Saturday, September 12, 2009

Richmond Notes from the Track

Are you ready to (Chevy) Rock and Roll?? As we head to Richmond this weekend, here are some news and note from the track this week.

NASCAR Foundation Track Walk is today
Join Richard Petty, Reed Sorrenson, AJ Allmendinger and more for a good cause as RIR hosts this walk presented by Kroger and in partnership with The Petty Family Foundation and RIR CARES, benefitting Paralyzed Vetrans of America and the NASCAR Foundation. If you make a tx-deductable donation, you will have a chance to walk around the 3/4 mile D-shaped oval of Richmond. Its $30 in advance, by going to www.foundation.nascar.com or $35 when you go sign up. The walk is scheduled to begin at 1p, you must be pre-registered by then. Dont be late as you will not be able to walk. Registration is at gate 70, on the outside of the track behind turn 4. You MUST have a grandstand ticket to tonight's race. According to Bobby Labonte's twitter, he will also be on hand.

Oh Baby!!
This week we received a healthy dose of baby news. On Tuesday we were one of the first on the scoop that Elliot Sadler, and wife Amanda are pregnant. Making me rethink drinking the water on Lake Norman-our favorite ESPN reporter Shannon Spake also broke us the news yesterday that she and her husband are expecting twin boys in January!

Ch-Ch-Changes
This week we received some shifts and moves off the track for a change. Kurt Busch's crew chief Pat Tryson announced that he would be moving over to Michael Waltrip Racing in 2010. Some would argue that maybe this wasnt the most appropriate time to break news on something next year when the last race to the Chase is this week. As MWR adds driver Martin Truex, Jr. next year a pairing seems a no brainer- but dont count your chickens before they are hatched as there is a definitive "no comment" next question from last weeks lap leader Truex.

With news of the Richard Petty Motorsports merger, we now know that Kahne, Sadler, Almendinger and Menard will be the four cars in the new merger-ousting out Reed Sorrenson and Bobby Labonte (who has partnered with TRG for the rest of the season).

Travis Kvapil is long gone from this team. According to an article in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel if we are racing for positive attitudes, he may be down a couple of laps..."There's a handful of guys that don't deserve to have rides if I don't have one - I know I can outrun them - and the demands of sponsors put a lot of pressure on the teams," Kvapil said. "It seems like teams were afraid to make a change and have it look to the sponsors like they're shaking things up."

This team will be in Fords which should prove interesting with Kasey Kahne and his previous struggle, ahem lawsuit with this manufacture when he left them for Chevy in 2004.

So THIS is what the Silly Season is all about!! Dont forget to check out the All American Rejects tonight prior to the race!

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