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NASCAR Daily News Headlines * September 7, 2008
Johnson Wins At RichmondJimmie Johnson held off Tony Stewart in a spirited battle for the lead with 30 laps to go in Sunday's Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Johnson recorded his fourth victory of 2008 and it was his 37th career win in 245 tries. It also was the second consecutive victory for Johnson. By finishing 12th, Clint Bowyer held on to his spot in the "Chase" -- eliminating Kasey Kahne and David Ragan. Tony Stewart held onto his second place but was fuming after the race. It's been more than a year (37 races) since Stewart has won in the Sprint Cup Series.
Stewart's teammate Denny Hamlin finished third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was fourth and Mark Martin fifth. Jeff Burton brought his RCR Chevrolet home in sixth spot followed by Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, David Reutimann and Kurt Busch to round out the top ten. Reutimann led the most laps (104) and recorded his best ever finish in the series.
There were 23 lead changes among 12 different drivers -- and there were 14 caution periods for a total of 70 laps. The Sprint Cup Series moves to New Hampshire Motor Speedway next Sunday September 14, 2008, for the Sylvania 300. The race is scheduled to start at 1:00 PM / Eastern Time on ABC. The race will also be broadcast live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio Channel 128.
Edwards Wins Emerson Radio 250Clint Bowyer led 195 of 250 laps in Sunday night's rain-delayed Emerson Radio 250 Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway, but Carl Edwards led the lap that counted. Edwards passed Bowyer for the lead through Turns 1 and 2 on Lap 223 at the .75-mile track and retained the top spot through three subsequent cautions to win his fourth Nationwide race of the season and the 17th of his career.
With Bowyer's Chevrolet getting loose in the closing laps, Scott Wimmer passed his Richard Childress Racing teammate for the second position on Lap 225 and trailed Edwards across the finish line by 1.552 seconds.
Bowyer held the third position, and Denny Hamlin and David Ragan ran fourth and fifth, respectively.
Keselowski fought an ill-handling car throughout the race, which was postponed from Friday night because of rain and the threat of Tropical Storm Hanna. Keselowski finished 21st and dropped to third in the standings, 279 points behind Bowyer.
Notes: Austin Dillon, grandson of team owner Richard Childress, finished 26th, two laps down, in his Nationwide debut. -- Pole-sitter Joey Logano came home seventh to record his ninth top-10 in 12 Nationwide starts. -- Wimmer posted his ninth top-10 finish in 12 races at Richmond. -- Landon Cassill (12th) was the highest-finishing rookie....MORE AT...(nascar.com)
Dodge Pulls Out Of Truck SeriesThe struggles in the U.S. automobile sales market are trickling down to racing, with the latest blow coming to the Craftsman Truck Series. Dodge will not provide any financial support to any teams in the series in 2009, Dodge Motorsports senior manager Mike Delahanty said.
"We'll have no factory-funded teams," Delahanty told ESPN.com. "When times are tough, there are certain things that are lower on the priority list than others."
Delahanty said the manufacturer's involvement with the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series is unaffected.
Dodge had been a powerhouse in the Truck Series earlier this decade, winning 46 of 99 races from 2001-04 and championships with drivers Bobby Hamilton in 2004 and Ted Musgrave in 2005
In recent years Dodge has scaled back its involvement, with only Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia receiving money from the manufacturer this season. The team ran two trucks for the first 16 races of this season but parked one prior to Saturday's race at Gateway, as financial constraints forced the team to lay off 15 employees and scale back operations to one team.
Dodge informed the team that its factory support would end this season, and BHR-VA has talked to Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota about a switch for 2009.
There are only two full-time Dodges currently in the Truck Series, the BHR-VA No. 18, driven by Dennis Setzer, and the No. 08 of SS Racing/Greenlight Racing, driven by Jason White. The No. 08 has not received any financial assistance from Dodge this year. Other Dodge trucks have raced on a part-time basis without funding, and that could continue next year.
"There's a lot of Dodge trucks, engines and parts out there, [teams] may choose to run them," Delahanty said. "We just won't be writing the checks to any teams."
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