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SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS SIGNS YACAMÁN FOR 2009 FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS

December 30, 2008

Gregg Kielma and Sam Schmidt 2008 St Petersburg

INDIANAPOLIS — Sam Schmidt Motorsports has announced today that it has
signed its first driver of the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights Series season –
Gustavo “Tigrillo” Yacamán.

Yacamán, who will become 18-years of age on February 25th, comes from Santiago de Cali, Colombia, and will join the championship as a rookie.

“I’m very excited to enter the series,” Yacamán said. “The new experience
of racing on ovals is something I’m looking forward to. I’m also very
pleased to drive a car with so much horsepower. In addition, being with Sam
Schmidt Motorsports makes me even more motivated because of its legacy as
the most successful team in the Firestone Indy Lights Series.”

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World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series News & Notes

December 30, 2008

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series News & Notes

Back Up Front: Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, rebounded in impressive fashion after losing a driveline on Boxing Day at Parramatta City Raceway in Australia, winning on Sunday night against a number of fellow World of Outlaws drivers. The North Dakota native was the fifth fastest in time trials en route to scoring his 30th career win at Parramatta. Kerry Madsen, the 2007 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year with the World of Outlaws finished third, with Jason Sides fifth and Kraig Kinser ninth. Steve Kinser, who won last Friday night at Parramatta finished 12th.All five drivers return to action this week in three events, culminating with the annual $50,000 to win event on Saturday which will see a number of other World of Outlaws drivers in action.

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Cicconi wins final race at Rumble in Fort Wayne

December 29, 2008

Cicconi wins final race at Rumble: Lou Cicconi Jr. couldn’t wait to celebrate. So he yanked the steering wheel, stomped the throttle and began a dizzying series of 360-degree spins — right there in the middle of the second turn, no more than two seconds after the checkered flag waved, with traffic bearing down on him. The 44-year-old East Coast standout reached a personal goal Saturday by beating NASCAR star Tony Stewart to win the 60-lap midget feature that capped the final night of the 11th annual “Rumble in Fort Wayne.” Forget champagne. Listen Now

Natiowide Series 2008 Review Top Drivers (in alphabetical order)

December 29, 2008

Clint Bowyer — Captured his first NASCAR national series title, holding off a strong late-season comeback by fellow Midwestern dirt racer Carl Edwards. Bowyer took over first place in the standings after the sixth race of the season and never relinquished his lead. He won just once — the rain-shortened spring race at Bristol — but had 14 top-fives and led the series with 29 top-10s. (Year in Review)

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December 28, 2008

The kgkiradio.com staff will be at Feb. 2009.. The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, The World Of Outlaws at Voluisa County, ARCA Remax 200 from Daytona with Andy Belmont Racing, as well as the two weeks leading up to The Daytona 500, Bike Week from Daytona… March The Mobile 1  12 hours of Sebring, April The Honda Indy Car of St Petersburg, FL, May The Indy 500…More TBA as soon as possibile. Stay Tuned!!!

Countdown to 2009: A Look Back at Five Memorable World of Outlaws Races from 2008

December 28, 2008

Concord, NC— December 28, 2008—With just four days remaining in 2008, five of the most exciting races of the World of Outlaws season will be re-visited for five consecutive days in chronological order.

 The second event that will be featured is the inaugural World of Outlaws race from Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri that was held on September 14, in which Jac Haudenschild and Craig Dollansky traded the lead five times over the course of the 35-lap contest, with Haudenschild coming out on top.

 “The car felt good tonight and has been fast all year long,” said Haudenschild after the win. “Leonard Lee (Crew Chief) has had the car working real good. We just can’t ask for more, and we have everything we need to win.”

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News around The NASCAR Garage

December 28, 2008

- David Gilliland needs new 2009 crew chief. Crew chief Cully Barraclough will not return to the No. 38 Yates Racing team for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Barraclough has left Yates Racing to join Roush Fenway Racing.
- Bobby Labonte has been released from his contract at Petty Enterprises – just six months after he signed a four-year contract extension when Boston Ventures purchased a majority interest in the organization from Richard Petty. Labonte has 546 career starts with 21 wins and 113 top-five finishes. All 21 of those wins came while he drove for Joe Gibbs Racing.
- Jim Beam officials announced that the company will continue as sponsor for Robby Gordon Motorsports’ No. 7 NASCAR Sprint Cup entry driven by Robby Gordon in 2009. RGM also announced that they will partner with Toyota (was Dodge in 2008) beginning in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season for the No. 7, which is guaranteed a spot in the season opener Daytona 500.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Champin Jimmy Johnson to Race Rolex 24 at Daytona

December 28, 2008

Three-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson will return to GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing for the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona, reuniting the driver lineup of Johnson, Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty and Jimmy Vasser. 
 
The season-opening Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race will be held at Daytona International Speedway Jan. 24 and 25. The quartet of Johnson, Gurney, Fogarty and Vasser finished second in last year’s Rolex 24 and returns this season with the same team and key crew personnel. The team is back with the No. 99 Pontiac Riley that finished second in both the Rolex 24 and Rolex Series Championships in 2008 with team owner Bob Stallings.

Tony Stewart Bumps Way to Rumble Victory

December 28, 2008

Tony Stewart  14    Dec. 27 – 2:31 p.m. ET 
Tony Stewart found himself apologizing after bumping his way past Lou Cicconi Jr. to capture the 60-lap midget feature Friday on the opening night of the 11th annual “Rumble in Fort Wayne.”
Stewart won for a record-extending seventh time on the 1/6-mile indoor track at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center, bolting into the lead after tapping Cicconi in turn four on lap 21. Cicconi spun 360 degrees and continued, but Stewart narrowly squeezed by on the inside and dominated the rest of the race.
Source: Stewart-Haas Racing

Who’s Driving the #19 in Sprint Cup for 2009????

December 28, 2008

A.J. Allmendinger’s late-season, five-race stint with Gillett Evernham Motorsports has earned him a full-time ride — at the expense of Elliott Sadler.

Allmendinger’s business manager, Tara Ragan, said Saturday night she expects Allmendinger to soon complete a deal to drive for GEM next season and replace Sadler in the No. 19 Dodge.

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