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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeGal
    I love this show. Did you notice on the first episode when they were at Daytona and Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch were doing autograph sessions and Kasey had thousands of people and Kurt just had about 30 He sure is a popular champion isn't he
    I definitely noticed that too! When I went to the race in March...and they introduced Kurt Busch, All you could hear was BOOOOOOOOOO!
    kitty-cats rule!

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    http://www.nascar.com/2005/news/head...ded/index.html

    Hmiel suspended again for substance abuse
    NASCAR.COM
    June 2, 2005
    07:57 PM EDT (23:57 GMT)

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR on Thursday suspended driver Shane Hmiel indefinitely for violation of the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. It is the second time in less than two years that Hmiel has been suspended for substance abuse.

    Hmiel, 24, was in Dover, Del., preparing for Saturday's MBNA RacePoints 200. He practiced his car Thursday, posting the second-fastest speed in the first practice, but was escorted out of the garage by several NASCAR officials before the second session.

    Hmiel was replaced by Ron Hornaday in the No. 32 Chevrolet fielded by Braun Racing. Hornaday was 22nd on the speed charts in the second practice period.

    NASCAR officials said that Hmiel tested positive for banned substances after Busch Series qualifying at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The positive test violates Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 12-4-E (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2005 NASCAR rule book.

    Hmiel, who is 14th in the Busch Series point standings, was suspended indefinitely in September 2003 for the same offenses.

    Hmiel is the son of Steve Hmiel, the longtime technical director at Dale Earnhardt Inc., who recently became Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s interim crew chief.

    To emphasize the importance of a substance-free sport, NASCAR, in 1988, created its Substance Abuse Policy. The policy provides for testing under reasonable suspicion.

    As a result of his positive test in 2003, Shane Hmiel was released by his Busch Series team, Innovative Motorsports. Ironically, it also was at Dover where Hmiel was unseated.

    Hmiel was cleared to return to competition by NASCAR in February 2004. His reinstatement carried several conditions, among them random drug testing at NASCAR's discretion.

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    well, if this isn't a hint that the boy has problems then nothing is. he loves racing but he loves his recreationals too and now he has to give one up cause of the other........hope he gets the help he needs.

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    Dumb*** You would of thought he could keep his nose clean. Well he can sure kiss this career goodbye. Didn't he wreck at Charlotte?

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    Teresa needs to take charge

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    Time for Teresa to step up and take responsibility

    By DAVID POOLE

    The Charlotte Observer

    BROOKLYN, Mich. - It would be easy on this Father's Day to write about how much Dale Earnhardt Jr. misses his late father.

    "When my dad was here I could just about do whatever I wanted to and get away with it," Earnhardt Jr. said in 2002, a year after Dale Earnhardt had been killed in the 2001 Daytona 500. "I always had him to fall back on. Now I don't have anything to fall back on except how I do it."

    Never, sadly, has that been more apparent than now.

    As his 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup season threatens to swirl down a drain of non-competitive mediocrity, Earnhardt Jr. needs someone behind him.

    More precisely, he needs someone to stand with him. Someone to help answer questions about what's wrong at Dale Earnhardt Inc. Someone to address how those ills could be fixed in time for the No. 8 Chevrolet to be part of this year's title picture.

    It's a role his late father would take on without hesitation. But since Dale Earnhardt isn't here, it's time for someone else to step forward.

    That person is Teresa Earnhardt.

    It would have been perfectly understandable if she'd walked away from the sport after that tragic February afternoon four years ago. But Teresa Earnhardt chose to go on. She chose to keep DEI alive to help sustain the legacy of a driver whose fans still miss him every time the engines fire for a Nextel Cup race.

    She also, therefore, chose to take on the responsibility of leading that team into its future. Today, that future is imperiled. Since the curious decision to swap Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip to each other's teams after last season, little has gone right for DEI.

    Most recently, since Pete Rondeau was ousted as Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief and Steve Hmiel was asked to right the ship, Earnhardt Jr. has finished 33rd, 22nd and 33rd. He's now 16th in the standings, 504 points out of first and 124 points out of the No. 10 spot that'd guarantee him a spot in the 2005 Chase for the Nextel Cup.

    Earnhardt Jr., who has been fighting flu-like symptoms all week, ran only 188.260 mph in Saturday's qualifying for the Batman 400, giving him the 41st starting spot for today's race. It's his worst spot on the starting grid in a season where he's started in the top 15th only twice and led a total of just five laps in 14 races.

