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NASCAR Daily News Headlines * March 17, 2009
Bobby Ginn Says He Owes Only 20% Of Engine BillFormer team owner Bobby Ginn contends that he owes only 20 percent of the $1.5 million that Hendrick Motorsports is seeking from Ginn Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc. because of the termination of Ginn’s engine contract with Hendrick in 2007, according to court documents. Hendrick Motorsports is suing DEI and Ginn in North Carolina Superior Court over the termination fee resulting from the merger of DEI and Ginn in July 2007.
DEI claims Ginn Racing and Ginn are responsible for a $1.5 million fee that was due Nov. 15, 2008. Ginn states in a recent filing that because a new entity was created that was 80 percent owned by DEI and 20 percent owned by Ginn, that DEI is responsible for 80 percent of the fee due Hendrick.
In filing his response to Hendrick’s and DEI’s claims, Ginn states that it had been agreed that the $1.5 million fee would be paid from operating revenues of the new entity, which was named “DEI/Ginn – Team #01.” If there were not sufficient revenues to pay the fee, then the responsibility for payment would be split 80/20, Ginn contends.(scenedaily.com)
Wii Boxing TournamentClint Bowyer will take part in Bristol Motor Speedway’s Fan Jam on Fri., March 20 in the hospitality area at BMS. “The Destroyer” is scheduled to square off in a Wii Boxing tournament against Elliott Sadler in one semifinal, while Kasey Kahne and A.J. Allmendinger will meet in the other semifinal. The two winners will then box for the Bristol Wii Boxing Championship. The opening bout is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
NASCAR Hotpass LineupNASCAR HOTPASS is now available free to all DIRECTV customers. The NASCAR HOTPASS lineup for the Food City 500 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway is as follows:
Kasey Kahne will make his 185th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 11th at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway … The 28-year-old Enumclaw, Wash., native has scored nine wins and 64 top-10 finishes in 184 Sprint Cup starts … Has three top-10 finishes in 10 starts at Bristol, including a second-place finish after starting on the pole in August 2007 … Won NASCAR Nationwide Series event in August 2007 at the .533-mile oval and has three top-10 finishes in 10 Nationwide starts … 2009 marks Kahne’s sixth full season of Sprint Cup competition and he finished a career-best eighth in points in 2006 … Started 13th and finished seventh in the March 8 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Ranks ninth in Sprint Cup points with one top-10 finish.
Denny Hamlin will make his 120th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his seventh at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway … The 28-year-old Chesterfield, Va., native has scored four wins and 60 top-10 finishes in 119 Sprint Cup starts … Has three top-10 finishes in six starts at Bristol … Has six NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the .533-mile oval with two top-10 finishes … 2009 marks Hamlin’s fourth full season of Sprint Cup competition and he finished a career-best third in points in 2006 … Started sixth and finished 13th in the March 8 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Ranks 14th in Sprint Cup points with one top-10 finish.
Kevin Harvick will make his 291st career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 17th at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway … The 33-year-old Bakersfield, Calif., native has scored 11 wins and 122 top-10 finishes in 290 Sprint Cup starts … Won spring 2005 race at Bristol and has nine top-five finishes in 16 Sprint Cup starts … Has four second-place finishes at the .533-mile track, including the March 2008 race … In 17 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Bristol, Harvick has four wins, two poles and 13 top-10 finishes … Also has four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Bristol with three top-10 finishes … Won Nationwide Series championships in 2001 and 2006 and has 32 Nationwide Series victories … Captured 2002 IROC title and his Camping World Truck Series team, Kevin Harvick Inc., won the Truck Series title in 2007 with driver Ron Hornaday Jr. … 2009 marks Harvick’s ninth full season of Sprint Cup competition and he finished a career-best fourth in points in 2006 and 2008 … Started 10th and finished fourth in the March 8 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Ranks eighth in Sprint Cup points with two top-10 finishes.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., will make his 332nd career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 19th at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway … Earnhardt has 10 top-10 finishes in 18 starts at Bristol and won the 2004 fall race … In eight NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Bristol, Earnhardt has one win (fall 2004) and six top 10 finishes … The 34-year-old from Kannapolis, N.C., has won 18 races and eight poles and scored 86 top-fives and 138 top-10s in 331 Sprint Cup starts … Captured 1998 and 1999 Nationwide Series titles … 2009 marks Earnhardt’s 10th full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best point finish of third in 2003 … Started 20th and finished 11th in the March 8 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Ranks 24th in Sprint Cup points with one top-10 finish.
Labonte To Texas Hall of FameCorpus Christi's own Bobby Labonte will soon be part of the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame. He'll be inducted April 1 at Texas Motor Speedway. Still going strong on NASCAR's Sprint Cup Circuit, Labonte has notched 21 career victories and nearly 200 top ten finishes, to go with the series championship he won in 2000. He currently sits 23rd in points after four races. His best finish this year was fifth at the Shelby 427 in Las Vegas.(kristv.com)
Robby Gordon Accused Of CheatingHow far are you willing to go to win? is a question frequently asked in off-road racing. In a difficult and dangerous sport, it takes heroic amounts of dedication and commitment to compete at a professional level. The SCORE racing series in Baja, Mexico is considered one of the most difficult off-road racing series in the world - its roster of competitors boast such racing heroes as Ivan Stewart, Parnelli Jones, and more recently NASCAR legend Robby Gordon.
