Stock Car Gazette e-zine for Thursday, 5/21/09
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NASCAR Network being considered
The NASCAR Media Group is not even two years old, but nowhere is the sanctioning body spending more money or more carefully plotting its future. Over the next few months, the media group will start moving out of its cozy, well-worn offices just south of downtown Charlotte. Its new $45 million home – $30 million [...]
Mayfield hires lawyer, has toxicology report
NASCAR driver/owner Jeremy Mayfield, suspended indefinitely from the sport for violating its substance-abuse policy, has retained legal counsel in the effort to clear his name. Bill Diehl, the same attorney who represented Elliott Sadler last winter in a dispute with Richard Petty Motorsports, confirmed Wednesday he is working with Mayfield, but that no suit has [...]
Carl Long’s team penalized heavily, 12 race suspension and points
NASCAR has issued penalties, suspensions and fines to the #46 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as a result of rules infractions committed during last weekend’s event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-I (any determination by NASCAR Officials [...]
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All-Star race had about 60 troubling signs for the 600
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High school students learn how technology drives NASCAR, military
With new life out of spotlight, Everham gets back to roots
Long hit with 12 race ban,record fine for oversized engine
Mayfield lawyer : Lawsuit possible over ‘strange toxicology report
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Virtual racing could become a big draw for NASCAR fans
USA Today – USA
By Nate Ryan, USA TODAY Dale Earnhardt Jr. is NASCAR’s man of the people, and he enjoys mingling in the virtual racing world. “It’s interesting to have a …
NASCAR hands down suspension, record fine
The Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — NASCAR has suspended driver Carl Long for the next 12 Sprint Cup races and fined crew chief Charles Swing $200000, the largest penalty …
Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield hires lawyer to review …
Orlando Sentinel – Orlando,FL,USA
CHARLOTTE, NC – Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield hired Charlotte area lawyer Bill Diehl to review his suspension and the failed drug test which led …
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#46 Crew Chief Penalized Big-Time
NASCAR has issued penalties, suspensions and fines to the No. 146 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as a result of rules infractions committed during last weekend’s event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-I (any determination by NASCAR Officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-5.4A (engine exceeded the maximum engine size of 358.000 cubic inch displacement) of the 2009 NASCAR rule book. As a result, crew chief Charles Swing has been fined $200,000, suspended from the next 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship events, suspended from NASCAR until Aug. 18 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Driver Carl Long and owner Danielle Long have been penalized with the loss of 200 driver and 200 owner points, respectively, suspended from the next 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship events, suspended from NASCAR until Aug. 18 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
Hendrick Donates 10 Cars
In a show dedicated to heroes, Hal Colston was one who really caught Oprah Winfrey’s attention. Colston operates the Good News Garage, which has locations all over New England. Workers there fix cars for people down on their luck, many of them single mothers. “In so many cases, people are just a repair bill away from disaster,” Colston said. Oprah acknowledged there’s a waitlist for cars, and that’s when Colston’s surprise came. “When Rick Hendrick, an automotive dealer from North Carolina heard . . . ,” Oprah began. Out came Hendrick, one of Charlotte’s best-known businessmen who owns NASCAR teams and car dealerships. “So today we want to donate 10 2008 Chevy Impalas,” Hendrick told the Oprah audience. Back in Charlotte, Eyewitness News asked Hendrick why he wanted to do this. “We could inspire a lot of people to help, to step up, because these were folks that — they had a job, and if they didn’t have transportation to get to work, they were going to lose their jobs,” he said. Hendrick said it was Oprah’s producers who contacted him for the show after several car manufacturers turned down their request for car donations. He said it took only about a half-hour to decide to do it. “We thought, it’ll come back. And it was the right thing to do,” he said. Hendrick also donated $1,000 worth of gas for each of those vehicles. It’ll be up to Colston to determine who will get the cars.
Gordon Gets Most Exposure
With seven top-10 finishes and a win to his credit through the first 10 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Jeff Gordon is easily winning the battle for television exposure on behalf of his corporate sponsors. Gordon’s brands have appeared for 12.5 hours during TV coverage devoted to the races, nearly 1.5 hours more than sponsors received from the second-most exposure prolific driver, Jimmie Johnson. According to research conducted by Joyce Julius & Associates, Inc. — which specializes in measuring the scope of sponsorships across all forms of media — 70 brands appearing on locations such as Gordon’s car, uniform and support crew’s uniforms have appeared clear and in-focus for a total of 12 hours, 27 minutes, 10 seconds (12:27:10) during television coverage of NASCAR’s first 10 official points races. Additionally, those sponsors have been mentioned by Gordon or the announcers 103 times. In comparison, 54 brands have been monitored with Johnson thus far in 2009, amassing a cumulative on-screen time of 10:42:03, while also being mentioned verbally on 100 occasions.
