*Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the August 1 Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Sauter scored a sixth-place finish, his fifth top-10 of the season. He collected Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the fifth time this season.
*Tayler Malsam claimed a ninth-place finish, his seventh top-10 of the season. Malsam is seventh in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings.
*Malsam leads Sauter by four points (155-151) in the overall Raybestos Rookie standings entering the August 19 O’Reilly 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
*At least one Raybestos Rookie has finished in the top-10 in the last 10 consecutive races.
*Scott Speed was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2008 O’Reilly 200 at Bristol, claiming a third-place finish.
*Speed won the pole for the 2008 race and is the only Raybestos Rookie to win a pole position in 11 previous races at Bristol.
Schrader enters Bristol truck race: NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader has filed an entry for the the O’Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Schrader is scheduled to drive the #52 Federated Auto Parts Chevy for Ken Schrader Racing. Michael Fritts is listed as crew chief. This is Schrader’s second start in 2009; the first was earlier this spring at Martinsville where he finished 10th.(8-18-2009)
Buescher makes series debut at Bristol: James Buescher [Circle Bar Racing's #10 MaxxForce Int'l Ford] made two career starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, both of which have come in the USAR Pro Cup Series. One year ago at “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile,” the Texas native started from the 13th position and brought home a podium finish as he captured a third-place effort. The O’Reilly 200 will mark his first Bristol start in a truck.(James Buescher PR)(8-18-2009)
Courtesy of TruckSeries.Com
‘The King’ Puts Stamp Of Approval On Hornaday’s Streak
08-18-2009 | TruckSeries.com Report
Richard Petty Take it from ‘The King;” winning five NASCAR races in a row is very, very special. Richard Petty has been there, done that — twice, in fact. “It’s hard enough to run five races in a row without any trouble,” says Petty.
A R C A (Automobile Racing Club of America)
Courtesy of ARCA
Versatile ARCA RE/MAX Series Switches to Dirt
The ARCA RE/MAX Series will transition to dirt track racing on Sunday, August 23 for the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. The race marks the 14th of 21 events on the 2009 schedule and the first of two dirt track events for the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2009. The ARCA RE/MAX Series has toured more than 200 racetracks since its inception in 1953 and competes each year on a variety of racing surfaces, including paved short tracks, speedways, road courses and dirt tracks.
The ARCA RE/MAX Series has competed at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on 26 previous occasions and nine-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Frank Kimmel is the all-time ARCA winner at the track with seven wins in his last 11 attempts. Other former Springfield winners include Dearn Roper, Bill Baird, Bobby Bowsher, Tim Steele, Justin Allgaier, Bob Brevak, Bob Hill, Bobby Jacks, Ken Schrader and Billy Thomas.
Anatomy of a Dirt Car
An ARCA RE/MAX Series racecar prepared for the Illinois State Fairground might look slightly different from an ARCA RE/MAX Series racecar prepared for a superspeedway such as Chicagoland or a paved short track such as Toledo, even though the core set of technical rules that teams must adhere to do not change from race to race. For the dirt tracks, teams often equip their racecars with shakers made of screen on their front grille to prevent dirt from collecting and causing overheating issues, angular sheet metal rock deflectors attached to the hood and many Series drivers take rags with them in the car to clean dust residue from the inside of the windshield.
“For the most part we bring a car that we could race at a short track,” said Patrick Donahue, Crew Chief of the No. 81 Greenville Toyota of North Carolina Toyota driven by Craig Goess and fielded by Eddie Sharp Racing. “I’m bringing the same car that I raced last year with Scott Speed. We have come up with a real simple package that we can put on any of the cars. We put a screen under the car in front of the motor to help keep dirt or mud from getting up into the belt on the motor. Then we put pieces of screen behind the front tires to keep stuff from getting packed up under the car.”
In addition, Springfield and DuQuoin are the only two tracks on the ARCA RE/MAX Series tour in which Hoosier supplies teams with bias ply tires instead of radial tires.
Ken Schrader, a veteran of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, makes a return to the ARCA RE/MAX Series for the first time since the May 17 ARCA race at Toledo Speedway. He joins Frank Kimmel as one of two former Springfield winners entered for Sunday’s race.
Kimmel Six Laps Shy of Major Career Milestone
Nine-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Frank Kimmel is just six laps shy of leading 10,000 laps in ARCA RE/MAX Series Competition. Although he has only led 36 laps so far this season, Kimmel heads into the next race on the schedule-the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds-as the defending race winner. Kimmel led 83 of 102 laps en route to victory at Springfield last year and set a new one-lap track record at the one-mile dirt track. He is a seven-time race winner at Springfield.
