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October 31, 2009



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Truck Series adjustments announced for ‘10 season

October 31, 2009


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR announced several rule adjustments to the Camping World Truck Series that will not only assist with cost control, but will continue to promote the same top-flight competition for which the series is known.

“These rule adjustments are the results of ongoing conversations NASCAR has had with team owners, drivers and crew chiefs,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. “They will not only continue to assist teams with their costs, but they will help intensify the tough competition of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.”

Here are the amendments to the Truck Series rule book:

• Double-file restarts “shootout style” will be implemented to further enhance the close competition and offer additional excitement for the fans. The format will be the same as in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series.

• The addition of fuel and changing of tire(s) will be permitted on the same pit stop.

• During any pit stop, under yellow- or green-flag conditions, six pit crew members will be permitted in the truck servicing area. This is an increase from five pit crew members in 2009.

• A new self-venting fuel-can will be introduced as an option for teams to use in addition to the conventional fuel can. Listen Now

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Starting Line Up from Talladega

October 31, 2009


1 6 Colin Braun Ford Con-Way Frght/ 179.608 53.316 Leader
2 25 Terry Cook Toyota Harris Trucking / Cajun Industries  178.188 53.741 -0.425
3 9 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 178.052 53.782 -0.466
4 23 Jason White Dodge GunBroker Racing  177.959 53.810 -0.494
5 15 Aric Almirola Toyota / Graceway Pharmaceuticals 177.587 53.923 -0.607
6 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Copart 177.554 53.933 -0.617
7 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Tide / Menards  177.468 53.959 -0.643
8 81 Tayler Malsam* Toyota One Eighty  177.468 53.959 -0.643
9 60 Stacy Compton Toyota SafeAuto Insurance Company  177.379 53.986 -0.670
10 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Miccosukee Resort / Graceway Pharmaceutica-
ls  177.337 53.999 -0.683
11 5 Mike Skinner Toyota PC*Miler Navigator  177.314 54.006 -0.690
12 07 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Tiwi 177.159 54.053 -0.737
13 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Copart 177.110 54.068 -0.752
14 24 David Starr Toyota Zachry 177.091 54.074 -0.758
15 4 Ricky Carmichael* Chevrolet Monster Energy  177.015 54.097 -0.781 Listen Now

Introducing the NEW 2010 Nationwide Series Dodge Challenger

October 31, 2009


TALLADEGA, Ala. (Friday, Oct. 30, 2009) – Dodge Motorsports revealed the Dodge Challenger as the “New Car” for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and announced an expansion of its partnership with Penske Racing beginning in 2010. Dodge will provide support for Penske Racing’s two-car operation in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, in addition to Penske’s three teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 
“As the performance brand of our new company, we are excited to expand our relationship with Penske Racing and introduce the iconic Dodge Challenger as our entry into the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Car Brand. “Motorsports are a significant part of the Dodge brand’s legacy. Penske Racing has such a rich tradition in motorsports, and our partnership in the Nationwide Series will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase the Challenger and offer our loyal Dodge enthusiasts plenty of excitement in this very competitive series next year.” 
Penske Racing will field two teams, both running the full-season schedule. The Dodge Challenger will be used at the four “New Car” races NASCAR has designated, starting at Daytona in July. At the other 31 events that complete the 35-race season, Penske Racing will field Dodge Chargers as it did this season with the No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger driven by Justin Allgaier. NASCAR is expecting full integration of the “New Car” in 2011.  Listen Now

NASCAR holds “town hall”; plans changes to car in 2011

October 31, 2009


NASCAR held invitation-only meetings at their Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. this week to discuss the future of the sport. On Tuesday, the meeting focused primarily on competition with drivers Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle joining crew chiefs, engineers and technical directors. A second meeting was held on Wednesday with team owners and principals as a follow-up to the discussions held in May. The primary focus of the meetings: How can NASCAR help the competitors to make the sport stronger? Participation was encouraged according to three principals that spoke on the grounds of anonymity. Some of the high points included:
# How can we make the overall product better?
# While there won’t be any sizeable changes in the rules package for 2010, NASCAR wanted to make sure that competitors understood that an open door policy exists.
# What can the sport do to make participation more cost effective for the competitors?
# How do the cars maintain product identification for the manufacturers and remain racy. And once the new Nationwide Series cars come to fruition, how does the sport keep the sportier model from overshadowing the less sexy Cup car. Listen Now

Lewis Hamilton on Formula 1 Pole

October 31, 2009

Formula One World Championship

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton put in a stunning final lap in qualifying Saturday to claim pole position for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Entering his final lap, Hamilton was trailing the Red Bull drivers, but timed a lap of 1 minute, 40.948 seconds around the new Yas Marina circuit to beat Sebastian Vettel by almost six tenths of a second.