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NEXT RACE: Charlotte/Lowe’s Race Info/Rundown Page
The Entry List for the Coca Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
#34-Tony Raines in for John Andretti who is running the Indy 500
Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
#06-David Star (53 in owners points/2 attempts)
#09-Mike Bliss (2009 Race Winner as owner)(40/11)
#13-Max Papis (47/4)
#21-Bill Elliott (Past Champ 1988)(49/3)
#36-Scott Riggs (41/11)
#41-J.J. Yeley (44/11)
#64-Todd Bodine (48/9)
#66-Dave Blaney (43/11)
#71-David Gilliland (37/11)
#73-Mike Garvey (51/4)
#82-Scott Speed (36/11)
#87-Joe Nemechek (39/11)
In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #’s 09,21,82,71,87,36,66,41
missing the race would be : #’s 64,13, 06
See the full entry list at my Jayski’s Charlotte Entry List.(5-18/19-2009)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Charlotte [Coca Cola 600]:
No teams jumped into the top 35, #34-Raines and #7-Gordon increased their leads over 36th
34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 847, +120
35) #34-Raines/Earnhardt Ganassi: 831, 104 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 727, 104 points out of 35th
37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 674, -157
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
Chase Notes: #5-Mark Martin’s second win in the last four races lifted him from 15th all the way to 11th in the standings. Lots of races left, but the #5 team under Alan Gustafson looks strong. Another podium finish for #14-Tony Stewart (3rd at Darlington) gets him to second in the standings. Another strong run by #39-Ryan Newman (4th) makes it a happy place at Stewart-Haas these days. #33-Clint Bowyer’s 37th at Darlington tumbled him out of the Top 12. Over the last five, Bowyer has gone from 2nd to 13th, and has managed only 394 points during that period (Stewart has scored 774). See more on my Chase Stats after Darlington page.(5-18-2009)
Race #800 for Elliott: #21-Bill Elliott, driving the Motorcraft Ford for Wood Brothers Racing, will make his 800th career start Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Elliott is currenty 7th in the all-time Sprint Cup start list behind Richard Petty (1184 starts), Ricky Rudd (906), Dave Marcis (883), Terry Labonte (883) and Kyle Petty (829). The best of the top 10 are all active drivers: Sterling Marlin (744), Michael Waltrip (736) and Mark Martin (733). Only four of the top-10 have won a championship.(5-21-2009)
Decorated Green Beret to be guest of Newman: Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Goodloe, a Green Beret and decorated war hero, will be a guest of Ryan Newman and the #39 U.S. Army/Stewart-Haas Racing team for Sunday’s Memorial Day weekend classic — Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway near Charlotte. The Special Operations Soldier, who is a 1989 graduate from South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, served in seven separate tours of duty between Afghanistan and Iraq. He was awarded four Bronze Stars and one Bronze Star with Valor. Goodloe’s seven tours of duty included four different deployments in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and three different deployments in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He currently serves as an instructor at the U.S. Army Sniper School at Fort Bragg, N.C. When Newman visited Fort Bragg in January, Goodloe was his instructor at the Special Forces Sniper Weapons Range where Newman fired numerous rounds with the M107 50-caliber long-range sniper rifle.(U.S. Army Racing)(5-21-2009)
Sad News – Larry Rice: Former USAC Champ and Infy 500 rookie of the year, Larry Rice, died Wednesday in Brownsburg, IN of cancer at age 63, Rice won the 1973 USAC midget title, be a two-time USAC Silver Crown champion (1977, 1981) and win 23 times (15 midgets, 5 dirt, 3 sprint) during his career. Rice also ran five Sprint Cup races in 1979 with a best finish of 10th at Phoenix and Trenton. See article by Robin Miller at SPEEDtv.com.(5-21-2009)
Stewart looking to be the first owner-driver winner since Rudd: #14-Tony Stewart’s win in the All-Star Race doesn’t go down as an official win for Stewart-Haas Racing, so the team will still be looking for its first points win Sunday night. Stewart will also look to do something that hasn’t been done in this millennium: win as an owner-driver. No owner-driver has won a points race since Ricky Rudd in the Tide Ride back in 1998. The last to do it before him was Geoffrey Bodine in 1996, when the upstate New York driver fittingly won at Watkins Glen. Bodine was also the only other owner-driver to win the All-Star race.