    But that's not the worst of it.

    After his ouster, Rondeau spoke out about a lack of co-operation between DEI's teams. Tony Eury Sr., who worked with his son in leading Earnhardt Jr.'s team last year, then reacted emotionally after Earnhardt Jr. wrecked Waltrip in the Coca-Cola 600.

    Earnhardt Jr. has the highest profile of any driver in NASCAR today, so those incidents and the team's continuing woes garner tremendous coverage - just as his 15 career victories and all of the No. 8 car's other successes have.

    The questions aren't going to stop, but right now the big problem at DEI is that the wrong person is being asked to answer them.

    If there's a lack of co-operation between teams at DEI, how is that Earnhardt Jr.'s fault? If the right people aren't in the right places to make DEI competitive with Hendrick Motorsports and Roush Racing, why is that on him?

    If blame for long-running enmity between teammates Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman can fairly be placed on team owner Roger Penske, as I believe it can, then Teresa Earnhardt deserves blame for DEI's woes. What she also deserves is the opportunity to tell me - and, by extension, you - that I am dead wrong.

    When Teresa Earnhardt finally breaks her silence, she will have the ear of everyone in the sport.

    If she'd do it now, she'd take tremendous heat off her stepson, along with dozens of people at DEI who're trying with all their might to get their cars running well again.

    And maybe instead of just giving Earnhardt Jr. somebody to fall back on, she'd help him and the team to start moving forward.
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    Since the curious decision to swap Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip to each other's teams after last season, little has gone right for DEI.
    I don't agree....I think Michael has done better this year than last year. proving it was/is the crew and not the drivers fault for the car finishes.

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    McMurray to race for Roush in 2007

    McMurray to drive No. 6 for Roush Racing in '07
    By Marty Smith, NASCAR.COM
    July 7, 2005
    03:34 PM EDT (19:34 GMT)

    Jamie McMurray has signed a multi-year contract to drive Roush Racing's No. 6 Fords starting in 2007, sources close to the driver confirmed Thursday morning.

    Roush Racing released a statement Thursday afternoon confirming McMurray has signed to drive the No. 6 car.

    Chip Ganassi Racing announced Thursday morning it and McMurray would part ways following the 2006 season.

    "Jamie's made a decision to go in another direction after we've both fulfilled the commitment that we made to each other in 2002," team owner Chip Ganassi said in the statement.

    "We didn't do a good job of conveying to Jamie where this team is headed, but we expect a lot of success with Jamie the rest of this year and next year, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors beyond that."

    Sources said McMurray signed the contract with Roush Racing late last week, and speculation began almost immediately that he was on his way out at Ganassi.

    No word has been given regarding an interim driver for 2006, but many feel Roush Racing Truck Series driver Ricky Craven is the team's first choice.

    McMurray is currently in his third Nextel Cup Series season, all with Ganassi. His lone victory came at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October 2002 while substituting for injured teammate Sterling Marlin.

    McMurray currently ranks seventh in the 2005 championship point standings.
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    So Rusty is retiring and I had pretty much decided to root for McMurray next year and beyond. Guess I better not by any #42 racing stuff

    And the question remains WHO wil be driving the #2 next year? Penske already lost out on Truex Jr. I hope it is not Casey Mears.

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    DEI, Waltrip parting ways at conclusion of season

    LOUDON, N.H. -- Unsuccessful in a six-week quest to agree to terms for a contract extension, Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. have mutually agreed to part ways following the 2005 Nextel Cup Series season.

    "It's as mutual as any decision has ever been, because of my respect for DEI and the relationships I have there with Richie and Teresa.

    "Dale and Teresa and I go way back, so we wanted to be sure that so we didn't take a step back as an organization or as a team for me, that maybe I should try to find something else to do."

    Waltrip explained Friday that DEI held the option to renew the deal, with a deadline of May 1. After that, Waltrip was free to seek another job.

    So for the past month, the two sides worked diligently to agree on terms, but uncertainties about which individuals would make up his team left Waltrip leery. He opted out, and said Friday he has had discussions with owners about possible opportunities.

    He has received no formal offers.

    "The way I've performed and the job we've been able to do, I've got a lot of options for 2006," Waltrip said. "I thought I'd drive this car for the rest of my career, and I knew if that was the case, it means I'd be winning races and doing what I needed to do.

    "It's sad to say I'm not going to be at DEI anymore.