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“It was a smooth lap that kept getting better and better,” Hamilton said. “I am very, very happy with that.”

The pole position is the 17th of Hamilton’s career, putting him second amongt current drivers, one behind Fernando Alonso.

Vettel’s teammate, Mark Webber, will start from third, and the Red Bull pair believe they may be the stronger team over Sunday’s 55 laps.

“Both of us were a little bit surprised by the gap,” Vettel said. “We will see later when we get the strategies. I think it was the maximum he could do.”

Just behind the Red Bulls were the Brawn GP cars of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button. It was the first time both Brawns had been in the top five since the race in Valencia, Spain, indicating there was no easing off after having claimed the drivers’ and constructors’ championship. Listen Now

NASCAR Camping World Series: Colin Braun on Talladega Truck Pole

October 30, 2009


With a lap at 179.608 mph at Talladega Superspeedway, Colin Braun won the pole for Saturday’s Mountain Dew 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, beating Terry Cook (178.188 mph) for the top spot by .425 seconds.

A major casualty of Friday’s qualifying session was Austin Dillon, grandson of owner Richard Childress, whose No. 3 Chevrolet failed to meet minimum height requirements during post-qualifying inspection at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Because of the infraction, Dillon’s qualifying time was disallowed.

As one of 13 drivers required to make the race on speed, he will not compete on Saturday. Dillon was driving a truck whose paint scheme was reminiscent of the Sprint Cup car driven by the late Dale Earnhardt, who won six of his seven championships with Childress.

Truck series points leader Ron Hornaday Jr. will start 13th. Mike and Chrissy Wallace, the first father/daughter combination ever to compete in a NASCAR national touring series race together, will start 33rd and 27th, respectively.


October 30, 2009


What: Amp Energy 500, 33rd of 36 races for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.
Where: Talladega (Ala.) Speedway, 2.66-mile tri-oval.
When: Sunday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m. ET
TV: ABC, noon ET
Distance: 188 laps/500.08 miles

2008 winner: Tony Stewart.

Quick hits: Jeff Gordon tops the Talladega win list among active drivers with six victories. … Dale Earnhardt Jr. holds the record for consecutive wins at Talladega with four straight from 2001-03. … Chevrolets have won 18 of the last 21 races at Talladega.

Say its not so. Memphis Motorsports Park to close its doors.

October 30, 2009


DOVER, Del. — Dover Motorsports Inc. is ceasing operations at Memphis Motorsports Park after a deal to sell the track to another investor fell through.

The 0.75-mile track has hosted a NASCAR Nationwide and Truck Series event for the last decade. The Truck Series event will move to Nashville Superspeedway next April and the Nationwide Series event will move to Gateway International Raceway next October.

Dover had agreed to sell the track to Gulf Coast Entertainment, but the company was unable to secure financing to complete the purchase.

Dover Motorsports president Denis McGlynn called the decision to cease operations at the track difficult. Refunds to ticket holders for the 2010 events will be mailed out soon.

Lance McGrew 2010 Crew Chief for Earnhardt Jr.

October 30, 2009


TALLADEGA, Ala. — Two weeks ago, a frustrated Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he needed a “dictator” to run his Sprint Cup team.He believes Hendrick Motorsports found one Friday simply by removing the “interim” tag of crew chief Lance McGrew.

“Especially now that we all know it’s his job, he’ll demand a lot more out of every one of us,” Earnhardt said during a news conference announcing McGrew would be the permanent crew chief of the No. 88 Chevrolet. “So everybody on the team wants carry their end of the load. They have a lot of ‘want to’ and we’ve just got to figure out how to make that into results. I think Lance can be the tough leader. He’s not going to be very hard on the guys. That’s just not his personality. But I think that he means business and especially now that we have everything lined up. I think we’ll all take a little more care in what our particular responsibilities are throughout the week with him leading the team.”

Teammate Jeff Gordon also thought the move would lift a burden off McGrew, noting that “when you’re Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s crew chief, the last thing you want is any extra questions.

“All day long people can tell you within the organization that you’re the guy, but the perception has been out there for (McGrew) to get questioned,” Gordon said. Listen Now

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