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Insider Racing News * June 6, 2007
No. 12 Team Best In Pits
“Michael Nelson (crew chief) and the guys did an awesome job in the pits today,” said Newman. “I don’t think they could have done any better.”
Nelson added, “The over-the-wall guys were awesome. They proved they’re capable of being the Pit Crew Challenge Champions and showed that they can do their job on the track and not just at the all-star competition.”
Newman’s crew will be awarded an $11,000 prize by Checkers/Rally’s for winning the weekly competition. An additional $111,150 will be presented to the pit crew with the most Double Drive-Thru Challenge wins at the completion of the 36-race Nextel Cup schedule. The No. 12 crew, out of the Penske Racing stable, includes: Britt Goodrich (jackman), Scott Reiniger (front-tire carrier), Ben Brown (front-tire changer), Trent Cherry (rear-tire carrier), Joe Piette Jr. (rear-tire changer), George Whitley (gasman), Bryan White (catch can) and Michael Warren (eighth-man). Cherry and Bob Pressley are the pit crew coaches.
Thirteen races into the Nextel Cup season, Mark Martin’s/Regan Smith’s No. 01 pit crew leads the Checkers/Rally’s Double Drive-Thru Challenge standings with four wins. To win the Checkers/Rally’s Double Drive-Thru Challenge, teams are required to finish on the lead lap while spending the least amount of time on pit road. Checkers/Rally’s is in its third season as title sponsor for the pit crew challenge.
Roush Signs Young Driver
"This is an incredible opportunity," said Braun. "To drive for Roush Fenway Racing is a dream come true. I look forward to learning as much as I can, and growing as a driver and a person. There are so many talented people working within their organization. I look forward to making the most of this opportunity and being with Roush Fenway Racing for a long, long time."
Braun began racing at age six in Quarter Midgets in his home state of Texas. By age 14, Braun was racing in the National Auto Sport Association's Fran-Am1600 Pro Series, where he won Rookie-of-the-Year honors, eight of 11 races and a championship. The following year Braun won eight races in a row and a second championship in the 2000 Formula TR Series. In 2005, Braun advanced to the Grand-Am Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve, where he currently drives for Krohn Racing. At just 16 years of age, he became the youngest ever Rolex Prototype driver. The following year he took home his first Grand Am win at the Daytona 250 and collected win number two of the season at Barber Motorsports Park. Braun is currently racing in the Grand Am Series where he sits third in points with three top-10 finishes in four starts.
"We're very happy to announce the signing of Colin Braun to Roush Fenway Racing," said team owner Jack Roush. "Colin has shown a tremendous amount of promise in the Grand Am series, and we're looking forward to seeing what he can accomplish in stock cars. Colin is a young driver who has shown potential both on and off the track, and we're happy that he will be part of Roush Fenway Racing going forward."
Erik Darnell has been behind the wheel of the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion for two ARCA events, recording a second-place finish at Kansas Speedway in April and a win at Kentucky Speedway earlier this month. Braun is tentatively scheduled to drive the No. 99 Ford at Gateway International Raceway on August 31, and Chicagoland Speedway on September 8. Darnell, Braun and others will continue to drive the No. 99 ARCA entry in selected races throughout the 2007 season. Roush Fenway Racing is currently seeking sponsorship opportunities for 2007 and beyond.
Burney Lamar Fills In For Biffle
Biffle will be pulling double-duty both this weekend - flying between Nashville and the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania – and next weekend - going between Kentucky and Michigan International Raceway. When Biffle’s Nextel Cup obligations conflict with the Busch Series schedule, Lamar will fill in. Lamar’s first scheduled time in the seat of the No. 37 Cub Cadet Ford will come at Nashville in the first practice session Friday. Biffle is scheduled to be in Nashville in time for the second practice session Friday night, and to qualify the No. 37 Cub Cadet Ford on Saturday.
California-native Lamar began racing go-karts at the age of five. Currently residing in Nashville, Lamar drove in the Busch Series for Kevin Harvick Incorporated in 2006.
Timothy Peters Gets Married
Sara is a 2003 graduate of Radford University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and currently works as a speech-language pathologist with elementary school age children.
She is also a model with Marilyn's, Inc., and a former pageant contestant. Sara won many titles across the state of Virginia, including Junior Miss Virginia and Senior Miss Virginia. She also won Miss Greater Franklin County 2002 which allowed her to become a state finalist in the 2002 Miss Virginia Pageant.
Sara was was born and raised in Danville, Va., just a 10 minute distance from Timothy's hometown of Providence, N.C. She is the daughter of Robert and Pamela Haskins and has one older brother, Brad. Her birthdate is March 4, 1981.
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