1. Tony Stewart leaves Joe Gibbs Racing: www.jayski.com
2. Newman (done deal) and possibly Truex to Stewart Haas Racing: www.captainthunderracing.com
3. Joey Logano thinks he is up to the #20 car: www.scenedaily.com/news
4. Reutimann possibly to the #45: www.jayski.com
5. DW thinks that Stewart can make the transition: www.allwaltrip.com
6. DEI possibly up for sale: www.jayski.com
7. The JGR/Tony Stewart split: www.foxsports.com/nascar
8. Stewart/Haas Racing looking to be a 3 car team: www.captainthunderracing.com
9. Silly Season 2009 Team Chart: www.jayski.com/pages/2009teams.htm
10. Kylie wins seventh race:
11. Two families remembered:
Kyle Busch, aka The Las Vegas Weasel, does it again!!! Once again he is the dominate race car. He led over 160 of the 267 laps of the race, bringing his total laps lead to slightly over 1000 so far!!! If anyone is keeping score it is seven wins for ol Kylie, and twelve wins for the entire rest of the 42 drivers so far. If that isn’t DOMINANCE, then I don’t know what it is!!
Now I must commend ol Kylie on just how he pulled off the win last night. Jimmie Johnson passed ol Kylie with about 20 to go and it looked like Johnson was going to sail on to his second victory fo the season. But there was a caution flag and a restart with just two laps to go. Johnson brought the field down really slow to the green flag, much slower than ol Kylie liked, so he just pushed Johnson all the way down to turn #1!!! Then proceeded to work the outside line as they passed the start finish line with one to go. Ol Kylie drove it deep into turn #1 on the high line and it stuck!!!! As the two exited the turn, Kylie was slightly ahead heading down to the final turn of the race. Again Kylie ran high and inched ahead of Johnson thru turn #4 and got to the start/finish line ahead of Johnson to record the victory!!
It was announced on Wednesday that Tony Stewart is leaving Joe Gibbs Racing to partner with Haas/CNC Racing to be called Stewart Haas Racing. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources close to the deal indicate that Stewart is putting up very little of his own money! The rumor in the garage area is that Ryan Newman is leaving Penske and following Stewart. Some say that it is a done deal, and will be announced at Indy in two weeks!! There is also talk that Tony is eagerly looking to make his new team a 3 car powerhouse!!! The talk is that quite possibly Martin Truex, Jr. may be in that equation!!!! Tony has a tall oreder to turn the Haas/CNC team into Stewart Haas!! There are many key things needed to be put into place before that team is a contender!!! However, ol DW thinks that Tony has the wherewithall to make it happen.
This last weekend was a milestone/anniversary for two of the storied families of NASCAR. NASCAR celebrated “THE KING”, Richard Petty’s 50th anniversay in NASCAR. It was on July 12, 1959 that he first sat in the seat of his race car! His father, Lee Petty, entered Richard in a race at Columbia Speedway in Columbia, S.C. one Saturday night. The rest is history!!! THE KING raced in 1,185 NASCAR events. Petty won 200 races, seven championships (’64,’67,’71,’72,’74,’75,’79), seven Daytona 500’s, and 27 victories in one season in 1967!!!! Long live the King!!!!!
The other milestone/anniversay was not so joyous. This involves the Bobby Allison family. On the morning of July 12, 1993 Davey Allison boarded his newly acquired Hughes 269 HS helicopter to fly to Talladega Superspeedway to watch old family friend and Alabama Gang member Neil Bonnet and his son David test a car for David’s Busch Series debut. Davey stopped to pick up another old family friend and fellow Alalbama Gang member, the legendary racer Red Farmer. Allison was attempting to land his helicopter inside a fenced-in area of the track infield when the craft nosed up and then crashed! Neil Bonnett was able to free the semi-conscious Red Farmer from the wreckage, but was unable to to reach Davey Allison. Paramedics arrrived and freed Allison, who was alive but suffered serious head injuries. Davey Allison passed away the following morning, July 13, 1993. Only a year earlier Bobby Allison and his wife had suffered thru the death of their other younger son, Clifford, in a Busch Series practice accident. Davey Allison was only 31 years old and had a very promising NASCAR career ahead of him!!!
YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO LOOK IT UP ‘CAUSE I ALREADY DID!!!! GO #88