Joe Gibbs Racing announced that David Gilliland will attempt three races in the No. 02 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota. Gilliland will attempt races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Jayski is reporting via ESPN Insider (password required) that Paul Menard has denied speculation that he may replace Casey Mears in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 07. It was reported last week that he was touring RCR’s race shop. Rumor has it that Menard is unhappy with the merger between Yates Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports.
Jimmie Johnson showed the other Chase drivers that he is in Championship form, dominating the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. Johnson led for 271 of 400 laps, and he pulled to within 10 points of the points-lead. Hendrick Motorsports teammate, and points-leader, Mark Martin finished second.
Clint Bowyer passed Kyle Busch with 83 laps remaining and never relinquished the lead to win the Dover 200 from Dover International Speedway. But, the win was overshadowed by a dust-up between Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer.
Johnny Sauter, a rookie in the Camping World Truck Series who has three Nationwide Series victories, drove to his first victory in the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, beating teammate Matt Crafton by nearly 2.5 seconds.
Danica Patrick will, officially, stay in the Indy Racing League. Patrick has signed a three-year contract extension with Andretti Green Racing , according to a report in the Indianapolis Star. She reportedly will stay in AGR’s No. 7 with Motorola as a sponsor.
SceneDaily is reporting that Braun Racing is planning to run five Sprint Cup races next season with a driver that has yet to be determined. Potential candidates include Jason Leffler, the team’s current Nationwide Series driver, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray, and Reed Sorenson, depending on availability. Owner Todd Braun said that he has a sponsor [...]
Jayski is reporting that Dale Earnhardt Inc is working to line up sponsorship for its No. 8 Chevy for 2010. The team hopes to run Jeffrey Earnhardt in a No. 8 Chevy in the Nationwide Series. DEI also wants to bring the No. 8 back to the Sprint Cup Series on a part time basis, [...]
On Tuesday, NASCAR issued penalties and fines to Joe Gibbs Racing because the left front of its No. 18 Toyota was found to be too low during post-race inspection.
In addition to Brown-Forman announcing that it would end its Jack Daniel’s NASCAR sponsorship, Beam Global Spirits & Wine, maker of Jim Beam bourbon, will ends its sponsorship of Robby Gordon Motorsports’ No. 7 Toyota. The company plans to focus on “other platforms that directly impact the end consumer,” including Kid Rock’s tour.