Most wins as owner-driver since 1990
Driver — Wins — Last Win
Ricky Rudd — 6 — 1998
Darrell Waltrip — 5 — 1992
Geoffrey Bodine — 4 — 1996
Alan Kulwicki — 4 — 1992
Keselowski and JR Motorsports to move up? The buzz around the garage last weekend was JR Motorsports is setting the stage to move from the Nationwide to Sprint Cup series to field a team for Brad Keselowski. Keselowski said he is negotiating exclusively with Hendrick Motorsports for a fulltime Cup ride in 2010. HMS does not have an opening, but Rick Hendrick does have ownership in JR Motorsports with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Although Hendrick would have to sell his interest in the company to make this happen, that would be a formality. Also, Earnhardt has said it’s just as economical, maybe more, to run a Cup program than Nationwide under today’s economic climate. Sponsors, such as GoDaddy.com that is on Keselowski’s #88 Nationwide car, gain more exposure in Cup. Should JR Motorsports not move to Cup the only other way to remain associated with HMS would be to put Keselowski in a third car at Stewart-Haas Racing. Of course, that would squelch the rumor that Martin Truex Jr. will leave Earnhardt Ganassi Racing to join that team.(ESPN Insider)(5-21-2009)
Mayfield’s lawyer talks to Sirius Speedway: Wednesday on “Sirius Speedway” on Sirius NASCAR Radio, host Dave Moody spoke with Bill Diehl, the attorney for suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield.
Host, Dave Moody: “Has there been at this point and will there be a lawsuit filed in this matter?”
Bill Diehl: “First question, no lawsuit has been filed. Will there be a lawsuit? That will depend on what happens between Jeremy and NASCAR which ought to be known in the next couple of days.”
Moody: “What kind of conversations are being had between Jeremy and yourself and NASCAR and their representatives right now to try and settle this?”
Diehl: “The conversations I’m having with Jeremy I’m not going to tell you about. The conversations I’m having with the NASCAR lawyer with whom I’ve been dealing I’m not going to talk about. But they’re obviously focused on whether or not Jeremy was suspended properly. Is what happened to him legitimate and should he stay suspended? Should he have to go through some type of rehabilitation, if you will, that they’ve asked for? So those issues are what we’re talking about. Should that happen? Or, the alternative is, has he been mistreated and have they improperly deprived him of a way to make a living? There are some side issues. They’ve said a lot of unpleasant things about him that Jeremy doesn’t believe are true. There’s a separate remedy for that kind of behavior.”
Moody: “Specifically what has been said about him?”
Diehl: “I haven’t heard it directly so what I’m telling you is what’s been published. I read a report where Mr. France gratuitously announced that the serious recreational drug use by Mr. Mayfield was very difficult, very bad and they weren’t going to tolerate it. Accusing somebody that’s driving a race car a couple hundred miles an hour of serious recreational drug use, that’s probably not too good thing to say about him. Especially if it’s not true.”
Moody: “Can you tell us what specific substance has NASCAR accused Jeremy of having in his system?”
Diehl: “I could tell you. I’m not. But we do have two reports that they furnished me yesterday and then they just sent me one a couple hours ago that they hadn’t furnished. So we’ve got two reports but I’m not going to talk about them yet. If we get in a situation where we’ve got to talk about them then we’ll talk about them. But I’m not going to talk about them today.”
Moody: “Do the two reports come to the same conclusion? Do they name the same chemical substance?”
Diehl: “I’m not going to talk about what the reports say except to tell you I have them. And then you’ve already been told or I’ve read lots of stuff that indicate what the NASCAR reps have said and what this guy, [drug test administrator Dr. David] Black, has said. The game about what is in the report is probably just that at this point. It’s a game but I’m not going to participate in that game currently beyond saying that they finally furnished us two reports which they probably should have given to Mr. Mayfield long before this week.”
Moody: “Jeremy has said from the start of this that this all boils down to a prescription medication that’s been prescribed by a doctor for his allergies combined with a couple of Claritin D tablets that he took on the day in question in Richmond. Can you tell me what the prescription medicine that he is taking was?”
Diehl: “No, I won’t reveal that yet but again that’s something that he’s told NASCAR. They know what it was and they’ve gotten the information from the doctor. They’re dealing with everything Jeremy could have furnished them about anything that he’d taken, according to Jeremy. He did take a prescription drug and he does have a medical doctor who prescribed it and they have that data and they had the information about the Claritin D.”
Moody: “What would it take at this point to avoid taking this to the court system? What would have to happen here in the next few days to avoid a lawsuit?”