Dirt Track Newbies
Current ARCA RE/MAX Series Points Leader Parker Kligerman is among four rookie drivers in the top-10 in the point standings who have never raced on dirt. Greenville, North Carolina’s Craig Goess (fourth in points), Miami Spring, Florida’s Joey Coulter (fifth in points) and Shelby Township, Michigan’s Robb Brent (tenth in points) are among the dirt track newbies heading into this weekend’s Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
By contrast, several drivers entered for the race are considered dirt track “ringers” including seven-time race winner Frank Kimmel, 1998 race winner Ken Schrader, and Brian Tyler and AJ Fike, who both plan to compete in Saturday’s USAC Silver Crown race before Sunday’s ARCA RE/MAX Series race.
Basham and Basham: Top-20 in Points
Father and son duo Darrell and Jason Basham have each stayed in the top-20 in the ARCA RE/MAX Series this season despite limited sponsorship for the family-owned team. Both drivers work fulltime as truck drivers in between ARCA RE/MAX Series races.
There has been one set of Father-son driving champions in ARCA RE/MAX Series history; Jack Bowsher in 1964, 1965 and 1966 and Bobby Bowsher in 1992 and 1994.
Lofton 16th in NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut
Current ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Point Contender Justin Lofton, crew chief Mark Rette and members of his Eddie Sharp Racing Team traveled to Michigan International Speedway this weekend where Lofton made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut for CJM Racing in the No. 14 Lofton Cattle Toyota. Lofton finished 16th on the lead lap in the 125-lap/250-mile race.
The race was won by Brad Keselowski, a former Late Model winner at ARCA-owned Toledo Speedway and the son of former ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Bob Keselowski.
Continuing to Write History
Developing technology has allowed ARCA RE/MAX Series officials to enhance their historical database, verifying race dates that were not previously included in Series statistical information. By utilizing microfilm and other electronic databases, Series records have been updated with seven newly-found races in that last two weeks. Research continues as ARCA pieces together its 56-year history.
16th Street Speedway (Indy), 5-25-57, winner Nelson Stacy
Toledo Raceway Park, 5-26-57, winner Nelson Stacy
New Bremen Speedway (OH), 6-9-57, winner Jack Shanklin
Winchester Speedway, 6-30-57, winner Don O’Dell
Lansdowne Park (Ottawa ON), 8-24-57, winner Jack Farris
Lansdowne Park (Ottawa ON), 8-24-57, winner Jack Farris
Eldora Speedway, 7-27-58, winner Nelson Stacy
ARCA represents the most diverse nationally touring stock car series, and the second longest running championship racing series in the country, crowning a national champion each year since the inaugural 1953 season and touring more than 200 racetracks in 26 states since its inception.
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Upcoming ARCA RE/MAX Series Races
Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds; Sunday, August 23
Ansell Cut Protection 150 at Chicagoland Speedway; Friday, August 28
ARCA RE/MAX 200 presented by Belle Tire at Toledo Speedway; Friday, September 4
U S A R (United Speed Alliance Racing)
Courtesy of USAR
Official Entry List – Hampton Virginia Honor Flight 250 – www.usarprocup.com/?p=762
Four-Wide Racing At Langley Speedway? The USARacing Pro Cup Series Makes it Happen – www.usarprocup.com/?p=755
Sea Systems and Gibson Team Up for the Rest of the 2009 Racing Season
N A S C A R * C A N A D I A N * T I R E * S E R I E S
Ranger on radar with Canadian Tire Series wins
Canadian Andrew Ranger had to contend with a hungry Anthony Simone but held on to win the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series’ GP3R 100 Sunday, …
C O L U M N S / C O M M E N T A R I E S
I.N. Sider asks, “What happened to driver development programs?” in the new Behind [Closed] Garage Doors column, now posted at www.Valvoline.com.
Insider Racing News
Is Jeff Gordon’s Back Pain Affecting his On-track Performance?
by Allen Madding
The Nascar Insiders
Mounting Frustration Evident At RCR
One of the bigger story lines of the 2009 season has been the downfall of Richard Childress Racing.
Insider Racing News
A New And Improved Michigan
by Chuck Abrams
Insider Racing News
Wednesday Night Special..Can “Rowdy” Busch Take Down Hornaday Jr. At Bristol?
by Nick Blake
The Nascar Insiders
Ask The Insiders Wednesday #37
With a wild weekend of racing at Michigan in the rearview, we are looking ahead to another possibly wild weekend of action at Bristol.
Cheers and Jeers: Chad and Jimmie Blow it Again
By Carol Einarsson | 08/18/2009
CHEERS to Kurt Busch, the in-race reporter. Now the question is whether or not he can think of big words to misuse during cautions in the race car.
Are We There Yet: It’s Bristol, Baby!
By Carol Einarsson | 08/19/2009
Get ready for race week at Bristol with this special all-video reminder of why we love the August night race!
