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NASCAR Daily News Headlines * December 19, 2007
Biffle On "Paula's Party"This Friday night at 9:00 p.m. a southern lady and a northwestern racecar driver will get together to "torch" a steak when Greg Biffle guest stars on "Paula's Party" with Paula Deen. The theme of the episode is "Risky Business" and Biffle will be one of three celebrities featured. Sugar Ray Leonard and Phil Harris from "Deadliest Catch" will also be guests on the Friday night Food Network show.
The episode was actually taped in late September at Paula's brother's restaurant, Uncle Bubba's Oyster House, in Savannah, Georgia. Biffle attended the taping with his now-wife Nicole as Nicole was also invited to be a part of the segment and help with the cooking. Following the cooking segments, Biffle gave Paula a ride in a 427 R Mustang, which is a must-see for viewers tuning in on Friday night.
"I don't know if I've ever heard anyone scream that loud," said Biffle. "I had a great time with Paula and doing the show was a lot of fun. I had seen her show several times because it's one of Nicole's favorites so when the opportunity came up I knew we'd be going."
Following the taping, Paula's staff was kind enough to send a packed lunch home with the Biffles from her Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah.
"I've been watching Paula's shows for a long time, so it was incredible to get to meet her," said Nicole. "I would say that was the highlight of the day but the lunch they sent with us was a close second."
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Kenseth To Run Milwaukee MileOfficials from The Milwaukee Mile say Sprint Cup driver and Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth will return to the track Aug. 24 to defend his victory in the Wisconsin All-Star 100. The Super Late Model race is part of the track's Governor's Cup weekend.
"Matt really enjoyed himself last year, and we're delighted for our fans that he's committed to racing again against some of the finest Super Late Model drivers at The Milwaukee Mile," Milwaukee Mile Chairman Craig Stoehr said. "We're building our Governor's Cup weekend by bringing together the top short track talent in the country while keeping it affordable for a family to spend the weekend watching four great divisions of stock car racing." (scenedaily.com)
Sprint Nextel Hires Chief Executive OfficerSprint Nextel officials say the hiring of the company's new president and chief executive officer will not affect its sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The company announced Tuesday that Dan Hesse will serve as president and CEO, effective immediately. Hesse previously served as president and CEO of Embarq Corp. Nextel began sponsoring NASCAR's top series in 2004, and a merger with Sprint will bring about a name change next season: The Sprint Cup Series.
"Dan is returning to Sprint Nextel with a familiarity of the business and our NASCAR sponsorship and will be able to hit the ground running," said Tim Kelly, chief marketing officer for Sprint. "He is passionate about directly interacting with Sprint Nextel's business partners, and we are extremely pleased that he will be leading our company during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series sponsorship."(scenedaily.com)
Marcos Ambrose Has Been Voted Australian Driver Of The YearThe Australian earned the accolade in the magazine’s annual Racer of the Year Awards issue, released in Australia today. Ambrose won Auto Action’s Australian Driver of the Year Award, open to any Australian-born driver racing domestically or internationally, for his efforts in the #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion in the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series. The awards are decided by votes submitted by the fans, making Ambrose’s achievement all the more significant as he has been racing on the other side of the world for the past two years after winning the Australian V8 Supercar Championship in 2003 and 2004.
“It’s great to pick up an award like this one, especially because it is the fans that have cast their votes,” said Ambrose. “When I announced I was leaving V8 Supercars to try and forge a career in NASCAR one thing I was very conscious of was not to leave my fans behind. I wanted them to be a part of my journey in the US as much as possible. We are constantly trying to improve the way we do my website, MarcosAmbrose.com, and we send regular newsletters so that my fans, wherever they are in the world, know exactly what is going on. To have Australian motorsport fans vote me as the winner of this award is a very special feeling. I owe a lot to all the Australian fans that have stuck by my and followed my racing in NASCAR.
“We have really been working at educating Australian fans about NASCAR and helped them to learn more about the racing. It has been exciting to teach all of my Australian fans about NASCAR and what a great sport it truly is. Our tour group came over in May and saw it all close up in Charlotte and the Aussie fans have been able to watch the racing on television this year, so the response to NASCAR in Australia has been really, really great and next year should be even better again.”
Auto Action editor Andrew MacLean said that Ambrose’s achievements in NASCAR had been a constant focus for the magazine.
“Marcos Ambrose's outstanding achievements in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2007 have not gone unnoticed, despite Australian fans getting little opportunity to see his racing up close, ” said MacLean. “Because of Ambrose's exploits, Auto Action has considerably increased its coverage of NASCAR racing this season. And it is clear our readers have gained a better understanding of the sport by voting Ambrose as the Australian Driver of the Year in Auto Action's annual Racer of the Year awards. Ambrose thoroughly deserves such an accolade as he has achieved what no other Australian has ever done before - breaking into the close-knit NASCAR community, earning the respect of his peers and becoming the first non-North American driver to finish in the top ten of what is arguably one of the toughest motor racing championships in the world.”
Ambrose topped the poll with 37 percent of the vote ahead of Team Australia Champ Car driver Will Power and fellow US-based Australian Ryan Briscoe of Penske Racing, who raced in the American Le Mans Series and Indianapolis 500 this year. Ambrose finished eighth in this year’s NASCAR Busch Series and as the second-best rookie, driving the #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion for Wood Brothers/JTG Racing.
Next season Ambrose will continue to drive the #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion in NASCAR’s second-tier series, renamed the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Ambrose will also race a minimum of 12 events in the top-level NASCAR Sprint Cup in the Little Debbie Ford Fusion. Ambrose is the first Australian to race full-time in NASCAR and the first non-North American driver to finish in the top 10 in any of NASCAR’s three national championship divisions - the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.
The last non-United States driver to achieve the feat was Canadian Earl Ross, who finished eighth in the NASCAR Nextel Cup standings in 1974.
Terry Cook Picks Up Truck RideWyler Racing officials announced Tuesday that veteran Terry Cook will drive the team's No. 06 Toyota in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2008, joining teammate Richard Johns. "Terry has been a staple in the Craftsman Truck Series over the years and brings a wealth of experience to our team," team owner Jeff Wyler said in a statement. "He will be a true asset to our organization." -- Cook has competed in 265 truck series races since 1996, winning six. He drove for HT Motorsports in 2007.
"The Wylers have put together an awesome team that has proven to be one of the best in the Craftsman Truck Series year after year," Cook said. "They have finished in the top 10 in points each year that they've raced in the series full time, and I am looking forward to carrying that on in 2008."
The team said Rick Gay will serve as Cook's crew chief. Gay and Cook previously worked together at ppc Racing.(scenedaily.com)
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