Diehl: “Some type of acknowledgement that what happened was a mistake on the part of somebody in connection with what they did and how they did it. We’re exploring that with them. We can’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again. They’ve said it. They’ve suspended him. We know there are a couple of reports because we now see them. Somebody is going to have to come forward and acknowledge that, well, we thought we did what we were supposed to do, maybe we made a mistake, let’s try it again.”
Moody: “What’s Jeremy’s frame of mind and attitude right now?”
Diehl: “I think he’s very upset and he’s insulted. He’s had a 17 year career, had some successes. He’s just getting started with his own team, and this sort of takes you out at the knees if you’re suddenly accused of being a recreational drug user and you’re suspended from doing what you get paid to do. So, he’s upset. He’s trying to keep a handle on it, I think. Hopefully he’s listening to what I tell him to do. He wants everybody to know that he’s not guilty of what he’s accused of.”
Show personality, Suzie Armstrong: “How soon did he contact you after he was notified by NASCAR about this?”
Diehl: “I don’t remember the date. When I knew about it I think I was watching the race from Darlington on television and it came on that he’d been suspended. And that occurred, if my memory was right – I’m not looking at a calendar – May the 9th, a Saturday. And then he called me the next week when I got back in town.”
Moody: “Is there any unofficial timeline at this point for you to decide whether or not this takes the next step into the legal system?”
Diehl: “Yes, there is but I’m not going to tell you what it is.”
“Sirius Speedway” airs every weekday (3-7 pm ET) exclusively on Sirius NASCAR Radio.(Sirius XM Radio)(5-21-2009)
Kurt Busch Foundation Takes Inaugural King’s Cup: The inaugural King’s Cup Karting for a Cause provided a great way to kickoff the racing action in the Charlotte area. In the end the Kurt Busch Foundation team held off the Denny Hamlin Foundation team by 18 seconds in an event that lasted three hours and 40 minutes. The event, which benefited the Paralyzed Veterans of America, raised over $60,000 for the organization through sponsorships, general admission ticket sales and a silent auction that featured 75 pieces from all across the NASCAR world. The Finishing Order:
1. Kurt Busch Foundation
2. Denny Hamlin Foundation
3. Stanley Tools Racing
4. Kasey Kahne Foundation
5. Dale Jr. Foundation
6. Sun Trust Racing
7. Martin Truex, Jr. Motorsports
8. Hunt Brothers Racing
10. Richard Petty Motorsports
11. Penske Racing
12. Jimmie Johnson Foundation
14. Brad Keselowski Racing
16. Best Buy Racing
Coca-Cola 600 Rookies Notes: #20-Joey Logano was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the May 9 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Logano scored a ninth-place finish, his second top-10 of the 2009 season. He equaled his best effort in 14 Sprint Cup Series races and captured top Raybestos Rookie honors for the eighth time this season. Logano led once for 19 laps at Darlington and became the first Raybestos Rookie to lead a lap at Darlington since Kasey Kahne led three times for 24 laps in the 2004 spring race. Logano has led four times in three races for 24 laps this season. Logano leads #82-Scott Speed by 12 points (122-110) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the May 24 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Kenseth is the only Raybestos Rookie to win in 49 previous Coca-Cola 600 races. Kenseth captured the 2000 race by .573-seconds over Bobby Labonte. Jimmie Johnson is the only Raybestos Rookie to win the pole position in 49 previous Coca-Cola 600 races. Johnson took the top starting spot for the 2002 race.(Raybestos), see rookie standings, history, news and more on my 2009 Rookies page.(5-21-2009) http://www.jayski.com/stats/2009/roty2009.htm
Mayfield hires lawyer, has toxicology report: NASCAR driver/owner #41-Jeremy Mayfield, suspended indefinitely from the sport for violating its substance-abuse policy, has retained legal counsel in the effort to clear his name. Bill Diehl, the same attorney who represented Elliott Sadler last winter in a dispute with Richard Petty Motorsports, confirmed Wednesday he is working with Mayfield, but that no suit has yet been filed. “Yes, we’re working hard for Jeremy,” Diehl said. “Either we’ll work it out or the court will. We have not filed yet, but we’re working hard. That’s all I can tell you.” NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston confirmed that Diehl had been in contact with the organization. “I can confirm that Mr. Diehl has been in touch with NASCAR, and we’ve provided him with relevant information pertaining to Jeremy’s suspension, including the toxicology report,” Poston said. Mayfield was not immediately available for comment.(ESPN)(5-20-2009)
Long’s team penalized heavily, 12 race suspension & points: NASCAR has issued penalties, suspensions and fines to the #46 team [#146] in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as a result of rules infractions committed during last weekend’s event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-I (any determination by NASCAR Officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-5.4A (engine exceeded the maximum engine size of 358.000 cubic inch displacement) of the 2009 NASCAR rule book. As a result, crew chief Charles Swing has been fined $200,000, suspended from the next 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship events, suspended from NASCAR until Aug. 18 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Driver Carl Long and owner Danielle Long have been penalized with the loss of 200 driver and 200 owner points, respectively, suspended from the next 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship events, suspended from NASCAR until Aug. 18 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.(NASCAR)
Shea Trucking an Associate Sponsor on #36 at Charlotte and Dover: Shea Trucking, a Long Island, N.Y., based trucking company has signed a two-race associate sponsorship deal with Tommy Baldwin Racing. Shea Trucking will be the associate sponsor of the #36 Toyota driven by Scott Riggs at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway. The Shea Trucking logo will be featured on the C-post and the TV panel of the #36 machine.(Everest-Marketing Group/TBR PR)(5-20-2009)
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NASCAR gearing up TV network?