Midweek NASCAR TV Bonanza – dalyplanet.blogspot.com/2009/08/midweek-nascar-tv-bonanza.html
Your Turn: “This Week In NASCAR” On SPEED – dalyplanet.blogspot.com/2009/08/your-turn-this-week-in-nascar-on-speed.html
What A Week For “NASCAR Now” – dalyplanet.blogspot.com/2009/08/what-week-for-nascar-now.html
T V * L I S T I N G S
Courtesy of Race Fan TV
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19
5:30P-6:00 espn2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
7:00P-8:00 SPEED NASCAR Whelen Modified Series UNOH Perfect Storm 150, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN, Aug 19/09, HD, SDD, N
8:00P-8:30 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SETUP, O’Reilly 200, Bristol Motor Speedway, HD, L
8:30P-11:00 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O’Reilly 200, Bristol Motor Speedway, HD, L (expect green at 8:46P)
THURSDAY, AUGUST 20
3:00P-4:00 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Touring Series West Toyota/NAPA 150, Colorado National Speedway, Dacono, CO, Aug 15/09, HD, N
5:00P-5:30 espn2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
8:00A-9:30 SPEED FIA Formula One PRACTICE, Telefonica Grand Prix of Europe, Valencia, Spain, L (may be blacked out in Canada)
10:30A-12:00n SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series PRACTICE, Food City 250, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN, HD, L
12:00n-1:30P SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Sharpie 500, Bristol, TN, HD, L
2:00P-3:30 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup FINAL PRACTICE, Sharpie 500, Bristol, TN, HD, L
4:00P-5:30 SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series QUALIFYING, Food City 250, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN, HD, L
5:30P-7:00 espn2 NASCAR Sprint Cup QUALIFYING, Sharpie 500, Bristol, TN, HD, L
7:00P-7:30 espn2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
7:30P-8:00 espn2 NASCAR Nationwide Series COUNTDOWN, Food City 250, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN, HD, L
8:00P-10:30 espn2 NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 250, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN, HD, L (expect green at 8:13P)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22
3:00A-6:00 TSN NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 250, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN, Aug 21/09, HD, N
7:55-9:00 TSN FIA Formula One QUALIFYING, Telefonica Grand Prix of Europe, Valencia, Spain, 16:9, L
8:00A-9:30 SPEED FIA Formula One QUALIFYING, Telefonica Grand Prix of Europe, Valencia, Spain, L (may be blacked out in Canada)
10:00A-11:00 espn2 NASCAR Now, pre-race, HD, L
3:00P-4:00 NBC AMA Pro Motocross 450, Budds Creek MX Park, Mechanicsville, MD, L
4:00P-5:00 TSN NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Velocity Prairie Thunder 250, Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, Saskatoon, SK, July 29/09, HD, N
4:30P-6:30 SPEED NASCAR RaceDay. Preview of today’s Sharpie 500, Bristol Motor Speedway, HD, L
6:00P-7:00 VS IRL IndyCar Series QUALIFYING, Peak Antifreeze Indy Grand Prix, Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA, HD, SDD
6:30P-7:30 ESPN/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup COUNTDOWN, Sharpie 500, Bristol, TN, HD, L
7:30P-11:00 ESPN/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup Sharpie 500, Bristol, TN, HD, L (expect green at 7:43P)
800P-9:00 SPEED IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Rocky Mountain Naionals, Edmonton, AB, July 5/09, HD, N
SUNDAY, AUGUST 23
12:00m-1:00A espn2 NASCAR Now, post-race, HD, L
1:00A-3:00 espn2 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing QUALIFYING, Toyo Tires Nationals, Reading, PA, Aug 22/09, HD, N
3:30A-5:00 SPEED FIA Formula One QUALIFYING, Telefonica Grand Prix of Europe, Valencia, Spain, R (may be blacked out in Canada)
6:00A-7:30 SPEED GP2 Championship Series at the European Grand Prix, Valencia, Spain, Aug 22-23/09, N
7:30A-10:00 SPEED FIA Formula One Telefonica Grand Prix of Europe, Valencia, Spain, L (may be blacked out in Canada)
7:55A-10:00 TSN FIA Formula One Telefonica Grand Prix of Europe, Valencia, Spain, 16:9, L
12:00n-1:00P TSN NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Mosport Speedway (oval), Bowmanville, ON, Aug 8/09, HD, N
3:00P-4:00 SPEED AMA Pro Motocross 250, Unadilla Valley Sports Center, New Berlin, NY, Aug 15/09, N
5:00P-8:00 VS/TSN IRL IndyCar Series Peak Antifreeze Indy Grand Prix, Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA, HD, L
7:00P-8:00 SPEED The SPEED Report, HD, N
8:00P-9:00 SPEED NASCAR Victory Lane at Sharpie 500, Bristol Motor Speedway, HD, N
9:00P-10:00 SPEED Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, HD, L
10:00P-1:00A espn2 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing ELIMINATIONS, Toyo Tires Nationals, Reading, PA, HD, SDD, N
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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