    "We're not really sure what 2006, seven, eight and beyond will look like. But I definitely will be in the Cup Series with a winning team."

    Waltrip wouldn't specify with whom he's spoken about future employment, but did make it clear he has no intentions of elevating his Busch Series team to the Nextel Cup ranks.

    He is also uncertain whether sponsor NAPA Auto Parts will stay at DEI or go with him to another team, but DEI motorsports director Richie Gilmore said in a statement Friday that the team was working diligently to re-sign NAPA and field a third team in 2006.

    "DEI's NASCAR Nextel Cup focus for 2006 will be to sharpen every entity of our race teams by preparing the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, driven by Martin Truex Jr., and the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., for the championship," Gilmore said.

    "Additionally, we are working diligently with our current partner, NAPA, on returning to the No. 15 car."

    Waltrip said he's not sure whether DEI plans to field three cars in 2006.

    "NAPA has a lot invested in me and they have a lot invested in DEI, so they were hoping we could figure out some way to stay together," Waltrip said. "They wanted to be with me and with DEI next year. That was their goal.

    "But when that became obvious that wouldn't happen, they're faced with a decision of what they need to do. I'm certainly open to seeing if they want to go with me, and at the same time encouraging them to stay at DEI, as well."

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    Martin: I'll race one more year if Roush needs me

    Veteran expects to return if McMurray isn't released by Ganassi

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) -- Mark Martin simply cannot say no to car owner Jack Roush, who wants him to come back for one more Nextel Cup season -- maybe.

    Martin wanted to move next season to the Craftsman Truck Series after 18 years as the keystone driver of Roush's huge NASCAR operation. Jamie McMurray, still under contract next year at Chip Ganassi Racing, has been hired to succeed Martin in the No. 6 car in 2007.

    That plan left a void for next season, however. But the persistence of Roush has paid off, and Martin expects to be back if McMurray isn't released by Ganassi.

    "He wants me to drive until I'm 90,'' Martin said of Roush. "The man has cried a number of times over this. He was giddy last week when I said I would reconsider.

    "My career has been built on the 6 car and Jack Roush, and it's important to me to feel that I haven't let them down. For 18 years that's been my car, and for the next 18 it'll probably be my car to me.''

    The return of Martin also could be an outstanding selling point for Roush, seeking a sponsor for the car with Viagra's deal expiring after this season.

    "It's never been difficult to find a sponsor for Mark Martin,'' Roush said. "Hopefully out of the people we're talking to we'll be able to make a seamless transition.''

    Martin wants to move to the Truck Series because there will be fewer demands on his time. He calls it the "new chapter,'' one that will allow him 13 weekends off during the racing season -- something he can only dream about in the Nextel Cup Series, which has 36 points races and two special events. Virtually all truck series venues require one less day at the track.

    The Craftsman series also races only once on a Sunday. Martin hardly knows what it's like to be home on a Sunday, and hopes to make the best of it when he completes his Nextel Cup obligation to Roush.

    "It's real important to put my family first, and I haven't done that in the past,'' Martin said Friday at New Hampshire International Speedway, where he'll race Sunday in the New England 300.

    He got off to a good start Friday, posting the fastest speed in the first practice session with a lap of 129.472 in his Ford to edge out Ryan Newman's Dodge. Newman will try Saturday to win his fourth pole at the Magic Mile.

    Martin said the desire to become more involved in the racing of his son, Matt, will not play a role in his final decision.

    "That's an assumption that everyone has made,'' he explained. ``But I'm not making a career decision based on his racing. I'm making it based on he's 13 years old, and I've got a lot of living to do yet. If I don't get started on that, I might get cut short.''

    The 46-year-old Martin talks about the excessive pressure being applied. He is reminded that he's never been in better shape and is running extremely well. He's sixth in the series standings, continuing the quest for his first Cup title. But that's not an issue for Martin, with 34 career victories one of the greatest drivers never to win a NASCAR championship.

    "I was asked if I won the championship, would I be back?'' he said. "It was a flat no. That doesn't have anything to with me driving in '06.

    "Letting Jack Roush and the 6 car down is a whole different issue than winning the championship and not defending the title. I have tremendous loyalty, and my whole career is based on my relationship with Jack Roush.''

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    Hmmm, I think DEI might have screwed the pooch with this one. They really need to shake things up in that garage big time to get a winning team going again. And I knew Mark would be back when I heard that Roush was wanting him to do next year.
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