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Tim Richmond To Be Saluted In Home State
By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Tim Richmond’s colorful playboy lifestyle and off-track controversies tended to overshadow his immense talent on the track. Some believe that Richmond, who died of AIDS on Aug. 13, 1989, was one …
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Risks of the racetrack persist despite gains
As Terry Bobbitt recalls, it all happened in less than two seconds. Suddenly, the No. 99 race car at Talladega was airborne, pinwheeling toward the fence in front of them.
The women on pit row
It may be mainly men who sit behind the wheel of NASCAR, but women are gaining speed in the sport
NASCAR fines driver Long record $200,000
NASCAR has suspended driver Carl Long for the next 12 Sprint Cup races and fined crew chief Charles Swing $200,000, the largest penalty in the sport’s history.
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Guy Special Guest on May 21st Episode of Race 2 Win Radio
Jeff Holtzclaw and Heather Meyer are back for another episode of Race 2 Win Radio on Thursday, May 21st at 1:00pm ET at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/race2win. Jay Guy, crew chief for the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet driven by Regan Smith, will be our special guest. Mike Calinoff, spotter for Matt Kenseth, will check in with his Keys to Winning segment for the Coca-Cola 600 and discuss Kenseth’s second-place run in the All-Star race last week. Kenny Bruce, assistant managing editor of NASCAR Scene, is back for another turn on the Writer’s Block. Serving as guest co-host for this week’s episode is professional driver Blake Feese.
Tune in to Race 2 Win Radio every Thursday from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET at www.blogtalkradio.com/race2win or listen to any of the episodes on demand and download the podcast to iTunes.
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This weekend will mark Bobby Labonte’s 558th race in the Sprint Cup Series
On Friday, May 22nd Yates Racing will open its doors for the Inaugural Yates Racing Fan Day. Fans are encouraged to come out and see the Yates campus and receive a VIP view of the Yates shop. Special autograph appearances from Bobby Labonte, Paul Menard and Doug Yates will begin at 10 a.m. Vendors will also be onsite with free give-aways.
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NEXT RACE: CARQUEST Auto Parts 300, Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway
Entry List: There are 51 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday night’s CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 at Lowes Motor Speedway. Some notes:
J.C. Stout makes his debut with the #19 team;
Stanton Barrett, who missed the Indy 500, is listed as the driver of the #31;
David Gilliland is in the #42 typically driven by Kenny Hendrick;
Jeremy Clements returns in his #50 Chevy;
Brandon Knupp will be in the Bob Schacht #75;
Kevin Hamlin will be back in the #81.
