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NASCAR Daily News Headlines * September 13, 2008
No New York Victory LapNASCAR would love nothing more than to race in or near New York City, but NASCAR and Sprint have opted not to stop traffic in the bustling metropolis during its championship celebration. For the last four years, NASCAR has staged a “victory lap” in the middle of Manhattan a couple of days prior to its Cup awards banquet. It was an incredible sight for some – fans lined the sidewalks to see the top 10 Cup drivers wheel their cars on the streets around and about the Times Square area.
“After several years, it’s a wrap,” NASCAR Vice President Jim Hunter said Friday. “I think we needed something new. We’re doing some things, some additional promotions that we partnered up with Sprint. There’s going to be billboards, additional signage, fan participation and those kind of things. It’s going to be good.”
The parade of stock cars took an incredible amount of planning and cost, and NASCAR and Sprint are looking at other ways to engage fans during its championship week. Plans are still being finalized.
“There’s no way you could realize the work that our people put in to doing a parade in New York,” Hunter said. “When you think of normal traffic in New York, there’s nothing normal about it. We’ll do some other things.”(scenedaily.com)
Goodyear Re-Tests at AtlantaKyle Busch, Scott Riggs and Travis Kvapil will return to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tuesday to confirm the tire recommendations for the Oct. 26 Sprint Cup race. The trio of drivers spent two days at the track last month as Goodyear attempted to find a tire that would race better than the tire chosen for the track last March.
Goodyear occasionally returns to a track soon after an initial tire test in order to do more testing with the compounds it expects to bring for the race. Goodyear also will conduct a two-day test Tuesday and Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway with Roush Fenway Racing’s David Ragan and Dale Earnhardt Inc.’s Paul Menard.(scenedaily.com)
Logano Not The Youngest Driver In Cup SeriesJoey Logano is young, but at 18 years, 3 months, 20 days, he'll not be even close to the youngest to make his Sprint Cup debut when he makes the big jump Sunday at New Hampshire. Driver, debut date and track listed with their ages:
Driver Debut Track
Hornaday Wins Second Straight ~ Fifth Of SeasonRon Hornaday held off rival Johnny Benson to win his second straight Craftsman Truck Series race and his third victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was Hornaday's fifth win of the season and the 38th victory in 218 career starts. Hornaday won the Camping World RV Rental 200 by leading five times for 149 of the 200 laps and was one of eight drivers to lead a lap in the event. Hornaday has led at least one lap in 15 of the 18 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races this season for a total of 979 laps, the most by any driver in the series. Hornaday pulled a little closer to points leader Benson. Hornaday picked up 20 points and now trails Benson by 74 with seven races to go. Hornaday and Benson put on a show early in the race running side-by-side for 25-30 laps.
"It seems like Johnny was running sixth, seventh last week and we ended up winning and here he finishes third this weekend the same way," said Hornaday. "He definitely races the last 50 laps and it’s going to come down to Homestead. You guys probably heard it a hundred times but if it wasn’t for Kevin and DeLana (Harvick, truck owners) putting the people in the right place and Rick Ren (crew chief) and all these guys -- and Mark Smith I wouldn’t be able to drive this thing. They let us build a brand new truck and we won with it last week and this week.
Travis Kvapil battled for and held on to third place, with Erik Darnell coming in fourth and Rick Crawford was fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Kyle Busch, David Starr, rookie Brian Scott, Jack Sprague and T.J. Bell. David Starr had contact with three different drivers during the race with all three ending up in the outside wall. The third and final driver to get knocked off the track was Todd Bodine. When the race was over Bodine bumped Starr entering the pits and it enraged Starr. A fight ensued on pit road with Starr, his team, Bodine and his team and truck owner for Bodine. It was total chaos and NASCAR officials broke it up for a few minutes but the fight resumed with fist being thrown from both sides. Everyone was called to the NASCAR hauler and it appeared that a fight had broken out inside the transporter. Local sheriff deputies were called in to calm things down. No doubt there will be some penalties leveled to both sides on Monday or Tuesday.
"He said I cut him off. You know what? I gave him the bottom groove," said Bodine. "At Loudon, you’ve gotta be smart enough to know that the bottom groove -- you’re going to push. You can’t drive it in as hard as you did the lap before. I don’t think David (Starr) has learned that that’s the way it is. It’s a shame. We probably dropped back again in points all because of a really dumb error by a veteran driver. It’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racing at its best. I still love this series. I still like David (Starr). He’s a good guy. There’s nothing about David (Starr) that’s a bad person, he just doesn’t know when to choke down on the reins and slow down a little bit.”
Rookie Brian Scott scored an eighth-place finish, his second top-10 finish of the 2008 season. He claimed Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the second time this season. This is Scott’s best finish in 25 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races. Scott becomes the first Raybestos Rookie to finish in the top-10 at New Hampshire since Erik Darnell placed ninth in 2006. The Craftsman Truck Series moves to Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- Las Vegas, Nevada -- next Saturday, September 20, 2008.
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