On Saturday, March 14th at the 2009 Baja 250, several top racing teams filed a formal complaint against Robby Gordon for illegally shortcutting the course approximately 4 miles in order to pass Trophy Truck competitor Ed Herbst who has signed an appeal having witnessed the action.
It's common for off-road racers to use the shortest paths through difficult terrain, but it is another thing entirely to deliberately leave the course and re-enter at another location. The sport can be said to effectively operate on an honor system and it is often difficult to track the vehicles and enforce rules between the established checkpoints.
In the most remote part of the course at race mile marker 132.5 Gordon veered off course and drove down a cliff to bypass a difficult section and pass Herbst. He was discovered by a pit crew known as the Baja Fools who had set up a pit stop in that section of the course. They had thought that Gordon was broken down on an earlier section until the radio confirmed that Gordon had finished in second place. On investigation, two sets of Toyo tire tracks were found re-entering the course at ~ mile 136. Gordon had clearly premeditated the deviation and had practiced the maneuver once before.
Appeals were filed with the SCORE International race officials and they are currently investigating. Gordon may be facing possible probation.(dirtnewz.com)
Gordon Finishes 2nd In San Felipe 250Second-generation veteran Las Vegas desert racer Brian Collins roared through the rugged trails and washes of Mexico’s Baja California desert Saturday, earning his second straight overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck victory in the No. 12 Collins Motorsports Mopar Dodge Ram 1500 at the 23rd Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race.
Round 2 of the 2009 SCORE Desert Series was held in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico, along the shores of the picturesque Sea of Cortez. Setting a blistering pace right from the start in San Felipe and driving solo, he covered the sandy, silty, rocky and dusty 232.4-mile course in just three hours, 47 minutes, 49 seconds, averaging a stellar 61.21 miles per hour.
Overpowering a strong field of 226 desert racers and mastering the race course with blazing speed and power, Collins’ time beat not only the cars and trucks, but also the motorcycles and ATVs that competed in the popular ‘spring break’ event to earn his fifth class win in San Felipe including his third overall triumph and his sixth career SCORE Trophy-Truck race win in the 15-plus year history of SCORE’s marquee racing division for high-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks.It was also just the second time since 1979 that a Dodge-powered vehicle won a SCORE race. Finishing second overall and in SCORE Trophy-Truck in the elapsed-time race, 11 minutes and 31 seconds behind the masterful Collins was NASCAR Cup team owner/driver Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., who finished Saturday’s race in 3:59:20, averaging 58.26mph in the No. 77 Team Gordon Chevy CK1500....MORE AT....(dirtnewz.com)
Wimmer Gets Part-Time RideJR Motorsports today announced additional plans for its No. 5 NASCAR Nationwide Series team for 2009, with veteran drivers Ryan Newman, Scott Wimmer and Tony Stewart joining team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and all-time series wins leader Mark Martin for the 21-race schedule. Together the five drivers account for 91 Nationwide Series victories in 636 starts.
Wimmer will compete in six events in the No. 5 Chevrolet and Newman in four, with America’s largest fastener distributor, Fastenal, as the primary sponsor. Stewart’s one race for JR Motorsports will be in a Delphi-sponsored Chevrolet at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Oct. 16. He is already a race-winner in 2009, driving a Hendrick Motorsports entry to victory in the season-opening Camping World 300 at Daytona International Speedway. He has eight overall victories in 87 starts.
“This No. 5 team carries a strong tradition and a lot of expectations, and we are fortunate to attract such quality talent to help carry on that tradition,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “We had a similar set-up with this team last year, and we were able to go to Victory Lane twice. Obviously with this driver line-up, there’s no reason we can’t exceed last year’s win total.”
The driver additions leave only two races on the No. 5 team’s 21-race schedule unfulfilled – the road-course events at Watkins Glen on Aug. 8 and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Aug. 30. Driver plans for those races will be announced at a later date.
Newman is a seven-time winner in the Nationwide Series. Six of his victories came during a stellar 2005 season, in which he scored eight top-fives in nine starts and led nearly half of his completed laps (800 of 1,658 laps). He will join the JR Motorsports campaign for the following races in the No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet: Dover International Speedway on May 30, Chicagoland Speedway on July 10, Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 15, and Kansas Speedway on Oct. 3.
Wimmer is slated for six races in the Fastenal Chevy: Darlington Raceway on May 8, The Milwaukee Mile on June 20, O’Reilly Raceway Park on July 25, Iowa Speedway on Aug. 1, Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 21, and Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 11. He is a six-time winner with 29 top-fives and 68 top-10s in 171 starts. He captured four wins in 2002 en route to a career-best third-place finish in the championship point standings. His most recent victory came last season at Nashville Superspeedway for Richard Childress Racing.
"I am really excited to be associated with JR Motorsports and a great sponsor like Fastenal,” Wimmer said. “I will be running at tracks that have been good for me in the past and look forward to my first event with JR Motorsports at Darlington in May. Hopefully, we can get the Fastenal car in the Winners Circle.”
Earnhardt Jr., has already driven the No. 5 Chevy in two events this year, finishing seventh at Daytona and fifth at Las Vegas. He is scheduled for five more, starting with the April 4 race at Texas Motor Speedway. His is a 22-time race winner and a two-time series champion.
Martin, whose 48 victories make up the all-time career benchmark in the Nationwide Series, will drive the No. 5 Lipton Chevy on May 1 at Richmond International Raceway. He earned JR Motorsports its first-ever Nationwide Series victory at Las Vegas last March.
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