The complete list is posted on the Lowes Race Page.(5-18-2009)
Sundrop on the #01 at Nashville: JD Motorsports has announced that the green #01 Sun Drop Chevy will run again in Nashville at the Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway in Nashville, TN, on June 6th, 2009. The Sun Drop Bottlers of Tennessee have partnered with Choice USA Beverage INC, located in Lowell, NC, to continue the momentum created from the spring Charlotte race announcement.(Hufco Promotion/Johnny Davis PR)(5-21-2009)
Prelude to the Dream on the #89 at Lowe’s and Dover: Morgan Shepherd’s #89 Chevy will feature HBO’s June 3 Prelude to the Dream pay-per-view event during this weekend‘s festivities at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and again next weekend at Dover, Faith Motorsports announced.Shepherd’s Nationwide Series entry, which carries associate sponsorship each week from Eldora Speedway, the location of the famous dirt track racing event, will showcase the pay-per-view dirt track race on the rear quarter panels both weekends.(Faith Motorsports PR)(5-20-2009)
ConstructionJobs.com Signs Partnership with JTG Daugherty Racing: ConstructionJobs.com and JTG Daugherty Racing announced a long-term marketing partnership designed to help NASCAR fans learn more about the construction employment marketplace. ConstructionJobs.com will be the primary sponsor of Michael McDowell’s NNS #47 car in the upcoming Dover, Nashville and Milwaukee races and an associate sponsor on Marcos Ambrose’s NSCS #47 car at the Monster Mile in Dover, DE on May 30th.(JTG Daugherty Racing PR)(5-20-2009)
300 starts for Burton: #29-Jeff Burton will make his 300th career NNS start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway this weekend. His first start in the series came at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on March, 13, 1988. Since then, he has earned 27 victories, 88 top-five and 147 top-10 finishes and has led 4109 laps in the NNS.(RCR PR)(5-20-2009)
Courtesy of The Hot Lap
The next step in J.C. Stout’s career as a professional stock car driver — the one he certainly would like to take — is to get noticed.Passing cars driven by guys named Busch and Earnhardt during a NASCAR race is one way to do that. Maybe, a team owner looking for a driver would see that happen and be impressed.Stout, with a volunteer crew of relatives and friends, left his Wyoming County home this week with a trailer that had a race car inside to audition for one of those traveling NASCAR shows in Concord, N.C.
The Stellar Quest Racing Team, with Stout at the steering wheel, will attempt to qualify for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Carquest Auto Parts 300. Read more (democratandchronicle.com)
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Update on Skinner following fiery wreck at Lowe’s: Mike Sinner [#5 Toyota] is fine after a scary wreck in Friday Night’s NASCAR Truck race. Skinner commented that he had absolutely no soreness in his head, neck or shoulders after a wreck that has caused major injuries in the past. Skinner said that his Safety Solutions Hutchens Hybrid head restraint worked flawlessly to protect him.(Safety Solutions PR)(5-21-2009)
Image added: New photos of the HT Motorsports #25 CajunUSA.com Toyota driven by Terry Cook are posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(5-21-2009)
Fontaine to be sponsored by FRAXA at Dover: Chris Fontaine Inc. is proud to be sponsored by FRAXA for the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway on Friday, May 29th. We at Chris Fontaine Inc. are excited to help support awareness of Fragile X Syndrome and will be racing the #84 truck with FRAXA logos. Fragile X is the most common, inherited cause of mental impairment and the most common known cause of autism. Chris Fontaine Inc. will use the race truck and crew to help promote greater public awareness for the disease within the NASCAR racing community by partnering with FRAXA during the running of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Dover International Speedway.(Chris Fontaine Inc. PR)(5-20-2009)
Carmichael takes on the Law at TMS: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Ricky Carmichael took on the law and … he won. Carmichael, a two-wheel legend more known for his 15 motocross championships, dusted off his former skills and hopped aboard a motocross bike to challenge the Fort Worth Police Department Motorcycle Unit on a skills competition course at Texas Motor Speedway. Carmichael, at TMS to promote the June 5 WinStar World Casino 400 truck series race, competed against Officer Mike Richey in a motorcycle skills course on pit road that involved the same drills given to those training to become a motorcycle officer. The course consisted of three drills – intersection, offset cone weave, and in and out box – built into one course and Carmichael showed no signs of rust. Carmichael, using a Suzuki RM-Z450 provided by Action Suzuki/Kawasaki of Mesquite, ran the course in 49.733 seconds compared to 52.971 seconds of Officer Richey, who was riding a 2009 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide. Fans can watch Carmichael and the rest of the truck series drivers compete under the lights during the WinStar World Casino 400 on June 5th.(Texas Motor Speedway PR)(5-20-2009)
Courtesy of TruckSeries.Com
Cook Quietly Marches Up Standings
05-20-2009 | TruckSeries.com Report
Terry Cook scored a fifth-place finish at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in what may have been his finest performance of the season..
A R C A (Automobile Racing Club of America)
Courtesy of ARCA
Rookie Chad Finley, for Brad Keselowski Racing, Solid in Menards 200 Toledo Debut
DeWITT MI (5-20-09) – While 18-year-old rookie Parker Kligerman made headlines with his career-first ARCA RE/MAX Series victory in the Menards 200 Sunday at Toledo Speedway, 17-year-old Chad Finley made some noise of his own.
