According to a tweet by Travis Kvapil: “I’m happy to announce my return to a full timeCup ride for 2010!! More details to follow. I can’t wait to get back on track!!” We should note that Kvapil’s account is not verified, but that may not mean it isn’t true.
Donald DJ Richardson, rear-tire changer of Richard Childress Racing’s No. 29 Chevy, passed away on Christmas Day from complications from the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. Richardson contracted the virus over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Richard Petty Motorsports driver AJ Allmendinger pleaded no contest to misdemeanor driving while impaired following an early morning traffic stop on Oct. 29 in North Carolina. He received a suspended sentence, community service, and probation.
The AP reported that the Milwaukee Mile won’t host any NASCAR races next season. The racetrack could not secure a promoter, after negotiations stalled. The track will host car clubs and driving schools next year, in hopes of securing a promoter and bringing back major forms of racing in 2011.
Penske Championship Racing announced that Steve Addington will serve as crew chief for the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge and driver Kurt Busch next season. Addington comes to PCR from Joe Gibbs Racing, where he served as crew chief for Kurt’s younger brother, Kyle Busch, and the No. 18 Toyota.
Rusty Wallace Racing, which is switching to Toyota in the Nationwide Series next season, has announced that it has formed a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. JGR will provide technical support for the team’s factory-backed Toyota Camrys. Engines will be provided by Triad Racing Development.
Yates Racing has hired Richard “Slugger” Labbe to serve as crew chief for the No. 98 Menards Ford, and driver Paul Menard next season. Yates Racing will become Richard Petty Motorsports when the merger is complete. Labbe recently left TRG Motorsports.
Kyle Busch announced that he has purchased the assets of Xpress Motorsports, and is starting his own Camping World Truck Series team, Kyle Busch Motorsports. Busch will drive for his own team, as will Brian Ickler and Tayler Malsam. Johnny Benson may also drive for KBM, pending sponsorship.
Roush Fenway Racing promoted Mike Beam to competition director and announced its Nationwide Series crew chief lineup: Ben Leslie will crew cheif for rookie driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Eddie Pardue will crew chief for Colin Braun, and Mike Kelley will remain crew chief for Carl Edwards. Kelley was moved to Edwards’ team for the final three races [...]
Despite a report that Richard Childress Racing was holding off on layoffs after the team said it would enter the No. 07 in the 2010 Daytona 500, the team laid off fewer than a dozen people in preparation for closing the No. 07 team after sponsor Jack Daniels left.