Finley, in his career-first start driving for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR), steered the no. 29 Auto Value-Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores & Certified Service Centers Chevrolet to a solid sixth place finish.
[Read More] – http://www.arcaracing.com/news.cfm?contentid=8022
N A S C A R * C A N A D I A N * T I R E * S E R I E S
With the start of the 2009 season right around the corner, NASCARHomeTracks.com is your online home for the NASCAR touring and weekly series.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series takes the green flag on the season Saturday, May 23 at Autodrome St. Eustache. As the drivers and teams get ready for the season, NASCARHomeTracks.com takes a look at five things to keep an eye on as the season progresses.
Five Things To Watch: Who will break through this year?
The 2009 season for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will open this weekend at Autodrome St. Eustache (Que.) with the Tufoil 250. With the long winter behind everybody and another race season at hand, here are five things to watch as the upcoming season progresses.
Who will be this year’s surprise entrant to the championship fray?
Please go to www.nascarhometracks.com for complete story.
Be sure to check back often for all the news and results for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
Dave Whitlock is going to be a guest on “Sirius Speedway” with Dave Moody tomorrow – Thursday May 21, 2009 at 4:20 p.m. “Sirius Speedway” airs Monday-Friday, 3p-7p (ET)
Listen in for some interesting discussion on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, the first event of 2009 at Autodrome St. Eustache and Dave’s decision to retire.
Weekend’s a rev-altion
Toronto Sun – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series also launches its 2009 season this weekend at Montreal’s Autodrome Ste. Eustache where a pair of interlopers have been …
Kennington ready to start the 2009 season
Inside Track Motorsport News – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
THOMAS, ON – Preparations continue for DJ Kennington and the Castrol Dodge team for the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. And with the progress this team …
Inside Track Breaking News Blog: NCATS: Tim Hortons returns for …
The 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series opens competition this Saturday, May 23rd at the Autodrome St. Eustache. This years thirteen events will consist of ovals, road courses and temporary street circuits from coast to coast in Canada. …
IN OTHER RACING NEWS….
ON VERGE OF INDY 500, K&N FILTERS PARTNERS WITH FATHER-AND-DAUGHTER LAWN MOWER RACING TEAM
Glenview, IL (May 20, 2009) – On the verge of the 93rd Indianapolis 500, The U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA) has announced a partnership with K&N Filters and Ken Jones Racing for the 2009 STA-BIL National Lawn Mower Racing Series.
The father-and-daughter race team of Ken and Katie Jones of Mendota, Illinois are now the K&N-sponsored Lawn Mower Racing Team. Ken Jones and his 14 year-old daughter Katie have been fixtures on the lawn mower racing scene for years. Ken is a 15-year USLMRA racing veteran, USLMRA Steering Committee Member, Race Director and President of the Illinois Lawn Mower Racing Association. Katie mowed to 8th place in US National Points in the Junior Prepared Class in 2008 and grew up with racing lawn mowers while at her dad’s side.
“It’s an honor to be selected to represent K&N Filters and to team up with my daughter Katie to represent this fine company” said Ken Jones who races the Number 6 A-Prepared (AP) mower. “Now USLMRA lawn mower racing can take its place among the world-class racing organizations that K&N supports such as the Indy Racing League (IRL), American Motorcycle Association (AMA), NHRA and NASCAR.”
K&N Filters and Ken Jones Racing will be featured on USLMRA telecasts on Fox Sports Net and the Outdoor Channel this fall and will have a prominent display at the 2nd Annual Performance Mowersports Expo during the 17th annual STA-BIL Nationals Weekend, Sept. 3-5 (Labor Day Weekend) in Delaware, Ohio.
K&N Engineering, of Riverside, California, is the inventor and leading innovator of reusable cotton gauze filter technology for automotive applications. K&N is a family-owned business with an enthusiast mindset and a direct connection with motor sports that carries over throughout all levels of management and manufacturing.
K&N is a sales and brand leader for performance filters, and maintains a catalogue of over 3,500 part numbers, including an extensive line of both factory replacement drop-in filters, FIPK (Fuel Injection Performance Kit) applications, and its line of innovative Performance Gold oil filters. K&N is well know for its line of high-flow intake systems, high-flow air filters and wrench-off oil filters.
USLMRA races feature riding lawn mowers with cutting blades removed at speeds up to 60 mph. There are no cash prizes, as racers compete for trophies, glory and bragging rights. Lawn mowers race in four road course classes: Stock (8 mph), IMOW (20 mph), Prepared (50 mph) and Factory Experimental (60 mph).
The USLMRA is sponsored by STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer, an engine additive that keeps stored gas fresh for quick, easy engine starts in power equipment, boats, RV’s cars and trucks. Additional sponsors include Anti Monkey Butt Powder, HEET GasLine Antifreeze, Diesel Power!, 104+ Octane Boost, No Leak Automotive Sealers, Alumaseal and StartYour Engines!.
U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association
2009 STA-BIL National Lawn Mower Racing Series
U.S. National Points Races
* = Taping for Fox Sports Net www.foxsports.com and Outdoor Channel www.outdoorchannel.com
May 30-31, LaPorte County, IN
STA-BIL Off Road Truck & Tractor Nationals
June 13-14, Barbourville, KY
STA-BIL Kentucky Blue Grass Spring Nationals, Barbourville, KY
June 19-20, Zion, IL
STA-BIL Land of Lincoln Nationals
July 18-19, Sparta, MI
STA-BIL Great Lakes Summer Nationals, Sparta, MI
Race for Huntington’s Disease
July 31-August 1, Clements, MD
STA-BIL Bowles Farms Turf Battle,
August 22-23, Elkins, WV
STA-BIL Elkins Speedway Mow Down Show Down
* September 5-6
STA-BIL Keeps Gas Fresh Finals & Challenge of Champions Delaware, MOWhio
2nd Annual Performance Mowersports Expo (PME)
(STA-BIL Nationals Weekend)
Delaware County Fairgrounds
*TV Taping for Fox Sports Net and Outdoor Channel
Schedule subject to change.
Check www.letsmow.com, www.uslmra.com for updates.
C O L U M N S / C O M M E N T A R I E S
Insider Racing News
Stick a fork in ‘em, cuz these guys are done
by Doug Demmons
Insider Racing News
Of Commercials and Transparency
by Brian Watkins
World 600 Presented by Depends, Fantasy Insight – Lowes 1 by Dennis Michelsen
The Nascar Insiders
NASCAR Lowers The Boom On Carl Long, And Rightly So
Really Carl Long? Too many cubic inches? At what point did you really think that was a good idea? There is “working in the gray areas,” and then there is cheating. What Long did was about as blatant as cheating gets.
T V * L I S T I N G S
Courtesy of Race Fans Stockcar Newsletter
THURSDAY, MAY 21
1:00 P-2:30 SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series PRACTICE, Carquest Auto Parts 300, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Concord, NC, HD, L
3:00 P-4:30 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Coca-Cola 600, Lowes Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, HD, L
5:00 P-5:30 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
6:00 P-7:00 SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series FINAL PRACTICE, Carquest Auto Parts 300, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Concord, NC, HD, L
7:00 P-9:30 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup QUALIFYING, Coca-Cola 600, Lowes Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, HD, L
FRIDAY, MAY 22
11:00 A-4:00P VS IRL Indy Car Series CARBURETION DAY, Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (includes the Indy Lights race?)
SATURDAY, MAY 23
1:00 A-1:30 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD
2:30 P-3:30 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Coca-Cola 600, Lowes Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, HD, L
3:30 P-5:30 SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series QUALIFYING, Carquest Auto Parts 300, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Concord, NC, HD, L
6:00 P-7:00 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup FINAL PRACTICE, Coca-Cola 600, Lowes Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, HD, L
7:00 P-7:30 ESPN 2 /TSN2 NASCAR Nationwide Series COUNTDOWN, Carquest Auto Parts 300, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Concord, NC, HD, L
7:30 P-10:30 ESPN 2/ TSN2 NASCAR Nationwide Series Carquest Auto Parts 300, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Concord, NC, HD, L
SUNDAY, MAY 24
10:00 A-11:00 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
12:00 N-1:00 ABC/TSN IRL Indy Car Series PRE-RACE, Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, HD, L
1:00 P-4:30 P ABC/TSNIRL Indy Car Series Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, HD, L
3:00 P-5:00 SPEED NASCAR Race Day. Preview of today’s Coca-Cola 600, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, HD, L
5:00 P-5:45 FOX/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup PRE-RACE, Coca-Cola 600, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, HD, L
5:45 P-10:30 FOX/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, HD, L
8:00 P-9:00 SPEED The SPEED Report, HD, N
9:00 P-10:00 SPEED Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, HD, L
11:00 P-12:00 M SPEED NASCAR Victory Lane at Coca-Cola 600, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, HD, SDD, N
We do not list all the programming offered by SPEED; for complete listings go to their website, http://www.speedtv.com/schedule/
Always CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS!
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